10 Days Rwanda Uganda Adventure

Welcome to an unforgettable 10-day adventure through Rwanda and Uganda, two of the most captivating and culturally rich countries in Africa. Starting in Rwanda’s bustling capital, Kigali, you’ll explore the city’s vibrant markets, historical landmarks, and innovative urban spaces on a city tour. From there, you’ll journey to the tranquil twin lakes of Burera and Buhonda, where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region and discover its fascinating history.

But the highlight of your trip is sure to be the gorilla trekking experience, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to encounter these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. You’ll also have the chance to trek through the lush forests to spot the playful golden monkeys, and learn about the rich cultures of the local people through engaging cultural encounters.

Moving on to Uganda, you’ll be captivated by the stunning Lake Bunyonyi and the incredible wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive and boat cruise will give you the chance to witness lions, elephants, buffalos, and many other species in their natural habitats, while the chimp trekking in Kyambura Gorge is an unforgettable opportunity to encounter our closest primate relatives up close.

Finally, you’ll end your trip in the vibrant city of Kampala, where you’ll explore its bustling markets, cultural landmarks, and innovative urban spaces. And with a smooth transfer to Entebbe airport, you’ll leave Africa with memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready for an adventure that will take you beyond your wildest dreams!

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Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival and Kigali City Tour

The first day of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is dedicated to your arrival and a city tour of Kigali. Upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport, you will be met by a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who will escort you to your accommodation. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know your guide and ask any questions you may have about the upcoming trip.

If you arrive early enough, you will have a chance to take a city tour of Kigali. The tour guide will take you to some of the most popular attractions in the city, including the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This is a somber and emotional experience that is a must-visit for every tourist visiting Rwanda. You will learn about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which claimed over one million lives. You will also see exhibits and hear stories that will help you understand the impact of this tragedy on Rwanda and its people.

After the Kigali Genocide Memorial, you will visit other places of interest in Kigali, such as the Nyamirambo neighbourhood, Caplaki Crafts Village, and the Kimironko Market. The Nyamirambo neighbourhood is one of the oldest and most vibrant areas in Kigali. You will experience the local culture, taste traditional foods and drinks, and visit some of the community projects in the area. The Caplaki Crafts Village is a great place to shop for souvenirs and gifts. You can find a wide variety of locally made crafts, including baskets, pottery, and textiles. The Kimironko Market is one of the largest markets in Kigali and is a great place to experience the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city.

After a full day of touring, you will retire back to your hotel for some rest and relaxation. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the experiences of the day and prepare for the adventures that await you in the coming days of the Rwanda Uganda tour.

Day 2: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

On Day 2 of the 10-day Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary, you will transfer to Volcanoes National Park from your starting point. This is a key day for your wildlife adventure as Volcanoes National Park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, among other wildlife species.

After having breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive northwards towards Ruhengeri town, which serves as the gateway to the park. The drive takes approximately 2.5 hours and offers an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Rwanda, which are characterized by rolling hills, plantations, and rural villages.

Upon arrival at Ruhengeri town, you will have lunch before proceeding to the park. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to relax or explore the surrounding areas. One of the popular activities in the area is visiting the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera, which are situated at the foot of the Virunga Mountains.

These twin lakes offer breathtaking scenery and a chance to engage in some outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and bird watching. You may also opt to interact with the local communities and learn about their way of life and culture.

After a fun-filled day, you will retire to your lodge located near the park, where you will spend the night. The lodge provides a comfortable and serene atmosphere to rest and recharge for the next day's activities. In summary, Day 2 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary involves a transfer to Volcanoes National Park, where you will have a chance to spot the rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The day also offers an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the twin lakes and interact with the local communities.

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 3 of the 10-day Rwanda-Uganda tour itinerary is all about Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. This is the highlight of any Rwanda safari and an unforgettable experience that allows you to get up close to the gentle giants of the forest. The day begins with an early morning departure to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing on gorilla trekking.

During the briefing, you will be given important information on the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking to ensure the safety of both you and the gorillas. You will also be allocated a gorilla family to track and given a guide who will lead you into the forest.

The trekking can take between 1 to 8 hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family being tracked. This means that you will need to be physically fit and able to hike through the thick vegetation of the forest. However, the effort is well worth it once you find the gorillas.

When you finally find the gorillas, you will spend an hour with them. This is a truly magical experience, as you observe the gorillas in their natural habitat and see them interact with one another. You will be amazed at their size, strength, and intelligence.

In the afternoon, after gorilla trekking, you will visit the Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. This is a great opportunity to learn about Rwanda's traditions and cultures. You will be welcomed by the local people who will demonstrate their cultural activities such as dancing, singing, and storytelling.

