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10 Days Best of Rwanda and Uganda Tour starts from Kigali and Offers both Mount Nyiragongo Hiking package or exploring volcanoes national park Rwanda for mountain Karisimbi hiking, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda, Savannah wildlife viewing and sunset launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park plus chimpanzee tracking or habituation in Kibale forest. This tour can ably end back in Kigali or Entebbe depending on clients’ plans

We have 2 Hiking options for this itinerary offering Mount Nyiragongo Hiking in Congo and Mount Karisimbi Hiking in Rwanda; both are the two most rewarding volcanoes of the Virunga conservation region.

OPTION 1

Day 1: Meet at your Kigali hotel – Transfer to Gisenyi in Lake Kivu.

A tour guide from Green Rock Safaris will meet you at your hotel to begin your tour. First you will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site of Kigali after which you will have your lunch and then transfered to Lake Kivu.

Dinner and overnight at Paradise Malahide, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 2: Hike Mount Nyiragongo

Have an early cup of coffee and transfer to Goma border for travel document clearance to Congo; after which you will be met by your new guide on the Congo side who will drive you to Mount Nyiragongo. All Nyiragongo hikes start from Kibati village, Goma in the Congo. Mount Nyiragongo hiking is not as tough and requires sturdy shoes as you step on loose volcanic rocks from the previous eruptions taking you across all vegetation zones as you go up. Overnight at rim of the volcano

Day 3: Descend the Volcano – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi crossing via Goma

The Nyiragongo descend is much easier than the hiking and your guide/ driver will be waiting for you to drive you back via Goma to Gisenyi.

Cross back to Rwanda and drive to the lake Bunyonyi via volcanoes national park crossing into Uganda. Dinner and Overnight at Bakiga Lodge

OPTION 2

Day 1: Pickup in Kigali – Transfer to Volcanoes national park

Our guide from Green Rock safaris will pick you up at your hotel. After an early breakfast, we set off for Volcanoes national park. Today you have two option activities including a visit to the genocide memorial site of Kigali, or drive to Volcanoes national park and in the evening head out to visit twin lakes of Burera and Ruhonda. Dinner and overnight at Davinci Gorilla Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 2: Start Mount Karisimbi Hike

NB: Karisimbi Hiking must be booked at least 2 weeks prior to the trekking date to secure your spot and Karisimbi package.

Have an early breakfast then drive to the Kinigi briefing offices and there after start the mount Karisimbi Hike. You will have a team of hikers who will guide you, and an armed soldier for security. The Karisimbi package includes a chef, food, water, tents, and porters who carry all the staff to use for the hike.

Hiking mount Karisimbi is quite spectacular and a beautiful challenge with overnight camping at the top of the hill. Dinner and overnight at the Volcano.

Day 3: Descend Karisimbi volcano

Your chef will have your breakfast ready early in the morning before you begin the hike down the mountain. Time while descending depends on the physical ability moving at the pace of the slowest person in the group. The hike down can last from 4 hours to 8 Hours. Your guide will be waiting for you; ready to transfer you to Lake Bunyonyi park. Dinner and overnight at accommodation near lake Bunyonyi.

Day 4: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Bwindi Forest National Park

Wake up today at leisure and have a beautiful breakfast overlooking lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s incredibly beautiful lake with the largest bird population. You will have numerous optional activities including canoeing, nature walks, zip lining, swimming, visiting different islands and later have lunch and transfer to Bwindi national park. Dinner and Overnight- Bakiga Lodge

Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Visit Batwa Pygmies

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi guarantees an encounter with a family of mountain gorillas with very close views of the silverback gorilla and black backs comprising of a gorilla family. It’s such an amazing experience to see the massive silverback, babies and mothers at such close range. You have 1 hour to study them and take photographs.

Be sure to request for any easy, moderate and tough group depending on your level of fitness.

Your guide will be waiting for your return and drive you to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will have an optional community visit to the Bwindi community or visit an orphanage or school.

visit the Batwa pygmies’ village. Dinner and Overnight at Ichumbu Gorilla Lodge or Bakiga Lodge (Midrange)

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast at your hotel, drive off with your guide to Queen Elizabeth national park to the ishasha sector. On arrival, you will have a game drive in the park in search for tree climbing lions as they hang in fig trees. Later in the evening, drive back to Enjojo Lodge or Ishasha Wilderness Camp for dinner and overnight,

Day 7: Game drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise

Have an early breakfast and set off for a game drive through queen Elizabeth national park driving towards the Kasenyi region of the park in search for wildlife in the savannah like lions, Uganda kobs, elephants, buffaloes. You will later have lunch and drive to the Kazinga channel where you will have a late afternoon launch cruise. Dinner and overnight at Park View Lodge or Enganzi Lodge (Midrange)

Day 8: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Today you will be driving to Kibale national park from Queen Elizabeth national park. Kibale national park is the best park for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa. The drive is approximately 2 hours’ drive to Kibale, check into your accommodation and have lunch. Later visit the crater region. Dinner and Overnight at Chimpanzee view cottages, Primates Lodge Kibale or Crater safari lodge.

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking – Visit Bigodi Swamp

Have an early breakfast at your lodge and your guide will drive you to Kibale national park Kanyankyu offices for briefing before you start chimpanzee tracking. Later in the afternoon after chimpanzee tracking, have lunch at your hotel and drive to Bigodi Eco swamp. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee view cottages, Primates Lodge Kibale, or Crater safari lodge.

Day 10: Drive to Kampala

Today is the last day of your safari; you will wake up at leisure and drive to Kamapala. Your guide will drive you to Entebbe international airport or at your hotel in Kampala.

Accommodation in Standard facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.

On the ground transport in a 7-seater Safari Mini Van or safari Land-cruiser with pop-up roofs for game viewing

Game drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above

Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary

Transfers as indicated in the itinerary

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Gorilla & Chimpanzee permits

Services of an English-speaking driver/tour guide

Hiking equipments as mentioned above

Bottled water whilst on safari (2 half-litre bottles per person per day)

Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks, luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary

Gratuity for porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports

Gratuity for your professional driver/ guide

Cost of obtaining Visas ($50)

Any optional tours and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

Travel Insurance

International Airfare

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