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Highlights
  • Admire a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Trek to see chimpanzees in uganda
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful elephant and hippo populations in queen elizabeth national park

There’s a wealth of adventure to be had in both Uganda and Rwanda, especially now that tourists are beginning to rediscover this region. We keep this trip small and intimate to create a deep connection with this captivating land. Of course, there’ll be trekking to spot chimps and gorillas, and wildlife drives through Queen Elizabeth II National Park to see elephants and hippos, but we’ll also visit the genocide museum for a closer look at the recent history of the region. Trust us: Uganda and Rwanda will stay in your memory for a very long time.

Trip Description
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda

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Dedicated, passionate staff and an itinerary that encourages a fun, adventurous group of people to be involved. I was extremely happy with what activities were included in the tour as well as the unexpected highlights that tour leaders and guides encourage and coordinate. November 2015

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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Uganda is completely underrated as one of the more beautiful and diverse countries I've been to. This tour highlights many of the amazing aspects of it, from the gorillas to the Nile to the friendly locals that you meet in the villages. The staff ensured that the group experienced and appreciated these highlights and I am grateful to have been able to experience this.
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Have done 5 trips with G (Gap) now, and thoroughly enjoyed every one. Things are well organized, trip leaders are great, and itineraries are lots of fun. June 2015

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Gorillas at Bwindi and white water kayaking down the Nile. I can die a happy woman.

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This was my third G Adventures trip and they've all been great. I'd definitely recommend G Adventures to friends and family. May 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
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  • Meals 5.0
Another amazing G Adventures trip, great companions, great tour leaders and great experiences. Can't wait for my next one!

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Most amazing experience!! February 2015

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Amazing experience!! One of te best things ever!!

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For the second time I have had an amazing trip with G adventures! January 2015

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  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
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  • Meals 4.0
I have had an amazing trip with meeting great people from all around the world and really experienced Uganda to the fullest. It is such a beautiful country and would recommend it to all my friends! Seeing the mountain gorillas from that close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and will have a special place in my heart! Combined with one of the thrill-seeking experiences, rafting grade V rapids on the Nile, this trip was the right balance between nature, culture and fun!
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Itinerary

Day 1 Kampala

Arriving early? Pre-book Nile River Whitewater Rafting in Jinja on Day 1, and be back in time for your evening welcome meeting. We strongly advise arriving one night earlier to facilitate the activity's early start. Additional Notes: Please note that if you choose to participate in the Jinja Rafting excursion, the pick-up will depart from The Forest Cottages in Kampala at approx 7:30am. If you have booked alternative pre-tour accommodations, please be sure to contact Nile River Explorers the day before to arrange a convenient pick-up point. See the Optional Activities section of the Tour Details page for more information. Included Activities: Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Kampala/Fort Portal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take the scenic route to Fort Portal at the edge of Kibale National Park. Spend the night on a guest farm listening to the sounds of monkeys and birds. Additional Notes: Accommodation in Fort Portal is on a farm in simple furnished tents with shared bathroom facilities. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kibale National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to venture deep into the wetlands to spot more wildlife on a guided walk through the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Included Activities: Chimpanzee Trek Bigodi Community Lunch

Day 4 Kibale NP/Queen Elizabeth NP (1B, 1D)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve. Additional Notes: Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth NP is in simple furnished tents with shared bathroom facilities. Included Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive with possible sightings of buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, and elephants. Included Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 6 Queen Elizabeth NP/Bwindi Impenetrable NP (1B)

Enjoy the scenic drive south, with views of forests, volcanoes and lakes. Spend the night on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Additional Notes: Accommodation at Bwindi Impenetrable NP is in simple furnished tents/rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Gorilla Trekking (1B)

Head into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on the trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend 1 hr (max) observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back and return to town. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Included Activities: Mountain Gorilla Trek

Day 8 Bwindi/Kigali (1B)

Cross the border into Rwanda, then head to the capital city, Kigali. Visit the genocide museum to learn more about the dark history of this fascinating country. Tour ends on arrival at hotel. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uganda - Rwanda) Genocide Memorial Visit Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle

