12-Day Ultimate East African Wildlife Tour

12-Day Ultimate East African Wildlife Tour

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English, Swahili
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Minimum age: minimum 10 y/o
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Accommodation transfers included - alternatively, please meet at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) City Hall, Plot 1-3, Apollo Kaggwa Road PO BOX 7010 Kampala - Uganda
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Spend 12 days exploring 5 National Parks across two countries on this East African wildlife adventure.

The ultimate bucket-list experience for the wild of heart & curious of nature, trek through the canopies of Bwindi on the search for silverbacks, navigate crocodile-infested waterways on Kitagata Lake, spot rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha and observe chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park – travelling from Uganda to Rwanda in the company of passionate nature guides & local conservationists!

Location
This activity starts at Entebbe Airport in Uganda and finishes at Kigali Aiport in Rwanda. A 12 day interary, this tour visits national parks & wildlife reserves that include Kibale Forest National Park,  Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kitagata Lake, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park & Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Activity
Celebrate the enduring spirit of conservation across East Africa on this 12-day wildlife tour across Uganda & Rwanda! A wildlife experience that travels to some of the world’s most important nature reserves, this is the ultimate bucket-list adventure for anyone who’s ever wanted to observe wildlife in a natural setting. Each day is a new adventure – heading out on the search for iconic predators and endangered species in 5 national parks, highlights include:

Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge & Nyungwe
Explore two unique locations with experienced local guides, looking for troops of chimpanzees in the dense canopy of the African undergrowth. Trek through stunning natural formations in the heart of the rainforest – witnessing these playful and curious primates in a truly natural setting. Besides the chimps, you may spot other primates including the Vervet Monkey, L’hoest, Blue Monkey, Red-Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Black And White Colobus Monkey and many more.

Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
One of the most popular activities in Africa, this wildlife safari covers both land and waterways allowing you to experience the natural life cycle of an area that covers 200 km of well-maintained game tracks and includes the Kazinga channel, too. During this once in a lifetime guided safari, you are likely to spot elephants, Buffalos, Uganda Kob and if you are lucky, you may also spot the Hyena, Lions, Leopard and perhaps the Giant Forest Hog. Hippopotamuses, Waterbucks, Crocodiles and a variety of Water Birds like the black bee-eater, several species of falcons and the raptors. 

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park & Volcanoes National Park
Travel in the footsteps of pioneering naturalists like Diane Fosset and meet the last remaining 600 mountain gorillas across two national parks – exploring the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda & Uganda. Accompanied by local guides, learn more about the importance of these gentle giants, spending a few precious hours in the company of silverback gorillas and their troop - understanding the challenges and rewards of protecting the true King of the Jungle.

Accommodation& Catering
This 12-day tour is full catered and includes 3 meals a day, porters, transport and mid-range accommodation (guest houses, jungle lodges, hotels) in Uguanda & Rwanda. All guides, park fees and game charges are included in the price of the trip – making it a great all-inclusive option.

Conditions
This is an all-action adventure for anyone of moderate physical fitness. Guests should pack appropriately with hiking boots, warm layers and a good waterproof. A full kit list is supplied on booking.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
Overnight stay at Cassia Lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Overnight stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

Day 3: Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Overnight stay at Simba safari lodge

Day 4: Game drive and afternoon Launch cruise
Overnight stay at Simba safari lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Overnight stay at Wagtail eco safari camp

Day 6: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Overnight stay at Arcadia Cottages/ Heritage Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 8: Mountain Gorilla tracking in PNV
Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 9: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House

Day 10: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe
Overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House

Day 11: Butare and Kigali
Overnight stay at Golf Hills Residence

Day 12: City tour and departure

Activity requirements

All participants must bring a medical certificate from their doctor dated within the last 3 months stating that they are allowed to practice this activity.

Special terms

Please note that whilst sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed.

Included
  • Gorilla permits & Park Fees
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off in Kampala
  • Trekking Guide & Equipment
  • All Meals & Refreshments
  • 11 Nights Budget/Mid Range Accommodation
Do not forget to bring
  • Hiking Boots
  • Long Sleeved Clothing
  • Warm Layers
  • DEET/Suncream
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Accommodation transfers included - alternatively, please meet at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) City Hall, Plot 1-3, Apollo Kaggwa Road PO BOX 7010 Kampala - Uganda Get directions

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