8 Days – 7 Nights The Apes Of Rwanda + Uganda

Arrive/Kigali – Volcanoes National Park – Kibale Forest National Park – Entebbe/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destination

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Kigali Serena Hotel Kigali Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge Volcanoes National Park Day 2 Day 5 FB 3 Nights
Primate Lodge Kibale Kibale Forest National Park Day 5 Day 7 FB 2 Nights
Karibu Entebbe Entebbe Day 7 Day 8 B&B 1 Night
Not Included Tranfer for International departure back hom Day 8 Day 8 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1 Kigali International Airport [KGL] Kigali Serena Hotel  To Be Advised Transfer
Day 2 Kigali Serena Hotel Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge   Transfer
Day 4 Primate Lodge Kibale Karibu Entebbe   Transfer
Day 8 Karibu Entebbe Entebbe International Airport [EBB]   Transfer

DAY 1:  KIGALI SERENA 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

Meet and greet by our Rwanda representative on arrival at Kigali International airport, then you will transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for an overnight.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel        

Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centres on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating. The capital’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.

The hotel features 148 rooms. Guests can choose from a selection of 60 Standard Rooms, 37 Superior Rooms, 19 Deluxe Rooms, 18 Junior Suites, 7 Prime Rooms, 6 Executive Suites and a luxury Presidential Suite. In-room facilities include 24 hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, mini fridge, hair dryer, private safe and a flat screen satellite TV.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2:  TILOREZA VOLCANOES ECOLODGE, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes National Park

Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the World’s Rare Mountain Gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience a face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures.

The park is set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the Gorilla’s are without a doubt the main draw card, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre, and enjoying a beautiful day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke.

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. Your safari will now continue with your transfer to Musanze for a check-in at Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge

Kigali city tour

Get to know this beautiful and amazing city. The Go Kigali City Tour is the best way to see and experience Kigali! Stops include: a trip to the top of Mt. Kigali for views of the city and the countryside, a milk bar, a neighbourhood market, a mural walk, a great Rwandan lunch, the best coffee around, a ride on a water taxi, a neighbourhood walk and ends at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Overnight: Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge     

Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge is located in Musanze and serves as an ideal base on which to explore the Volcanoes National Park. The lodge offers 13 bedrooms and a VIP cottage, all comfortably furnished and feature modern amenities. To enhance the experience, guests can make use of the onsite restaurant, pool, traditional sauna and a steam sauna.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3:  TILOREZA VOLCANOES ECOLODGE, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the park headquarters for briefing and you will be allocated porters who will assist with carrying your lunch and water. You will then start your gorilla trekking adventure, on meeting the gorillas, you are allowed a hour with them as you watch them go o with their everyday life. You will then trek back to the base where your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you to back to the lodge. Late afternoon, you will be taken for a community visit.

Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park offers visitors the unique opportunity of discovering the 10 families of gorillas that live within the national park.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee before the trek starts and will be separated into groups of 8 depending on their physical abilities. Each group is guided by a guide and two scouts who are well trained in emergency situations. The amount of time set aside per trek is different depending on where the gorilla family is situated.

Some trips may take as little as half an hour and some taking the better part of the day.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: TILOREZA VOLCANOES ECOLODGE, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be taken to the park headquarters to start your golden monkey tracking adventure on finding the golden Monkeys you are allowed an hour with them before transferring  back to the base where your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you to back to the lodge. Have the rest of the day at leisure.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5:  PRIMATE LODGE KIBALE, KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK       

Kibale Forest National Park

Located in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including: red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here.

When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy. Visitors can look forward to chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and guided nature walks.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, your safari now continues with your journey to the Uganda -Rwanda border for immigration clearance, clocks adjusted to one hour ahead, you will then cross over to Uganda and continue to Kibale Forest National park for a check -in at Primate Lodge.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale     

Primate Lodge in Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees.

Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda. Whether you wish a high level of luxury and comfort, rather stay in a midrange cottage or want to bring your own tent, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ideal place for you. Primate Lodge Kibale was awarded with the Chimp Award 2008 for Investment in Eco-Tourism by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: PRIMATE LODGE KIBALE, KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK       

Day Itinerary

Today after an early breakfast, you will be taken to the park head quarters and you will start your trekking experience. On meeting the chimps, you are allowed an hour with them. You will then return to the lodge.

Late afternoon, you will be taken for the Bigodi swamp walk.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: KARIBU ENTEBBE, ENTEBBE    

Entebbe

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned chimps.

Day Itinerary

Today, after breakfast, your journey continues with your drive to Entebbe and o arrival, you will check – in n at the Boma guest house for an overnight.

Overnight: Karibu Entebbe   

Karibu is a boutique guest house accommodation set on the leafy hillside only 10 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.  The seven en-suite rooms are individually decorated.  A Mediterranean styled menu is offered on the open-air veranda restaurant and upstairs terrace from where you can enjoy the sunset over Lake Victoria.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 8:  END OF ITINERARY       

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, your safari now ends with your transfer to the Entebbe International Airport on time for your check-in for departure.

Basis

Breakfast

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