Remarkable Rwanda & Gorillas of Uganda

Start: Kigali Finish: Kigali

Visiting: Kigali, Gisenyi (Lake Kivu), Kisoro, Kisoro (Gorilla Trek), Ruhengeri


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: YGSU

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $4288

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Tour Overview

Rwanda is oft-missed destination that every human should visit. Not only will you learn about the devastating events that took place here, you'll also witness a beautiful country that's continuously striving to move forward. Combine this with an unforgettable adventure searching for the mountain gorillas of Uganda and you've got a trip that can sometimes be physically and emotionally challenging, but will be talked about for the rest of your life.

Highlights

  • iconEnjoy an optional cycling tour around the twin lakes on the outskirts of Ruhengeri, passing through small towns and villages where you will have extended time interacting with the local community.
  • iconLearn about Rwanda's devastating history with visits to different genocide museums and churches of significance
  • iconVisit Mikozi Village and become acquainted with the Ugandan countryside. Visit the local markets, speak with a traditional Ugandan healer and enjoy a drink or two at the local bar
  • iconWith 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.
  • iconSpend two nights in beautiful Gisenyi at a resort on the north shore of Lake Kivu. Here, spend free time hiking, taking a boat cruise, touring the town or simply walking the lakeside.

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Kigali

Location: Kigali

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda since it gained independence in 1962. Most associate Rwanda with the 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 at 6 pm.

icon Day 2: Kigali

Location: Kigali

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

After breakfast you'll proceed to Ntarama Church, approximately 30 km outside of Kigali. Today presents some confronting reminders of the country's past, and this church is now a chilling memorial to the 5000 people slaughtered inside during the 1994 genocide. Inside, shelves of skulls and piles of bone can be seen as well as the clothes of victims hanging from the walls and rafters. Afterwards, the group will travel to the Nyamata Genocide Memorial Centre, a former church where some 50,000 people were murdered. This site pays particular attention to the atrocities suffered by women during the genocide. We take some time out from the devastating history with a local lunch and an afternoon city tour, including a trip to the craft market. This evening your leader will take you to their favourite restaurant for an optional dinner.

Included Activities:
-Kigali - City Tour
-Kigali - Nyamata Memorial Site
-Kigali - Ntarama Church

icon Day 3: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Location: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This morning we visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which was opened in 2004 to mark the 10th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi people. It serves as both a museum, detailing the history and consequences of Rwanda's genocide, and a place for people to grieve for lost friends and family. The group will then head to Gisenyi (approx 3.5 hours), a town on the shore of the beautiful Lake Kivu. Enjoy a free afternoon at your waterfront hotel.

Included Activities:
-Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre

Optional Activities:
-Kigali - Genocide Memorial Audio Guide

icon Day 4: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Location: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a free day in Gisenyi on Lake Kivu's northern edge. Kivu is one of of Africa's Great Lakes – Rwanda's largest and Africa's sixth-largest – and is a natural border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Your leader can help you plan how to spend the day: perhaps take a boat cruise around the lake spotting birdlife and visiting some of the small islands, or maybe take a trip to Napoleon Island to go hiking and encounter birds and its large colony of fruit bats. Alternatively, spend the day getting to know Gisenyi and the colonial-era mansions and bars that sit by the lake.

Included Activities:
-Gisenyi - Morning Town Visit

Optional Activities:
-Gisenyi - Napoleon Island Boat Trip & Hike
-Gisenyi – Boat Cruise and Island Visit - per hour price for entire group

icon Day 5: Kisoro

Location: Kisoro

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Enjoy breakfast by Lake Kivu then transfer across the border to Kisoro (approx 2 hours plus the border crossing), a Ugandan town on the shore of Lake Mutanda. Kisoro, located near the Virguna Mountains, is the jumping-off point for several national parks and, of course, those in search of the country's mountain gorillas. In the afternoon you'll head to Mikozi Village to become acquainted with the Ugandan countryside. Visit the local markets, speak with a traditional Ugandan healer and enjoy a drink or two at the local bar before returning to Kisoro.

Included Activities:
-Kisoro - Village Visit

icon Day 6: Kisoro (Gorilla Trek)

Location: Kisoro (Gorilla Trek)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

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.

Included Activities:
-Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek

icon Day 7: Ruhengeri

Location: Ruhengeri

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Transfer this morning back to Rwanda and the town of Ruhengeri (approximately 1 hour plus the border crossing), still buzzing from your gorilla encounter. Settle into your hotel on arrival then have a free day to take the optional cycling tour to Rwanda's twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. This area is characterised by steep green hills and magnificent views of the mountains surrounding the lakes. Here you can pedal through the stunning countryside, stopping in small towns and villages to spend some time interacting with the local community.

Optional Activities:
-Ruhengeri - Twin Lakes Bicycle Tour

icon Day 8: Ruhengeri

Location: Ruhengeri

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today is free for you to choose from several optional activities after breakfast at the lodge. Perhaps you'd like to pursue your passion for primates and join a park ranger tracking golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. These monkeys are much quicker than gorillas and you'll see them swinging from branch to branch and scampering up trees. Alternatively, take a hike focused on the work of Dian Fossey, the groundbreaking gorilla researcher. It's an incredible experience, both physically and emotionally, and you'll trek through the jungle to her grave and the house in which she was mysteriously murdered in 1985. She's buried next to her favourite gorilla – Digit – as well as number of other mountain gorillas killed by pochers. In the evening, choose whether to attend an optional dinner with the rest of your group.

Optional Activities:
-Volcanoes National Park - Full Day Mt. Bisoke Hike
-Volcanoes National Park - Golden Monkeys Trek Permit & guide (from price)
-Volcanoes National Park - Dian Fossey's Memorial

icon Day 9: Kigali

Location: Kigali

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then head back to the hotel in Kigali (approx 2.5 hours). Here the trip comes to end and there are no other activities planned.

What's Included

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

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    Kigali - Ntarama Church

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    Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek

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    Kigali - Nyamata Memorial Site

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (8 nights)

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    Gisenyi - Morning Town Visit

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    Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre

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    Kisoro - Village Visit

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    Kigali - City Tour

Transport

  • 4WD vehicles

Included Activities

  • Kigali - City Tour
  • Kigali - Nyamata Memorial Site
  • Kigali - Ntarama Church
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre
  • Gisenyi - Morning Town Visit
  • Kisoro - Village Visit
  • Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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