Safari Gorilla Trekking

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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Welcome to the "land of a thousand hills". Rwanda is an excellent place to get to experience East Africa. Come meet with the friendly locals, track the mountain gorillas and take in wonderful lakeside views, all from the comfort of your luxurious lodgings. This luxury tour has been designed to bring you in close contact with all of the highlights as well as the tumultuous history of this fascinating country. Only the best lodging has been chosen combining excellent comfort and service.


Day 1 - Arrival in Rwanda
Your driver/guide shall meet you at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight, and drive you to the hotel.

Depending on your time of arrival you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets. Where you can browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

You will stay at the Hotel Des Mille Colines, made famous by the film 'Hotel Rwanda' located in the central district of the city with wonderful views, swimming pool, and high standards of service.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Mille Colines
Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today
Day 2 - Nyamata Church and the Genocide Memorial
After breakfast, you drive south of Kigali, through beautiful countryside seldom visited by tourists. In the small town Nyamata you will visit a genocide memorial church.

In 1994, when the genocide began, many ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus took refuge in churches, believing militias would not enter these sacred spaces. However, as priests, nuns, and church officials systematically fled Rwanda after the genocide began, large-scale massacres occurred in Catholic churches throughout the country. In some cases, priests and other officials were complicit in the killings.

The Bugesera district was one of the area’s most devastated by the genocide. From a population of 62,000, only 2,000 survived. Over 5 days 10.000 people were killed in and around the grounds of Nyamata Catholic Church.

After this visit, you will head back to Kigali to stop at the the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a detailed description of the darkest hour in Rwanda's recent history.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Mille Colines
Meal Plan: Breakfast is inclusive
Day 3 - To Nyungwe Forest
Today, you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest. This is one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa, abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees.

Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important - and still little known - bird-watching destinations in Africa.

Your lodge is situated in the middle of a beautifully verdant tea plantation just on the edge of the forest. Swim in the heated infinity pool before experiencing an evening of fine dining.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, late lunch, and dinner
Day 4 - Chimpanzee Tracking
This morning you have a very early start. After breakfast you shall proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. You will not soon forget this exciting up-close encounter with human's closest relative.

After the chimp tracking you can relax at the lodge or choose an optional activity that you can discuss with your guide.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 5 - Forest Canopy and Waterfall Hike
Today you shall go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats. Along the way you'll have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

In the afternoon, a waterfall hike is in your program. This trail begins from Gisakura Guesthouse next to the ORTPN offices (a 15 minute drive from the hotel) and takes between 3 and 6 hours round trip, depending upon how frequently you stop to sightsee and whether you choose to drive or walk from the guesthouse.
The first part of the trail is basically following the road to the vehicle park before delving into the forest. You will have to cross various streams before making a steep descent to the base of the small, refreshing waterfall. Monkeys are frequently seen along the way and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.
Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 6 - To Kibuye on Lake Kivu
After a relaxed breakfast you shall drive to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can try to rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.

The lodge is perched on stilts above the shores of Lake Kivu. It is a beautiful set of wood-built structures with a private beach and a good restaurant. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the lake.

Accommodation: Cormoran Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast is inclusive
Day 7 - To Gisenyi
Today you continue along the scenic Lake Kivu coast, winding through valleys and small villages to the northern town of Gisenyi just next to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the afternoon you can visit the local market and see the day-to-day life of the people. Try your local lunch at Auberge de Gisenyi or Bistro Restaurant. Boat tours on Lake Kivu are also possible.

The hotel overlooks its own private beach and has a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool, and complete gym and health centre.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Meal plan: Breakfast is inclusive
Day 8 - To the Parc des Volcans
Today you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.

The Gorilla View Lodge is situated on the edge of the dense forest of Parc des Volcans. From your large room you can look out over tropical rainforest as well as the mighty Mount Sabinyo. In the evening you can enjoy a camp fire and some entertainment from a local dance group.

Journey time: 1½ hours
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 9 - Gorilla Tracking
Today is probably the highlight of your trip! You'll have an early start for this special day. From the lodge, you drive into the park about 30 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux (ORTPN).

