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Uganda and Ruanda

Rwanda , Uganda | 14 days

Travel offer Overview

The two countries Rwanda and Uganda are the green heart of East Africa with many lakes and mountain landscapes. This safari is particularly suitable for adventurous hikers, bird lovers and safari enthusiasts.

On this tour you have the opportunity to visit both the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda and to explore the wildlife and landscape of Uganda.

Destinationen

Uganda:

  • Murchison Falls
  • Bwindi
  • Kibale Forest
  • Lake Mburo
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ruanda:

  • Volcanoes National Park
Country Rwanda , Uganda
Accommodation Mid range
Food Fullboard

Category

Safari
Culture
Mountains

Price category

Mid-range

Travel type

Duration

14 days

Price

from 5240 €
Individual trip
per person

Details

Stations

Ruanda Uganda interaktive Karte
  • Murchison Falls Nationalpark

  • Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark

  • Kibale Forest Nationalpark

  • Entebbe

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Nationalpark

  • Volcanoes Nationalpark

Impressions

Murchison Falls

Detailed travel plan

  • Day 1

    Entebbe

    Arrival in Entebbe.

    Since July 1, 2016, a visa can only be applied for online on the visas.immigration.go.ug website. Scanned passport copies, passport photos, evidence of yellow fever vaccination and, if necessary, other evidence must be uploaded. Once the procedure has been completed, the visa will be issued upon presentation of your passport and original evidence as well as payment of the visa fee (cash, in US dollars or local currency) upon entry.

    The visa fee - currently US $ 50 for a simple tourist visa

    Accommodation: Fairway Hotel

  • Day 2

    Entebbe - Ziwa Conservation Station - Murchison Falls National Park

    After breakfast your tour takes you to the Murchison Falls National Park in northwest Uganda. On the way you will visit the Ziwa rhino sanctuary. The station was set up to protect the rhinos after they were almost extinct. On a guided tour you will learn many details about these impressive animals, which are still threatened with extinction and are among the Big Five in Africa.

    After the tour you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Before checking into the lodge, stop at Baker Summit. At this point the Nile plunges 43 meters into a rocky canyon. An incomparable view. Then it goes along the Nile to the accommodation.

    Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
    Meals: B / L / D

  • Day 3

    Murchison Falls Nationalpark

    Today you start early in the morning in the national park to watch the animals at sunrise, as they are most active at this time. Keep an eye out for elephants, giraffes, buffalo, lions, leopards and antelopes. After the morning game drive, return to the lodge and relax by the pool until the afternoon.

    In the afternoon you take a boat tour on the Nile to the Murchison Falls. You can find crocodiles, hippos in the river and buffalo, waterfowl and monkeys on the banks. The closer you get to the 43m high falls, the louder the noise level becomes.

  • Day 4

    Murchison Falls - Kibale

    After hopefully sighting the Big 5, today you will go through small villages and tea plantations, past countless terraces to the Kibale Forest. Home to up to 12 different species of monkeys.

  • Day 5

    Chimpanzee trekking and visit to the Bigodi sanctuary

    Kibale Forest is home to the highest number of primate species including chimpanzees. In Uganda there are currently around 4950 wild chimpanzees, for which the forest offers a perfect home. The tour starts at 8:00 a.m. During the tracking with the ranger he will show you the different species and also share his knowledge with you about the plants on the way. After the chimpanzee trek, you will return to your accommodation. In the afternoon you visit the Bigodi reserve - here you will find various primate species as well as over 200 bird species, reptiles and tree species. After that, you will return to the accommodation.

  • Day 6

    Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark 

    Today after breakfast you drive into the mountains of Uganda to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drives en route through the open savannah and the Rift Valley. At 2 a.m., embark on a boat tour on the Kazinga Canal. This connects Lake Edward with Lake George. From here you can watch buffalo, elephants, crocodiles and hippos.

  • Day 7

    Ishasha – Bwindi

    After breakfast, head to Kihihi Town - you will drive through the Ishasha Plains, which form part of Queen Elizabeth Park. If you are lucky, you will see lions climbing the trees.

    The journey continues through the mountains - deep into the southwestern part of Uganda near Rwanda. You spend the night in the evergreen highlands.

  • Day 8

    Gorilla Trekking

    Today is the highlight of your Uganda trip: a visit to the mountain gorillas. Early in the morning you will be briefed by the rangers and assigned to the guides before you go into the rainforest. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

    The gorillas you will visit belong to one of nine families that will tolerate human presence for a short time during the day. On your two-hour hike to the gorillas through the mountain slopes, your guide will explain a lot about their life and habitat. Then you can spend a maximum of 1 hour with the gorillas and watch them. Then it goes back to the accommodation.

