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12 Days - Uganda and Rwanda Primate Tour

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East African Discovery

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12 Days - Uganda and Rwanda Primate Tour

Chimp tracking, Golden Monkey tracking and tracking Gorillas twice, this tour is certainly for those primate lovers out there. As well as all the primates you'll get to go on a safari in queen, take in the breathtaking landscapes of these two magical countries, and learn about Rwanda's tragic past and its remarkable recovery since. This itinerary is highly customisable, so get in touch to tailor make this tour to you.

DAY 1

Arrive in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide, briefed about your upcoming journey and transferred to your lodge. We feel it's best to stay in Entebbe after your flight, the last thing you want to do after a long flight is go on another long car journey. This boutique lodge less than 10 minutes from the airport is the perfect place to relax. If you arrive early there are many excursions available in Entebbe, for instance taking a boat ride to chimp Island, or to the marshes to see the famed Shoebill Stork, or even spend the day relaxing on Entebbe's calm beaches, get in touch to learn more about what there is to do in Entebbe. There are also lots of great places to eat (both local and more western restaurants) in Entebbe which our regional experts and guides can give you more information about. Read more

Boma Guest House
DAY 2

Transfer to Kibale

After your breakfast at Boma, you will spend the day transferring to the national park rich western Uganda, starting with Kibale Forest National Park, stopping on the way for lunch. You should arrive in the afternoon to take in the natural beauty of this area.

Kibale Forest Camp
DAY 3

Chimp Tracking

Today you get the chance to get up close and personal with man's closest relative, the Chimpanzee. These special Apes are a joy to watch as they go about their daily lives, squabbling and playing in the fruit trees. Upon sighting the Chimps, you will stay with them for one hour. In the afternoon, you have the optional extra of going for a nature walk round the Bigodi swamp, where there are many rare and exciting birds as well as other primate species. Read more

Kibale Forest Camp
DAY 4

Queen Elizabeth National Par

In the morning you will take the 2hour 30min drive south to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will check in at your lodge, then go for an afternoon game drive where you can marvel at the magnificent game on offer in Queen, including 4 of the 'Big 5', many other big game animals and the vast array of birds that live within the park. Read more

Bush Lodge
DAY 5

Game Drive and Kazinga Chann

Head out on an early morning game drive, before heading back to your lodge for a nice lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy one of Uganda's great wildlife experiences, the Kazinga Channel boat cruise, where you can see a vast array of wildlife playing and taking a water break along the shore.

Bush Lodge
DAY 6

Game Drive and Bwindi

Grab a packed lunch from your lodge and spend the day winding south through Queen, where you will get the chance to see the tree climbing lions that have made this national park so famous. Your eventual destination is Bwindi Impenetrable park, you should arrive in the evening just in time to take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and the dense forest. Read more

Haven Lodge
DAY 7

Gorilla Tracking Number 1

After an early breakfast you will set off towards what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your safari, the unforgettable experience that is Mountain Gorilla tracking. After trekking through the dense forest to where the Gorillas were found the day before, you begin your tracking, searching for the largest primate in the world. Upon sighting them, you will stay with them for one hour as they eat, rest and bond with their young. To reach them it can take anywhere between 30 mins to 4 hours, so be prepared for a long trek through the humid rain-forest. Afterwards you will spend the afternoon relaxing and taking in your beautiful surroundings. Read more

Haven Lodge
DAY 8

Lake Mutanda

Today you will head over to Lake Mutanda, near the Rwandan border. The views here are incredible, of the island studded lake and the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes not too far away, which make it the perfect place to relax after your Gorilla tracking.

Lake Mutanda Resort
DAY 9

Rwanda

After spending the morning relaxing at your lodge in your beautiful surrounding, you will make the border crossing to Rwanda and to Volcano's National Park. The crossing can take anywhere from 20 mins to 2 hours, so it is best to allow plenty of time for this.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
DAY 10

Gorilla Tracking Number 2

Sometimes Gorilla tracking once just isn't enough, so why not go a second time? This time you will track in the famous Volcanoes National Park, again staying with these magnificent beasts for one magical hour, getting so close you can almost touch them.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
DAY 11

Golden Monkeys and Kigali

Golden Monkeys are rare and endemic to this region, living in the bamboo areas found at the base of the volcanoes themselves. Playful and inquisitive, these monkeys are a pleasure to watch. There are two troops of Golden Monkey you can track both numbering around 80. Afterwards, transfer to the Rwandan capital Kigali, were your guide will be able to recommend one of the many great restaurants for your dinner. Read more

Hotel Des Mille Collines
DAY 12

Genocide Memorial

In the morning you will go to the extremely moving genocide memorial, were you will learn about Rwanda's tragic past. The recovery since, with the help of international aid has been remarkable. You will then be dropped off at the airport for your flight home, if your flight is in the morning then it may be possible to squeeze a visit to the genocide memorial in the day before. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest National Park
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hotel Bush Lodge
Day 6
Location Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Hotel Haven Lodge
Day 8
Location Lake Mutanda
Day 9
Location Volcanoes National Park
Day 11
Location Kigali

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Gorilla and Chimp Tracking Permits
  • All activities stated in the itinerary
  • 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

4 Reviews

Olly , United Kingdom

East African Discovery organised an excellent trip away for the 5 of us, they were able to sort everything we wanted for the duration of the holiday. We had a superb trip away and would recommend booking with them. Our trip was tailor made from the start, with communication over email being a stress-free experience. Hopefully we will use you again, to return to the excellent gorilla trek. Thanks East African Discovery. Read more

Monique , France

I would like to congratulate you for the very good trip you organized for the five of us. The driver, Herbert, was excellent, careful and full of attention, very punctual and always ready to satisfy us. He was always the first one to see the animals. We have been very lucky - leopard (2) - a female lion with 3 little ones - 6 sleepy lions - lions in the trees, gorillas after a walk of only 20 minutes, elephants, hippos etc.... The lodges were all excellent and full of charm; we enjoyed them very much. I shall not fail to recommend your company. Read more

Jocelyn , Canada

We had a 6-day safari in Uganda arranged by Ben Tinsley at East African Discovery in late November 2016. It exceeded all expectations for value for money, accommodation, variety of scenery and sights, and quality of the driver/guide. We have travelled extensively including in other parts of East Africa. Uganda is truly special. We appreciated that the company is locally owned, with excellent local intelligence and experience in the tourism and game tracking fields in Uganda. We liked that the company is small, offering bespoke safaris rather than off-the-shelf itineraries. Ben responded to all queries and requests promptly during the planning stage and no question was too silly to ask. Our driver/guide was prompt, organised, informative, and friendly - he had grown up in a part of the country that we visited so his local knowledge was particularly good. The chimpanzee and gorilla tracking were experiences of a lifetime. Everything went off without a hitch. The pricing of EAD was considerably better than that offered for similar safaris by the larger outfits. We would recommend EAD without reservation. Read more

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