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20 Days Cross Country Tours

Safari/Tour Overview

20 Days Cross country tours takes you through Uganda and Rwanda, discovering the two countries, the Pearl of Africa – Uganda and the land of a Thousand Hills –where you will find authentic Africa as you imagined it but only better on one of our Safaris.


Travel plan details

Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala (depending on flight and request)

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to Kampala for an overnight) on Bed and Breakfast BB Distance: 40km (1hour drive) Medium range accommodation: Cassia lodge /Africana (BB) High accommodation: Serena Kampala/ Commonwealth Resort (BB)

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. On our way, we visit the rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. In Murchison Falls we visit the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full Board Distance: 350 km (about 6 hours) Medium range accommodation: Pakuba lodge / Fort Murchison/ Murchison River (FB) High accommodation: Paraa safari/ Chobe lodge/ Backer’s lodge (FB)

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

Today, experience the morning game drive in this savannah national park and expect some of the animals like elephants, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, among other if lucky lions, spotted hyenas and leopards. In the afternoon, take a 3 hours boat cruise on Victoria Nile to the base of the Murchison Falls. Expect to encounter some of the animals like hippos, crocodiles, a variety of water birds species. Medium range accommodation: Pakuba lodge / Fort Murchison/ Murchison River (FB) High accommodation: Paraa safari/ Chobe lodge/ Nile safari lodge (FB)

Day 4: Murchison Falls– Kibale National Park

After breakfast, depart the National Park heading southwest along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries, visit the Old Fort Butiaba and arrive Hoima the capital town of Bunyoro kingdom, one of the oldest in Uganda. Afterward, proceed to Kibale National Park via Fort Portal, the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 430 km (about 9 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge / Ndale Lodge / Papaya Lodge (FB)

Day 5: Kibale National Park

Today after your very early, depart for Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, this is a lifetime experience that allows accompanying Kibale’s researchers and habituation at chimpanzee during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their nature. During your tour, expect to come across the chimps de-nesting (in their nocturnal nests) between 05:30 to 6:30, before them throughout the day till they make new nests and the night around 19.00. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge / Ndale Lodge / Papaya Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Kibale National Park – Semuliki Valley National Park – Fort Portal

Drive to Semuliki Valley National Park; visit the Sempaya Hot Springs, on the way back, proceed to Amabere for the waterfalls and cave. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 90 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Rwenzori view guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge or Ndale Lodge or Mountains of the Moon Hotel (FB)

Day 7: Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way, we pass the equator. Drive to Katwe fishing village, visit the local mining and arrive at your lodge in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full Board Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 157 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kasenyi game lodge/ Bush lodge (FB) High range accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning game drives experience in the national park, with aim of seeing animals like elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and if lucky lion and leopard. In the afternoon, take the most exciting 2 hours boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife and bird. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Kasenyi game lodge/ Bush lodge (FB) High range accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge (FB)

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park Mweya – Ishasha Sector

After breakfast, drive through the National Park to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for tree climbing lions. After lunch, game drive in search of the tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 120 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Ishasha Jungle lodge or Savannah Resort (FB) High range accommodation: Ishasha wilderness (FB)

Day 10: Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth- Bwindi National Park

Early morning game drives in search of the tree climbing lions; afterward, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. Today transfer will depend on the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions. Accommodation will depend on the group of gorillas you will be tracking on Full Board Distance: 90 km to Buhoma sector (about 2hours)/ 180 km to NKuringo sector (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Buhoma Bandas/ Gorilla Mist/ Nkuringo camp (FB) High range accommodation: / Mahogany spring / Buhoma lodge/ Chameleon Hill (FB) Top end accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Cloud lodge (on request)

Day 11: Bwindi National Park

Today, the action starts at 8 am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. Accommodation will depend on the group of gorillas you will be tracking on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Buhoma Bandas/ Gorilla Mist/ Nkuringo camp (FB) High accommodation: Mahogany spring / Buhoma lodge/ Chameleon Hill (FB) High-End accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Cloud lodge

Day 12: Bwindi National Park -Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi; the deepest and most beautiful lake in Uganda. On the way, visit the Grace Child home for the village and agro-tourism; later proceed to your hotel for relaxation Distance: 110 km (about 3hours) Medium range accommodation: Bunyonyi overland resort/ Birdnest oversea (FB) High accommodation: Birds nest / Arcadia cottage (FB)

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. On the way visit a pygmy village and later proceed to arrive in the evening. Distance: 130 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Gorilla Villa / La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High-End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silverback lodge (FB)

Day 14: Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, you can either make a nature walk in the National Park, climb a volcano or visit Dian Fossey’s Grave. For those interested in gorilla tracking in Rwanda have to inform us in advance for an arrangement. If time allows, visit the Twin Lakes, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera. Medium range accommodation: Gorilla Villa / La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High-End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silverback lodge (FB)

Day 15: Volcanoes National Park -Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

After your breakfast, we drive to Gisenyi, a town located at the shore of the Lake Kivu. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The evening will be a pleasure. Distance: 62 km (about 1hour) Medium range accommodation: Palm Garden Hotel / Paradis Malahide / Virunga hotel (FB) High accommodation: Serena Lake Kivu (FB)

Day 16: Gisenyi – Kibuye

After breakfast, you will depart for Kibuye which lies at the eastern tip of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is often hailed as the most impressive scenic spot of the lake. Lunch at the shore of the Lake Kivu and afterward take a boat trip to the island of Amahoro Napoleon’s island. Distance: 262 km (about 4 hours) Medium range accommodation: Centre Bethanie (FB) High accommodation: Moriah Hills Resort (FB) High-End accommodation: Cormoran (FB)

Day 17: Kibuye – Nyungwe National park

Depart for Nyungwe National park, the protected area offers a rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And with over 1000 km2, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest, home of over 300 bird species, 26 of which are endemic. Distance: 202 km (about 4 hours) Low budget: Gisakura guesthouse (FB) Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day 18: Nyungwe Forest National Park

After your breakfast, go for Chimpanzee Trekking and other monkeys in the tropical rain forest. After lunch, go for the canopy walk which sets 50 meters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and known as the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. These canopies walk allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper stories of the forest. Later return to your hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight on Full board Low budget: Gisakura guesthouse (FB) Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day 19: Nyungwe National park – Kigali

Today, after your breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, transfer via Butare visiting en route, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza later arrive Kigali for dinner and overnight. Distance: 276 km (about 7hours) Medium range accommodation: Chezlando /Gorilla Hotel (BB) High accommodation: Serena Kigali (BB)

Day 20: Kigali

Departure After breakfast go for a city tour of Kigali with a possible visit to genocide memorial and other sites, latter, depending on your flight scheduled, proceed to Kigali International airport for your flight back Note: Accommodations shall be based on client selection (luxury, Medium or low budget. All lodges have self-contained rooms and are selected as per the interest of the client.

safari Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Full board accommodation with meals mentioned Ground transportation in modified safari car English speaking Driver/Guide Gorilla and chimpanzee permits Entrance fees to the national park and other sites on the itinerary Local government taxes

safari Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight Tickets Fare
  • Visa Fees
  • Tips