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BEST OF RWANDA (14 Days)

Day 1; Arrival at Kigali international airport. 
Day 2; City tour to explore Kigali. Visit the local markets, Genocide memorial, Market and Nyamata Church. Return for Dinner and overnight at Chezlando (BB)
Day 3; Transfer to Butare (Huye) with a stopover at the Kings palace in Nyanza. Lunch at Ibis Hotel followed by Huye Mountain Coffee Tour experience. Proceed to Nyungwe Forest, arriving before dark for dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge. (BB)
Day 5; Nyungwe is one of East Africa’s largest montane forest park and is habitat to 13 primate species including chimpanzees and an impressive troop of an estimated 500 Black and White colobus monkeys. We shall go to Chamudongo Forest for Chimpanzee tracking and return to relax by the lodge pool. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (BB)
Day 6; Optional morning activities include a nature walk to the water fall, canopy walk or primate walk to look for the colobus monkeys. After lunch, drive to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu. Spend the night at Moriah Hill Resort. (BB)
Day 7; After  breakfast, a leisurely drive to Gisenyi on the Northern tip of Lake Kivu. Overnight at Paradis Malahide (BB)
Day 8; You will have a relaxed day with a boat trip on the lake or visit the hot springs in the area. It’s possible to visit a beer factory (requires prior booking) or visit Gisenyi town at the boarder of DRC. Overnight at Paradis Malahide. (BB)
Day 9; Leisurely drive to Musanze, have lunch at the historic Hotel Muhabura, visit local markets and proceed to check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (BB)
Day 10; You will have an option for Gorilla or Golden Monkey tracking. It’s also possible to climb one of the volcanoes in this Gorilla Park. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. (BB)
Day 11; Drive to Kigali, visit craft markets to appreciate the culture and shop for souvenirs. Please look out for a peace basket and find out the story behind this special souvenir. Overnight at Flame Tree Village.
Day 12;  Drive to Akagera National Park, arriving in time for lunch and the afternoon boat trip on one of the lakes. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge. (BB)
Day 13; With our packed lunch and a ranger guide, we shall have a full day gamedrive in search of lions, zebras, rhinos, buffaloes and more. Return to Akagera Game Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 14; Depending on your flight schedule and the previous day’s experience, you will have a brief game drive near the lodge or an extended drive to exit the park via the spectacular Mitumba hills. We shall proceed to Kigali and the Airport for your homebound flight.  

BEST OF UGANDA (14 Days)

Day 1. Arrival transfer to Airport View Guest House
Day 2. Drive to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking. Its possible to visit the top of the falls and proceed to check in at Pakuba Game Lodge.
Day 3. We shall have a Game drive in the morning, boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls and return for overnight at Pakuba Game Lodge
Day 4. We shall have a morning game drive and later drive to Hoima via Masindi town for lunch. Overnight at Hoima Cultural Lodge.
Day 5. We shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, with 13 primate species in a considerable area, this is the primate capital of the world. Check in at Kibale Forest Camp
Day 6. We shall do Chimp Tracking in the morning and look out for more primate species in Bigodi wetland in the afternoon. Kibale Forest Camp
Day 7. We shall drive through the craters, stop at one for a bird watching tour and proceed to check in at Kluges Guest Farm for a relaxed afternoon, dinner and overnight.
Day 8. We shall have an excursion trip to Semliki National Park for a nature walk, explore the hot springs and later Return to Kluges Guest Farm for dinner and overnight.
Day 9. We shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. With an impressive list of 610 and reported daily records of up to 300 birds, this is arguably the best birding site in the region. 95 Mammal species have been recorded in this park. We shall proceed to check in at Kasenyi Safari Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 10. We shall do an early morning game dive and later take a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. This will be our highlight of the day. Overnight at Kasenyi Safari camp
Day 11. We shall drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions. We shall proceed to check in at Buhoma Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 12. You will go for the ultimate Gorilla Tracking activity and later have an optional community walk to experience the rural life. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 13. We shall drive to the beautiful lake Bunyonyi via our initiated community school project; Grace Children’s Village. Enjoy the activities of the project and later proceed to check in at Birdnest Resort for dinner and overnight. 

