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Glimpse Of Gorillas tour

Glimpse Of Gorillas

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
4 days
From: $ 2,299 $ 575 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Trek within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track and get up close with Rwanda's Gorillas 
  • Admire the serene surroundings of Rwanda

Short Description

It is truly a once in a lifetime experience to finally reach that opening in the forest after hours of trekking and seeing for the first time, an entire Gorilla family in their natural habitat

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
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
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End City N/A

Destinations

Uganda Rwanda

Cities & Attractions

Kigali

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Trip Includes

  • Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily breakfast
  • 02 lunches
  • 02 dinners
  • Airport return transfers
  • Community visit in Bwindi
  • Guided Gorilla treck 
  • Services of experienced English speaking driver guides
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Gorilla tracking permit

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Itinerary

Day 1: KIGALI (ARRIVAL)

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will proceed to clear with your immigration requirements. You will me met and transferred to your hotel by one of our representatives who will, later in the day, take you through the safari itinerary.

Overnight in Kigali

Day 2: KIGALI BWINDI(B/L/D)

After an early breakfast, you drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive is a full day taking approximately 5 – 6 hours, enjoying the breathtaking scenery on the way. Arrive at your hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. If you wish, you can join the optional community visit (included).

Overnight in Bwindi area

Day 3: BWINDI (B/L/D)

Today you set off on your Uganda gorilla tracking adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Reserve – home to half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. While trekking through the dense forest you’ll have the opportunity to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the Gentle Giants of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park surely is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Well-trained guides lead you to the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the tracking begins. The gorillas, whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle, determine the duration of the hike. The trek can take between one and six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 7,500 feet and over rough terrain. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. When the gorillas are encountered, any fatigue is quickly forgotten. Observing a wild gorilla family in its natural habitat and on its terms, is considered by many naturalists to be the most profound natural history experience in the world. Few who have had this rare privilege would disagree. It is important to recognize that these gorillas have only recently been habituated to tourists. Their curiosity is obvious, but they have only begun to grow accustomed to humans. Each strictly regulated 60-minute visit passes all too quickly, and you depart leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence. After time with the gorillas and a picnic lunch, you return to camp with hopefully a few unforgettable memories of a rare and wondrous experience. If the gorilla groups are relatively close, you’ll also have the chance to hike nearby forest trails to obtain a better understanding of the forest and its other inhabitants. These hikes provide the opportunity to observe smaller primate species and regional, endemic birds.  After this captivating and unforgettable experience you will head back to your Uganda safari lodge. 

Day 4: BWINDI - KIGALI (DEPARTURE)(B)

After breakfast, mid-morning at your leisure, check out and drive back to Kigali.You will be dropped off at the Kigali International Airport for your onward flight.

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Dec-06-2019Dec-10-2019$ 2,799 Reserve
Dec-13-2019Dec-17-2019$ 2,799 Reserve
Jan-14-2020Jan-18-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Jan-21-2020Jan-25-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Jan-28-2020Feb-01-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Feb-04-2020Feb-08-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Feb-11-2020Feb-15-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Feb-18-2020Feb-22-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Feb-25-2020Feb-29-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Mar-03-2020Mar-07-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Mar-10-2020Mar-14-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Mar-17-2020Mar-21-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Mar-24-2020Mar-28-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Mar-31-2020Apr-04-2020$ 3,299 Reserve
Apr-07-2020Apr-11-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Apr-14-2020Apr-18-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Apr-21-2020Apr-25-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Apr-28-2020May-02-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
May-05-2020May-09-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
May-12-2020May-16-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
May-19-2020May-23-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
May-26-2020May-30-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Jun-02-2020Jun-06-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Jun-09-2020Jun-13-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Jun-16-2020Jun-20-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Jun-23-2020Jun-27-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Jun-30-2020Jul-04-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Jul-07-2020Jul-11-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Jul-14-2020Jul-18-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Jul-21-2020Jul-25-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Jul-28-2020Aug-01-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Aug-04-2020Aug-08-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Aug-11-2020Aug-15-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Aug-18-2020Aug-22-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Aug-25-2020Aug-29-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Sep-01-2020Sep-05-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Sep-08-2020Sep-12-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Sep-15-2020Sep-19-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Sep-22-2020Sep-26-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Sep-29-2020Oct-03-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Oct-06-2020Oct-10-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Oct-13-2020Oct-17-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Oct-20-2020Oct-24-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Oct-27-2020Oct-31-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Nov-03-2020Nov-07-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-10-2020Nov-14-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-17-2020Nov-21-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-24-2020Nov-28-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Dec-01-2020Dec-05-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Dec-08-2020Dec-12-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Dec-15-2020Dec-19-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Dec-22-2020Dec-26-2020$ 3,799 Reserve
Dec-29-2020Jan-02-2021$ 3,799 Reserve
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Actually this is a review of A Taste of Portugal. Indus fails to fully answer questions prior to booking. It was not until we booked that we learned that the air travel "included in trip" was the Absolute Cheapest International Flight. We would need to pay $360 extra for luggage which is normally free for international flights. Also, that the cheapest flight WOULD NIOT PERMIT US TO UPGRADE THE INDUS FARE; choosing to upgrade would cost MORE than the full price advertised online. Un fortunately IT COST US $1000 to cancel this ripoff.
Complaints to agent Rachel and Supervisor Tordes was fruitless. Had they answered the one question we asked "Can We Upgrade Flights?" we would not have booked. INDUS FAILED TO DISCLOSE TERMS; it cost us "suckers" $1,000. Richard Supinski
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I read the review on "RUN" and she summarized the poor customer service at Indus. Our India trip seemed like a good deal except that the hotels were marginal and totally inconvenient, which meant we had little or no opportunity to do things on our own. They failed to follow their own itinerary, gave us almost no free time, and forced us to go to high pressure sales efforts for marble and tugs that wasted 3 hours. The optional tour descriptions were not accurate. our last 2 days were wasted riding in a bus and then they dumped us off at the airport 10 hours early, with no options offered.

