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PROGRAM FOR UGANDA RWANDA TANZANIA

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PROGRAM FOR UGANDA RWANDA TANZANIA

The Africa of the Great Lakes is an almost unknown region. A mythical region that is eternally green. A crossroads for all nomadic peoples, it is also the source of two of Africa’s great rivers: the Nile and the Congo. From the breathtaking waterfalls where the Nile meets Lake Victoria, a veritable inland sea scattered with hundreds of lush green islands, to Lake Albert sustained by the eternal snows of the Rwenzori Mountains. Lake Edward, entirely located in a large protected area, is an eco-system unique in its diversity of African fauna. Lake Kivu, which lies on the border with the Congo, is a rare African gem, created by volcanoes and surrounded by mountains and hills. Uganda is situated right on the Equator. With its 37 million inhabitants it is a large country of savannah grasslands dotted with lakes and papyrus marshes, through which the perpetually majestic Nile meanders slowly, plunging over cliffs to form waterfalls and rapids which are among the most spectacular in the world. Uganda is also the land of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon” with their snow-capped peaks; of the western branch of the Rift Valley with its sparkling lakes; of impenetrable forests of jungle vegetation; of hills that have been cultivated with care by meticulous local farmers, of vast stretches of grassland used by the proud nomadic herdsmen of the Banyankole tribe; of tea plantations whose endless green carpet stretches to the distant horizon. The National Parks scattered throughout the country are home to an unparalleled abundance and variety of wildlife. Uganda is above all a tapestry of interwoven peoples and tribes, Acholi, Luo, Lango and Alur nomads, the Baganda, Bahutu and Gisu who are of Bantu origin, Swahili, Arabic and Asian businessmen. It was with good reason that it had so impressed Winston Churchill, who referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa” in the heart of the British Empire. Rwanda, on the other hand, is a small land-locked country which is trying to move away from the violent images and genocide of its recent past, to once again live in peace and allow us to visit its beautiful hillsides ringing with the sound of children’s laughter. Lake Kivu has a rare beauty all of its own. Its hundreds of small islands, its incredibly sculpted banks and clear waters form a unique picture which captivates travellers on their voyage of discovery. The Virunga Mountains, giant volcanoes with luxuriant green slopes, are home to the rare Mountain Gorilla, which we visit in their jungle environment. This is one of only two such sanctuaries remaining in the wild. Tanzania, covering an area of nearly 1 million km², Tanzania is the biggest country in East Africa. Its individual landscapes include the islands and coastal plains, the Great Rift Valley dotted with unique soda lakes and the northern and southern wilderness areas which hold the greatest concentration of game in Africa. It has a balmy tropical climate, which is comfortable all year round, though the coolest period is June- September. Tanzania is a land of natural wonder and beauty - a truly unique African experience. It has a tribal population of over 48 millions, who take pride and delight in welcoming visitors to their country. Game reserves such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Ruaha, Selous, the snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, the spice island of Zanzibar, and pristine beaches along the Indian Ocean are only some of the highlights of Tanzania. HIGHLIGHTS . The Ziwa Sanctuary with its Rhinoceroses . The Murchison Falls . Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and its birds . The Great Lakes: Victoria, Albert, Edward, . Queen Elizabeth National Park . Discover on foot the chimpanzees of Kibale National park . Discover on foot the last mountain gorillas at Bwindi Forest . Discover on foot the last mountain gorillas at Volcanoes NP . The landscapes of the land of thousand Hills and Pearls of Africa . Exclusive cruise to the bottom of falls . Boat ride on Kazinga channel . The unique Ngorongoro . Serengeti safari paradise

DAY 1

Entebbe

Welcome To Uganda! Arrival and Transfer to Entebbe You'll be greeted upon arrival at Entebbe Airport and transferred to your hotel, located on the shore of Lake Victoria.

