12 Days Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda Safari
This 12 Day Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda safari exudes a rich experience of the mentioned three East African Travel destination. The safari commences from Nairobi, Keny’s bustling city and to Masai mara national reserve, kenyas top travel destination for a a wildlife rich experience. later depart masai mara and fly to Entebbe uganda, be trasnport to Kibale forest national park famous for hosting a huge number of primates hence its name the primates capital. mingle with the kibale chimps in a thrilling chimpanzee trekking experience . Depart Kibale and head to bwindi forest national park, Uganda’s top travel destination, famous for the endangered mountain gorilla trekking. Trek the bwindi gorillas and experience the splendor this rich national park holds, later transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park for the golden monkey experience. on your last days of 12 days kenya, Uganda and Rwanda safari, be dropped at Kigali international airport Rwanda for your flight back home.
Day 1: Transfer to Masai Mara – evening game drive
Depending on your location in Nairobi, or upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport, you will be met by your safari guide to embark on your drive to Masai Mara National Game Reserve. It’s a 6-7 hours’ drive with en-route and drive through Narok area where you visit the Masai market. Proceed to enter your park to check-in at your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Masai Simba lodge –Mid-range/Ol Moran Tented Camp – Budget/Mara Sopa lodge – Luxury
Day 2: Full day Game drive
After your delicious breakfast at your lodge, meet up with your guide and connect for a whole day game drive in the Masai plains with your packed lunch box. Masai Mara is one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa with a variety of animals to see. Including the lions, leopards, cheaters, elephants, buffaloes to mention a few. After your lunch box, the game drive continues till 5 pm when you return to the lodge for dinner and relaxation. Overnight stay at lodge as above
Day 3: Hot air balloon safari – Masai Mara
You will be picked from your lodge quite very early to connect for your hot air balloon safari that will take about 1 hour with great aerial views of the park and its habitats. After the balloon experience, you will receive certificate, enjoy bush breakfast then connect back to your lodge with en-route game drive for some of the animals.
Have lunch at your lodge then explore the Masai Mara plains for game drive that will get you quite close to different wildlife species in big numbers. From solitary buffaloes to copulating lions, birds and small game of all types; you will see it all on a game drive in Masai mara! Be keen enough as you observe the popularly known wildebeest migration from Serengeti crossing to Masai mara via Mara River. This migration only takes place in July to October. Animals such as the wildebeest, Zebras, Lions, Cheetah, Elephants, Hyenas, Thompson’s gazelle to mention but a few can be spotted. Later evening return to your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above
Day 4: Fly to Entebbe – Uganda
After early morning breakfast, your guide will transfer for your 8:45 am flight to Uganda. Aero-link Uganda operates daily flights from Masai Mara to Entebbe from 8:45 am to 11:30 am. Check-in for your flight and depart. Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be picked up by your safari guide to transfer to your hotel in Kampala which is about 1 hours’ drive depending on the traffic. Arrive at the hotel and have your lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay Forest Cottages for budget/Cassia lodge for mid-range/Kampala Sheraton Hotel for luxury
Day 5: Transfer to Kibale national park – Bigodi swamp walk
Depending on your location, you will be picked up by our company representative/ driver who will drive to Kibale national park– the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Arrive early afternoon for lunch in Fort portal town, visit the crater lakes and go for a 2-3 hours nature walk in Bigodi swamp and experience the different birds and primates. Thereafter, drive to check-in your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse main house for mid-range/Isunga lodge for budget/Kyaninga lodge for luxury
Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking – Ishasha sector – Queen Elizabeth national park
After breakfast, you will go for chimpanzee trekking with your tracking gears. Meet your guide at the head office then enter the rainforest to start searching for the chimpanzee, this will take 2-5 hours to find the chimpanzees. On seeing them, you will spend 1 hour with the chimpanzees while taking pictures.
After tracking, return to the lodge, refresh and have lunch and check-out to connect to Queen Elizabeth national park. This is a 3 hours’ drive from Fort portal with en route at the Equator. Proceed to Ishasha sector where you will spend a night. Dinner and overnight at Enjojo lodge for budget/Ishasha Jungle lodge for mid-range/Ishasha Wilderness Camp for luxury
Day 8: Ishasha game drive – Transfer Bwindi Impenetrable national park
After breakfast early in the morning, enjoy an early morning game drive in Ishasha sector for an opportunity to spot the tree-climbing lions, have en-route lunch and embarks on your journey to Bwindi Park, accommodation will be provided depending on your trekking sector. Dinner and overnight stay at Gahinga lodge for luxury/Lake Mulehe Safari lodge for mid-range/Travellers’ Rest Hotel for budget
Day 9: Gorilla trekking experience
Have an early morning breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides before embarking on your gorilla trek. Head into the forest and trek until you find the gorillas. Gorilla trekking can take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. After finding the gorillas in Bwindi, you will be allowed only 1 hour and then return. Your driver/guide will drive you back to your hotel to relax and spend another night as above
Day 10: Golden monkeys and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, drive to the park head offices and then have a briefing about the golden monkeys and thereafter enter into the park taking the golden monkey tracking trail and on this experience other primates, birds, butterflies will be spotted. After spending 1 hour with the golden monkeys, drive back to your lodge, check-out of the lodge and embark on a 3 hours’ drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Arrive late afternoon and check-in your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at Bunyonyi BirdNest lodge for luxury/Bunyonyi Rock Resort for mid-range/Bunyonyi Overland Resort for budget
Day 11: Explore Lake Bunyonyi
After your breakfast, you will set off to Lake Bunyonyi to chill and relax. This is a 2 hours’ drive arriving Bunyonyi late morning. The lake is located between Kisoro and Kabale in southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda. It’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with the depth between 44m and 900m and its about 7 to 25kms wide.
Take a boat trip to some of the fascinating islands on the lake – Kyahugye Island where you will find some wildlife including the Zebras, waterbucks, impalas and Kobs. Visit Akampeine Island (a punishment island) where pregnant unmarried girls were dumped to die, the Bwama and Njuyeera Island-where missionary Dr. Leonard Sharp founded a leper colony. Return in the evening at the lodge to relax and chill. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above
Day 12: Transfer to Kigali/Departure
Wake up early, have breakfast and embark on your journey to Kigali. It’s a 4-5 hours’ drive passing through Katuna border. Have en-route lunch and Kigali city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial and Kimoronko market before you are dropped at your own booked accommodation or at the airport for your onward flight back home. End of safari.