Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately, each permit as per now it is costing about US $600 and in Rwanda it costs US $750 permit per person. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured. Those going gorilla tracking need to be properly equipped and should consult wild trails safaris tour consultant for more information.

To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking.

Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet.

Porters at a cost of US $20 can be hired to carry equipment. Part of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks.

Permits purchased for tracking are non-refundable except in specific circumstances. In the event of medical issues on the day of tracking, the park authorities may, at their discretion, agree to a partial refund of the permit cost, providing a medical certificate is submitted.

Wild Trails Safaris can only make a refund to an agent/client if the park authorities agree to the provision of a refund. In the event of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range, a refund is at the discretion of the authority and is not within the company’s control.

One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters.

Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful,Personal DVD recorders are allowed. Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits.

At the national parks you will meet your ranger who explains the rules for tracking gorillas and will take you up to the gorillas.

 

East Africa’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.
Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunization:

Some visitors to East Africa find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors. You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when traveling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

  • Chimpanzee track: The chimpanzee track will be done at Nyungwe national park in Rwanda.
  • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the Savannah plains of Lake mburo National Park, Akagera national park, Queen Elizabeth national park,Masai Mara national park, Amboseli national park, Lake Nakuru National park, with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters.
  • Boat trip: You will have a bout ride at the source of the Kazinga Channel, and Lake Mburo national park.
  • Ishasha: Search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
  • Bwindi community: Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Route

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe – Uganda
  • Day 2: Drive to Lake Mburo national park- Boat ride
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth n.p –game drive & boat ride
  • Day 4: Game drive and Game drive
  • Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable n.p
  • Day 6: Gorilla tracking (optional activity), Community walk or Pygmy tour
  • Day 7: Transfer to Rwanda- Nyungwe national park
  • Day 8: Chimpanzee trek , Nature walk to the falls
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kigali- visiting genocide memorial
  • Day10: Transfer to Akagera national park- game drive
  • Day 11: Akagera national park- full day game drive
  • Day 12: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport.-Nairobi
  • Day13: Transfer to Lake Nakuru n.p.
  • Day 14: Full day game drives.
  • Day 15: To Maasai Mara Reserve
  • Day 16 & 17: Full day game drive in Maasai Mara reserve
  • Day 18: Transfer to Amboseli National Park
  • Day 19 & 20: Full day game drive in Amboseli
  • Day 21: Airport transfer

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Day 1: Arrival Entebbe
Our company professional driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and takes you directly to your lodge in Entebbe. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Entebbe.

 You will stay in a nice hotel with spacious rooms. The coffee and local meals are wonderful and there are plenty of different species of birds in the gardens overlooking Lake Victoria.
Accommodation: Airport view guest house.

Meal plan: Dinner.

Travel time: 20 minutes from the airport.

Activity: Airport pick up

 

 

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo n.p- game drive
After breakfast, you will be taken to Kayabwe the famous area for the equator where you will have photographs taken when you standing on the equator and you will also experience to equator experiment of how water spins clock wise and anti-clock wise. later you will continue your journey to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.

The lake itself is full with hippos and crocodiles! You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your verandah and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Accommodation: Eagle’s nest lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 5 Hours.

Activity: Game drive

 

Day 3: Boat Ride on Lake Mburo – Game drive & Boat ride
This morning you will have a game drive to look for elands, water bucks, impala, buffalo, giraffe, topi and warthogs. you will also have a chance of viewing different species of birds which are abundant in lake mburo national park

 Later afternoon you will drive to queen elizabeth national park, arriving late afternoon to your boat ride on the kazinga channel to look for different species of birds, crocodiles, hippos, antelopes coming to drink water. after boat ride you will go to your lodge for overnight.

Accommodation: Bush lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch.

Travel time: 4 hours of game.

Activity: Morning Game & sun set boat ride

 

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This morning you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth the Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and water buck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine,

 this afternoon you will go for the boat ride on kazinga channel  to look for schools of hippos, crocodiles, birds and animals that come to drink water like the leopard , lion and all the antelopes, not to forget the elephants.

Accommodation:Bush lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Game drive & Boat ride

Travel Time: 4 hours

 

Day 5:  Queen Elizabeth n.p – Bwindi
Today you drive to Kisoro town located in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. On your way to Kisoro you will have a game drive through Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park to look for tree climbing lions.

 Then you will have lunch at Ishasha river to see the hippos in a school. The drive is rewarding with the best scenery and mountain table set up. You will arrive late afternoon at your lodge set in the beautiful town of Kisoro.

Accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 7hours of activity & road trip.

