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.
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 below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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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 $3000 per person deposit is 100% non-transferable (in addition to non-refundable) once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.'
Optional Single Supplement: $1430 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $720 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
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
Groups of six or fewer participants (one vehicle), will be led / guided by one of our local driver-guides. Only multi-vehicle groups will be assigned an Adventures Abroad Tour Leader.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 3 Acivity Level: 3 Tour Style: Cultural
No longer a country plagued by civil war and unrest, Uganda has recently come to enjoy a period of relative political, economic and social stability.
On our Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya Tour you'll see that, today, Uganda is a land visited for its incredible natural environment as opposed to being avoided for its man-made one.
In Kibale Forest National Park, we try to spot and identify some of the 12 species of primates that inhabit the area and when we enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, we can marvel at sterling views of the famous 'Mountains of the Moon' as we make our way through a diverse range of ecosystems.
Our expedition to catch sight of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is continued on as we cross into Rwanda, where we visit the Parc National des Volcans, where the late Dian Fossey undertook her monumental conservation efforts.
Worthy of a stay of at least a couple of days in duration, Parc National des Volcans allows us to track one of five families of gorillas in their natural habitats - truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Heading into Kenya, we explore the savannah plains of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, keeping our eyes peeled for buffalo, cheetah, leopard and lion and embark on a game drive with almost guaranteed close-up contact with elephant, giraffe and gazelle.
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 4 Acivity Level: 3 Tour Style: Cultural
Uganda, a country that has been striving to put its troubled past firmly behind it, has recently been emerging as one of Africa's most exciting and rewarding tour destinations, a fact that becomes clear on our Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania Tour.
After getting orientated in Kampala, we explore some ancient tombs, museums and Hindu temples, before heading away from civilization to marvel at Uganda's most prized possession: its natural environment.
Trips to Kibale Forest National Park, famous for its families of habituated Chimpanzees, and Queen Elizabeth II National Park, a designated UNESCO protected site, put us in prime position to view Colobus monkeys, elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards.
Visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park yields good opportunities to catch sight of mountain gorillas.
It is, however, in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans that we experience the ultimate mountain gorilla adventure.
On the steep slopes of a magnificent, rainforest-blanketed mountain range, we have the chance to follow in the footsteps of conservationist Dian Fossey and track one of five families of gorillas.
Though the gorillas are by no means tame, they have come to tolerate the presence of humans for short spells; the perfect conditions for close interaction with wild animals.
Our extraordinary East Africa tour continues in Kenya and Tanzania, two destinations that are most closely associated with the finest safari opportunities.
In Kenya, we explore no fewer than five national parks and reserves, including Maasai Mara National Reserve - often considered the best of Kenya's parks - and Amboseli National Park - famous for its large elephant population.
Crossing into Tanzania, our trips through Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park have us watching out for the 'Big Five' and a host of other teeming wildlife, but so abundant are they, we won't have to look too hard to find them.
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 4 Acivity Level: 3 Tour Style: Cultural
Experience the great diversity of East Africa on this mammoth, month-long Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Tour through four incredible countries and partake in a momentous journey through exotic culture and nature.
In Uganda's national parks, we find diverse ecosystems that house extensive ranges of biodiversity in the wetlands and we'll have occasion to snap pictures of countless species of bird and butterflies, elephant and buffalo, as well as to cruise the waters inhabited by the largest hippo population in Africa.
In the thick, lush forests of the Parc National des Volcans on the slopes of the Virunga Mountain Range in Rwanda, we track a family of mountain gorillas and find about the issues this endangered species faces with poachers before heading to the Genocide Museum in Kigali to learn about the this tragic period of time in the country's history.
Kenya and Tanzania are each highly recommended destinations when it comes to touring East Africa and together they make for the ultimate safari.
Through more than half a dozen game parks and nature reserves, we find the best of East African nature; we see the world's second-highest peak - Kilimanjaro - 'The Big Five,' the Serengeti Plains, volcanoes, waterfalls, mountain forests and the UNESCO-protected Ngorongoro Crater.
Ending our tour with exploration of the island paradise of Zanzibar only adds that bit of extra spice to our adventure.
*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 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.
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.
Perched on top of the Munyanga River, overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable ... Park, Mahogany Springs consists of 12 Luxury Suites, surrounded by beautiful gardens and panoramic views of the verdant valley.
All the rooms are individual spacious cottages with a fireplace, sitting area ... en-suite bathroom. The lodge consists of thirty cottages nineteen with king-size beds, five cottages have twin beds and varnished flat stone floors.