Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour

We combine Uganda and Rwanda on this 12 day safari including a Mountain Gorilla trek

Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour

Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour

Experience both Uganda and Rwanda on this twelve day Safari tour. Cultural experiences include getting to enjoy the famous Ugandan hospitality and trying a range of delicious local food. The highlight of the tour though is when we meet the majestic mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

There is more wildlife as we take a safari and track the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest. You will also get to immerse yourself in wildlife conservation and local culture by engaging with experts and going behind the scenes with a leading conservationist and scientist. The final part of our tour takes in Rwanda as we visit Volcanoes National Park and learn about Diane Fossey’s work and legacy.

This is a private tour that can be tailor-made to your requirements. Just contact our experts for further details.

Day 1 - Arrive in Entebbe

One of our local team members will meet you on arrival in Entebbe and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Overnight in Kampala


Day 2 - Kampala Sight Seeing

Set off from your hotel late morning and visit the Kasubi cultural tombs and King’s palace which also was once a home of Idi Amin’s torture chambers. The tour includes a lunch in the city. Return to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight in Kampala (BLD)


Day 3 - Nile River and Community Tours in Jinja

An early start as you head east for a three-hour journey to Jinja city, home of the source of the Nile. On your way, stop at Namawojolo for a taste of “salty chicken on a stick” a delicacy popular with locals in transit. On arrival in Jinja, take a two-hour boat tour on the Nile. On the boat you can enjoy the serenity of the Nile while witnessing numerous bird species including kingfishers. Learn how the Nile has shaped Uganda’s culture and history before your last stop at a local fishing village. You will disembark from the boat and take a walk through the village to learn about their trade as well as their way of life. After the boat tour, we head for lunch at the home of a Ugandan family in a nearby community and learn how the family has been helped by Abide family centre.   There is then a take a two-hour quad biking tour along the banks of the Nile and neighbouring communities.  Thereafter head back to your hotel in Kampala.

Overnight in Kampala (BLD)


Day 4 - Kampala Walking Tour

Head out early morning for a walking tour of Kampala. All your senses come alive as you make your way through the hustle and bustle of Kampala. The tour includes visiting a local market, the taxi park and Uganda’s oldest food market. We return to your hotel for brunch before setting off for Fort Portal. It’s a five-hour drive from Kampala.

Overnight in Kibale N.P (BLD)


Day 5 - Chimp Tracking

Fort Portal is home to Kibale Forest National Park. We head out early at 7am to the park for a chimp tracking expedition. It’s such an enthralling experience that involves hiking through the forest in search of the chimpanzees. Once you find them, you have an hour to watch and observe before heading out and back to the lodge. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Later in the evening, head to Bigodi swamp for a swamp walk. The swamp is a great way of seeing the 8 different species of monkey found in Kibale National Park. We then return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight in Kibale N.P (BLD)


Day 6 - Kasese Coffee Tour and Queen Elizabeth National Park

We set off early morning to the foothills of mountain Ruwenzori. Here we will meet the Bakonjo people and get a tour of their coffee gardens on the mountain slopes. Learn how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and brewed. You may even get to make and taste your own cup of coffee.

We continue the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park and arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch have an afternoon break and rest after the drive. We will leave at 5pm for a game drive in the park. On the game drive the prominent sightings are Buffalos, Elephants, Warthogs, Antelopes and Lions. Leopards and Hyenas are also occasionally seen.

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth N.P. (BLD)


Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth Lion Tracking and Game Drives

This morning we meetup with local wildlife conservationists for a lion tracking expedition. With the help of GPS technology, you will track and locate a dominant lioness which usually is in the company of its pride. It’s common to encounter other predators and wildlife while lion tracking. We return to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, head out for a boat safari on the Kazinga channel. The channel is a 30km stretch of water that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is also home to hippos and Nile crocodiles, and attracts numerous other wildlife such as Elephants, Antelopes and many species of bird. The boat tour is two hours long and after we will return to the lodge for rest and dinner.

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth N.P. (BLD)


Day 8 - Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy your breakfast before we take the five hour drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We should get to the lodge in time for lunch. We will then meet Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka or one of her colleagues. Dr Gladys is a leading conservationist and scientist working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda. You will be given a tour of  a nearby village and the work that she is doing to educate locals on how to live harmoniously with these creatures. The tour is also a great way to learn about the traditions and cultures of the Batwa tribe that reside in the Bwindi region. You will return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Overnight in Bwindi N.P. (BLD)


Day 9 - Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

We start the day at 8am for a full day trekking experience through the thick jungle of Bwindi. Led by Dr. Gladys and/or forest rangers, you will search for a family of mountain gorillas and spend an hour observing and learning about these magnificent creatures. One hour is the maximum time permitted with the gorillas in any encounter. Visiting these enigmatic and beautiful creatures is a life-changing experience for many and be prepared for your view of the natural world to be changed forever.

Return to the lodge later in the afternoon for a much-needed rest, time to reflect and dinner

Overnight in Bwindi N.P. (BLD)


*Please note that this can be a strenuous hike and may take between an hour or three hours each way depending on the location of the gorilla.