Entebbe 1 night
DAY 2

ENTEBBE - ZIWA SANCTUARY

As soon as we leave the hotel we are immediately plunged into the luxuriant, eternally green vegetation of equatorial Africa. The road follows the banks of Lake Victoria until we reach Kampala, the “Hill of the Impalas” in Luganda. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda with 2 million inhabitants, and has an architectural style that reflects the diverse ethnic origins of its population. Mosques with their minarets pointing to the sky and Sikh temples flaunting their decadent sculptures, while the Roman Catholic cathedral displays an airy façade and the Anglican church brings back memories of Victorian propriety. Further north, gradually the fields of banana trees and yams slowly give way to other crops such as maize and cassava which do not need so much water. Having now left the tarmac road, we arrived at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the Rhino re-introduction project, which has become increasingly popular for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks. The sanctuary provides trained rangers who will ably guide you during the rhino trekking. You will have the opportunity to observe the animals at a very close and safe distance. Read more

Ziwa sanctuary 1 night
DAY 3

ZIWA SANCTUARY - MURCHISON

After a short stop in the old colonial town of Masindi, we continue toward Murchison national park. The track crosses the Budongo forest and leads toward the Murchison Waterfalls, undeniably one of the most remarkable sights in the park.. Here, the river makes a path across a narrow gorge and unleashes hundreds of gallons of water over the edge of a 50m high precipice. Further on, the Nile will quietly rejoin the vast waters of Lake Albert. What a striking contrast. In the afternoon we take to the water in a boat to get a closer look at the waterfalls and to enjoy a unique opportunity to observe the thousands of vibrantly coloured birds, herds of buffalo at the water’s edge and crocodiles sunbathing on the riverbanks. The next morning, we cross the Nile to the lakeside area, watering hole for elephant and Rothschild giraffe. The Ugandan cob is the most commonly seen antelope; the hartebeest and oribi are also common. Among the thousands of birds, we must mention the Abyssinian hornbill and the rare shoebill stork. Read more

Murchison falls 1 night
DAY 4

Murchison Falls - Boat ride

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon, launch trip on the Nile to the bottom of the falls for spectacular view as the mighty river is forced up a seven metre gap before plunging to depth below. This is one of Africa’s most splendid water safaris up the Nile to the base of the falls. As you travel up the Nile, look at the enormous Nile crocodile basking on the sand banks or gliding silently up the water. Animals to view here include; Elephants, Lions, Giraffes and a variety of Antelopes. Bird life is prolific and chance of seeing the rare shoebill stork is high. The return journey from the falls as the sun is setting is one of the most beautiful and relaxing of your experience in Africa. Read more

Murchison 1 night
DAY 5

MURCHISON - KABWOYA RESERVE

West of the park, accessible only by a small narrow strip of land in the middle of the papyrus reeds on the huge delta, is the village home of the Waseko fishermen. Here the people live in tune with the rhythm of their spoils in the waterways with their changing currents at the mercy of the floodwaters and the wind. Water is omnipresent. On the market place there is an incredible display of merchandise for sale, often to Congolese smugglers. Freshly caught fish is smoked on large open metal racks. Moving into the eastern part of the Rift Valley we come to Lake Albert and its coastal fringes where flocks of small zebu are tended by the proud Alur herdsmen, while their women tend the fields of cassava and cotton or rebuild the thatch on their spacious huts. At Butiaba, previously an extremely active lakeside port, a narrow tongue of land flanked by borassus palm trees pushes into the lake to the warm water. What an idyllic spot! Further on the road negotiates the cliffs of the escarpment and crosses the fertile agricultural area growing sweet potatoes and tobacco leading to the busy town of Hoima. Before arriving at the town, the road branches into the rift valley and leads to Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. Read more

Kabwoya 1 night
DAY 6

WESTERN UGANDA

After a healthy bush breakfast with the lake and the Congolese Blue Mountains as background, continue to Uganda's Western countryside and villages are accessed on a sinewy laterite slope. From Hoima to Fort Portal, the landscape is mainly high plateaux and valleys, at the bottom of some, rivers have evaporated into wet marshlands. Several villages of economic importance cling to the slopes and act as trading places for villagers who often have to carry their harvest on their backs. It is an area supporting mainly agriculture and cattle grazing. Further south, thetea plantations display their resplendent green carpet as far as the eye can see. Once we branch off at Kyanjojo, the landscape becomes more tortuous as we reach the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks we can see in the distance. Spent the end of the afternoon, exploring some of the nicest parts of the Crater Lakes Region, characterised by rolling hills, vanilla plantations, pretty forests and of course the crater lakes. For some of the crater lakes, the views are actually best from the viewpoints, accessed by roads.The walk between Lakes Nkuruba and Nyabikere, passing Lake Nyamirima on the way which can take between two and three hours. Read more

