Lately the chance of seeing the chimps on your chimps tracking tour in the Nyungwe national park is has become unreliable. Hence creating an alternative itinerary for travelers interested in seeing the chimps in Uganda’s Kibale national park and track mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes national park
Day 1: Pick up in Kigali – Kibale Forest national park
Pick up from Kigali by our company tour guide and transfer to Kibale national park. The drive takes you crossing the border Kibale takes approximately 6 hours. This is a scenic drive through the Kigezi highlands commonly known as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Overnight stay at Kyaninga Lodge / Ndali Lodge / Crater Lodge (up-market); Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Chimpanzee Guest House (Mid-range / budget)
Day 2: Chimps tracking & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
At 7.00 am local time assemble at Kanyanchu park headquarters for the briefing from the senior park ranger and at 8.00 am your guide will transfer you to the starting point for chimpanzee tracking. Normally the whole activity takes less than 4 hours. Later the guide will lead you to Chimps Nest Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk in the Bigodi community Sanctuary anticipating a variety of forest birds and primates including different monkey species.
In the evening transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. It takes 2 hours to get to Queen Elizabeth national park. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Kyambuara Game Lodge / Katara Lodge (luxury option); Ihamba Lodge / Bush lodge (mid-range)
Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise
Rise up at dawn for breakfast and an early morning game drive anticipating early risers including predators and other nocturnal mammals before they retreat to their hideouts. Expect mammals including hippos, buffaloes, hartebeests, leopard, lions, etc and a plethora of both endemic and migratory birds. Return to the lodge for an early lunch. At 2.00 pm transfer to the Kazinga Channel for a boat cruise. The Channel is a magnet to all wildlife in this park. It boasts of a big number of birds than any single destination in Africa. Retire to your lodge for relaxation. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Kyambuara Game Lodge / Katara Lodge (luxury option); Ihamba Lodge / Bush lodge (mid-range)
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Very early in the morning, enjoy your breakfast and transfer to Volcanoes national park. This day is a long drive but worth undertaking as you traverse the scenic Kigezi highlands – views of the Virunga peaks striding DR Congo and Rwanda is a big spectacle. Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (up-market) / Sabinyo / Virunga Lodges (Luxury)/ La Palme / Hotel Muhabura (budget)
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes national park
This day marks the major highlight of a 5 days Uganda Rwanda safari – gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes national park. In the morning converge at Kinigi park headquarters ready to embark on a gorilla trekking expedition. You will be allocated an hour with the gorillas in the wild. Return to the lodge for lunch before transferring to Kigali for a city tour including the Gisozi genocide memorial site. The guide will later transfer you to the airport for your scheduled flight.
End of Tour