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BURUNDI, RWANDA AND UGANDA TOUR : Gorillas, Game and Launch cruises in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

Cultural tour of Bujumbura, visit Kibira National Park or Source of the Nile, Queen Elizabeth Park, Semliki, Murchison Falls and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island in Uganda: Game, chimps and Launch cruises (14 Days)

On this tour, visit the three operational gorilla countries of the world " Rwanda for Parc National des Volcans (PNV), Uganda for Bwindi and Mgahinga; and Congo for Virunga National Park. PNV, Virunga in Congo and Mgahinga are on either side of the misty Virungas. The tour starts with Bujumbura in Burundi for Source of the Nile or Kibira National Park before continuing to Parc National des Volcans gorilla park in Rwanda, continuing to Mgahinga and then to Bwindi in Uganda. Clients have an opportunity to track gorillas for a total of FOUR times in the three countries. Tracking and seeing these great primates in their different, natural surroundings is a memorable experience, with each park presenting its unique attractions. Other activities possible include; tracking the golden monkeys, climbing a volcano, nature walks in the forests for birds, or visiting local villages. Then proceed to Queen Elizabeth park, Semliki Park, Murchison Falls and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island all found in Uganda. Fly out of Entebbe.

TOUR OF BURUNDI, RWANDA, UGANDA: Gorillas, Game and Launch cruises in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda (14 days)

(Tour Code BUR6)

ITINERARY for Tour to Gorillas, Game and Launch cruises in Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

DAY 1, ARRIVE BUJUMBURA
Arrive. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel to check-in.
Half day tours in Bujumbura, to visit the Snake & Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall; President's Office and the main attraction of the City: Lake Tanganyika.
Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 2, KIBIRA NATIONAL PARK BURUNDI OR SOURCE OF THE RIVER NILE
EITHER: Visit Kibira Forest National Park, for a guided nature walk in this park of few animals species. Time permitting, visit the Explorers Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Livingston and Stanley in 1871.

OR Visit the Source of the River Nile at Rutovu.

Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 3, TO KIGALI, RWANDA
Drive eastwards to Kigali in Rwanda. Drive through hills and turns, continuing to the border with Rwanda and on to Butare. Lunch while there and visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Arrive late afternoon. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]
Overnight at Hotel des Mille Collines, which was very significant in fighting genocide.

DAY 4, KIGALI TO PARC NATIONAL DE VOLCANS
Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is an attractive city spread over many hills for which Rwanda is well known. The City has a pleasant, buoyant air and its people are some of the most friendly in the world. The markets, the handicraft shops and the genocide sites are some of the main places of interest. The range of hotels and restaurants is steadily increasing. Time permitting, visit the Nyabugogo market, the Moslem quarter in Nyamirambo, the Franco-Rwanda cultural centre and a genocide memorial.

Lunch.

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In the afternoon, drive the two hours North of Kigali to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]

Overnight at the Kinigi Guest House (FB)

DAY 5, PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS TO UGANDA
In Parc National des Volcans: Either go gorilla tracking (on payment of US$1,500 gorilla permit supplement at time of booking) Track the golden monkeys or climb the awesome Visoke volcano, or trek to Karisoke Research Centre which was set up by the famous primatologist Dian Fossey, or visit local communities.

After lunch, cross into Uganda and overnight at the Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro on a Full Board basis. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]

DAY 6, GORILLA TRACKING IN CONGO
Breakfast
Transfer to Congo Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des Volcans de Djomba (permit included in the safari cost). Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. Late lunch on return.
[Approximate driving time: 4 hours]
Dinner and overnight at the Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro on a Full Board basis.

DAY 7, KISORO TO QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
Leave for Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at Kanaba Gap to view the spectacular Virunga volcanoes and eye-catching terraced hills. Continue directly to Mweya. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting where you may see tree-climbing lion - or drive through farmland to Mweya. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours]
The magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred around Lake Edward, Lake George and the Kazinga channel, a waterway linking the two lakes rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori mountains act as a stunning backdrop. The park's vegetation varies from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.

Over 500 bird species are present, including the shoebill stork, the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and flamingos. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is rich in game, especially hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birds. In the Kyambura Gorge, chimpanzees tracking. Around Ishasha, go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of old fig trees.
Overnight at Simba Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge on a Full Board basis.

