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6-Day Rwanda to Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

This 6 day tour to Rwanda and Uganda will let you explore some of Africa’s exclusive wildlife including Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and African big five mammals like Lions, African Elephant, Cape Buffalos and various antelope types. Its active in nature since it involves volcano hiking, Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking. These will be coupled with amazing Landscapes, culture and historic encounters in both countries.

Itinerary

Uganda and Rwanda National Park

Day 1 – Arrival to Kigali and transfer to Kisoro near Mgahinga national park

This day starts with your driver guide picking you up from Kigali international airport and embarking on an exciting road drive to the extreme south western Uganda. A stopover for lunch will be made en route. The dense rain forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga, famous for their gorilla population, are one of the most fertile and rich in the world, being homes to a variety of primates, animals, insects and exotic birds. On arrival, check in at the lodge for relaxation, Dinner and overnight stay at Kisoro Travelers rest Hotel as you wait for the next day’s adventure.

Main Destination:Kisoro (Uganda)

Accommodation: Kisoro Travellers Rest Hotel

  • Mid-range hotel located in or near the park

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 2 – Full day volcano hike (Mout Sabinyo) and transfer to Bwindi Gorilla land

After breakfast at 8:00am the hiking adventure begins. Your tour guide will transfer you to the starting point. You will need to have hiking gears and also a good level of fitness. The mountain Sabinyo adventure is one of the most memorable activities in Mgahinga. The top of this Volcano has a spectacular crater lake. It is simply a 6 – hours hike including the 2 hours descending down to the starting point. Have lunch and continue with the journey to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Diner and overnight at Gorilla Mist Camp.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp

  • Mid-range hotel located in or near the park

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

Day 3 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for briefing by park ranger guides, depart with picnic lunch boxes to start Gorilla trekking – the activity can last up to 4 hours trek or more to find the Mountain Gorillas as you hike up and down the slopes with dense mist covered vegetation. Hence you will have packed lunch for this activity. This active quest will eventually bring you to the face of one of the most sought after creatures-the mountain Gorillas. Upon reaching them, you will have a full hour with them while observing and learning their behavior as you take photos. You will later transfer the Ishasha sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park, arriving in the evening. You may do an evening game drive in the Ishasha sector. You will have dinner and overnight Enjojo Lodge.

Main Destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)

Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge (Cottage)

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 4 – Transfer through Ishasha-Tree climbing Lions search-transfer to Mweya for the Kazinga channel boat

After having an early morning breakfast at the lodge, your driver will drive you to the Ishasha sector. You will embark on the game drive that will give you a chance to see tree climbing lions. You will be amazed to see them resting on the branches of fig trees during afternoon hours. In the afternoon hours you will drive to Mweya for a launch cruise along Kazinga channel. You will appreciate the high scores of Elephants, Hippos, Buffalos and crocodiles. A number of bird species will also be seen along including the Great Pelicans. Diner and overnight at Elephant Hab Lodge.

Main Destination:  (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)

Accommodation: Elephant Hub Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 5 – Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu central forest and transfer to Kabale

Have an early morning breakfast and head to Kalinzu Forest for Chimpanzee tracking to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. Kalinzu central forest’s jungle life is a breathtaking one especially for botanists, bird lovers and primate lovers! On this expedition, a list of potential forest edge animals can be encountered such as Vervet Monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys and butterflies. You will transfer to Kabale for an overnight and dinner at Cephas Inn.

Main Destination:  (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)

Accommodation: Cephas Inn.

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 6 –  Transfer from Kabale to Kigali international airport via the Genocide museum

After having breakfast or lunch depending on your scheduled flight times, jump a border crossing journey to Rwanda and later transfer to Kigali international airport to readily catch your flight back home as you say farewell to the African wilderness. You may possibly visit the Genocide memorial Museum in Kigali.

Main Destination: Kigali

Accommodation: no

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

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Important Information

Price Includes

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Price Excludes

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Rates Per Person

Start dates
Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms
Jan 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020 $2,800 $2,639 $2,519 $2,344 $2,291 $2,196
Jan 1, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021 $2,800 $2,639 $2,519 $2,344 $2,291 $2,196

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Prices are “from”, per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12) sharing, and include all taxes. Subject to availability. Breakfast daily. Day touring as per the itinerary.

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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

Safaribookings
I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .