BURUNDI, RWANDA AND UGANDA TOUR : Gorillas, Game and Launch cruises in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

On this tour, visit the three operational gorilla countries of the world " Rwanda for Parc National des Volcans (PNV), Uganda for Bwindi and Mgahinga; and Congo for Virunga National Park. PNV, Virunga in Congo and Mgahinga are on either side of the misty Virungas. The tour starts with Bujumbura in Burundi for Source of the Nile or Kibira National Park before continuing to Parc National des Volcans gorilla park in Rwanda, continuing to Mgahinga and then to Bwindi in Uganda. Clients have an opportunity to track gorillas for a total of FOUR times in the three countries. Tracking and seeing these great primates in their different, natural surroundings is a memorable experience, with each park presenting its unique attractions. Other activities possible include; tracking the golden monkeys, climbing a volcano, nature walks in the forests for birds, or visiting local villages. Then proceed to Queen Elizabeth park, Semliki Park, Murchison Falls and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island all found in Uganda. Fly out of Entebbe.

Cultural tour of Bujumbura, visit Kibira National Park or Source of the Nile, Queen Elizabeth Park, Semliki, Murchison Falls and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island in Uganda: Game, chimps and Launch cruises (14 Days)

Tour Code: BUR6


Day 1: Arrival
On your arrival at Bujumbura, meet and greet with our driver then transfer to your hotel.
If time permits, take a half day tours in Bujumbura city visiting the Snake & Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall and Lake Tanganyika. O/N: Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel (BB).

Day 2: Soure Du Nil
Visit the Source of the River Nile at Rutovu befor comming back to Lake Tanganyika for an evening. O/N: Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel (BB).

Day 3: Bujumbura - Kigali, Rwanda
Drive east of Bujumbura and cross the border to Kigali the Capital city of Rwanda. The drive takes you through hills and turns around steep slops in the volcanic region. Have lunch in Butare before visiting the Botanical Gardens and the cultural museum. Arrive late afternoon. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours] O/N: Hotel des Mille Collines or Chez Lando (BB).

Day 4: Kigali - PNV
Enjoy the morning in Kigali and after lunch in the afternoon, drive Northwards to Kinigi through Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. [Approximate driving time: 3 hours] O/N: Hotel La Palme/Virunga Hotel/Kinigi Guest House/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

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Day 5: Parc National Des Volcans (PNV)
Transfer to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. O/N: Hotel La Palme or Virunga Hotel or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Parc National des Volcans - Uganda
Transfer to Kisoro and on to Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. [Approximate driving time: 2 hours] Either guided nature walk in Gahinga or climb a volcano, visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda and other lakes in the area, surrounded by the Virunga volcanoes, take a walk on the shores. Lunch in Kisoro. O/N: Travellers Rest Hotel (FB).

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
After Breakfast go for Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo, Ishongi or go for a guided nature walk in the forest searching for butterflies, plant, animal and bird species or climb a volcano. In the afternoon visit the Batwa pigmies, a local animist communist that is almost extinct. See their cultures. Alternatively, simply relax at the Hotel. O/N: Travellers Rest Hotel (FB).

Day 8: Kisoro - Queen Elizabeth Park
Leave for Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at Kanaba Gap to view the spectacular Virunga volcanoes and eye-catching terraced hills. Continue directly to Mweya. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting where you may see tree-climbing lion - or drive through farmland to Mweya. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours]
The magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred around Lake Edward, Lake George and the Kazinga channel, a waterway linking the two lakes rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori mountains act as a stunning backdrop. The park's vegetation varies from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.

Over 500 bird species are present, including the shoebill stork, the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and flamingos. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is rich in game, especially hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birds. In the Kyambura Gorge, chimpanzees tracking. Around Ishasha, go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of old fig trees.
O/N: Simba Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge (FB).

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Day 9: Queen Elizabeth Park
Early morning game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a rewarding experience. Transfer to Kibale Forest Park. O/N: Nyinabulitwa Country Resort or Ndali Lodge(FB).

Day 10: Kimpaze tracking
You will go for guided nature walk in Kibale Forest with the highest number of primates in Africa, including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A chimpanzee walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing the noisy chimps and other primates playing around through the forest. Various birds over 300 species are recorded in the forest. An afternoon walk in Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, baboons, chimps and other primates which live around the swamp. O/N: Nyinabulitwa Country Resort or Ndali Lodge (FB).

Day 11: Kibale - Murchison Falls Park
Take a long drive to Murchison Falls game park. The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls in the National Park. Murchison falls national park is the biggest in the country, a stunning beautiful home for wildlife. The Murchison Falls, is a point where the 50 metre wide Nile is forced through a narrow cleft in the rocks, dropping down with a thundering roar and a beautiful rainbow. The three-hour launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is unforgettable, both to experience this mighty river and to see the wildlife and birds that bask on its banks.
Experience the mighty River Nile thundering down a narrow opening and go for a game drive searching for the park's big game and birds. O/N: Nile Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (FB).

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Day 12: Murchison Falls Park
An early morning game viewing north of the Nile.  Launch trip to the bottom of the mighty exciting Falls, with crocodiles, hippos and a vast array of birds including the rare shoebill stork, lounging on the banks of the Nile. Evening game drive. O/N: Nile Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (FB).

Day 13: Drive to Entebbe and Fly out
Leave for Entebbe through Luwero, passing through a huge expanse of green and pleasant land. Arrive late afternoon in Kampala and visit the craft centre for some artifacts. Continue to Entebbe airport and fly out.

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Safaris start and end either in either in Bujumbura (Burundi); or Kigali in Rwanda, or Kampala in Uganda. There are regular flights to Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kigali (Rwanda) out of Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express. Clients can make their own arrangements to arrive in Bujumbura or Kigali on the day of, or the day before, their safari starts. For more on flights, please click the link shown.