Best of Ecotourism safaris in Uganda Rwanda
Best of Ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda trip Overview
Best of ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda is one of our longest safaris that we recommend to most of our visitors that wish to discover Uganda and Rwanda’s Unique and spectacular natural wonders. This takes visitors in all corners of both countries hence making it a best ecotourism tour. In Uganda this takes you through Kampala City Tour, Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Jinja up to Mbale as we encounter Mt.Elgon ecotourism in the Eastern parts of Uganda as it’s said to be Africa’s oldest volcanic mountains with the largest volcanic caldera hence providing a great ecotourism scenery.
In Rwanda, this takes you through the most popular tourist activities including, gorilla trekking safaris, Dian Fossey trek, Golden monkey visit, Karisoke hike and a visit to the Genocide memorial centre
ITINERARY FOR BEST ECOTOURISM SAFARIS IN UGANDA AND RWANDA
: Arrival at Entebbe International Air Port
On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe International Airport, he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary. Dinner and overnight stay at Kampala Serena Hotel (Up market) or Makerere University Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan (D).
Day 2: Kampala City Tour
After a long relaxing sleep enjoy a leisurely morning as you acclimatize yourself to Uganda’s fantastic climate then go for a city tour around Kampala’s interesting areas. Visit to Namugongo(Uganda Christian martyrs), Kasubi tombs (Burial place for Buganda Kings), Uganda museum, crafts market, Namirembe colonial church, have some time for lunch and probably visit the Ndere Troop cultural center in the evening. dinner and overnight stay at Kampala Serena Hotel (Up market) or Makerere University Guest House (Budget) for dinner and overnight stay. (B, L, D).
Day 3: Drive to Masindi and Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
After breakfast begin an approximate 6 hours travel to Masindi for a great eco tour Uganda, Have lunch a long the way probably at the head quarters of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. As we cover best of ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, Ziwa is a breeding center for Rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has 6 rhinos including one youngest baby born in Uganda. After lunch go for Rhino tracking which should take 30 min to 3 hrs, while tracking you have an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bush bucks, Hares and Mongooses as we enjoy the best of ecotourism in Uganda. Overnight and dinner at Masindi hotel (Lodge facility) or Ziwa rhino Bandas (budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: Drive to Budongo forest for chimp tracking then Murchison Falls National Park
After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a chimp ecotourism centre in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism under mature mahogany and iron wood trees. Budongo forest is one place that still bares it natural vegetation hence good for ecotourism, There are several other primate species such as the Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons. The Forest enjoys a prolific bird life especially the chocolate backed kingfisher and the Pruvels illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. The walk will take 2 to 3 hours in the search for the famed man closest wild relatives. Having encountered Budongo forest ecotourism, come back and relax at the coffee terrace, have lunch and head north to Murchison Falls National park for great wildlife scenery.
Take a stop over at the top of Murchison falls for great ecotourism scenery at falls, this is river Nile’s crowning glory, here the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge open-mouthed crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object through the entire course of the Nile. From here you shall continue to take a ferry to the luxurious Paara lodge as you look out for wildlife that may be seen grazing a long the way hence making the entire ecotourism safari in Uganda and Rwanda interesting. You shall check in to your hotel in the late evening.Overnight and dinner at Nile Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Red chili camp site (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park Game drive
Our ecotourism safari in Uganda and Rwanda starts with an early morning breakfast hence go for an early morning game drive through palm studded grassland that supports dense populations of African Lions, African Buffaloes, African Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch,then relax as you get ready for an afternoon boat ride hence making ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda interesting.
After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of Hippos, and huge open-mouthed Crocodiles. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sun-downer at the hotel swimming pool terrace. Overnight and dinner at Nile Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Red chili camp site (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Drive to Kibale forest national park
After breakfast with packed lunch cross the Nile River with the ferry at 7:00 am for 10 hours long drive to Fort portal, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls top escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive in Fort portal in the late afternoon the scenery on this drive makes the entire ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda great. Overnight and dinner at Ndali Safari Lodge(Lodge facility) or Chimps Nest (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Trail for Chimps and Bigodi swamp
After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 am the tracking start time for Chimps. This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic Prirogrines ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also been seen, hence making the entire ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda more interesting.
After lunch drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering the park via the northern creator area through a beautiful scenic view. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30 min north of Mweya. The winding 27 km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Rwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor. Overnight and dinner at Ndali Safari Lodge(Lodge facility) or Chimps Nest (Budget facility)Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive
The ecotourism safari in Uganda and Rwanda starts with an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of Lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Water buck, Bush buck, Warthog and the unexpected Giant forest hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back at 11:00 am for a late breakfast. After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40 km channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward VII and successor George V. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: African Elephants, Hippos, African Buffaloes and Nile crocodiles. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species. Come back early enough for a sun-downer. The entire ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda will enable you discover several great scenery. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 9: Drive to Kyambura and Maramagambo Forest
Our best ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda starts with an early morning coffee then drive to fig tree camp, the tourist center for Kyambura river gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic gorge on the eastern side of the park 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16 km gorge is a home to 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons, the birds include the Black and white casqued horn bill, Great blue turaco, Ross turacco and Black bee eater among others.
