11 days Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi safari is a combinational experience in three countries which involves primates trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable and Kibale Forest, wildlife, game viewing and boat cruise on kazinga channel experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kigali experience and finally Burundi as end of 11 days Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi adventure.
Detailed itinerary for 11 days Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi Safari
Day 1: Pickup from the airport
Up on landing at Entebbe airport, you will be pick up at the airport by our company representative, who will brief you shortly before you are transferred to the hotel in Kampala for your overnight. Accommodation: Fairway Hotel, Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 2: Transfer to Jinja for White water rafting. Travel time +2hrs
Jinja has for some time been known as “The Adventure Capital of Uganda”. Jinja lies in the southeast of Uganda, 54 miles (87 km) northeast of the capital, Kampala. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near to the source of the White Nile River. After early breakfast, you will be picked by driver guide from your hotel at 6:30 am and head to Jinja. From Kampala it’s about 1 ½ hours to the spectacular Bujagali Falls. After being briefed, about rafting.
Rafting starts for 5 – 31 kms – 5/6 hours rafting, and you will have the chance to watch the local fishermen and the fantastic birdlife. Alternatively choose to go for wild or mild. Here you choose to raft in the paddle-powered boats for one of the wildest raft rides on the planet or opt to be rowed downstream by our professional guides in the safety raft. After a buffet lunch you will hit a series of more wild rapids, thereafter an evening BBQ will be served before return to Kampala for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Fairway Hotel, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Kampala – Fort Portal. Travel Time +5 hrs
Today, you will be picked by your driver guide after getting done with the morning breakfast at 7:00 am and you will drive to Fort Portal which is located in the Western End of the country. You will have a beautiful view of the rolling countryside and having a chance to see some of the tea plantations and numerous local vendors along the way as they sale their product. Kibale National Park is one of the most visited parks, known as the home to chimpanzee which is the most attraction to this park beside nature walk and bird watching.
The Park harbors over 1250 chimpanzee and also is known as the primate capital of the world with over 13 primates including the baboons, red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkey, Bush babies, black and white colobus, grey checked mangabeys, and much more. You will later check in at your hotel for lunch and spend the rest of the evening relaxing at your lodge. Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House Lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Wetlands
Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy breakfast before going chimpanzee tracking to get up close to these human relatives. Kibale is known as home of chimps having over 1250 chimpanzee and over 13 primates making it the primate capital of the World. You will be briefed before getting lost in the forest and you will have great opportunities to have both ground and up sittings. The trekking can last for 2 – 6 hours depending on the chimp movements. You will later return for lunch before heading to visit the Bigodi Wetlands; home to multiple primate species, mammals, over 200 bird species, many reptiles and a large variety of endemic flora and later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House Lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 5: Kibale -Queen Elizabeth NP. Travel Time +3 hrs
After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. After lunch, take on an afternoon safari game drive to see some of the animals such as the elephants, waterbucks, bush bucks, buffaloes and much more. Return for dinner and overnight stay at lodge. Accommodation: Ihemba Safari lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning game drives to see more animals that habit this park, that include predators’ lion. Leopard and other game. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for birdwatchers. They include the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment.
After lunch take a 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George, and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Accommodation: Ihemba Safari lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi. Travel time +3hrs
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, waterbuck, striped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard at Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red-tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Accommodation: Gorilla Close Up Lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Bunyonyi
Today, tick off gorilla tracking from your bucket list! With gorilla permits included a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack, set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas after being briefed with your packed lunch and bottles or mineral water. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be reasonably fit.
The time taken to track the gorillas will vary enormously to gorilla and group movements, from as little as half an hour to as much as 6-7 hours before one returns to lodge for dinner and overnight. It is definitely not impossible and coming face to face with these amazing primates will reward you as you will be given an hour of interaction with these gentle giants looking as their social life as you watch the juveniles play and boost around you. You will return for lunch and after lunch, drive to Lake Bunyonyi for your dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Bunyonyi Safari Resort, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 9: Canoe ride at Lake Bunyonyi & Transfer to Kigali.
You will head for your early morning canoe ride at Lake Bunyonyi to discover the hidden islands within this great lake which is known as the deepest lake in Uganda having a number of beautiful islands and harbors a number of bird species, being a birding paradise for the bird lovers. You will later return and drive to Musanze via Cyanika boarder then enter the customs, about the cost (30-60 minutes) after driving to Ruhengeri, to visit [Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village] visit (about 2 hours), where you will be Invite to join local songs and drumming performances, along with simple traditional food with locals. This is a good opportunity to learn about Rwanda’s culture, customs and history. Then use local lunch and return to Kigali after lunch, having a beautiful unwinding view of the countryside. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Accommodation: Hotel des Mille Colline, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 10: Kigali – Burundi
After breakfast, head to Nuernway National Park. On the way, you can visit the King’s Palace near Butare and enjoy the Rwandan “Shen Niu” long-horned cows. After that, you can go to Butare to eat lunch, then take a bus to Bujumbura to visit the [Flag Square] and visit [The rich area] feel the original customs. Then enjoy the sunset in the Burundian national hero [Prince of the Ruwagasol. Return to the hotel to rest. Accommodation: Panoramic Hotel, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 11: City tour and airport transfer
After breakfast, the city tour: [Five Color Square] [Cross Memorial Tricolor Gate], [Tanganyica Lake], after lunch, transfer to the airport, for your flight back home. End of 11 days Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi safari service!
11 Days Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi Safari includes.
- Transportation on a 4 x 4 safari vehicle
- En route lunches
- Accommodation and meals as listed on the itinerary.
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- 1 Chimpanzee permit per person.
- Museum Visit
- Kigali genocide memorial ground
- 1 Gorilla ($700) permit per person to be paid in advance.
- Cultural visit fee
- Park entrance fees
- Boarder transfer
- Bujumbura city tour
- Kigali city tour
- Canoe ride
- Game drive
- Boat ride
- Bigodi wetland visit
- Bottled mineral water.
11 days Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi Safari package excludes.
and expenses of personal nature like air fare, Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigars.