Kampala to Kigali

What's included?

Park entry, permits, guides, transportation, accommodation, breakfast, water.

Private Trip

Cost: from $8,537 per person based on two people sharing.

Trek through primaeval forests in search of chimpanzees, golden and colobus monkeys and some of the world’s only mountain gorillas.

Over several days, you’ll see some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Uganda and Rwanda. After exploring the capital, you’ll head deep into the country to track apes and monkeys in the carefully preserved pockets of ancient land that make up Uganda and Rwanda’s National Parks.

Along the way, you’ll see exceptional birdlife and an abundance of flora, meet the custodians of this unique heritage and enjoy a fascinating journey through the Pearl of Africa and the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Welcome to Uganda! Drive into Kampala and check into the lodge. You might want to head out to one of the city’s night spots or turn in.
Tour the sites of the capital, including the National Mosque and the Baha’i House of Worship - unique to Africa. Lunch at a local restaurant and spend the afternoon exploring a little further or R&R at the lodge.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Murchison Falls
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, site of the world's most powerful waterfall. Break your journey at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to some of the last wild rhinos in Uganda.
Game Drive & Cruise the Nile River
Journey through the largest reserve in Uganda searching for big game, predators and birdlife. Take a boat ride on the world's longest river and see Murchison Falls.
Murchison to Kibale Forest
Head west to Fort Portal City, surrounded by volcanic crater lakes. The centre of the Tooro Kingdom, you'll see the King's palace perched atop the hill, with views over the entire city.
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Hike into the forest to track the chimpanzees. After the morning excursion, relax on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and keep an eye out for big game.
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Tree climbing lions
Depart the Park - looking out for the lions snoozing in the trees - and head for Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Albertine Rift is one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa, with over 160 tree species.
Gorilla trekking
Hike into the forest with an experienced team of guides to track some of the world's only mountain gorillas. Visit the hunter-gatherer Batwa, who inhabited Bwindi before it was gazetted and continue to practice their traditional way of life.
Bwindi to Volcanoes National Park
Cross south into Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Along the way, there’s time to stop for photos and to stretch your legs. We’ll aim to arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.
From the Plains to the Volcanoes
Bisoke Mountain Hike
Climb up the dormant volcano of Bisoke. At the summit you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular view of the volcano’s crater lake and, in clear weather, a view of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Tracking Uganda Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
Golden monkeys
Track the golden monkeys, endemic to the Albertine Rift. Drive south west to Lake Kivu and relax this evening on the shores of this Great Lake of Africa.
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Lake Kivu
Kayak the Lake Kivu this morning before starting the drive along the Congo-Nile Trail, following the scenic road that meanders alongside the Lake through remote, rural communities and coffee plantations. Drive south to spend the night in Nyungwe National Park.
Nyungwe National Park
The hike to the waterfall - 'isumo' in Kinyarwanda - crosses tea fields then plunges deep into the forest. You’ll see hundreds of species of plants, orchids, and birds.
Nyungwe to Kigali
Leave Nyungwe for the journey to Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Stop to see the expertly reconstructed King's Palace, and spend the afternoon exploring this fast-growing city.
Akagera Game Drive
Akagera National Park
Drive east to Akagera National Park, pausing en route for some excellent Rwandan coffee. Game drive across the Mohana and Kilala Plains, home to many of the big cats. Stay at Karenge Bush Camp for dinner and a night under the stars.
A last chance to spot animals this morning before the return drive to Kigali.


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December 13, 2023 |