02/10/15

8 Day Uganda Safari to Lake Bunyonyi

Safari Highlights
The 8 day Uganda wildlife safari goes Kibale National Park for chimps tracking or habituation experience, then Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife viewing, birding and fantastic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. We shall end with gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park and adventurous canoe ride on the beautiful lake Bunyonyi in south western Uganda.

Detailed Itinerary for 8 Days Tour

Day One: Transfer to Kibale national park

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet our English speaking tour guide / company representative. Alternatively, we can meet at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe after breakfast. Thereafter, transfer to western Uganda via Mityana-Mubende highway, en-route stopover at Tanda village where it’s believed that “walumbe” brother to Nambi wife of Kintu a first Muganda lost his life, Nakayima tree to experience the historical legendary tale of this long lived tree. Drive to fort portal with scenic view of green covers, lunch en-route, dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge / Chimpanzee Guest House / Chimp Nest Lodge or Rwenzori View Guest House among others of your choice. Meal plan: Half-Board

Day Two: Chimpanzee Tracking or Habituation Experience

Early morning breakfast, after for briefing from the park officials. Then enter into the forest block to track the chimps in their leisure time feeding and swinging in the tree branches. This adventure not only expose you to chimps but also to others primates like Olive Baboons, Red tailed monkeys, many forest bird species, butterflies and plant species. Return to lodge for refreshment and lunch-evening walk in Bigodi wetland for animal and bird watching, they include the sitatungas, white and black Columbus, velvet and red tailed monkeys, birds alike rare shoe bills, warbler and much more.

Alternatively, we can spend full day with Chimps, we call it Chimpanzee habituation experience. We start at 6am before chimps get up, spend full day with them until 7pm when they get back to their nests.

Day Three: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Have morning breakfast, after depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. If you missed a community and cultural tour in Fort Portal on Day 1, we can do it today before transferring to Queen Elizabeth N.P. Take enroute game drive to some big five and other wildlife like the lions, elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, bush bucks, warthogs, leopard and more respectively. Birds can also be spotted which include the wagtails, great egrets, sparrows, pelicans, vultures, doves and much more. Evening visit to Katwe Crater Lake salt mining and experience flamingo birds as the sun is setting off. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge, Enganzi lodge, Katara lodge, Twin lake lodge, Bush Lodge. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day Four: Game drive and fantastic boat cruise – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Dawn game drive to spot a variety of wildlife like some of the big five that include the lions, elephants, leopard, buffaloes and other animals include warthogs, water bucks, bush bucks, oribi, leopards, topi, heart beasts among others. Return to lodge for lunch, afternoon take boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This cruise is much awesome because it passes through the concentration of Hippos in Africa with clear scenic view of birds, animals along the shores. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day Five: Tree Climbing Lion Spotting, transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Today we shall wake up early and start our brave day with heavy breakfast, after we shall drive to Ishasha sector famously loved for its tree climbing lions and we shall use this opportunity with chance to spot them resting in the branches fig trees. Expect an encounter with other animals such as elephants, Buffaloes, warthogs, primates like baboons among others.

Have en-route lunch and after proceed to Bwindi impenetrable National Park situated in the southern end of Uganda with our evening arrival and check in and later for our dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp, Buhoma community rest camp. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day 6: Mountain Gorilla tracking

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Heavy breakfast, prepare for briefing from the park officials. After enter into the jungle to search the shy mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, when you encounter the great apes relax and experience them for your one hour entitled to spend viewing their life style. The trek can be half or full day depending on the primates movement in this tropical forest. Carry yourself the hiking shoes/boots, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch, bottled mineral water, snacks and other requirement may be needed once in the tropical rain forest. Porters are available at the park headquarters to carry your small bags, push and pull you where you get stuck, for only $10 to $15. Evening drive to Lake Bunyonyi the Switzerland of Africa that offers variety of birds and good scenic view environs with our dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages or Bunyonyi Overland resort overlooking Lake Bunyonyi. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi and cultural experience

Early morning breakfast, after we can take canoe or motor boat to the many different islands to spot several types of birds. Evening visit stunning local community performances. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day 8: Departure (To Kampala or Kigali Rwanda)

Today have morning breakfast; after we shall embark our safari truck and trail back to Kampala with our lunch en-route, stopover at the equator to shop souvenirs and photographs. Arrive in Kampala late afternoon or early evening and our guide will transfer you to Entebbe airport for your scheduled departure flight. The journey is about 8 hours drive.

