Friday, 15 February 2019

11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

Overview of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

The 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda is a big five wildlife safari in Rwanda, gorilla trekking safari in Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour. This tour features a game drive and boat cruise at Akagera National Park in Rwanda, chimpanzee trekking and a canopy walk at Nyungwe Forest National Park, lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park, a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo.

You arrive at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport where you meet your tour guide for a transfer to a lodging facility in Kigali town. Early the next morning your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Akagera National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise the next day. From Akagera park, you continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park for a chimpanzee trekking and a canopy walk. You have breakfast in the morning the next day then embark on a drive to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening and preparing for eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day to kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for a hike to mount Nyiragongo. After the hike and descend on mount Nyiragongo you are driven back to Rwanda’s Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Highlights of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

Day 1: Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you meet a knowledgeable safari guide for a transfer to a lodging facility in Akagera.

Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park.

Day 3: In the morning, you go for a game drive at Akagera National park and then after an evening boat cruise at lake Ihema.

Day 4: This morning, you continue for a drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park arriving in the evening and spending the night at an accommodation close to the park.

Day 5: After a warm cup of coffee, you go for chimpanzee trekking, have lunch and then have an evening canopy walk.

Day 6: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 7: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 8: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 9: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 10: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be driven to Rwanda’s lake Kivu where you relax for the rest of the day and night.

Day 11: Following breakfast, you can involve in water sport activities then be driven back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

Day 1 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

On arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport, you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to a booked accommodation facility in Kigali town. Within this beautiful city, you relax from jet lag and spend the night.

Day 2 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

After a relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility in Kigali town, your safari guide will be there to pick you up for a transfer to Akagera National Park 105km away on about a 2-3hours drive. You drive past the homesteads of the people of Rwanda in the land of a thousand hills arriving in the afternoon. On arrival you have an evening game drive then check in, have dinner and spend the night at an accommodation in Akagera National Park.

Day 3 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

a game drive at akagera-national-park This morning, you are driven by your driver guide to Akagera park for a wild game drive that brings you up close to the wild animals. As the early risers try to find prey, you have chance to sight antelopes, giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, bush bucks among many others. After about 2-4 hours on the drive, you go for lunch then after take an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema, where you are rewarded with sightings of wildlife like the hippos, crocodiles alongside numerous bird species. After the boat cruise, you are driven back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

From your lodging facility close to Akagera National Park, you have hefty breakfast then embark on a drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Taking about 6-7 hours, you drive past beautiful landscapes of the land of a thousand hills then arrive in the evening for check in, have dinner and relax through the night at a lodging facility close to Nyungwe forest national park.

Day 5 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

Canopy walk in Nyungwe Canopy walk in Nyungwe[/caption] Continuing with your wildlife safari in Rwanda, this morning, you go to Nyungwe forest for chimpanzee trekking. Starting at 8:00am, you spend about 2-4hours trekking the chimpanzees then after return to the park headquarters. In the forest you also come along several bird species (about 300), several flora species and numerous butterflies. You either return to your lodging facility for lunch or have picnic lunch then go for a canopy walk at Nyungwe forest. The walk takes you on a 2km walk 170m above the ground. From here your driver guide transfers you back to your lodging facility where you refresh, have lunch and relax for the rest of the evening.

Day 6 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

In the morning after breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4x4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo. The drive takes you southwards to Cyangugu boarder where you cross from to Bukavu in Congo having your lunch en route. In the evening in arrival at your lodging facility, you will check in, have dinner, relax and spend the night in an accommodation facility at Bukavu town.

Day 7 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

lowland gorilla trekking in Congo In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 8 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mount Nyiragongo hike the next day.

Day 9 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes starts. Hiking to this beautiful summit at times takes about 6 hours in accordance to your energy levels going past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Day 10 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat where you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station for a transfer to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu. Arriving to the largest lake in Rwanda, you relax at the shores of the lake where you spend the night at a close accommodation.

Day 11 of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

At Lake Kivu, you relax and refresh in the morning especially by taking part in the water sport activities or else go for a Kigali city tour. By afternoon, you have lunch, refresh and check out of your lodging facility as your driver guide transfers you to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.  
End of the 11 Days lowland Gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour Rwanda

14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Overview of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

The 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda is a wildlife and chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda and a Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking safari to the prime safari parks in the two countries. During this long amazing African safari, you visit Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. In Uganda you go for gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Arriving at Kigali International Airport your safari driver guide will be there to pick you up using a 4x4 safari vehicle for a transfer to your lodging facility in Kigali town. Next morning you take a Kigali city tour then transfer to Akagera National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise the next day. From Akagera National Park you continue with the drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park with a stop at the National Museum in Butare then after undertake chimpanzee trekking the next day at the park. From Nyungwe forest national park, you are driven to Volcanoes National Park where you go for golden monkey trekking then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. You continue for gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest from where then to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a game drive and boat cruise here, you then continue to Lake Mburo National Park after depart from Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

Highlights of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport, meet your driver guide and transfer to a lodging facility in Kigali where you spend the night.

