20 Days Rwanda Uganda Congo Safari

Day 1: Arrival and Explore Kigali city. 

On arrival, you will be met by Gecko safaris guide who will be your driver and guide for this tour who will transfer you to your hotel in Kigali to check in and relax. Depending on arrival time, you will have a tour of Kigali city and visit the Gisozi memorial genocide where you will toughed a lot about Rwanda’s history also will visit other genocide memorials, Down town of Kigali, local marks and the national museum of Rwanda, After you will drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Mid-range: Mille Collins hotel (Hotel Rwanda)

Low budget: inside Africa hotel.

 

Day 2: Transfer to Pac De Volcano and visit to Ibyiwachu cultural village.

checkout after breakfast and drive through the busy down town of Kigali via nyabugogo and proceed to Volcanoes national park, you will have brief stop at nyirangarama road side market for toilets and checkout the local market and continue your journey to the mountainous volcano national park and after lunch you will visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Village which Provides tourists experiences beyond wildlife viewing, the people, culture and how we live. It has created a new understanding of tourism among tourists, rural communities, tour operators, and local government officials. This has not only developed community based tourism but it also gives the tourist a chance to know how people leave in the villages and also meet with the local medicine man and after you drive to the hotel where you will have Dinner and overnight at.

Mid-range-Five Volcanoes Lodge/ Mt gorilla view lodge

Low budget- Peakspot kinigi

 

Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking – visit twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera.Wake up early for a cup of coffee at your hotel and drive to volcanoes atonal park offices and assemble for briefing by 7:00 am. Golden monkey tracking starts the same time as gorilla trekking and This tour is a good way to get adjusted to the altitude, which when tracking the gorillas can be at elevations from 7,000 to 9,000 feet, and it offers a taste of what to expect on the mountain gorilla trek if visitors do this first.”It’s a shorter walk to the golden monkeys than the mountain gorillas” since the gorillas are found at the higher altitude says Semivumbi after you will drive back to the lodge for  lunch at your hotel.

 

This afternoon you will drive to visit twin lake of Burera and Ruhonda very scenic and relaxing both lakes are located Between Musanze and the Ugandan border are two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes;Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo. … of the landscape most visitors prefer to drive up the small track leading to a lodge situated on the top of the hill overlooking both lakes to enjoy the scenery and have a refreshing drink.

 

Mid-range-Five Volcanoes Lodge/ Mt gorilla view lodge

Low budget- Peakspot kinigi

 

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat ride along lake Kivu.
Have breakfast at your hotel you will checkout and proceed to Lake kivu in the far north of Rwanda, Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift and overlooking Congo DRC, check in at your hotel for lunch,

 

You will have a chance to relax and have a boat ride along and visit islands on lake Kivu. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing along the lake shores. Dinner and overnight at

 

Mid-range: Lake Serena Kivu.

Low budget: Paradice Malahide.

 

Day 5: cross to Congo – Goma to start mount Nyiragongo Hiking
Wakeup early today for a full breakfast at your hotel and checkout and you can leave some of the bags at this hotel and you only take things you need for Congo activities ,ready to set off crossing into Congo via Goma and drive to Kibati Patro post where briefing for Nyiragongo volcano and start the Hike. Once you reach the summit, you will watch the boiling lava which is very surprising and please note that the world’s largest bubbling lava found atop Mt Nyiragongo (3,470m/11,380ft) in Virunga National Park. They chose the Democratic Republic of Congo because they felt that the country needed their support, tonight you will sleep in the sounds of volcano.Dinner and overnight at the top of the volcano

 

Day 6: Descend the volcano – Visit Goma Town overnight in Goma
Wake up to a cup of coffee with full breakfast and checkout to start the descending down the Volcano, Mount Nyiragongo is one of the world’s greatest wonders. Your guide will be waiting for your arrival to drive you to your hotel in virunga national park and check in at Kibumba camp in jungle of virunga national park and you will check in time for lunch and relax for the next activities.

 

Day 7: Mt Gorilla Trekking – proceed to Tchegera Island
Have a full breakfast at your hotel and drive to Virunga national park for briefing and after briefing you enter the forest of virunga to find orientation for mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. There are nine gorilla families around Bukima, and six of them are habituated (meaning expert rangers have accustomed them to humans). We are divided into small groups according to fitness. You will be split into groups of 8 tourists and embark on your gorilla tour to meet your habituated gorilla family. Once your hour with the gorillas is done, meet your guide back at the tracking point. Have lunch at your hotel and be ready to transfer to Tchegera Island on this jouney you will drive through the congo jungles and you will be able to see a lot of plantations including trees and bamboo. You will cross with speed boat to Tchegera islands and relax.

 

Day 8: Full Day Relaxing at Tchegera Island

Spend today relaxing at Tchegera Island with magnificent views.The Camp is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Goma or to relax after climbing Nyiragongo volcano. Situated off the northern shore of L. Kivu, Tchegera camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes. You will spend the full day enjoying the relaxation and all meals are inclusive on this stay. Dinner and overnight at Tchegera Island Resort

 

Day 9: Transfer to Kisoro
Wake up to a beautiful breakfast at your hotel and be ready to take a speed boat back to shore and drive via goma town and you will be able to see sight of volcano eruption in 2002s and also the families affected, you will check out of Congo DRC through the same boarder point to Rwanda and meet with your drive again who will transfer you to Chanika boarder post between Rwanda and Uganda, The drive will be via musanze town crossing into Uganda to Kisoro which is almost the same land scape and people almost speak the same language, and check in at your hotel and in the evening you will take a walk to the local markets and then back in time for dinner.