The head ranger of the ORTPN will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. The gorillas you will track belong to one of the seven habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

Matoke Tours purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this in the morning!

From the ORTPN office your driver/guide will take you as close as possible to the starting point of your tracking. The track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Journey time: 30 minutes by car, tracking time varies
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 10 - Back to Kigali
After a relaxed breakfast, you travel back to Kigali in time to catch your flight back home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda. But you may also decide to extend your trip to another country in the region. Matoke Tours offers extensions to Uganda, Tanzania or the islands of Zanzibar. Contact us for all possibilities.

Note: This programme is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.

This is the end of what we hope has been a fabulous trip!

Accommodation: NOT INCLUDED!
Meal plan: Breakfast is inclusive


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

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Trek the lush tropical forests of Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park and the beautiful blue lakes and tall waterfalls of Bulera & Ruhondo, where you will see abundant wildlife! Trekking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!

RWANDA GORILLA DIRECT! (2 nights/3 days)

Day 1: ARRIVE KIGALI AND TRAVEL TO RUHENGERI

You will be met by a  Gorilla Tour Booking Safaris guide at the Kigali International Airport and stop for lunch in the city before being transferred to the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo. These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. These twin lakes are great spots to be visited and used to be referred to as neglected gems, but things have changed and Bulera and Ruhondo are a place not worth missing out on. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. Get to the view point then drive to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains, The Virungas. Arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Driving distance: 2 hours
Activities: Twin Lakes Visit
Overnight: Home Inn/ Mountain Gorilla Village/ Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast


Day 2: GORILLA TRACKING 
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters - Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we will embark on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them, you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who will break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment, to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if cannot you trek far. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later dinner and overnight.

Driving distance: 15 minutes
Activities: 1 Gorilla Trek
Overnight: Home Inn/ Mountain Gorilla Village/ Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast


Day 3: CITY TOUR AND SHOPPING + DEPART
After breakfast, you will bid your host good bye and depart for Kigali. Take a complementary city tour to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Also engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.

Driving distance: 2 Hours
Activities: City Tour

Included
Accommodation, (BB) guide, meals as indicated, transport, gorilla permit.

Excluded
Flights, visa, travel insurance.


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Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda Birding Safari


Arrival for Tour and transfer to Akagera National Park

Akagera boosts of a rich bird Checklist of over 525 species, this reflects the extremely wide diversity of habitat. 44 species of raptor, Papyrus Gonolek, Shoebill Storkand a good number of Palearctic migrants, amongst which Lesser Kestrel, Great Snipe and Black-winged have been recorded. The park represents the northern limit of distribution of a number of Zambezian biome species, including Sauza’s Shrike, Arnot’s Chat, and Long-tailed Cisticola. One species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome, seven of the Afrotropical Highlands biome, nine of the eleven species of the Lake Victoria Basin biome that occur in Rwanda have been recorded at this site.
The park also has a health mammal list of over 50 species among which include the African Elephant which was introduced to the park in 1975.

On the way, we hope to pocket African Palm Swift, Little Swift, Mottled Swift, Black-headed Waxbill, Black-crowned Waxbill, Red-collared Mountain Babbler, Archer's Robin-chat, Collared Apalis, Crowned Eagle, Slender-billed Starling, Grauer's Scrub-Warbler, Common Bulbul, Village Weaver, Red-eyed Dove, and many more.
Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge (Full Board)

Day 2: Whole Day Birding Akagera National Park – Rwanda Birding Safaris
Today we look for the species listed in the over 500 species checklist known to Akagera, species will include; White-crowned Black Chat, Familiar Chat, Black-winged Bishop and Arrow-marked Babbler, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Shoebill, African Open-billed Stork, Egyptian Goose, Long-toed Lapwing, Spur-winged Plover, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great Cormorants, Goliath Heron, African Marsh Harrier, Bateleur, Red-faced Barbet, Long-tailed, Trilling, Tabora, Rattling and Winding Cisticolas, Miombo Wren Warbler, Green-capped Eremomela, Red-faced Crombec, Rueppell's Long-tailed Starling, Amethyst Starling, Senegal Lapwing, Water Dikkop, Brubru, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Brown Parrot, Red-necked Spurfowl, Broad-tailed Warbler, Bennett's Woodpecker, Sooty Chat, White-winged Black Tit, Flappet Lark, Souza's Shrike, Crested Barbet and many more. Other wildlife may include; Giraffe, African Elephant, Hippopotamus, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala, just to mention but a few.
Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge (Full Board)


