Luxury Wildlife & Primates Holiday

10 days | tailored tour | Starts in Uganda & Ends in Kigali, Rwanda

Luxury Wildlife & Primates Holiday

Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights

The 10 Day Luxury wildlife and Primates Holiday (gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking) safari is an African dream holiday for travellers needing a slow getaway that’ll deliver a right dose of experience, fun, excitement and memorable stories into the Savannah and rainforest jungles of Uganda and Rwanda.

You’ll walk by the side of the famous Africa big five game on this safari covering almost all the major national parks and tourist attractions in the north, the western Uganda and Rwanda. We’ll take you high up the jungle into two great mountain gorilla habitats that found only in this part of the world and you’ll have a chance to hang with the mighty giants twice for maximum experience.

It is a luxury trip that gives the high touch of class but similar program can be done in mid-range accommodation to yield the same experience. Along the way there is a lot of scenic beauty, good comfortable accommodation and a 4×4 comfortable Landcruiser. The Luxury Wildlife & Primates Holiday safari will start in Entebbe-Uganda and end in Kigali-Rwanda.

Trip Summery

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe — Serena Lake Victoria Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Queen Elizabeth Park and boat cruise in the afternoon — Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 3: Morning lion tracking experience and evening game drive.
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking — Ishasha tree climbing lions — Ishasha Wilderness camp
Day 5: Game drive and then drive to Bwindi Forest — Trackers Lodge
Day 6: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
Day 7: Community cultural Experience drive to Bunyonyi — Bird nest Resort
Day 8: Island tour and drive to Volcanoes park — Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes N.Park
Day 10: Gorilla tracking
Day 11: Golden monkeys and drive to Kigali — Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 12: Genocide Memorial and fly back home

See Detailed Itinerary

Uganda’s Gorillas & Wildlife Adventure

Highlights

  • Arrival into Uganda
  • Boat cruises
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Lion Experience in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Gorilla Tracking Uganda
  • Gorilla tracking Rwanda
  • Golden Monkey tracking in Rwanda



The price includes: 

  • 4×4 Landcruiser car with fuel
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Border crossing fees
  • Double Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Shared Accommodation based on B, L, D

The Price does not Include:

  • Visa Fees
  • Tips and gratuities of different nature
  • Extra activities
  • Soft drinks or Alcoholic drinks
  • International and domestic air flights
  • Insurance

What to carry: Hiking boots, Rain jacket, long sleeved shirts/ blouses, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, cameras and extra batteries.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe — Serena Lake Victoria Hotel

Your private Luxury Wildlife & Primates Holiday driver will Meet you at Entebbe Airport, greet and transfer to the hotel. You will spend the evening relaxing ready for the early morning domestic flight and adventure the next day in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Arrive at the lodge later in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Journey Time: 45-1 Hour (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Lake Victoria Hotel

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 2: Fly to Queen Elizabeth Park — Kazinga Chanel Boat Cruise

After a quick Breakfast, you will drive to the airport ready for your transfer by air to Queen Elizabeth National park, the second largest National Park in Uganda. It is a medley of wonders because of its fabulous wildlife and many eye-catching attractions.

Queen Elizabeth NP is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda and named after Queen Elizabeth II visit in 1954. It covers an area of 1978sq.km and is situated between two big lakes, Lake George and Lake Edward as well as the 34km long Kazinga channel famous for the boat cruise which is usually the highlight of the trip. Also home to the famous tree climbing lions as well as the chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu forest.

You will land at Mweya Peninsular an area encircled by two water bodies that is Kazinga channel and the waters of Lake Edward leaving one way which is the entrance and the same time Exit.  You will check in and relax, have a hot lunch before set off for this wonderful activity which is non-other than a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel.

As the highlight of the trip in Queen Elizabeth park, this is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park, and taking a boat trip along Kazinga Channel gives the visitors a chance to cruise just a few meters from hundreds of enormous hippos since Kazinga channel is well known for its big number of Hippos of over 4800, Crocodiles sun basking and Buffaloes while Elephants linger along the shoreline. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. It takes about 2hours from the starting point to coming back.

You will then transfer to your hotel and as you drive keep your eyes on the game outside you may get a chance to see herds of elephants or more.  Return to the lodge for dinner and spend an overnight.

Journey Time: 4-6 Hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 3: Lion tracking experience and game drive in Kasenyi

Start this day with an early morning breakfast then set off for the classic African safari in the Kasenyi tracks, you will have an experiential lion experience in the Kasenyi area which offers virtually guaranteed Buffalos, Antelopes and Elephant sightings, along with warthogs.

The game drive takes place in  Kasenyi plains, in the northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park rich with wildlife, which is about 3-6 hours according to the season and the movement of these animals. This magnificent safari game experience includes much to see such as Herds of Elephants, Hippos, Buffalos, Antelopes like Uganda Kobs, Dafforsa Waterbuck and much more wildlife and on lucky days see a pride of lions and the solitary Leopard.

This Park is known to have the longest bird list in all East African protected National Parks, thus giving you a chance to see a lot of beautiful Savanna species.  Drive back for breakfast and relaxation, after noon go back for another game drive returning in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Journey Time: Al day Activities (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking, drive to Ishasha for tree climbing lions and drive further to Bwindi

After Breakfast, you will drive to Kalinzu forest reserve for the chimpanzee tracking. Arrive and you will be briefed and start the trekking usually done in groups of maximum 8 people. Time taken for the entire activity can only be determined by the members of the group, age, last sighting and time of starting but usually between 2 to 4 hours on average

The famous Kalinzu forest sits on 147 sq. Km and boasts of about 414 Species of trees, it harbors 378 Species of Birds, 262 Butterflies, 97 Moths, Reptiles, Flowers and six different Species of Primates, Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys and home to the Chimpanzees. One of the major activities done is chimpanzee tracking the second-best place to track chimpanzees in Uganda with the success rate of 80%. After the briefing, start the walk-in search for the chimpanzees and once you locate them you will spend one full hour with them and then return to the starting point to continue your journey on safari. Drive further to southern sector of Ishasha in search for the tree climbing lions. Arrive in the early evening for a game drive in search for the tree climbing lions. Later drive Bwindi Impenetrable national park arriving early evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Journey Time: 7 – 9 hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Trackers Lodge  

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 5: Big day, the awaited Gorilla Tracking

Today is the big day; prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorillas. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will wake up very early in the morning and carry packed breakfast and packed lunch, drive to the starting point of the gorilla tracking depending on the available permits will take about 3-9 hours.

