Embark on an overland tour of Africa and see Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda

The stunning beauty of East Africa’s steamy rainforests and sprawling savanna is a breathtaking backdrop for an adventure into the habitat of the magnificent gorillas and majestic rhinos. Trekking through some of Uganda’s most dense areas of jungle is a challenging, but incredibly rewarding experience and coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a moment that will remain imprinted on the memory for years to come. Matched with cruising along the Kazinga Channel, and game drives through some of east Africa’s most iconic national parks, this trip provides a lottery-win on the wildlife front. Along the way, encounter local people whose friendly smiles and sense of community is a warm welcome to East Africa.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya,
Rwanda,
Uganda
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
609kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Search for gorillas near the border of Rwanda
  • Learn a dark history at the Genocide Museum
  • Taste traditional African cuisine
  • Spot wildlife in Nakuru National Park
  • Trek through the dense Ugandan rainforest
  • Find rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Itinerary

Arrive in Nairobi to the sounds of the bustling population and explore this fast paced capital.
Head to Nakuru and camp overnight on a dairy farm.
Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
Cross the border into Uganda, set up camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
Head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
Descend into the Great Rift Valley and embark on a game drive through this stunning national park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm near Nakuru National Park.
Return to Nairobi, where this incredible tour of Africa comes to a close.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (16 nights), Hostel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided walk
  • Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip

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Important notes

1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require a scanned copy of your passport at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

TRIP CHANGE 2014:
This trip will be changing slightly in 2014. The itinerary will be reshuffled so that Day 10 will be spent in Kampala. We We will visit Lake Mburo National Park on Day 11 now, and Queen Elizabeth National Park on Day 16 ( The 2 days have been swapped ). Day 15 will be spent in Kabale, and Day 17 in Mbarara. We will not spend an extra night in Lake Nakuru on Day 19.

The new itinerary will be as follows:

Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Nakuru
Day 3 - Kericho
Day 4 - Jinja
Day 5 - Jinja
Day 6 - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 7 - Budongo Forest Reserve
Day 8 - Murchison Falls National Park
Day 9 - Murchison River Lodge
Day 10 - Kampala
Day 11 - Lake Mburo National Park
Day 12 - Lake Bunyonyi
Day 13 - Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek
Day 14 - Gorilla trek
Day 15 - Kabale
Day 16 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 17 - Mbarara
Day 18 - Jinja
Day 19 - Eldoret
Day 20 - Nairobi
Day 21 - Nairobi

Trip notes

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