Alternatively, we can cross to Rwanda through Gatuna boarder, 4 hours drive to Kigali, the capital city of Rwnada. Time permitting, we visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali before connecting to Kigali International Airport for your scheduled departure flight.

01/24/15

5 Day Rwanda Chimps and Gorilla Safari

5 Day (4 Nights) Gorillas and Chimp Trekking Tour in Rwanda
Safari Overview
The 5 day Rwanda gorillas and chimpanzee tour offers a great opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in the wild bamboos of Volcanoes National Park and chimpanzees in the mountainous Nyungwe National Park. The 5 day Rwanda gorilla tour package further offers a great opportunity to track 2 different gorilla families on different days, in other words, you will enjoy 2 gorilla treks. Other tour activities include genocide memorial tours, community walks and canopy walk or colobus monkey tracking. Transport will be provided in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle, wit a professional / experienced tour guide. Accommodation will be offered in 3 levels namely; budget / basic lodges, Mid range / deluxe lodges and Luxury / High-End Lodges. Below is the detailed day by Itinerary;

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest (Home of Chimpanzees and other primates)

Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, your driver / guide will be waiting for you, lunch in Kigali and then transfer you to Nyungwe forest National Park which is made up of a variety of habitats including montane forests, bamboos, grasslands, and swamps. This is a home to 13 primate species such as Chimpanzees, endangered Golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys, colobus, red tailed monkeys and grey checked mangabeys. There are also about 300 bird species. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and Overnight at dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Peace Guest House OR Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Breakfast and go for chimpanzee briefing and thereafter, enter Nyungwe forest in the company of ranger guides in search for colonies of Chimpanzees and many monkey species plus beautiful forest birds among others. Return to your lodge as on previous day.

Day 3: Drive to Volcanoes National Park (home of Mountain gorillas)

After breakfast, we shall transfer to Parc National des Volcans; the home to Mountain Gorillas. The journey will take us via Lake Kivu where we shall be rewarded with the beautiful scenic view. We shall have lunch en route and then proceed with the journey to Volcanoes National park for dinner and overnight at Kinigi guest House, Muhabura Hotel, Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge OR Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge.

Day 4: First Gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park

Have an early morning breakfast and get ready for today’s life time event of gorilla tracking. You will assemble at the park headquarters with packed lunch, have a briefing about the Dos and Don’ts while with gorillas. Depending on the level of fitness, you may be asked to choose the group you wish to trek and the closest being about 2 hours or even a couple of minutes from the park boundary. The trek is quite strenuous, so you should be able to hike for 2-8 hours on steep and slippery mountain trails. Descend to the lodge for relaxation as you wait for dinner and overnight at your lodge as on day three.

Day 5: Second Gorilla trek, Kigali city trip – Late departure

Like the previous day, we shall assemble at the briefing point and then proceed to track Gorillas. On this day, we may decide to track the same gorilla group like yesterday or choose to visit another gorilla family. This will help us make comparison between the Gorilla groups. We shall enjoy the view, take photos or films and then return to the Lodge for late lunch and there after, transfer to Kigali to visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site, Local art and craft shops, do last minute shopping and then, transfer to Kigali Airport for your flight back home. This marks the end of the 5 day Rwanda gorilla safari and primates tour.

End of the trip

11/3/14

Nyungwe wins global environment award

Nyungwe Forest’s Nziza Project was announced winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Globe Award in recognition of its efforts to harmonize tourism, wildlife and the agricultural community in one of Africa’s last surviving rainforests.

canopywalkAt an event held last weekend in London, United Kingdom, the project was lauded as exemplary and which is poised to develop and protect one of the world’s richest and most diverse eco-systems.

The project was initiated by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), “Nyungwe Nziza is a model tourism project for developing countries whose benefits will long outlast this or subsequent governments,” Guild Chair, Roger Bray said, while presenting the award.

