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15 Days Uganda, Rwanda Cultural And Scenic Trails

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15 Days Uganda, Rwanda Cultural and Scenic Trails

Day 1: Arrive to Kigali city and transfer to the hotel

This is the day you arrive in to this beautiful country, you are welcomed in by our professional driver guide at the airport and then you are driven to the hotel to rest as you wait for the fascinating awaiting adventures of this epic wonderful beautiful country (Rwanda is nicknamed as land of thousand hills) in the following days. Dinner and overnight at

Budget: Gloria Hotel

Midrange: Great Seasons Hotel

Luxury: Kigali Marriott Hotel

Day 2: Kigali city and cultural tour

Your Kigali City Tour starts as a historic journey with a guided tour through the initial modern building from which this capital was founded, to the fast developing neighborhoods which are changing the appearance of this city. Kigali is among the cleanest, most friendly and safest cities in Africa attracting several visitors plus investors.

During the tour, guests will pass through the older commercial “quarters”, residential areas and business areas of Kigali, visit some of the historic sites established in memory of the 1994 brutal Tutsi Genocide, have a guided tour to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, as also find out more about the various neighborhoods as well as local attractions of the city. Come and personally experience this beautiful yet very clean country.

The city hosts a number of bars, great coffee shops as well as local plus international restaurants offering Chinese, Greek, Italian, Thai, North African plus East African cuisines. Resto-bars are actually a favorite to the Kigali’s residents since the people enjoy the scrumptious meal and the great music plus drinks. Kigali’s vibrant nightlife is certainly the best entertainment for any visitor. You will have lunch, dinner and overnight at

Budget: Gloria Hotel

Midrange: Great Seasons Hotel

Luxury: Kigali Marriott Hotel

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Nyanza palace and Butare Museum

After breakfast, you will depart for Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda which is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic and research institutions. On enroute to Butare, a visit to Nyanza (present day   Nyabisindu), the former Mwami’s (King’s) palace and the seat of the feudal monarchy is appropriate. Visit the National Museum is a well set-up, if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It’s a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

After the tour of the museum, experience a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers.  The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of a safari. Lunch is served in Butare and in the afternoon we shall drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Enjoy a serene overnight at your lodge where breakfast, lunch and dinner shall be served. Lunch en route or at the lodge depending on time. You will have an overnight at

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Midrange: Nyungwe Topview Hotel

Luxury: Nyungwe Topview Hotel Luxury rooms

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest

An early morning breakfast, and later proceed to Nyungwe Forest at 6:00am to search for chimpanzee. You will also track the colobus monkeys in the forest and have a chance to view the other habitants of the forest like birds, reptiles and butterflies. Chimpanzee tracking will enable you to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. This exciting up-close encounter with human’s closest relative will forever live with you. After the chimp tracking you will have an afternoon Canopy walk which 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 and you’ll have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy. You will have a relaxed evening plus dinner and overnight at

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Midrange: Nyungwe Topview Hotel

Luxury: Nyungwe Topview Hotel Luxury rooms

Day 5: Transfer to Musanze for the famous Ibyiwacu cultural experience-Visit homes and local markets along the way

Breakfast and then enjoy the beautiful services and scenery at your lodge, you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. Here you will see the Rwanda’s Musanze caves which date back 65 million years and lay with in the volcanic region where lava flow layers long ago created the Albertine Rift Valley. In the evening, you will embark on the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village which gives you a rare chance to meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of the culture and traditions. Be genuinely welcomed by the community as a special visitor while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. Expect to have a guided community walk to visit different sites and experience the everyday lives of the local people. You will have a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Midrange: Gorilla Solution Lodge

Luxury: Davinci Gorilla Lodge

Day 6: Full day community tour in Ruhengeri and Musanze-Visit gardens, local breweries, cultural performances, Markets and schools etc.

After having breakfast,

  • Your culture guide will take you to see the king’s house replica with all the houses interpretation of all parts and stories attached to this cultural treasure. Be enthroned and become a king for some time while exercising king’s powers as presented to you by a village elder through a village ceremony.
    Enjoy different types of traditional dances like Intore dance and famous songs of the gorillas sang by the famous Ngayabatema while listening to the melody produced by traditional musical instruments including African drums.
  • Listen to interesting stories about traditional medicine from a local traditional healer and get to know how medicinal trees, shrubs, grass are used to cure local patients.
  • Interested in Rwanda’s education? Make an exploration to Rwanda’s local schools to experience the education life in a developing country–become a student by attending lessons/ a teacher by offering lessons (whatever your interest is, we got the satisfaction)
  • Don’t leave this village without having a story to tell on Rwanda’s local foods-just have a local lunch or dinner with local people to see the skill they have when it comes to dinning time-No joke with food
  • Attend a local banana brewery process and have a taste on local banana beer. Explore the Batwa pottery making experience, lessons and engagement. Take part in daily life activities to get to know the local people, their culture, and their ways of living since the village is fascinating with a variety of cultural experience

You will have a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Midrange: Gorilla Solution Lodge

Luxury: Davinci Gorilla Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and evening Batwa Community experience

This day starts with your driver guide picking you up from your hotel or airport in Kigali and embarking on an exciting road drive to the extreme South Western Uganda, aiming the Gorilla land of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park. This is a drive of approximately 4 hours with lunch stop over en route or have lunch at th lodge depending on time. This border crossing journey takes you through different features to include tropical rain forests, savannah fields and the terraced hills of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of East Africa. Upon arrival in Bwindi, you will go for the Batwa community encounter which takes you to meet the original indigenous people who lived in this conservation area. They will entertain you through their cultural dance and music as well as giving you their historic stories. Drive to the lodge for relaxation as you wait for the next day’s adventure with dinner and overnight at

