This bird watching safari in Rwanda includes encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and shoebills.
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- Explore avian wonders at Umusambi Village
- Bird Watching in Nyabarongo Wetlands
- Journey to Akagera National Park
- Safari in Akagera's diverse landscapes
- Discover Northern Akagera's birdlife
- Morning Birding and back to Kigali
- Musanze adventure, Buhanga Forest birding
- Bird-watching at Rugezi Swamp (IBA)
- Volcanoes National Park avian exploration
- Golden Monkey Trekking, Lake Kivu transfer
- Gishwati–Mukura National Park journey
- Reach Nyungwe, experience Canopy Walk
- Birding at Gisakura, Karamba, Kamiranzovu Marsh
- Mt. Bigugu Trail birding in Nyungwe
- Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe
- Local English-speaking guides/driver
- Tourist Visa (apply online at visas.immigration.go.ug)
- Accommodation & Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Gorilla Permit and park fees
- Local air and land transfers in 4x4 safari truck
- Service tips
- Activities & excursions as shown in the itinerary
- Extra meals, snacks, gratuities, souvenirs
- AMREF evacuation cover and government taxes
- Travel insurance
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Exploring the Pearl of Africa From the moment our driver, Patric Yiga, picked us up in Entebbe to begin our journey, we felt reassured that our travels would be safe. There were long hours spent driving and my many questions about Uganda were kindly answered. I still can’t believe how he could spot a leopard in a dense cactus! We were so lucky to see such wild creatures and the experience was unforgettable! The different lodges where we stayed, Isunga lodge, Kasenyi safari camp, and Nkuringo gorilla lodge were luxurious and offer truly wonderful meals and comforts of home. I have a much better understanding of lovely Uganda. I recommend the local foods, like matoke, that will give you energy on your journey! The people are genuine, the scenery and wildlife are a treasure for the world!
Trip of a lifetime! My mom and I just got back from an 8 day trip to Uganda organized by Nkuringo Safaris and it was incredible! When planning our trip we knew we wanted to use a Ugandan based company; I had reached out to 5 or 6 different companies all of whom returned a cookie cutter itinerary--except Nkuringo. Catherine replied and asked pointed questions about what our goals were and then she curated a perfect itinerary for us. She was incredibly patient and answered my many many questions and emails promptly (which is hard to do given the time difference!) Nkuringo goes out of their way to make sure your trip is exactly what you want. We had a bit of a strange request--we wanted to book a round of golf in Entebbe before starting our trip. I had no luck getting in touch with the golf club, Catherine struggled as well and she ended up sending someone physically to the club to make arrangements for us (thanks Matthew)! The trip Catherine created was perfect, we saw everything we wanted to see and the lodges she booked were spectacular, one nicer than the next. The star of our trip was 100% our driver (and now friend), Patrick Yiga. We were so lucky to have had this experience with him! He was with us the entire 8 days we were in Uganda. He ensured our schedule ran smoothly, was the epitome of professional (vehicle cleaned out every night, cold water waiting for us in the morning, knew all the best washroom spots, always on time), and we felt incredibly safe in his care. He answered all our of million questions about life in Uganda and was open to sharing with us. He is also very passionate about nature, wildlife, and the environment and was a wealth of knowledge on game drives. It was hard to say goodbye at the end of the week! I HIGHLY recommend planning your trip to Uganda with Nkuringo. Thank you so much to the entire team, especially Catherine and Patrick Yiga for creating the trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget!
Thank you Remmy! I have just returned from an 8 day trip to Uganda for my husband’s 40th birthday and it was amazing! Nkuringo Safaris were superb. Our driver and guide, Remmy, was excellent. He was so passionate and knowledgeable about all of the wildlife and about the culture in Uganda, we learnt so much from him. Remmy made sure that all of our experiences were the best they could be including the chimpanzee habituation experience, the gorilla trek and all of the game drives. The manager, Cathy, also took the time to come and see us at the start and end of our trip to make sure we had everything we needed and to listen to our feedback which was very appreciated. Nkuringo Safaris also provided us with a gift of reusable water bottles, hats and a map at the start of the trip which were very well used and the bottles ensured we weren’t wasting plastic bottles which was very important. The lodges we stayed in (Papaya Lake Lodge, Katara Lodge, Buhoma Lodge and Kigambira Safari Lodge) were all superb with incredibly friendly and helpful staff who couldn’t do enough for us. I can’t recommend Rainbow Tours (the agent we booked through) and Nkuringo Safaris highly enough. Thank you Remmy for giving us a once in a lifetime experience and for sharing all of your knowledge!
