17 nights
Round Trip
Rwanda & Uganda
Kigali, Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes NP
Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kibale Forest

By Vehicle Travel by road to Kigali Serena Hotel
1 night Kigali Serena Hotel Kigali

Taken over by the Serena group in 2007, Kigali Serena Hotel is now a modern, contemporary hotel providing the best accommodation option in Kigali.

From standard room to presidential suite, this 150-room hotel offers various categories of accommodation. All rooms come with 24 hr service, air conditioning, WiFi, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and coffee station.

The hotel boasts several in-house restaurants, a large swimming pool, fitness studio and spa.

Location
Situated just 10 km from the international airport, Kigali Serena is the perfect option for early leavers or late arrivers.

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Transport Mode Your private Rwanda guide expects you!
Our Rwanda Guide is already waiting for you and welcomes you warmly. You have a private vehicle at your disposal which is equipped with all that is required to work under difficult road conditions. Our guides are among the best in Rwanda and can tell you a lot about the country and its people. Of course, they are also very good scouts and will show you animals in the parks that others simply pass by. Your guide is your faithful friend & helper for the next days.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Nyungwe House
The journey to Nyungwe Forest takes about 6 hours. Your guide will stop for lunch in the village Butare/Huye. The road then crosses the Nyungwe Forest from east to west. Expect arrival at your accommodation in the course of the afternoon.
3 nights Nyungwe House Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe House is refreshingly modern and the best choice for visiting Nyungwe Forest. The lodge is surrounded by tea fields and during the week the workers pick the delicate top tea leaves and carry the harvest to the factory.

The main house is centrally located and elevated on the hill and is surrounded in a semicircle by the individual rooms. The lodge offers a good restaurant, a tea lounge, a bar and a beautiful terrace. Here you can have a wonderful breakfast in the morning when the sun rises behind the forest and the first rays of sun fall on the lush green meadows.

The rooms are in single houses, four rooms per house, two of them are suites (for 4 guests), one of them with Jacuzi. All 24 rooms have a fireplace, air conditioning, safe, tea/coffee station, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi. From your balcony you can see the green of the Nyungwe Forest and sometimes some curious monkeys appear.

There is also a separate heated swimming pool and spa with fitness room.

Location
Established as a national park in 2004, Nyungwe Forest is Africa’s largest mountainous rain forest (970 km²). It is located on the western foothills of East Africa’s Albertine Rift, to which belongs the adjacently situated Mount Huye. The flanks of the Albertine Rift rise up to 3000 metres, traversing Rwanda from north to south.

With an annual rainfall of over 2000 mm, the evergreen Nyungwe Forest is a so-called cloud or fog forest. Nyungwe House is located close to Gisakura on the forest’s western edge.

The lodge can be reached by car from Kigali in approximately 6 hours. You actually cross Nyungwe Forest from East to West before reaching the lodge.

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Transport Mode Early morning visit of the chimpanzees
You need to get up early this morning! Your guide will drive you to the starting point of the Chimpanzee trekking.

There are two habituated chimp groups in Nyungwe Forest. One of them stays around Uwinka deep in the forest, the second one lives in a forest on the outskirts of Nyungwe, called Cyamudongo (say: Cha-mu-dongo). It is about a one hour-drive from Gisakura Reception Center. Chimp trekking at Cyamudongo offers the best chance to see the chimpanzees.

Transport Mode Activities at Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe House offers diverse activities that can be booked through the lodge. You may want to visit the Isumo waterfall (5.3km, 2h each way) or visit the Tea Ceremony at Gisakura Tea Estates, which is located close to the lodge. Please report at the reception the evening before and talk to the lodge staff to plan your day accordingly. You may also decide to do nothing at all and just read a book or visit the spa?

Transport Mode Visit the Colobus Monkeys in the morning
After an leisurely breakfast you will visit the Colobus monkeys. The Colobus monkeys are often found in an area called Gisakura Forest which has been added to the park in 2005. It is an easy walk from the Reception Center along some tea plantations and takes about 20 minutes. There are other places to find the Colobus monkeys, your guide and the ranger will advise accordingly.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Cormoran Lodge
1 night Cormoran Lodge Kibuye, Lake Kivu

Occupying an enviable position on the shores of Lake Kivu, the small and charming Cormoran Lodge offers just seven rooms made entirely of wood and stone. The raised chalets afford spectacular views of the huge lake in Rwanda’s Western Province; some of them even have views of the active Nyiragongo Volcano in the neighbouring Congo.

