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THE PEARL OF AFRICA HOTEL KAMPALAPearl of Africa hotel

Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala is perched in the heart of Kampala on Nakasero hill, one of the major 7 hills of Kampala city, Uganda’s capital. Standing high at an elevation of approximately 90 meters (300 ft.) above sea level, the pearl of Africa hotel is arguably the tallest building in the Uganda’s capital city.

The 20 storied mega building has been under construction since 2006, taking over 11 solid years until its completion and grand opening on 1st October 2017. The colorful grand opening ceremony was blessed by a multitude of local and international guests, with a chief guest being His Excellence the president of Uganda, Rtd. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and other Very Important Persons including; the AYA brothers, the very proprietors of this hotel.

The chief guest thanked the proprietors and the entire management of the AYA investments Ltd for setting up such an incredible facility that will create thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities for Ugandans as well as boosting the hospitality and tourism industry, and promised to deal with government officials who always want to frustrate the good work of investors by requesting for bribes.

“I thank the AYA brothers for always reporting those who want bribes from them, that’s very good,” president Museveni said during the speech.

The pearl of Africa hotel Kampala is a 20-storey luxury facility, nestled on a spectacular hill in Uganda’s busiest capital city, Kampala. The hotel offers suitable facilities for local and international business and leisure travellers the very best of East African hospitality.

The hotel is a classic five star accommodation with a total of 253 rooms and 42 suites, ranging between 31 and 164 square meters in size. All rooms and suites are elegantly appointed – drawing inspiration from the pearl of Africa’s authentic natural beauty. The hotel is well furnished with world’s top class amenities that any traveller would expect, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, luxury spa and gym, conference halls, 3 spacious swimming pools, a well-equipped wellness centre, board rooms and meeting centres, mini bars, ensuite walk-in showers and a total of 7 restaurants.

Thinking of undertaking a tour in Uganda? The pearl of Africa Hotel is a one stop luxury centre in Kampala for your overnight stay to relax after a long flight. pearl of africa hotel kampala

GORILLA TREKKING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN UGANDA & RWANDA

gorilla trekking for people with disabilities in ugandaGorilla trekking tours are described as one best tourism encounter anybody can experience while still on earth.  However, mountain gorillas dwell in the Virunga highlands of Uganda, Rwanda and D.R Congo, making it a tedious and strenuous experience for most people, since it involves hiking through the jungles in the foggy and muddy slopes of this region to see these endangered species.

Specifically, persons with disabilities usually find this challenging or even impossible to be done; but with the increasing concerns and requests from these people, this has become history with the initiative of aiding the disabled and elderly enjoy a gorilla trekking safari in these countries.

A typical gorilla trekking safari in Uganda takes about 3-hour experience with one hour spent with the great apes. In Uganda, gorillas can be sighted in two national game parks namely the Bwindi Impenetrable Park and the Mgahinga National Park, while Rwanda has volcanoes national park and D.R Congo has both Kahuzi Biega national park and Virunga national park for lowland and mountain gorillas respectively. All destinations are characterised by thick jungles and steep terrain.  The ranger guides usually go ahead to clear the thickets and bushes to make way for the group. This is still the same procedure for gorilla trekking for persons with disabilities. The special need individual is transported with either a special sedan chairs or a bamboo stretcher carrier.

The transport aids make ferrying the client easier up the mountain ranges and through the jungles.  They have handles all round them which make it easier for handling the stretcher by the porters. A team of well bodied porters who are natives and have the best knowledge of the terrain of the area carry the individual. The carrier service comes at an extra cost of the $350 to $500 depending on the weight of person to be carried.

If you wish to be included for a special need safari, you will need to book a gorilla trekking permit in advance as any other traveller that is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). A permit currently costs only $600 (high season) and $450 during the discounted period.

Rwanda still remains the most expensive destination for gorilla trekking expeditions, where a permit costs a staggering 1,500 $ making it more costly than her counter parts, Uganda and D.R Congo. Yes, Uganda still remains the most affordable destination for gorilla tracking safaris in Africa. This however doesn’t cut the experience as Uganda has the best authentic holiday tours and half of the great ape population calls the pearl of Africa home.

