14 Days / 13 Nights Primates & Wilderness of Rwanda & Uganda

Arrive/Kigali – Butare – Nyungwe Forest National Park – Lake Kivu – Lake Mutanda – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala – Jinja/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Heaven Restaurant + Boutique Hotel Kigali Day 1 Day 3 B&B 2 Nights
Meta Boni Consilii Butare Day 3 Day 4 B&B   1 Night
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Nyungwe Forest National Park Day 4 Day 6 FB+ 2 Nights
Moriah Hill Resort Lake Kivu Day 6 Day 8 FB+ 2 Nights
Mutanda Lake Resort Lake Mutanda Day 8 Day 10 FB+ 2 Nights
Mweya Safari Lodge Queen Elizabeth National Park Day 10 Day 12 FB+ 2 Nights
Cassia Lodge Kampala Day 12 Day 13 B&B   1 Night
2 Friends Guesthouse Jinja Day 13 Day 14 B&B   1 Night
Not Included Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for departure Day 14 Day 14 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FB+: Full Board Plus: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Daily Activities

DAY 1:  HEAVEN RESTAURANT & BOUTIQUE HOTEL, KIGALI

Kigali

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across undulating lush hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops. With its interesting architecture, busy streets, meandering boulevards, and green hillsides, Kigali is said to be one of the most attractive cities in Africa and is definitely worth a visit.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival  at  Kigali international airport ,  you will be met by  a AMA Safaris – Rwanda  representative and you will be transferred  Haven Boutique  Hotel  for a check -in .

Overnight: Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel      

Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is 15-room American-owned, private, serene property, located in Kigali’s most beautiful neighbourhood, Kiyovu.

Heaven is a short walk to the City Centre, shopping, banks and entertainment. In addition to Kigali’s top-rated restaurant, Heaven hosts the onsite INEMA Arts’ Gallery and AZIZI Life fair-trade crafts boutique. Perfect for business travelers and tourists alike, enjoy our gourmet international cuisine, top notch service, comfortable workspaces, and ambiance. Relax and have meetings under the shade of our grand umuvumu trees and enjoy expansive views of Kigali from the Adirondack chairs on our terrace.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 2:  HEAVEN RESTAURANT & BOUTIQUE HOTEL, KIGALI        

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be collected by your driver guide and taken on a city tour of Kigali including the visit of the genocide memorial, with lunch at a local restaurant; you will be transferred to your hotel for a relaxed rest of the day.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 3:  META BONI CONSILII, BUTARE      

Butare

Once Rwanda’s largest city, today Butare (also known as Huye) serves as the intellectual and cultural heart of the nation. Situated in the south, in Huye Province, this small and sedate city boasts some quiet tree-lined streets featuring a range of hotels, terraced restaurants and craft shops.

The most appealing of Butare’s attractions is undoubtedly the National Museum of Rwanda, one of the finest museums in East Africa, showcasing the cultural history of the region through displays of photos and traditional artifacts. Other highlights include the Christian Cathedral and Nyanza, the traditional seat of Rwanda’s feudal monarchy and the site of the restored 19th-century Royal Palace.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, drive south to Nyanza, the historical seat of the Rwanda kingdom; visit the Royal Palace which has been restored, entirely of traditional materials, to its 19th century grandeur.

You will then check in at Mate Boni Conilli.

Overnight: Meta Boni Consilii         

Centre d’Accueil Mater Boni Consilii accommodation offers spacious rooms with large bay windows. Business guests will benefit from our hotel room features such as free high-speed wireless Internet and a comfortable work desk. Experience quality service to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay at Centre d’Accueil Mater Boni Consilii. Ideally located in the quiet part of the city and by the magnificent botanical gardens, Centre d’Acueil Mater Boni Consilii is the right place at any time when you need to taste the Really flavor of happiness.

 Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 4:  NYUNGWE TOP VIEW HILL HOTEL, NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Situated in south-western Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity and its wide range of endemic species. The park is composed of lush tracts of rainforest set high up on fertile mountain slopes. It is one of Africa’s most ancient forests and the home of Rwanda’s sole remaining chimpanzee population, as well as 85 additional mammal species, 43 reptile species, nearly 300 bird species and over 1000 plant species. Visitors can enjoy spotting colobus monkeys and chimpanzees hiding in the trees, hiking on a well-maintained network of trails passing through lush equatorial rainforest and catching a glimpse of a beautiful array of colourful birdlife. Don’t miss the thrilling Canopy Walk, it is one of its kind in Africa and offers impressive views of the forest.

