Detailed 10-day itinerary for Uganda and Rwanda safari with Kisoro Tours Uganda.
Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of East Africa as you explore the diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda on a safari of a lifetime. This meticulously crafted itinerary promises an immersive experience, where you’ll venture deep into lush national parks, encounter majestic wildlife in their natural habitat, and connect with the rich cultural tapestry of these two remarkable nations. From tracking mountain gorillas in the misty forests of Volcanoes National Park to witnessing four of the Big Five in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, each day promises a new adventure. With expert guides, comfortable lodgings, and unforgettable encounters with nature and local communities, this safari promises to be an unforgettable fusion of wildlife, culture, and adventure in the heart of Africa.
How to plan 10 10-day itineraries for the Uganda and Rwanda safari?
Bellow Kisoro Tours Uganda provides a suggested itinerary for 10 days itinerary for Uganda and Rwanda safari starting in Rwanda and ending in Uganda;
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda
Begin your journey in Kigali, Rwanda. Explore the city’s cultural sites, such as the Genocide Memorial, and enjoy the local cuisine.
Day 2: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Drive to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Spend the afternoon exploring the park or relaxing at your lodge.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking
Commence on a fabulous gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. Afterward, return to your lodge.
Day 4: Lake Kivu
Head to Lake Kivu and spend the day enjoying the lake’s beauty, boat rides, and relaxation.
Day 5: Cross into Uganda
Cross the border into Uganda and proceed to Kisoro, near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After the trek, continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park with a morning game drive and an afternoon boat safari on the Kazinga Channel.
Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey through beautiful landscapes. Arrive at the park and rest.
Day 9: Murchison Falls Safari
Spend the day exploring Murchison Falls National Park with a game drive and a boat trip to the base of the falls, where the Nile River narrows through a dramatic gorge.
Day 10: Departure from Uganda
Travel to Entebbe or Kampala in Uganda, depending on your departure location. Explore the city or catch your flight home.
This itinerary combines gorilla trekking, wildlife experiences, and beautiful landscapes, but it is subject to be edited and suit the needs of the visitors.
The itinerary activities are in detail.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda
Upon your arrival in Kigali, you can check into your chosen accommodation.
Spend the day exploring Kigali. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial for a historical perspective, and discover local markets and restaurants for cultural experiences.
Day 2: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
After breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park. This journey offers stunning scenery.
In the afternoon, you can either relax at your lodge or explore the park’s surroundings.
Day 3: Embark on gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda
This day is the highlight of your trip. Participate in gorilla trekking, which involves hiking through the forest to observe and interact with a gorilla family.
The trek may take several hours, depending on the gorillas’ location, but the experience is incredibly rewarding.
Day 4: Lake Kivu, Rwanda
Transfer to Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s beautiful Lakes. You can relax by the lake, swim, or take a boat ride.
Explore the lakeside towns, visit local markets, and enjoy fresh seafood.
Day 5: Cross into Uganda
Cross the border into Uganda, and continue to Kisoro, which is near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Check-in at your accommodation and rest.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Embark on another gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, known for its biodiversity.
Commence on your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park immediately after trekking.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Start the day with a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, and more.
In the afternoon, take a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel to see hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species.
Day 8: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, passing through lush landscapes and small towns.
Arrive at your lodge in the park.
Day 9: Murchison Falls Safari
Explore Murchison Falls National Park with a morning game drive to see various wildlife, including giraffes, buffalo, and more.
In the afternoon, embark on a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where you’ll witness the Nile River’s dramatic narrow passage.
Day 10: Departure from Uganda
Travel to Entebbe or Kampala in Uganda, depending on your departure location.
Depending on your flight time, explore the city or relax before heading to the airport for your journey home.
General tips to consider when planning itinerary for Uganda and Rwanda safari?
Kisoro Tours Uganda shares some general tips for a combined safari in Uganda and Rwanda:
Ensure you have a valid passport and check the visa requirements for both Rwanda and Uganda. Some nationalities may need visas in advance, while others can get visas on arrival.
Check with your healthcare provider for necessary vaccinations and medications, such as yellow fever, malaria prophylactics, and any other recommended immunizations.
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits:
Secure permits for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking well in advance, as they have limited availability and can sell out quickly.
Bring lightweight, breathable clothing for the warm days and layers for cooler evenings. Don’t forget rain gear and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes for treks.
Consider comprehensive travel insurance that covers health, trip cancellations, and any unexpected incidents during your safari.
Respect Local Customs:
Be mindful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting communities or religious sites.
Currency and Payments:
Carry some local currency and have small denominations for tips. Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities but may not be in more remote areas.
Purchase a local SIM card for your phone to have affordable and reliable access to mobile data and communication.