The Iby'iwacu Cultural Village is a community-based tourism project that supports the local community. By visiting the village, you are contributing to the sustainable development of the local community. In summary, Day 3 of the Rwanda-Uganda tour itinerary is an unforgettable experience that combines gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park with a visit to the Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. This day will give you a deeper understanding of Rwanda's culture, history, and wildlife, and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Day 4 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary offers an exciting adventure of Golden Monkey Trekking and a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The day begins with an early breakfast and then heading to the Virunga Mountains for the Golden Monkey Trekking experience. Golden monkeys are rare and endangered primates that inhabit the bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains. The trek takes visitors through the mountainous forest terrain, allowing them to observe these beautiful and playful monkeys in their natural habitat. This experience is not only exhilarating but also provides a unique opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts of the endangered species.

After the Golden Monkey Trekking, visitors can have a leisurely lunch before crossing the border into Uganda. The drive to Lake Bunyonyi takes visitors through the scenic hills of southwestern Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful lake surrounded by hills, and it offers a serene environment that allows visitors to unwind and relax.

Upon arrival at Lake Bunyonyi, visitors can engage in various activities such as  zip lining, bird watching or swimming in the lake. Zip lining on Lake Bunyonyi allows visitors to explore the various islands and the natural beauty that surrounds them with adrenaline pumping with a bird eye view . Bird watching enthusiasts can spot various bird species that inhabit the area, including the African Harrier Hawk, Black Kite, and African Fish Eagle.

Finally, visitors can relax by taking a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the lake or enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounds the lake. The overnight stay at Lake Bunyonyi provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the area more fully and enjoy the tranquility of the region. Overall, Day 4 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary provides a unique and exhilarating experience that combines wildlife conservation efforts, scenic drives, and natural beauty.

Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi Island tour Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 5 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary starts with a breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, you will embark on a boat ride to explore the islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful and serene lake located in southwestern Uganda, known for its many islands and picturesque views. The boat ride will take you through the islands, giving you a chance to appreciate the beauty of the lake, learn about its history and folklore, and observe the local wildlife and birdlife.

After the boat ride, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can sample the local cuisine and interact with the friendly locals. The restaurant offers a chance to experience the local culture and way of life, and learn more about the people of Uganda.

In the afternoon, you will return to the lodge to rest and relax before the next leg of the tour. The lodge is located in a beautiful and peaceful setting, surrounded by nature, and offers a chance to unwind and rejuvenate.

Later in the day, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, another habitat for mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to nearly half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. The park is also known for its biodiversity, with over 160 species of trees and 100 species of ferns.

After arriving at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will check into your lodge and relax for the afternoon. The lodge is located in a scenic and tranquil setting, surrounded by forest and nature, and offers a comfortable and luxurious stay.

Overall, Day 5 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary offers a chance to explore the islands of Lake Bunyonyi, sample the local cuisine, and relax in the peaceful surroundings of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is a day filled with adventure, nature, and culture, and is sure to be a highlight of the tour.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 6 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is dedicated to the highly anticipated activity of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The day begins with an early morning breakfast at your lodge, after which you will make your way to the park headquarters for a briefing on the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking, as well as the allocation of gorilla groups to trek. This briefing is essential to ensure the safety and conservation of these endangered animals, as well as to enhance the overall experience of visitors.

Once the briefing is complete and you have been allocated a gorilla group, you will set out into the dense forest to begin your trek. The trek can take several hours and requires a moderate level of fitness, as the terrain can be challenging and steep. However, the rewards of this experience are immeasurable as you get to spend an hour in the presence of the magnificent mountain gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over half of the world's population of mountain gorillas, making this an incredibly unique and rare experience. Gorilla trekking in this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers visitors the opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat, while also contributing to their conservation efforts.

After your trek, you will return to your lodge to relax and reflect on your unforgettable encounter with the gorillas. The lodges in Bwindi offer a range of amenities and activities, from spa treatments to cultural experiences with the local communities.

Overnight accommodation in Bwindi will be provided, ensuring that you have ample time to rest and rejuvenate before the next day's activities. In summary, Day 6 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is an exciting and unforgettable experience of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. From the early morning briefing to the hour spent in the presence of these magnificent creatures, this activity is a highlight of any trip to Uganda.

Day 7: Batwa Trail and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in the local culture and explore the rich wildlife of Uganda. The day starts with a hearty breakfast, and then the group will embark on the Batwa Trail, a unique cultural experience that showcases the traditional way of life of the Batwa people. The Batwa are an indigenous group of people who lived in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for generations before being evicted when the forest was turned into a national park to protect the endangered mountain gorillas.

The Batwa Trail provides an opportunity to learn about the Batwa's history, customs, and traditions, as well as their close relationship with the forest and its wildlife. The trail is led by a Batwa guide who shares their knowledge of the forest, its flora and fauna, and how the Batwa used to live off the land. The trail takes visitors to various sites in the forest, including Batwa homes, caves, and a sacred tree, and offers a chance to see the Batwa perform traditional dances and music.