Day 2: In the morning after breakfast, you have a Kigali city tour then after continue for a drive to Akagera National Park arriving in the evening.

Day 3: Morning game drive in Akagera for the big five wildlife encounter then after undertake an evening boat cruise on Lake Ihema.

Day 4: Transfer from Akagera National Park to Nyungwe Forest National Park with a stop at the National museum at Butare.

Day 5: In the morning, you go for chimpanzee trekking then an evening canopy walk.

Day 6: After breakfast, you transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 7: Golden monkey trekking in the morning then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving for check in and relaxation at a lodging facility.

Day 9: You go for Mountain Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi forest lasting about 2-8hours.

Day 10: Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National park.

Day 11: A morning game drive then an evening boat cruise at the 45km long kazinga channel.

Day 12: From Queen Elizabeth National Park, you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 13: You go for a morning game drive then have an evening boat cruise.

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for a departure flight with a stop at the equator line.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Day 1 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

On arrival for the start of your Rwanda safari at the country’s national airport known as Kigali international airport where you meet your driver guide for a transfer to Kigali town where you spend the night. On arrival, you check in, have a meal and spend the night at the booked lodging facility.

Day 2 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

After having morning breakfast, your driver guide will be there to pick you up for a transfer to Kigali town for a short city tour. You will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial center, markets and many places around then after have lunch. From Kigali after the tour, you take a scenic drive to Akagera National park arriving in the evening and spending the night at an accommodation in Akagera National Park.

Day 3 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Early morning after a cup of coffee, you are driven by your driver guide to Akagera park for a wild game drive that brings you up close to the wild animals. Meeting the early risers, you have chance to sight antelopes, giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, bush bucks among many others. After about 2-4 hours on the drive, you go for lunch then after take an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema, where you are rewarded with sight of wildlife like the hippos, crocodiles alongside numerous bird species. After the boat cruise, you are driven back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

You have a hefty breakfast then after be driven to Nyungwe National Park on an amazing journey with stops along the way. You have a stop at Butare museum and Nyanza museum as you learn more on the culture and traditions of the people of Rwanda. From here you continue with the drive to Nyungwe forest national park arriving in the evening for check in, dinner and an overnight stay at a booked accommodation facility close to the park.

Day 5 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

For a Rwanda wildlife safari, this morning, you are driven to Nyungwe forest for chimpanzee trekking. Starting at 8:00am, you spend about 2-4hours trekking the chimpanzees. In the forest you also come along several bird species (about 300), several flora species and numerous butterflies. After lunch and relaxation, your driver guide transfers you to the canopy walk start point at Uwinka tourist reception center. This 2-hour memorable walk takes you on a tour walking 50m above the ground for 200meters on a suspended bridge within a tropical forest. In the evening, you return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 6 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

In the morning you have a relaxed breakfast then be driven past the beautiful countryside of the land of a thousand hills to Volcanoes National Park. Lying in northwestern Rwanda bordering Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, this is the only gorilla home in Rwanda. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night at a booked accommodation close to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 7 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

In the morning, you have early morning breakfast then your driver guide transfers you to Volcanoes National Park for golden monkey trekking. Golden monkeys are an amazing monkey species with a beautiful brownish coating found only within the Virunga massif in East Africa. You spend about 4 hours on the trek within the jungle then return. You meet your driver guide for a transfer for lunch then to Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. You spend the night at an accommodation close to Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 8 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

You have breakfast then take a boat cruise to the islands of Lake Bunyonyi-Africa’s deepest lake. On a visit to the historical punishment island at sunrise you have amazing beautiful views of the Kigezi highlands and sight several birds of which the lake derives its name which locally is translated to as a place of many little birds. After this amazing refreshment, you then embark on a drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 84km away on a 3 hours drive. Arriving in the afternoon, you then check in, have dinner and relax at a lodging facility close to the park.