It should be noted that Rwanda is one of Africa’s tourism destinations and the major tourist activity being Mountain Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Nyungwe forest is a home to 13 primate species that include chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, vervets, blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, etc.

The project also came first during the awards’ Wider World category. The two runners up were Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and San Antonio Texas’s Morgan’s Wonderland. “We are delighted that the Rwanda Nziza Project was named winner of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers’ top Globe Award,” said Clare Akamanzi, the acting CEO of the RDB.

“In Nyungwe, we are able to see a combination of tourism, wildlife, environmental and agriculture development, which adds to beauty as well as create jobs for our people in line with diversification of tourism products. It shows that the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration for sustainable tourism is limitless.”

Akamanzi further noted that Nyungwe, in particular, has received a 44 percent increase of tourists, from 5,755 in 2010 to 8,274 in 2011. She attributed this to the introduction of the canopy walk, which gives tourists an aerial view of the forest from 40 metres above the ground.

Based in South-Western Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is home to 25 percent of Africa’s primates. Other major award winners included UK’s Cutty Sark Restoration and France’s Loire à Vélo Cycle Trail. Rwanda Tourism continues to be the country’s major cash cow after coffee, tea and mining, with revenues increasing by 11 per cent between January and June this year compared to the same period last year.

The increase is indicated by US$128.3m generated from the sector between January and June compared to US$115.6m generated in the same period last year. So far investment projects worth US$184.1m since January 2012 and are expected to generate over a thousand jobs. The extremely rare mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains continue to be the leading tourism attraction.

There are also Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi National Park, south western Uganda. Many tourists from allover the world enjoy combining Uganda and Rwanda gorilla tracking experience!

11/1/14

Mountain gorilla population rise to 880

KAMPALA, Uganda – Despite conflicts and unrests in surrounding regions that potentially threaten mountain gorillas, results from the 2011 census has found that the mountain gorilla population in Uganda has risen. According to the 2011 census conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, confirms a minimum population of 400 individuals, up from 302 in 2006.

It should be noted this is a critically endangered species, visited by many tourists from allover the world for Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris and holiday. The total population of Mountain gorillas in the world now stands at a minimum of 880. The official result was released today (13th Nov 2012) by the Uganda Minister for Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities Hon. Maria Mutagamba alongside representatives of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

gorilla-population-increaseThe increase in the Bwindi gorilla population since the last census is attributed to both population growth and improved censusing techniques of these rare and elusive apes. Despite mountain gorillas being among the most studied of the great apes, these latest results demonstrate the challenges of wildlife censusing. We continue to perfect these methods in order to improve our mountain gorilla conservation efforts in the future, said Craig Sholley, mountain gorilla expert and vice president for philanthropy and marketing at African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).

In this latest census of mountain gorillas in Uganda, teams systematically moved through the impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park not once, but twice, looking for and documenting mountain gorilla night nests, and collecting fecal samples for genetic analysis. The first sweep was conducted with a small team from February 28 to September. 2, 2011; the second sweep was carried out with multiple teams from September. 10th to November. 3, 2011. With the genetic analysis, scientists were able to determine how many unique groups and individuals were found by the field census teams through both sweeps, in what is referred to as a modified mark recapture method.

In short, both sweeps of Bwindi forest enabled census teams to find more gorillas than a single sweep would have. Furthermore, it is likely that some gorillas were missed by field census teams in the 2006 census of mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest. But all signs are that this population of mountain gorillas is indeed growing and this is a great hope for sustainable gorilla tourism development. Many visitors to Africa want to include Uganda gorilla safaris in their holiday packages.

The newly applied methods of censusing give us the clearest image of the status of mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park that we have yet had,” explained Maryke Gray, a census researcher with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition of AWF, Fauna and Flora International, and World Wide Fund for Nature. “Even with evolving census methods, the results indicate this population has indeed grown over the last 5 years, and that is according to Augustin Basabose, Virunga Heartland director for AWF and interim director of IGCP,

The mountain gorilla is the only great ape whose population is increasing despite continuous pressure on its habitat. This positive trend is due to the strong collaboration among the three countries where mountain gorillas live and the collective efforts on the ground by park staff, surrounding communities and local government, and non-governmental organizations.”

