AWF is pleased to offer an exclusive safari exploring the best of Uganda and Rwanda. Taking advantage of a private charter plane, you’ll travel to several diverse landscapes. During this 11-day adventure, you will have two exceptional encounters with the critically endangered mountain gorillas and a chance to view chimpanzees in their forested home. Additionally, you will transect much of Uganda visiting the region’s most outstanding habitats and wildlife-viewing areas.
Uganda is a land of contrasts, and Rwanda is the perfect counterpart. Begin in Kidepo Valley ringed by mountains in the far northwest of Uganda. Enjoy this wildlife-rich paradise known for its large herds of buffalo, zebra, and even the occasional tree-climbing lion. Venture onwards to Murchison Falls where the Nile rushes with tremendous force through a narrow twenty foot gorge. Enjoy private boat cruises on the Nile to view elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and search the delta for the critically endangered shoebill. Throughout the trip, you will be accompanied by an AWF Safari Leader, meet with AWF staff, and visit local projects.
Arrive at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda and join your fellow travelers at your hotel.
Days 2 – 3
Travel via private charter to the northeastern tip of Uganda to the serene Kidepo Valley. Spend your days here enjoying extended game drives through this wildlife-rich habitat. Buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, warthogs and more are abundant and as such so are lions. Your lodge is the only one in the park, complete with a waterhole which is frequented by wildlife. While in the landscape, you will visit the Karamojong tribe and the site of an AWF Conservation School.
Days 4 – 6
Travel to Murchison Falls and enjoy more days of game viewing searching for lions, leopards, and their prey. This park is home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and also elephants, hartebeests, and more. Take two private boat trips: one to the Falls to be bathed in the spray, and the other to find the elusive, prehistoric-like shoebill in the delta swamps. While cruising, you will have ample opportunity for some of the best bird watching on Earth and motor through some of the most highly populated hippo habitats in Africa. Your third day in this area takes you to the nearby Budongo Forest where you’ll have an opportunity to trek chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
Days 7 - 8
Your private charter flight travels to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, This will mark the first of two mountain gorilla treks. Tracking gorillas is a life-changing experience. Hike the steep slopes of this mountainous forest and have an eye-to-eye encounter with these magnificent animals.
Travel overland to Rwanda and an area made famous by Dian Fossey. Here, gorillas inhabit the slopes of ancient volcanoes and the terrain is quite different from Bwindi.
Awaken early to trek through dense bamboo thickets, emerald meadows, and among moss-laden hagenia trees to find Rwanda’s gorillas. Snap photos and revel in the moment as inquisitive youngsters play nearby and the silverback keeps a calm yet authoritative watch over the group. After your trek, return to the lodge for lunch and then travel overland to Rwanda’s capital city - Kigali.
This morning, take a city tour of Kigali and visit the Genocide Museum. Return to the Serena Kigali Hotel for lunch and a day room to prepare for an evening transfer to the Kigali airport and your international flight home.
For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:
Craig Sholley, Safari Leader
Phone: (202) 939-3339