  • Day 9

    Uganda - Ruanda

    In the morning you leave Bwindi and drive south to the Ugandan-Rwandan border.

    Since November 1st, 2014, a visa is required for German citizens to enter Rwanda. This can be requested for a price of 30 US $ (also payable in €) upon entry and issued for a period of 90 days.

    In principle, it is also possible to apply for an East African Visa, valid for multiple entries for the countries Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Berlin. The costs for this are US $ 100.

    When you arrive in Kabale, you will get a first impression of the volcanic landscape of Rwanda. From here it is not far to the Parc National des Volcans and after another short drive you will reach your accommodation and can prepare for the gorilla tracking the next day.

  • Day 10

    Gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans

    Your day starts very early, as you should be at the ranger station for registration before 7.45 a.m. After a briefing by the rangers, the trek through the bush to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda begins. The hike can take from half an hour to 7 hours - depending on where the gorilla families are. For this tour you need good endurance and sturdy, broken-in shoes. The afternoon is free.

  • Day 11

    Cultural Tour - Return to Uganda

    Today you leave Rwanda and return to Uganda. On the way you will visit a village in Rwanda and learn a little more about the local way of life. Your destination is the city of Kisoro. You will spend the night in the famous Traveller’s Rest House, where Dian Fossey stayed during her visits to Uganda. This part of Uganda is often referred to as the "Switzerland of Uganda".

  • Day 12

    Lake Mburo Nationalpark

    After breakfast you leave Kisoro and continue to Lake Mburo National Park. The path leads you through the beautiful Kabale highlands. Here you will find green, economically used hills as well as views of spectacular valleys and gorges. The altitude in this district is between 1219 m and 2347 m above sea level. Because of this altitude, the climate is cooler here than in the rest of the country. From your accommodation you have a wonderful view of this great landscape.

  • Day 13

    Lake Mburo National Park - boat tour (option: hike, mountain bike or horse safari)

    Today you will visit Lake Mburo National Park. Explore the park in the morning during your game drives. Zebras, giraffes, buffalo, elands, topi, leopards and many more call Lake Mburo their home.

    Optionally, you can also spend the morning on a guided hike with a ranger, who can use the footprints and other traces to explain exactly which animal was walking here a few hours ago. Alternatively, you can also ride a mountain bike through the park or explore the area on horseback (only for experienced riders).

    Surcharge for a hike or mountain bike tour: € 15 per person and for the riding safari: € 60 per person.

    In the afternoon you change your perspective and take a boat across the lake.

  • Day 14

    Igongo Museum - departure

    Your stay in Uganda is drawing to a close. In the morning you will visit the Igongo Cultural Museum - here you will find a collection of handicrafts, photographs and information about the way of life and traditions of the kingdoms in southern Uganda and the neighboring neighbors.

    You can choose from the following tours:

    Medicinal plants
    Visit a local school
    Traditional dance performance or music performance
    Local handicrafts
    Hike
    To ride a donkey
    Visit to local farmers

    You will then leave western Uganda and return to Entebbe. On the way you will have a stop on the equator before you continue to the airport and say goodbye to Uganda.

    The tour ends at the airport and we wish you a safe departure / onward journey!

Fairway Hotel

The Fairway Hotel & Spa was founded 40 years ago and therefore is a witness of the last decades in Uganda's history. On the opposite you can find Uganda's golf court and close by the sights of Kampala, as well as shops and restaurants. 

 


Murchison River Lodge

The Murchison River Lodge is located on the Southern shore of Nile with a view over Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. In a beautiful surrounding this lodge offers accommodation from budget camping to tents with shower and toilet to small cottages. 

 


Crater Safari Lodge

The Crater Safari Lodge is located on the shores of the Nyinabuiltwa Crater Lake, only a few minutes from Kibale National Park. It fits perfectly in the surroundings and is one of the most ecofriendly accommodations in Uganda. There are 9 luxurious cottages, built in African style. 

 


Ihamba Safari Lodge

The Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge is located on the shores of Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. In this accommodation you will find peace and a piece of pristine Africa. It evokes an enchanting charme and a very special atmosphere. From your cottage you have a great view over Lake George. 

 


Gorilla Valley Lodge

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is only a stone's throw away from this accommodation. The mountain gorillas are considered neighbours, who come over for a visit in the gardens. The landscape surrounding the lodge is unique. Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee on your patio in the morning and enjoy the view over the home of the gentle giants. 