Day 3: Birding to Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking

We set out in the morning, bird some birding spots along the way arriving in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Full Board)


Day 4: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking- Volcanoes NP

The main activity today will be Mountain Gorilla Tracking. Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world's most endangered apes with an estimated population of less than 800 left in the wild of the whole world and none in zoos. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), was not yet known to scientist until 1902. They are the next closest living relatives to human beings after the two chimpanzee species, sharing 97% DNA with us. Do leisurely birding in the afternoon around Volcans environs.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Full Board)Regal Sunbird


Day 5: Birdwatching Tour to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 6: Birding Nyungwe Forest National Park of Rwanda – (Optional Chimpanzee Tracking)

Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is divided north–south by a line of mountains that reach 2,600–2,900 m and which form part of the Congo–Nile watershed. As a result, Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity.
This wonderful birding area lies west of Butare, with the Butare to Cyangugu road passing straight through the middle, providing excellent roadside birding. A total of 275 species have been recorded in Nyungwe, reflecting the wide habitat diversity and altitudinal range. These include, all the 25 species of the Albertine Rift mountains Endemic Bird Area that occur in Rwanda, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Rockefellers’ Sunbird (both globally threatened, restricted-range and biome-restricted). In addition, 11 of the 23 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and 71 of the 74 species of this biome of Afrotropical Highlands that occur in Rwanda have been recorded at this site. Generally, Nyungwe is certainly the most important forest for the conservation of montane birds in the region.

We have an early morning breakfast then set out to Uwinka for the Albertine Rrift endemic birds search. Among the many we look out for, include; Kivu Ground-Thrushm, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Red-chested, SunbirdRegal Sunbird, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Mountain Masked Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Grauer’s Warbler, few Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red- throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Ruwenzori Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Handsome Francolin, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Olive Woodpecker, Mountain Greenbul, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Northern Puffback, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Variable Sunbird, Waller's Starling, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, just to mention but a few.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 7: Another Day Birdwatching Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda
We look for species probably missed the previous day, we hope to tick-off Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Sharpe's Starling, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Dusky Tit, Doherty's Bush-shrike, Siffling Cisticola, Bronze Mannikin, Golden-breasted Bunting, Neumann's Warbler, Red-throated Alethe, Mountain Wagtail, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Equatorial Akalat, Black Cuckoo, Kungwe Apalis, White-bellied Robin-chat, and many more. We try our luck and listen out at night fall for the Rwenzori Nightjar (a nocturnal species), Albertine Owlet and Red-chested Owlet.
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali for the Last Night
While birding to Kigali, we visit Murambi Genocide Memorial Museum and National Museum.

Day 9: Departure – End of Rwanda Birdwatching Tour



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Friday, 18 September 2015

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to PNV- 3 hours Drive
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking - Afternoon Transfer to Uganda Bwindi.- 4 hours Drive
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking
Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali. 5 Hours drive


4 days Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Tracking safari
Day 1: Transfer to PNV
In the morning right after breakfast at 9am , our guide will pick you up from your Hotel in Kigali to Transfer you to PNV. The drive will take you 3 hours and therefore you should arrive the aprk in the afternoon. Have lunch and relax at your lodge. On a clear day, you will be able to view the Volcanoes from your lodge. Overnight at
Budget : Kinigi Guest house
Modarete: La palme or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Standard luxury: Sabyinyo silverback Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda
Start the day very early in the morning with an english breakfast adn then transfer to teh aprk headquarters. As the park wardens and guides organis ethemselves, you will be treated to free coffee plus a tradition dance. Later you will be given a group to track and then breifed about the whole precedure and trek. After breifing you will transfer to the starting point at 8am and then start the trek in search for gorillas. Trekking times usually ranegs between 2 to 6 hours. Once you meet the gorillas you are allowed to spend 1 Hour following them. Later return to teh starting point. You wil go have lunch and then driev to transfer to Uganda Bwindi. The drive will taek 4 hours. Overnight at
Budget; Nkuringo campsite
Moderate: Nkuringo cottages
Luxury; Clouds Lodge