 

MId-range chameleon hill lodge

Low budget- gorilla valley lodge.

 

Day 10: Second Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest / Gahinga national park
after breakfast you will drive to the range station and have a briefing about the gorillas in the forest and other animals and the also sprit in the groups of 8 people to enter the Bwindi national park for Gorilla Trekking, Bwindi forest offers a real jungle adventure, the forest is also a home of other animals like forest elephants, lions, buffalos with a lot of birds and better to come with binoculars. Bwindi has a tropical climate. Average temperatures range from a minimum of 7-20°C to a maximum of 20-27°C. Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain each year. It can get really cold especially in the mornings and at night. After gorilla trekking you will drive back to the lodge to relax and maybe a village walk in the evening.

 

Mid-range chameleon hill lodge

Low budget- gorilla valley lodge.

 

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving via the Ishasha Sector to view tree climbing lions
Have a beautiful breakfast at your hotel you check out and start off for Queen Elizabeth national park, the largest savannah park in the Uganda. Enroute drive via the Ishasha sector of the park to view tree climbing lions hanging in fig trees and after you will proceed to the northern side of the park and you will enter through the main gate and drive through channel drive to connect to your hotel. Check in and if time allows you will have a evening game drive to see some animals and birds slow down as you drive to your hotel for lunch.Dinner and overnight at

 

Mid-range: Mweya safari lodge

Low budget: enganzi lodge

 

Day 12: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
After your breakfast, you will go for the morning game drive in Kasenyi area to search for different wildlife animals missed out in the previous game drive including hyenas, buffalos, elephants, kobs, lions, leopards e t c . Later visit the Katwe explosion craters. Here you will spot Kitagata Lake and the enormous Kamengo Crater and this will give you clear view of different wildlife around the Park.

 

In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

 

Mid-range: Mweya safari lodge

Low budget: enganzi lodge

 

 

Day 13: Transfer to Kibale National park – Visit the crater region
Today you will set off at leisure for Kibale national park with en route stops and lunch. Later visit the crater region.
Dinner and overnight at

 

Mid-range :Crater safari lodge

Low budget: chimpanzee view guest house

 

Day 14: Chimpanzee Tracking – Visit twin Bigodi swamp
Have breakfast at your hotel and be ready to transfer to Kibale park head offices for briefing before you start chimpanzee tracking. Tracking for chimpanzees takes about 3 – 4 hours and will come across other primates like white and black Colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red Colobus, grey checked mangabey in the forest. After the tracking chimps, return back to your hotel for lunch and later visit Bigodi eco swamp.

 

Mid-range :Crater safari lodge

Low budget: chimpanzee view guest house.

 

Day 15: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Today you will set off early for Murchison Falls national park. Check out of Kibale national park and you will be traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach the park for the great view of Albert Nile but before you will  have a brief stop for lunch and stretch for the last 3 hours drive to Murchison falls  national park the home of big five

MId-range: Pakuba lodge

Low budget: fort murchison

 

Day 16: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise
Today you will wake up easy and be off early with packed breakfast and drive to the park to start your game drive with a ranger from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The rangers know all the spots with wildlife, you will see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, variety of savannah birds and so much more
Have lunch after which head out for a river Nile sunset Launch cruise. Expect to view crocodiles, herds of elephants, buffalos, hippos, lizards, lots of birds.

 

MId-range: Pakuba lodge

Low budget: fort murchison

 

Day 17: checkout and transfer to Kidepo valley national park.

 

After breakfast you will checkout from pakuba game lodge and drive out of the park through the northern side of the park and drive through Gulu town to connect to

 

Day 17: Transfer to Kampala with enroute stop and Zziwa Rhino
Drive back to Kampala after your breakfast with enroute visit to the Zziwa Rhino sanctuary to track rhinos and transfer back to Kampala.

 

Mid-range CASSIA LODGE

Low budget: fairway

 

Day 18: visit to the source of the Nile in Jinja

After breakfast you will be picked up by Gecko Safari’s representative, driver and guide who has been tailored to be accommodating, suit your needs and make you feel at home in your new temporary home; Uganda. He will pick you from the bus station on arrival in jinja and transfer you by private vehicle adrift base camp and student will check in dorm beds and teachers will be in twin or triple rooms.

Mid-range CASSIA LODGE

Low budget: fairway

Day 19: Full day white water rafting.

After breakfast you will take a full day adventure on the Nile with boats to grade 5 rapids. You will have a boat cruise on the source of the Nile and a tour to jinja town the industrial city of Uganda, back to the lodge for camp fire and dinner.

Mid-range Nile Porch

Low budget: Nile river explore camp

 

Day 20: Departure to Entebbe through kampala.

This is the last day of the tour and depending on your flight departure time, you may have a Kampala / Entebbe city tour.
Drop off at the airport.