The lodge’s panorama restaurant and its rooms (en-suite with TV, HiFi and fridge) are all furnished in a rustic and authentic style. A steep path leads down to a private beach where loungers and towels lie waiting.

Location
Lake Kivu forms the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and sits nestled in the Albertine Rift some 1500 m above sea level. This deep blue lake is roughly 1.5 times the size of canton Zurich and ca. 500 m deep. Kibuye is Rwanda’s beach resort and is situated around 60 km west of Kigali within driving distance of Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park. Cormoran Lodge is perched on the steep banks of the lake.

The lodge is located approximately 4 hours’ drive from Nyungwe and 4.5 hours’ drive from Ruhengeri in Volcanoes National Park.

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By Vehicle Travel by road to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
2 nights Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Volcanoes National Park

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge offers an imposing view of the Volcanoes National Park. The main building houses the reception, a bar, the dining room and a library. Guests can warm themselves by the crackling fireside in the dining room on colder days, or dine on the terrace when the weather is warm. The individual, spacious cottages are all built to ensure maximum peace and privacy, and offer guests the ideal place to relax and unwind after an event-filled day.

The lodge comprises a total of six cottages, two slightly larger suites and one family suite (two en-suite bedrooms), each with its own fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and large modern bathroom. Large windows offer magnificent views of the surrounding nature, and private terraces allow guests to absorb the spectacular landscape. Telephone and Internet connection are available for use, and morning tea/coffee is served in the cottages.

Location
Volcanoes National Park is covered by approximately 160 km² of cloud forest and home to the Rwandan Mountain Gorilla. Six inactive volcanoes, Muhavura, Mt Gahinga, Karisimbi, Visoke, Mikeno and Sabyinyo, create an incredible backdrop. Volcanoes National Park is known for the scientific studies carried out here on the behaviour of Mountain Gorillas by Dian Fossey.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the national park, approximately 30-minutes drive from the park's headquarters.

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Transport Mode Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park
Early next morning, our guide will take you to the headquarters of the park. All guests are assigned to a ranger and a gorilla family. Our guide will drive you to the starting point of the hike where you start trekking with your ranger. Porters are available to carry your backpack.

The trekking takes anything from two hours to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorilla group. Please note that the duration of stay with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. The gorillas are often very curious towards guests, especially the teenagers in the group like to investigate.

Transport Mode Golden Monkey Trekking Volcanoes National Park
Today you visit the Golden Monkeys, which is an easy walk in a beautiful bamboo forest and well worth it. You are back around noon.

Transport Mode Your private Uganda guide expects you!
Our Uganda guide can't wait to welcome you warmly. You have a private vehicle at your disposal, which is equipped with all the trimmings and is built to reliably master even the most difficult road conditions. Our guides are among the best in Uganda and will provide invaluable background information about the country and its people. Once in the game parks, his trained eyes will spot animals that would otherwise be missed.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
2 nights Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is located in southwestern Uganda, perched high on a hill, with sensational views of the Virunga volcanoes that stretch from Uganda via Rwanda into the Democratic Republic of Congo. At night, the glow of the Nyiragongo volcano shimmers in the distance. This view alone is already worth the nightly rate.

Clouds Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas of Bwindi. The Nkuringo group of gorillas can be reached in about 1.5 hours on foot. A truly unforgettable and touching experience.

The lodge is also considered a pioneer for ecotourism in Uganda and its involvement with the local people. Regional artists have contributed to the design of the lodge interior. In return guests of Clouds Lodge have preferential access to the Nkuringo sector and priority in the allocation of permits to this sector.

Built of local volcanic stone, the lodge's eight chalets (two of which are family rooms) have spacious en-suite bathrooms, a large sitting room with double-sided fireplace and beautiful views over the valley from your private veranda.

Location
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is located in the Nkuringo sector at the southwestern gate of Bwindi National Park. At an altitude of 2,100 meters, Clouds Lodge sits on Nteko Ridge and offers spectacular views of the mysterious Virunga Mountains and the fertile lands of the Great Rift Valley.

Travel time to Clouds Lodge from Entebbe is a whopping 10 hours. Flights from Entebbe take 1 hour 15 minutes to Kisoro Airstrip. The road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge is just over an hour.

