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THE PRIMATES OF RWANDA & UGANDA

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Marcel Walter

Mapendano Voyages

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THE PRIMATES OF RWANDA & UGANDA

Akagera NP, Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elisabeth NP, Mountain Gorillas, Lake Kivu

DAY 1

ARRIVAL

Meet and Greet on arrival at the airport. Transfer to Kigali. Overnight in Kigali

Kigali 1 night
DAY 2

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Early start to the Akagera National Park. The Highlands, home to the shy Oribi and to the elusive Topi, afford breathtaking views of the undulating hills, rolling grassland and the extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps. Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, and Waterbuck are some of the game roaming this peaceful heaven. There is also an abundance of remarkable bird life with over 500 bird species to be observed in the many diverse habitats of the park. Read more

Akagera 1 night
DAY 3

RWANDA – UGANDA

A good road links Kayonza with the border post of Kagitumba. On the Ugandan side, the road winds through the beautiful hillside that characterizes much this southern region of the country. Lunch at Mbarara. Continue via Ibanda to Kibale National Park.

Kibale 1 night
DAY 4

KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – CHIMP

DAY 5

QUEEN ELISABETH NATIONAL PAR

Queen Elisabeth 1 night
DAY 6

QUEEN ELISABETH NATIONAL PAR

The Rwenzoris form a majestic backdrop, as we cross the Equator and enter Queen Elisabeth National Park. Explore a few of the crater lakes typical for this region. Two full days of game viewing. The shores of Lake Edward are the mating grounds of the Ugandan cob and home to the elephant and hippo. Lions and leopards prefer the Ishasha savannah, with chimpanzees to be found at the bottom of the Kyambura. There are thousands of birds everywhere. With a bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill Stork during the especially rewarding launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel which links Lake Edward and Lake George. Read more

Queen Elisabeth 1 night
DAY 7

QUEEN ELISABETH NATIONAL PAR

The Rwenzoris form a majestic backdrop, as we cross the Equator and enter Queen Elisabeth National Park. Explore a few of the crater lakes typical for this region. Two full days of game viewing. The shores of Lake Edward are the mating grounds of the Ugandan cob and home to the elephant and hippo. Lions and leopards prefer the Ishasha savannah, with chimpanzees to be found at the bottom of the Kyambura. There are thousands of birds everywhere. With a bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill Stork during the especially rewarding launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel which links Lake Edward and Lake George. Read more

Queen Elisabeth 1 night
DAY 8

RIFT AND HIGHLANDS

After a last early morning game drive, relax at the lodge or take a guided nature walk. In the afternoon, climb the Albertine rift escarpment to arrive at Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake bunyonyi 1 night
DAY 9

SOUTH WESTERN UGANDA

Visit Kabale, a small, busy town. Stroll along the shores of beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. After lunch we take the steep road to Kisoro, lying on the foot of the majestic Virunga Volcanoes Range. Cross into Rwanda and arrive at Kinigi.

Kinigi 1 night
DAY 10

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet, muddy conditions. To see a gorilla at the end of it, certainly makes the trek worthwhile.

Volcanoes 1 night
DAY 11

VOLCANOES NP

Options available include a second Gorilla Trek, or trek to a habituate group of Golden Monkeys ( cercopithecus mitis kandti), or visit the Karisoke Research centre built by Dian Fossey and the site of her grave, located in the Park between the Karisimbi and Bisoke Volcanoes - three hours trekking accompanied by a Park Ranger, or to climb Bisoke volcano with its superb crater lake. Dian Fossey's tomb: One popular hike while near the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the one to Dian Fossey’s Tomb and the adjacent gorilla cemetery in the former Karisoke Research Camp. The Karisoke scientific base was established by Dian Fossey in the saddle area between two volcanoes; Mt Visoke and Mt Karisimbi (from which the name Karisoke is derived). The camp site stands at an altitude of around 3000m (over 9000 ft) and was abandoned during the unrest of the 1990’s. The trek involves a 30-minute drive from the park headquarters to the trailhead then a 10-minute stroll to the park boundary. From here, the ascent through the forest takes anything from 90 minutes to three hours, depending on your fitness and how often you stop to enjoy the scenery while the descent takes 2 hours. Fossey’s old living quarters – which she nicknamed the mausoleum – are now in ruins, and several other landmarks in the camp are signposted. The hike offers a good opportunity to see birds and other creatures typical of the Virungas en route. At the site you will find the house from where Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985 but the more peaceful is the place where she was buried just next to her favourite gorilla, Digit and about 20 other mountain gorillas either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons. The tomb’s headstone reads: No one loved gorillas more Rest in peace, dear friend Eternally protected In this sacred ground For you are home Where you belong In her journal, Dian Fossey’s final words were, “When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” Today, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund monitors ten gorilla groups (out of 15 total) in Rwanda and have so many other projects to help conserve the gorillas and other animals in the region. This hike is an incredible experience physically, emotionally and intellectually. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated and left a legacy that exists even today. If you find yourself in Rwanda and you’re up for a challenge, I highly recommend the hike. Or Climbing Mt Bisoke: The mountain is located within Rwandan Volcanoes National Park and Congolese Virunga National Park. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rainforest and alpine meadows. The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Bisoke is one of the mountains considered a habitat for the Endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is located in the valley to the west. Mt Visoke stands at 3700m, it has the typical conic shape of a “perfect” volcano and in its crater lies a deep crater lake. Or 2nd gorilla trekking: Another option is a 2nd gorilla trekking. Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them and be back at base in time for a late lunch! Afternoon continue toward Gisenyi, a nice small town,located on the northern shore of lake kivu Diner and overnight at Paradise Malahide Resort Accommodation: Paradise Malahide Resort Approximate Travel Times: 1h, 50 km. Read more

Gisenye 1 night
DAY 12

DEPARTURE

Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lakeshore or a refreshing early morning swim. After a wholesome breakfast, leave the gleaming waters of Lake Kivu and journey back to Kigali, through the beautiful countryside of the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Akagera
Day 3
Location Kibale
Day 4
Location Kibale
Day 5
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 6
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 7
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 8
Location Bunyonyi
Day 9
Location Musanze
Day 10
Location Musanze
Day 11
Location Rubavu
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kigali
Hotel SERENA HOTEL
Day 2
Location Akagera
Day 3
Location Kibale
Day 4
Location Kibale
Day 5
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 6
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 7
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 8
Location Lake Bunyonyi
Day 9
Location Kinigi
Day 10
Location Kinigi
Day 11
Location Rubavu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • 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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