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DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali – Lake Mburo National park.

Depending on the time of your arrival; our driver/guide will pick you up from the airport / hotel to begin a City tour,visit Gencoide memorial centre in Kigali and then embark on a journey to Uganda, via Katuna boarder. The drive is quite impressive as you enjoy the unequalled views of the land of a thousand hills and the Kigezi highlands.

Arrive at Lake Mburo national park in late afternoon, and spend the rest of the evening relaxing, and meditating. Overnight stay and dinner will be served at the lodge. accommodation at Mihingo lodge

Day 2: Lake Mburo national park. Game drive and boat cruise.

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating game drive after sunrise to explore the magnificent savannah acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in this place for the past 500 million years. The animals which can be encountered include; Impala antelope which only exists in this rich national park, Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, Buffaloes, water bucks, warthogs, among other wildlife.

Retire from the game drive for lunch break and later continue to the jetty on Lake Mburo for an interesting evening boat cruise exploring this lake that is in the interior of the park boundaries.

The lake features impressive papyrus swamp on one side and clear waters on the other side where numerous populations of Hippos inhabit. The views of the African fish eagle and other wild game drinking on the banks should not be missed. The Nile crocodiles also exist in this lake. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight. Accommodation at Mburo safari lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Boat cruise in the afternoon.

After breakfast, embark on the trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south west part of Uganda. You will drive along the sprawling informal settlements in the south west including the highlands of Bunyaruguru, the breathtaking views of tea plantations and crater lakes that form magnificent scenery of the area.

After lunch, you continue to Mweya peninsular to catch up with a boat trip at exactly 4pm. The 2 hour boat cruise offers a chance to explore the 45 km long Kazinga Channel which links the twin lakes, George and Edward, the channel is known to be the capital for Hippos and Nile crocodiles. Its banks are usually fully stocked with numerous wild games like elephants and buffaloes which can be seen along drinking water. Retreat from the activity and do the game drive along the channel track as you proceed to the lodge. Accommodation at Kasenyi safari camp

Day 4: Morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi national park.

After a splendid morning cup of coffee at your hotel, embark on the drive across the fascinating rolling savannah rangelands of Queen Elizabeth in search of wild game. The stretch to the Kasenyi plains at the mating ground offers you a lifetime opportunity of encounter numerous families of wild game in a single glance including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals.

The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours before you undertake a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park exiting through the southern sector of Ishasha. While in Ishasha region, undertake a short game drive to explore the rare climbing lions which are famous residents of this region.  You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Accommodation at Gorilla haven lodge.

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park.

After an early morning breakfast you will be briefed by your ranger guide and after start your gorilla trekking journey, enter into the amazing rainforest (gorilla sanctuary) as it offers an exciting, heavily forested and dense landscape interrupted by plenty of animal trails that provide access for tourists tracking these resident animals.

Mammals thriving here include majorly the endangered mountain gorillas, elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, the rare golden monkey, black-fronted Duikers, bushbucks, leopards to mention but a few. However, the charming mountain gorillas form the highlight of the park, and continue to the misty Bwindi forest in search of the world’s most sought after and endangered species.

The trekking adventure takes you through impressive hikes exploring the attractive forest landscapes characterized by rugged terrain which makes it quite challenging to explore.

The time and track taken while looking for these primates varies according to their movements, but the duration of the activity varies between 2 – 8 hours inclusive of one (1) hour direct contact with these unfamiliar creatures as they forage, socialize and make their joyous tactics.

Once tracked, observing, spending time with and photographing these gentle, peaceful and shy apes is a unique, breathtaking, inspiring, and thrilling life time memorable adventure that leaves you desiring to have it again.

Track back to the starting point and later proceed to the lodge for refreshments or an optional cultural walk in the evening.  Accommodation at Gorilla Haven’s Lodge

Day 6: Transfer back to Kigali. Departure.

After a warm cup of tea, transfer back to Kigali, about 4 hours’ drive. The drive is quite long through breathtaking country side sceneries scattered with rural homesteads, highlands and extensive plantations.

You will arrive early enough to catch up with your departure flight or stay at a hotel depending on your schedule.

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