Budget: Ride 4 a Woman

Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge

Luxury: Silverback Lodge

Optional Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, and with your picnic lunch we then take a short drive to the park offices for briefing where we meet the excellent local guides and trackers who give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to a spot where gorillas were seen the previous night and track from there. Trekking may take anything between 1 to 6 hours depending on the location of the family and altitudes which is in excess of 7500 feet. The terrain is rough and muddy calling for physical fitness. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Cameras and plenty of fast speed films are recommended. You will transfer back to the lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at

Budget: Ride 4 a Woman

Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge

Luxury: Silverback Lodge

Day 8: Bakiga tribe community tour and “Agartha taste of Uganda” experience

After having breakfast, check out and head for a community tour which will involve meeting the local people who inhabit the Kigezi highlands, visit farm lands on terraced hills and Kraals and later Visit the “Agartha’s taste of Uganda” tour. As you sit under her thatched hut, Agartha shares stories of her life as a Bakiga woman whilst demonstrating in person the process of sorting, pounding, willowing and grinding millet (an important staple crop) to make busheera millet porridge - loved by the entire Bakiga tribe! Not only do you get to try your hand at this (presenting some lovely photo opportunities), you can also taste the porridge and ask Agartha all your burning questions. You will retire for the day for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at

Budget: Topi Lodge

Midrange: Enjojo Lodge

Luxury: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 9: Game drive in Ishasha and boat cruise on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast you will be taken to Ishasha, famous for the tree climbing lions lounging in the tree branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favorite prey. You could have a chance to spot some tree climbing lions after you proceed to your lodge.

In the afternoon you will take a Boat Cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see, at close range, the water animals to include Hippos, Buffalos, Crocodiles and elephants bathing on the channel banks. There is also a variety of bird species on the water banks especially the famous Shoebill, pelican and Jacana. Dinner and overnight at

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange: Parkview Safari Lodge

Luxury: Kikorongo Safari Lodge

Day 10 – Transfer to Fort Portal-Possible stopovers at local markets

Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. You will arrive around lunch time. Drive to the famous Mabere ga Nyinamwiru caves in Nyakasura-Fort Portal. It is nestled between several trees and beautiful water falls on some ones farm land which he has kept and preserved for tourism. Otherwise for the cultural tourism enthusiasts, this is home to a very rich cultural history attached to these rocks which form scenic caves with streams of water above them causing refreshing waterfalls for those who visit. The Batoro (the tribe located in this area) have a strong belief attached to these caves with an interesting myth told through the generations about them. You will end the trail with a hike to highest elevated hill in the zone. Drive to Fort portal for dinner and overnight at

Budget: Rweteera Safari Park                 

Midrange: Isunga Safari Lodge

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge

Day 11 - Crater Lakes Exploration

Have a calm breakfast before heading off for an exploration of the crater lakes. Formed by ancient volcanic activity, the crater lakes of Uganda are located near Fort Portal, and are a great hiking option.  Typical hikes take you through local villages and tea plantations, to the base of several of these incredibly serene and beautiful lakes.  With the Rwenzori Mountains in the background, this is by far one of Uganda’s most peaceful and extraordinary sights.

Enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. Take a hike at Lake Nkuruba to encounter different species of primates and birds, and visit the Mahoma Falls. Meet the local people as you walk through their villages, learn about the customs of the Batoro tribe and enjoy the panoramic views. Overnight will be at

Budget: Rweteera Safari Park                 

Midrange: Isunga Safari Lodge

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge

Day 12: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park and tour top of the falls

After breakfast you will be transferred to Murchison Falls National Park which is a 7-8 hour drive. Head straight to tour the Top and bottom of majestic falls, where the Nile crashes through a 7 metres gorge and then falls 45 metres. Numerous scenic viewpoints are a photographers’ delight, the most impressive view is of the foaming waters rushing into the gorge with a deafening roar, and you will have dinner and overnight at

Budget: Murchison River Lodge                 

Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 13: Game drive and boat cruise in Murchison falls National Park

You will set off at 6:30 am, cross to the northern bank of river Nile and head for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee- eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork.

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before setting off in the afternoon for a Boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds including the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at

Budget: Murchison River Lodge                 

Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 14: Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer to Kampala-Last farewell dinner party!

After an early morning breakfast, depart with great memories of the moments spent at Murchison falls, you will be driven to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, after a briefing from the ranger you trek the sanctuary for close to two hours. With Lunch en-route you will be transferred to Kampala. On this last night in East Africa, you will have a specially organized dinner with our staffs and guide to celebrate your stay, have a recap of what has transpired through your 2 weeks tour from Rwanda to Uganda and as well as having a good beer party together as a family ! You will have dinner and overnight at

Budget: Maries Royale Hotel                 

Midrange: Cassia Lodge

Luxury: Mestil Hotel

Day 15: Departure day through Entebbe international airport

After having breakfast or lunch depending on your scheduled flight, you will be transferred back to Entebbe to readily board your flight back home as you say fare well to the pearl of Africa!

Included:

  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Chimpanzee permit in Nyungwe
  • Canopy walk in Nyungwe
  • Fort portal craters lakes hike
  • Batwa trail
  • Ibyiwacu cultural tour
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Rhino tracking fees
  • Cultural tours
  • Kigali city and cultural tour
  • Driver guide fees
  • Ground transportation in a 4X4 safari vehicle

Excluded:

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gorilla permit in Bwindi (700 $)
  • Alcoholic beverages