Day 3; Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
Rise up this morning and then transfer to the park headquaretrs for another breifing, before trekking through teh forest in search for teh Gorillas of Uganda. The Trekking time in Uganda ranges between 2 to 8 hours before you meet the Gorillas. Overnight at your Hotel

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali.
In the morning at around 8am , you will depart Uganda to transfer to Kigali. The drive will take between 4 to5 hours maximum arriving Kigaliin the afternoon.  We will drive to transfer you to the airport.
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2-Day Awesome Tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park

2 days tour to Queen Elizabeth national park takes to explore Kazinga channel and other wildlife in the park

Day 1: 
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart from Kampala heading southwest across the country, through Mbarara town, the home to the impressive long horn Ankole cattle. On the way see the royal drum makers, stand on the Equator, bargain at the roadside markets. Descend to Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping an eye out for game. A short game drive along the Channel track welcomes you into this park as we proceed for check-in at your lodge. The Channel track runs parallel with the Kazinga channel as you drive slowly towards the Katunguru gate. It’s particularly rewarding with warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck and elephants. Depending on the time limits, you may also like to enjoy a safari game drive in the northern sector of the park, the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Afterwards you drive back to your lodge through large expanses of savannah grasslands as you spot some wildlife enroute.
Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari LodgeorKatara Lodge
Mid-range:Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Engazi Lodge
Budget price: MweyaAlbertine Hostels or Simba Safari Camp 


Day 2: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After the activities we drive back to Kampala. 



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Out Line of the Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda and Uganda Bird watching Safari
Day 2: Birdwatching Nyungwe Forest Reserve of Rwanda – Rwanda Birding
Day 3: Whole Day Birding Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda
Day 4: Birding From Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking and some bird species
Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla trekking- Volcanoes NP
Day 6: Birdwatching to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Birding Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8: Birding Tour to Kibale Forest
Days 9: Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Tracking – Uganda Trekking Tours
Day 10: Birding Kibale National Park- Uganda Rwanda Birdwatching
Day 11: Bird Watching to Masindi
Day 12: Whole Day Birding Budongo Forest – Bird Uganda
Day 13: Birding Tour of Budongo Forest and Kaniyo Pabidi – Uganda Bird Safari
Day 14: Birding Journey to Murchison Falls National Park of Uganda
Day 15: Murchison Fall National Park Birdwatching adventure
Day 16: Murchison Falls NP to Entebbe for the last night
Day 17: End of Uganda and Rwanda Birding Tour – Departure

Detailed Itinerary
   

17 days Bird and Wildlife-Rwanda and Uganda Bird watching Safari
Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda and Uganda Bird watching Safari
Arrival for Tour and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 2: Birdwatching Nyungwe Forest Reserve of Rwanda – Rwanda Birding
Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is divided north–south by a line of mountains that reach 2,600–2,900 m and which form part of the Congo–Nile watershed. As a result, Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity.
This wonderful birding area lies west of Butare, with the Butare to Cyangugu road passing straight through the middle, providing excellent roadside birding. A total of 275 species have been recorded in Nyungwe, reflecting the wide habitat diversity and altitudinal range. These include, all the 25 species of the Albertine Rift mountains Endemic Bird Area that occur in Rwanda, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Rockefeller’s Sunbird (both globally threatened, restricted-range and biome-restricted). In addition, 11 of the 23 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and 71 of the 74 species of this biome of Afrotropical Highlands that occur in Rwanda have been recorded at this site. Generally, Nyungwe is certainly the most important forest for the conservation of montane birds in the region.
We have an early morning breakfast then set out to Uwinka for the Albertine Rrift endemic birds search. Among the many we look out for, include; Kivu Ground-Thrushm, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Red-chested, SunbirdRegal Sunbird, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Mountain Masked Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Grauer’s Warbler, few Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red- throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Ruwenzori Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Handsome Francolin, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Olive Woodpecker, Mountain Greenbul, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Northern Puffback, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Variable Sunbird, Waller's Starling, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, just to mention but a few.
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 3: Whole Day Birding Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda
We look for species probably missed the previous day, we hope to tick-off Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Sharpe's Starling, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Dusky Tit, Doherty's Bush-shrike, Siffling Cisticola, Bronze Mannikin, Golden-breasted Bunting, Neumann's Warbler, Red-throated Alethe, Mountain Wagtail, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Equatorial Akalat, Black Cuckoo, Kungwe Apalis, White-bellied Robin-chat, and many more. We try our luck and listen out at night fall for the Rwenzori Nightjar (a nocturnal species), Albertine Owlet and Red-chested Owlet.
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest House (Full Board)

