Immersive Rwanda and Uganda - behind the scenes
The crates used to translocate Lions to Akagera (Craig)  
Ranger explaining park management at Akagera (Craig)  
Park warden discussing rhino translocation into Akagera (Craig)  
Snares, bicycles and paddles used by poachers at Akagera (Craig)  
Elephant in Akagera (Craig)  
Boat trip on Lake Ihema, Akagera NP (Craig, 2018)  
Zebras in Akagera (Craig)  
Encountering Giraffes during game drive in Akagera (Craig)  
Rwenzori (Painted) turacou is often seen at Mgahinga  
Tranquil Lake Mutanda  
Golden monkey in Mgahinga Gorilla NP  
The 'Impenetrable' rainforest of Bwindi  
Few wildlife experiences beat visiting a family of Mountain gorilla  
Batwa community at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Craig)  
Batwa at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Craig)  
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Tour Highlights

  • Exploring and learning about conservation in Akagera National Park, Rwanda
  • Stunning scenery and Golden monkeys at Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Uganda
  • Stunning scenery at Lake Mutanda and the Kisozi Crater
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
  • Batwa Settlement Walk at Mgahinga Gorilla Park
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Immersive Rwanda and Uganda - behind the scenes

Rwanda      Uganda
While on this tailor-made, individual tour, you have the opportunity to experience Akagera National Park, where park staff will enlighten you
as to the inspirational work they are conducting with African Parks. Enjoy quintessential African scenery also during a boat trip on Lake
Two of the nights in the park will be spent at Karenga Bush Camp. During the time you are based there, enjoy a 2-hour 'Walk the Line' excursion. 
During this exercise the ranger who accompanies you, will explain the conservation measures being undertaken to safeguard wildlife; anti-poaching measures and how human-wildlife conflict is being mitigated. 
Travel in your private, comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle with your dedicated, experienced, professional driver-guide out of Akagera and northwards, crossing the Rwanda-Uganda border, from where you drive to beautiful Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for an overnight stay. You'll be taken on a Batwa Settlement walk here, during which guests are encouraged to have dialogue with the resident Batwa community through an interpreter.
You'll also be taken to seek the Golden monkeys and walk on the unusual and scenic Kisozi Caldera and take a short canoe trip on picturesque
Lake Mutanda. This day allows you to experience a very special and seldom=explored corner of rural southwest Uganda.
During your stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you begin with the thrilling experience of visiting a habituated family group of Mountain gorilla.
(One gorilla permit per person, is included in the tour price). You have the chance for a second gorilla trek - or, to make the 'Top of the World'
hike. After your stay at Nkuringo, your driver-guide will take you back to Kigali from where you fly home after a wonderful holiday.

