Rwanda, Uganda Gorillas and Botswana Eco-tour

13 Day Tour | From Uganda to Botswana
Group size: Max 12
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Rwanda, Uganda and Botswana – these three fascinating countries combine to create an experience offering a myriad of wildlife viewing, including the remote, majestic gorillas of Bwindi. There is limited availability of gorilla permits per day, so booking well in advance is recommended to secure your date of choice.


13 Day Tour | From Uganda to Botswana

Travel: 13 Days


  • Tour Kigale, Rwanda including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site
  • Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Stay at two safari camps in Botswana
  • Wildlife safaris with opportunities to see elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, impala, lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah
  • Hundreds of species of birds including herons, storks, kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles and the elusive Pels Fishing Owl


  • 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Kigali, Park Inn by Radisson or similar
  • City tour of Kigale
  • Transfer by road from Kigale to Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge,
  • Bwindi National Park, including lunch en route
  • 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast and dinner,
  • Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge
  • Transfers between the lodge and the National Park Office
  • Gorilla permit
  • Guided gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, including packed lunch
  • Transfer from Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge to Kigale
  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast and dinner in
  • Kigale, Chez Lando Hotel or similar
  • Scheduled light aircraft flights between camps
  • Tented accommodation at camps
  • All meals while at camp
  • Local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne)
  • Laundry services
  • Services of lodge guides and staff
  • Twice-daily scheduled camp activities
  • Park Fees
  • Accommodation taxes, Tourism Levies, VAT and GST
  • Escorted by Great Canadian Travel Africa Specialist


On arrival at Kigali you are met by tour guide and transferred the 12km from the airport to your centrally located hotel.
The Park Inn by Radisson offers a prime city centre location and is the premier hotel choice in Rwanda’s capital city. Accommodation has been booked on half board basis, including breakfast and dinner. The 161 modern rooms and suites include amenities like free Wireless High-speed Internet and comfortable furnishings. Enjoy dining at Live Inn Room Restaurant, with its convenient dining hours. Amenities include a pool, pool bar and fitness centre. Easily reach government buildings such as the Presidential Palace and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center.

Breakfast at Park Inn, and then head out for a city tour of Kigali, including visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial site, Kigali museum, and the Nyamirambo Women’s Center. Dinner and overnight at Park Inn.

Breakfast at Park Inn, and transfer by road to Kisoro – Uganda (Bwindi national park area) via Cyanika Border. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and proceed to Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge for dinner and overnight. Driving time today is 4-5 hours.
Sitting on the Nteko ridge, the eco-friendly Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Kashasha river valley, and the Nkuringo forested hill. The camp has views of the Virunga volcano chain and the Albertine Rift Valley and also provides prime access to gorilla tracking. Other activities include Buniga and Bwindi forest walks and bird watching, guided village tours, Batwa pygmy visits, and the Nteko ridge community trail. The proceeds of this trail go back to community support projects.
The lodge has 4 en-suite cottages, 6 en-suite Virunga Terrace rooms, and a family cottage. The smaller cottages and rooms have private terraces with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and the family cottage looks out on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There is a restaurant where guests can enjoy fresh and wholesome meals.
For your Gorilla Trek: Make sure you have packed all the necessary trekking gear like gloves, trekking boots, long sleeved wear, rain jackets, snacks and packed lunch, walking stick (very necessary) and among others. This is what you should expect the day of your gorilla trekking excursion in the Rwanda and Uganda. Carry your passport as you head to the park headquarters during the pre-tracking briefing by the officials. Your gorilla permits will be crosschecked with your passports to confirm whether you are the right owner of the permit.