After your packed lunch drive to Ishasha Sector the home of the climbing lions. In about 124 km from Mweya lies Ishasha, the southern sector of the park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded Savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare Shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Water buck and may more. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 10: Drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Forest
Our ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda starts with an early game drive, come back by 10:00 am, have breakfast, leisure around and after lunch head to Bwindi forest. This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines. Overnight and dinner at Buhoma Lodge (Lodge facility) or Bwindi view Banda (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11 : Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla tracking
Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, then drive to the briefing point at UWA center park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00 am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there are only 800 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world. Hence make ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda more interesting
If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga river trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and bwindi colorful array of butterflies or do community village walk to see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer. Overnight and dinner at Buhoma Lodge (Lodge facility) or Bwindi view Banda (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Drive to Parc Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
After a leisurely morning on our ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda in Bwindi impenetrable national park,leave for Kisoro as arrive in Kisoro early enough for lunch. After lunch cross over to Rwanda, clear with the boarder requirements, your guide will help you change money, adjust your clock to minus one of Ugandan time and check in to your hotel in the evening, Overnight and dinner at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13: Parc Volcanoes National Gorilla tracking
Having crossed to Rwanda we shall get ready for a new life time experience as we do gorilla trekking in Parc Volcanoes National hence making the entire ecotourism safari in Uganda and Rwanda more interesting, after breakfast be at the Parc National des Volcans head quarters at 7:00 am for briefing with your packed lunch and enough water. Start a rewarding but demanding experience into the mountains, you may walk 1 to 8 hours depending on the movement of these delightful creatures. After return to your hotel, and if time allows you may have a community walk or visit the pygmies the original inhabitants of this area.Overnight and dinner at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14: Trail to Diana Fossey or Golden monkey or Karisoke centre
This is an early morning activity, after break fast with packed lunch visit the Diana Facie grave, an American lady who was studying Gorillas in this park but was unluckily killed and buried in this camp. You may track the golden monkeys, rare and endemic to the Virunga. Come back in the evening, leisure around as you wait for Dinner.Hence making our ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda more interesting, Overnight and dinner at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15: Drive to Kigali then Lake Mburo National Park
Our ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda commence with an early breakfast then go to Kigali. Visit the Genocide memorial, have lunch in Kigali. Head to Uganda as you cross Katuna boarder, through the best of Uganda mountain scenery to Lake Mburo National Park, Check in your hotel in the evening. Overnight and dinner at Mihingo Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16: Lake Mburo National Park Nature Walk
Explore the park on foot, after break fast transverse the acacia studded National Park to view the Impala these can only be seen here in Uganda, more to see are Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp dwelling antelope among others. Come back early enough for lunch to enjoy the boat ride on lake Mburo. View the lake associated water birds, Hippos, Crocodile and watch out for the localized papyrus yellow warbler in the swamps and the pre- historic shoe bill hence making the entire ecotourism safaris in Uganda interesting. Overnight and dinner at Mihingo Safari Lodge (Lodge facility) or Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17: Drive from Lake Mburo National Park to Jinja
Our Ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda morning game drive at the park then drive to Jinja, driving through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you a bout to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator at the trading centre of Nabusake marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and a local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere.
There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at Wavamuno shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on. Proceed on through Kampala head east passing through coffee, tea, and sugar plantations through the Mabira forest; a forest that has been to the public out cry when government unleashed plans to give it away to a sugar developer. In the forest enjoy the sight of primates, Birds, and Butterflies as you stop for a simple break, will proceed on to arrive in Jinja in the evening early. Overnight and dinner at either Jinja Nile Resort (Lodge facility) or Bilkon Hotel Jinja (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18: White Nile Water Rafting at Bujagali.
After breakfast go for the white water rafting at Bujagali. This lies down stream of the source of the Nile, it is the East African counterpart to more southerly `adrenaline capitals such as Victoria falls and cape town. This is the launching point of the famous white water rafting that ranks as one of the most thrilling but also one of the safest in the world, passing through three heat stopping grade five rapids in one day. Other activities include, kayaking, mountain biking, squad biking and a bungee jump from 44 m cliff above the Nile. Have lunch while rafting provided by the rafting company. Come back in the evening with yet new stories to tell hence having a spectacular ecotourism safaris in Uganda. Overnight and dinner at either Jinja Nile Resort (Lodge facility) or Bilkon Hotel Jinja (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 19: Drive from Jinja Source of the Nile to Mbale
On our best ecotourism safaris in Uganda and Rwanda we drive to the source of the longest river in Africa the Nile river. The source of the Nile eluded too heavily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victoria age. The desire to uncover this geographical holy creel inspired the epic journeys of exploration under taken by Dr. Livingston, HM Stanley, Burton and Speke.
It was Speke on a pioneering 1862 expedition around Lake Victoria who first controversially suggested that a small water fall flowing north words out of Lake Victoria might be the legendary source spring to the mighty Nile River, a theory that was confirmed by Stanley more than ten years later. Take a canoe for one hour ride to see the actual source of the Nile, thereafter transfer to Mbale. Overnight and dinner at either Sipi River Lodge (Lodge facility) or Lacam Lodge Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 20 best of ecotourism safaris in Uganda: Entebbe Airport
Morning is dedicated for a hike to Sipi Falls thereafter your lunch be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your flight and to say goodbye to Uganda with new stories to tell over to your friends back home. Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch End of service
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