Mountain gorillas live in social groups and the census results indicate the 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Park form 36 distinct social groups and 16 solitary males. Ten of these social groups are habituated to human presence tourist on gorilla safaris or research and included, at the time of the census, 168 mountain gorillas, or 42% of the Bwindi population. Of the 880 mountain gorillas now thought to remain in the world, 400 were confirmed in this Bwindi census and 480 were confirmed by a census in the Virunga Massif in 2010.

While Sarambwe Nature Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a protected area continuous with Bwindi and therefore potential habitat for mountain gorillas, was initially going to be included in the census, it was not possible to do so due to political insecurity in that area.

The 2011 gorilla census in Bwindi forest was conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority with support from l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The census was also supported by AWF through IGCP, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Conservation Through Public Health, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, the Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. 

Great thanks to all partners in the conservation of Mountain gorillas in Africa, including neighboring communities to Bwindi national park (Gorilla habitat) where all gorilla safari activities are conducted.

10/30/14

Bill Gates Supports Gorilla Conservation

According to All Africa news of 4th Aug 2010, one of the world’s richest people, Bill Gates was in Uganda for his second gorilla tracking Uganda adventure in the Impenetrable forests of Bwindi Gorilla Park. It was reported that Bill Gates and his wife Mellinda Gates were in Uganda from August 9 to 12, 2012. Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with only 720 left world wide and these are inhabited in Virunga mountains, share between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Bwindi National park where Bill Gates was, there about 360 gorillas which is half of the world’s total population. The other half is shared between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Gorilla Tracking is rapidly growing in Uganda and Rwanda. However, DR Congo is facing some challenges of political unrests of Bosco Ntaganda rebels in Virunga National Park.

Bill Gates is popular for being one of the richest people in the world and the Co-founder and the current chairman of Microsoft.  On all his visits of Uganda gorillas, he has done a great effort of funding the protection of the endangered species. Early before his arrival and the wife, there was an advance team in Kisoro district near bwindi National park to prepare where these guests were expected to launch their gorilla trekking safari.

This 56 year world entrepreneur was last in Uganda on gorilla trek in 2004. Then, he came back in August 2012 for another gorilla trek. UWA official in Kisoro who preferred anonymity declined to divulge more details about the visit of Bill and Mellinda Gates in Bwindi National Park, Uganda. Also known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is so beautiful with many tourist attractions. The country first opened up its doors to tourists for Bwindi Gorilla Trekking in April 1993. Since then, Uganda tourism industry has been substantially boosted by annual revenue from the national park tucked away in south western Uganda.

The success of Uganda tourism is supported by not only mountain gorillas but also by over 10 National Parks and wildgame reserves. Among these include Murchison Falls National park (The biggest), Queen Elizabeth National park, Kibale Primates Forest, Semilik National Park, Mount Rwenzori N.P, Mgahinga, Mount. Elgon, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Parks and many wildlife reserves. These boost a number of tourism activities such as wildgame viewing safaris, fantastic boat cruise, chimpanzees and other primate tracking, forest walk, mountain climbing, community tours and many others.
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10/28/14

10 Day Best of Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Safari Overview

The 10 day Uganda Rwanda combined safari takes you to Kibale National Park for half day chimpanzee tracking or full day chimpanzee habituation experience, then game viewing drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park, tree climbing lion spotting in Ishasha sector and mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest in Uganda and in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, not forgetting community tours genocide memorial sites like Gisozi, Nyamata and Ntarama Churches. Below is a detailed day by day itinerary;

Day One: Transfer to Murchison falls national Park

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet our English speaking professional tour guide. Transfer to northern Uganda via Luwero, Nakasongola highway, en-route visit to Ziwa rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking, lunch in Masindi town, later drive via the Budongo forest to the park and visit the top of the falls, and at this point you can experience the Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 meters (23 ft) wide, and tumbles 43 meters (141 ft), then flows westward into Lake Albert. The outlet of Lake Victoria sends around 300 cubic meters per second (11,000 ft³/s) of water over the falls, squeezed into a gorge less than ten meters (30 ft) wide. Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Sambiya River lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison River lodge and Red chilli rest camp.

