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13 Days Best Of Uganda Rwanda Tour

Overview

The 13-day itinerary is the best opportunity to explore both Uganda and Rwanda’s National parks. From Kibale National Park –the home to the chimpanzees to the home of the lions and Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park followed by the land of the African Giants – Bwindi Forest National Park. Crossing the Uganda –Rwanda Border to the only Savanna Park in Rwanda.

No better way to enjoy the natural scenery of Africa than this!

Summarised Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, pick up and Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Drive time is 3 to 4 hours from Entebbe.

Day 3: AM Kibale Chimpanzee trekking. PM Crater walk

Day 4:  Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale National Park

Day 5: Drive to Northern Queen for an 1100hrs boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. PM Lion tracking.

Day 6: Proceed to the southern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an enroute Game drive concluded with a sundowner experience.

Day 7: AM Game drive and bush breakfast. Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive time is 2 to 2 hours with an enroute stopover at Ishasha Community visit.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi Forest National Park.

Day 9: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi Forest National Park.

Day 10: Drive to Akagera National Park

Day 11: AM Game drive. PM Nature walk

Day 12: AM Boat cruise. PM community walk

Day 13: Drive to Kigali for your international departure flight. The drive time is approximately 3 hours.

Price Inclusions

  • Safari guide and vehicle
  • Accommodation on a full board basis in the park.
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • House drinks
  • Park Entrance
  • Primate permit trekking

Price Exclusions

  • Premium drinks
  • Additional services
  • Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet your driver, and transfer to your accommodation.

Meet your driver who will be waiting for you at the Airport exit lounge, he will have your name printed on the Airport signage to transfer you to accommodation for an overnight.
Afternoon at leisure. Optional activities are available like Mabamba swamp visit, Ngamba sanctuary visit, sunset cruise.
 
Some Accommodation options in Entebbe:

Luxury – Hotel No.5
Hotel No.5 is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels in Entebbe providing a luxurious and cozy stay for your time in Entebbe. The hotel has different room types like the deluxe and apartments for those who wish to stay longer. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up to date amenities like the air conditioners, a flat screen, bathrobes, and slippers, a safety box locked with a password, desk and an electric kettle in case you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The property has a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi, secure parking space, a swimming pool catering for both the young and the adults. Clients are free to enjoy their time in the lounge with free house drinks provided in case you need a breeze out of the rooms.
Mid-Range – Papyrus Guest House
Papyrus Guest House is a little wonder and a very comfortable point, just 15minutes away from Entebbe International airport. The broad leaves and long firm branches that offer an exclusive stay shade the rooms. The rooms are well spacious with ensuite bathrooms, a reading table and a television set for any kind of entertainment and verandahs comfortable for a morning or evening cup of tea or coffee.
 
Budget – Guinea Fowl guest house.
Guinea Fowl Guest House named after the rare bird species of the Numididae bird family that can only be found in Africa and among the birds that have a long life span, they are referred to as the oldest of the gallinaceous birds.  The Guest House has a variety of room types to offer a cozy and comfortable stay offering additional services like laundry, luggage storage and a secure parking plus the special massage treatment.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Drive time is 6 to 7 hours from Entebbe.

Meet your guide and drive to Kibale Forest, drive time is 6-7 hours. 
Kibale Forest National Park is located in the western side of Uganda covering a total surface area of 766 square kilometres and the entire landscape is green, full of lush vegetation of trees, shrubs, ferns, grass among others and this has created a natural home for variety of wildlife like 13 primate species including chimpanzees, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon, and over 335 bird species like the ducky crimson wing, black capped Apalis, blue headed sunbird, red faced woodland warber and purple breasted sunbird among others and over 60 other kinds of mammals besides the primates like the bush pigs, elephants, duikers among others.
Afternoon at leisure. Optional activities include a crater walk visit, village walk, and boat cruise on crater lakes among others.
 
Some Accommodation options in Kibale Forest include:

Luxury – Primate Lodge
Primate Lodge is found at the edge of Kibale Forest with 10 minutes’ walk from the UWA offices.
The lodge has 10 cottages with six doubles / four twins inclusive of 1 honey moon cottage and all the rooms have similar amenities except a bathtub and a fire place that is only found in the honey moon cottages. All rooms have en suite facilities and safes
Enjoy the spa services inclusive of a massage after your trek and all kinds of drinks and delicious meals from the bar and restaurant.
There is no Wi-Fi in the cottages but you can freely access it from the main area lounge.
 
