8 Great Tips For Uganda Rwanda Burundi Tour

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Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Augustine Tours

The ultimate and complete wildlife and historical tour itinerary to Uganda Rwanda Burundi includes one of the main attractions of the countries one would add to their tailor-made tours to Africa.  Here is the secret of the Uganda Rwanda Burundi tour itinerary brought to you by a local tour operator.

Overland itinerary from Uganda through Rwanda to Burundi!

The Uganda Rwanda Burundi tour itinerary is an incredible way to experience the beauty, culture, and wildlife of East Africa. Such itineraries can take from 7 days up. Starting in Uganda, you will visit the stunning Murchison Falls National Park and explore Bwindi’s Mountains Gorillas the tropical jungle. Then you will cross into Rwanda, where you will explore the beautiful Kigali before heading to Volcanoes National Park to track gorillas.

From there you will head to Burundi to visit the spectacular Lake Tanganyika and the stunning Ruvubu National Park. Along the way, you will stay in unique and comfortable accommodations, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and take in the culture with a variety of local activities. It is an unforgettable journey full of adventure and beauty!

Tour To The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary starting your Uganda Rwanda Burundi Itinerary

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located in the Nakasongola district is proudly the home of the sole wild rhinos in Uganda. This makes it of the most sought-after Uganda wildlife tour activities.  The Rhino re-introduction project was a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway toward Murchison Falls.

Uganda Rwanda Burundi tour- Rhino, Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place on your Uganda tour schedule where you’ll be able to behold rhinos in the wild. Presently the sanctuary is home to about thirty-two (32) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly a must-visit place one would add to their Uganda tour itinerary. Things to do when visiting the sanctuary are Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk, and Relaxation.

Tracking Rhinos

Visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: This tour activity is an awesome & unique visit that grants you an opportunity to see Rhinos on foot. This involves watching them up close and at a safer distance.  With the guidance of skilled ranger guides, you’ll be able to meet up with them at about 7m.

This is an opportunity for you to take as many photos as possible for this memorable Uganda Visit. Yes, you observe these endangered close rhinos in their habitat.  A tour itinerary to the sanctuary has a visit to Murchison Falls National Park included. You’ll be able to also see animals like antelopes, and hippos among others.

Tour To Murchison Falls National Park- Uganda Travel Itinerary

Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1926 as a game reserve hence is Uganda’s oldest and largest park. The 80 sq km park situated in Northwestern Uganda accommodates over 460 bird and 76 mammal species.

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Uganda Rwanda Burundi Tour To Murchison Falls National Park

A single tour to Murchison National Parks from and back to Entebbe or Kampala usually takes 3 days. We simply name it a three-day tour to Murchison Falls National Park. This visit gives you a great time within the wild, beholding great sights of the magnificent Murchison Falls that fall from a 45m wall through an 8m wide gorge.

These are absolutely beautiful scenic views with a thunderous roar of the waters before it continues with their course on the Victoria Nile. Nice types of vegetation like Savannah and amazing wildlife species like lions, warthogs, elephants, antelopes, Nile crocodiles, and birds like Goliath heron, kingfishers, rare shoebill, and the storks among others add up to Murchison Falls National Park attractions.

Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Park- Uganda Travel Itinerary- Kibale Forest

Kibale Park which was formerly called Kibale Forest National Park is a tourist destination known best for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

The Park records around thirteen species of primates, and it remains the highest number for any Ugandan park, and several other monkey species can usually be observed on your nature walks. The Park has also a significant number of birds and butterflies.

Uganda Rwanda Burundi -Uganda chimpanzee

Kibale is believed to be one of the most recommended places in Africa to see many primate species. On your visit, you can expect to see five or six different species adding to chimpanzees. The vervet, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkey, black-and-white colobus, olive baboon, Ugandan red colobus, and Uganda mangabey are the most active species during the day. There are other mammals including lions, elephants, and buffalo but they are not often seen.

Some of the tour activities in Kibale include:

  • Very reliable chimpanzee trekking
  • Chimp habituation experience and night walks
  • Excellent birding within the forest and wetland
  • Nature walks and village visits are offered within the neighboring Bigodi Community.

Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth- Uganda Tour Itinerary- Queen Elizabeth NP

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s top tourist destination for the savannah reserves. It has the widest type of wildlife in any Ugandan park. The grassland savannah, forests, wetlands, and lakes are Queen Elizabeth National Park’s range of habitats. That provides a perfect setting for an in-depth range of enormous mammals and primates. Four of the big five can be found in this park. The rhinos are absent.

Climbing tree lion

Queen Elizabeth is the foremost reliable park in Uganda for lions. The lion is particularly common on the grassy Kasenyi Plains but is famous for its tree-climbing tactics within the Ishasha sector.  As you tour the park, you will also find huge herds of buffalo and elephants within the savannah areas of the park. There is an opportunity to see a tremendous number of hippos inhabiting the Kazinga channel.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi- Uganda Tour Itinerary- Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the parks where you can trek the mountain gorillas beside DR Congo and Rwanda. The Park counts for around 40% of the world’s protected Gorilla population and has several habituated groups.

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Despite gorilla trekking in Bwindi being the main tour activity, the park has also nine other primate species. Those species include chimpanzees, olive baboons, black-and-white colobus, and l’Hoest’s monkey. The Park contains numerous bird and butterfly populations.

Gorilla trekking tour

Bwindi is a rainforest on the sting of the Albertine Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in a very dense, impenetrable forest. Bwindi has one of the foremost diverse floras in a geographical area, and it harbors ten tree species that don’t occur anywhere else within the country.

Akagera National Park- Rwanda Wildlife Game Drives- Tour Itinerary

Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s only savannah reserve and has recently become a Big Five destination due to a reintroduction of lions and black rhinos. The Park is home to other animals including elephants, buffalo, giraffes, and hippos. It would be fair to say that in terms of wildlife viewing, the more famous national parks in Kenya and Tanzania outplay Akagera at all levels.

Zebras in Akagera National Park in Rwanda

However, the park can boast about its scenic and rewarding birdlife. The Wildlife population is on the rise in Akagera National Park, thanks to park management conservation efforts. You can without any effort see buffalos and elephants found in almost every well within the park. The leopards, very secretive, are also around. The lion population has been reintroduced in 2015, and the park could count 19 as of 2018, an identical number of black rhinos reintroduced in 2017.

Elephant, Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Tour and things to do in Akagera National Park:

  • Great wildlife game drive viewing taking to the Big Five.
  • Excellent birding tours including many rarities, raptors, and waterbirds
  • This is an off-the-beaten-track wildlife destination
  • Beautiful scenery and lakes
  • Akagera night game drives and boat trips are available.

Touring Burundi and visiting Gishora Drum Sanctuary- Burundi Drummers

From its founding in 1903 to today, the Gishora Drum Sanctuary has been a vital site where young boys, and men of all ages practice, rehearse, and teach specific drumming techniques to the young generation. This is obviously the explanation behind the longstanding drumming tradition till today. Drumming in Burundi is an all-in-one package consisting of combat-style dance, specific rhythms, and poesy“kwivuga amazina”.

Burundi drummers

A drum show performed with the royal drum, ingoma, was an indication of unity between the people and honor to the royal palace. The Burundian drums aren’t made using any trees. When designing a drum, they use three sorts of trees, and those are umuvugangoma (Cordia Africana), umurama(Bridelia atroviridis), and umusave (Markhamia lutea).

Contrary to some non-verifiable information that “…when the drums are played, they invite the ancestors into the ritual and banish evil spirits. “, the drum is simply a very important tool for the image of the country in international cultural events and official ceremonies. The Burundi drum has traveled the globe in various international cultural events.

Karera Waterfalls on your Burundi Tour Itinerary 

Karera waterfalls

Karera waterfalls or simply Les Chutes de la Karera or Les Chutes de Mwishanga are made of four beautiful waterfalls located in the province of Rutana. The 4 waterfalls are Nyakai I which is the first you see on your arrival then comes Nyakai 1 which can make one desire a sudden shower. Mwaro Falls join these 2 waterfalls before creating the main waterfall -Karera Falls. A visit to Karera waterfalls offers a perfect combination with the Gishora drum sanctuary located 64 km in Gitega.

A combined tailor-made tour itinerary to Uganda, Rwanda, and Uganda can be 15 days long or less.

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