11 Days Rwanda And Uganda Primate Safari

Rwanda and Uganda host some of the remaining mountain gorillas in the wild. They each offer a different experience because of the terrain and vegetation in the two countries. This safari will give you a full experience of primate in Rwanda and Uganda bringing you close to Chimpanzees and gorillas from both countries.

Safari Highlights

  • Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest
  • Canopy Walk
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Boat trips on Lake Kivu and Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali for Rwanda and Uganda Primates Safari

On your arrival to Kigali international airport, our guide welcomes and transfers you to hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you take a Kigali city tour of selected sites.

Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park

This morning after an early breakfast, we start journey to Nyungwe national park for the chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk experience. We will have stopover at Nyanza for the Kings Palace experience or ethnographic museum in Butare depending on your preference. We have lunch after the experience and proceed to our lodge for overnight at the peripheral of the forest.

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest

Chimpanzee trekking happens early morning at 5am and so you should be at briefing point by then. You will be assigned trekking team to start at either Uwinka or Cyamudongo. The canopy walk will be right after the chimp trek or in the afternoon in case you prefer to rest before taking it depending on location of hotel/lodge.

Nyungwe forest is home to other primates like the colobus monkeys, mangabey. If you are interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus; you will also have a chance to view the other inhabitants of the forest.

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes national park

In the morning after checking out from the lodge, we leave for volcanoes national park where we prepare for gorilla tracking the next day.

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park

After an early breakfast, we leave at 6:30am for the briefing before beginning the gorilla trek at 7am.

Volcanoes national park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla. Enjoy the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. The high point will be spending an hour with the remarkably peaceful gorillas as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young.

Day 6: Transfer to Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Today we transfer to Uganda through the Cyanika border post to Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Early in the morning, the driver guides will pick you up from the camp and we drive to the park office at 6:30am for briefing and then begin gorilla trekking at 7am. You are allocated different gorilla families to track, set off with your team of ranger guides. The trek can take anything from a few hours to 6 hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night. The experience is unforgettable spending an hour watching these amazing creatures. Notice the difference in experience with volcanoes national park.

Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park through the Ishasha

We leave for Queen Elizabeth national park via the Ishasha sector home to the famous tree-climbing lions. We arrive in time for the afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward; likely sightings include buffaloes and elephants that come for an afternoon drink together with hippos and crocodiles that make it their home. There is a bird sanctuary on the channel with several species of birds. Retire to your lodge thereafter.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth national park Wildlife tour

In the morning after checking out from the lodge, we start the day with an early morning game drive towards the mating ground of the Uganda Kob in the Kasenyi plains in search of the lions. We are likely to come across warthogs, elephants, and buffaloes. Have our packed lunch or visit a restaurant before proceeding to Kibale national park for overnight.

Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park

Kibale national park covers an area of about 795km2 and one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forest. After breakfast, we move to Kanyanchu visitor center for a briefing before the chimpanzee trekking. Other primates to look out include; black & white colobus, grey cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey.

Lunch will be at the lodge after trekking or Tinka’s homestead that offers traditional local foods. After lunch, visit Bigodi swamp an initiative by the community to conserve the swamp and trees with several primates and birds.

Day 11: End of your Rwanda – Uganda Primates Tour

After breakfast, we start the journey to Kampala proceeding to Entebbe airport for your outbound flight marking the end of your Rwanda and Uganda primates’ safari.