Mid-range – Turaco Safari Lodge
Enjoy a unique experience in the forest canopy at Turaco Treetops with great views of the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains. Turaco Treetops named after the popular Great Blue Turaco bird is just at the edge of the green lush of vegetation that is the famous home to man’s shy cousins: the chimpanzees and plenty of other bird and monkey species like the black and white colobus. Enjoy a cozy stay in the semi luxury rooms with very comfortable beds with running water all day for a shower and the hospitality from the staff makes your stay made amazing.
 
Budget – Kibale Forest Camp
Kibale forest camp has 12 self-contained cottages and four lazy camp rooms and the lodge can be traced after a 15 minutes’ drive from the Park’s gate and the headquarters. The lodge is surrounded by greenery with high chances of sighting the black and white Columbus from your room veranda or at the lounge.

Day 3: AM Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Trekking. PM Crater Walk around Kibale National Park.

Early in the morning after your breakfast head to the park headquarters, the drive is approximately 15 minutes or you could choose to walk there. Attend the briefing, which lasts for about 15 minutes, and listen to the rules and regulations from the ranger guides.
Proceed with your trek which normally lasts for over 3 hours or more based on when you find the chimps.
As you get closer to the chimps, you hear them humming from a distance and this will need you to increase on your speed so that we do not miss out the chimps because they keep moving and going deeper into the forest.
 So many people cannot hide their excitement upon the first sight of the chimps as they swing from one tree to the other, showing off different poses. It is normal to be scared when you first get close to the chimps but all this is long forgotten because the chimps are so welcoming.
Spend 1 hour with the chimps as you take photos of the chimps as the ranger was give you more  information about the chimps like different families in Kibale forest, mating periods, ways of living, feeding etc.
After about an hour of remarkable experience with the chimps, exit the forest to the park for your certificate.
 

Day 4: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale National Park.

Just like the chimpanzee tracking, the excursion starts from the park headquarters with a briefing and registration. Chimpanzee habituation is the process the chimps undertake to get more familiar with human surroundings, the activity in Kibale Forest National Park of Uganda takes two years before clients are allowed to meet the chimpanzees and only 12 persons are allowed to spend the day with chimpanzees with clients divided in 2 groups of six a factor that has made permit availability very limited hence an advance booking is very recommendable.
This half day excursion involves clients assisting the researchers in collecting data and information related to the chimpanzees’ diurnal lives like the way they feed surprising how chimps love antelope and goats meat, watch them as they play and swing from one tree to the other, how the juvenile provoke and poke each other – watch them defend themselves, See how they construct their nests and what materials they use and best chance to see the chimps nurse their young ones, Get more information from the ranger guide about their mating periods, the reproduction system, the physical gestures and different sounds made among others that you will get to know of during your habituation.
Definitely, a little bit of fitness is very crucial, and wearing long-sleeved clothes and gloves plus hiking shoes is a safety measure.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Drive to the Northern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park for an 1100hrs boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. PM Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast, meet your guide and drive to the Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Arrive in time for the 1100hrs boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. The channel stretching at 40km in length connects Lake Edward to Lake George.
 The 3 hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel offers sights of wildlife resting along the shore of the channel like African buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and monitor lizards, numerous bird species like flamingos, African skimmers, kingfishers, and fish eagles among others.
Return to the lodge for lunch and after proceed for the PM lion tracking experience.
In the Kasenyi Plains located north of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Wildlife Authority, has organized a cat family sustainable and conservation unit so that cat lovers get enough information, fun, experience, and exploration at a closer range.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to about 250 large cats including leopards and lions among others with the tree-climbing lions found in the southern sector of the park.
The activity is run each day with a limit of over 50 tourists, and it is carried out in three phases the morning, afternoon, and at night. Lion tracking experience starts with meeting the researcher at the park headquarters for a briefing about the dos and don’ts during the experience before proceeding to the savanna plains.
With the researcher in the vehicle, you head out to look for the predators, the researcher needs to track the movements of the animals which might lead him to drive off the demarcated trails sometimes and also use a radio collar.
Once the predators are sighted, the vehicle engine will be turned off so as not to scare away the animals, the researcher will provide you with full details about the cats’ lives, and expect to learn a lot from this activity as it is more of a research-based activity. The data collected is used to better understand the lives and ways of the predators.
Tourists are able to monitor how the predators feed, behave, defend themselves, hunt for their prey, and also watch how the juveniles play among others.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Some Accommodation options in North Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Luxury – Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Kyambura Gorge is located at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park surrounded by the magnificent savannah grasslands with a backdrop view of Mountain Rwenzori and the recessed Kyambura Gorge.
The facility has its rooms divided into deluxe and standard bandas and all rooms offer breathtaking views of the nature life from all corners of your room.
At the site, there is a swimming pool and a spa for your refreshment and relaxation. All guests that stay at the lodge can participate in the Kyambura Gorge eco-tourism project on a complimentary basis.
 