D.R Congo however stands out as the only destination with a variety, playing host to both Lowland and Mountain Gorillas, allowing visitors to trek both species and notice the differences. A gorilla permit to Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park costs 400$, making it the cheapest option for gorilla trekking in this region.

Where to stay:

There are a number of lodges ranging from luxury / high end, midrange and budget that have options for people with disabilities and special facilities for wheel chair access.

A team of 12 energetic indigenous porters (who are familiar with the relief of this area) is assigned to carry a person on either the traditional bamboo carrier or the sophisticated sedan chair; however this depends on availability at the time of booking.

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Safari Summary:

Day 1: Transfer to Fort portal, Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves

Day 2: Chimp trekking and Bigodi wetland

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, community walks along Lake George

Day 4: Game drive and afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 6: Activities on Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Parc National Des Volcans

Day 7: Golden monkeys & transfer to Lake Kivu

Day 8: Cross to DRC, Kahuzi Biega national park

Day 9: Do Eastern lowland gorilla trekking & transfer to Kigali city. Departure

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Fort portal, Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves

Pick up from your lodge in Kampala in the morning, and transfer to Fort Portal next to Kibale forest national park – the “primate capital of East Africa”. 

Fort Portal is the tourism town in the far western region of Uganda, and it’s known for its clean streets and amazing conical hills that overlook the mid of the town, creating an outstanding magnificent scenery.

Traverse the undulating slopes of Mityana from Kampala, via scenic country side on this high way; arrive in Fort Portal in the afternoon for lunch at the lodge, and proceed to the Nyakasura area thereafter.

The Nyakasura area is the proud home of the Amabere Ga’nyinamiru caves, the magical stalagmites and Stalactites whose historical is both geographical and cultural; You will get both stories told by a local guide explaining the touching historical myth behind these caves. Return from this adventure in the evening and transfer to Kibale forest national park for dinner and overmight.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Primate Lodge (Luxury cottages)

Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 2: Chimp trekking and Bigodi wetland

In the morning after breakfast, undertake the lifetime experience of trekking chimpanzees. This encounter will begin at 2:00 pm, heading to the thick jungles of Kibale forest.  The Chimpanzee trekking experience tends to last 2 – 5 hours, including one hour of direct encounter with these amazing creatures.

Other species that dwell in this rain forest include the baboons, Bush-babies, colobus monkeys, Mangabeys and a variety of squirrels.

After lunch, you will transfer to Bigodi community wetland for a nature walk, to explore this ecologically diverse habitat. Set out for a walk in the impressive Bigodi Swamp sanctuary to enjoy birding and unveil the exceptional wetland vegetation and animals that dwell in this sanctuary.

Get back to the lodge after this experience, relax and have dinner.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Primate Lodge (Luxury cottages)

Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, community walks along Lake George

After morning breakfast at the lodge, head to Queen Elizabeth national park, one of the premier and most famous parks in Uganda, located in Kasese just after the jagged Rwenzori mountains

Admire the panoramic views of the Rwenzoris along the way, and arrive at Lake George in mid morning, to begin your community experience; Mix up with the communities along the landing site, and let you know how the natives behave, interact and get introduced to their daily activities.

Retire from this encounter, and head straight to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mid range: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Simba safari camp

Day 4: Game drive and afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel

Early game drive after a morning cup of hot tea; drive in the main camp at Mweya peninsular which is attractively positioned, separating Lake George from Lake Edward by Kazinga channel. Stretch to the Kasenyi plains, the renown mating ground offers you a lifetime opportunity of encounter a variety of wild game families at a glance including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours before you retreat back to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch proceed for a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This boasts to be home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the channel. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mid range: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Simba safari camp

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After a daybreak cup of coffee, embark on the trip to Lake Bunyonyi in south western part of Uganda. You undertake a game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of the tree climbing lions. This section of the park is well endowed with the infamous climbing lions together with other wild game that dwell in this woodland part of the park. The tree climbing lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey.  After this encounter, proceed on the drive to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Bird nest @Lake Bunyonyi

Mid range: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort

Budget: Supreme Adventure park

Day 6: Activities on Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Parc National Des Volcans

Wake up in the morning to admire the beautiful sun rising over this scenic lake and enjoy viewing it just from the Balcony of your room.