Tracking is a captivation and unforgettable experience which more than repays the efforts needed to reach Bwindi or Mgahinga and to trek through the forest. Gorilla tracking can be challenging and needs one to be reasonable fit before undertaking to venture into the activity.

Gorilla tracking starts at 8:00am and lasts from a few hours to a whole day depending on where the Gorillas where left the previous day. This means you shall have to carry you packed Lunch and enough driving water. Once the gorillas are located, you will spend one whole hour with them and then later return to the starting point for pick up.

Then drive to Later to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Journey Time: All day Activities (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Trackers Lodge

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 6: Community tour — Holiday at Lake Bunyonyi

Breakfast at leisure, you will then go for the experience with the community tour. This is one of your first community encounters like the Batwa experience, women sustainable project and the hike itself. You will then start your journey towards lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi which means a place of very many birds. This lake is the Africa’s second deepest Lake with about 900M. This is situated in the south-western part of Uganda and has about 29 islands amongst these include the Punishment Island. This is a beautiful place with beautiful scenery accompanied by good historical attachments. While on this lake you will do an optional boat cruise around the lake and visit all the 29 Islands and enjoy the cool breath of the lake or swim. Arrive late in the evening for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Journey Time: 4-6 Hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Bird nest Resort

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 7: Bunyonyi Island Tour and travel to Volcanoes National park

Breakfast at leisure, you will then go for the Bunyonyi island boat cruise tour which last about 3 hours and then return for lunch at the lodge, later drive to volcanoes national park arriving in time for relaxation dinner and overnight.

As part of the Virunga Massive complex, the volocanoes national park was first gazetted in 1925 primarily intended to conserve and protect the mountain gorillas from poachers. It is believed to be the very first National Park to be created in Africa.

The park later became very famous because of the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the mountain gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. Her arrival changed the whole conservation message of the then endangered mountain gorillas, shedding light to the world and how important it was to save the gorillas from extinction. She was murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life. Fossey’s life later was popularized by the Hollywood movie Gorillas in the Mist, sharing her life and passion for the conservation.

Journey Time: 4-6 Hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 8: Big day, the awaited second gorillatracking

Today is another big day; prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Gorillas in the mist at volcanoes mountain: the rare mountain gorillas. This will be your second highlight of their tour in Rwanda. You will wake up very early in the morning and carry packed breakfast and packed lunch, drive to the starting point of the gorilla tracking. It will take about 3-6 hours.

Tracking is a captivation and unforgettable experience which more than repays the efforts needed to reach the volcanoes. Gorilla tracking can be challenging and needs one to be reasonable fit before undertaking to venture into the activity.

Gorilla tracking starts at 7:00am and lasts from a few hours to a whole day depending on where the Gorillas where left the previous day. This means you shall have to carry you packed Lunch and enough driving water. Once the gorillas are located, you will spend one whole hour with them and then later return to the starting point for pick up.

Then drive to Later to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Journey Time: 4-6 Hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 9: Golden Monkey tracking and drive to Kigali

Today is the other big day; prepare yourself for an encounter with the Golden monkeys still in the volcano’s mountain.  You will wake up very early in the morning and carry packed breakfast and packed lunch, drive to the starting point of the park headquarters.

Golden monkeys are also listed as endangered and can be found in Volcanoes national park as well as Mgahinga National Park of Uganda. Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys troops that are available for visiting by tourists in the park, both of which make about 80 members. Golden monkeys live in the bamboo vegetation areas towards the base of the volcanic mountains. The habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists. Trekking golden monkeys and gorillas is a similar experience time frame. In small groups of no more than eight people, and you can spend one hour with the monkeys once you find them. The location of them and the experience there after is fulfilling as they go about their business feeding, jumping from tree to tree which is really interesting and a little difficult to photograph but once rested they are photogenic and friendly showing off. After the tracking and locating you will spend one hour with the golden monkeys and later drive to Kigali for dinner and overnight.

Journey Time: 5-8 Hours (Depending on activities involved, can be less or more)
Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel

Meal Plan:  Full Board Basis

Day 10: Genocide Memorial visit and depart to home

Today is the last day where you will visit the genocide memorial and short Kigali tour, then drive to the Airport for your flight and end of the tour.

In April 1994 there were reports of ethnic clashes resulting into mass murder within Rwanda. As this news circulated throughout the world, little or no intervention was done to halt the massive brutal killing. To outsiders the news of the genocide was just simple and based on tribal-based ethnic violence, with the Tutsis the victims and the Hutus as the perpetrators.

There are speculations of how many lost their lives but the actual numbers may never be known however there are just estimations of 500,000 and over a million. The Kigali Genocide Memorial commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The remains of over 250,000 people are buried and remembered here. It is a center that talks about forgiveness, pain, remembrance and also a learning tool of how important human life is. The Centre further displays laces where similar atrocities have been committed to give a clear message that it is wrong and should not have happened in the first place and those who seek to know what actually wish to understand the events leading up to the events of 1994.

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