Mid-range – Buffalo Safari Lodge
Buffalo Safari Lodge is situated on the Northern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park near Katunguru Bridge, a few minutes’ drive from the renowned Kazinga channel boat cruise along the Mbarara highway road.
The lodge has 17 rooms divided into standard and deluxe cottages accommodating a maximum of 20 guests. Buffalo safari lodge offers very scenic views of wildlife like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, and many more and these are common residents of the lodge.
The lodge is ensuite with a very welcoming and hospitable staff who provide first-class services. Enjoy drinks from the fully stocked bar and restaurant with free internet access.
 
Budget – Bush Lodge
The bush lodge is bordered by the Kazinga channel offering the perfect sights of the animals as they roam around the park. The lodge has 12 bandas and 2 tents all ensuite, the lodges are designed to offer exclusivity as the rooms are distanced from one another facing the Kamera River. The rooms have running water all day, mosquito nets and king-sized beds.
For clients that are a bit more budget-restricted, the lodge has 10 non-self-contained tents that are joined to form sort of a block with shared showers and flushing toilets.
 

Day 6: Proceed to the southern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an enroute Game drive concluded with a sundowner experience.

After breakfast, drive to the Southern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an enroute Game drive. Following the demarcated trails, embark on a game drive to search for the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park including 95 mammals including the popular big five like the lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and 10 primate species and over 600 species of birds including the rare flamingos making Queen Elizabeth national park along the best birding sites in Uganda, opportunities of sighting reptiles. So many tourists flock to the park to look for the tree-climbing lions that can be sighted resting on the branches of the humid trees in the southern sector of Queen.
Conclude the game drive with a sundowner experience – a mini buffet is set up inside the park, and different hot and cold snacks are laid out on a fine dining table for your consumption, feel free to feast based on your preference and like.
The sundowner experience provides so many opportunities like watching the sunset, the nocturnal animals beginning their nightlife, and also other animals summarizing their day’s activities – watch them lazily stroll back to their nests for an overnight.
Proceed to the lodge for an overnight.

Some Accommodation options in Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park Include;

Luxury – Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as the Ishasha on the shores of the Ntungwe River and it is the perfect spot for people who are in love with the African Wilderness as it is found inside the park. The ishasha sector is popular for the tree-climbing lions that are spotted in the branches of the scattered fig trees found in the park and other animals like buffaloes, and elephants that you are most likely to encounter as you stroll through the park.
The lodge offers a very convenient stay with free Wi-Fi, fully stocked bar for premium drinks but the house drinks are included, enjoy the hospitable gesture from the friendly and trained staff.
 
Mid-range– Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Ishasha Jungle Lodge is adjacent River Ntungwe which is 20km from Katokye Gate on 30 acres of land. The lodge‘s location at the River side of Ntungwe attracts lots of wildlife like buffaloes, lions, leopards as they come to cool off and freshen up. The lodge cottages are from African traditional materials like thatched grass and they are 7 in number and all the rooms are ensuite and privately located with an open veranda with tables and chairs for a cup of tea or coffee, wardrobe, laundry bag and basket, electricity outlets among others.
 
