14 DAYS BURUNDI SAFARI BUJUMBURA, RWANDA AND UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING
14 DAYS BURUNDI SAFARI BUJUMBURA, RWANDA AND UGANDA-GORILLA TREKKING
Be ready to be blown away by this great tour which will help you experience what the great lakes region of Africa has to offer. You will see 5 different lakes, (lake Tanganyika, Kivu, Victoria, Edward and Bunyonyi,) Two different waterfalls, and 3 different museums Including the Kigali genocide memorial center. Some types of Birds and and Primates like the famous Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Angolan acrobatic Colobus monkeys and much more.
You will also climb the famous Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, Experience culture of the people and be entertained by Intore dancers and Burundi Drummers, You will also enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth home of a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Every day is filled with fun, entertainment and adventure.
Day 1: Arrival at Bujumbura airport
You will be picked up by a Driver/guide who will serve you all through out your itinery. a transfer will get you to your Hotel for a Briefing session after which you visit the burial chamber of Prince Louis Rwagasore, a hero of the independence of Burundi. We then climb to the “Belvedere” on the top of the hill, a dominating point of Bujumbura, offering a unique view over Lake Tanganyika- Be Entertained by Burundi Drummers. Overnight in Bujumbura. Mid Hotel: Keza/ Top: Club du lac Tanganyika
Day 2: Kalera Waterfalls and Burundi National Museum
Be Prepared for a 3 hour drive after an early breakfast– Drive ten kilometers south to visit “la pierre de Stanley et Livingstone” the commemorating stone of the place where the famous explorers Stanley and Livingstone rested during their attempt to find the source of the Nile; also, visit “Chutes de Kalera” or the spectacular “Kalera Falls”. In the afternoon travel to Gitega to visit the Burundi National Museum before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Bujumbura. Mid Hotel: Keza. Top: Club du Lac Tanganyika.
Day 3: transfer to Nyungwe Forest
After Breakfast drive for about 6 hours to Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda. Pass through magnificent views of the beautiful hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its name as a country of a thousand hills. After lunch, trek the forests in pursuit for the Blue monkeys, Angolan Colobus monkeys among others- Overnight at Gisakura Lodge. (Mid class Hotel; Only option)
Day 4: Chimpanzees Tracking in Nyungwe Forest.
On this new day expect to track Chimpanzees in Nyungwe a spectacular forest that offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense with numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Your guided walk in search of the chimps and other primates May last up to 2 Hours. After lunch Transfer to Butare where you will visit the Historical Museum of Rwanda- Overnight at Ibis hotel
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali
Visit Rwanda National museum and the Genocide memorial site- (3 Hours Drive)After breakfast- visit the Rwandan national Museum- Transfer to Kigali where You will Visit Rwanda Genocide Memorial to understand what happened in Rwanda in 1994 a year in which 1 million people died within 100 days and Overnight in Kigali. Mid Hotel Okapi, Top: Mille collines. also visit The National Museum
Day 6: Transfer to Gisenyi
After Breakfast- Visit the Genocide Memorial Museum then Drive to Gisenyi town at the shore of the Lake Kivu- we will have a stopover in Ruhengeri for lunch at Muhabura Hotel. After lunch drive to Gisenyi where you will have a spectacular performance of the Intore Traditional dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of their tour in Rwanda Overnight in Gisenyi Peace Land hotel or Serena lake view Hotel.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking in the Virungas
Awake and proceed to the park head quarters where you will be briefed on how to conduct yourself while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The distance of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are. Meeting with these peaceful and enormous creatures in their home is a privilege every one should get. Dinner and overnight at Shangwe or Lavastone or Ihusi.
Day 8: Nyiragongo Volcano climbing.
One of the most exciting days of your life is here. Start the day by climbing up the Nyiragongo Mountain. You will arrive at the top late in the afternoon at around 04 or 05.00 am. You have all evening to gape at the lava lake which you can see from a short distance and this makes you one of the few lucky people to experience this- Overnight in tents on the rim of the giant crater high above the violently active lava lake. At this point, you are a prized tourist.
Day 9: Back from the volcano
Have breakfast at the mountain top and at 7.00am; back down from the Volcano. You will most probably arrive in Kibati village at around 10 or 11.00am where you will meet your Driver and transfer to Goma. After lunch enjoy a short city tour of Goma. Then Relax at Your Hotel. Lavastone or Ihusi hotel
Day 10: Cross the border to Uganda. Drive to the lake Bunyonyi
On This day you cross over to the pearl of Africa- uganda – Proceed to lake Bunyonyi in Uganda a number one destination for birders and later, go for a cultural walk on the Lake’s southwestern shores to view a number of villages in their setting. Here pygmies walk over the mountains from Rwanda to sell their produce at the market at hakekuba. Enjoy a canoes ride in the afternoon before returning for dinner and Overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Day 11: Morning after break fast- Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park-
After Breakfast we will have a Short walk in nearby Village in Bunyonyi before Transferring to Queen Elizabeth National Park a 4 hours drive. The southern sector of Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The concentration of game, with large herds of Uganda cobs, Topis and buffalos, is found in the savannah highlands and at the Lake Edward flats, where the number of elephants is on the rise.
Late in the Afternoon after lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward to help you relax after a bumpy drive. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, buffalos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species- Overnight in Kasese at Rwenzori International Inn. Top: Mweya Lodge
Day 12: Queen Elizabeth- Transfer to Jinja Night at Triangle Hotel or Nile Resort. (8hours drive).
After an early breakfast- Set off with packed lunch for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot some wild animals like Lion, Topis, Elephants large herds of Uganda Kobs and buffaloes. After Early game drive- Transfer to Jinja driving through the scenic country side of Ankole. we will also have a short stop in Mbarara for Lunch – Take a stop over at the Equator for Photography before Proceeding to Jinja via kampala. Dinner and Overnight at Triangle Hotel Or Nile Resort
Day 13: Nile River- Transfer to Entebbe
You are to have the time of your life on This day as you shall entirely dedicate it to fun doing fun filled activities after exciting but a bit strenuous past days in the wilds. It is your choice to opt for rafting, quad biking, and bungee jumping or to do it all. Spoil your self. You can also visit the source of the River Nile if time permits and later be transferred for a night in Entebbe.
Day 14: Transfer at Entebbe Airport for Departure
Take breakfast and then visit local markets or Craft shops for souvenir shopping after which you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back with beautiful memories of africa.
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