Day Two: Game viewing drive in Murchison Falls and Boat cruise

Dawn game drive (after a cup of coffee / tea) to spot the wildlife species which are nocturnal and those spend much of their time in jungles like the lions. This activity will expose you to variety of wildlife and birds like some big five like lions, elephants, buffalos, giraffes other animals like water bucks, bush bucks, leopards, warthogs, topi, oribi, vultures, sparrows, wagtails, swallows, egrets, doves among others respectively. Return to lodge for full breakfast and lunch, afternoon prepare for a fantastic boat cruise on a Nile cruise for game viewing at close quarters; this is a paradise for hippos and crocodiles. There are also a variety of birds like Herons, King Fishers, Skimmers, Fish eagle and the rare shoe bill. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Three: Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest

Breakfast and depart for Kibale National Park as you enjoy en-route game drive to spot little wildlife along the murram road. This is a7hrs drive so we shall have our lunch en-route in Fort portal town. Dinner and overnight at mountain of the moon, Ndali lodge, Kyaninga lodge, Primate Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee guest house.

Day Four: Chimpanzee trekking or Habituation Experience

Early morning breakfast, after for briefing from the park officials. Then enter into the forest block to trek the chimps in their leisure time swinging in the tree branches. This adventure not only expose you to chimps but also to others primates, birds, butterflies and plant species. Animals like white and black Columbus, velvet monkeys, red tailed monkeys and manageably can be spotted. Return to lodge for refreshment and lunch-Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in early evening with your en-route game drive and head to your lodge for check in at Mweya safari lodge or Katara lodge, Enganzi lodge, Buffalo safari Resort or Bush Lodge. Meal plan: Full-Board

Day Five: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise

Dawn game drive to spot quite variety of wildlife like some of the big five that include the lions, elephants, buffaloes, Leopards, other animals include warthogs, water bucks, bush bucks, oribi, topi, heart beasts among others. Return to lodge for lunch, afternoon take boat cruise along the River. This cruise is much awesome because it passes through the concentration of the wildlife animals like Hippos, huge Nile crocodiles and many elephants / Buffaloes see basking along the showers, and about 600 bird species. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Six: Transfer to Bwindi National Park

Breakfast and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with en-route game drive through the ishasha sector, a home for tree climbing lions. Have en-route lunch, dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest camp, Ruhija gorilla lodge, Mahogany springs, Gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Buhoma lodge, Buhoma community rest camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge.

Day Seven: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park

Heavy breakfast, after prepare for briefing from the park officials. After enter into the jungle to search the shy mountain gorillas in their real habitat, when you encounter the great apes relax and experience them for your one hour entitled to spend viewing their life style. This experience can take 2-7hrs depending on their movement in this tropical forest. Evening drive to Lake Bunyonyi the Switzerland of Africa that offers variety of birds and good scenic view environs with our dinner and overnight at Heritage lodge, Arcadia cottages, bird nest resort or Bunyonyi Overland resort.

Day Eight: Cross the Border to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Breakfast and take a canoe or boat trip to different Islands on Lake Bunyonyi, including the Batwa people (Pygmies), return to lodge for refreshment and lunch. After drive to volcanoes national park, dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view lodge / Kinigi guest house / Le bamboo gorilla lodge or Hotel Muhabura.

Day Nine: Second gorilla trek – Volcanoes National Park

Heavy breakfast and after drive to Kinigi park headquarters, here you will receive briefing from park officials after enter into the jungle to search for the gentle giants. You are ideally advised to come with requirements like trekking shoes, hut, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water, insect repellent, standard cameras. When you meet these apes relax and enjoy your one hour permitted close up. Return to your lodge and if interested, we take a community tour, dinner and overnight with the community or at your lodge as on Day 8.

