18 days Journey through Africa

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Trip highlights of the 18 days Journey through Africa trip:

This 18 days Journey through Africa trip itinerary will take place in Uganda and Rwanda. Arriving in Uganda via Entebbe International Airport and departing through Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.

In Uganda, you will visit Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and in Rwanda you will visit Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Park. In Uganda you will take part in game drives, boat rides on the Nile and Kazinga Channel, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest, bigodi swamp walk and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi. And in Rwanda you will trek the Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys and enjoy a canopy walk too.

Day 1:  ARRIVAL

After arriving Entebbe International Airport, you will clear with immigration, proceed to the arrivals where you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (High-end Accommodation) or The Boma Guest House (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,-,-

Day 2: DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, drive to the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park formerly known as Kabalega National Park. This park derives its name from the Murchison Falls which is a 7 meter canyon where the Mighty River Nile forces itself from a narrow gorge pouring down with a thunderous roar. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Murchison River Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 3: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS

Enjoy a morning game drive through the Savanna where you will see herds of Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, Kobs, Oribi, Jackson’s Hartebeest and various bird species that include the forest and water birds and the Albertine Rift endemics thereafter return to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon, you will have a boat ride to the bottom of the falls whence the park derives its name. You will see groups of Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of animals that come to drink water at the River banks and a variety of bird species too.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Murchison River Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 4: DRIVE TO FORT PORTAL

Drive to Fort Portal Town / Kibale National Park. Fort Portal was founded as a garrison for British soldiers by Gerald Portal from whom the town derives its name. And is the only town with an English name in Uganda. Here you will see many tea plantations producing high quality tea for local and export market and views of the mighty misty Mountains of the Moon; the Rwenzori mountains.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Kibale Forest Camp (Medium Accommodation) 

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 5:  CHIMPANZEE TREKKING AND BIGODI SWAMP WALK

On this day, after breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for briefing and proceed for a morning Chimpanzee trekking experience in the company of an experienced ranger guide, you will search for Kibale Forest’s resident Chimpanzees and also have a chance to see other primates such as Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red Colobus, Red-tailed and Blue monkeys. In the afternoon you will enjoy a walk through the papyrus swamps of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Kibale Forest Camp (Medium Accommodation) 

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 6:  FORT PORTAL – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will be assisted with checking out and after settling the bill for extras if any start your drive to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park. The second most visited Park and the most popular savannah reserve in Uganda. This Park has the highest variety of habitats and wildlife too. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Enganzi Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 7:  GAME DRIVE AND BOAT RIDE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

After an early breakfast, you will proceed for a game drive; through the Kasenyi and North Kazinga plains where you will see herds of Elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes, etc…

In the afternoon after lunch at the lodge, you will have a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel en-route you will see groups of Hippos and Buffalos a few metres away. You will see some animals coming to drink water at the banks and a various bird species.

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Enganzi Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 8:  QUEEN – KISORO 

After breakfast, you will be assisted with checking out and start your drive to the South Western part of Uganda to Kisoro town near the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home to the great apes the Mountain Gorillas.

Accommodation: Clouds Mount. Gorilla Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Chameleon Hill Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 9: GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter go to the start points and off you will proceed into the Impenetrable Forest to enjoy the highlight of the safari. Trekking the Great Apes the Mountain Gorillas is a once in a lifetime and worthwhile experience which takes between 2–6 hours. You will then return to your Lodge for lunch, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Clouds Mount. Gorilla Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Chameleon Hill Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 10: KISORO – MUSANZE / VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at your hotel, along with your driver guide you will start your drive to Rwanda crossing via the Cyanika border. After dealing with the immigration formalities you will proceed to Musanze town to your lodge. Lunch and dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 11: GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA

After a very early breakfast at the lodge, you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter drive to the trail heads the start point for your amazing adventure. 18 days Journey through Africa trip, best trip to Africa with gorilla trekking

You will be trekking the Great Apes, the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This activity could take between 2-6 hours. Rwanda has 12 habituated groups of Mountain Gorillas scattered all over the Park. You will spend an hour watching the habituated group going about their normal day playing, eating… etc

