10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari

10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari [Gorilla Trek, Chimps, & Golden Monkey Tracking]

Embarking on the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari is an immersive journey through the captivating landscapes and vibrant cultures of these East African nations. The adventure begins with the awe-inspiring gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where travelers delve into the misty forests in search of the elusive mountain gorillas, forging unforgettable connections with these gentle giants. From there, the expedition continues to the picturesque shores of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi, offering moments of tranquility amidst breathtaking scenery.


Moving on to Nyungwe National Park, chimpanzee tracking unveils the fascinating world of our closest relatives, while a serene excursion to Mabamba Swamp provides the rare opportunity for shoebill tracking, allowing travelers to witness these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. As the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari journey progresses, a visit to Kigali City offers a glimpse into Rwanda’s rich history and vibrant urban life, with a tour of cultural landmarks and poignant memorials providing insights into the country’s resilience and progress.

Finally, the adventure culminates in Akagera National Park, where thrilling 10 Days Rwanda Uganda wildlife safari offers sightings of Africa’s iconic Big Five amidst the picturesque savannahs and rolling hills. From the misty mountains to the tranquil lakeshores, the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari is a testament to the extraordinary beauty and biodiversity of these East African gems, leaving travelers with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Rwanda and Uganda.

 

10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari Highlights

 

Detailed 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari

9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari

gorilla trekking in Uganda

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Kampala

Located in south-western Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities – the forest is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth. This 10 Days Rwanda Uganda gorilla safari experience takes place among a rugged landscape of dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys, and steep ridges.

The untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its breath-taking natural beauty and unique ecological significance, and aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other draw cards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of bird to spot, and a variety of brightly-coloured butterflies to identify. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes, three of which are still active.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic drive from Kampala to Bwindi Forest
  • Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

 

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Batwa Cultural tour

Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Before 8:00 am, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30 minutes to 5-6 hours). A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Batwa Experience and Batwa Craft Banda

Batwa Cultural Experience

Batwa Cultural Experience

The Batwa Experience was created by the displaced Batwa pygmies to educate their children and to share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world. Since 1992, the Batwa have been unable to live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, their ancestors’ home. Yet they have not forgotten the old ways.

Step back in time to see how the Batwa lived for millenia in the Bwindi, one of the most beautiful jungles on earth and home of the famous mountain gorillas. Enjoy an incredible day hike in the rain forest with Batwa guides, see how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

 

Day 3: Adrenaline Experience at Lake Bunyonyi

Located in southern Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and is home to a variety of water birds, giving it the name ‘place of little birds. This spectacularly scenic lake is dotted with gorgeous misty islands and surrounded by verdant, undulating, terraced hillsides. It is also a popular stop-off on the way to the famed gorillas that live nearby and unlike many lakes in East Africa, it is crocodile, hippo and bilharzia free. The 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari Highlights include camping on one of the islands, swimming in the lake’s crystal-clear waters, bird watching, canoeing, and hiking.

  • Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-Range), Arcadia Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic adrenaline experience at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water
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lake Bunyonyi

Day 4: Transfer to Gisenyi City Rwanda

Situated at Lake Kivu’s northeast corner and neighbouring the Congolese city of Goma, Gisenyi is a scenic Rwandan town at the foot of fertile hills. The town offers an excellent variety of activities, including an array of watersports. Gorgeous beaches provide the perfect setting for leisurely days – the Gisenyi Public Beach offers a charming location for swimming and picnicking – along with numerous lovely restaurants. Visitors can kayak, boat, take hikes to see gorillas, or go on historical and cultural tours. Don’t miss the opportunity to meander through the atmospheric Main Market, go beer tasting at the brewery, or visit the local youth cultural center to see kids practice dance, music, and gymnastics.

  • Destination: Lake Kivu, Gisenyi
  • Accommodation: The Palm Beach Resort (Mid-Range), Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic drive transfer to Gisenyi at Ease
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

 

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park    

Situated in south-western Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity and its wide range of endemic species. The park is composed of lush tracts of rainforest set high up on fertile mountain slopes. It is one of Africa’s most ancient forests and the home of Rwanda’s sole remaining chimpanzee population, as well as 85 additional mammal species, 43 reptile species, nearly 300 bird species and over 1000 plant species. Visitors can enjoy spotting Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees hiding in the trees, hiking on a well-maintained network of trails passing through lush equatorial rainforest and catching a glimpse of a beautiful array of colourful birdlife. Don’t miss the thrilling Canopy Walk; it is one of its kind in Africa and offers impressive views of the forest.

  • Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Mid-Range), One&Only Nyungwe House (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic drive transfer to Nyungwe Forest
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water
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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 6: Full Day Adventure in Nyungwe Forest National Park          

Nyungwe Forest National Park Cyamudongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking

Located within the Nyungwe National Park, the Nyungwe Forest National Park Cyamudongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking provides visitors with a unique chimpanzee experience. Visitors will follow a path through the lush vegetation to a point where they will be able to witness the chimpanzees acting out their daily activities, such as waking up, eating and socialising within their natural environment.

Canopy Walk

Suspended above ravine amidst the lush vegetation and montane forest of the Nyungwe National Park, Canopy Walk offers participants an exhilarating perspective atop the ancient treetops and wildlife. The 160 meters long suspended bridge is accessible as a part of a guided hike along the Igishigishigi trail or those hiking the Imbaraga and Umuyove trails.

  • Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Mid-Range), One&Only Nyungwe House (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic drive transfer to Nyungwe Forest
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

 

Day 7: Transfer to Kigali City

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across lush undulating hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options. It also offers a collection of restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops. With its interesting architecture, busy streets, meandering boulevards, and green hillsides, Kigali is said to be one of the most attractive cities in Africa and is definitely worth a visit.

  • Destination: Kigali City
  • Accommodation: Onomo Hotel Kigali (Mid-Range), Serena Hotel Kigali (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy a scenic drive transfer to Kigali City
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water
Amboseli National Park

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Day 8: Mantis Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park offers a truly exceptional wildlife experience. It is the only Big-5 reserve in Rwanda and is also home to the rare swamp-dwelling Sitatunga.

Guests also have the opportunity to see an abundance of birdlife, including the rare Shoebill stork, the endangered papyrus Gonolex and the much sought-after Red-faced Barbet. With over 500 recorded species, Akagera is one of the best birding environs in the world with the highest recorded number of species per unit area.

The Park has a unique diversity of habitats, including lakes, marshes, savannah, mountains and woodland, and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Mantis Akagera Game Lodge stands on a hill at the southern tip of the Akagera National Park elevated above the savannah, with exceptional views of Lake Ihema. With 59 rooms, a conference venue, restaurant, and bar, and a spectacular pool deck, the Lodge is the perfect home base while conferencing or exploring the conservation treasures of Akagera National Park.

Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum

Located just outside of Kigali City Centre in the Gasabo district, Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. The centre is an extremely moving, challenging, educational and ultimately inspiring as well as a great place to understand the cause, tragedy and successful rebuilding post-genocide.

The memorial hosts a tour which is transparent and educational but very sombre and humbling when guests realise that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial.

  • Destination: Akagera National Park
  • Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge (Mid-Range), Akagera Transit Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy Kigali city tour and transfer to Akagera national park
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

Kigali Genocide Memorial

Day 9: Akagera National Park Game Drive

Lead by the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari guide, Akagera National Park Game Drive occurs early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. While driving along the park tracks in a 4WD Safari vehicle, passengers will have the chance to spot animals such as hyenas, elephants, various buffalo and lions.

  • Destination: Akagera National Park
  • Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge (Mid-Range), Akagera Transit Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activity: Enjoy Kigali city tour and transfer to Akagera national park
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Drinking Water

 

Day 10: End of 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari

As the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari draws to a close, travelers find themselves immersed in the breathtaking landscapes of Akagera National Park. From the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where encounters with mountain gorillas left indelible memories, to the vast rainforest of Nyungwe Forest National Park teeming with wildlife, this journey has been a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences.

As the 10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari culminates in Akagera, the rhythmic symphony of nature welcomes them with open arms. Here, amidst the verdant plains and shimmering lakes, they witness the harmonious coexistence of diverse species, reaffirming the delicate balance of life in this remarkable corner of Africa.

  • Destination: Kigali Airport
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Activity: Transfer from Akagera National Park to Kigali Airport
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, & Drinking Water

10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

10 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • COVID test fees
  • Optional Activities -such as Kayaking on Lake Kivu
  • Visa fees into Rwanda & Uganda
  • Insurance
  • Tips and expenses of personal nature
  • Any items of personal nature.

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Destinations: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, & DR. Congo.

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