Uganda Rwanda Adventure Vacation Safari – 10 days Adventure tour

10-Days Uganda & Rwanda Safari

Adventure Vacation

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Overview

The 10 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda is among the extended adventure safaris in Uganda and Rwanda that present remarkable safari memories.

The safari takes you to Nyungwe forest National Park famous for its canopy walk and the chimpanzee trekking, the cultural tours in Butare National Museum and the Nyanza palace, the remarkable Congo – Nile divide trail exploration, the water adventures on Lake Kivu, the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, the Sabyinyo Volcano Climbing, the Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi, night game drive and walking safari in Lake Mburo and the white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile in Jinja.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1:  Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Ethnographic museum and Nyanza palace in Butare.

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & adventure Nyungwe canopy walk

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu 

Day 4:  Explore Lake Kivu with Kayaking, wind surfing, catamaran and jet-ski & transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the evening

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & cross to Uganda  

Day 6: Hike Mount Sabyinyo

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & do whole day Island Hopping

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do night game drive

Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala

Day 10: Do half day white water rafting & bungee jumping on the Nile River Jinja

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Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Ethnographic museum and Nyanza palace in Butare en route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 268km about 6 hours’ drive passing through the lush countryside landscapes of southern Rwanda before making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail.

After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively build Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings.

Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Nyungwe Forest Lodge  

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel  

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & adventure Nyungwe canopy walk

After breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids.

The chimp trek tends to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps as you see them munch on fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol, copulate among other interesting aspects that will lure you to make full utilization of your Camera space. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk. The 2 hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Nyungwe Forest Lodge  

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel  

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) Drive and walk along the Congo Nile divide trail

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical scenery of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa.

The day long transfer involves getting out of your vehicles and trek for some distance enjoying the thrill of this beautiful landscape on foot. The views of Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Kibuye and Cyangungu before approaching Nyungwe forest are rewarding. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

Budget / Basic: Paradis Malahide

Day 4: Explore Lake Kivu with Kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran and jet-ski & transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the evening

After a thrilling breakfast in the cool morning hours at Lake Kivu, you embark on the adventure exploration on this gigantic lake – the largest in Rwanda.

You have various adventure activity options to engage in ranging from Kayaking to Wind Surfing, Catamaran along with Jet Ski that allows you to explore the waters of Lake Kivu in detail.

Retreat from the lake experience and embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park 10km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gorilla View Lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Midrange / Standard:  La Palme Hotel

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & cross to Uganda

Settle for breakfast at the lodge at 6am and connect to Kinigi Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to catch up with briefing at 8am. The earlier arrival offers a complementary Kinyarwanda performance and a hot cup of Rwandan coffee. Thereafter, embark on the long awaited gorilla trekking experience (2 – 8 hours).

 The 1 magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of re-uniting with your ancient cousins. You enjoy them as they forage, the silver back demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat.  

Retreat from the activity and embark on the drive to Uganda passing along the magical Virunga massif with fascinating scenery before approaching Kisoro and Mgahinga for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel

Budget / Basic: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp

Day 6: Hike Mount Sabyinyo

Gather at Ntebeko visitor center to embark on the Sabyinyo Volcano hike 3,669m above sea level lasting about 8 hours to cover the 14km round trip. The hike to the Sabyinyo Volcano follows an impressive scenic landscape with the views of the gorge and the forested landscapes.

The summit is rather rugged with a swamp filled crater that presents magical hiking encounters as you move from one peak to another offering the views of the surrounding area and beyond. Retreat from the climb to mark the end of the encounter.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel

Budget / Basic: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & do whole day Island Hopping

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi passing through the fascinating Kigezi highlands.

Upon arrival, you embark on the Island hopping experience exploring the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi including Bwama Njuyera which is a re-known traditional leprosy treatment center, the Bushara Island with its striking eucalyptus forest, the Akampane / punishment Island where they used to drop premarital pregnant girls and leave them to die from there and the Bucuranuka / Upside down Island which is known to have turned upside down as a result of an old woman’s curses after being denied a chance to enjoy the local brew.

The boat cruise on this amazing lake as you connect to the corresponding Islands is also rewarding. The Island communities have got impressive traditions which can be explored along with local schools where you get the opportunity to explore the life of the Islanders. Retreat from the activity and retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort  

Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do night game drive

Hit the road to Lake Mburo National Park after your breakfast about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You drive through impressive countryside landscapes of south western Uganda before approaching Mbarara town.

You drive further for 12km to make a traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center after which you will connect to Lake Mburo National Park to check in at the lodge and settle for short relaxation and dinner.

At 7pm, you embark on the night game drive in the sprawling savanna of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, and side–stripped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, genet cat, civet, thick tailed Galago and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having in a night rest. Retire for overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo   / Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala

After your early morning breakfast at 6:00am, you will undertake a 2 hour nature walk-the most interesting walking safari in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, wart hogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia.

Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer back to Kampala making a stop at the Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in the north hemisphere and the other in the south. The lunch will also be arranged at the equator. You arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Kampala Sheraton Hotel  

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

Day 10: Do half day white water rafting & bungee jumping on the Nile River Jinja

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning, about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large.

Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda.

Thereafter, head out for a bungee jumping experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala to mark the end of the tour.

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Inclusions

  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfer
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe
  • Game drives
  • White water rafting and bungee jumping
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

Exclusions

  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Personal insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Tip/gratitude
  • Visas and international air tickets
  • Any other items which are not included in the itinerary

deposit of 40% is required when booking this safari.

The remaining balance will be charged 40 days prior to departure.

For any bookings within 40 days of departure, the full trip amount will be charged upon booking.

Min: 2 Travelers
Start/End: Kigali/ Kampala
Duration: 10 Days
Activity: Game drives, Boat cruise, Chimpanzee trekking, Gorilla trekking, nature walk, hiking, cultural encounter, walking safari, water rafting, bungee jumping
Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mt. Sabinyo, Lake Bunyonyi, Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu, Jinja

Why Book with us?

  • Safari Departs any date
  • Unbeatable prices
  • Authentic safari experience
  • Tailor-made safari packages
  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
  • Professional guides
  • Life changing travel experiences

Best time to go

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about Gorilla tracking permits

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