UGANDA & RWANDA (15 Days)

Day 1. Arrival transfer to Airport View Guest House
Day 2. Drive to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking. We shall visit the top of the falls and proceed to check in at Kabalega Wilderness Lodge.
Day 3. We shall have a Game drive in the morning, boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls and return for overnight at Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
Day 4. We shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park which boasts of 13 primate species in a 795 km2 area and is considered to be the primate capital of the world. Check in at Kibale Forest Camp
Day 5. We shall do Chimp Tracking in the morning and look out for more primate species in Bigodi wetland in the afternoon. Kibale Forest Camp
Day 6. We shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. With an impressive list of 610 and reported daily records of up to 300 birds, this is arguably the best birding site in the region. 95 Mammal species have been recorded in this park. We shall proceed to check in at Kasenyi Safari Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7. We shall do an early morning game dive and later take a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. This will be our highlight of the day. Overnight at Kasenyi Safari camp
Day 8. We shall drive to Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha sector of QENP in search of tree climbing lions. We shall proceed to check in at Gorilla Mist Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 9. You will go for the ultimate Gorilla Tracking activity and later we drive to the beautiful lake Bunyonyi for a swim and a relaxed evening. Dinner and overnight at Birdnest Resort.
Day 10. After a relaxed morning, we shall drive to Rwanda via Chanika boarder. Along the way, we shall stop at Grace Children’s Village to learn about the efforts being undertaken to transform lives. If time permits, we shall visit one of our supported Batwa community to learn about their culture before proceeding to the boarder. We shall have dinner and overnight at the historical Muhabura Hotel.
Day 11. Otions for this day include Gorilla tracking, Golden Monkeys or climbing a volcano. We shall return to Muhabura Hotel in Musanze town, visit local markets and have dinner at Muhabura Hotel.
Day 12. We shall drive to Kigali and do a city tour after lunch. We shall visit the genocide memorial site, Nyamata Church and proceed to check in at Flame Tree Hotel for Dinner and overnight.
Day 13. We shall drive to Akagera National Park, arriving in time for an evening boat cruise on Lake Ihema. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 14. With a ranger guide and our packed lunch, we shall go for an extended game drive. We shall return to swim and relax at the lodge. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 15. Depending on your flight schedule, we may have a brief game drive near the Lodge before driving back to Kigali. Back in Kigali, it’s possible to visit craft markets or the Kings Palace Museum before your home bound flight. 

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival transfer to Airport View Guest House
Day 2. Drive to Mabamba. We shall return to Kampala for overnight at Cassia Lodge
Day 3. Drive to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking and birds enroute. Check in at Pakuba Game Lodge.
Day 4. Bird watching as we do a game drive in the morning.  In the afternoon, We shall have a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls to look out for more birds and return for overnight at Pakuba Game Lodge
Day 5. We shall take a private boat trip to the Nile delta, to look out for the shoebill and more and later drive out to the top of the falls. We shall proceed to check in at Budongo Eco Lodge. 
Day 6. With packed lunch, we shall spend the morning birding in the royal mile and proceed to check in at Hoima Cultural Village. This area is the only known site in East Africa for the elusive canopy-dwelling Ituri Batis. We shall proceed for overnight at Hoima Cultural Village.
Day 7. We shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, check in at Kibale Forest Camp and return to do evening birdwatching in the park or along the main road.
Day 8. We shall do Chimp Tracking in the morning and look out for more primate species in Bigodi wetland in the afternoon.  Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp
Day 9. We shall drive through the craters, stop at one for a bird watching tour and proceed to check in at Kluges Guest Farm for dinner and overnight.
Day 10. We shall have an excursion trip to Semliki National Park for a full day birding. Return to Kluges Guest Farm for dinner and overnight. 
Day 11. We shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. With an impressive list of 610 and reported daily records of up to 300 birds, this is arguably the best birding site in the region. We shall proceed to check in at Kasenyi Safari Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 12. We shall do birding in the park and take a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. Lions, Elephants, Uganda Kobs, Buffalos, Bushbucks, Waterbucks, Giants Forests Hogs, Warthogs, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and more grace this park. Overnight at Kasenyi Safari Camp
Day 13. We shall drive south of the park through Ishasha to look for tree climbing lions and proceed to check in at Ishasha Jungle Lodge. This stretch of the wilderness provides good opportunities for the African cuckoo-hawk, African cuckoo, common scimitarbill, black-bellied bustard, red-faced crombec, bateleur, hooded, Rupell’s griffon, lappet-faced, and white-backed vulture. We shall look out for the black bee-eater at the surprise point on Ishasha River.
Day 14. We shall drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, bird enroute and proceed to check in at Bakiga Lodge for dinner and overnight.
This is the most accessible site on earth for the rare and localized African Green Broadbill, one of the most sought-after birds. Specialities here include; African Green Broadbill, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, White-starred Robin, Mountain Greenbul, African hill Babbler. A highland swamp in the middle of the forest offers a unique habitant to its endemic Grauer`s Rush Warbler. Other birds include the Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, Strange Weaver, Shelly`s Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing. And if lucky we can see Black-fronted Duiker and Forest Elephants. Along the road, it’s possible to see a Mountain Wagtail and Cassin`s Grey Flycacther. Lookout for the blue-headed, blue-throated, purple-breasted and blue-throated brown sunbird, red-throated alethe, mountain illadopsis, collard and mountain-masked apalis.
Day 15. Gorilla Tracking and later proceed to Birdnest Resort at Lake Bunyonyi for a refreshing swim. We shall explore the region also known as the “Switzerland of Africa” birding enroute and around Lake Bunyonyi.
Day 16. We shall spend the day at Grace Children’s Village, our own initiated and supported community project. Help out with the children in class, farming or community activities. Return to Birdnest for overnight.
Day 17. We shall drive to Kisoro via Echuya Forest for Bird watching. Proceed to check in at Travellers Rest Hotel or on Lake Mutanda. 
Day 18. Full day exploring Lake Mutanda. You will visit Kyangusu, the burial caves of the region and do birding or visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for t While birding here, you shall keep your eyes out in the canopies to find primates. Overnight at Mutanda Island or Travellers Rest.
Day 19. We shall cross the border to Rwanda and stay at Muhabura Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 20. We shall track Golden Monkeys or climb a volcano and later transfer to Kigali. Overnight at Frame Tree Hotel.
Day 21. Depending on the flight schedule, we shall do a city tour, visit the Genocide memorial site and later transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.      

EXAMPLES OF BIRDS

Mabamba Area: Shoebill, Blue-cheecked bee eater, African marsh harrier, Eurasian marsh harrier, Osprey, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule, African pygmy Goose, Winding cisticola, Black crake and the Blue swallow. Wyne’s weaver, Narina’s trogan, Western nicator, White-breasted Negro-finch, Great blue Turaco, Crowned hornbill, Broad billed Roller, African green Pigeon, Gabar goshawk, Shikra, Grey parrot.
Murchison Falls Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:
Bronze-tailed, lesser, and greater blue-eared starlings, black-winged bishop, fan-tailed widowbird, white-crested turaco, black-billed and blue-spotted wood-dove, yellow-bellied hyliota, African-moustached warbler, brown twinspot, the seasonal lesser grey shrike, brown parrot, African thrush, little sparrow hawk, African harrier hawk, grey and Nubian woodpecker, green-backed eremomela, grey-headed olive back, white-chinned prinia, black and white mannikin, eastern grey plantain eater, red-eyed, African morning, ring-necked, and laughing dove.
Pakuba Game Lodge: 
Grey-headed, striped, and woodland kingfisher, red-shouldered cuckoos-shrike, beautiful sunbird, foxy, whistling, croaking, singing, rattling, sitting, and sniffling cisticola, Abyssinian ground hornbill, black-bellied and Stanley's bustard, white-fronted black chat, sooty chat, yellow billed, woodchat and grey-backed shrike. Abyssinian and rufous-crowned roller, spotted morning thrush, African quail finch, vitelline-masked weaver, black-billed barbet, swallow-tailed, northern carmine, little and the seasonal Eurasian, blue-cheeked and olive bee-eater, white-browed and chestnut-crowned sparrow-weavers, white-headed buffalo weaver, speckle-fronted weaver, rufous sparrow, superb starling,
Nile Delta and Murchison Falls National Park: Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Other specials include Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, White-rumped Seedeater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White Crested Turacco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Night jars (Pennant-winged &Standard-winged), White rumped canary and more. 
Budongo Forest:   Sabine’s spine tail, Cassin’s Spine-tail(rare), Pygmy Crake, Kingfishers (Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted, African Dwarf), White-spotted Fluff tail, Ituri Batis, Puvell’s Illadopsis, Brown Twin-spot, Cameroon Somber Greenbul, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Forest Robin, Little Green Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Olive Green Camaroptera while the famous Royal Mile “Ugandas premier birding site” can be rewarding with the Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. Greenbuls such as Spotted, Xavier’s, White-throated, Red-tailed & Honeyguide. The Yellow-mantled Weaver, Rufous Thrush, the Uganda Woodland-Warbler and numerous skulkers such as Scaly-breasted, Brown & Pale-breasted Illadopses, Fire-crested Alethe, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Yellow Longbill and Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher among others. We will keep an eye on any openings in the forest canopy for Cassin’s and Crowned Hawk-eagles, Cassin’s and Sabine’s spinetails, and White-throated Bee-eater are all possible.
Kibale Forest National Park:
We might come across the African Emerald Cuckoo, Purple-headed Starling, Black-billed Turacco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Blue-throated Roller, Narrow-tailed Starling, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-throated and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds. 
Bigodi Wetlands:
Papyrus endemics here include; Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-spotted Flufftal, Joyful Greenbul and Yellow-crested Woodpecker among others.
Semliki National Park:
We shall look out for; white crested Hornbill, piping Hornbill, Black-casqued Watteld Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill as well as the Red-sided Broadbil. Long-tailed Hawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk reside in this park. At the hot-springs we should spot, African Green Ibis as well as the Spot-breasted Ibis. Other species include the golden-backed pytilia, melba finch, orange-cheeked waxbill, marsh tchagra, brown-backed scrub robin, and at the park edges birds like the red-billed dwarf, black dwarf, pipping, and black-wattled casqued hornbill are easily sighted. African piculet, grants bluebill, crested and blue-billed malimbe, green-throated cuckoo, white-crested, pipping, black-billed dwarf, black-asqued wattled-hornbill, Maxwell’s weaver, roufous sided, and African broadbill. There is also eastern bearded greenbul, black-billed turaco, African pitta, blue-throated roller, yellow-throated nicator, chestnut-bellied Nigro finch, western bronze-naped pigeon, orange-cheeked waxbill, and more. 
Queen Elizabeth National Park: 
The bird checklist here will include; Alpine swift, White-rumped swift, Little Swift, Eurasian Swift, Blue-naped Mousebird, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Crowned lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Collared prantincole, Temminck’s courser, Violet-tipped Courser, Caspian Plover. On the boat trip in the afternoon along Kazinga channel, hundreds of water birds brace the banks. They include Palearctic migrants such as Heuglin’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern and Whiskered Tern. Others birds include the African skimmer, Saddle-billled stork, Yellow-billed stork, Hammerkorp, Goliath Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Great White Pelican and more. 
Lake Bunyonyi:
Scared swift, Little sparrowhawk, Augur Buzzard, White-naped Raven, Pied crow and Common stone chat. Streaky seedeater, flocks of Grey-crowned cranes, the Mountain Yellow Warbler, Black-headed waxbill and the Chabb’s cisticola among others. 
Echuya Forest:
Along the way, we shall look out for the white-starred robin, white-eyed slaty flytacher, olive thrush, mountain yellow warbler, white-tailed blue flyctacher, white-napped raven, olive woodpecker, dusky crimson wing, lagden’s bush-shrike, cape robin, grey-caped warbler, bronze sunbird, yellow-crowned canary, Rwenzori turaco, streaky seedeater, and on lucky days you shall try out the threatened Shelley's crimson wing finch. 
Lake Mutanda:
The localized red-collared mountain-babbler and the endemics like the Rwenzori Apalis and Turaco, the Red-faced, Woodland, Red-throated Alethe, and Archer’s robin-chat. Doherty's and many-colored Bushshrikes. This is another good spot for handsome francolin, sooty boubou, yellow-eyed black-flycatcher, Rwenzori hill babbler, Grauer’s rush, Neumann's, and Grauer's warblers as well as the black-faced Apalis. Other residents include Lagden’s bushshrike, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed, and Regal sunbirds, Stripe-breasted tit, Dusky crimson-wing, and strange weaver. Other birds you’ll hope to see include Kivu ground thrush, White-bellied robin-chat, and White-tailed blue-flycatcher.