Upon return from your trek, you will be driven back to the lodge where you will have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the lodge facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 12: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING IN RWANDA

After a very early breakfast at the lodge, drive to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter drive to the trail heads for another highlight of the Volcanoes National Park, trekking the Golden Monkeys which usually takes 4 hrs. When you encounter the habituated Primates and spend an hour with them as they go about their normal day. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive by nature hence spend their day leaping from bamboo branches. After the trek, you will return to the Resort to have lunch and spend the rest of the day enjoying the lodge facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 13: MUSANZE – DRIVE TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast start your drive to Nyungwe National Park passing via Gisenyi having lunch en-route. Arriving your lodge in the evening. Dinner at your lodge.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 14: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING AND CANOPY WALK

On this day you will depart the lodge with packed breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for briefing and then proceed to the starting points into the forest. During this trek you will see a variety of bird species and the Primates. You will be allowed to stay in the presence of the Chimpanzees for an hour as you enjoy watching them go about their normal day. You then return to the lodge to rest and have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will once again proceed to the park headquarters for a canopy walk briefing. Experience the forest from a dazzling perspective on the canopy walkway the only one of its kind in East Africa. Dinner and overnight stay. 18 days Journey through Africa trip, best trip to Africa with gorilla trekking

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 15: REST DAY

You will spend this day relaxing at the lodge and enjoying its facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 16: COLOBUS MONKEY TREK

After breakfast at the Resort, proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and start your Colobus Monkey trek. These Primates are Old World Monkeys of the genus Colobus native to the African continent. They are black with white fur on their necks and backs. As you walk through the rainforest you will be amazed how large they are in number; about 400 individuals in a group comprising the largest group of the Angolan Colobus Monkeys in Africa. This trek isn’t as tiresome as the Chimpanzee trek tends to be. You will see a good number of them at the tree tops as they swing from one branch to another. Return to the Resort in time for lunch. Then spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Resort and enjoying its facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 17: NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK – KIGALI

After a relaxed breakfast at the resort, you will be assisted with checking out; then you will start your drive to Kigali. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel Kigali (High-end Accommodation) or Onomo Hotel Kigali (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,-,-

Day 18: DEPARTURE

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will be assisted with checking out; then you will start your drive to Kigali International Airport to catch your departure International flight.

Includes for the 18 days Journey through Africa trip:

  • Uganda Gorilla permits $700 per person
  • Rwanda Gorilla permits $1,500 per person
  • 17 nights’ accommodation with meals as indicated in the itinerary above
  • Activities shown in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Game drives
  • Boat rides
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Golden Monkey trekking in Rwanda
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park
  • Canopy walk
  • Colobus Monkey trekking in Nyungwe National Park
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Government taxes

Excludes for the 18 days Journey through Africa trip:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature

Dear Guests,

Greetings from All Budget Gorilla Safaris!

We hope that you, your families, teams, and communities are well.

We wish to update you on the Ebola situation in Uganda currently in the affected districts of Mubende and Kasanda. These are transit districts with nothing to stop about or any tourist enroute attraction.

In the affected districts, the situation is under control by the healthy authorities. The public is advised to adhere to the set guideline in preventing the spread of the disease including not coming in to contact with the suspected Ebola victim.

The safety and health of our guests are of the highest priority and we urge them to observe the set guidelines in place as communicated by the Ministry of Health as they enjoy the various sites in the country.

Tourism is open in Uganda and no experience has been suspended. Relatedly, our government also advised tourists against cancellation of bookings to Uganda emphasizing that “the Ebola outbreak is in just two districts of Mubende and Kassanda which are being managed well-given experience from handling past epidemics and pandemics.”

All passengers entering the country through airport and land borders are screened to ensure the safety of every traveler.

If the situation gets unbearable, we will definitely update you on the same.

In the meantime, tourism is ongoing and open in Uganda and we continue providing memorable and enriching travel experiences in Uganda.

Thank you again for your collaboration as we navigate this time together.
Management.