Early morning breakfast at Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, then a short drive takes you to the National Park offices by 8:00 AM for pre-Gorilla trekking briefing.
After a quick briefing by your guide on safety measures and what to expect during the day, including all the do’s and don’ts while with mountain gorillas, you will be separated in groups of 8 people maximum and assigned one gorilla family to trek. Rwanda has 10 gorilla families / groups while Uganda has 12 gorilla families in the 4 tracking regions in Bwindi national park and 1 gorilla family (Nyakagezi group) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Your tracking group will be transferred to the starting point of your gorilla family trek. Please note that gorilla family allocations depend on your interests, fitness level and age. Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and a certain level of fitness is required. Trekking can take from 30 minutes to three quarters of the day so you need to be prepared for both possibilities. Each gorilla tracking group will have a main guide and two scouts who carry AK-47 guns, one walking in front and another behind the group. The reason for armed scouts is for protection in the forest against wild elephants or angry, wild gorillas. The scouts are trained to fire shots into the air first in order to scare away the animals. But this is only done on rarest occasions. when all other options like hiding away from the dangerous animals have been done. However, the policy of the National Parks is to be safe rather than sorry.
The forest is verdant, humid and somewhat light and there are no discernible trekking paths. The terrain is full of hills and steep volcano slopes; where you will be required to pull yourself up steep grades by grasping onto branches, plant roots, bushes and more. Follow the lead of the guide as to the best path and form to take. You can have a short break during a long trek in order to relax and refresh. It is also advisable that you carry some energy giving snacks and bottled mineral water to quench your thirst and give you more energy in case of extensive gorilla tracking. There is the option to hire a porter for your day pack before heading out onto the trail.
You guide will try to provide information about trees, birds and other wildlife in the forest until you reach a given family of gorillas. You will be allowed only one hour of photography and observing mountain gorillas as they go about with their daily day activities and then trek back to the park headquarters to receive your certificates. Lunch will either be a packed lunch or taken back at the lodge.
Being wild animals in their natural habitat, seeing these gorillas easily is not be guaranteed, as they tend to move as far as necessary in search of food. Even those which are allocated to the physically fit and energetic tourists, that are always regarded as strenuous to track, may turn out to be easily tracked on a particular day. Gorilla tracking experience in Uganda are both interesting and unpredictable!
Dinner and overnight at your Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge.

Breakfast at Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge and then transfer back to Kigali, with a possible visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village en route. Iby’Iwacu village is located around Parc National des Volcans in Nyabigoma, Kinigi, Musanze District, Northern Province Rwanda. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village is committed to showcasing the ways of living, traditional lifestyles and dances to tourists.
Dinner and overnight at Chez Lando Hotel. The quaint garden-style hotel is located just five minutes from Kigali International Airport.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Johannesburg. While not included in the tour price we will book the flight for you to ensure the whole group travels together. The airfare cost will be quoted to you as an additional charge to be added to your package price and collected at the time of your deposit. You are free to book your own accommodation in Johannesburg or we can book you in at the Holiday Inn, Johannesburg Airport. This hotel offers free airport transfers and offers double rooms at approximately CA$130/night, breakfast included.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your late morning flight to Maun, Botswana. While not included in the tour price we will book the flight for you to ensure the whole group travels together. The airfare cost will be quoted to you as an additional charge to be added to your package price and collected at the time of your deposit.
You are met on arrival at Maun airport and transferred by light aircraft to Kwara Camp, where you will stay for 3 nights in tented rooms with en-suite, on an all-inclusive basis (excluding premium, imported alcohol). Enjoy an afternoon high tea and a late afternoon game drive today.
Kwara Camp is in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a wilderness area more than 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands. The 8 luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities.
At Kwara Camp you can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year-round, but the focus is on the water, gliding along in the special silence of a mekoro through crystal-clear waters or visiting the famous Godikwe lagoon, literally eye to eye with thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds.
Other species you can encounter through the channels and rivers are kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles, jacanas, darters and the elusive Pels Fishing Owl. Along with the bird watching, walks with a guide on one of the many palmfringed
islands and night drives in addition to morning and afternoon drives. The Kwara Camp area is also home to a variety of wild animals including, lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are abundant in this part of the Delta and regularly seen.

Enjoy all the scheduled camp activities and amenities offered at the camp.

Take in some activities this morning prior to departing by light aircraft to Lebala Camp, where you will stay for 3 nights in tented rooms with en-suite, on an all-inclusive basis (excluding premium, imported alcohol). You will be met on arrival by camp personnel and will enjoy afternoon high tea and a late afternoon game drive.
Lebala means wide open spaces in Setswana and the scenery around Kwando Lebala Camp is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannas. This wild expanse is contrasted with the casual elegance and luxury of the camp itself. Lebala Camp is situated 30 kilometres to the south of Kwando Lagoon Camp and fronts onto the Linyanti Wetlands of Chobe National Park.
The 8 spacious tents are unique and were designed specifically for this camp. Each is built on a raised teak deck, laid out for comfort and privacy. The tents have an entrance foyer with a reading and writing area, en-suite bathrooms with Victorian claw-foot bathtubs, “his and hers” washbasins and flush toilets. The bathrooms lead out to a reed enclosed open-air shower with hot and cold running water, powered by gas for hot water on demand. Each secluded tent has its own sundeck, and is set back among the trees. The endless vistas from the large windows and decks across the vast plains, make Lebala one of the finest ‘in the middle of nowhere “camps in Africa.

Enjoy all the scheduled camp activities and amenities offered at the camp.

Take in some activities this morning prior to departing by light aircraft to Kasane, where our safari program ends.


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