Activity:  game drive & Road trip

 

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day for gorilla trekking for those who have paid for their gorilla tracking permit, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts mountain gorillas and Duikers. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. (Each Gorilla Permit costs $600)

En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group 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 Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. For those who will not participate in the gorilla tracking, you will have to visit the short pygmies the Batwa tribe the shortest people who

used to leave in the Bwindi forest over 100years ago, you will visit the pygmy’s home where

they will demonstrate how they used to live in the forest, they will share with you their stories of their lives and how they have managed to live by themselves as the Batwa tribe in a community.Accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3-6 hours of gorilla tracking.

Activity: Gorilla tracking & Batwa visit

 

 

Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe National park
After breakfast you will relax, swim in the lake, sun bath or take a walk in the gardens or into town, you will have lunch at the hotel then later your guide will drive you to Nyungwe national park, the road you will take goes by the lake, you will enjoy the views of the lake and towns by the lake side.

You will arrive late afternoon  at your guest house which is close to the Nyungwe park head quarters and a few kilometers to Nyungwe national forest park.

Accommodation: Gisakura Guest house.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Road Trip

Travel time: 4 hours

 

 

Day 8: Chimpanzee track  &  Water fall hike.
Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Nyungwe National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 3,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Rwanda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! (For those who opted to go Chimpanzee tracking and paid for your permit this is your best opportunity to track them, each permit costs $150). An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzee you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals,

we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

For those who don’t like going for Chimpanzee tracking there is an option for you, Nyungwe Water fall Hike will be a rewarding experience

Accommodation: Gisakura Guest house.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Chimpanzee tracking & Water fall Hike

 

 

Day 9: Nyungwe to Kigali
Oooops! it time to get back to civilization, this morning after you lovely breakfast, you will park up and head to Kigali the city of Rwanda,  the fast growing city in Africa, after the genocide that wiped thousands of Rwandan people. you

will arrive in the afternoon, and have a short city tour before its dark. You will visit the craft market, food and fruits market and Kigali commercial town center. Then later you will head your hotel.

Accommodation: Step Town Motel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: City tour

Travel time: 6 hours

 

 

Day 10: Travel to Akagera National park
In the morning you will have early breakfast and head straight to Akagera national park with is located in the east

north of the country Rwanda, it will take you 4 hours to get there by lunch time. After lunch you will have a late afternoon game drive to look for lions, zebras, topis, giraffes, Leopard, hippos, different species of birds and not to mention great scenery.

Accommodation: Akagera Game lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 4 Hours

Activity: Game drive

 

Day 11: Akagera National park- Game Drive

This morning at around 7am you will have a full day game drive in Akagera national park of Rwanda where you will

look for giraffes, lions, leopards and other animals.

This park has a different scenic view and many lakes pounded

in the park through the national park.

In the afternoon you might either go for a game drive if you arrive at Akagera national park on time, .

Accommodation: Akagera Game lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Game drive full day

 

 

Day 12: Transfer to Nairobi-Kenya

This morning at 7:30 after you morning breakfast you will leave Akagera national park and head to Kanombe airport located in Kigali for you flight to Kenya -Nairobi. On arrival at Nairobi airport your Kenyan driver/guide will be waiting

to pick you up from your flight. Tonight you will sleep in Mvuli suites in Nairobi. This nice mid-range accommodation has an en-suite bathroom and comfortable beds for a good night sleep.

Accommodation: Mvuli suites.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.

Activity:Road trip

Travel time: 1.5 hour flight

 

Day 13: To Lake Nakuru N.P.

After breakfast you will do an en-route game drive out Nairobi city of Kenya and head to Lake Nakuru national park.

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You will enjoy the ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.

Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for game drives, bird watching and hiking. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the lodge. Ziwa Bush Lodge is your accommodation for the coming nights.

It is perfectly situated in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Nakuru, Kenya. Assembled in among the African

trees, the owners Ralph, Ben and May worked to ensure the lodge would not disrupt the environment.

It offers a luxurious place to stay in a very neat, traditionally built lodge situated on the edge of a pond where trees are in abundance as well as the bird life.

Accommodation:Ziwa Bush Lodge .

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity:Road trip/Game drive

Travel time: 6 Hours drive

Day 14: Full day game drives in Lake Nakuru

You start your day with a cup of coffee or tea before you set out for an early morning game drive in the park. After breakfast you go for another game drive to spot lions, buffalo, antelopes, warthogs and many other wildlife. You will go back to the lodge for a nice lunch and some time to relax.