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This is an addendum to my previous review: The manager, Tordes, spoke with the owner and reached out to me on 3-27; we have agreed upon a mutual resolution and Indus has agreed refunded me in full.
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Been a nightmare, and we haven't even left yet. And may not get to if Indus has it''s way. It's a long story, but I will try to keep it short. We booked our tour to Australia back in Nov/Dec 2018, paid the deposit, and then paid the remainder in Jan 2019. Indus sent me a receipt/invoice showing I owed ZERO now for the tour and that it was paid in full. Our tour is set to depart 4-16-19, and since Jan I have been thinking all is well and calling/emailing every so often to ask when our flights/travel docs will be issued. They kept telling me 45 days before the departure. Well guess what? Yesterday Tayna (my tour coordinator) contacts me and tells me that due to a "glitch" in THEIR computer they will not release my tour and travel documents unless I pay almost another $1700!!! And is it now about 3 WEEKS from departure, so I have very little recourse to do much. Seriously?!? I spent hours on email and calls trying to explain that they cannot just arbitrarily try to charge me more, especially since it was THEIR error. They just kept insisting that I had to pay the money or they would not issue my travel documents. I then found a policy, ON THEIR OWN WEBSITE, that says they will not change the price after a final payment is made (which I did back in Jan 2019). I have forwarded all my documents, and the policy from the website, and have asked for either a full refund or issuance of my trip/travel docs. Tanya assured me yesterday that a manager was looking into this, and that I would have an answer by this morning. The next day, I got a call back from Tanya: they are refusing to give a full refund or release the trip unless I pay because they claim they didn't change anything (despite the fact that they are not demanding double what I've already paid) and that the new demand for additional payment does not constitute a price change; despite the documents I have from them with a zero balance since Jan 2019. This looks an awful lot like fraud, extortion, and illegal seizure of funds. I just want my money back at this point because I've been dealing with this since 3-20-19; and I honestly no longer feel that this company would be a safe one to travel with/through. If they acting like this, and doing these very questionable things, before I even leave; what in the world would they try to pull when I am no longer Stateside?!?
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"On September 30, we returned from our Indus nine day India Trip which we booked thru Groupon. I must tell you that it surpassed all my expectations and was indeed the trip of a lifetime. Every detail was perfect. We were met promptly at the airport and taken to our hotel Picadilly (which must have the best food in India) by our guide Shelindra / Shalindra ...........who we soon discovered was a well educated, knowledgeable, organized, caring and very competent young man. With him we felt entirely safe at all all times. Moreover he was always ready to answer our questions whether historical, religious or cultural. I wish to record my firm commendation of this guide . Unfortunately I do not know the last name. The hotels were all very clean, comfortable and beautiful, the dinners and breakfasts excellent , the bus clean and cool with a very good driver and assistant who kept us well supplied with water. The tour itself was highly interesting and varied. There was something for everyone. We took part in the optional tours as well and enjoyed every experience. The rickshaw ride in Delhi, the Sikh soup kitchen , Mother Teresa's orphanage, the Taj Mahal and the elephant village stand out. It was also a lovely experience to stay for one night in the Raj of Bharatpur's palace! Even our flights with Etihad Airlines were excellent. I must admit that when we initially booked we were not sure about Indus Travels as we read some negative reviews but seriously nothing was missing in this tour. Congratulations on this very fine Indus tour and
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This is a long tour with many hours on the bus. You will see lots of sights and the countryside.

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I took this trip in October of 2018. Our tour guide in Spain spoke very poor English, and it was very difficult to understand her. She also did not know much about Spain (she was from Cuba), so we got very little information from her. This was very disappointing. The local day guides were better informed and easier to understand. Expect very long hours on the bus, with short stops along the way. Scenery will be spectacular. Lunches will frequently be at truck stops where you will line up with busloads of other tourists for bathrooms and pre-packaged sandwiches. Day tours will be very crowded, and you will often be herded like cattle through the streets. The ferry ride to Tangiers was fun, but getting on and off the ferry would be difficult for someone who can't get around easily. We saw two people fall and get injured. Our tour guide in Morocco was excellent, and very well informed. We had local guides for the excursions in places we stopped. Expect to be guided through the Suk in Fes to four designated places to shop, and you will not be allowed to shop anywhere else in the Suk. The same is true for the tour of the Suk in Marrakech and the old city in Toledo. Shopping was allowed only at high end places. If you aren't interested in shopping, this will be a big waste of your time. Your main meals will mostly be at mediocre buffets in the hotels you stay in. Drink only bottled water, lots of people in our group got sick, mostly in Morocco. You will be given the opportunity to pay extra (around $110 Euros) for a dinner and show in Fes and Marrakech, both of which were enjoyable, but if you choose only one, do the one in Fes. You will see a lot of both Spain and Morocco. The buildings are breathtaking. You will have both panoramic (bus) tours and walking tours. Walking tours are long, varying 1 - 2 hours. My favorite places were Ronda, Seville, Granada and Toledo. Take advantage of free time in Granada to see the Cathedral. If you do this tour, invest in a guide book to read along with way.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Deluxe AC Vehicle

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 7

Trip ID#:

industravel-169

Trip Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature, tips & gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • All items not mentioned as included

*Note: Children under 15 years of age are not allowed to the Gorilla Tracking and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Meals Included:

Daily Breakfast, Special Lunches and Dinners

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