Day 9 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

 After early morning breakfast, you are driven to a specific gorilla tracking sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park (according to the region booked by your tour operator for gorilla trekking). Anticipate to be at the park headquarters by 8:00am for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience starting with briefing from the park rangers which lasts about 30 minutes before you, park ranger and 7 other Uganda gorilla trekkers get into the jungle for a 2-8hours trek. When you return to the Bwindi park sector headquarters, you receive a Uganda gorilla trekking certificate then after be driven by your driver guide to your hotel or lodge for rest, dinner and a night’s stay.

Day 10 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda & gorilla trekking safari Uganda

After having a great night at the foothills of the home of mountain gorillas, you have relaxed breakfast, check out and then be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After this scenic drive, you arrive to the park in the afternoon, check into a booked accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you have a meal and relax for the rest of the evening.

Day 11 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari Uganda

At your accommodation facility close to Queen Elizabeth national park, you have early breakfast, then be driven to the savannah plains for a morning game drive. Sitting in your 4x4 safari vehicle, you go on a drive through the park for about 2-4hours as you sight several wildlife species inclusive of which are lions, zebras, waterbucks and many more. After the game drive, you have lunch then embark on a boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga channel in the afternoon at about 2:00pm. On a channel that joins lakes Edward and George, sitting on a tourist boat with other tourists, here you will have the opportunity to view great numbers of wildlife like elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and several bird species. On a return drive to your hotel/lodge you undertake a mini evening game drive towards the hotel/lodge.

Day 12 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari Uganda

You have breakfast at your lodging facility close to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park. The drive takes you on a road trip out of the Queen Elizabeth Park in the beautiful terraced hills of Kigezi. Taking about 4-5 hours, you arrive in the afternoon for you check in, dinner and spend the night at a booked accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park. In the evening. You can opt to go for a night game drive in search of the nocturnal wild animals or have an evening nature walk at sunset.

Day 13 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Early morning, you embark on a morning game drive at Lake Mburo National Park. In a park popularly known as the host to the whispers of the wild, here you sight several species especially the Zebra’s, Knob’s, antelopes, several bird species and with luck the Red Throated Bee Eater that is endemic to the park. After a bout 2-4 hours game drive at lake Mburo park, you relax then after go for an evening boat cruise on Lake Mburo in search of the wild animals that reside in th waters of this place including crocodiles and hippopotamuses alongside water loving bird species. In the evening, you return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 14 of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari Uganda

You have your last breakfast on this trip and then embark on a drive to Entebbe international airport for departure. After about 156km on a 2hours 47minutes drive you stop at the equator line in Kayabwe for about 30minutes of photography and water experiments that prove the forces in the central line that divides the earth into the northern and southern hemisphere.
  
End of the 14 Days wildlife tour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari Uganda      

Rare Black Leopard Caught on Camera around Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya

Rare Black Leopard Caught on Camera around Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya

Black Panther has been the talk everywhere in recent years, however, catching a glimpse of the animals the famous superhero is named after in the African wilderness is a little un easy. The elusive black leopards well are existent and of recent a British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas captured on camera a black Leopard around Laikipia Wilderness camp- one of the popular Kenya wildlife safari destinations. After learning of several sightings in the Laikipia area of Kenya - the only area thought to have black leopards in all of Africa, Will Burrard Lucas decided to investigate further and set up an expedition in January.  


After following leopard tracks through the undergrowth with a local guide called Steve, Will Burrard Lucas set a few camera traps. After a few days of waiting in anticipation, on the fourth night his luck was in as he was able to capture rare photos of this gorgeous thought to be two-year old melanistic black leopard! Captured in the dead of the night with a full moon looming above, the juvenile was accompanied by a normal colored leopard which is believed to be one of its parents.  

About the Rare Black Leopard

It would seem obvious to categorize the black Leopards on their own but that’s not the case, they still belong to known as Leopard (Panthera pardus) of the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae family. Its sooty/black coat is a result of melanism, the opposite of albinism that results in an excess of dark pigmentation.

The black Leopard can also be referred to as a black panther because this is an umbrella term that simply refers to any big cat that has a black coat/pigmentation. Melanism-the same thing that makes a house cat black, occurs in about 11% of leopards globally, but most of these leopards live in South East Asia with a few in east Africa making them sought after by Kenya safari photographers.

Therefore, a black panther is basically a melanistic big cat with its color as black and belonging to the genus Panthera. It’s not basically that a black cat is from two black parents but as long as both parents carry the recessive gene for melanism.

Why it is said to have been “captured” on camera after a long time

There a very few images of these iconic, secretive creatures to confirm their presence here though they had been known to be existent.