Lake Bunyonyi is famous for its unequalled terraces overlooking one of the deepest lakes in East Africa and the countless islands dotted all over the lake.

Take a mid morning boat cruise to explore the 29 islands all around Lake Bunyonyi, and visit the local Batwa communities who have lived in this area for centuries.

Return from this excursion early enough to transfer to Rwanda, in Volcanoes national park through verdant country side across the Virunga chain of mountains.

Arrive in the evening for relaxation, and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range: Le’Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Day 7: Golden monkey trekking & transfer to Lake Kivu

Head to the jungles of Parc National Des Volcans to explore the endangered golden monkeys in their natural habitat. Trekking these uniquely created creatures is an epic encounter that allows you to see, study, and photograph as they mix up freely within their distinctive troops. In the jungles, you will be able to spot other primates that dwell in this park, including Red & white colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, baboons, among others.

Golden monkeys are also considered as endangered – and Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkey troops that are available for visiting by tourists in the park, both of which make about 80 members.

Retreat from this activity, and prepare to travel to the western side of Gisenyi, to Lake Kivu near Congo boarder for an overnight stay and relaxation along the lake.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Mid range: Palm Gardens Resort

Budget: Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 8: Cross to DRC, Kahuzi Biega national park

 Transfer to Bukavu area in Democratic Republic of Congo after your breakfast.  Cross to Congo via Changugu border, with undulating views of Gisenyi based Lake Kivu and the scenic Congo Nile trail occupying your journey to the Kahuzi – Biega national park.

Spend the rest of the evening chilling at the lodge in Bukavu town awaiting gorilla trekking tour in Kahuzi – Biega national park the following morning.

Accommodation:

Luxury (Midrange): Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 9: Do Eastern lowland gorilla trekking safari

In the morning, you will head for the memorable adventure of trekking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National park. Tacking lowland Gorillas is very amazing, lowland Gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas, the lowland gorillas are bigger in size, usually takes 1-4 hours tracking the lowland Gorillas. These Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas; you will not regret the safari effort once you meet the amazing Gorillas! After tracking, you will go for a nature walk in the Kahuzi Biega park and visit Tshibati waterfalls, visit bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury (Midrange): Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 10: Drive back to Kigali. Departure in the evening

After breakfast, check out from the lodge, and drive back to Kigali; arrive in the evening to prepare for departure.

End of Safari with Love Uganda Safaris

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Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot lines +256 772 633 920 / +256 705 905 215 OR via our email inquiry@loveugandasafaris.com /info@loveugandasafaris.com  

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OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 1490, GAYAZA ROAD
OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visa fees
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

 

 

 

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Safari Summary

Day 1: Kigali city tour; visit the Kigali genocide memorial museum

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera national park; a boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Day 3: Game drive in Akagera national park; Transfer to Volcanoes national park

Day 4: Golden monkey trekking and Ibyi’wachu cultural encounter

Day 5: Transfer to Bukavu. Relax at the lodge

Day 6: Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park

Day 7: Travel back to Kigali city and departure

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kigali city tour; visit the Kigali genocide memorial museum

Pick up from your hotel in the morning after breakfast, embark on a city excursion in the famous Kigali. This city is one of the best and most clean cities in Africa. It represents rapid civilization, and a ray of hope after a very turbulent past, characterized by Genocide, colonialism and cultural conflicts.

 

Visit some of the iconic and historic sites in the mid of Kigali, like the presidential palace, monuments, and later transfer to the Kigali Genocide memorial Museum for an epic historical tour to learn more about genocide and the victims and survivors; it’s such an emotional tour but well worth it.