Nyamirima 1 night
DAY 7

CHIMPANZEES – BIGODi SWAMP

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After lunch at the lodge transfer to nearby Bigodi Swamp, a papyrus and tree filled swamp that is home to an abundance of birds including the Great Blue Turaco. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and take s approximately 2 hours. Read more

Bigodi 1 night
DAY 8

QUEEN ELIZABETH NP - KAZINGA

Drives to Queen Elisabeth NP. This magnificent park in the middle of the Rift Valley encompasses Lake Edward and Lake George, which are joined by the natural waterway of the Kazinga Canal which we explore by boat. Extinct volcanoes, crater lakes, marshes and savannah grassland support the different eco-systems within the park. More than 500 different species of birds have been counted, a great number of them in the shallows or following buffalo and elephant. On the hills invaded by euphorbia, large herds of Ugandan Cob, Topi and Forest Hog are commonly seen. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Read more

Kazinga 1 night
DAY 9

GAME DRIVE – BWINDI FOREST

After breakfast, we will drive for 1 1/2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. You will explore Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing area of East Africa. It's an off-the-beaten-track destination that you will surely enjoy, game drive to search for the tree climbing lions. After pic nic lunch we depart to Bwindi a journey that can take a maximum of 3 hours. Bwindi is not far away and you will arrive at Buhoma in the end of afternoon. Time to have a cool drink; enjoy the sight and sounds of the rainforest. Read more

Queen Elizabeth 1 night
DAY 10

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! After lunch if time remaining, village walk around the lodge. Read more

Bwind 1 night
DAY 11

HILLS AND VOLCANOES

Here the grass-covered hills are pastures for the remarkable flocks belonging to the Banyankole tribe.The enclosed valleys are filled with a mixture of banana, tofu and coffee plantations. Once past Kabale the busy commercial centre, the countryside offers us an unbelievable palette of green, from the bluegreen of the eucalyptus trees which divide this tapestry into a multitude of tiny pieces, and the deep green of the cypress trees that line the slopes, to the light green of the paddy fields at the bottom of the sheltered valleys. As we come round the bend in the dirt road we are afforded the most magnificent view of the whole volcano chain of the Virunga Mountains. At Kisoro, the lava road splits and we head towards the Rwandan border. After formalities at the border, continue to Volcanoes NP Read more

Volcanoes 1 night
DAY 12

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING

As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits of Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura, we make our way into the Volcanoes National Park. Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet and muddy conditions. Seeing a gorilla makes the trek worth the hardship. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon relax at the lodge or do local activities near volcanoes national park Read more

Volcanoes 1 night
DAY 13

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING

Trek a third time the mountain gorilla. After lunch at the lodge take a scenic transfer back to Kigali.

Kigali 1 night
DAY 14

KIGALI - MANYARA- NGORONGORO

Transfer to Grumeti air strip and fly from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro airport on a direct charter flight

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DAY 15

DISCOVER NGORONGORO CRATER

Get ready to spend the day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is a wide caldeira sheltering in its centre a tremendous fauna perfectly preserved by the natural ramparts. It is possible to experience an exceptional moment as it’s one of the only sites in Tanzania where you can see the 'Big Five': the elephant, the lion, the rhino, the leopard, and the buffalo. Picnic lunchtime at Ngoitokitok Pond. More than 550 species of birds are found in the Crater. As the moon rises, flamingos flock to Lake Magadi. The Mandusi Pond leads to Ngoitotitok, where hippos lounge and buffalos take mud baths. At the end of the afternoon, you come back to your accommodation. Read more

Ngorongoro 1 night
DAY 16

THE LEGENDARY SERENGETI NP

Breakfast and departure for your safari in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is one of the biggest parks in this country (14763 km²). It is well known for the famous Great Wildebeest Migration and its beautiful scenery. The huge open spaces of the Serengeti's plains will give you a very impressive feeling of freedom. The shimmering savannah, burnt by the sun as far as the horizon, is almost as fascinating as the safari itself. After the rainy season, the golden plains become a huge green carpet lined with colourful wildflowers. Picnic lunchtime. In these wide plains with permanent water points, you can watch herds of herbivores followed by their predators which is an impressive scene. You may be the only one to witness a cheetah hunting his prey. At the end of the day, head back to your accommodation. Read more

