Uganda & Rwanda wildlife & cultural itinerary Day One:
Entebbe – Kampala: Travel Time: 42 km, 1 hour
Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Churchill Safaris representative, and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Optional Activities: 1. City Tour: Depending on your time of your arrival explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala. Discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda tribe laid their kings to rest or the Bahai Temple, etc. 2. Eat Out: Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. Stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food! Accommodation: Luxury: Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Serena Resort was made to imitate a classic rustic Roman villa. Elegant and refined, Lake Victoria Serena Resort lives up to the high standards of Serena hotels. www.serenahotels.com/serenalakevictoria/default-en.html
Days Two-Three: Kampala – Bwindi southern part Travel Time: Approx. 8 hours Note that there is an option of flying for 1 hour &15 minutes. After breakfast, your guide will pick you from kampala and drive you to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq. km and boasts 90 mammal species, the infamous mountain gorillas, a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon etc. You will stop en route to look at the Royal Drum makers, see the Equator where you can stand in both hemispheres simultaneously. From there you continue through the terraced hillsides of Uganda arriving to Bwindi in the evening in time for dinner. Accommodation: Southern Part of Bwindi (Nkuringo side/Kahungi): Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Sitting pretty on top of an extended ridge, high above Lake Mutanda, the Chameleon Hill Lodge only gets better as one gets closer to it and finally enters the imposing gate. A large deck extends from the interior of the main building and offering visitors to step out and stand in awe, as on sunny days the Virunga volcanoes form the backdrop of the vista of the lake and its dozen islands and even on a clouded day, the sight is still so compelling. Mgahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo mark the distant horizon, a landmark sight imprinted forever in a visitor’s mind. Each walk to the cottages is decorated in a different color. Following a series of stairs both inside and outside alongside a contour of garden you will be led to reach the last or 10th cottage. Inside, the rooms are tastefully and artfully decorated, from little glass bead fish hanging from the windows to the matching cushion décor which sees itself replicated in the paintings above the bed. Enjoy Breakfast as part buffet and part a la carte affair and lunch served with salad and main course, home baked bread and dinner a three course menu. The beers are cold, the tea is served steaming hot and those settling for some wine, there is mostly some great South African vintages. www.chameleonhill.com
Uganda & Rwanda wildlife & cultural itinerary Day Three: Gorilla tracking This morning you will set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all. If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon. Optional Activities: Batwa Trail: During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are then invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King to be entertained by traditional music and dance. Village Walk: Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour! Among others, meet a traditional healer, who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants.
Day Four: Bwindi â€“ Rwanda Your safari continues as you depart for Rwanda arriving in time for lunch. Relax at the lodge and get ready for the following days second gorilla tracking. Accomodation: The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is the new mid range lodge in the area and is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The lodge has 30 individual cottages built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. Being at altitude, it can get cold therefore each cottage has a fire in the room. The stone and thatch cottages each have en-suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. A restaurant and bar are also in place. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give them privacy from each other. This is a great location with superb views of the volcanoes.
Day Five: second gorilla tracking in Parc de national Today you set off for gorilla trekking in Parc des Volcans. Ascending the slopes of the Virungas, you will be immersed in the dense, lush rainforest. The vibrant birdcalls and squabbles of the golden monkeys will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat. Starring into the eyes of these gentle giants is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Returning in the afternoon you can go for the optional Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance, where you will be entertained, and learn more about Rwandan culture, music, dance, and drama. Or take a visit to the twin lakes before returning to the lodge in the evening.
Ruhengere â€“ Kigali
Today your safari will continue to Kigali. The two-hour drive through the rolling hills of Rwanda takes you via the base of the magnificent volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range. Arrive in the afternoon and explore the city by visiting the Genocide Museum and the Caplaki Crafts Center.
Uganda & Rwanda wildlife & cultural itinerary
Day Seven: Kigali â€“ fly out Have breakfast and then transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Quotations: If there are 2- 4 pax on safari, the cost per person will be $2,430 excluding the gorilla permits. Single supplement $320 Cost inclusions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Park entrance fees. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide. Water while on safari. All airport pick-ups and drops. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are: 1. Gorilla permits($600 for uganda and $750 for Rwanda) , optional activities or forest walks 2. Phone calls and bar bills 3. Personal insurance 4. Laundry 5. Air fare 6. All other Services of a personal nature. 7. Driver guideâ€™s gratuity. Important: Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.