"We had always heard about black leopards living in this region, but the stories were absent of high quality footage that could confirm their existence," said Nicholas Pilfold PhD, lead researcher for a leopard conservation program in Laikipia County.

"Collectively these are the first confirmed (images are clear and detailed enough) images in nearly 100 years of a black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known spot in all of Africa to have a black leopard." He added.

 Kenya wildlife safaris have always been rewarding even outside the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve with a profusion of wildlife including the wildebeest that cross over from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The regular spotted leopards can be sighted in all of East African countries if one took a Uganda wildlife safari, a wildlife safari in Tanzania or a Rwanda wildlife safari.  

After all, black panther and Wakanda are not just a fiction so let’s go have memorable safaris in the true African wilderness.

East or West, Home is Best- Queen Peninah Wampamba decides to return to her root today 15th February 2019

East or West, Home is Best- Queen Peninah Wampamba decides to return to her root today 15th February 2019

Queen Peninah Wampamba is the current Miss Uganda UK. Queen Wampamba earlier last year contested as Miss Uganda UK which saw her emerge the winner of the pageant of then. She is a medical student in her last year in University. Queen Peninah is a Ugandan lady and a Muganda by tribe from Gomba living and residing in the United Kingdom. She left Uganda at the age of 8 together with her parents. Uganda has had many Ugandans on the diaspora with most being born and raised in the various countries outside Uganda and among the few that have caught the spy Uganda’s attention is Queen Peninah Wampamba.

Why she is returning to Uganda

We all know, East or West, Home is the best, Queen Peninah has decided to come back to her roots that is why she has decided to return to Uganda today on the 15th February 2019.

While here, she will visit her kingdom; Buganda and possibly have the whisper of success from the gods of Buganda and hence get some introduction to the norms and culture of her kingdom.

She is also interested in having some discussions and engagements with the Ministry of Tourism in bid to sell Uganda to the outsides countries (Tulambule Ne’diaspora) mostly on issues pertaining creating the Kids’ Friendly park at Uganda Museum.

She wishes to establish Medical camps in Uganda’s National Parks to enhance or boost health level among the communities living near and around the gazetted areas.

She will undertake a Kampala city tour in order to get equipped with enough knowledge about Uganda’s capital city and Content that Uganda is rich in which is vital in the diaspora that will be useful when marketing her country.

She is also set to donate solar panels to various few selected health centres in Gomba where she belongs. She will also do a donation of scholastic materials to a school of the blind in Gomba.

Where is the money coming from?

Ugandans in the diaspora mostly those in UK are the ones funding her coming and all the activities going to take place.

For how long will she be here?

She will be spending a month in Uganda doing all the slated or scheduled activities and later she will return to UK to go do some fundraising to fulfill the activities she will have started.              

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

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Black Panther Sighted in Kenya for the First Time in 100 Years since 1909

Black Panther Sighted in Kenya for the First Time in 100 Years since 1909 A Black Panther (wild melanistic leopard) was sighted in Kenya for the first time in 100 years. The Black Panther had never seen in Africa since 1909 when it was seen in Ethiopia. This was followed by a number of high quality images that were captured by a British wildlife photographer known as Will Burrard-Lucas close to the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. It is likely that black leopards have been living in Kenya all along, it is only that high quality imagery to confirm it has been missing until now. This British experienced photographer got his lucky break at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, a local wildlife haven run by Steve Carey.

 Melanistic leopards are iconic creatures with a movie themed around the mythical animal interestingly based within the fictitious land of ‘Wakanda’ in East Africa, the same region in which the actual black panther was spotted and captured on camera. Contrary to popular belief, black panthers are not a species, the animals commonly referred to by this name are simply melanistic leopards and jaguars that have a mutation responsible for their dark or black coat.

He narrated that the biggest challenge in this project was knowing where to put my camera traps after hearing that a black leopard had been seen up at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya. He and colleagues started the search of the whereabouts of the elusive melanistic leopard, after picking up on fresh tracks allegedly belonging to the black panther, that had been spotted close to the wilderness camp. This enabled the veteran wildlife photographer was then able to set up his Camtraptions camera traps at the most ideal spots and waited it out.

 Having placed the traps, it took him about four days before he finally got his big break and captured a wild black leopard, an accomplishment that hasn’t been equaled in possibly a century. Annabelle Carey was audibly excited when asked about the rare sighting of the melanistic leopard close to their camp. The findings from the Camtraptions remote cameras were recently published in the Journal of African Ecology.