Budget – Enjojo Lodge 
Enjojo Lodge named after the history of the lodge where an elephant was born on this land during construction and Enjojo is a local name for elephant. The lodge is surrounded by lots of greenery and a lush of acacia forest and vegetation. The lodge has 7 luxury cottages that are self-contained with 4 cottages in the lush vegetation, 3 cottages facing the open savannah plains. Each cottage has an ensuite bathroom with 24 hours of running water with a spacious veranda.
 

Day 7: AM Game drive and bush breakfast. Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive time is 1 to 2 hours with an enroute stopover at Ishasha Community visit.

Enjoy the morning game drive as nature awakes with the animals preparing to go hunt for their prey. Conclude your early morning game drive with a delicious breakfast in the bush setting. An exclusive spot in the park is set up with snacks and drinks to create a fine dining experience with your personal chef ready to prepare any hot meal for you if you prefer based on the table’s menu.
You can choose to enjoy this activity exclusively or to socialize a bit with other people joining.
After your game drive and bush breakfast, proceed to Bwindi National Park with an enroute stopover at Ishasha Community visit. Bwindi National park is located in the south western region of Uganda stretching on 327 square kilometres of land which makes it one of the forests on large expanse in East Africa with an eco-system so rich in variety of mammals, birds, trees, vegetation shrubs among others.
In the early 90s, Bwindi Forest was awarded a world Heritage site status after being converted to a national park from a forest reserve due to its broad diversity in nature with different animal life like Gorillas, monkeys, elephants, baboons among others, and the dense population of tree species, shrubs, vines, flowers on the forest terrain plus a group of 300 bird species not excluding the diverging insect species like butterflies that are over 200 species.

Some Accommodation options in the Northern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
 
Luxury option – Buhoma Lodge.
Buhoma Lodge has one of the best location for a Bwindi National Park visit, with it being one of the only two lodges situated inside the park, which makes it offer undisrupted views of the misty dense forest, and so many times the Gorillas are sighted on their occasional visit to the Lodge.
The lodge is a composition of 10 luxurious cottages constructed to portray the feel of a traditional Ugandan home and each cottage is well spaced from the other to offer an exclusive comfort and escape. The cottages are made out of wooden and sustainable materials that make them cozy and tranquil; each room has in a large bed (6 by 6), with soothing beddings, bed lamp, and telephone to contact the reception. All rooms are ensuite with hot and cold water plus an eco-friendly flushing toilet, each room has in a robe and a dressing mirror plus a Hair dryer provided on request, also to mention a private verandah on each room where you can have a cup of tea or coffee after your trekking.
All staff at Buhoma are always commendable for their warm welcome and attentiveness towards the clients, the food is on point with different menus every day from the professional chef, you can also enjoy your meal and drink from the dining area which has a direct view of the impenetrable forest,  enjoy a camp fire in the evening as you chat away with a drink that can be accessed from the bar section and the elevated lounge is also a perfect spot to relax and rejunivate at any time of the day with so many informative books available to read and understand more about the gorillas and the culture of Uganda.
 
Mid-range – Engagi Lodge
Engagi Lodge is located in Bwindi National park offering magnificent views of the forest canopy near the main road and just a few minutes from the park headquarters and the Munyaga River.
The eight rooms of the lodge were constructed to reflect the African beauty and setting, it is made out of raw materials like rocks and eucalyptus trees with each room ensuite and also having a private balcony for perfect views and refreshment of maybe tea or coffee.
The lodge has a 247 running water system for a shower and flushing the toilet, it uses hydroelectricity as a source of energy with solar energy as a backup.
Besides the rooms, the lodge has a main area with a sitting and dining room plus the bar section where you can always seat for refreshments and meals.
 