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Transport Mode Gorilla Trekking Bwindi / Nkuringo
Gorilla trekking starts in the morning from the rangers headquarter and can take as little as two hours or as much as six hours, depending on where the gorillas are. Only 8 guests are allowed per gorilla group and the maximum time spent with the gorillas is strictly 1 hour. The walk may include trekking through dense forest, sometimes including steeper climbs and guests need a bit of endurance and good footgear but will be rewarded with a life changing experience. In the southern sector of Bwindi you have the choice of trekking at Nkuringo or Rushaga.

Transport Mode Trekking the Bwindi Forest
Instead of a tedious seven-hour drive around the park by vehicle, you will hike from the southern part of Bwindi directly to the northern Buhoma sector. You will be driven to the village of Nteko, from where the trek begins. The trekking takes about four hours and is accompanied by a ranger and a guide who will explain flora & fauna and of course point out the beautiful birds. Keep your eyes open for chimpanzees - they also live in good numbers in the Bwindi Forest. Shortly before reaching Buhoma, the Munyaga waterfalls are worth a little detour. Buhoma Lodge and Gorilla Forest Lodge are located conveniently right at the end of the trek, all other accommodation are situated outside the park in the village.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Gorilla Forest Camp
2 nights Gorilla Forest Camp Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The ten tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are elevated on wooden platforms and provide comfort and relaxation after a day spent tracking gorillas. Each tent features two queen sized beds and an ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy as well as an indoor shower. Guests can also enjoy the rainforest from their private veranda. Smaller monkeys can often be observed from here, skillfully prancing around in the trees.

Gorilla Forest Camp is a high quality camp with good food and professional service with a personal attendant to cater for to guests’ every need. From the parking lot a steep staircase leads up to the lodge, where guests are greeted by a signboard with the message 'made it!'. The open and tasteful main building includes a cozy lounge, a dining area and a well-stocked bar. A staircase leads down to a well-kept lawn with a fireplace where guests meet for sundowners.

A variety of treatments are offered at the small in-house spa.

Location
Gorilla Forest Camp is located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the northern part of the National Park, in the so-called Buhoma sector. The camp occupies an elevated position on the mountain side and features great views of the mountains and the rainforest. An ideal location for mountain gorilla trekking and bird watching within Bwindi National Park. The camp is located inside the National Park.

Travel time to Gorilla Forest Camp from Entebbe is around nine hours. Flights from Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip take about one hour and from there it is only a one-hour drive to camp.

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Transport Mode Gorilla Trekking Bwindi / Buhoma
Gorilla trekking starts in the morning from the rangers headquarter and can take as little as two hours or as much as six hours, depending on where the gorillas are. Only 8 guests are allowed per gorilla group and the maximum time spent with the gorillas is strictly 1 hour. The walk may include trekking through dense forest, sometimes including steeper climbs and guests need a bit of endurance and good footgear but will be rewarded with a life changing experience. Four different gorilla groups can be visited in the Buhoma sector. They are called Rushegura, Habinyanja, Katwe and Mubare.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Ishasha Wilderness Camp
2 nights Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a classic safari camp with ten guest tents that all feature en-suite bathroom, shower and running water. The camp was built in a romantic location on the banks of Ntungwe River under shady trees. Guests who do not expect too much luxury and enjoy a typical safari camp in the middle of the wilderness will love this camp.

The open main building comes with a large dining and lounge area. Down by the river is a fire pit where guests can sit around the open fire in the evening and enjoy a drink.

Location
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located in the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Bwindi Forest can be reached in about two hours. The northern section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya Peninsula, Mweya Lodge) in about 3 hrs, depending on the road conditions. Kihihi Airstrip is about 45 minutes from the camp.

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Transport Mode Sundowner at Ishasha
After your evening game drive, enjoy a sundowner in the park overlooking the savannah of Ishasha. A Gin Tonic never tastes better than when accompanied by the setting African sun.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Kyambura Gorge Lodge
2 nights Kyambura Gorge Lodge Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge Lodge offers eight remarkably tasteful bandas with double or twin beds. The wooden floors, high ceilings and carefully chosen interior design give the rooms style and grandeur - your perfect home away from home in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Four of the rooms, the Deluxe Bandas, are larger and provide even more space.

Here are the Images of the Kyambura Deluxe Bandas

All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilet, double washbasins, shower and a private balcony. The rooms are named after the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge and are slightly elevated on a hillside. Enjoy views across Queen Elizabeth National Park to the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, which are clearly visible on good days.

