This 12 day overland tour journeys from Kampala to Kigali through Rwanda, Uganda
Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kampala, you will most likely enter Uganda at Entebbe International Airport.
Welcome to Kampala! If you would like to explore Kampala fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city - possible activities include visiting the Uganda Museum, the Cathedral and the Kasubi Tombs. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kampala before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kampala.
There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 18:00 - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception or will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.
This morning we will make our way into the stunning Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take us across the equator - a prime moment for some photos! The afternoon will include a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Mburo.
We will stay in an incredibile campsite close to the lake where you may be lucky enough to see hippos leaving the water in the evening.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
This morning we travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Lake Edward and Lake George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the campsite.
After lunch we will take an included boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks.
The next morning we are up early to go on a full day game drive making our way into the depths of the park. We will experience areas of the National Park that are impossible to reach without a full days excursion!
Here we will go on what is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip - trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest habitat.
This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than 8 people per day can visit any one habituated family, and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals.
Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, it can be pretty strenuous and often humid; however, the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk at least 4 hours - uphill and downhill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself! Once you find them, you will stay with the gorillas for one unforgettable hour!
When visiting the gorillas you will be assigned a tracking group and time on your permit. The group may be split up into different tracking groups during the day.
In Bwindi we will stay in a campsite that occasinally has some very special visitors, the incredible mountain gorillas!
Please note that the gorilla permits are paid for in full by the trip kitty - however, we have to purchase the permits in advance on the customers' behalf, so a higher deposit is charged on the trip price to protect us from losing this money in the event of cancellation - please see the notes at the end for further detail.
Border Information: Exit Uganda at Cyahafi, enter Rwanda at Kidaho.
Leaving Uganda behind, we cross the border into the stunning country of Rwanda.
Today we will drive the short distance to Ruhengeri (also known as Musanze), the gateway to the Volcanoes National Park, where we will spend the next 1 night. Today we will have time for optional activities such as visiting the Golden Monkeys.
Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
In Ruhengeri we will stay in dorms at a local church mission, or camp in their grounds.
Today we head to the lakeside town of Kibuye. We will have the option to do many activities this afternoon in the rural town.
Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours
Tonight we will stay in an eco-camp overlooking the water.
This morning we wil head to Nyungwe National Park where we will stay for 2 nights as we have so much to fit in! We start with a visit to a local tea plantation before camping in the National Park itself.
The following morning we have chimps to hunt for and a breath taking canopy walkway trail to keep us busy for the day!
Estimated drive time - 2-3 hours
Today we arrive in our final city of this trip, Kigali. After a long drive in the morning we will visit the moving and very thought provoking Genocide Museum in the afternoon.
Estimated drive time: 5-6 hours.
In Kigali we will stay in a comfortable campsite for the night.
Border information: If you are finishing in Kigali, you will most likely exit Rwanda at Kigali International Airport.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kigali. Please note, there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.
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Trip Name: Gorillas, Chimps & Rwanda
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: ₤1,096
Supplier Tour ID: YMG1/207892
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