 A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) official, Paul Gathitu divulged they had also come across melanistic leopards in the Aberdare forest during a fencing exercise. However, he was yet to receive photographic evidence of the same.

14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Overview of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

The 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda is a Uganda-Rwanda Gorilla trekking and wildlife safari to the prime safari destinations of these 2 East African countries. With arrival in Uganda you take a wildlife safari to Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park . You go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, take a recreational trip at Lake Bunyonyi and do golden monkey trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Crossing to Rwanda you visit Akagera National Park (for the big five wildlife encounter) and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

The safari starts from Uganda with a pick up from Entebbe International Airport by a safari driver guide who welcomes you and makes your transfer to a booked hotel or lodge in Kampala. The next morning, you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park where you undertake an evening boat cruise with a stop at the equator. Next morning, you go for a morning game drive then after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. From Queen Elizabeth park, you continue to Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla tracking. After the trek, you go to Lake Bunyonyi where you refresh at the shores of Africa’s deepest lake then after be transferred to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for golden monkey trekking. Crossing from Uganda, the drive then continues to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise. From Akagera you continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park where you trek chimpanzees and take a canopy walk. You depart departure via Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.

Highlights of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to a booked hotel in Kampala-Uganda’s capital where you spend the night.

Day 2: From Kampala, you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening boat cruise with a stop at the equator.

Day 3: Early morning, you go for a morning game drive then after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening.

Day 4: You go for a morning game drive through the Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park for about 2-4 hours then after go for an evening boat cruise.

Day 5: After breakfast you are driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park with an en route game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park’s ishasha sector.

Day 6: In the morning you are driven to a specific gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi forest for gorilla trekking where you spend about 2-8 hours in the jungle.

Day 7: You relax at your accommodation facility as you rest from the trek in the morning then after embark on a drive to Lake Bunyonyi where you relax from

Day 8: After having your breakfast at the shores of Africa’s deepest lake, you go for a canoe ride/boat cruise to the historical punishment island then after be driven to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 9: You go for golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the morning then relax in the evening.

Day 10: From Uganda you are driven to Rwanda's Akagera National Park.

Day 11: In the morning, you have a game drive for the big five wildlife encounter then after undertake an evening boat cruise at lake Ihema in Akagera national park.

Day 12: You are driven from Akagera National Park to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 13: Undertake a morning game drive then after an evening canopy walk at Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 14: Transfer to Kigali International Airport in Rwanda for your departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary details of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Day 1 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Arriving at Entebbe International Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, you are cleared by the airport staff then after meet a your safari driver guide ready to not only transfer you to your booked accommodation facility but also take you through your Uganda-Rwanda tour. After meeting and greeting, your guide helps you with the transfer to a booked accommodation in Kampala. Driven in a 4x4 safari vehicle, you go past the people of Uganda running their daily activities in markets along the roadside for about 50km on almost a 1 hour's drive. On arrival at the hotel/lodge, you check in, have dinner and spend the night within Uganda’s capital.

Day 2 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Early morning, your driver guide will be at your hotel to pick you up for the great road trip to Lake Mburo National Park after you have had your breakfast. At the equator line in Kayabwe, you stop for a 30 minutes photography experience. Arriving in the afternoon, you check in and have lunch at a booked accommodation in lake Mburo National Park. You later on take an evening boat cruise in the only park that has a historical lake within it. In the evening, you undertake a mini evening game drive en route to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

 Accommodation options: Luxury/up-market: Mihingo lodge Mid-range/standard: Rwakobo rock lodge/Arcadia lodge Mburo

Day 3 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

In the morning you go for a morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park then where you spot several wild species including the Zebras, Uganda Kobs, Giraffes and many more species. After a game drive, you return to your lodging facility, refresh and check out for a drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at a booked accommodation in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Accommodation options: Luxury/up-market: Mweya safari Lodge Mid-range/standard: Gorilla mist camp

Day 4 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

 In the morning, you have early breakfast then after be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive that lasts about 2-4 hours. During this time, you slowly drive through the park in an open roof 4x4 safari vehicle alongside your safari guide as you sight several species like elephants, waterbucks, lions, antelopes, kobs and many more. After the game drive, you are returned to a hotel/lodge for lunch or have picnic lunch then after go for an evening boat cruise on the 45km long wildlife packed Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park. Here you have the chance to sight numerous bird species, crocodiles and most of all Africa’s largest school of hippopotamuses. You are returned to your hotel/lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options: Luxury/up-market: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge Mid-range/standard: Enganzi Lodge/Park view safari lodge

Day 5 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

This morning, you wake up for a warm cup of coffee then embark on the drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park. You take a morning game drive in the ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park which is popular for tree climbing lions. After the game drive, you continue with the drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park arriving in the afternoon and spending the night at an accommodation facility close to the specific gorilla trekking sector booked for your trek.