Day 4: Birding From Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking and some bird species
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Full Board)
Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla trekking- Volcanoes NP
[rwanda gorilla tracking] The main activity today will be Mountain Gorilla Tracking. Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world's most endangered apes with an estimated population of less than 800 left in the wild of the whole world and none in zoos. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), was not yet known to scientist until 1902. They are the next closest living relatives to human beings after the two chimpanzee species, sharing 97% DNA with us.
After Gorilla Tracking, return to the hotel and pack then transfer to Uganda for an overnight in Kabale

Day 6: Birdwatching to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today we head to Queen Elizabeth National Park; this is Uganda’s most popular game reserve and certainly one of the most scenic. It stretches from the crater dotted foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from open Savannah to rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake George. These qualify it a little wonder that is the highest biodiversity conservation reserve in the world
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge | Simba Safari Camp (Full Board)

Day 7: Birding Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early in the Morning we go birding for a game drive for more Savanna Species and in the afternoon we take the famous remarkable launch cruise on Kazinga Channel for waterfowl like the Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Skimmer, Yellow-billed and the Saddle- billed storks, African Wattled Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Water Thick-knee, Collared Pratincole, the Grey-headed, Black-headed and Slender-billed Gulls, Grebes, Ducks and many more.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge | Simba Safari Camp (Full Board)

Day 8: Birding Tour to Kibale Forest
After an early morning breakfast, set off for Kibale Forest National Park, along the way expect to see; the Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, the Black and Black-winged Red Bishops, the African Palm and Little Swifts, Common Bulbul, Doves, Pigeons, the Lesser-stripped and Angola Swallows among others.
Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (Full Board)
Days 9: Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Tracking – Uganda Trekking Tours
[rwanda chimpanzee tours] The common Chimpanzee the species found here. Chimps are man’s closest relatives in the primate world; over 600 hundred of them are home at Kibale Forest. The tracking activity starts at 0800 as you report at the ranger station for briefing.A variety of primates and other wildlife will be available for your view in the forest.
Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (Full Board)
Day 10:  Birding Kibale National Park- Uganda Rwanda Birdwatching
We head to the forest early in the morning for Green-breasted Pitta other species will include; Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, African/Western Citril, Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-throated Roller, African Blue Flycatcher, Bocage' Bush-shrike, Bronze Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill, Bronze Sunbird, and many more.
Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (Full Board)

Day 11: Bird Watching to Masindi
Today, we bird to Masindi the gateway to Budongo Forest which has a prolific birdlife with two species of birds confined to it in East Africa: 10 of the 22 species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome and 93 of the 144 species Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda.
Overnight at Masindi Hotel (Full Board)

Day 12: Whole Day Birding Budongo Forest – Bird Uganda Tour
We bird the marvelous Royal mile and several other trails for the whole day. We look for the globally threatened Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin other special birds include; the Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Honeyguide Greenbul, Chocolate–backed Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Little Crake, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African Moustached Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, African Citril, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-billed Bluebill, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.
Overnight at Masindi Hotel (Full Board)

Day 13: Birding Tour of Budongo Forest and Kaniyo Pabidi – Uganda Bird Safari
Overnight at Masindi Hotel (Full Board)

