13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari

The 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari takes you to the outstanding natural beauty and diversity of landscape in Uganda has long served as the focal point of inspiration for travellers, and features prominently on our Uganda & Rwanda tour.

Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari

Gorilla Safari Bwindi Forest

Towering mountains give way to fertile meadows and broad savannahs, while the dry uplands contrast with the swamplands of the lakeshores.

We keep a lookout for Red Colobus monkeys and visit Uganda’s most popular game reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, where have the opportunity to take a boat ride amid Africa’s largest hippo population.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, our last destination on the Uganda leg of our 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari, is a designated World Heritage Park and is home to just over half the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Heading into Rwanda, we make a route for Dian Fossey’s stunning Parc National des Volcans, where we embark on a trek to encounter the mighty mountain gorilla and follow one of five gorilla families.

This comfortable, fully-escorted and guided safari tour through Uganda and Rwanda features lands of rolling hills, tranquil lakes, the snow-capped ‘Mountains of the Moon’, rainforests and jungles, gorillas and chimps, and glorious butterflies outnumbered only by the plentiful birds.

13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari Highlights

Detailed 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari

Day 1 - 8: Adventure in Uganda The Pearl of Africa

Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda

Today we arrive at Entebbe International Airport (the airport serving the capital) and transfer to a lodge nearby.

  • Overnight in Entebbe.
  • Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we travel by road northwards and stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track the rhinos, and have lunch. We then proceed to Murchison Falls.

The falls mark the spot where the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert, is suddenly channelled into a gorge only six meters wide and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls — one of the world’s most powerful natural flows of water. Named them after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society, the falls also lend their name to the surrounding Murchison Falls National Park.

  • Overnight in Murchison Falls.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls Park

We begin the day with an early morning game drive on the Buligi, Albert or Queens tracks north of the river Nile. Here we have the chance to observe those animals closely associated with the African savannah like lion — leopard, giraffe, antelope, elephant, and warthog.

After lunch we have a cruise on the Nile River. The cruise takes to the bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, hippo, buffalo, elephant and a variety of water birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill.

We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Overnight at Murchison Falls.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park

Early this morning, as we exit the park, we will stop at the top of Murchison Falls for a view before we continue by road to Kibale Forest National Park, famous for its families of habituated chimpanzees. The park it is home to an astonishing number of 12 species of primates, the highest density in the world!

  • Overnight at Kibale.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Kibale Chimpanzee Viewing – Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we trek to see chimpanzees. Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa, and is one of the best places not only in Uganda, but in the world, to see chimpanzees. Kibale Park is connected to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the South, hence allowing wildlife to freely move. This park has a total population of approximately 1,450.

Then we’ll have a walk through the Bigodi Swamps. The Kibale Association manages the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for Rural and Environmental Organisation, formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. While on our guided walk around the swamps, we can distinguish many from the approximately 137 bird species found here, including the Snowy Headed Robin Chat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of weavers, warblers, greenbuls and sunbirds. There is also an abundance of butterflies, and rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.

We depart Kibale by road for the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park, dominated on its northern border by the snowcapped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains — the famous ‘Mountains of the Moon.’ The varied ecosystems of this park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Humanity, support a wide variety of species including elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard.

  • Overnight at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we embark on a game drive in open savannah covered by acacia trees on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. We will search for the typical tree climbing Lions (among other things), a population which is found only in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting on top of the fig trees.

This afternoon we cruise up the Kazinga Channel, a narrow band of water connecting lakes Edward and George. This is one of the most memorable experiences of a visit to Uganda, offering an opportunity to cruise amid members of Africa’s largest hippo population. In addition to these giant semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals and birds as they come to the water’s edge to drink and bathe. Birding is excellent, and we expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron.

  • Overnight at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

We have a morning road trip through the Ishasha Plains and the East African Rift Valley to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with picnic lunches (+/-6 hours). We pass through high, forested hills and through deep-farmed valleys. The drive is reminiscent to what one would experience driving through central Europe — indeed this region of Uganda is often referred to as “Little Switzerland.”