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DAY 8, IN QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
Early morning game drive. A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a rewarding experience. Evening game drive.
Overnight at Simba Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge on a Full Board basis.

DAY 9, TO SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK
Leave for Semliki National Park, passing via the Rwenzoris, orMountains of The Moon as they are sometimes called. Visit the hot springs and do a game safari in the park. Lunch at Semliki Lodge. In the evening, overnight at Nyinabulitwa Country Resort on a Full Board basis.

DAY 10, CRATER LAKES IN KIBALE 
A guided nature walk in Kibale Forest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa - including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A chimpanzee walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing the noisy chimps and other primates playing around through the forest. Birdlife is also fabulous, with over 300 species recorded in the forest. An afternoon walk in Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, baboons, chimps and other primates which live around the swamp.
Overnight at Nyinabulitwa Country Resort on a Full Board basis.

DAY 11, MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Take the long drive from Kibale, through Hoima with Lake Albert in the distance. Reach Murchison late.

The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls make this National Park, the biggest in the country, a stunning beautiful home for wildlife. The park is also associated with many of nineteenth century explorers searching for the white water. The terrain is dominated by rolling savannah and tall grassland, with thick bush and woodlands in the higher and wetter areas, and closed canopy forest in the Rabongo area.

The highlight of the park is the Murchison Falls, where the 50 metre wide Nile is forced through a narrow cleft in the rocks, dropping down with a thundering roar and a beautiful rainbow. The three-hour launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is unforgettable, both to experience this mighty river and to see the wildlife and birds that bask on its banks.

Experience the mighty River Nile thundering down a narrow opening.... go in search of the park's big game and birds.
Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Lodge on a Full Board basis.

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DAY 12, IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
An early morning game viewing north of the Nile. Launch trip to the bottom of the mighty exciting Falls, with crocodiles, hippos and a vast array of birds including the rare shoebill stork, lounging on the banks of the Nile. Evening game drive.
Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Lodge on a Full Board basis.

DAY 13, ENTEBBE & NGAMBA CHIMPANZEE ISLAND
Leave for Entebbe through Luwero, passing through a huge expanse of green and pleasant land. Arrive late afternoon in Kampala and visit the craft centre for some artifacts. Continue to Entebbe and the following day visit Ngamba Island.

This tour visits Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary on Lake Victoria. Situated 23km off shore from Entebbe, the Sanctuary was set up by a group of concerned organisations including Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and Jane Goodall Institute among others, to offer a facility for now over 33 orphaned chimpanzees to co-habitat in a near natural environment. From Entebbe there are regular trips to the Chimp Island. Travelling is either by a modified traditional Ssese canoe sitting up to 25 participants, or a faster motor boat sitting 8 persons. The beautifully forested tropical island is almost 100 acres in size and boasts over 50 different types of vegetation that the chimps utilize. Two main tourist activities are offered: chimp viewing from a raised wooden platform; or a walk to the chimp forest for closer contact with the legendary primates. Chimp walks in the forest require some medical conditions to be fulfilled: Vaccination against -Hepatitis A&B, Measles; Meningococcal meningitis (menomune vaccine); Polio; Tetanus; Yellow fever. A negative TB test before arrival is also required. Minimum age for the walks is 18 years, Maximum age is 65 years, but the latter category is also dependant on size and fitness level of the person. Clients stay at the Ngamba Island Camp, a 4-tent mid-range Camp directly overlooking the Lake. The entrance fees paid goes towards looking after the chimpanzees.
Overnight Boma Guest Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 14, NGAMBA CHIMPANZEE ISLAND 
Receive briefing and finalise arrangements for visiting the island with JGI management at their offices in Entebbe. Boat from Entebbe pier to Ngamba Island. Watch the feeding of the chimpanzees. Time permitting walk to a neighboring village or bird watching. [Approximate cruising time: 45 minutes for fast boat; 1 hours for traditional boat]
Return to mainland and Transfer to the airport.

Tour Ends

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Safaris start and end either in either in Bujumbura (Burundi); or Kigali in Rwanda, or Kampala in Uganda. There are regular flights to Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kigali (Rwanda) out of Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express. Clients can make their own arrangements to arrive in Bujumbura or Kigali on the day of, or the day before, their safari starts. For more on flights, please click the link shown.