Day 14: Birding Journey to Murchison Falls National Park of Uganda
[rwanda birding safaris] We have breakfast and bird to Murchison Fall National Park. We look out for Yellow-rumped and Yellow-fronted Tinkerbirds, Foxy Cisticola, Black Bishop, the Northern and Black-winged Red Bishops, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Tropical Boubou, the Grey-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagras, Stripped Kingfisher, White-headed Barbet, and many more as we head to the top of the Falls and latter to the Lodge.
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge | Red Chilli Rest Camp (Full Board)

Day 15: Murchison Fall National Park Birdwatching adventure
Today, we do Game drive birding in search for, The Giant, Pied, Malachite, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Angola Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits, the Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Scimitarbill, Green Wood Hoopoe, a number of Buzzards, Barbets, Rollers, Harriers, Vultures, Eagles, Bee-eaters, Warblers, and so forth.
The afternoon is time for a launch cruise on Victoria Nile for waterfowl among which might include; the elusive Shoebill Stork, Little Grebe, Great White and the Pink-backed Pelicans, Red-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Storks like; the Saddle-billed, Open-billed, Abdim’s, White, Yellow-billed, Marabou, and the Wooly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Cormorants, the African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover the list is very long.
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge | Red Chilli Rest Camp (Full Board)

Day 16: Murchison Falls NP to Entebbe for the last night
Overnight at Traveller's Inn |Laico Lake Victoria Hotel (Full Board)
Day 17: End of Uganda and Rwanda Birding Tour – Departure



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2 Day Wildlife and Bird watching safari in Murchison falls National Park
Murchison Falls as well as adjacent Karuma falls plus Bujungu Wildlife reserves are collectively man -aged as a single conservation area. This park has 87 mammals, more than 650 bird species as well as 14 reptiles.The safari will slowly take you down River Nile on a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls. Some animals you will see include elephants, Hippos, crocodiles as well as water birds like water bucks.  Fishing safaris and sport fishing can be conducted on river Nile and even be able to catch the huge Nile perch. A game drive is an additional adventure here. Here  you will  see buffaloes, Oribi, hartebeest, antelopes of various types, lions, warthogs, hyenas, leopards, hundreds of species of birds, including migratory ones, different species of storks such as the hard-to-find shoebill storks, reptiles, butterflies as well as patus Monkeys which may as well be seen during the game drive as well as the stunning a savannah.  In case you want to go for a Two day Wildlife safari, then Murchison Falls National Park is really recommended.

Day 1:  Kampala / Murchison falls the boat cruise on the Nile
Leave Kampala by 6:00 am and go for a wildlife safari to the leading wildlife park in Uganda – the Murchison Falls National.  You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch.
After lunch you will go for a boat cruise all the way to the base of the falls, which are the strongest waterfalls at the entire River Nile. The game viewing, bird watching, primates and reptiles on the River banks are all very impressive.A genuine Uganda safari experience! You will later head back to the lodge for your dinner and the night’s rest. Accommodation at Fort Murchison Falls.

Day 2:  Morning game drive / back to Kampala
Awaken early for breakfast before leaving for a game drive to observe the early risers in the open savannah. You will explore the Buligi game tracks in the northern part of the park during the game drive. The game drive is very thrilling with rewards of various animals within the Nile Valley. on this safari you will be led to the best places to see lions and if lucky be able to even see a leopard at sunset on the Lake Albert Delta circuit, view wild animals such as warthogs, Lions, giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and warthogs among others. You are in the middle of Africa’s Murchison falls National Park. On your return to Kampala, you will stopover at the top of the waterfalls where you will observe the power of these spectacular waterfalls from above, a really exciting adventure experience in Uganda. Along the journey, you will stop for Lunch in Masindi Hotel, Uganda’s oldest hotel then continue to arrive to Kampala to arrive in the late afternoon. This will be the end of the two days Wildlife at Murchison Falls National park.

Includes
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Pick up from airport
  • Park entries if any
  • Toyota 4x4 van
  • Bottle of water
  • Accommodation in hotel/Tented camps/Lodge
  • Transport  to and back to airport
  • Driver guide
EXCLUDES:
  • Tips
  • Rain jackets, hand cloves
  • Visa
  • International air ticket
  • Personal needs
e itinerary.


Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot line 
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