Around 4 PM you will go for an evening game drive when the light is the most beautiful tp make excellent landscape pictures. After a day of exciting animal sightings you will come back to your accommodation for a hot shower and a delicious dinner.

Then watch the African sky at sunset from your veranda.

Accommodation:Ziwa Bush Lodge .

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity:Road trip/Game drive

 

Day 15: To Masai Mara game reserve

After an early breakfast you will head to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve on the border with Tanzania. An excellent year round animal concentration and known for its typical short savanna plains. Home to the great migration in the months July – October when two million Wildebeest make their way northwards from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

On arrival at the gate you will have a long en-route game drive towards the tented camp where you will spend the coming two nights. After a nice lunch you will continue with an afternoon game drive to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippo’s and crocodiles in the Mara River.

After a nice lunch you will continue with an afternoon game drive to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippo’s and crocodiles in the Mara River.The coming two nights you will sleep at Mara eden camp. The camps location is sublime located directly on the Mara river in the center of the reserve. Our tents are placed along the banks of the Mara

river, with a seating area at the front for relaxed game and bird viewing. All the tents have hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, 24 hour solar lighting.

Accommodation: Mara Eden Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Activity:Game drive

Travel time: 6 hours

 

 

Day 16 & 17: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

Today you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might made a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time and areas for the highest success rate.

After this exciting day you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river!

Accommodation: Mara Eden Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Activity:Game drive

Travel time: 6 hours

 

Day 18: To Amboseli N.P.

After breakfast you will go to Amboseli National Park via Nairobi. The view of Mt. Kilimanjaro compensates for the dusty safari through the magnificent landscapes of Africa. On arrival you will have lunch and then it is time for your first game drive in Amboseli national park. Amboseli’s fragile ecosystem displays an impressive wildlife variety, with more than 50 mammal species. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species like Thomson’s and Grants gazelles, buffalo, warthog, Masai giraffe, impala, water buck and dik-dikthe views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro are stunning. The coming two nights you will spend at the semi-luxury Kibo Safari camp. The spacious tents have custom designed beds and locally made using bush logs and will ensure a good night’s sleep! All tents have flush toilets, showers, and wash basins.

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Activity:Game drive

Travel time: 6 hours

 

Day 19 & 20: Full day game drives in Amboseli N.P.

In the early morning hours, the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro is usually the best and that is when you will start your safari to take breathtaking pictures of the landscape and animals. Today you will have a full day of game drives in Amboseli National park. After the animal encounters of today you will go back to the camp in the late afternoon where you can relax or take a dip in the swimming pool.

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Activity:Game drive

Travel time: 6 hours

 

 

Day 21: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Wild Trails Safari Uganda! After breakfast you head back to Nairobi.

Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to do an optional activity in Nairobi. All activities today are at your own expense.

Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta  international Airport.

Accommodation: Mvuli suites

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Activity:Game drive

Travel time: 6 hours

END OF SAFARI

This safari starts from Entebbe then to Lake Mburo national park,  Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha, Bwindi, Nyungwe national park, Kigali, Akagera national park, Nairobi, Lake Nakuru national park,Maasai Mara game reserve and Amboseli national park.

Safari price:

 Type of Safari: Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 7,118
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 5,987
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $  5,690
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 597

 

International Group Safari 2017-2018:
This is a join-in tour in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and nationalities are welcome to join. The following Safari has been guaranteed departure with a minimum of 5 people and maximum 7 people.

 

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking:

  • In case you don’t want to go for gorilla trekking on this trip then you will do other activities as your group friends are gorilla trekking, those who will not go for gorilla trekking will pay less price. You subtract US $ 448 from your safari price.
  • It is not possible to reserve gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).

 

 

Countries to visit  Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya
Accommodation Type  Mid-range Lodge/ Hotel
Guide/ driver  1 guide – driver
Duration  21days, 20nights
Meals  20 Breakfast, 21 Lunches, 20 Dinners
Type of Vehicle (either 1 or 2-3 people)  Land cruiser

 

Rwanda and Uganda  21Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
Chimpanzee permit International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees & English speaking driver/guide Activities optional activities
18 game drives in 7 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Community visits & Transport in a 4WD minibus Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Tree climbing lions venture laundry and souvenirs
2 Boat rides All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Your  Safari driver/guide US $5 dollars per person/per day
Porters US $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters US $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides US $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants  5 – 10%
Hotel staff US $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

A 21 day starts from Entebbe then to Lake Mburo national park,  Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha, Bwindi, Nyungwe national park, Kigali, Akagera national park, Nairobi, Maasai Mara game reserve, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli national park.

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