Accommodation: 

Luxury: Serena Hotel Kigali

Mid range: Hotel Chez Lando

Budget: Murugo Hostel

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera national park; a boat cruise on Lake Ihema

After a thrilling breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Akagera National park, located in the north-east part of the country, Akagera national park is a gem of its own; perched at the boarder of Tanzania and home to the famous Kagera River, this national park is a wonderful pearl within Rwanda. Don’t miss the amazing boat cruise on Lake Ihema (Rwanda’s 2nd largest lake after Lake Kivu) in the afternoon where you can view most of the aquatic animals in this region, including Crocodiles, Snakes and many birds in the surrounding wetlands.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: Dereva Hotel

Day 3: Game drive in Akagera national park; Transfer to Volcanoes national park

Undertake a morning game drive in Akagera national park; the game drive in this park presents an opportunity to encounter Rwanda’s profound wild game and the Big 4, including lions, Black Rhinos, Leopards, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras, and many more mammals.

Return to the lodge after this encounter, and prepare to transfer to Volcanoes national park, a proud home of the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

Arrive at your lodge in Volcanoes national park in the evening, check in at the lodge and refresh.

Accommodation: 

Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge:

Midrange: Le’ Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 4: Golden monkey trekking and Ibyi’wachu cultural encounter

After breakfast in the morning, gather at the park headquarters for a short briefing before heading out to the forest for golden monkey trekking. This activity is similar to gorilla trekking and begins at the same time 7:00am just like gorillas. These rare species are also listed as endangered – and Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys’ troops that are available for visiting in the park, both of which make about 80 members.

Retreat from this activity and head to the lodge for lunch, and after lunch relaxation meditating on the golden monkey trekking encounter, and in early you will be transferred to the interesting Ibyiwachu cultural village to mix and mingle with the authentic culture of the Rwandans. Get entertained with traditional dances, rituals, songs and stories about the history of this region.

Transfer back to the lodge for  relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: 

Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge:

Midrange: Le’ Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu. Relax on the lake

Transfer to Bukavu, a town located south of Lake Kivu at the boarder of Rwanda and D.R. Congo. Drive via the Congo-Nile drive, and admire the magnificent views of Lake Kivu. Have an en route lunch, and check in at the lodge in the evening, refresh, and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Luxury (Midrange): Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 6: Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park

In the morning, you will head for the memorable adventure of trekking Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. Trekking lowland Gorillas is very amazing, these Gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda, they are bigger in size, usually takes 1-4 hours tracking the lowland Gorillas. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas; you will not regret the safari effort once you meet them! After tracking, you will go for a nature walk in the Kahuzi Biega national park and visit Tshibati waterfalls, Mbayo tea plantations, the research centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury (Midrange): Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 7: Transfer back to Kigali city. Departure

After breakfast, travel to Kigali city via Nyanza palace, and Butare to visit the ethnographic museum and also the Kings palace to have last moments with the Rwandan people and culture.

End of Safari with Love Uganda Safaris

INQUIRE NOW

Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot lines +256 772 633 920 / +256 705 905 215 OR via our email inquiry@loveugandasafaris.com /info@loveugandasafaris.com  

We are warmly waiting for your inquiry!

OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 1490, GAYAZA ROAD
OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visa fees
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

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Day 1: Transfer to Goma (Virunga National Park) from Kigali city  

After breakfast at your hotel in Kigali city, meet and greet with the driver guide, who will drive you to your next destination, Gisenyi town along Lake Kivu, which is only 28 Km from Virunga national park. Gisenyi has a variety of sand beaches presenting opportunities for relaxation and recreational boat cruises.

The boat cruise offers magnificent sights of endless water views, series of Islands and the overlooking Nyiragongo Volcano. Have lunch after which you cross the Congo border to Goma in the North Kivu province.

 Accommodation options:

Luxury: Mikeno Lodge

Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp

Budget: Cap Kivu Hotel

Day 2: Hike the Nyiragongo volcano

Undertake the Nyiragongo adventure challenge after an early morning breakfast at the lodge. This hike is one of the most challenging as well as interesting as it presents a modern history of volcanic activity. Nyiragongo Mountain has a recent history of volcanic eruption as late as 1997 and 2002 and has the largest lava lake in Africa.

