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Premium Uganda & Rwanda

Premium Uganda & Rwanda

From $ 6,568 AUD

Description

Come face to face with heartbreaking history and incredible wildlife on a 6-day Premium journey through Uganda and Rwanda. Enter the world of rare mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and spend a day tracking and observing these endearing creatures. This soul-stirring adventure won’t soon be forgotten. See sombre reminders of Kigali’s devastating past, watch local life play out on the streets and witness a beautiful country that’s continuously striving to move forward.

Trip Name
Premium Uganda & Rwanda
Last Updated
2022-08-05
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • With your gorilla permit included in the price of the trip, spend a day through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get close to Uganda's rare mountain gorillas for an unforgettable hour. There’s also a chance to do a second trek that can be booked on request at an additional cost. Please refer to the itinerary for more details.
  • Wake up to spectacular views of the forest canopy during three nights at your carbon neutral Feature Stay, the Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Venture into Lake Mburo National Park for an Exclusive Experience where you’ll set out on a boat cruise across the lake’s calm waters in search of crocodiles, hippos and rare species of birds.
  • Sit down to dinner with a local park ranger during an Exclusive Experience, learning about life in the wilderness and their special relationships with the mountain gorillas. This is one dinner conversation you've likely never had before!
  • Take a closer look at Rwanda’s devastating history and the resilience of its people at the Genocide Museum, a confronting yet important experience.

Itinerary

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

Day 1 - Kampala
Welcome to Uganda! Your gorillas adventure begins in the country’s capital, Kampala. A welcome meeting will take place at your hotel at 6pm tonight where you’ll meet up with your local leader and fellow travellers before finding out what to expect on your journey. If you get here early, why not head to the Uganda Museum to learn about the country’s cultural heritage, or perhaps head to a local craft market to browse the colourful stalls and chat to the vendors. After your meeting, join your leader and small group for dinner at a lively East African restaurant popular with the locals. Enjoy live music, cocktails, incredible views and an authentic shared dining experience full of regional flavour.
Day 2 - Lake Mburo National Park
Leave the city in the rear-view mirror and drive on to Lake Mburo National Park (approximately 4 hours), the only place in the country with impalas, slender mongooses and giant bush rats, and the only in southern Uganda with zebras and giraffes. On arrival, take some time to settle into your accommodation, a splendid eco safari lodge boasting an excellent location at the southern end of the park. Then it’s time to head out and experience the wild wonders of Lake Mburo for yourself on a boat cruise. Glide across the lake’s smooth waters as your local leader points out the fascinating flora and fauna of the region – the lake is home to crocodiles, hippos and dazzling array of bird species including African fish eagles, pelicans, rare shoebills and hamerkops. During the dry season, buffaloes and antelopes often make an appearance on the shores or the lake. Retire to your lodge for the evening and fall asleep to the sounds of the national park.
Day 3 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast, head to the Bwindi National Park (approximately 6 hours). Arrive at the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, your Feature Stay accommodation for the next three nights. Sitting high on the Nteko Ridge, the lodge offers up magnificent views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to half of the world’s 800 mountain gorillas. Gaze out across the stoic Virunga Mountains and Albertine Rift Valley. An eco-friendly oasis, beautiful cottages are built with locally sourced materials, a terrace overlooking the forest canopy, and a fireplace for colder nights. The lodge is solar powered, carbon neutral and works closely with the local people. Here you’ll experience genuinely warm Ugandan hospitality – when they wish you welcome, they really mean it. There’s no better spot for soaking in your wild surroundings and searching for mountain gorillas. This evening, join your group and leader for a wholesome dinner at the lodge.
Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Rise early and take a short walk to the park headquarters where you’ll be briefed on the gorilla trek by the Uganda Wildlife Authorities. The trek can be strenuous, wet and uncomfortable at times but the incredible biodiversity of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the chance to see rare mountain gorillas makes it so worthwhile. We recommend investing in the help of local porters who can carry your pack and provide expert, local one-on-one assistance along the trek. Not only does it make for a more comfortable trek, it also provides valuable employment opportunities to locals. Gorilla trekking is highly controlled, with only 24 gorilla trekking permits available each day. Once you encounter a group of gorillas you will be able to stay with them for one hour – watch them swing from trees, groom each other and play, all under the watchful eye of a giant silverback. Coming face to face with a family of mountain gorillas is sure to be a life-affirming experience that will be etched on your mind forever. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the lush wilderness of the rainforest. At the end of the day the comforts of the hotel beckon, along with a chance to reflect on a memorable day. Freshen up with a hot shower and enjoy a hearty dinner by the crackling fireplace.
Day 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the terrace overlooking the forest, curated by an in-house chef to showcase the finest locally grown ingredients. The day is free for you to do as little or as much as your please – your leader will be able to help tailor a day that best suits your interests. For those seeking another encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas, there is the option for a second day of trekking. As part of its sustainable tourism initiative, the lodge offers a number of walking safaris guided by passionate local experts. Explore forest trails, meet nearby local communities and take in more unforgettable views. You may wish to simply relax at the lodge and enjoy a drink at the rainforest bar. Tonight’s dinner at the lodge will be a meal like no other. You’ll be joined by a local ranger from the Uganda Wildlife Authority who will provide a special insight into the crucial and challenging role rangers play in conserving the gorilla’s natural habitat. Learn about the intimate and life-saving relationships they form with gorillas and ask any questions you may have on gorilla conversation or the unique life of a ranger.
Day 6 - Kigali
After breakfast, early start and depart the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and begin the journey to cross border into Rwanda and onto its capital Kigali (approximately 4 hours). After arriving at the capital, visit the Genocide Museum, a powerful yet confronting experience, and important in understanding the tragedy and the resilience of the Rwandan people. Then it’s time for a rolex – not the watch, but a delicious snack made of eggs and vegetables rolled in a chapati. Stop by a local street vendor and watch how these tasty treats come together, before enjoying one with Rwandan chilli sauce, fries and beer. After lunch, say goodbye to your local leader and newfound friends, as your adventure will come to an end at around 2pm.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-08-202226-08-2022AUD $ 6,698-
28-08-202202-09-2022AUD $ 6,698-
04-09-202209-09-2022AUD $ 6,568-
18-09-202223-09-2022AUD $ 6,568-
16-10-202221-10-2022AUD $ 6,568-
05-02-202310-02-2023AUD $ 7,153-
09-04-202314-04-2023AUD $ 7,048-
30-04-202305-05-2023AUD $ 7,048-
04-06-202309-06-2023AUD $ 7,048-
11-06-202316-06-2023AUD $ 7,048-
18-06-202323-06-2023AUD $ 7,048-
02-07-202307-07-2023AUD $ 7,153-
16-07-202321-07-2023AUD $ 7,153-
23-07-202328-07-2023AUD $ 7,298-
06-08-202311-08-2023AUD $ 7,298-
13-08-202318-08-2023AUD $ 7,298-
20-08-202325-08-2023AUD $ 7,298-
27-08-202301-09-2023AUD $ 7,298-
03-09-202308-09-2023AUD $ 7,153-
17-09-202322-09-2023AUD $ 7,153-
15-10-202320-10-2023AUD $ 7,153-

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night),Eco-Lodge (4 nights)

Transport

4WD vehicle,Private Vehicle

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