7-Day Rwanda Uganda Wildlife Safari with Ziwa Rhinos

Visit Volcanoes National Park

Track Mountain Gorillas

Game Drives in QE National Park

A wildlife lover’s dream trip spanning two countries: the Rwanda and Uganda wildlife tour. Explore the wonders of volcanic landscapes, track the endangered mountain gorillas to see them in their natural habitat, spot leopards, lions, buffalo, hippos, and elephants on game drives and boat cruises through Queen Elizabeth National Park. And end the trip with Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Sanctuary in Nakasongola District.

Tour Highlights

Track golden monkeys and enjoy a guided nature walk in Volcanoes National Park

Trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see mountain gorillas

See the rare tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha sector of QE National Park

Spot a variety of wildlife on a game drive through the Kasenyi Plains

Cruise down the Kazinga Channel on a boat cruise and see hippos, crocodiles, and elephants

Track Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary near Murchison Falls

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

Adult (15-80): $2,972

Please inquire for the budget accommodation price, this is our budget accommodation tour

2 persons or more: $2,972 per person
3 persons or more: $2,257 per person
4 persons or more: $2,492 per person


Departure Time

Anytime between 7:00 am to 11:00 am Kigali time


Meeting Point

We offer pick-up from the following places for this experience:

  • Kigali city
  • Kigali International Airport (only on day 1, this is not available if you arrive before day 1)

Availability

Monday to Sunday, year-round


Duration

7 days


Difficulty Level

Moderate – uphill trekking


Group size

1 to 4 persons


Included

  • Meals (as per itinerary)
  • All permits (gorillas $700, golden monkeys, and chimps $200)
  • Drinking water when in the safari vehicle
  • Park entrance fees

Not Included

  • Visas, tips, and costs of a personal nature
  • Lodging in Kigali before and after the trip
  • Pickup at Kigali airport if arrival is before the start of the trip
  • Medical and travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Hiking boots
  • Garden gloves
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Cameras and extra batteries
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites

Participation Requirements

  • Age restriction: 15-80 years old
  • A valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • We advise against people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions participating on this tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Good to Know

Depending on the availability of gorilla permits, we may propose trekking gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

What You’ll Do

We will pick you up in Kigali and drive you to Volcanoes National Park. Depending on the departure time from Kigali, you may be able to enjoy a complimentary Kigali city tour before traveling to northern Rwanda, visiting the Kimihurura market and the Kigali Genocide Museum. After a 2-hour drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri/Musanze, we will visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Experience (also known as Gorilla Guardians Village) in Kinigi. We’ll then be treated to a guided nature walk around Volcanoes National Park.

We will start the day with a golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes National Park. This primate is native to the high-altitude forests of the park. Once we have seen their playful interactions, we will head out of the park and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The transfer to Bwindi National Park will go through the Rwanda-Uganda border at Cyanika.

Day 3 is another day for trekking into the wilderness to spot the rare local animals. You will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The national park guide will conduct the presentation that covers the basics of what to expect during the gorilla trek and instruct you on how to behave in order to ensure the safety of guests and the animals. You will then embark on your tracking adventure, making your way through the rainforest until you find a family of mountain gorillas. The gorilla trek can take from 3 to 6 hours on average, depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest. It could last longer, so be prepared just in case!

We will start the journey in the morning from Bwindi National Park and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The tour will take us through the stunning landscapes of western Uganda and we’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the late afternoon. Our first activity will be to drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, popularly known for the tree-climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at Ishasha have found a way to climb the fig trees to enjoy the warm temperatures. While the sighting of the tree-climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a visit!

After the short game drive in Ishasha, continue the journey to the Kazinga channel to join the Kazinga Channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. We’ll have the chance to spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters.

We will start the day with an early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterward, we will proceed to the famed Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot various species of wild animals. The Kasenyi Plains are in the vast savannahs of the Albertine Rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will be a morning full of adventure! Expect to encounter lions, herds of buffalos, elephants, Uganda kobs, topi, and bushbucks. While spotting the ‘big five’ in the park is not guaranteed, on a lucky day, you may sight leopards to make it to the ‘big four’. After the Kasenyi game drives, drive to Kibale National Park via the Fort Portal crater lakes.

Day 6 begins with yet another early morning breakfast followed by a drive to the Kibale National Park Forest to experience tracking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter some of the other different species of monkeys in the forest. These include colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. Once we have finished our last trekking adventure, it is time to drive to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to prepare for the Rhino tracking the following morning–dinner & overnight at the only Amuka Lodge.

Day 7 begins with yet another early morning breakfast at Amuka Lodge followed by tracking Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the only reserve in Uganda to find back Rhinos. The Rhino tracking activity will be done in the morning. After the tracking, drive to Entebbe for 4-5hrs depending on the flow of the traffic.

Accommodation & Meals

Optional Activities on Days 2 & 3

  • Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $100 USD
  • The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $80 USD
  • Visit the Batwa Community in the Village – $30 USD
  • Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda – $30 USD
  • Coffee-Making Experience – $30 USD
  • Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro – $30 USD

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