This is a rewarding hike that lasts 4 – 6 hours and begins at an altitude of 1,989m ASL ascending to 3,470m ASL in the shortest period. The overnight is spent at the crater rim and the best views of the lava lake occur at night.

Hire porters from the lodge who will carry the heavy luggage and food to the mountains.

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Day 3: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and relax at the lodge

After breakfast at the camps, admire the views of the Lava Lake and remains of the volcanic eruption as you descend to the base of the mountain.  The panoramic views of dense Congo jungle and the scenic waters of Lake Kivu will occupy your journey back to the lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mikeno Lodge

Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp

Budget: Cap Kivu Hotel

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is not only a home to the mountain gorillas but also a haven to two other great ape species namely; Chimpanzees and the Eastern low land Gorillas. The Park is also home to other wild game including the unique Okapi, forest elephants among others. The gorilla trekking experience begins in the morning at Bukima patrol post, the briefing point. The trek involves traversing the forested jungle of the park in the company of the ranger guides and porters.

As other gorilla destinations in Africa, Virunga provides a memorable opportunity to encounter the critically endangered apes right in their natural habitat. The moment with mountain gorillas is limited to one hour with opportunities for amazing photo shoots and extensive learning about their behaviors, watching them play, feed and mothers caring for the babies is truly an epic encounter. Retreat from the activity and retire to the lodge for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Mikeno Lodge

Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp

Budget / Basic: Cap Kivu Hotel

Day 5:  Drive back to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the drive to Kigali, taking about 3 – 4 hours of traversing country side sceneries of the Kivu Province until Kigali to catch up with your flight or retire at the lodge.

End of Safari with Love Uganda Safaris

INQUIRE NOW

Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot lines +256 772 633 920 / +256 705 905 215 OR via our email inquiry@loveugandasafaris.com /info@loveugandasafaris.com

We are warmly waiting for your inquiry!

OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 1490, GAYAZA ROAD

OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visa fees
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

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Begin this 3 Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking safari with Love Uganda Safaris from Kigali driving with your guide into Gisenyi crossing into Congo via Goma border of Congo-Rwanda.

Mount Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active strato volcanoes, located in Eastern Congo near the Virunga national park. It is one of the world’s most recent wonders, famous for its magnificent views of bubbling lava observed at a distance.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali city tour after pick up and transfer to Lake Kivu.

The driver guide will meet you at Kigali airport upon arrival, and pick you up for a short Kigali city tour; visit the Kigali Genocide memorial site, Kimironko local market for crafts and fruits, the presidential palace, etc. Retire for lunch and simple relaxation, and later travel to Gisenyi town, at Lake Kivu and take an afternoon boat cruise upon arrival.

Retire for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Mid range: Palm Gardens Resort

Budget: Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Congo for a hiking experience on Mount Nyiragongo

Wake up as early as possible and prepare for the morning transfer to Congo for hiking safari experience on Nyiragongo volcano. Start the hike from Kibatsi village after briefing by the head guide.

Commence this adventurous hike towards the Nyiragongo summit with the assigned porters and guides. Hiking to the Nyiragongo summit usually lasts 4 – 6 hours depending on the general group fitness. When Hiking, you don’t leave anyone behind! Dinner and overnight in the mountain shelters.

Day 3: Descend the Volcano and transfer to Volcanoes national park

Early morning, you will begin descending from the volcano, where your guide will drive you back to Goma by midday. You will then cross over back to Rwanda and transfer to Kigali for your departure flight.

End of Safari with Love Uganda Safaris

INQUIRE NOW

Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot lines +256 772 633 920 / +256 705 905 215 OR via our email inquiry@loveugandasafaris.com /info@loveugandasafaris.com

We are warmly waiting for your inquiry!

OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 1490, GAYAZA ROAD

OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari

  • Hiking permit
  • 4*4 Land cruiser Vehicle
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visa fees
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

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This Gorilla trekking tour in Congo avails endless chances of trekking lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park; this is a renowned destination for trekking the Lowland Eastern Gorillas, which are only unique to this place.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali city to Bukavu – Congo

The tour begins from Kigali city, Rwanda with an early pick up from your lodge by our company guide.