Follow local guidelines and advice regarding safety, especially in areas near national parks. It’s recommended not to walk alone mostly at night, and keep an eye on your belongings and valuables.
When viewing wildlife, maintain a respectful distance and follow the guidance of your guides to ensure your safety and the animal’s well-being.
Bring a good camera with a zoom lens for wildlife photography, as well as extra memory cards and batteries.
English is widely spoken in both Rwanda and Uganda, but learning a few local phrases in Kinyarwanda and Luganda can be appreciated by the locals.
Carry a reusable water bottle and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in the African heat.
Be adventurous and try local dishes, but also be cautious with street food to avoid any stomach issues.
Engage with local communities respectfully and consider supporting them through responsible tourism, such as buying handmade crafts.
Be prepared for varying weather conditions. Uganda and Rwanda have diverse climates, so pack accordingly.
Plan for Delays:
Safari travel can sometimes experience delays due to road conditions or wildlife sightings. Be patient and flexible with your schedule.
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared for a memorable and enjoyable safari in Uganda and Rwanda. These countries offer incredible wildlife experiences and beautiful landscapes, so make the most of your adventure while respecting the environment and local cultures.
What is the best time to visit Uganda and Rwanda for a combined safari?
The best time to visit Uganda and Rwanda for a combined safari largely depends on your preferences, the type of experiences you seek, and the activities you wish to engage in. However, the optimal time to enjoy a well-rounded safari in both countries is during the dry seasons. In Rwanda, the dry seasons typically run from June to September and December to February, while in Uganda, they coincide with the same months, with a slight variation in some regions. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and cooler temperatures, making it ideal for gorilla trekking, wildlife viewing, and outdoor activities.
The dry seasons not only offer pleasant weather but also improve wildlife visibility as animals tend to gather around water sources, making game drives in parks like Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks more rewarding. Furthermore, the dry season is perfect for gorilla trekking in both countries, as the trails are less muddy and more accessible. If you want to witness the Great Migration of the wildebeest, you can plan your safari for the months of June to August when these impressive herds pass through Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park. However, it’s essential to book accommodations and permits well in advance, as these are peak tourist months. Ultimately, for an unforgettable combined safari in Uganda and Rwanda, the dry seasons offer the best overall conditions and opportunities to savor the incredible biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and captivating wildlife these East African nations have to offer.
What are same the UWA tariffs for the activities considered in the itinerary?
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.
Foreign Non-residents (Permit Fee): $700.
Foreign Residents (Permit Fee): $600.
East African Residents (Permit Fee): UGX 250,000
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park:
Foreign Non-residents and residents: $200 per person.
East African Residents: UGX 150,000 per person.
Game Drives and Activities in National Parks:
Fees for game drives, boat safaris, and other activities in national parks can vary, but they generally range from $30 to $50 for foreign non-residents, $20 to $30 for foreign residents, and UGX 10,000 to 30,000 for East African residents.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Park Entrance Fees:
Park entrance fees vary by park and category of visitor. For foreign non-residents, they typically range from $40 to $80 per day, while for foreign residents, they range from $20 to $40 per day. East African residents may pay UGX 5,000 to 30,000 per day.
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Tariffs for activities included in the itinerary for Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park:
Foreign Non-residents and Residents (Gorilla Permit Fee): $1,500 per person.
East African Residents (Permit Fee): RWF 30,000 for foreign residents within the East African Community.
Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park:
Foreign Non-residents and residents: $100 per person.
East African Residents: RWF 15,000 for foreign residents within the East African Community.
Park Entrance Fees for Volcanoes National Park:
Park entrance fees for foreign non-residents are approximately $40 per person.
Park entrance fees for foreign residents are approximately $30 per person.
East African residents may pay RWF 5,000 per person.
Other Activities and Excursions:
Prices for additional activities like guided hikes, nature walks, and cultural visits may vary, so it’s best to check with the Rwanda Development Board or the specific tour operators offering these experiences for the most current rates reach out to Kisoro Tours Uganda for more help.
Why consider booking with Kisoro Tours Uganda for your Uganda-Rwanda safari?
Booking your itinerary for Uganda and Rwanda safari with Kisoro Tours Uganda offers you a unique and memorable adventure. With their deep local knowledge and extensive experience in both countries, Kisoro Tours ensures that your journey is not just a safari but an immersive cultural and wildlife experience. Their expert guides and well-crafted itineraries take you to the heart of the action, whether it’s gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, witnessing the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or exploring the misty Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Kisoro Tours’ commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism means you’ll not only have a remarkable adventure but also contribute to the preservation of these stunning ecosystems and the well-being of local communities. Their attention to detail, personalized service, and dedication to safety make them an excellent choice for a seamless and enriching Uganda-Rwanda safari.