Day Ten: Genocide memorial tour in Kigali, Departure

Today after breakfast embark our safari vehicle and transfer to Kigali, visit Gisozi genocide museum, local art and craft shops, Nyamata and Ntarama churches/genocide sites, later transfer to airport to board your flight back home. This marks the end of our 10 day gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda with Gorilla Expeditions Limited. For more of such trips, click here

End of the 10 day Uganda Rwanda combined safari

10/27/14

8 Day Uganda Rwanda Primates Adventure

Safari Overview

The 8 day primate safari is a great opportunity to experience chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. We start with Kibale National Park for half day chimpanzee tracking or full day chimpanzee habituation experience, then connect to Queen Elizabeth National park for wildlife viewing and fantastic boat cruise along the Kazinga channel, we end with gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda, not forgetting Gisozi genocide memorial tour in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Below is a detailed day by day itinerary;

Detailed Itinerary for 8 Day Rwanda Primate Safari

Day One: Transfer to Kibale Forest

Pick up from Entebbe airport on arrival or from your hotel in Kampala and transfer to Kibale National park via Mubende town, lunch en-route, dinner and overnight at mountain of the moon hotel, Ndali lodge, Kyaninga lodge, Primate Lodge or Chimpanzee guest house.

Day Two: Chimpanzee Tracking or Habituation Experience

Early morning breakfast, after go for a briefing from the park officials. Then enter into the forest block to trek the chimps in their leisure time swinging in the tree branches. This adventure not only expose you to chimps but also to others primates, birds, butterflies and plant species. Primates like white and black Columbus, velvet monkeys, red tailed monkeys and manageably can be spotted. Return to lodge for refreshment and lunch-Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in early evening with your en-route game drive and head to your lodge for check in at Mweya safari lodge or Katara lodge, Enganzi lodge or Bush Lodge or Twin lake lodge.

Day Three: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise

Dawn game drive to spot quite variety of wildlife like some of the big five that include the lions, elephants, buffalos, Leopards, other animals include warthogs, water bucks, bush bucks, oribi, topi, heart beasts among others. Return to lodge for lunch, afternoon take boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George. This cruise is much awesome because it passes through the concentration of the wildlife animals like Hippos, huge Nile crocodiles and many elephants / Buffaloes seen basking along the showers, and about 611 bird species. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day Four: Transfer to Bwindi National Park, home of Gorillas in Uganda

Heavy breakfast followed by transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National park with en-route game drive through the Ishasha sector, a home for tree climbing lions in southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Mahogany Springs lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, etc

Day Five: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park

Heavy breakfast and go for briefing from the park officials. After enter into the jungle to search for the shy mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, when you encounter the great apes relax and experience them for your one hour entitled to spend viewing their life style. The trek can take 2-7hrs depending on the primates’ movement in this tropical forest. We can relax at the lodge in evening, or take a community walk or drive to Lake Bunyonyi the Switzerland of Africa that offers variety of bird species and good scenic view environs with our dinner and overnight at Heritage lodge, Arcadia cottages or Byona Amagala Island Resort, Bunyonyi Overland Resort or Bird Nest Resort.

Day Six: Cross the Border to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

Breakfast and take a canoe or boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi to different Islands, visit the Batwa people (Pygmies), return to lodge for refreshment and lunch. After drive to volcanoes national park, dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view lodge / Kinigi guest house / Le bamboo gorilla lodge, Virunga Lodge.

Day Seven: Second gorilla trek – Volcanoes National Park

Heavy breakfast and after drive to Kinigi park headquarters, here you will receive briefing from park officials after enter into the jungle to search the shy mountain gorillas to experience a life time experience of tracking memories. When you meet these apes relax and enjoy your one hour permitted close up. Lunch and if interested, take a community tour or nature walk to twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Eight: Genocide memorial tour in Kigali, Departure

Today after breakfast embark our safari vehicle and transfer to Kigali, visit Gisozi genocide museum, local art and craft shops, later transfer to airport to board your flight back home.

End of the tour

10/24/14

Airport Guest House Entebbe Uganda

Airport Guesthouse is located on Plot 17 Mugula Road, Entebbe in Wakiso district. The guesthouse has 10 rooms in total, 6 rooms with big double beds and 3 rooms with 2 single beds in each plus 1 room with 3 single beds.

airport-viewThere is also a family house which can accommodate 5 visitors with a living and dining room. Late arrivals, tired, hungry visitors can have a stop at Airport Guest House for meals, refreshment or dinner before proceeding with their Journeys to other parts of the country. Even those willing to catch their flight very early morning can spend their night here to avoid missing their flight, the next day.

