If you are planning a Uganda trip having Gorillas and famous lakes on your mind, this trip has been designed just for you. With this customized 9-day Uganda Safari tour itinerary, you will know the tricks to explore Uganda like a pro, not a beginner. Visit the best and skip the rest will be the motto of your trip. So, know it and get it.
Day 1: Kigali to Bwindi by road
Day 2: The spectacular waterfall hike in Bwindi
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking
Day 4-5: Lake Mutanda
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi
Day 7-8: Gisenyi to Kibuye; Do exciting things at a leisurely pace
Day 9: Departure
Welcome to Kigali followed by a short drive to Bwindi - the home of gorillas
Experience the spectacular waterfall hike in Bwindi
A day full of adventure: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi
Relaxing and chilling by Lake Mutanda
One more day into the waters - visiting Lake Bunyonyi
Doing exciting things in Gisenyi and Kibuye
Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.
How your first day of the trip will spend actually depend upon the time of your arrival. If you are arriving in the early morning, there’s a lot you can explore in Uganda on the very first day. However, if you are arriving in the late afternoon or evening, all you can do for the rest of the day is relaxing in your lodge or a short walk around the premises. So, do decide this in advance so you can get the best out of your trip.
In this Uganda Safari package, we are assuming that your arrival has been done in the early morning. In that case, you will be lading in Kigali around 6 A.M. The reason why we have chosen Kigali over any other Uganda city is its close proximity to the famous Bwindi Forest. The place is ideal if you had Gorillas and the beautiful Uganda lakes on your mind while planning this safari.
Bwindi is at a 5-hours drive from Kigali and we know you do not want to waste even a single hour. That’s why, you will be immediately transferred to a private 4 vehicle that will escort you to Bwindi Backpackers - the place of your stay in Bwindi. This is an affordable yet beautiful option to spend some days in the incredible Bwindi. Even if you do not have a guide along with you, these backpackers are enough to guide you through the trek. Just meet the relevant people and they will guide you the best. Spend the night in your lodge and let the sun rise with an adventurous day.
The first activity of this trip would be the spectacular waterfall hike in Biwindi. Yes, you will get to hike the wonderful waterfall that adds tons of value to Bwindi. You might get surprised to know that these hikes would require a guide along with you. In fact, you might be asked to hire an armed guard just in case you get to encounter some forest elephants or other wildlife. For all this, you will have to pay between 15 USD pp to 60 USD pp.
Talking about the hike, it will be a 3h-4h waterfall hike wherein you will get to spot some of the best scenic moments in Uganda. While stepping towards the hike, do not forget to take a long stick along with you. The hike to the waterfall is not hard but the ground is usually slippery and lush green which only a stick can hold. You will find the hike stunning and filled with dense jungle and fenced animals. The waterfall is deep in the jungle and the path is not easily recognizable. This is why you need a local guide to guide you to the waterfall. You will spend an entire day hiking and enjoying the waterfall.
Reserve the third day of your trek to witness the majestic gorillas who reside in the lush green forests of Bwindi. You will arrive at the forest gate in the morning, A local bushman will be allotted to you who will take you deep inside the forest. All you need to do is to listen to the instructions and follow the trail without breaking the rules. In no time, you will find the gorillas right in front of you. The experience of witnessing the gigantic gorillas is incredible and you would feel the same. Once spotted, you will get an hour to spend with these majestic creatures. Admire them and click pictures as they are yours from a distance for some time. This way, your third day in Bwindi will end. Return to your lodge before dark.
One of the best activities that every Uganda travelers experience is relaxing by Lake Mutanda. If you are on a family vacation, this would be an ideal place to stay at. This lake is full of scenic views which you can capture in your cameras and eyes anytime. Plan a stay for a day or two in the lake and feel the tranquility that this place holds. You would fall in love with this side of the Mother Nature, for sure.
After tasting the stunning beauty of Lake Mutanda, you would not mind visiting one more and that’s why we have inculcated Lake Bunyonyi in your trip. You will be transferred to a lodge near to Lake Bunyonyi where you can enjoy the stunning views of the lake and play chess on the deck. Spend a night in this place and you will see your eyes soaked up with the best scenic views of Uganda.
A magnificent trail that runs the eastern length of Lake Kivu will become the next thrilling zone of your Rwanda safari. This trail connects rural villages and ascending across the green hills. The roads are less traveled and the paths are too narrow to be used without a vehicle. You might spot cows and goats roaming around the villages. There are some parts, where you may get a chance to ride across lush green fields, beneath the shade of coconut palms. Enjoy the typical cycling tour from Gisenyi to Kibuye for three days. Make an expedition, combining cycling and kayaking, and connect with a remote and unseen land that is rarely witnessed by foreigners. Let the villagers greet you with huge smiles, making the experience more happening. Witness the Intore dance ceremony and revelby the beats of drums and moves of dancers. Arrive in Kibuye on day eight and spend the final night of the expedition at a lodge on the lakeshore, returning from the rural land to some more modern Western luxuries.
Your 9 days Tour in Uganda is finally completing and today you will be saying Cheerios to the scenic beauty of this place. With lots of special memories in your heart, you will transfer to the airport for a happy return. Do not miss to enjoy your farewell breakfast in the hotel before the exit formalities. You will love the sweet gesture shown by the hotel staff.