Uganda – A Journey through the Pearl of Africa


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Uganda – A Journey through the Pearl of Africa

Beginning in Kigali, Rwanda, one encounters orderly streets and history at the Genocide Memorial, alongside vibrant sensory experiences at Kimironko Market. Continuing into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the journey unveils majestic mountain gorilla families thriving within their rainforest habitat, etching enduring memories. Lastly, Queen Elizabeth National Park enchants with its rich biodiversity, exciting safaris, and cultural interactions, fashioning an unforgettable odyssey through Uganda’s captivating landscapes and the hospitable communities.

Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda is a gateway to a vibrant African adventure. Touching down at Kigali International Airport, you step onto Rwandan soil with a sense of anticipation. The clean and efficient airport sets the tone for the city’s orderliness and charm. From here, your journey through this fascinating country begins, promising a tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.


Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is a city that seamlessly blends modernity with a respect for its tumultuous past. Known for its cleanliness and organization, Kigali is a city of lush green hills, vibrant markets, and a vibrant arts scene. Visitors can explore the Kigali Genocide Memorial to gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history, stroll through colourful markets like Kimironko, and savour Rwandan cuisine in its eclectic restaurants. The city’s friendly atmosphere, warm people, and beautiful views make it a unique and inviting destination in East Africa.

Upon arriving at The Heaven Kigali, a charming boutique hotel with serene ambiance and picturesque views, check-in and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as you unwind. In the early evening, venture to the nearby Ivuka Arts Centre to immerse yourself in the vibrant local arts scene, exploring galleries and interacting with artists. Afterwards, return to the hotel for a delightful dinner featuring a fusion of Rwandan and international cuisine at the rooftop restaurant, offering panoramic views of Kigali’s cityscape. Following dinner, you have the option to relax at the cosy lounge or explore Kigali’s night-life scene, creating memorable experiences during your stay.

The journey from our current location to Mutanda Lake Resort promises an exhilarating road trip through the breathtaking landscapes of south-western Uganda. As we depart, we bid farewell to the bustling cityscape and embrace the winding roads that lead us closer to the heart of nature. The journey takes us through picturesque villages where the warmth of the local communities radiates. Along the way, we pass verdant tea plantations, lush forests, and terraced hillsides, each turn revealing a new facet of Uganda’s stunning scenery. The road occasionally ascends to provide panoramic vistas of rolling hills and the mist-covered peaks of the Virunga Mountains.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south-western Uganda, is a renowned haven of biodiversity. Its ancient, dense rainforests are home to nearly half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. This captivating terrain sets the stage for remarkable gorilla trekking experiences, allowing visitors to intimately engage with these awe-inspiring primates in their natural habitat. Beyond gorilla encounters, Bwindi’s lush ecosystem shelters a wide array of wildlife, making it a cherished destination for nature enthusiasts eager to explore the pristine wilderness of Africa.

Upon arriving at Mutanda Lake Resort, your lakeside haven, check into your cosy accommodation. The resort’s picturesque location offers breathtaking views of Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Mountains. Spend a leisurely afternoon by the lakeside, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of Lake Mutanda. Optionally, embark on a scenic boat trip or explore the calm waters by canoe, all while soaking in the stunning natural beauty of the surroundings. As the evening descends, relish a delectable dinner at the resort’s restaurant, where local and international flavours combine to create a memorable dining experience.

Rise early for the adventure of a lifetime: gorilla trekking in the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Guided by experts, venture into the lush rainforest, where you’ll have the privilege of observing a gorilla family in their natural habitat. After the exhilarating trek, return to Mutanda Lake Resort for a relaxing afternoon. For those interested, an optional visit to local coffee farmers offers insights into the coffee-making process, along with a chance to sample some of Uganda’s finest brews. As the sun sets over Lake Mutanda, savour a peaceful evening at the resort, reflecting on the day’s gorilla encounter and sharing stories with fellow travellers over a delightful dinner.

