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12 Days Rwanda & Uganda Classic Combined

Specials: Gorilla & Primate Tracking, Cultural Experience. Site: Batwa Community, Kazinga Channel, Mgahinga, Mgahinga N.P., Mweya, Nkuringo - Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains

Day 1: Arrival in Kampala

You will be welcomed by an expert guide from Africa Nature Trekkers as you leave kampala, who will provide information and assistance throughout your trip. By taking the southern route, you will be able to stand astride the Equator and visit the royal drum architects. This is before commencing to the magnificent Kyambura Gorge Lodge and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy sunset drinks on the veranda overlooking the savannah plains with the superlative Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (L, D)

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Get the best opportunity to see game by relaxing during the hot hours of the day and taking an early morning or evening drive. The Kasenyi plains are superb for sighting mega herds of Uganda kobs and lions however what you see greatly relies on the season. The Mweya peninsula presents astonishing views during the safari across the waters to Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is among the hand full places to track the leopard, which inhabits the dense, scrubby thickets. In case you are in time, visit the wetland reserve to view the amusing birds or Kyambura Womens coffee processing station and the Coffee Cooperative; the projects were started and are sustained by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Project.
O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, this flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.
O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4 Transfer from QENP to Bwindi Forest

Now carry on with your trip to the impenetrable Bwindi forest.  You can observe the unusual behavior exhibited by the tree-climbing lions travelling via Ishasha –subject to road conditions. During your long safari to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge which faces the gigantic trees of the forest, you will navigate through the rapidly changing landscape. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may walk around the lodge gardens with its clear mountain stream or make a stopover at the local village.
O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Tracking Visit the Batwa people

After having a hefty early morning breakfast, you go gorilla tracking. Trailing through the steep, thick forested hills and finally coming across the hidden gorillas in the vegetation is an arousing and lucky moment. Tracking in the Bwindi requires a great deal of determination and usually takes most of the day. However there are other activities and expeditions in and around the national park like:
Enjoy a guided walk within the rainforest, habitat to widespread variety of bird species, beautiful butterflies and adversity rare plant life. This walk presents magnificent photographing opportunities and the acquainted guide will offer a great in depth into this internationally imperative habitat.
In the course of your walk through the local village, learn about community projects which include the Amagara scheme that supports indigenous farmers and their society, as well as Bwindi Community Hospital which began as a health clinic beneath a tree and now provides crucial medical and educational services to more than 60,000 people. Both projects are financed by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
Learn about the Batwa Pygmies’ civilization and the indigenous tribal inhabitants of the forest. Although no longer resident in the forest, native people of Bwindi forest still carry out many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

Day 6: Optional additional Gorilla trekking

You will have the choice of gorilla tracking or choose to take part in the gentler yet very exciting alternatives offered as mentioned earlier.

Day 7: transfer to Mgahinga National Park

Departing for Mgahinga after jolly breakfast, the route meanders through bamboo jungle and then mountain roads to the Kanaba Gap with its spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes. Surrounded by terraced hills the road drops radically to the frontier town of Kisoro before ascending again to 2,300m to the Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge. This is near the Mgahinga National Park. Enjoy the astonishing scenery of the Volcanoes on the terrace as your have pre-dinner drinks or opt to warm yourself inside by the roaring fire
O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8: Batwa Cultural Experience

Experience the lives of the Batwa Pygmies, and walk the Batwa Trail. Accompanied by Batwa Elders, this is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the unique cultural heritage of the forest’s indigenous people. Whilst you walk through the forest, the Batwa will demonstrate their traditional hunting techniques and knowledge of medicinal plants. You will also visit the sacred Ngarama cave and enjoy the traditional music and dance of this rich and fading culture. Alternatively there are other exciting activities for those interested in the culture and natural history of Mgahinga:
Learn more about the Batwa’s unique culture through their oral traditions first-hand while you enjoy a performance from the Batwa Dance Group.
Track gorillas in Nkuringo. Located in the southern sector of Bwindi national park, Nkuringo is a potential gorilla tracking site. However, tracking here is challenging due to the steep and muddy paths.
Trek the Muhavur or Gahinga Volcanoes. The lower slopes and marshy craters at the peak of Gahinga provide a gentler hike through the bamboo forest. The lower slopes have a variety of forest bird while the marshes close to the peak are habitat to the bushbuck and indefinable duiker. Muhavura is actually the easier said than done of all peaks with in the park. The hike which takes most of the day will greatly be commended with a great feeling of accomplishment coupled with magnificent scenery on a pleasant day.
Enjoy a guided walk through the park to trace the golden monkeys. The trail takes you from the numerous bamboo stands and a forested gorge on the lower levels up, to the raised moorland and heath. The forest is home to the rare golden monkey together with a wide variety of bird and animal life.
O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9: Transfer to Rwanda

Today you will spend the day at leisure with an option to enjoy any of the additional activities with the exception of gorilla tracking prior to driving to the southern part of the country. On the peak of a hill that looks over Lake Ruhondo, the Volcanoes and lake Bulera is the stunning Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. From the comfort of your terrace you will enjoy the beautiful African sunset over the lakes, and if weather permits take pleasure in a traditional performance from the amazing Intore Dance troupe.
O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10: Gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans

The light mountain forest on the slopes of Virunga range provide a magical gorilla tracking experience in Parc Nationaldes Volcans. Having tracked the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them before returning back to the base for a late lunch. Tracking can take a full day for some mysterious Gorilla families more so if it is a muddy day.
O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11: Enjoy any of the Adventurous Activities

Alongside other options, you can decide to go gorilla tracking again (additional consent required subject to availability). Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery which is the final resting place of Digit her favorite Gorilla or tracking the endangered golden monkey are among the wide variety to explorer here. Visiting some of the hundreds of the children, the Roz Carr Imbabazi orphanage, local schools and community projects funded by the Volcanoes Safari Partnership Trust also make up popular excursions. Either experience village life by taking a guided walk to Lake Bulela or relax on some of the finest inland beaches on Lake Kivu.
O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12 Transfer to Kigali – Departure

Although your Safari ends with a journey to Kigali, there might be time to explore the city and visit the genocide memorial; a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome, before transferring to the airport. Return to the airport in time your return flight or transfer to the hotel.

End of Safari!

What To Bring
• Comfortable safari boots / shoes
• Right travel clothes
• Sun block
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Photo /Video Camera
This safari itinerary is a proposal trip that can be gladly customized to suit any personal changes, times, dates and other specifications.

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