Day Itinerary

After Breakfast, you will now continue your safari to  Nyungwe Top Hill View Lodge  for a check -in. In the afternoon, you will go for a canopy walk.

Activities

Canopy Walks Nyungwe Forest

The canopy walk takes place four times a day (0800hrs, 1000hrs, 1300hrs and 1700hrs). The experience lasts around 2 hours total, with a 30 minute walk to the bridge, 1 hour on the bridge and a walk back. The forest walkway bridge provides the ideal opportunity to spot Colobus Monkeys and birdlife. At its central point the bridge reaches a height of around (90m).

Overnight: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel    

Nyungwe Top view hill hotel is the elegant place; a heaven on earth, idyllically situated on top of one of the hills of Nyungwe forest area; the largest single forest block in East Africa and the biggest water reservoir for Rwanda.

Nyungwe Top view hill hotel offers most beautiful and tranquil accommodation facility comprises of 12 self contained with 4 twin and 8 queen size bed apartments having a sitting room with a fire place to warm you up and a balcony with picturesque view of sunrise or sunset from all the rooms including incomparable view of part of the Nyungwe National Park, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Tea plantations, Lake Kivu, the volcanoes and Idjwi Island right from the top of the hill.

The accommodation is offered as bed and breakfast, half board or full board facility.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 5: NYUNGWE TOP VIEW HILL HOTEL, NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

This morning you will be taken for a chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest. Although it’s possible to trek chimp in Nyungwe, it’s a difficult trek with a 50 % chance of seeing them.

This is in a very hilly terrain (high ridges and deep valleys) in a rain-forest and the Chimps themselves only semi-habituated and tending to move far and wide over a large area. This makes the tracking hard and unpredictable and sighting the chimps hard to guarantee.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 6: MORIAH HILL RESORT, LAKE KIVU

Lake Kivu

One of Africa’s Great Lakes, Kivu is the sixth-largest and eighteenth-deepest lake in the world, covering a whopping surface area of roughly 2,700km² and reaching to almost 500m at its maximum depth. Three vibrant resort towns – Kibuye, Gisenyi and Cyangugu – located on its shores provides an array of lodging options, while the steep hills that surround it are peppered with forests and waterfalls.

Water sports enthusiasts will have a field day at Lake Kivu, and bird watchers are likely to be equally thrilled by the lake’s diverse menagerie of avian species.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be collected by your driver guide and transferred to  Lake Kivu  for  a check -in at  Morial Hill Resort

Overnight: Moriah Hill Resort

Moriah Hill Resort provides an ideal environment for you that are homely, inviting and resourceful providing you will all information you need while in Karongi.

The resort epitomizes gracious living that reflects the modern beach resort elegance, offering great value for your money. For those who take their comfort, security and luxury seriously, Moriah Hill Resort is the right place for you.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 7:  MORIAH HILL RESORT, LAKE KIVU

Day Itinerary

Spend this day relaxing, you can swim, take a boat cruise or just relax by the beach.

Overnight: Moriah Hill Resort

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 8:  MUTANDA LAKE RESORT, LAKE MUTANDA    

Lake Mutanda

Situated in Uganda, Lake Mutanda is a small freshwater lake sandwiched between the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the Virunga Mountains. Set against a misty mountain backdrop, the picturesque lake is dotted with islands, and the surrounding landscape is scattered with wetland ecosystems and lakeside forests stretching up the mountain slopes which provide a safe habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.

Visitors can look forward to gorilla tracking, bird watching, lake lounging, volcano hiking, and paddling in a traditional dugout canoe.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be picked by your driver guide and transferred to the Uganda Rwanda Border for immigration clearance, clocks adjusted to one hour ahead, you will cross over to Uganda for a check-in at  Mutanda  Lake Resort.

Overnight: Mutanda Lake Resort       

Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, Mutanda Lake Resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on planet earth.

Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers as well as those looking for a secluded place in nature.

