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Rwanda And Uganda Gorilla Discovery

9 Days, Kigali to Entebbe
Rwanda And Uganda Gorilla Discovery

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When your guide puts his hand up and motions for you to crouch down, you'll know why. In the near distance, a silverback gorilla settles down to eat. Opportunitie read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 8 nights accommodation (Hotels / lodges (8 nts)
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (4x4 land cruiser, walking, hiking, boat).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • All national park entrance fees.
  • Genocide memorial entrance.
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits.
  • Gorilla lecture.
  • Golden monkey trek with permits.
  • Guided chimpanzee trek with permits.
  • Local village walk.
  • Safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel.
  • Visit to the Equator.
  • Drum workshop.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 65-85 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Kigali
Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park
Day 3 Volcanoes National Park
Day 4 Volcanoes National Park
Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/ Entebbe
Day 9 Entebbe
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Kigali
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Entebbe
  • DAY 1 Arrive Kigali

    Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

    If you arrive early, take some time to explore the city, known for its pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

    Private Vehicle
    Kigali International Airport - Kigali
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

    Visit the Genocide Memorial and learn about the somber history of Rwanda. Later, embark on a community walk in the Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon to the lodge, located just outside the national park. The lodge provides stunning volcano views.

    Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains can be found here. The volcanoes and highlands of the park are covered in lush rainforest and bamboo (a favourite snack of the gorillas). While the most famous resident is the mountain gorilla, there's plenty of other wildlife roaming around: buffaloes, bushbucks, golden monkeys, hyenas, numerous bird species, and some elephants call this place home.

    Genocide Memorial Visit
    Kigali 2h
    Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which serves as a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide in 1994. The centre opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and was built on a site where more than 250,000 people are buried.

    4x4
    Kigali - Volcanoes National Park 3h 130km
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch
    Kigali 2h
    Today we visit a local women's centre supported by G Adventures. Located in Nyamirambo, the largest and most vibrant township in Rwanda, the centre provides women and girls from a diverse range of backgrounds, the opportunity to support each other and succeed, through education and training programs. From here, we take a guided walk through the lively community, meeting some of the women who have benefitted from the centre's training programs, seeing their local businesses and initiatives and having a chance to share in their daily life. After the walk, enjoy lunch prepared by the women at the centre, allowing us to try local foods and popular dishes. After lunch, take some time to browse the centre's shop, which features handmade, high-quality crafts and clothes, made by some of the women. Proceeds from the meal, shop and walking tour help support the centre's education and training programs. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Volcanoes National Park

    Depart early and transfer to the 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 an hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures. Trek back and return to the lodge with the remainder of the afternoon to yourself. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.

    Approximately 800 mountain gorillas exist globally in the wild today. They are found in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, gorillas live in similar ecosystems/areas. The gorilla species found in these three areas are called highland gorillas.

    It is important to be well prepared for the trek -- you never know if your total trek will be short or long. The total duration of a trek can vary and be anything between 4 and 9 hrs in length depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving. Proper hiking attire must be worn - you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. You will mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trail.

    In Rwanda there are ten habituated gorilla families that are open to visits - the visit to a gorilla family is done ONCE per day, with a maximum 8 trekkers per group and the duration of a visit is limited to one (1) hour with the gorilla family. The time spent with them is limited due to conservation considerations and to minimize impact on the day-to-day life of the gorilla family you are visiting.

    It is not allowed to touch gorillas (although in some cases they may touch you), make loud noises or sudden movements. You should attempt to keep a distance of 7m from the gorillas, however the gorillas themselves are unaware of this and will often get very close, in which case you should try to slowly move away. At all times you must abide by the instructions of the trackers and rangers.

    Mountain gorillas share 98% of our DNA and are prone to catching human 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. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

    Gorilla Trekking
    Volcanoes National Park 4h-9h
    Depart early and transfer to the 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 an hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures. Trek back and return to the lodge with the remainder of the afternoon to yourself. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.

    Gorillia Lecture
    Volcanoes National Park
    Deepen your understanding of the world of gorillas through an in-depth lecture. Listen as one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park discusses topics including the history and behaviour of gorillas, threats to the animals, conservation activities, as well as the potential benefits of tourism.

    Free Time
    Volcanoes National Park Evening
    Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

    4x4
    Volcanoes National Park
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Volcanoes National Park

    Enjoy a second trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch and then take a walk through a local village.

    Golden Monkey Trek
    Volcanoes National Park 3h-5h
    Embark on a trek in Volcanoes National Park to view a species even more endangered than the mountain gorilla - the golden monkey. It is only in Rwanda where this interesting species has been successfully habituated. Look (and listen) for these lively and curious creatures that like to chatter - they are often only seen high up in the trees, but, with luck, hikers may have a close encounter. Golden monkeys mainly live in the lower parts of the bamboo forests; they are not as socially "tight" as gorillas and chimpanzees, and the number in the habituated troupe can vary on any given day between 20 and 80.

    4x4
    Volcanoes National Park
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Free Time
    Volcanoes National Park
    Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to relax at the lodge or choose to visit the local village.

    Visit to Iby'iwacu village
    Volcanoes National Park
    Visit a small farming Village where the locals have put a top to poaching and put their focus on sheep farming. Meet the local people and get a first hand look at local rural life. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park

    After breakfast, cross into Uganda, arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the late afternoon.

    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.

    4x4
    Volcanoes National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park 8h-9h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Border Crossing (Rwanda - Uganda)
    Gatuna - Katuna
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Explore the national park with a ranger on a safari walk in search of chimps. Enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs.

    Chimpanzee Trek - Kyambura Gorge
    Queen Elizabeth National Park 1h30m-3h
    Embark on a chimp trek with a park ranger/guide in Kyambura Gorge (aka the "Valley of Apes") located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. See more than just chimps in their natural environment. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the gorge's rainforest. Keep an eye out for other animals that can include birds, elephants, and hippos. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are habituated and not bothered by humans watching their daily behaviour.

    Game Drive
    Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Enjoy a safari game drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

    4x4
    Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Embark on a morning game drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.

    Game Drive
    Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Enjoy a safari game drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

    Kazinga Channel Cruise
    Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a waterway inside Queen Elizabeth National Park that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. Look out for a variety of wildlife as the channel shores draw large numbers of game. Spot birds, crocodiles, hippos, and reptiles.

    4x4
    Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/ Entebbe

    After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.

    4x4
    Queen Elizabeth National Park - Entebbe 8h-9h 350km
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Equator Visit
    Mpigi 30m
    Enjoy a fun stop at the equator and watch a demonstration on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern and southern hemispheres. Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two can be crossed.

    Drum Makers Workshop
    Mpigi 30m
    Visit a traditional drum making workshop for a demonstration on how the drums are made using animal hides and woods. After the demo, it's time for a short musical presentation. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Entebbe

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    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.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 65-85 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 7 passengers, at an average there are 6 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. 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.


  10. 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".


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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, golden monkeys and chimps. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.


  14. 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.


  15. 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.



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