Day 1
Take to the skies: UK (selected airports) - Kigali
Take the early morning KLM flight from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports via Amsterdam to Kigali, where you arrive in the evening.
On arrival, you will be welcomed by your experienced, professional, English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to the Heaven Boutique Hotel, to stay overnight.
Accommodation: Heaven Boutique Hotel
Day 2
Day 2
Head for the bush - Akagera National Park
Depart after breakfast in Kigali, to the southern sector of Akagera National Park, where you will be given a fascinating 'Behind the Scenes' talk by one of the rangers. Learn about Akagera's history; the wildlife relocation programmes (including Black rhinos and African lions) and the 2010 management takeover by African Parks, which has done exemplary work in terms of turning this park - Rwanda's only 'big five' protected area - into the success story that it is.
Take a boat trip in the afternoon on scenic Lake Ihema, where birdlife, hippos and crocs are prolific.
Tonight you'll stay in the widely appreciated Ruzizi Tented Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
Getting to know Akagera National Park
Breakfast is followed by a full day game drive northwwards to Karenga Bush Camp, now open most of the year except April and November. (Rainy season).
During the drive you should see plenty of game, notably African elephant, Cape buffalo, Giraffe and antelopes including Sable, Roan, Oribi, Bushbuck, Reedbuck and Topi.
Enjoy panoramic vistas from the top of the mountain across Lake Ihema and further southwards out to Tanzania. Stay 2 nights in Karenge Bush Camp, all meals included.
Accommodation: Karenge Bush Camp
Day 4
Day 4
Akagera - how it all works
You may, as we did in our last inspection visit, see elusive African leopard while out on a game drive this morning. In the afternoon, a ranger will take you on a 'Walk the Line' excursion. During this 7km walk (duration about 2 hours) you head into the hills following the fence along the outside of the park. You'll learn about how park staff safeguard wildlife and what measures are in place to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. From the top of the ridge where you walk to, you'll enjoy stunning views over the national park. Overnight in Karenge Bush Camp, all meals included.
Accommodation: Karenge Bush Camp
Day 5
Day 5
Crossing over into Uganda - Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Depart after breakfast to the Rwanda/Uganda border, from where you head up to the scenically spectacular Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, for an overnight stay in the very comfortable Mount Gahinga Lodge, all meals included.
This afternoon you'll be taken on an authentic experience to meet the reident Batwa community. With a mediator between the lodge management and the Batwa community and a translator, guests are invited to have dialogue with the Batwa, which can be a very moving experience. The experience isn't staged - you can often expect very direct answers to challenging questions.
Accommodation: Mount Gahinga Lodge
Day 6
Day 6
Rural Uganda at its best: Lake Mutanda, Kisoze Crater and Nkuringo/Bwindi South:
After breakfast, set off to visit the rare Golden monkeys, which enjoy bamboo groves in their rainforest habitat. Then travel to the Kisozi Caldera, where you enjoy a walk. Afterwards, make a short canoe trip on picture-postcard perfect Lake Mutanda. Drive on to Nkuringo in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, for a 3- night at the comfortable and very well-run Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, with all meals included.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Day 7
Day 7
After an early breakfast, you'll be taken to the park office for your briefing on conduct during Gorilla tracking.
Set off with scouts and porters to seek one of the resident, habituated family groups of Mountain gorilla are. Your golden hour with these incredible primates is something you'll cherish for the rest of your life - something with which very few wildlife experiences can compare.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Day 8
Day 8
Optional second Gorilla trek, OR, Gorilla Habituation Experience, OR 'Top of the World' hike
You have three wonderful alternatives to choose from today:
Either you can do a second Gorilla trek (please let us know as long in advance as is possible if you select this option, because oftentimes Gorilla permit availability is outweighed by demand) OR You could do the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience (price of a permit for this activity is US$1,500) OR Make the very scenic 'Top of the World' rainforest walk in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi. During this walk, you can take in more stunning scenery and seek abundant birdlife and small rainforest wildlife.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Day 9
Day 9
Back to Kigali for the flight home
Depart Bwindi this morning to scenic Lake Mutanda, where you enjoy an early lunch at the scenically appointed Chameleon Hill Lodge.
You will then be transferred over the Uganda/Rwanda border and south to Kigali Airport, in time to check in for the KLM flight departing tonight to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) via Amsterdam
Day 10
Welcome home!
On your early morning arrival into Amsderdam Schiphol Airport, connect with the KLM flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.
You'll be home by mid-morning after a wonderful holiday.

Pricing Information & Dates

10 day tour, from £7365 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
Return international KLM flights from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Kigali, with airport taxes
(economy class seating)
All private transfers and private, 4-wheel drive transportation
Services of your dedicated, experienced, knowledgeable, English-speaking driver-guide throughout
All excursions and activities as outlined on the itinerary
1 Uganda gorilla permit per person
1 Golden monkeys permit per person
National Park permits and entry fees
AMREF Evacuation insurance cover
All accommodation as stated, with all meals as listed
Mineral water in the vehicle
Price Excludes
Any meals not listed
Personal items (drinks, tips, phone calls, laundry, travel insurance)
Any additional gorilla permits

Tour Route Map

  1.   Kigali
  2.   Akagera National Park
  3.   Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  4.   Bwindi

Accommodation on this Tour

Heaven Boutique Hotel
Heaven Boutique Hotel
Kigali, Rwanda
Heaven Boutique Hotel Only a 15min drive from the international airport, and located in a quiet neighbourhood in Kigali's city centre with wonderful views of the city, the Heaven Restaurant &......
Karenge Bush Camp
Karenge Bush Camp
Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Karenge Bush Camp Karenge means ‘small footprint’ in Kinyarwanda. As well as being the name of the area where the camp was first set up, it echoes the aim of the bush camp to......
Mount Gahinga Lodge
Mount Gahinga Lodge
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda
Mount Gahinga Lodge Nestled in Uganda's most remote and stunning south-western section of the country, this cultural sanctuary is located in foothills of Mt Gahinga and Mt Sabyinyo......
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Bwindi, Uganda
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Perched on Nteko Ridge overlooking the distant peaks of the Virungas to one side and the forest-clad slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the other side, this......
Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Ruzizi Tented Lodge Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a small private lodge tucked away in the riverine forest on the edge of the calm and peaceful Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park.The nine spacious en-suite......

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