Drive past Butare city and visit the Mirambi genocide memorial site, the national museum in Butare, the Kings Palace in Nyanza, and other cultural activities at this place.

Have en route lunch and transfer to Bukavu for Dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Orchid safari Lodge

Budget /Midrange: Hotel Horizon

Day 3: Lowland Gorilla trekking encounter

The gorilla encounter begins with an early breakfast at the lodge and you’ll be driven to the park headquarters from Bukavu town, where you will go through a short briefing concerning how to behave and the general code of conduct when with the gorillas.

Trekking the lowland gorillas takes place in lowland forests making it quite easier compared to mountain gorilla trekking. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed only 1 hour with these gentle giants.

In the afternoon, visit neighboring communities of Kibasi village, visit the water falls, and proceed to Bukavu town later for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Orchid safari Lodge

Budget /Midrange: Hotel Horizon

Day 3: Departure

After breakfast, transfer back to Kigali crossing via the Cyangugu border back into Rwanda for drop off at either airport or hotel.

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KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permits
  • 4 WD Vehicle
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visa fees
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

 

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A typical 3 Day Congo Gorilla Safari takes you to Congo’s mountain gorilla home, the Virunga national park that will avail you with the best primate experience. The tour begins and ends in Rwanda‘s capital, Kigali. Currently the Democratic Republic of Congo is the least visited destination in East Africa which makes Congo safari super adventurous if one chooses to move to this virgin nation.

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Bukima in DR Congo

In the morning, prepare to be picked by one of our experienced driver guides at the lodge to drive you through Kigali heading to the Bukima in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The journey usually takes estimated 4 hours to reach Goma and have a stop over for lunch and snacks. Later, continue to Bukima reaching in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mikeno lodge

Midrange: Bukima lodge

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Congo: Experience the Congo gorilla safari

After morning breakfast, transfer to the national park headquarters for briefing by the park rangers ahead of the Congo gorilla safari encounter. Here you will be reminded about the rules and regulations during trekking to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Then hike into the forested jungle searching the allocated gorilla family. Interaction with the gorillas will last for an hour after which you will descend back to the starting point. Take as many photos as possible, but only non-flashlight photography cameras are allowed, as a way of not scaring away the gorillas.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mikeno lodge

Midrange: Bukima lodge

Day 3: Return to Kigali

Have breakfast at your hotel and drive back to Kigali.

OPTIONAL: You can choose to do Kigali city tour in case you have time- head for Kigali to visit the genocide memorial site, local market visits, and national museum. Later drop off at your hotel or airport for return flight.

End of the tour

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Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot lines +256 772 633 920 / +256 705 905 215 OR via our email inquiry@loveugandasafaris.com / info@loveugandasafaris.com 

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OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 1490, GAYAZA ROAD
OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

Inclusions:

  • Gorilla permits
  • 4WD Land cruiser vehicle
  • All ground transportation
  • Experienced driver / guide
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions:

  • Visas and international flights
  • Air tickets
  • Travel insurance cover
  • Alcoholic and other beverages not mentioned
  • Any service specified as optional

When to visit Uganda: Weather and Climate of UgandaVisit uganda, Uganda safari, Uganda safaris, tour Uganda,

Uganda is characterized by  relatively tropical climate, with temperatures ranges of between 21- 25 degrees Celsius, with mountainous and swampy areas being much cooler; for example on top of Mount Elgon and Rwenzoris which is usually covered by snow and temperatures can drop to up to 10 – 15”C. The hottest months of Uganda in most regions tend to be December, January to February, and evenings are always chilly after the day’s heat where temperatures can range between 12 degrees-16”C.

Apart from the northern region, many regions in Uganda have annual precipitation ranging between 1,000 mm and 2,000 mm, with heavy rains experienced in the months of March and May and between October and November. It is in these months when road transport can be difficult due to heavy floods that cause most roads to be almost impassable in various remote areas of the country.