Dates & Pricing

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$ 2,499

Price Per Day:

$ 312 per person
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
May-11-2018May-18-2018$ 2,519Yes3 spots left Reserve
Jun-15-2018Jun-22-2018$ 3,299Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jun-29-2018Jul-06-2018$ 3,299Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jul-06-2018Jul-13-2018$ 3,499Yes4 spots left Reserve
Jul-13-2018Jul-20-2018$ 3,499Yes8 spots left Reserve
Jul-22-2018Jul-29-2018$ 3,499Yes8 spots left Reserve
Jul-27-2018Aug-03-2018$ 3,499Yes1 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2018Aug-17-2018$ 3,499Yes2 spots left Reserve
Aug-17-2018Aug-24-2018$ 3,499Yes11 spots left Reserve
Sep-07-2018Sep-14-2018$ 3,299YesSold Out Reserve
Sep-28-2018Oct-05-2018$ 3,299Yes5 spots left Reserve
Nov-09-2018Nov-16-2018$ 3,499Yes10 spots left Reserve
Dec-21-2018Dec-28-2018$ 3,499Yes11 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Guest farm stay near Kibale NP
  • Chimpanzee trek
  • Bigodi Community lunch
  • Queen Elizabeth NP wildlife safari drives
  • Guided gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Visit to Kigali Genocide Museum
  • All National Park fees and trekking permits
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, walking.Road travel can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor quality, bumpy roads. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Max 12, avg 8

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Standard hotel (1 nt), simple furnished tents/rooms (6 nts).
Hotel accommodation will be in simple, but comfortable twin-share rooms. All rooms are equipped with adequate mosquito netting (with the exception of your hotel in Musanze, where mosquito nets are not needed due to high-altitudes). Tented accommodation will be in simple furnished tents on wooden platforms, with shared bathroom facilities. All tents are large, walk-in tents with mosquito-netting, two beds and provided linens. A sleeping bag or extra mosquito-netting is not needed for this tour. Please remember that this is a developing area and as such, accommodations/service may not be of similar standard to which you are used to in your home country. As well, interruptions in electricity and water can be common. We appreciate your patience and understanding as well as your sense of adventure.
Start City
Kampala
End City
Kigali
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver throughout, experienced gorilla trackers, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 15 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. AGE RESTRICTIONS Please note that all passengers must be aged 15 years or older (prior to start of travel) to go on this tour - there are no exceptions to this as it is for safety reasons and strictly controlled by the Government. 2. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT This trip is rated a level 4 physical requirement - travellers should be in excellent physical condition, without any heart problems and prepared to spend strenuous days in humid rain forests, steep terrain and high altitude trekking for chimpanzee and gorillas, as well as other primates. Please ensure you meet the requirements as described under "physical rating". 3. TRAVEL DAYS Travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in both Rwanda and Uganda. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience. 4. WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS G Adventures can never guarantee the sighting of wildlife, especially when it comes to mountain gorillas. However, the mountain gorilla trek is organized to ensure success. Before heading into the jungle, our local guides receive coordinates from trackers on the whereabouts of the gorillas, and the trackers stay with the gorillas until the group arrives. 5. ACCOMMODATION Much of the accommodation on this tour is in simple furnished tents with shared bathroom facilities. Please remember that this is a developing area and as such, accommodations/service may not be of similar standard to which you are used to in your home country. As well, interruptions in electricity and water can be common. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as well as your sense of adventure. 6. ILLNESS Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the gorillas and chimps. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness. 7. CAMERAS As it is very dark and damp in the jungle; please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for such conditions and that you bring dry bags to protect it. 8. ELECTRICITY The power supply in Uganda and Rwanda is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected. 9. YELLOW FEVER Please be advised that it will be required to show a yellow fever certificate upon entering Uganda and Rwanda. 10. ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES 2017 - Arrive by 5am / Depart at any time 2018 - Arrive at any time / Depart after 8pm

Meals

Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water will be at your own expense.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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