  • Overnight at Bwindi.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail Experience

Bwindi, a World Heritage Park, is home to just over half of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population of 1,000 individuals. Today’s trek* can take from one to six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 2270 m (7,500 ft) and over rough terrain. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating. Your gorilla permits are included in the tour price.

The area around Bwindi is an excellent place for watching primates and birds and you may catch a glimpse of the noisy but evasive Chimpanzees or the beatiful Hornbills and Turacos. The forest is home to 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, and 163 species of trees, making it one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.

  • Overnight at Bwindi.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9 - 13: Adventure in Rwanda the Land of 1,000 Hills

Day 9: Bwindi, Uganda – Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Today we travel by road +/- 6 hours via Kisoro to Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda, a journey that takes us through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape.

“In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”. Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range–home of the rare mountain gorilla — and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

  • Overnight near Parc National des Volcans.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Parc National des Volcans: Gorilla Trekking

Early this morning we drive to the park headquarters where we are briefed by the guides of the Parc des Volcans before we start our gorilla trek. This 13,000-hectare national park protects the Rwanda sector of the Virunga Mountains, a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddle the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bamboo forest is interspersed with alpine moorland, grassland and marsh.

Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you will get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day… especially when wet and muddy.

The Mountain Gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans are part of a worldwide population of just 740 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of several habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.

The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as 1 hour to as much as 8 hours before one returns to base. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Please remember that the mountain gorillas are a wild animal and are not enclosed in any form and free to move as they please. For this reason actual sightings of the gorilla groups cannot be guaranteed.

  • Overnight near Parc National des Volcans.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Parc National des Volcans: Twin Lakes & Optional Activities

This morning you have some options.* You may choose to take a trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey and the remains of the Old Karisoke Research Station (additional cost; rate included in your pre-trip notes). For those who loved the book and/or the movie ”Gorillas in the Mist” the Dian Fossey trek could be a good option. Over the course of the morning you follow in her footsteps as you trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the many graves belonging to the poached gorillas, including that of Digit. Please note that this involves a 30 minute (each way) drive to the trail head and a 60-90 minute moderately-steep hike (one-way). Please also note that if you choose this option, you will return too late to participate in the Twin Lakes excursion described below.

For a more leisurely experience (that allows you to go to the Twin Lakes as described below), trekking to the Golden Monkeys is highly recommended (additional cost – possibly also available tomorrow morning before departure). A short walk to the edge of the forest to see the endangered Golden Monkeys is a rare treat; watching these unique primates play and perform in the forest is mesmerizing.

This afternoon we offer an excursion to two scenic lakes usually referred to as the Twin Lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, fed by rivers and a lake in Uganda. The twin lakes area is very scenic, with steep and intensively farmed hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters. They offer magnificent views over the whole of the Virunga Volcanoes (weather-permitting).

* It is strongly advised that these options are pre-booked and confirmed at time of purchase of the main tour to ensure availability. We regret that sometimes, due to the number of vehicles we ultimately have at our disposal, it may not be possible to accomplish all options listed. This situation will become clearer once we know the number of participants on your tour (approximately 60 days prior to departure).

  • Overnight near Parc National des Volcans.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari: Parc National des Volcans – Kigali

Today we drive back to Kigali. In Kigali we will have a brief look at Kigali and the Genocide Museum, opened in 2004 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. While the genocide occurred as a result of a complex series of factors, it can only be seen as an absolute tragedy to Rwanda and its people. Time spent at the Genocide Museum is moving and important in understanding the sheer courage and resilience of this beautiful, tiny nation.

  • Overnight in Kigali.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13: Departure

  • Departure from Kigali.
  • Thank you very much for choosing Tubale Safaris!
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

End of 13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari

13 Days Uganda Tour & Rwanda Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Includes:

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla and Chimps Permits
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade).
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional).
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section).
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Price Excludes,

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day).
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • The government imposed increases in taxes and/or park fees.

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).
  • Gloves and Face masks are required for Gorilla Trekking

Rates per person,

  • Solo 1Room USD 7150
  • 2people 2rooms USD 5650
  • 3People 3rooms USD 5150
  • 4people 2Rooms USD 4950

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