RWANDA SAFARI - A PRIVATE TRIP TO QE, BWINDI, RWANDA AND L.MBURO
Day 1 Your safari guide will pick you from your hotel and depart by road heading west for Queen Elizabeth National Park. This scenic drive will take approx 5-6 hours. You will stop over at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some few interesting facts. We will then head through the volcanic formation of the western rift valley towards Queen Elizabeth. This park is a host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. There over 560 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology (FB)
Day 2 This morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge is a home of very many bird species.
We will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip alongon Kazinga channel. This will give you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to the lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology (FB)
Day 3 This morning, we will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (FB)
Day 4 Go gorilla tracking! Walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! Tracking in Bwindi requires stamina and can often take most of the day. In the afternoon, go for a leisurely nature or community walk.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (FB)
Day 5 After breakfast leave for Rwanda. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi Guest house (FB)
Day 6 Early morning you enter the gorilla sanctuary of Parc National des Volcans, the rain tropical forest covering the hills surrounding Virunga Volcanoes. The trekking is a demanding but rewarding experience. Ensure you bring with you enough water and the packed lunch. The time spent in the forest depends on the movements of the primates in their natural environment. After the activity you return at leisure for dinner and overnight.Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi Guest House (FB)
Day 7 After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park. This scenic drive will take you to Mbarara where you will stop for lunch before making our final descent to Lake Mburo National Park. This Park is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. Bird viewing opportunities are excellent - for birders, this is one of the best places to find African fin foot, papyrus bush shrike. After checking in, go for a game drive in the rolling hills and open grasslands. The lovely landscape is a home to Impala, Waterbuck, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Klipspringers, Crested Crane, and the elusive Shoebill Stork.
Overnight at Luxury Mantana Tented camp/Basic Rwonyo Rest Camp (FB)
Day 8 After an early morning breakfast you will have a guided nature walk. A ranger guide takes you on foot to the bush. Lake Mburo is the only place in this part of Uganda where you can see zebra and Impala and it’s also the best place to see the African Eland, Africa’s largest antelope! You will arrive at Kampala in the late afternoon.
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Quoted price includes;
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Gorilla permit in Uganda and Rwanda @$500each
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation and meals
- Boat trip
- Game drives and other related activities
- But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges.