13 Days UGANDA & RWANDA

Code: R4-13ET
2020: 30/7, 17/9
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MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Murchison Falls
Game Drive on the Northern Bank of the Nile Nile launch cruise
BUDONGO FOREST
Chimp Trekking

 

FORT PORTAL

 

KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Bigodi Swamp Walk Scenic Crater Lakes

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Kyambura Gorge Trekking in the Maramagambo Forest
afternoon take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel

 

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Gorilla Trekking

 

KIGALI
Genocide Memorial site

 

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Day 1: Assemble in Singapore

Check in at Changi Airport for flights to Entebbe in Uganda via Addis Ababa.

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Day 2: Singapore – Addis Ababa – Entebbe (D)

SIN/ADD                 ET 639               0200/0550
ADD/EBB                 ET 332               0830/1035
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transfer to your accommodation for overnight.

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Day 3: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park (B/L/D)

(Approx distance : 353kms/6-7hrs)
Today we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda, the Murchison Falls National Park. En route we will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which had been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. Have lunch at the Rhino sanctuary and thereafter we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park and drive for an hour deeper into the National Park to the site of Murchison Falls after which the park is named– one of Uganda most beautiful sights. If time allows, you will be able to visit to Top of the falls for a first view of the magnificent waterfalls.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda. The waterfall for which the park is named after is the most electrifying sight of its type in East Africa. The southern part is mostly covered by dense woodlands and harbors one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa, and is a premier sight for bird watchers, as well as one of the best- and most affordable – places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, borassus palms and riverine woodlands.The world’s longest River Nile is thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. Wildlife includes lions, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob and so much more.

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Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, different species of the savannah woodland birds, and if lucky even the elusive leopard to top the Africa’s “The Big 5” amongst a multitude of African plains game before returning to Baker’s Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the water falls for game viewing at close quarters. After the launch cruise, get off from the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile.

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Day 5: Murchison – Budongo Forest – Chimp Trekking (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will head on to Budongo Forest with packed lunch to witness chimps leaving their overnight nests between before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying. With an early start, you get to watch the chimps waking up and de-nest, search for food, rest, play and start making new nests in the evening to go to sleep again. After spending the morning and early afternoon with the chimps, slowly head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 6: Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park (B/L/D)

(Approx Distance : 400km/8-9 hrs)
Today we head towards Fort Portal. This long journey will be rewarded with stunning views while you pass small villages and local markets. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to the dense forest of Kibale National Park.

Kibale Forest National Parkis an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.

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Day 7: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park (B/L/D)

(Approx Distance : 185km/3hrs)
Spend the morning on the Bigodi Swamp Walk, an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting. Thereafter, sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park before proceeding south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park (B/L/D)

After your breakfast, you will proceed for a game drive in search of game through both the Mweya and Kasenyi Plains areas known for Lions and the elusive leopard. In the afternoon, we will head on to the Kyambura Gorge, home of a few remnant chimps. You will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

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Day 9: Queen Elizabeth Np (B/L/D)

Spend the morning trekking in the Maramagambo forest home of some remnant chimps and the blue lake, a memorable experience that brings you close to nature. You will get the chance to have a close look at the bats and maybe even the rock python and forest cobras that feed on the bats. The same walk will provide you with views of primates, different bird species and beautiful flora. In the afternoon take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds.

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Day 10: Queen Elizabeth Np – Volcanoes National Park (B/L/D)

(Approx Distance : 250km/5-6hours)
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful rolling hills of Kabale and Kisoro with stops at places of interest, crossing the Uganda and Rwanda border, to Ruhengeri the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. Ruhengeri town itself, located only 25km from Uganda border, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable and the town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes.

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Day 11: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking (B/L/D)

Early breakfast at your lodge and at 6.00 a.m., transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs. After registration, the park staff will determines which group of gorillas you will visit. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group. Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide will briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.

**Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. After the trek, join your driver guide for a transfer back to your lodge.
(Cost of porter: US$15 per person/per day)

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Day 12: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Addis Ababa (B/L)

KGL/ADD                ET 806                     1620/1950
ADD/SIN                ET 638                     2320/1450+1
Today you will enjoy the scenic drive back to Kigali, follow by a short city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide as well as learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience before proceeding to airport for your departure flight back to Singapore via Addis Ababa.

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Day 13: Arrival Singapore

Arrived Singapore with fond memories of a wonderful holiday to Uganda & Rwanda.

Tours Info

Airline
Ethiopia Airlines (ET)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore/Addis Ababa – 8 Hours 50 Minutes
Addis Ababa/ Entebbe – 2 Hours05 Minutes
Kigali /Addis Ababa – 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Addis Ababa / Singapore – 10 Hours 30 Minutes
Time Difference Ugandais5 hours behind Singapore.
Rwanda is 5 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure is required.
VISAS For Singapore passport holders, visas are not required for entry into Uganda and Rwanda. However, for other nationalities, kindly check with our office or the embassies directly.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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