An incredible experience in a beautiful country We enjoyed an amazing 14 day safari adventure in Uganda, and the team from Nkuringo Safaris were instrumental in making it such a fantastic experience Unfortunately, when we arrived at Entebbe airport, we discovered that the airline had left two of our bags in Doha. (Fortunately, we had anticipated this possibility and had packed sufficient clothing etc for the first few days of our trip.) We were met at the airport by Cathy and her colleague from Nkuringo Safaris. They were instantly understanding and assured us that they would help us with being reunited with our luggage as soon as possible. On the way to our overnight accommodation, they took us to a local pharmacy to stock up on toiletries, suntan lotion, etc., as at that stage we did not know when we would see our missing luggage. This reassurance and assistance was greatly appreciated and we felt straight away that we were being looked after by a very professional team We spent our first night in the Boma Hotel in Entebbe. The following morning Cathy and her colleague collected us and took us back to Entebbe airport for our internal flight to Kisoro airport. At the airport Cathy helped us to liaise with the correct people to obtain the necessary reference numbers etc. to trace our luggage Thanks to the excellent work by the team at Nkuringo Safaris, we were re-united with our missing luggage a few days later - not an easy task to achieve, as we were moving from lodge to lodge during our trip Upon arrival at Kisoro airport we were met by our driver-guide Remmy Kityo who would be taking care of us for the remainder of our trip We feel incredibly lucky to have had Remmy as our driver-guide (and now a good friend!). He is professional, polite, friendly and efficient with an incredible encyclopaedia-like knowledge of the animals, birds, plants, trees and geography of Uganda. Remmy would always check in to see if we were OK and if we needed anything. It seems that nothing is too much trouble for Remmy! We travelled in a Toyota Landcruiser which had plenty of space for our luggage and had chilled drinking water and snacks available whenever we wanted. Remmy expertly handled the land cruiser over the very variable Ugandan road system (from flat tarmac roads to very bumpy trails where you receive an “African massage” as you bump along!) Remmy was a very safe and very competent driver As well as having a great sense of humour, Remmy is also very kind. When one of our friends felt travel sick, he could not have been kinder and more attentive. Due to his extensive experience, Remmy has developed excellent working relationships with the various rangers, lodge management and staff etc that we encountered and uses this to provide a first-rate service to his clients. We were joined on a couple of occasions by the brilliant Richard, whose rich knowledge and experience contributed greatly to our trip, particularly on the Ivy Trail We were fortunate enough to spend three nights at the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, and to meet Lydia, the CEO and founder of Nkuringo Safaris. Her passion for providing excellent customer experience and the company’s support of local communities is exemplary With Remmy’s help we enjoyed a thrilling fourteen days in Uganda, experiencing a rich blend of activities including (amongst others) trekking with gorillas (twice), chimpanzee trekking, rhino trekking, game drives, a traditional dugout canoe trip, three river trips and a trip into the Mbamba Wetlands where we were very fortunate to see the legendary Shoebill Stork. We had a very packed itinerary, and thanks to Remmy’s excellent organisation, we were always in the right place at the right time. He was always bang on time, always with a beaming smile, even at 5.30 in the morning! Uganda is a beautiful country and if you want to enjoy it to its fullest, I would strongly recommend that you let Nkuringo Safaris and, if you are lucky enough, Remmy Kityo take care of you during your trip Huge thanks to you all for so many wonderful memories
Amazing Uganda with Remmy We spent 14 days travelling around Uganda organised by Nkuringo Safaris and our guide and driver Remmy. From the moment we arrived we were looked after so well, Remmy was patient, kind and considerate and ensured our busy schedule ran like clockwork. His experience and knowledge shone through and made our game drives and excursions incredibly special. Gorilla tracking (we did both the 1 hour and 4 hour habituation) was amazing as was the Chimp tracking in the Budongo Forest. At all times we felt safe, the trackers, guides and porters were engaging and professional and made our interactions with these special animals a wonderful and joyous experience. We would recommend that you make sure you have e appropriate clothing (gaiters, boots, walking pole and gardening gloves) as well as use a Porter as the tracking can be hard work and it’s at altitude. The lodges we stayed in were of the highest standard and each time the service was exemplary and genuine. The boat trip down the Kazinga Channel was incredible as was the two trips down the Nile to see the Delta and Murchison Falls. The Ivy Trail and walks with Richard were also fascinating and provided the chance for us to see the incredible array of birds, butterflies and animals that inhabit these incredible forests. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Lydia and Cathy and the whole team at Nkuringo Safaris and to Remmy for making our trip so special. The memories will stay with us for ever.
Awesome! This was the trip of a lifetime! Nkuringo Safari's and everyone who works with them were amazing. We had three incredible trekking days - one for the chimps, one for the golden monkeys and one for the gorillas. All while staying at beautiful lodges with great food. When we weren't doing primate treks, we did guided community walks, and learned a lot about Uganda, it's people, and culture. Our guides were so lovely we didn't want to say goodbye to them. I booked the whole trip online, and they were professional and flexible, and great communicators. Really highly recommend them.
Wonderful Holiday We have just come back from an 11 day safari holiday in Uganda expertly organised by Nkuringo Walking Safaris. We had a fabulous guide, Julius, who looked after us at every step - the whole schedule was carefully thought out and went beyond our expectations. Our highlights were the driving game safaris where we saw the big five and the gorilla trekking which was very special and emotional. The people we met were warm and friendly throughout. Uganda was very beautiful, incredibly green and lush. The lodges were charming - particularly Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge and Assassha wildlife retreat which felt remote and a as though we had travelled back in time. The service was throughout, wonderful.
A hike to always remember! As a family of 4 we absolutely loved our hike and guided canoe with our hiking guide, Richard. We hiked from the junction below Nkuringo Lodge to Lake Mutanda and then enjoyed a canoe trip on the lake from there. Richard was very knowledgeable and it was one of our very favourite experiences of our trip. We would definitely recommend you take the time to do this as you get to experience the most fabulous scenery and rural life in Uganda in foot.
Amazing experience It was amezing expirence the nature was beautiful people there were very friendly and they cared about us a lot so we felt safe especially with Patric he was excellent host
Amazing Adventure holiday We were met at the airport by Milton our tour guide. Our holiday was made extra special by Milton. Every detail of this holiday package was so well thought through. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and the knowledge Milton has on Uganda, culture, wildlife, languages is better than Wikipedia and google. Thank you Milton for never getting tired of all the questions and always sharing your knowledge. Milton you were a star and gave us 10 star service, thank you.