Day 10 - Volcanoes National Park

Today it is a three-hour drive through the rolling hills of southern Uganda to the border with Rwanda. You will make your way through immigration with the help of our guide and continue your journey for another hour to your lodge in the town of Kinigi, located on the slopes of the Virunga mountains. Have lunch here and then head out to the Karisoke Exhibit. The Karisoke Research Centre, founded by Dr Diane Fossey almost 50 years ago, has been housed in a variety of facilities over the years and is currently located in a large office building in the Rwandan town of Musanze, just outside Volcanoes National Park. Here you will get to learn about Dr Fossey’s work and legacy as well as the current efforts being done to protect the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Overnight near Volcanoes N.P (B) 


Day 11 - Transfer to Kigali

You will get to spend the day at leisure and there are no activities planned or included until later in the afternoon when you will travel to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, located 2 hours away.  There are a range of additional activities that we can add in to your Uganda and Rwanda Combined tour. These include Gorilla tracking, hiking to the Diane Fossey Research Camp and Grave Site, Golden Monkey tracking or a visit to the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village.

Overnight in Kigali (B)


Day 12 - Fly from Rwanda

Depending on the time of your onward flight you can take the morning to do some souvenir shopping. Later in the evening transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Get in touch with Our Local Tour to book the Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour


Departure Dates

Private Tour - Scheduled to your requirements


 Budget Accommodation - from £4655 per person (based two people sharing per room)

Mid-range Accommodation - from £5345 per person (based two people sharing per room)

Luxury Accommodation - from £9145 per person (based two people sharing per room)

Single Supplement - 

Contact us for exact accommodation options

Included in the Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour

  • Accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary - Meals according to description - (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Local transportation in private customized safari vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park entry fees
  • All tipping of local guides (apart from main tour guide)

Not Included in the Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour

  • International travel to the start and end point - contact us for information and flight options
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any visa requirements (approx. $100 per person)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks plus meals other than those mentioned on the program.
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, drinks, souvenirs, tips etc.
  • Early check in/ late checkout fees if required
  • Gratuities for local tour guide
Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. 

Visa and Passport Information

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda. You’ll need one blank page on your passport for entry stamps.


You can apply for a visa at the Ugandan High Commission in London or apply online for an ‘e-visa’. You can find full details of how to apply on the website of the Ugandan High Commission in London. You should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel. 


You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. You can apply for this visa on the ‘e-visa’ website.

You need a visa to enter Rwanda. Thirty-day tourist visas are free and available on arrival for citizens of member states of the Commonwealth (including the UK), as well as for those of the African Union and the Francophonie. You can also choose to get a visa in advance at any Rwandan diplomatic mission or online


At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

Medical facilities in Uganda are limited especially outside Kampala. Medical help at the scene of an accident is likely to be limited, particularly outside of Kampala, and many popular tourist attractions are far from adequate medical facilities. In the case of serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Malaria and Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) are common in Uganda. There are regular outbreaks of cholera in Uganda. You should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. UK health authorities have classified Uganda as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. F

Only use boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Don’t eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors or where you have concerns about kitchen hygiene.


According to Rwandan law, any person on Rwandan territory must have health insurance.

What to bring on your Uganda and Rwanda Combined Tour


Light clothing will be sufficient for most of your trip. Long sleeve shirts/tops and pants are ideal especially for the mornings and evenings when mosquitoes and other bugs get active. Ideally, your normal warm clothing will work fine. A light waterproof coat should be included.


Well-worn low-cut hiking shoes are ideal for most safari activities. Since some of the hikes and activities like gorilla tracking can take quite some time, it is better to have comfortable and well-tested shoes. Any normal pair of running shoes or hiking shoes will be sufficient.

Luggage while on your tour

Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.


We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea. Remember your binoculars and camera.


The currency structure of Uganda consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Uganda Shilling. ATMs are widely available and credit cards widely accepted in Kampala and in other main towns. The Rwandan Franc is the currency in Rwanda and you should expect to pay for transport and in smaller shops using cash. There are ATMs in Kigali, but not all of them accept foreign cards.


Use of electronic devices

For Uganda the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Uganda operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz. In Rwanda there are two associated plug types, types C and J. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type J is the plug which has three round pins. Rwanda operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Local Customs

Homosexual activity is illegal and not tolerated in Uganda’s conservative society. Public displays of homosexuality like kissing in public places could lead to arrest and imprisonment. It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a licence. Uganda is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which bans trading in ivory. If you’re caught buying or trafficking these goods you’re liable to be prosecuted and receive a prison sentence or a fine.

Smoking is prohibited in all public places, workplaces, transport and other outdoor places within 50 metres of a public place. Electronic cigarettes and shisha (water-pipe tobacco) are banned. There are penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.

Penalties for drug trafficking are severe.

Don’t take photos of military, official or diplomatic sites, including Owen Falls Dam at the source of the Nile near Jinja. If you are taking photographs of people, ask their permission first.

It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in military style clothing. This includes clothing with marks, insignia and accessories associated with the Ugandan military, camouflage clothing and red berets. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when convicted.

On 22 May 2019 it became an offence punishable by a prison sentence and/or a fine to offer money, food or clothing to children living on the streets in Kampala.


Homosexuality is not illegal in Rwanda but remains frowned on by many. LGBT individuals can experience discrimination and abuse, including from local authorities. There are no specific anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals. 

Time Zone 

Time zone in Uganda (GMT+3) - Time zone in Rwanda (GMT+2)

Internet Availability

Wi-fi is common in hotels, lodges, restaurants and cafes across the touristed areas. 

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