10 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Overview

The 10 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda is among the extended adventure safaris in Uganda and Rwanda that present remarkable safari memories. The safari takes you to Nyungwe forest National Park famous for its canopy walk and the chimpanzee trekking, the cultural tours in Butare National Museum and the Nyanza palace, the remarkable Congo – Nile divide trail exploration, the water adventures on Lake Kivu, the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, the Sabyinyo Volcano Climbing, the Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi, night game drive and walking safari in Lake Mburo and the white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile in Jinja.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1:  Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Ethnographic museum and Nyanza palace in Butare en route

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & adventure Nyungwe canopy walk

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) Drive and walk along the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 4:  Explore Lake Kivu with Kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran and jet-ski & transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the evening

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & cross to Uganda

Day 6: Hike Mount Sabyinyo

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & do whole day Island Hopping

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do night game drive

Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala

Day 10: Do half day white water rafting & bungee jumping on the Nile River Jinja

Day by day itinerary;

Day 1:  Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Ethnographic museum and Nyanza palace in Butare en route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 268km about 6 hours’ drive passing through the lush countryside landscapes of southern Rwanda before making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail. After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively built Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings. There are also the traditional Inyambo Cows with their beautiful horns and can make a considerable parade. Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & adventure Nyungwe canopy walk

After breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids. The chimp trek tends to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounters with the chimps as you see them munch fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol, copulate among other interesting aspects that will lure you to make full utilization of your Camera space. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk. The two hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) Drive and walk along the Congo Nile divide trail

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The day long transfer involves getting out of your vehicles and trek for some distance enjoying the thrill of this beautiful landscape on foot. The views of Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Kibuye and Cyangungu before approaching Nyungwe forest are rewarding. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

Budget / Basic: Paradise Malahide

Day 4:  Explore Lake Kivu with Kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran, and jet-ski & transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the evening

After a thrilling breakfast on the cool morning hours at Lake Kivu, you embark on the adventure exploration on this gigantic lake – the largest in Rwanda. You have various adventure activity options to engage in ranging from Kayaking to Wind Surfing, Catamaran along with Jet Ski that allows you to explore the waters of Lake Kivu in detail. Retreat from the lake experience and embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park 10km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gorilla View Lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & cross to Uganda 

Settle for breakfast at the lodge at 6am and connect to Kinigi Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to catch up with briefing at 8am. The earlier arrival offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and the hot cup of Rwandan coffee all presented at a zero cost. After this encounter, you attend the ranger guide briefing at 8am in the respective gorilla families allocated after which you connect to the trailhead to embark on the active gorilla trekking experience. You traverse the jungle full of lush flora, counts of birds (178 species) and the forest animals like duikers. The one magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of reuniting with your long lost cousins :). You enjoy them as they forage, the silverback demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat.  Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours according to the movements of mountain gorillas and embark on the drive to Uganda passing along the magical Virunga massif with fascinating scenery before approaching Kisoro and Mgahinga for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gahinga Lodge/Volcanoes Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel /Lake Muhele Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp

Day 6: Hike Mount Sabyinyo

After breakfast, gather at Ntebeko visitor center to embark on the Sabyinyo Volcano hike 3,669m above sea level lasting about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip. The hike to the Sabyinyo Volcano follows an impressive scenic landscape with the views of the gorge and the forested landscapes. The summit is rather rugged with a swamp filled crater that presents magical hiking encounters as you move from one peak to another offering the views of the surrounding area and beyond. Retreat from the climb to mark the end of the encounter.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gahinga Lodge/Volcanoes Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel /Lake Muhele Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & do whole day Island Hopping

After a calm breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 73km from Rushaga and 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Mgahinga passing through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands, and upon arrival, you embark on the Island hopping experience exploring the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi including Bwama Njuyera which a re-known traditional leprosy treatment center, the Bushara Island with its striking eucalyptus forest, the Akampane / punishment Island where they used to drop premarital pregnant girls and leave them to die from there and the Bucuranuka / Upside down Island which is known to have turned upside down as a result of old woman’s curses after being denied a chance to enjoy the local brew. The boat cruise on this second deepest lake in Africa as you connect to the corresponding Islands is also rewarding. The Island communities have got impressive traditions which can be explored along with local schools where you get the opportunity to explore the life of the Islanders. Retreat from the activity and retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Birdnest Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat/ Lake Bunyonyi Overland  

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do a night game drive

After a calm breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You drive through the impressive countryside landscapes of south western Uganda before approaching Mbarara town – the largest in the sub-region 45km to Lake Mburo NP. You drive further for 12km to make a traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center after which you will connect to Lake Mburo National Park to check-in at the lodge and settle for short relaxation and dinner. At 7 pm, you embark on the night game drive in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvark, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, and side-striped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, genet cat, civet, thick-tailed Galago and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having a night rest. Retire for overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo   / Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest 

Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala

After your early morning breakfast at 6:00 am, you will undertake a 2-hour nature walk – the most interesting game walks in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bushbuck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, warthogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the activity which may last 3 hours and embark on the transfer to Entebbe International Airport 280km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in the north sphere and the other remains in the south. It also is an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda. The lunch will also be arranged at the equator. You arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Kampala Sheraton Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

Day 10: Do half day white water rafting & bungee jumping on the Nile River Jinja

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River, the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to your rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. Retreat from the half-day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumping experience. You are tied with the latex rubber in the ankles that allows you to slope for over 44m down the waters of the Nile from the cliff safely. You enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff, and the views of the sky which combine to generate a lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala to mark the end of the tour.

End of the 10 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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