Remarkable Rwanda & Gorillas of Uganda

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Rwanda and Uganda are often-overlooked travel destinations – but as an intrepid traveller, you won’t want to miss this nine-day journey through their wild landscapes, rich in history and wildlife. Learn about the devastating events that took place in Rwanda, a beautiful country that's continuously striving to move forward. Combine this with the incredible scenery and diverse animal life of Uganda and an unforgettable adventure searching for mountain gorillas, and you’ll experience the full spectrum of emotions and physical challenges.

Availability

From 09/05/2024 to 26/12/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • May Thu 09 2024 to May Fri 17 2024
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    $6,855*
  • Jun Thu 06 2024 to Jun Fri 14 2024
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    $7,195*
  • Jun Thu 20 2024 to Jun Fri 28 2024
    Limited Availability
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    $7,125*
  • Jul Thu 04 2024 to Jul Fri 12 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Jul Thu 11 2024 to Jul Fri 19 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Jul Thu 18 2024 to Jul Fri 26 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Jul Thu 25 2024 to Aug Fri 02 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Aug Thu 08 2024 to Aug Fri 16 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Aug Thu 22 2024 to Aug Fri 30 2024
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    $7,400*
  • Sep Thu 12 2024 to Sep Fri 20 2024
    Sold Out
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    $7,265*
  • Sep Thu 19 2024 to Sep Fri 27 2024
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    $7,125*
  • Sep Thu 26 2024 to Oct Fri 04 2024
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    $7,195*
  • Oct Thu 10 2024 to Oct Fri 18 2024
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    $7,125*
  • Nov Thu 07 2024 to Nov Fri 15 2024
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    $6,855*
  • Dec Thu 05 2024 to Dec Fri 13 2024
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    $6,855*
  • Dec Thu 19 2024 to Dec Fri 27 2024
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    $6,855*
  • Jan Thu 09 2025 to Jan Fri 17 2025
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    $6,820*
  • Feb Thu 06 2025 to Feb Fri 14 2025
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    $6,820*

What's included

With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence.
Learn about Rwanda's devastating history with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, and see : 8.
Lunches Included: 3.
Dinners Included: 3.
Hotel (3 nights),Safari Lodge (5 nights).
4WD vehicles.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre.
Musanze - Visit to The Gorilla Doctors HQ.
Queen Elizabeth National Park - 4x4 Game Drive.
Ishasha - Community Tourism Project Visit.
Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Kigali Welcome to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda since it gained independence in 1962. Most associate Rwanda with the horrific genocide that took place in 1994, but this is a country that has been striving to rebuild its economy for years and offers so much to the intrepid traveller. And though the past won't, and shouldn't, be forgotten, the future of Rwanda's tourism is looking bright thanks to its welcoming people, an abundance of lakes and the beautiful Virunga Mountains. Your adventure begins by meeting your fellow travellers and local leader at 6pm.
  • 2 - Musanze After breakfast this morning, your tour leader will take you to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which opened in 2004 to mark the 10th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi people. It serves as a museum detailing the history and consequences of Rwanda's genocide and a place for people to grieve for lost friends and family. This afternoon, you'll drive to Musanze - the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, home to gorillas and golden monkeys. This afternoon, you'll visit The Gorilla Doctors headquaters; the only organisation in the world dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time using veterinary medicine and science. They monitor the health of gorilla groups to ensure the early detection of disease and injury, and stage medical interventions when gorillas suffer from human-induced or life-threatening trauma or disease.
  • 3 - Musanze Today, you'll visit the The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. This research centre leads the world in protecting and studying gorillas while helping communities build their conservation capabilities. Learn about Dian Fossey's life and the conservation of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. There are heaps of optional activities to do in Musanze, including Golden Monkey Trekking in the Virunga Mountains, the Mount Bisoke trek, or keep it chill with a canoe ride on the Mukungwa River. Maybe visit Redrocks Rwanda, where you'll learn about the local banana beer production and be treated to some dancing, drumming and basket-weaving demonstrations.
  • 4 - Queen Elizabeth NP Today, you'll leave Rwanda as we cross the border into Uganda, making our way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park is home to 618 bird species, 10 species of primates - including chimpanzees, and 95 different types of mammals. The route to your accommodation may feel like an unofficial safari. Keep a look out for African elephants, buffalo, hippos, warthogs, Nile crocodiles, leopards, spotted hyenas, lions and chimpanzees. Tonight, stay in a simple safari lodge within the park overlooking the Kazinga Channel.
  • 5 - Queen Elizabeth NP Wake up for another exciting day in Queen Elizabeth National Park with another 4x4 Game Drive. Be on the lookout for any sightings you may have missed yesterday, and if you're really lucky, you might be able to spot leopards or lions. This afternoon, you have the opportunity to see the park from a different perspective with an optional cruise down the Kazinga Channel, linking Lake Edward to Lake George. You'll be joined by local guides who will fill you in on everything you could want to know about the landscape and the animals who live within it - be on the lookout for hippos basking on the shore, as well as crocodiles, herds of elephants and abundant birdlife.
  • 6 - Queen Elizabeth NP This morning we make our way to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you meet some local residents to learn more about rural life in Uganda. Visit a local organic farm, medicine garden and homestead and learn how its owner is tackling human-wildlife conflict with his anti-crop raiding techniques. You'll also meet a local Mukiga woman who will share her story while showing you how to sort, pound and grind millet to make porridge and other Bakiga meals. This part of the park is famous for its tree climbing lions, so be on the look out as you make the game drive towards our ecolodge in the northern sector of the park frequented by herds of elephants, buffaloes and antelopes!
  • 7 - Kisoro Today, drive out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park on your way to the southwest tip of Uganda (approximately 6 hours). The journey is like a game drive in itself, with the chance to spot zebras, antelopes, baboons and monkeys out the window. When you arrive at the corner of Uganda, where the border touches Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, you'll be based in Kisoro, which provides access to seven different gorilla groups located in Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Nshongi.
  • 8 - Kisoro Join a local guide and trackers as you climb through the rugged, mountainous terrain of Bwindi National Park in search of mountain gorillas. A quick lock of eyes with these creatures is a truly primal moment and visits are strictly controlled to minimise disturbance. Make no mistake, tracking gorillas is no walk in the park - it's called Bwinidi Impenetrable National Park for a reason. It can be wet, muddy, strenuous and uncomfortable, but the indescribable elation at coming across a group of gorillas is worth the effort. Spend a mesmerising hour with the gorillas as they eat, sleep, groom and play as the male silverback watches over them, then return to the lodge for dinner and to reflect on this incredible experience.
  • 9 - Kigali After breakfast this morning, it's time to make the journey back to Kigali. When you arrive, there are no further activities planned and your adventure comes to an end. If you'd like to spend more time here, just speak to your booking agent.
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