Day 6 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Following early morning breakfast, you are driven to a specific gorilla tracking sector of Bwindi according to the region booked by your tour operator for gorilla trekking. Anticipate to be at the park headquarters by 8:00am for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda experience starting with briefing from the park rangers which lasts about 30 minutes before you, park ranger and 7 other Uganda gorilla trekkers get into the jungle for a 2-8hours trek. On return to the Bwindi park sector headquarters, you receive a Uganda gorilla trekking certificate then after be driven by your driver guide to your hotel or lodge for rest, dinner and a night’s stay.

Day 7 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

After a night of contemplating on this memorable lifetime activity of gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest, you have relaxed breakfast as you relax from the trek then after embark on the drive to Lake Bunyonyi which is Africa’s deepest lake. This morning, you have a Batwa cultural dance as the earlier inhabitants of the Bwindi forest demonstrate to you how they lived in harmony with the mountain gorillas before they started living outside the forest. During this time, you have chance to see culture unfold just in front of you. The drive to lake Bunyonyi is a scenic one as you go past beautiful landscapes within this “Wakanda like” area.

Day 8 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Dubbed the lake of many little birds, Lake Bunyonyi is one of the scenic lakes you can ever sight in Africa dotted with 29 islands most historical of which is the punishment island. You sight the beautiful African sunset on the lake then after undertake an evening boat cruise to the islands alongside a local guide who tells you the stories of how this island arrived to the name “punishment island”. After the canoe ride, you then return to the shores of the Lake, have lunch and relax then embark on a drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also home to mountain gorillas though actually you are not going there for gorilla trekking. This is the only safari park in Uganda where mountain gorillas and golden monkeys co-exist so here you go for golden monkey trekking the next day after spending the night at a booked accommodation in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Day 9 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Just like mountain gorilla trekking, expect to wake up early and head for golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park. You start the golden monkey trek at 8:00am in search of these beautiful species alongside a ranger guide who takes you through the trails on the trek. In 2019, Mgahinga gorilla national park is listed as the 3rd “must photograph” travel destination by many youth travelers. After the golden monkey trek, you spend the night at relaxation at your lodging facility.

Day 10 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

This is the last day of your Uganda safari, expect to have breakfast at your lodging facility then be driven by your safari guide to Rwanda. Driven past the Kigezi highlands and Virunga backdrop, you take a drive for 248km on an almost 6hourd drive to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. Arriving in the evening, you check in and spend the night at a close accommodation in Akagera National Park. Accommodation options: Luxury/up-market: Ruzizi Tented Camp Mid-range/standard: Akagera Game lodge

Day 11 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

Early morning, you go for a morning game drive for a sight of the big five in Akagera national park. Sighting the early risers try to find a morning catch and targeted prey trying to find refuge is an amazing wildlife safari in Rwanda experience. After about 2-4hours, you relax and have lunch before going for an evening boat cruise. You take a boat cruise on Lake Ihema which is Rwanda’s second largest lake. In the evening, you return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 12 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

In the morning you have breakfast then after get ready for a drive to the other side of the land of a thousand hills. You are driven from Akagera National Park to Nyungwe Forest National 323Km away on a 6-7 hours’ drive. Arriving in the evening, you check in have dinner and spend the night at a booked accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 13 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

As you continue with your Rwanda wildlife safari, this morning, you go to Nyungwe forest for chimpanzee trekking that starts at 8:00am, you spend about 2-4hours trekking the chimpanzees then after return to the park headquarters. In the forest you also come along several bird species (about 300), several flora species and numerous butterflies. After lunch, you will be driven for about 30 minutes to Nyungwe forest’s Uwinka tourist reception center for the start of the canopy walk. This 2-hour memorable walk takes you on a tour walking 50m above the ground for 200meters which is a breathtaking experience you cannot compare to any other canopy experience or 2 hours experience. You then spend the night at your lodging facility.

Day 14 of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda

After a relaxed breakfast, you are driven by your driver guide to Kigali international airport in Rwanda for a departure flight after your safari in Rwanda. Depending on your flight time, you can go for craft shopping within Kigali city before being dropped off at the airport for departure.  

End of the 14 Days Gorilla trekking safari Uganda wildlife tour Rwanda