The best time for Gorilla trekking in Uganda is during dry seasons, between months of January, February and June to September, while Uganda wildlife safaris can be best done at the end of dry seasons, where wildlife viewing can be possible and when animals are concentrated around water sources.

Required clothing when visiting Uganda

Not much clothing restrictions is required to visit Uganda, however light weight clothes with a warm cover up for the evenings are recommended.

Strong and good walking shoes are recommended especially for forest hikes, and trekking excursions and long sleeved shirts to protect against bush insects.

Ensure as much as possible to come along with warm clothings as areas near lakes, forests and mountains tend to get too cold, with temperatures dropping up to as low as 10 degrees Celsius.

However light clothings are also much needed for the hotter regions of this country, where temperatures range between 25 – 30 degrees Celsius.

The Geography of Uganda: Where is Uganda?

Uganda is a land locked country located in the African continent within the East African region. Lying between the eastern and western arms of East African Great rift valley, Uganda covers a total of 197,100 square kilometers of land and 43,938 square kilometers of water, making it the 81st largest nation in the world with a total area covering 241,038 square kilometers.

Uganda shares boarders with her neighbors including; South Sudan to the North, Kenya in the East, Tanzania to the south, Rwanda and D.R. Congo to the South west and west respectively.

Uganda’s latitude and longitude coordinates are 1.1027° N, 32.3968° E. and uses a currency called shillings (/=).

Visit Uganda: what to see!

Uganda is extremely well endowed with nature’s wonders, including animals, birds, mountains, plateaus, lakes and rivers, forests and plantations, culture and people, amazing scenery and many others.

The most remarkable of all are the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park, nestled in the south western region of Uganda near the border of Rwanda and Congo; this park is a natural gem that hosts almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, with another half divided between Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park in Rwanda and D.R Congo respectively.

Apart from Bwindi national park, Mgahinga Gorilla Park is also a proud home to the mountain gorillas in Uganda, with one habituated family, Nyakagezi which is also open to tourists for trekking.

Uganda also hosts the human’s closest relatives, the chimpanzees which inhabit the forested areas of Fort portal in chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Uganda gorillas and chimpanzee tour, Uganda gorilla tours, safaris in ugandaKibale forest national park, home to the largest population of primates in Uganda. Other places which host chimpanzees in Uganda include the Budongo forest reserve, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, and the Semuliki valley reserve.

Hornbills in Uganda

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Abyssinian ground hornbill in uganda

With over 1067 bird species, the list of birds of Uganda is so long, and it can take a while for one to fully exploit to great depths. If you are in Uganda for business, a simple excursion or birding safari is a great way to culminate your trip. Here and now, we delve into the opulent hornbills of Uganda. Scientifically known as the Bucerotidae, these feathered creatures are symbolized by a stretched, down-curved bill that usually comes in vivid colors. The hornbill occasionally has a casqued on the upper mandible. Apart from Uganda these birds can also be found occupying areas in Asia, Melanesia, sub-tropical and tropical Africa.  Horn bills in Uganda can be categorized into about 17 sub species that include among others, the African pied hornbill, Abyssinian ground-hornbill, African grey hornbill, Black-casqued hornbill and the Jackson’s hornbill.

They are omnivorous birds and feed mainly on fruits, small creatures and insects. These birds vary in size that ranges from 100 grams to 6.5 kg in weight and 30cm to 1.2m varying depending on the particular species. Like in all those animals, the males are generally larger than the females. The bill is for protection purposes thus helps in defense, preening, building the nest, and catching prey.

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Hornbills in Uganda can be sighted at the Budongo Forest Reserve, Semuliki National Park, Bwindiimpenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Mabamba Swamp. The latter can be included into your bucket as a 1 day birding excursion before or after your main itinerary on a Uganda Safari holiday. They love open savanna grasslands, woodlands and dense forests. Hornbills are precious as their bills are dear artifacts known as hornbill ivory. This makes them targets for poachers, though this is not common in Africa.

If you are undertaking a birding safari in Uganda, be sure to include the horn bill species on your checklist and catch a glimpse of these peculiar birds as you explore and discover the pearl of Africa.