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UGANDA/RWANDA: Thousand Hills Safari

Overview

Regular Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Entebbe – Kampala

  • Day 2

    Murchison Falls National Park

  • Day 3

    Murchison Falls National Park

  • Day 4

    Albertine Rift Valley and Fort Portal

  • Day 5

    Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Day 6

    Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Day 7

    Ishasha – Lake Bunyonyi

  • Day 8

    Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park

  • Day 9

    Mountain Gorilla Tracking

  • Day 10

    On the Shores of Lake Kivu and Southern Rwanda

  • Day 11

    Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

  • Day 12

    Butare – Nyanza – Kigali

Regular Itinerary

Day 1

Entebbe – Kampala

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred for the overnight stay at one of the select lodging.

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.

Day 2

Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, your adventure in Uganda begins with a drive north-west to Masindi and the Murchison Falls National Park. We have a stop over for a nature walk and lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This houses the breeding project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white rhinos in Uganda. You can view them at close quarters while they move freely in the natural habitat.

Thereafter, we proceed to the national park. Here you get the chance to walk to the top of the falls where the Nile creates a narrow canyon of thunderous water as it crashes down into the Albertine Rift Valley.

Murchison Falls, which is the largest national park in Uganda, offers up beautiful scenery of grassland acacia and palm tree savannah to the north, and tropical forest to the south.

You’ll check into your selected lodge for the overnight stay and dinner.

Places

  • Masindi
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3

Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we embark on an early morning game drive to explore the savannah in the delta of the Nile on Lake Albert’s northern bank.

Among the animals you may spot in the wild will include elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, waterbuck, bushbuck, spotted hyenas, and on the rare occasion, leopards.

Relax as you drive back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a boat excursion along the Nile to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls. You will take in an amazing concentration of wildlife at the river’s banks that include hippos, crocodiles, as well as a wide variety of bird species such as the African eagle, pelicans, the kingfisher, Egyptian geese, and many more!

Dinner and overnight stay at you preferred lodging.

Places

  • Murchison Falls Conservation Area

Activities

Day 4

Albertine Rift Valley and Fort Portal

We head out of the park after an early breakfast heading south-west along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpments which feature breathtaking panoramic scenery.

We pass through Hoima the capital of the Bunyoro Kingdom after which we stop for a cup of coffee and lunch.

Afterward, we make for Fort Portal which happens to be the capital of the Tooro Kingdom and lies in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the largest mountain ranges in Africa.

Dinner and an overnight stay at one of the select lodging facilities.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Hoima
  • Fort Portal

Activities

Day 5

Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today will see you depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast. Enjoy the game drive en route as you head to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, your afternoon will comprise a boat ride from the Mweya peninsula along the Kazinga channel.

This area is one of the most popular sites in Uganda due to the concentration of wildlife, bird species and the all round breathtaking scenery which affords you plenty of opportunities to capture great photographs. You should get opportunities to spot hippos, buffaloes, and elephants. All this while enjoying a drink on the channel.

In the evening you get to try your hand out at another game drive.

You’ll then return at leisure to your lodging for dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the early morning and after a sumptuous breakfast, we head to Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee trekking.

The gorge itself is over 16 Km long and 100m deep. It meanders along the Kyambura river and the Albertine Rift Valley escarpments to the eastern boundary of the park.

You’ll have lunch at your lodge then have a game drive in the afternoon. This will see us drive along the tracks of the park and head for the northern sector, towards Lake George and Kisenyi village by means of our safari vehicle Some of the wildlife you may encounter include elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbuck, Ugandan kobs, and leopards on the rare occasion.

The wildlife population of Queen Elizabeth National Park has significantly recovered from the dark old days on the seventies, when poaching was rampant and unencumbered. Nowadays, the park is busting with life and is a great place to spot wildlife. The park also enjoys unique landscapes and features views of crater
lakes and the Albertine Rift Valley with is all so very special and unforgettable, it will simply take your breath away!

In the afternoon, you’ll have a short transfer to the southern sector of the park – the Ishasha sector. Here, you’ll have you dinner and overnight stay at Ishasha Jungle Lodge.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Kyambura Gorge
  • Albertine Rift Valley
  • Lake George
  • Kisenyi Village
  • Ishasha Sector

Day 7

Ishasha – Lake Bunyonyi

To the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park we find the tropical rain forest cover that hosts the last remaining population of the endangered mountain gorilla. The choice of are to have the gorilla safari depends on availability and allocation of permits.