Transitioning seamlessly from Mutanda Lake Resort to Buffalo Safari Lodge via a short morning flight from Kisoro Airstrip to Kasese Airstrip, we are treated to breathtaking aerial vistas of Uganda’s dramatic landscapes, including the Virunga Mountains and lush forests. Upon touching down at Kasese, an overland transfer awaits us, offering an opportunity to leisurely traverse Queen Elizabeth National Park’s captivating terrain, teeming with rich biodiversity.


Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in south-western Uganda, is a captivating wildlife sanctuary renowned for its incredible biodiversity and dramatic landscapes. This park is a treasure trove of African wildlife, boasting the famous Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros – alongside a wealth of other species, including tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and an array of birdlife. Its diverse ecosystems encompass savannas, wetlands, and dense forests, offering visitors a wide range of safari experiences. The park’s scenic beauty is enhanced by the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, known as the “Mountains of the Moon,” and the picturesque Kazinga Channel, which teems with hippos and crocodiles. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers seeking an authentic African safari experience.

Upon arrival at Buffalo Safari Lodge, you’ll be warmly welcomed to your tranquil haven within Queen Elizabeth National Park. After settling into your comfortable accommodation, take a moment to absorb the serene surroundings. Following a delicious lunch, embark on an unforgettable boat tour along the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. This leisurely cruise offers close encounters with hippos, crocodiles, and a vibrant array of birdlife while showcasing the park’s breathtaking scenery.

As the sun sets, gear up for an exciting evening game drive, led by experienced guides. This opportunity to witness the park’s wildlife during their active hours is both thrilling and awe-inspiring. On the following morning, rise early for another game drive, when the park comes alive with the stirring sights and sounds of African wildlife. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse landscapes and captivating inhabitants await your exploration, promising unforgettable moments amidst the untamed beauty of Uganda’s wilderness. After these adventurous days, unwind and enjoy the lodge’s comfortable amenities, including the picturesque views from the pool area, or opt for a night game drive for those seeking more adventure under the African stars.

Transitioning from Buffalo Safari Lodge in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the idyllic shores of Lake Bunyonyi’s Arcadia Lodge, your journey offers a serene shift from wildlife encounters to lakeside tranquillity. As you leave behind the captivating landscapes of the park, you embark on a scenic overland drive through south-western Uganda, where lush hills and picturesque villages punctuate the route.


Lake Bunyonyi, located in south-western Uganda, is a stunningly beautiful and serene lake surrounded by lush hills and small islands. Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa,” it is known for its crystal-clear waters and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The name “Bunyonyi” means “place of little birds” in the local language, and the lake indeed hosts a rich variety of avian life. Lake Bunyonyi is a popular destination for relaxation, water activities such as canoeing and swimming, and cultural experiences, making it a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts and travellers looking to unwind in a breathtaking natural setting.

Upon your arrival at Arcadia Lodge, situated on the serene shores of Lake Bunyonyi, you’ll immediately be enchanted by the tranquil beauty of this idyllic setting. After settling into your comfortable accommodation, your afternoon adventure unfolds with a visit to Kyambura Gorge for an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking experience, immersing you in the wonders of the lush forest and the intriguing world of these remarkable primates. As the day progresses, a scenic boat tour on Lake Bunyonyi awaits, allowing you to explore the peaceful waters and discover the charm of its picturesque islands. Returning to the lodge, you’ll savour lakeside relaxation and a delectable dinner. With the gentle sounds of the lake as your backdrop, you’ll retire to your comfortable room for a restful night’s sleep. As the morning light graces the tranquil shores, a leisurely lakeside moment awaits before your departure, leaving you with cherished memories of your one-night stay that beautifully blend wildlife adventure with lakeside serenity.

As you say goodbye to Arcadia Lodge by Lake Bunyonyi, your journey to Kigali will be arranged for your evening flight. This transfer will be comfortable and easy, making your transition smooth. While travelling, you can think back on the peaceful moments you enjoyed by the lakeside at Lake Bunyonyi. You’ll have a scenic ride to Kigali Airport, where you’ll prepare for your evening departure.

Services Overview

  • All car transfers
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Domestic flight to Kasese
  • All Game Drives
  • Boat Tour
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • International flights
  • Spa Treatments
  • Meals not listed
  • Tips

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