Uganda Rwanda Safari is a 10-day itinerary, that takes you to visit Rwanda and Uganda as well as four national game parks known for their abundant wildlife. Along with the Kigali City Tour, you’ll go on a wildlife drive in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. Then, after crossing into Uganda, you’ll visit Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to search for mountain gorillas.
Day 1. Arriving at Kigali international airport
The Uganda Rwanda Safari tour starts on your arrival at Kigali International Airport, our tour guide will be waiting for you. Later on in the day, the tour guide will take you to the Kigali Genocide Tribute, which acts as both a permanent memorial to those who perished in the genocide and a cemetery for the bereaved. You could decide to see Kigali City first, then the Kandt House Museum. In Kigali, you will stay the night in a hotel or apartment.
Day 2: Game drive Safari in the Akagera National Park -Rwanda
Take a game drive in the afternoon after arriving in Akagera National Park from Kigali. Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, close to the Tanzanian border. It is characterized by savannah, low mountains, wetlands, and woods. Wildlife like zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species, including the uncommon shoebill stork, are protected by the varied terrain. Hippos and crocodiles live in the enormous Lake Ihema in the park’s southern region. You will go to the Lodge in the evening, where you will eat dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: Uganda Rwanda Safari_Transfer From Rwanda’s Akagera National Park to Uganda
From Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, you’ll transfer to Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park by road. Pass via Mirama Hills to enter Uganda. If you have the time, you might go on a nighttime wildlife drive before spending the night at the charming Lake Mburo Lodge, which is located inside the Lake Mburo National Park. At the camp, you will have dinner and spend the night.
You will do a morning game drive the following day before traveling to Queen Elizabeth National Park if time does not permit an evening game drive.
Day 4: Transfer from Lake Mburo to Queen Elizabeth National Park journey
You will move from Lake Mburo National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park on the morning of Day 4. You will do a game drive in the afternoon or evening after entering the park. At Kasenyi Safari Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will stay the night. After Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second-largest national park in Uganda.
Day 5: Go on a boat excursion and a game drive.
You will go on a game drive in the morning, and then you will take a boat ride on Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. This canal is one of the most significant elements in Queen Elizabeth National Park, providing a superb view of the park’s most significant animals. Expect to see the largest number of hippos in the entire world, several Nile crocodiles, and over 380 bird species whistling and winging by, all adding to the Pearl of Africa’s magnificence along the natural Kazinga Channel. Throughout the year, a significant number of wild creatures, including a high concentration of hippos, as well as several bird species and reptiles, congregate on the banks of the Kazinga Channel.
Day 6: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Queen Elizabeth.
After breakfast, you’ll go to the Ishasha Sector, where you may spend some time admiring lions that can climb trees, before continuing to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. To be prepared for a morning gorilla tracking trip that could take up to six hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are, you will spend the night at Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 7 of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s Gorilla Tracking
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park gorilla tracking. You will gather at the park’s administrative center in the morning for training from the park rangers on what to do and what not to do when you come across mountain gorillas. After that, you’ll go on a fantastic hiking journey through a thick mountainous forest, which could take 2–6 hours, depending on the gorillas’ whereabouts. You will meet the gorillas and spend up to an hour with them before returning to the park headquarters and Ruhija Gorilla Lodge for lunch and relaxation. You can go to the nearby Batwa community in the evening to be entertained and learn about their distinctive culture.
Day 8: Rihijha to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kabale District travel
In the morning, you will travel from Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kabale District. You will visit Lake Bunyonyi after spending the afternoon in Kabale Town, a stunning colonial town located in the Kigezi Highlands. You’ll spend your evening at the BirdNest Resort near Lake Bunyonyi.
Day 9. Visit the islands of Lake Bunyonyi on day nine.
If time permits, you’ll also go to the Batwa (Pygmies) settlements and the Islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Locals refer to Lake Bunyonyi as “a place of small birds” since it provides fun activities like canoeing, swimming, and bird viewing. The lake is situated in the valleys of the Kigezi highlands, and several terraced hills add to Lake Bunyonyi’s natural beauty. Herons, weaver birds, and grey-crowned cranes are just a few of the bird species that flock to Lake Bunyonyi. The weather is generally mild, but the mornings are particularly chilly because of the mist that covers the Kigezi highlands.
