Lake Mburo National park is perfect for spotting hippos, impalas, elands, buffaloes, topi and waterbucks. The vast wetland also hosts a variety of birdlife, baboons and monkeys. We finish this tour on a historical note by visiting the Genocide memorial in Rwanda for a better understanding of the country’s history.
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Upon arrival at Entebbe, we are met by a Kibo Slopes representative and drive to Lake Mburo with lunch on the way. Lake Mburo is an extensive area of wetland, rolling hills, grassy woodlands and grassy valleys supporting a vast wealth of wildlife. If time allows we can take a boat ride on the scenic lake. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Arcadia Cottages.
After breakfast we explore the park an extensive area of wetland, rolling hills, grassy woodlands and valleys supporting a vast wealth of wildlife. The species here include Zebra, Impala, Eland, Buffalo, Oribi, Defassa Waterbuck, Leopard, Hippo, Hyena, Topi and Reedbuck. After lunch at the Cottages, we drive to Kibale National Park for dinner and overnight stay at the Ndali Lodge.
After breakfast, we venture into the Kibale Forest for a guided Chimpanzee tracking. An experienced guide from the Ugandan Wildlife Service provides detailed explanations not only on primates, but also on the forest's fauna and flora. This walk is informative, enjoyable and excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. We return for lunch at the lodge before setting off to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the late afternoon, we check in at the Mweya Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, set against the backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains, is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystem which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands; makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. Today is dedicated to explore this park by car and boat. On the game drives we meet Buffaloes, Elephants, and Plains Game and with some luck a pride of Lions while a boat ride on Kazinga Channel presents the best opportunity to see Hippos and Crocodiles in the water. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.
After breakfast we drive out of Queen Elizabeth National park heading southwards to the Volcanoes Mountains in Rwanda. The drive will take us via Kisoro town where we stop for a late lunch. The scenic area is also nicknamed the “Switzerland of Africa”. After going through Customs and Immigration formalities we proceed with a short drive to Ruhengeri, where we stop for coffee in one of the oldest restaurants in town. In the late afternoon we check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for our dinner and overnight stay.
After an early breakfast at 6.00 am, we proceed to the park headquarter for a detailed briefing. We are divided into groups of eight and each group is allocated rangers who take us through the forest in search for a Gorilla family allocated to us. The trek may take anything between 2 to 4 hours until we spot the gorillas feasting on bamboo sprouts. We have 1 hour to observe them in their habitat and take pictures. If everything goes well we will be back for a late lunch at our lodge. In the afternoon we take a 2 hour drive to Gisenye on the shores of Lake Kivu and the Congolese border for dinner and overnight stay at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
Today we have the morning at our disposal on the hotel’s white sandy shores surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. Lake Kivu is the sixth largest lake in Africa. We can opt to laze on the beach or at the pool as an alternative for taking a stroll on the shores to Gisenye town center. After lunch we drive to Kigali where we check in for dinner and overnight stay at then Urban Boutique Hotel.
After breakfast we embark go on a guided city tour in Kigali, visiting the Genocide Memorial Center & Inema Arts Center. The development of the city after the 1994 genocide is impressive. The banning of any light plastic material for makes Kigali the cleanest city on the continent. Kigali is also a place where art is thriving; we visit Inema Arts Center one of the art centers in Kigali. After an optional lunch and depending on the timing of our flight we will be dropped at the airport for our international flight.