Rwanda and Uganda Round Trip 2019
From the 26th of January until the 17th of February we embarked on our (first) testing round trip through Rwanda and Uganda. In this blog we give an overview of this amazing experience.
Part 1: Rwanda
1. We landed in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Here, we visited the genocide museum, the Kimironko market, and strolled around the city. We stayed in the Mamba hostel, an amazing place where you can enjoy beach volley, bowling, a pool and great company.
2. Akagera National Park: We camped 2 nights in the park, and saw a bunch of animals. Like the baboons, elephants, impala’s and even 4 lions!
3. After Akagera we stayed one night in Kigali, and drove to Nyungwe National Park. We did multiple hikes in the forest, and ‘discovered’ one of the biggest waterfalls I have ever seen.
4. Using public transport we went to Kibuye, a small village at the shore of Lake Kivu. Here, we did island hopping, and enjoyed the beach. Also, went along with the fisherman! An amazing, local experience.
5. The next day we started the Congo Nile Trail, a 4-day hike along the Kivu Lake shoreline to Gisenyi. We passed local villages and slept in small guest houses along the way.
6. In Gisenyi, our group split up. The biggest part of the group went to Volcanoes National Park. There, they climbed the Bisoke volcano, and where lucky to see the silverback mountain gorillas. Afterwards, they returned to Kigali for their flight home.
Part 2: Uganda
7. A smaller group continued on with the adventure and travelled across the border to Uganda. There our dedicated driver/guide John picked us up with the Toyota SuperCustom and drove us to Queen Elizabeth National Park for 3 more days of safari experience! (7 lions this time, thanks to John)
8. After Queen Elizabeth National Park, we stayed one night in the lovely village of Fort Portal.
9. The next day, it was a long drive to the source of the river Nile. Here, at Jinja, we survived one of the most intense wild water rafting experiences in the world.
10. After this adrenaline-filled experience, it was time to leave behind the villages and head to the city. Kampala, with its 1,5 million inhabitants, is by far the biggest city in Uganda. Here we drank beers in the bars and checked out the nightlife. Check out the blog post of Bastiaan Augustyn about Kampala!
11. Our last stop was Entebbe, a lovely small city at the shores of Lake Victoria. Here we stayed at ViaVia Entebbe. Enjoyed good food, the pool, the sun. Finally our adventure was at the end. We took the plane back to the cold, harsh country of Belgium.
Want to know more about Uganda? Check out our top 10 things to do!