KEY LOCATIONS

Murchison Falls National Park
Budongo Forest 
Kibale Forest National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Bigodi Wetlands
Semliki National Park
Lake Bunyonyi
Echuya Forest
Lake Mutanda



CHIMPANZEE TRACKING 

Chimpanzee tracking in dense tropical rain forests is a very exciting adventure. Tracking takes between 2-4hours through the tropical rain forest before locating and interfacing with our closest living and fascinating relatives. Chimpanzees and humans share more than 98% of their genetic code. Travel with Ecotravel company and watch the chimps play, fight and swing through the trees.

At Kibale National Park, you stand a 90% chance of seeing the chimps in their natural habitat. With Ecotravel, we can also organize for you a rare but special and unique interface with habituated chimps by spending the whole day with them

Note that, the number of chimpanzee viewing permits per day is limited, therefore this activity requires booking in advance. Ecotravel is happy to do the booking for you. Just email us at mail@ecotraveluganda.com

A lunch box can be organized for people intending to track the gorgeous chimpanzees. 

GORILLA TRACKING

Information will be posted soon.

WHAT TO BRING

Shoes with good traction, suitable for boggy valleys and steep muddy slopes

Rain gear, as the weather might be unpredictable

Some long sleeved clothes are recommended when moving through the jungle

Enough water and food

Binoculars (if you can)

Flash is not recommended as some chimps might aggressively respond to the light. Fast film (400-800 ASA) or related settings on your digital camera are recommended.

A monopod can also be of use and handy. 

Gloves (for the stinging nettle from following gorillas)

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