Serengeti 1 night
DAY 17

SAFARI PARADISE

After Breakfast, you will spend two full safari days in Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park itself covers mostly flat or gently rolling grasslands, interspersed with the occasional rock outcrops, or kopjes. It is just the centre of a whole ecosystem which covers more than double that area, and includes Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo Game Reserve, Loliondo Controlled Area, Maswa Game Reserve, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and also Kenya's relatively small Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This combined area is often referred to as the Greater Serengeti area, or the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The Seronera area In the heart of the national park, just to the north of the short-grass plains, Seronera has all the best features of the Serengeti and also, sadly, its worst. Scenically, it's a lovely area – with open plains,occasional kopjes and lines of hills to add interest. The resident game here is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. These live off the resident herbivores, as well as the migrating game. The migration passes through here in April/May, but Seronera is within reach of both the Southern Plains and the Western Corridor – so from about November to June, it can be used as abase to see the migration. Western Corridor Stretching to the west, almost to Lake Victoria, the Serengeti narrows into what's known as the Western Corridor. The key feature of this area is the two rivers, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti, which run almost parallel, each supporting a band of most, evergreen riparian forest. This area sustains a very good permanent game population, including plenty of zebra and wildebeest, all the predators and forest 'specialists' like colobus monkeys. The birdife is particularly varied. The migration passes through between about May and July – pausing to gather momentum before crossing the crocodile-rich waters of the Grumeti River, into the Grumeti Reserve. Hot air ballooning around Grumeti Read more

Serengeti 1 night
DAY 18

SAFARI PARADISE

After Breakfast, you will spend two full safari days in Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park itself covers mostly flat or gently rolling grasslands, interspersed with the occasional rock outcrops, or kopjes. It is just the centre of a whole ecosystem which covers more than double that area, and includes Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo Game Reserve, Loliondo Controlled Area, Maswa Game Reserve, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and also Kenya's relatively small Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This combined area is often referred to as the Greater Serengeti area, or the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The Seronera area In the heart of the national park, just to the north of the short-grass plains, Seronera has all the best features of the Serengeti and also, sadly, its worst. Scenically, it's a lovely area – with open plains,occasional kopjes and lines of hills to add interest. The resident game here is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. These live off the resident herbivores, as well as the migrating game. The migration passes through here in April/May, but Seronera is within reach of both the Southern Plains and the Western Corridor – so from about November to June, it can be used as abase to see the migration. Western Corridor Stretching to the west, almost to Lake Victoria, the Serengeti narrows into what's known as the Western Corridor. The key feature of this area is the two rivers, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti, which run almost parallel, each supporting a band of most, evergreen riparian forest. This area sustains a very good permanent game population, including plenty of zebra and wildebeest, all the predators and forest 'specialists' like colobus monkeys. The birdife is particularly varied. The migration passes through between about May and July – pausing to gather momentum before crossing the crocodile-rich waters of the Grumeti River, into the Grumeti Reserve. Hot air ballooning around Grumeti Read more

Serengeti 1 night
DAY 19

SERENGETI - AIRPORT - OUT

Transfer to Grumeti air strip and fly from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro airport on a direct charter flight

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TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

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  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Kris de Bardia, France

Gorilla and Chimps tour : a dream trip ! Great tour, great organisation, great vehicle, great countries (Rwanda and Ouganda) and world class quality guide. We got what we came here for (Apes) but got much much more thanks to the flexibility of the management and thanks to our smart and knowledgeable guide. Thanks Mapendano ! :) Read more

Dan FAVRE, Switzerland

EXCELLENT ! I contacted Mapendano a few months before the departure. They organised everything and all was perfect in the communication (answers to my questions were quick and complete). During the trip, I visited twice the gorillas and both experiences were different and complementary. The hotels were excellent, so was the food. Samuel, guide / driver, couldn't possibly have been nicer or more helpful - he felt like an old friend by the end of the first week. He was perfect during the safari drives in the animals parks. We only got little problems with the car (2 flat tires and another problem with the transmission), it was just part of the trip and the lost of time was minimal. I highly recommend MAPENDANO for any trip in central Africa. Read more

Corinne, France

Nous avons eu la joie et la chance de tomber sur cette agence en septembre 2014. Nous avons été plus que satisfaits, vraiment enchantés par le pays et surtout par notre chauffeur guide Jean-Marie Kiguge que je recommande vivement pour ses grandes connaissances mais aussi son service impeccable. N'hesitez pas, avec Mapendano vous êtes entre de bonnes mains. Read more

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