After completing the Batwa Trail, the group will head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda's most popular and diverse wildlife reserves. The park is home to a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and various antelope species. The drive to the park is scenic, and the group will have an opportunity to see Uganda's rural landscape and experience local life along the way.

Upon arrival at the park, the group will enjoy an evening game drive, where they will have an opportunity to see some of the park's wildlife up close. The game drive is led by an experienced guide who knows the park well and can provide insights into the animals and their behavior.

Overall, Day 7 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is a fascinating and enriching day that combines culture and wildlife. The Batwa Trail offers a unique insight into the lives of one of Uganda's indigenous peoples, while the game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is an exciting opportunity to see some of Africa's most iconic animals in their natural habitat. The day ends with an overnight stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park, providing an opportunity to rest and recharge before the next day's adventures.

Day 8: Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8 of the 10-day Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary includes a Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This day promises to be an exciting and adventurous one, packed with wildlife sightings and breathtaking views.

The day begins early with a morning game drive in the park. This is an opportunity to witness the spectacular wildlife that Queen Elizabeth National Park is renowned for. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, and other animals. Your expert guide will navigate through the park, taking you to the best spots for wildlife sightings. You will have a chance to observe these animals in their natural habitat, learning about their behaviors and habits from your guide. You may also spot other wildlife such as antelopes, warthogs, and baboons. The morning game drive is an ideal time to see predators such as lions and leopards, as they are usually active during this time.

After the game drive, you will return to your lodge for lunch and relaxation before proceeding to the next adventure - a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga Channel is a natural waterway that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. It is home to the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and is also a habitat for crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and various bird species. The boat cruise takes you along the channel, providing stunning views of the park and its inhabitants. You will have an opportunity to see hippos as they bask in the sun or submerge themselves in the water. You may also see elephants and buffaloes as they come to the channel to drink water. The Kazinga Channel is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 600 bird species recorded in the park.

Overall, Day 8 of the 10-day Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary promises to be an unforgettable experience. From the morning game drive to the afternoon boat cruise, you will have a chance to witness some of the most magnificent wildlife and scenic views that Uganda has to offer. Your expert guide will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions you may have, making the experience both educational and enjoyable

Day 9: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 9 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is an exciting day as it offers an opportunity for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. After having breakfast, you will embark on a journey to explore the lush forest of Kyambura Gorge which is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. This park is situated in the southwestern part of the country, covering an area of about 1,978 square kilometers.

During the chimpanzee trekking, you will be guided by experienced rangers who will take you through the forest in search of the chimpanzees. These rangers are knowledgeable about the forest, and they will provide you with valuable information about the chimpanzees and other primates that you might come across during the trek. As you trek through the gorge, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the forest and listen to the sounds of the birds and other wildlife.

Apart from chimpanzees, the Kyambura Gorge is home to other primates such as baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, and vervet monkeys. During the trek, you might have a chance to see some of these primates, adding to the excitement of the adventure.

After the chimpanzee trekking, you will have an opportunity to take a nature walk in the park in the afternoon. This walk will enable you to explore more of the park's beauty and see other wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, and various antelopes. Alternatively, you can choose to relax at the hotel and reflect on the day's adventure.

In conclusion, day 9 of the 10 days Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is an adventurous and exciting day that offers a chance to explore the beautiful Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. With experienced rangers as your guide, you will have an opportunity to see chimpanzees and other primates and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the forest. After the trek, you can take a nature walk or relax at the hotel and reflect on the day's adventure.

Day 10: Transfer to Kampala and Departure

Day 10 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is dedicated to transferring to Kampala and departure from Uganda. The day starts with an early morning breakfast to energize the travelers for the journey ahead.

After breakfast, the travelers will embark on a road trip to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The journey from the previous destination may take a few hours, but it provides an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ugandan countryside. The travelers will pass by several small towns and villages, and they will have a chance to observe the local way of life.

One of the highlights of the journey is a photo moment at the Equator. The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The travelers will have a chance to take photos with one foot in the Northern hemisphere and the other in the Southern hemisphere.

Upon arrival in Kampala, the travelers will have a brief stop for a city tour, depending on the time of their flight. Kampala is a bustling city with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant nightlife. The city tour may include a visit to some of the famous landmarks and tourist attractions, such as the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals and the National Mosque.

After the city tour, the travelers will transfer to Entebbe International Airport for their flight back home. The transfer to the airport may take a short time, depending on the traffic in Kampala. Upon arrival at the airport, the travelers will go through the usual check-in procedures before boarding their flight back home.

In conclusion, Day 10 of the Rwanda Uganda tour itinerary is a culmination of the trip. The travelers will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ugandan countryside, take photos at the Equator, explore the vibrant city of Kampala, and bid farewell to Uganda as they depart back home.

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