Another offer is that, the lodge provides free airport transfer and pick up at any time of the day or night. Airport Guesthouse Entebbe is also ideal if you just want to spend a few days relaxing away from the noise of busy Kampala. While in Entebbe you can undertake many different activities like visiting the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre which is 30 minute walk or 10 minutes drive from the guest house, The visit to the lush Botanical Gardens for swimming or boat trip is also owe some, Visitors can also visit the Ngamba Island to see the orphaned chimpanzees on speed boat for visitors on fixed time or slow boat for those willing to stay for more days, birding safari to the Mambamba Swamp for the rare Shoebill stork and many more swamp birds, transfer to Zika Forest which has a peculiar tranquility that is foreign to other forests. Zika forest has five canopies, red-tailed and grivet monkeys, the dwarf bush baby, the Potto and the African and palm civets, Butterflies and moths species among others.

Bold visitors can transfer to the Uganda Reptile Village to view reptiles like snakes, crocodiles among others. The Uganda Reptile village was founded in 2003 by a group of community youths within Bunono village in Entebbe, Uganda with the aim of protecting the endangered reptiles within the Uganda’s ecosystem.

10/22/14

Fort Murchison Lodge Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

Fort Murchison is set in the former Aswa Lolim Game reserve, just outside the northern park boundaries of Murchison falls Wildlife National Park. It is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile. Fort Murchison revokes the idea of a well maintained isolated outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and legendary explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile.

fort-murchison Murchison Falls National Park is the Uganda’s largest National Park and this gives Fort Murchison upper hand to host a large number of visitors. Activities like game drive, Boat cruises on Kazinga channel, nature walks, tree climbing lion search safari among others.

Fort Murchison offers comfortable accommodations to suit all budgets- therefore, it is pocket friendly- be it in our beautiful rooms, our comfortable thatched tents or the lazy camping tents, a great value for money is guaranteed. The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for your sundowner drink.

After enjoying the breathtaking views of the Albert Nile, guests descend towards our restaurant where a fine 4 course diner awaits you. The restaurant décor has a Swahili touch and is decorated with picture and drawings from the first explorers’ adventures.

At the lodge, visitors are provided with bread made at the lodge. Vegetarians are also catered for at since the lodge started their own vegetable garden and have planted plenty of fruit trees going from citrus, mango and pawpaw to jackfruit, passion, avocado trees among others.

fort-murchison2Solar energy is used at the lodge and several solar fridges and freezers are used. We kindly ask you to let us know in time if you have any dietary requirement so that we can prepare your meals accordingly.

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Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro Uganda

Travellers Rest Hotel – Kisoro – South western Uganda

Travellers Rest Hotel is located just outside Kisoro, in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda on the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, offering a perfect base for gorilla trekking in the area. The hotel is built in a somewhat colonial style and was entirely renovated in 1999. It has 12 rooms at the affordable costs, and it offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla treks or day visits to the nearby community.

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Near the Hotel is a beautiful garden hosting a variety of bird species – so, visitors can as well do birding here! Sitting on the terrace you can smell the sweetish perfume of the honeysuckle, and in the evenings, when it gets cooler, you can warm yourself by the fireplace, outside or in the lounge.

From far away the huge cones of the Virunga volcanoes dominate the landscape and beckon as you approach. The surrounding landscape is of astonishing beauty. The Volcano Mountains offer spectacular views on the Rift Valley and the emerald-green Lake Mutanda in the distance- a lot of tourist attraction at Lake Mutanda and they include Bird species like kingfisher birds, kites, ibis, the Crested Crane, Weaver bird nests are a common site, snake, chameleon, monitor lizard and frog species among the reeds along the lake shore. The mammals unique to Lake Mutanda include the African clawless otter, Hippopotamus was endemic to the area, but were last sighted at Lake Mutanda in 1994 so, a visit to this lake is awe some too.

From the Travellers Rest Hotel, a number of tourist activities for visitors can be undertaken include, biking to explore the nearby surroundings, walk to the local market in Kisoro or climb one of the volcanoes, Mountain gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda or cross to Rwanda and visit the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda or en route visit the beautiful twin Lakes: Burera and Buhondo.