Perl of Africa

11 Days | Rwanda - Uganda

Day 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrive at Kigali International Airport and be met by your Driver Guide for a brief of your Rwanda visits. Relax at the Hotel or do some Kigali City visits around. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at either;
Budget – The Mirro Hotel BB
Mid Range - Lemigo Hotel BB
High End – Kigali Serena Hotel BB 

Day 2 - Drive from KIGALI to Uganda's KISORO TOWN via Cyanika border (134kms /3hrs)
Breakfast and thereafter leave the Hotel and enjoy Kigali. The Kigali city tours will especially welcome you to this "Land of a Thousand Hills". Drive through the City to the Kigali Genocide MemorialCentre and thereafter proceed to the City Centre for a quick early lunch. Thereafter drive to Northern Rwanda with stops for photo shooting, the Countryside is so beautiful. The smooth road meanders around the hills and into the valleys and the local people welcome you by waving all the way. Cross border into Uganda and arrive for dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Kisoro Tourist Hotel
Mid-Range – Chahafi Resort

High End – The Lake Mutanda Lake Resort. 

Day 3 – GORILLA TRACKING in UGANDA in MNGAHINGA NP (1hr Gorilla viewing)
Early breakfast and drive up for Gorilla trek at Mgahinga Mountains, the oldest and the hugest family group in the World. After a 1-hr Gorilla viewing trek back and get into your Vehicle, drive back to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the local village. Dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Kisoro Tourist Hotel
Mid-Range – Chahafi Resort

High End – The Lake Mutanda Lake Resort. 

Day 4 – KISORO PROCEED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP - ISHASHA SECTOR (152kms /4.5hrs)
Breakfast at your lodge check out for a drive to Ishasha Sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth NP. This will open opportunities for finding tree-climbing lions among other wildlife. Check in at your lodge and have lunch. Thereafter an afternoon game drive as far as Ishasha River marking
the borderline to Congo DRC in this region. Dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Enjojo Lodge
Mid-Range – Ishasha Jungle Lodge  

High End – Ishasha Wilderness Camp 

Day 5 – AM GAME VIEWING + PM KAZINGA CHANNEL WATER SAFARI - (Water Safari - 2hrs)
Enjoy an early breakfast and leave for a morning game drive in the Park. The best time for game drives is in the morning hours when there are high chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lions and a variety of antelopes, and other wildlife you can see. Back at the lodge for lunch and check out to the northern part of the Queen Elizabeth NP with game viewing en route. Stop for an exciting experience of a Water Safari on the Kazinga Channel. The boat safari lasts for 2 hours and it allows visitors to see a variety of water life including yawning hippos, water birds, buffaloes, huge elephants, and all that comes to graze and take water at the banks of the Kazinga Channel. Thereafter proceed to check-in for dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Pumba Cottages
Mid-Range – Park view Safari Lodge  

High End – Mweya Safari Lodge   

Day 6 – AM GAME VIEWING and DRIVE from QUEEN TO KIBALE NP (125kms /2.5hrs)
Enjoy an early breakfast and leave for a morning game drive in the Park. On return check out and drive to Kibale NP. There is a chance to drive as you see the game en route until the Park’s exit gate. Arrive at Kibale NP in good time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure with dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Kibale Forest Camp
Mid-Range – Kibale Guest Cottages  

High End – The Primate Lodge. 

Day 7 – CHIMPANZEE TREKKING in KIBALE FOREST (Trek time varies with Chimp locations)
A relatively early morning start, to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00 am to
track habituated Chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. This incredibly diverse forest is also home to over 13 species of primates including the red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black-faced vervet monkeys, baboons, and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prigogine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog, and a half dozen antelope species. Lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon at leisure enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.
Budget – Kibale Forest Camp
Mid-Range – Kibale Guest Cottages  

High End – The Primate Lodge. 

Day 8 – DRIVE from KIBALE TO MURCHISON FALLS NP via FORT PORTAL (320kms / 7hrs)
Breakfast and thereafter leave Kibale and drive to Murchison Falls NP via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley and via Fort Portal with nice and beautiful views of the Ruwenzori … “Mountains of the Moon” … and, proceed on to check-in and lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drive perhaps crossing the River Nile by Ferry for more game drives. Return for dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Fort Murchison FB
Mid-Range – Twiga Safari Lodge FB

High End – Paraa Safari Lodge FB 

Day 9 – GAME VIEWING DRIVE with a BOAT SFARI CRUISE on the NILE RIVER
Early morning breakfast and set off for an early morning game drive across the savanna, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises waking up the lying animals.  What you experience here cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, this is Murchison Falls Park with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, and humorous appearing warthogs. The only park in Uganda where you can be lucky to find the Big 5! Return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter get ready to experience one of the best highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, - the boat safari cruise up the Nile River. Slowly moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles and an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stays on the left-hand side so that you see most of the animals who come to the river.  Herds of Elephants cooling off, Hippopotamus frolicking, crocodiles just dozing in the African sun. Soon after you find - Murchison Falls – the most powerful waterfall in the World. The River Nile is 50 meters wide above the falls, but suddenly moves down through a 6-meter gorge and falls 43 meters, the sound is deafening and the sight makes one realize how forceful nature can be. Close by, there is a bank on the river filled with Nile crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun, just down from there you can see a group of hippos frolicking in the water of the Nile.  There are hundreds of hippopotamus to be found here, birds in abundance. At the bottom of the falls disembark and take the guided hike up along the most powerful waterfall in the world – Murchison Falls.  You will be cooled down with some mist from the falls to keep you comfortable. This is the same up and down the trail that Winston Churchill used in 1907 when he visited the Falls.
At the top of the falls, you are met by your driver-guide and you will cross the Nile by ferry and head back for dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Fort Murchison FB
Mid-Range – Twiga Safari Lodge FB
High End – Paraa Safari Lodge FB                   
 

Day 10 – DRIVE from MURCHISON FALLS to KAMPALA CITY - 300kms / 5hrs
Another early morning and the last game drive with the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger and each game drive are uniquely different. After the game drive, we cross the Nile by ferry and we head for Masindi where stop at the Masindi Hotel, the hotel was built in 1923 and is the oldest hotel in Uganda. It is here where Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn stayed while making “The African Queen”.
Have lunch and continue afterward to Kampala stopping first at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. With a Ranger you will go on foot for a Rhino Trek - this is about 1.5 hours long and you come into proximity with the Rhinos. Thereafter proceed on to Kampala City in the south.  The drive takes about 5 hours via the Masindi route, but the trip is well worth the drive. There are lots to see through towns such as Luweero, and Masindi with local communities busy with their daily life activities of farming, and roadside vendors selling their food and drinks. All these scenic routes will keep you awake. Arrive by 1800hrs and be Arrive and check into your hotel rooms for overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at either;
Budget – Africana Hotel
Mid-Range – Protea Hotel Kampala by Marriot

High End – Kampala Serena Hotel. 

Day 11 – DRIVE from KAMPALA TO ENTEBBE & DEPART (41kms / 1hr
Breakfast at the Hotel and a short tour of Entebbe before a transfer to Entebbe Int’l Airport for your
departure flight.
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Winding Through a Thousand Hills
5 Days | Rwanda - Uganda - Rwanda