The lodge has vast grounds - in the middle of it sits the beautifully restored main house, which was a coffee roastery once. The old building has been carefully restored and transformed into a modern living room. If the weather permits, meals are served on the terrace. There is also a beautiful swimming pool and spa.

Location
Kyambura Gorge Lodge is located on the eastern border of Queen Elizabeth National Park, just outside the park. This is absolutely no disadvantage as the game drives in the northern part are done on the Kasenyi plains. These are easily accessible via the bridge that crosses the Kazinga Channel at Katunguru.

Kyambura Gorge is situated close to the lodge. Descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness. Chimp Trekking requires a permit, which is issued in advance and the trekkers must be accompanied by an official ranger.

Kazinga Channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George, named after Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII and his successor, George V. The boat trips start at Mweya Lodge, which can be reached in about an hours drive.

A drive from Kampala / Entebbe takes about seven hours. Kibale Forest and the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park can be reached in about three hours.

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Transport Mode Boat trip on Kazinga Channel
The 36km long Kazinga Canal connects Lake Edward and Lake George, named after Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII and his successor, George V. The boat trips start from the Mweya Peninsula and take about two hours, travelling along both banks of the river. With a bit of luck, you will see many elephants and buffalos on the river banks, as well as hippos, crocodiles and many birds. You also pass a fishing village with very beautiful coloured boats.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Ndali Lodge
2 nights Ndali Lodge Kibale Forest National Park

This charming colonial-style lodge consists of an elegant main house and eight cozy cottages with views of the Rwenzori Mountains to the west. The mountain peaks are clearly visible on a good day and especially in the evening at sunset, the view is simply spectacular.

Ndali Lodge occupies a beautiful spot and guests can experience the rural atmosphere of Uganda in a very authentic way. The gardens are enchanting and offer various corners where you can read and relax. At the back of the main house there is a pergola from where the Nyinambuga crater lake can be seen.

Ndali is run by the owner couple.

Location
Kibale National Park (795 km²) is home to 13 different primate species. Especially the chimpanzees are a magnet for many visitors to Uganda. About 1,500 chimpanzees live in Kibale Forest, as well as the largest population of colobus monkeys in East Africa.

Ndali Lodge is located on the edge of the imposing Nyinambuga Crater Lake, about 10km west of Kibale Forest. The land around Ndali is privately owned and still operated in the traditional way.

The lodge is about 45 minutes drive from the starting point of the chimpanzee trekking. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be reached within two hours.

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Transport Mode Chimpanzee Trekking at Kibale Forest
Kibale National Park (795 km²) is home to 13 different primate species. Especially the chimpanzees are a magnet for many visitors to Uganda. About 1,500 chimpanzees live in Kibale Forest, as well as the largest population of colobus monkeys in East Africa.

You will visit one of these chimpanzee groups today. The trek starts at Kanyanchu Visitor Centre and usually takes two to four hours of easy trekking with your rangers. The actual time with the chimpanzees is limited to one hour.

By Vehicle Travel by road to Entebbe
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Basic Information
Individual journey. A professional guide will accompany you on this trip. The journey will be planned on your preferred dates.

Duration 17 nights. Min 2 guests. Trip vice versa possible.
A private guide / driver will accompany your on this trip. All transfers and game drives will be conducted in your private 4x4 vehicle.
Inclusive / Exclusive
Includes all transfers from Kigali/Entebbe to the hotels/camps to Entebbe/Kigali
  • Kigali Serena Hotel: Superior Room. Breakfast.
  • Nyungwe House: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands).
  • Cormoran Lodge: Double Room. Breakfast.
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
  • Gorilla Forest Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands).
  • Kyambura Gorge Lodge: Standard Banda. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
  • Ndali Lodge: Double Room. All meals.
Included Permits Nyungwe:
1 x Chimpanzee Trekking
1 x Colobus Monkey Trekking

Included Permits Volcanoes/Bwindi:
1 x Gorilla Trekking Ruanda
1 x Golden Monkey Trekking Ruanda
2 x Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Includes all game drives, park fees, chimp trekking at Kibale Forest, boat trip on Kazinga channel, 4-5 hrs transfer walk through Bwindi, 1 x private boat trip to Murchison Falls and 1x private boat cruise to the Nile delta, plus all permits as listed above.
Not included are international flights, gratuities, compulsary comprehensive travel insurance, visa fees, local airport fees, personal purchases.

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Bwindi Forest
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Queen Elizabeth NP
Queen Elizabeth NP
Kibale Forest
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