Budget – Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Just at the entrance of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will find Buhoma community rest camp that was founded by the members of the surrounding parish, and all earnings are used to support community projects such as Buhoma community high and primary school among others.
The rest camp is just 4 minutes from the park headquarters making it well situated for clients interested in trekking Gorillas in the Buhoma Sector.
The rest camp has six well-furnished safari tents and 3 self-contained tents plus 3 non-self-contained tents, 6 dormitory-styled-like accommodations all constructed in the local African fashion. A camping site is also accessible for those who enjoy the closeness of nature.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After your breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) Park headquarters, which is less than a 5 minutes’ drive, and it is actually, so close to Buhoma Lodge in that some people prefer to walk there.
While at UWA park headquarters, you will be requested to register in the UWA book before proceeding for a briefing by the ranger guide about the dos and don’ts during your trekking like no taking flash photos when photographing gorillas and after you will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and you will match out with your ranger on your day’s excursion.
Get ready to face the gentle giants of Africa, dream come true right!  You will set off from the park headquarters through the demarcated trails in the dense forests with your ranger to hunt out for the gorillas, the gorillas are wild animals that move from location to another which makes the trek sometimes go on for 9 hours, however this might be different because you might see the gorillas a few hours after the start of your trek.  After you have located a family, you are allowed to spend an hour with them, take photos of them, observe them – it is a very life changing moment and so many have defined this feeling as exhilarating, enthralling and indeed humbling.
 Although the focus are the gorillas from the trek, you are likely to spot other primates, birds and rare tree species. After the time with the gorillas, return to the Park headquarters for your certificate of participation.

Expert advice before your Gorilla trekking
Physical fitness as the trek goes for about 2 – 8 hours
Packed lunch and enough drinking water since the Gorillas are wild animals; we are not sure at what time you will be returning from the forest.
Wear long trousers and a long sleeved shirt over the top of a t-shirt plus Walking shoes, hiking shoes.
Move along with insect repellant, sunscreens, long rain jacket.
Hire a porter to carry your daypack and they give you extra effort along the steep and slippery grounds in the forest.
*Most of the lodges offer a complimentary massage after your trek*
Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation.
 

Day 10: Drive to Akagera National Park in Rwanda

Meet your driver at the lodge and drive to Akagera National Park. Drive time is 7 to 8 hours.
Akagera National Park is the only savannah vegetation park in Rwanda. The name Akagera was derived from the Kagera River that crosses through the Eastern side of the park into Lake Ihema.
Akagera National Park is the biggest park in Rwanda covering the Kanyoza and Nyagantare districts on 1122 square kilometres bordering Tanzania in the East. Additionally to being the only Savannah Park in Rwanda, it is the largest protected wetland in Africa with woodland, swamps, grasslands, and montane forests.
The park was established in 1934 by the Belgian government and throughout its 89 years of existence a lot has changed and those who saw it 20 years might not recognize its new glory.
The park was initially affected by poaching and the black Rhino species were extinct, the locals encroached on the forest for settlement, Animals were attacked by epidemic diseases like wild dogs in 1984, and the Rwanda civil war (Rwanda Genocide) demised over 300 lions.
However, in 2009, the Rwanda Development Board collaborated with African parks to rebuild the park and now it is home to the big five including buffaloes, lions, rhinoceros, African leopards, and African bush elephants, a range of flora and fauna including the zebras, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, klipspringer, hippos, and crocodiles. Along the Savannah animals, the park has primates like vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and nocturnal bush babies plus 500 bird species, the park has got savannah birds, migratory birds like elusive shoe bill stork, papyrus gonolek, lilac breasted roller, swamp flycatcher, ross’s turaco, grey hornbill, fan-tailed widow bird, cattle egret, Bateleur, African harrier, rare shoebill, giant kingfisher, flycatchers, white egrets, yellow sunbird, pie crow.
 
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR TYPES OF TRAVELERS RANGING FROM BUDGET, MID-RANGE, AND LUXURY.
 
MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE
Mantis Akagera Game Lodge is located on the southern edge of Akagera National Park and it is a high-end lodge best known for its great views of Lake Ihema and additional views of wild and bird life as they come quencher their thirst and also cool off at the Lake shores and the surrounding Savanna Vegetation.
The lodge is designed to offer a cozy and comfortable stay to the guests. The rooms are spacious and the beds are large enough with draping mosquito nets and the floors are covered with a woolen carpet and the showers are ensuite with 24-hour running water plus each room has a private verandah from which you can relax after the day’s excursions as you sip on your drink.
The room classifications are 27 standard rooms, 29 Balcony rooms, 1 Balcony suite, 2 family suites, and 1 presidential suite.
Enjoy your all round meals from the Inzovu restaurant plus the top-notch customer service.
RUZIZI TENTED LODGE
Ruzizi Tented Lodge is located on the banks of Lake Ihema and 6km from the park entrance.
The lodge has 9 safari tents camouflaging in the greenery of palm trees and fig trees at the Lake shores, each room has a private veranda, flushing toilet, dressing mirror, and running water. The lodge is very environmentally conscious as it always leaves the natural landforms untouched during construction and renovations and all the interior designs portray African beauty and nature. Enjoy an exclusive stay at Ruzizi Tented Lodge!
 