The resort is spaciously set up on a 3.5 acres private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. The thirteen cottages are built on a wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 9:  MUTANDA LAKE RESORT, LAKE MUTANDA    

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be picked by your guide and transferred to the park headquarters for briefing and allocation of porters.

You will then start your Gorilla trekking adventure, on meeting the gorillas, you are allowed an hour with them before  trekking back to the base where your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge .

In the afternoon, you will be taken for a community walk.

Activities

Gorilla Trekking

Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for Gorilla Trekking. Before 0800hrs, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30 minutes to 5 hrs – 6 hrs).

A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 10:  MWEYA SAFARI LODGE, QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK      

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in south-western Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the county’s most popular parks. Volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes connected by a channel inhabited by abundant hippos, are what you will see at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The park has almost 100 types of mammal and 606 different bird species, including the peculiar shoebill. The Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos, and other wildlife includes buffalo, the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, Defassa waterbuck and elephant. Don’t miss the Kyambura Gorge, which is home to habituated chimpanzees.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will now depart for Queen Elizabeth National park for a check-in at Mweya safari lodge. Late afternoon, you will be taken on a game drive.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge        

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and overlooks the Kazinga Channel which links two of the Nile’s great lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward. Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness.

All of the rooms have wonderful views of the channel. The Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: game drives, boat trips, wild life viewing and more.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 11:  MWEYA SAFARI LODGE, QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK      

Day Itinerary

After an early breakfast, you will be taken on a game drive, return to the lodge. 1400hrs, you will be taken for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Activities

Kazinga Channel

The boat trip along the Kazinga Channel provides a memorable game viewing experience where you will see thousands of hippos, birds and other river wildlife and if you are lucky buffalo, elephant and maybe even a lion.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner,Bed,Breakfast and Activities

DAY 12:  CASSIA LODGE, KAMPALA    

Kampala

Bordering the magnificent Lake Victoria, Uganda’s capital city – Kampala – sprawl out over a series of undulating hills and despite the development, this ‘Garden City’ is known for its tree-lined avenues.

This bustling city serves as the commercial hub of the country boasting a blend of African markets, modern skyscrapers, international hotels, bars, and casinos. It provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Visitors can look forward to learning about the country’s rich and colourful history at the Uganda Museum; enjoying a number of activities on Lake Victoria, Africa’s Largest Lake; and visiting the Namugongo Martyrs Shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Mburo National Park to catch a glimpse of local wildlife including: hippo, zebra, gazelles, crocodiles, warthog, and variety of birdlife.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will continue safari with your drive to Kampala for a check -in at Cassia lodge.

Overnight: Cassia Lodge        

Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga Hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala, close to Lake Victoria. The environment is cool with an astonishing view of the lake as well as the city.

The lodge offers excellent international cuisine in a serene environment. In addition, there are conference facilities, a business centre, wireless internet connection, a large swimming pool and 20 luxurious rooms with satellite television, bar and balcony overlooking the lake.

Basis:

Bed & Breakfast( Lunch and dinner own arrangement)

DAY 13:  2 FRIENDS GUEST HOUSE, JINJA   

Jinja

Situated on the northern shores of Africa’s largest lake, in southern Uganda, Jinja is the second largest city in Uganda and is famous for being located at the source of the Nile. The rapids on the Nile make Jinja the white water rafting capital of East Africa. It is also known as the adventure capital of Uganda.

While the main attraction is undoubtedly rafting down the Nile, there are also a variety of other adrenaline filled activities such as: quad biking, bungee jumping, kayaking, and mountain biking and horse riding.

Other popular activities include: browsing the colourful Jinja market, viewing the faded grandeur of the crumbling colonial architecture lining the streets and joining a bicycle tour to soak up the spectacularly scenic surrounds.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be picked by your driver guide and transferred to Jinja, with stops at Mabira forest and Sugar cane plantations, you will check-in at 2 Friends. In the afternoon, you will visit the source of the Nile and then return to your hotel for a relaxed rest of the evening.

Overnight: 2 Friends Guesthouse A comfortable retreat in the heart of Jinja.

Basis:

Bed & Breakfast( Lunch and dinner own arrangement)

DAY 14:  END OF ITINERARY     

Day Itinerary

After a relaxed breakfast, you will be picked by your driver guide and transferred to the Entebbe International Airport on time for your outbound international departure.

Basis

Breakfast

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