 


Muhabura Hotel

On a visit to the land of thousand hills, don't miss to stay in the Muhabura Hotel. It is located in the northern province in Musanze. There are 30 rooms and apartments with comfortable atmosphere and favourable prices. Here you can relax after a gorilla trekking. 

 


Traveller's Rest House

The Travellers Rest House is located just outside Kisoro, the outmost Southwestern part of Uganda on the border to DR Congo. The hotel was built in colonial style and was completely renovated in 1999. It has 12 rooms and offers a comfortable surrounding to relax after gorilla trekkings or day excursions to the volcanos or forests nearby. The landscaped gardens are a paradise for many birds, which can be watched from the patio. In the evenings the guests gather around the fireplace or in the lounge. The surrounding landscape is dominated by the Virunga volcano, which gives it a very special mystical beauty. In the 1960s the famous animal rights activist Diane Fossey visited the Traveller's Rest periodically and said: "It was my second home." 

 


Eagle's Nest

An accommodation with a spectacular view! This lodge is located on a high hill on the border to Mburo National Park. From here you have a wonderful view over the park. Every tent has it's own patio, shower and toilet in the tent. In the evenings the fire is poked and the food prepared in African pots. That's pure African feeling! 

 

Gorilla mit Baby

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This woodland preservation area is home to mountain gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and other monkey species as well as various small antelopes. In Uganda, the endangered mountain gorillas are also protected in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.


Gorilla im Baum

Kibale National Park

The Kibale National Park has its name from the Kibale Forest. This forest features a unique biodiversity and population of primates, including more than 1000 chimpanzees. Some of them can be observed by visitors. The black-and-white colobus and the red colobus live here as well as the forest elephant. The Kibale Forest used to be endangered by deforestation and settlements, and is now an attraction pole for tourists.


Boot, Murchison Fall, Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

This national park in the northwest of the country comprises the largest single preservation area of Uganda. The grassland is populated by lions, African buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs (an antelope species common in Uganda) and as a special feature, the rare Uganda giraffe (also: Rothschild giraffe). The park is named after the Murchison waterfalls: Here, the Nile impressively plunges over a step. In and along the river, you can find Nile crocodiles (also living on the animals which became victims of the waterfall), hippos and many birds.


Tiere am Fluss

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in the south of Uganda at Lake Edward and Lake George. The Mweya Lodge at the Kazinga Channel is famous as an observation point especially for hippos and pelicans, but also various kingfishers, the African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, Defassa waterbuck, African buffaloes, elephants, lions and banded mongoose. Acacia and candelabra trees are typical for the flora. In the Maramagambo forest, you can find different monkey species and giant forest hogs, and in the south of the park, crowned cranes (Uganda’s heraldic animal) as well as topis. The lions living here like climbing on trees. The crater area is also interesting with beautiful grassland.


Nilpferd im Wasser

Lake Mburo National Park

This savannah landscape features beautiful acacia trees and lakes surrounded by swamps. The swamplands are known as the home of many birds. In the savannah, you can find zebras, warthogs, African Buffaloes, impalas and many other grassland species, including Uganda’s last population of elands, the largest antelope species. The proximity to the capital Kampala is another advantage for some observers.


Vulkan, Himmel, Wolken

Volcanoes National Park

The Parc National des Volcans (PNV) is part of the Virunga preservation area and stretches over 125 km². Five volcanoes are located in the national park: Sabyinyo (3674 m), Gahinga (3474 m), Bisoke (3711 m), Muhabura (4127 m) und Krisimbi, the highest volcano with 4507 m. All 5 volcanoes are extinct – active volcanoes can still be found in the Congo. The mountain gorillas mostly stay in the forest. Hikes through the forests offer fantastic views. In the national park, Dian Fossey conducted her studies about mountain gorillas for 18 years. Altogether, there are 5 gorilla groups which can be visited by tourists:

· Susa group: 38 animals
· Amaharo group: 14 animals
· Sabyinyo: 11 animals
· Umubano: 8 animals
· Amahoro: 13 - 18 animals

Included

Airport transfers
Full board, except on the day of arrival and departure
4x4 Safari Mini Van or for a surcharge 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser with an English-speaking guide
1 gorilla permit in Uganda (US $ 600 per person)
1 Gorilla Permit in Rwanda (US $ 1300 per person)
All park admissions
All activities as described - optional activities at an additional cost as stated

Exclusive

International flight
Beverages
Travel insurance
Things of personal use
All activities not described in the itinerary