UG1 Uganda & Rwanda Tour
Land of a Thousand Hills
Dian Fossey's Parc National des Volcans; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trekking; Murchison Falls; Kazinga Channel cruise; Excellent birding; Chimpanzees Trekking; Volcanoes and jungles
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 31 Aug 2019||Thu 12 Sep 2019||$9120 USD|
|Sun 12 Jan 2020||Fri 24 Jan 2020||$9120 USD|
|Sat 29 Aug 2020||Thu 10 Sep 2020||$9120 USD|
NOTE: Due to pre-paid park fees and gorilla permits which are non-refundable once issued, this tour requires a higher than usual deposit amount at time of booking. Your $2750 per person deposit is 100% non-refundable non-transferrable once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.'
Optional Single Supplement: $1294 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $648 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
The outstanding natural beauty and diversity of landscape in Uganda has long served as focal point of inspiration for travellers, and features prominently on our Uganda & Rwanda tour.
Towering mountains give way to fertile meadows and broad savannah, while the dry uplands contrast with the swamplands of the lakeshores.
We keep a lookout for Red Colobus monkeys and visit Uganda's most popular game reserve, Queen Elizabeth II National Park, where have the opportunity to take a boat ride amid Africa's largest hippo population.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, our last destination on the Uganda leg of our tour, is a designated World Heritage Park and is home to just over half the world's mountain gorilla population.
Heading into Rwanda, we make route for Dian Fossey's stunning Parc National des Volcans, where we embark on a trek to encounter the mighty mountain gorilla and follow one of five gorilla families.
This comfortable, fully-escorted and guided safari tour through Uganda and Rwanda features lands of rolling hills, tranquil lakes, the snow-capped 'Mountains of the Moon', rainforests and jungles, gorillas and chimps, and glorious butterflies outnumbered only by the plentiful birds.
Kay B. (Hendersonville, TN, US)
"I would say that the "main event(s)" were more than we had ever dreamed of! The gorillas were wonderful, and the rain forests were beautiful. I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves seeing wild life, both flora and fauna, up close and personal.
Leonard S. (Lewisville, TX, US)
Very good tour. The gorillas and Golden monkeys were better than expected. The game drives we did were totally unexpected, I never thought we would see that many different animals. Evening meals were good. All lodges were very good to my standards.
Rosemary J. (Irvine, US)
I loved this trip. Uganda and Rwanda exceeded my expectations. Just a trip of a lifetime and one that I'll never forget! Thank you for doing such a great job of organizing such a great adventure. I loved all of it. The trips were good, the gorilla trekking was outstanding, ditto the Dian Fossey hike and the golden monkeys. The chimpanzee sanctuary - there is nothing I would have left out. All of the trips and excursions were very worthwhile.
Viggo D. (Scarborough, ON, CA)
The highlights were the game drives and the trekking. The local leader and guides were all seasoned pros. The overall experience was more than what I had anticipated, especially the game drives. Seeing the Gorillas up close was the highlight - twice.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Paraa Safari Lodge
Location: Murchison Falls
Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west ... Uganda over looking one of nature's best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls - one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water.
Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom.
The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie "The African Queen" (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart). Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds awaits you here...
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Mweya Safari Lodge
Location: Queen Elizabeth Ii National Park
Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National ... Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.
To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.
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Mahogany Springs Lodge
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious ... in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.
At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.
Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to know to the visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience.
With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as bird watchers paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures we have many rare species visiting us every day.
Come and stay at Mahogany Springs and it will live in your memory forever with a charming elegance that will leave you wanting more…
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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Location: Parc National des Volcans
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located approximately fifteen minutes from the park offices, at the base of Sabyinyo Volcano.
... the rooms are individual spacious cottages with a fire place, sitting area and en-suite bathroom. The lodge consists of thirty cottages nineteen with king size beds, five cottages have twin beds and varnished flat stone floors.
As the lodge is at altitude the evenings can get quite cold the staff will make sure that your cottage is lovely and warm by lighting your own fireplace.
With everything right where you need it. Be it luxury or comfort, we have it all in one package.Lemigo brings ... refreshingly unique experience to Rwanda. Conveniently located in Kimihurura-Rugando. It is just 10 minutes drive from Kigali International Airport. Relaxation reigns here amid a serene landscape. Set in a serene environment, the hotel is sandwiched between International Organizations of repute.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants), some lunches. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary (including 2 gorilla permits). Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, visas, and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
As most of the region is fairly flat with mountains only in the extreme east, the extreme west, and close to the Rwandan border, the bulk of the area enjoys the same tropical climate, with temperatures averaging about 25 C (79 F) during the day and 15 C (60 F) at night. The hottest months are from December to February when the daytime range is 26-28 C (81 to 84 F). The rainy seasons in the south are from April to May and late October through November, the wettest month being April. Humidity is generally low outside of the wet seasons.
Transport and Travel Conditions
We travel by touring mini-bus, with seating for approx six. Main roads are generally good but travel is much slower than on European or American roads. Secondary roads are of variable quality and often slow and bumpy especially around the gorilla parks.
Aside from our Gorilla treks, the trip is quite leisurely and not tremendously physical. We'll have some full days of travel, some early starts, and will be moving around a lot on an ambitious program.
Mountain gorillas are a major attraction of this tour and the following is compiled to maximize your enjoyment and understanding of these animals. Gorillas are very special animals - rare, gentle, like us yet so different. Tracking gorillas is a unique experience - the trek will take you into a strange land to meet these unusual creatures on their own terms.
Gorilla tracking is an intense experience that can take all day. A trek can take from one to six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 2270m (7,500 ft) and over rough terrain. Local guides will have a very good idea where the gorillas are and how far away they may be on the morning of our excursion. If they have the luxury of doing so, and if there are muiltiple gorilla family groups to choose from, the guides may choose to divide the group into groups that are less/more capable physically and assign participants dependent on estimated distance. But, of course, this cannot be guaranteed.
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 is fascinating.
We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, the parks that we visit clearly state that success is NOT guaranteed! They are wild creatures with no fixed routine, and finding them requires the skill and experience of your trackers and guides, as well as luck!
For more information, go to www.uwa.or.ug and www.ortpn.gov.rw
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Uganda and Rwanda have only re-emerged as tourist destinations in the last few years and their lodges and camps are not as luxurious as in some African countries. Generally accommodation is three to four star hotels and lodges. The Gorilla's Nest in Rwanda is somewhat more basic.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, drivers, local guides.
10-16 (plus Tour Leader)
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