8 Days Uganda Luxury Safari from Kigali

8 Days Uganda Luxury Safari from Kigali is an extraordinary Uganda tour that will start and end in Kigali. The safari will give you an opportunity to spend time with the endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable national park, enjoy great wildlife views of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, lions, leopards among others in Queen Elizabeth national park and engage in chimpanzee trekking activity in Kibale national park. During the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will also visit Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale which is the deepest lake in Uganda that harbors 29 islands and different bird species. 

8 Days Uganda Luxury Safari from Kigali

Highlights of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali

  • Day 1: Pick up from Kigali airport and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 5: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale national park
  • Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk
  • Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for canoeing
  • Day 8: Departure to Kigali

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park, upon arrival at Kigali international airport on day 1 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will be welcomed by our representative who will brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park in southwestern Uganda. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours drive passing via Cyanika border in Kisoro district or Katuna border in Kabale district. On the way you will have great views of the rolling hills in Rwanda, Kigezi hills, terraced farmlands, beautiful scenery among others and upon arrival you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on day 2 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will carry your lunch box and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations from the park guide. After the briefing you will be allocated a park guide who will lead you during trekking and a habituated gorilla family to trek, allocation of gorilla families to trek is done according to age, physical fitness and personal fitness because trekking of gorillas in Bwindi national park is strenuous. Trekking of the mountain gorillas takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on their location because they like to move from one place to another in search of food, during trekking you will be able to view other primates like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, forest birds, different plant and tree species among others. Once the gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them feed, breastfeed, play, observe their behaviors, take photos and record videos. After the face to face encounter with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and meet up with your driver guide to return to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After breakfast on day 3 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park located in western Uganda. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours drive passing via Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will be able to see the tree climbing lions. Tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector are believed to climb trees due to various reasons such as to run away from biting insects and have a clear view of the prey, Ishasha sector also harbors other animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs among others which will be viewed during the game drive. After the game drive you will have lunch and then proceed with the journey to the park where you will go for an evening game drive and after drive to check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Morning game drive/lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive, after an early breakfast on day 4 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to go for a morning game drive or lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains. During the game drive you will be rewarded with great views of elephants, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, Uganda kobs among other grazing in the open savannah plains, view predators like lions, leopards, hyenas looking for a morning hunt, view the beautiful sunrise, different bird species among others. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon boat cruise, after lunch you will drive to the landing site near Mweya safari lodge for an interesting boat cruise on Kazinga channel a water channel that connects lake George and lake Edward. The scheduled boat ride which takes about 2 hours you will be able to cruise meters away from animals like buffaloes, antelopes, warthogs, elephants among others drinking water along the shores, view large herds of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view water birds like cormorants, kingfishers, fish eagles, hornbills, see fishermen preparing their fishing nets for night fishing among others. After the boat cruise you will return to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale national park

Game drive, after breakfast on day 5 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will meet up with your driver guide to go for another game drive in the park where you will get a chance to see some of the animals that you will have missed during the previous game drive. After the game drive you will drive to Katwe Crater Lake where you will have great views of different bird species, animals and see local people extracting rock salt from the lake. After Katwe Crater Lake tour you will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Transfer to Kibale national park, after lunch you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey to Kibale national park also known as the primate capital because it harbors about 13 primate species. The journey takes about 3 hours drive and is filled with great views of the Rwenzori mountains, beautiful landscape, tea plantations, crater lakes among others, upon arrival you will check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Chimpanzee trekking, after an early breakfast on day 6 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where they are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During chimpanzee trekking you will have great views of different bird species, plants, animals like forest buffaloes, elephants, other primates like vervet monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat where you will be able to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, play, breastfeed, hunt, fight, rest, take photos, record videos among others which gives you memorable experiences. After the one hour with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters, meet up with your driver guide and return to the lodge for lunch.

Bigodi swamp walk, after lunch you will go for an exciting nature walk in Bigodi wetland a sanctuary that is managed by the community initiative. The guided swamp walk which takes about 2 to 4 hours offers you with great views of bird species like great blue turaco, barbets, hornbills, papyrus gonolek, plant species, primates like l’hoest monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, views of butterflies, different plants among others. After the swamp walk you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

On day 7 of the 8 days Uganda safari from Kigali you will have breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Lake Bunyonyi which is the second deepest lake in Africa located in Kabale. On the way you will have en-route lunch and spectacular views of Kigezi hills, beautiful scenery, terraced farmlands among others.  Upon arrival you will go for an evening boat cruise which is done in a dugout canoe on Lake Bunyonyi, during the boat ride you will be able to explore some of the 29 islands, enjoy great views of the landscapes, terraced farmlands, local people carrying out their daily activities such as digging, view water birds, animals along the shores among others. After the canoe ride you will drive to check into the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi

Day 8: Departure to Kigali

On day 8 of the 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali you will have a relaxed breakfast at the lodge with stunning view of the lake and the sunrise, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kigali. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours drive passing via Katuna border in Kabale and upon arrival you will go for a city tour where you will visit Kigali genocide memorial centre to know more about the 1994 brutal killing of people, visit the museum where you will watch video testimonies from survivors, visit craft markets among others. After the Kigali city tour you will have lunch in one of the restaurants and then transfer to Kigali international airport for your next flight or drive to the hotel depending on your schedule.

End of 8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali

8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali includes

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise fee
  • Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Bigodi swamp walk 
  • Kigali city tour
  • All mentioned activities
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled water

8 days Uganda luxury safari from Kigali excludes

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • personal insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, cigarettes, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.
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