Later you’ll go on a game drive in pursuit of the aptly named “tree climbing lions”, so named as they lie perched atop fig trees during the hot hours of the day so as to catch some chills. It is a spectacular site and quite exciting to see.

You have lunch en route to Lake Bunyonyi which is situated past Kabale town.

You’ll have dinner and overnight stay at one of the select lodging options on offer.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Kabale

Day 8

Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park

Today you’ll get to experience and enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding adventures while crossing Lake Bunyonyi by boat. With its heavily forested green islands, the lake hosts species of endemic birds that the guide will help you spot and identify.

You may also visit the Kabale town and the Bakiga Cultural Museum.

After lunch, you journey proceeds to Rwanda via the border crossing after Kisoro, at the doorsteps of the Muhavura volcano. You’ll get to Volcanoes National Park from Ruhengeri town.

Dinner and overnight will be had at your choice of the select lodging options available.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Kabale
  • Kisoro
  • Ruhengeri

Day 9

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast at about 7 in the morning, you begin trekking the Virunga forest in search of one of the habituated families of mountain gorillas. After the briefing by the Rwanda Parks Service (ORPTN) you’ll follow them down the trails of the forest. You should carry some water and a packed lunch with you as the time it will take before encountering the gorillas is unpredictable.

Upon coming across a family of gorillas, you’ll have an hour to observe them, take pictures and have an all round awesome time of it.

Afterwards, you’ll depart Volcanoes National Park and descend into Lake Kivu in Gisenyi which is a pretty town on the lake’s shores.

Dinner and overnight will be had at your pick of the lodges on offer.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Lake Kivu
  • Gisenyi

Activities

Day 10

On the Shores of Lake Kivu and Southern Rwanda

After breakfast, you’ll leave Gisenyi and head for south-western Rwanda along the road on the shores o Lake Kivu.

We’ll have a stop-over for lunch in Kibuye, a pretty town on the lake where you’ll get to take in breathtaking scenery.

Later on in the afternoon, we will proceed to Cyangugu on the southern coast of the lake. This small town is the gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

You’ll have your dinner and stay overnight at one of the select lodges on offer.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Cyangugu
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 11

Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

A very early breakfast is followed by a 6 am entry into Nyungwe forest for trekking in search of chimpanzees and other primates as the beautiful Angolan colobus.

The park is spread across 970 sq Km of green hills, and is the largest piece of uncontaminated tropical forest in Eastern Africa. Nyungwe hosts 13 species of primate that include chimpanzees, the Rwenzori colobus, the Hoest monkey, the silver monkey, owl-faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon.

Ensure to carry along drinking water and a picnic breakfast. You’ll have lunch at your lodge and thereafter transfer to Butare for dinner and overnight at Ibis Hotel.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Butare

Activities

Day 12

Butare – Nyanza – Kigali

You’ll leave for Kigali after breakfast while stopping to have lunch in Butare, the second town in Rwanda and considered to be the cultural capital. It hosts a University and the National Museum.

It can be very rewarding to try out the handicraft shops where they sell products made by Rwandan artisans — especially look out for the woven baskets.

Along your way, we’ll make another stop in Nyanza which was the political capital in days gone by. It hosts the entirely renovated antique royal palace that holds royal regalia of the Mwami (King).

You’ll arrive Kigali in time for your flight out of Kigali International Airport.

Lodging

Half Board options available.

Places

  • Butare
  • Nyanza

Activities

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Arrivals in Entebbe

On Saturday or latest Sunday early morning. However, on special occasions, other dates were selected

Departure from Entebbe

On Thursday

Airlines

  • Brussels Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines *
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
* For Turkish Airlines flights, we recommend you book 1 day earlier the arrival

Dates of Departure

January 1st July 1st, 22nd
February11th, 25th (Wildlife Day)* August 5th (Lions & Elephant Day), 12th
March 11th (Forest Day)* September 16th
April 8th (Easter)* October 14th
May 5th November 4th
June 3rd (Environmental Day)*, 17th December 2nd, 26th (New Years Eve)
*Special Day