MAGASHI SAFARI CAMP
Magashi Safari Camp is located on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga and it is the perfect spot for people who are in love with the African Wilderness as it is found inside the park. The Park is popular for lions, buffaloes, Rhinos, Giraffes, and elephants that you are most likely to sight on the Veranda of your room.
The lodge has 8 spacious ensuite tents with king-size beds and mosquito net draping – additional services include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, massages, fully stocked bar for premium drinks but the house drinks are included, enjoy the hospitable gesture from the friendly and trained staff.

Day 11: AM Game drive afternoon Nature walk in Akagera National Park of Rwanda.

Enjoy your morning Game drive. Game drives are done in vehicles through the demarcated trails in the park and this offers a classical safari feeling as you get to see the animals in their natural habitat.
The game drive is done in the morning, afternoon, and evening. However, the best times are morning and evening when the environment is cooler and the animals are active.
Animals you might spot include: the big -five the lions, the African leopard, the African bush elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalos,plus a range of flora and fauna like the zebras, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope, bush babies, hyenas, leopards, mongoose, genet, owls, night jar and duiker, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope and a variety of birds including the rare shoebill, giant kingfisher, flycatchers, white egrets, yellow sunbird, pie crow.
Return to the lodge for lunch and after embark on the afternoon nature walk.
Nature walks in Akagera National Park are done to explore the natural scenery on foot in the company of park guides through the montane forests, savannah plains, and wetlands either in the morning or late afternoon when the times are cool.
While on the nature walk, you look out for wildlife, plants, birds, and insects among others. You carry along a backpack, water bottles, insect repellent, first aid kit among others.
Animals expected to be sighted include Zebras, elephants, elands, impalas, and buffaloes as well as several bird species like rare shoebill, giant kingfisher, flycatchers, white egrets, yellow sunbird, pie crow seen in the montane forests making different sounds interesting and the big –five like the lions, African leopard, African bush elephant, rhinoceros, and the buffalos.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: AM Boat Cruise and afternoon community Walks around Akagera National Park of Rwanda

Enjoy an early morning boat cruise on one of the lakes in Akagera National Park. Akagera National Park has over 10 lakes and the Boat cruise is done on Lake Ihema, which is the largest lake in the park.
Tourists get a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, and bird species on the shores like African fish eagle, giant kingfisher, African wattled plover, Senegal lapwing, squacco herons, cormorants, papyrus gonolek marsh flycatcher, open bill stork, fish eagle, blue-headed coval, cormorant and other animals that come to the shores to refresh and quench their thirst like elephants, buffaloes, antelopes. The departure timings for the boats are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions and the trip normally lasts for 2 hours. Tourists are able to take memorable photographs of beautiful sceneries with animals.

Return to the lodge for lunch and embark on the afternoon community walk.

Enjoy a cultural walk through the local communities and interact with the locals (Rwandese) who are farmers and pastoralists, this will give you a chance to experience traditional farming and gain knowledge of how to take care of the cattle. Spend time with the locals and learn how to make beers, prepare food, celebrate seasons of the year (in case it is time of the year), and also get a chance to participate or help in the milking activity, tasting the local dishes made from cow milk like ghee yogurt (bongo), enjoy the local dance, trying on the Rwandese traditional wears, listen to the historical stories from the elders, enjoy the folk songs and buy crafts (handmade shoes from cattle hides) as gifts for people back home.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Fly/Drive to Kigali for your International departure flight. The drive time is approximately 3 hours.

Drive to Kigali International Airport. Drive time is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Kiyonza Gate in the south close to the Park Headquarters or fly for 30 minutes to Kigali from Bugesera Airfield.

End of our services for the 13 Days Uganda- Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari.