Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda tour
Entebbe Kampala Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda Trip

Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

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

Short Description

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 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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kampala
End City Kigali

Destinations

Uganda Rwanda

Age Requirement

Minimum age of 15 years for this trip.

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • Your G for Good Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre
  • Local Lunch
  • Kigali
  • Guest farm stay near Kibale National Park
  • Chimpanzee trek
  • Bigodi Community lunch
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari drives
  • Guided gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to Kigali Genocide Museum
  • All national park fees and trekking permits
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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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 (4.00-6.00 hours, 297km)

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 (3.00 hour(s), 115km)

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 (5.00-6.00 hours, 200km)

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, 1L)

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. Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Tour ends on arrival at hotel. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uganda - Rwanda) Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 175km)

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private 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.

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.

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.

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 people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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