Day 10: Transfer to Kigali International Airport from BirdNest Resort.
At the end of your Uganda Rwanda Safari, you will Travel back to Kigali from BirdNest Resort and then, in the evening, to the Rwandan airport. You will have a city tour of Kigali, if time permits, and go to the Kandi House Museum and the Genocide Memorial. Our tour guide will transport you to the airport in the evening so you can fly home again.
Travel Tips for Uganda Rwanda Safari tour package
This Uganda-Rwanda Safari tour package combines two countries Rwanda and Uganda. This means that you will travel between these two countries and will be crossing the borders. It is important that you read some tips that could help you in making your trip successful. Some of the things to know include the weather, Uganda visa requirements, and what to wear among others:
Uganda Tourist Visa Requirement
Before entering Uganda, you must acquire a tourist visa. At Entebbe International Airport or any overland border, visitors can acquire a tourist visa in advance or immediately upon arrival. A tourist visa for Uganda costs US$50 per person for up to 90 days of stay and is not photo-required. However, visitors are frequently only granted a two-week visa, so be prepared to declare your intentions at the border if you intend to remain longer. Tourist visa extensions for Uganda are available for a charge at the immigration office in Kampala.
The weather is as close to ideal as you can find in Uganda and Rwanda. Although rarely cold, the nights are cool. All that is required is a fleece or a lightweight sweater. Days are typically between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius. On the equator, the sun is intense, and the best defense against sunburn and heat exhaustion is a wide-brimmed hat. Sunscreen is also necessary.
Every year, there are two rainy seasons: one in April/May and one in October/November/December. However, the rain still pours during the dry season and the sun still shines during the wet season. November is probably the wettest month, while February is the hottest.
What clothes to bring on your Uganda-Rwanda safari?
A sweater or jacket added to light summer attire should be adequate. Normal attire is casual. On a safari, cotton pants and casual shoes with flat heels are advised. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and a hat for sun protection. In the rainy seasons, windbreakers and umbrellas are advised. For further details, see our list of items to bring, which is included in your booking package.
Since Bwindi is a rainforest, you’ll need rain gear and footwear with grippy soles for hiking on the occasionally slick terrain. Long-sleeved shirts/blouses, pants (preferably denim), and waterproof bags are all recommended as protection from some stinging plants and insects as well as carrying cameras and other delicate equipment. This fantastic post explains what to bring for your gorilla trip.
Before entering Uganda on your Uganda Rwanda Safari Immunization against yellow fever requires certificates. Look up the most recent typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis medical recommendations. Starting anti-malaria medicine 10 days before departure and continuing it for another 14 days after leaving East Africa is advised. Additionally, we advise all of our visitors to purchase their own travel insurance for their time in Africa. For recommendations on medications, you should speak with your local doctor.
During this Uganda Rwanda Safari, you will need local money to be able to transact easily. Although Rwanda uses the local currency known as the Mafaranga and Uganda utilizes the Ugandan Shilling, products are sometimes quoted in US dollars as well.
Upcountry, it is advisable to carry shillings in lower denominations because credit cards are not frequently accepted everywhere. The major cities are filled with forex bureaus where you can convert your dollars or foreign currency.
As with any large city, precautions should be taken. Always keep your travel documents, traveler checks, cash, and other valuables with you at all times if there aren’t safety deposit boxes accessible in your hotel or lodge. We advise against walking after midnight; instead, if necessary, take a taxi.
Avoid making rapid movements because doing so could cause a wild animal to charge. Follow your guide’s instructions and maintain slow, controlled movement.
In general, we advise leaving a reasonable tip in line with the quantity and caliber of the service received.
- Meals: breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- Private Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle.
- Arrival transfer
- Entrances fees
- English or French speaking guide
- Site permits
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Airfare to and from destination
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Any activity not described in What's Included