The Best of Uganda & Rwanda Excursion

12 Days
From $7,990
Activity Level
Light
Transport
Comfort Level
Super Luxury

Trip Overview

Avery lifetime experience into the rich hills of Rwanda and Uganda to explore mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the habituation. Observe chimpanzees with the help of a ranger, and track gorillas and Golden Monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Stay in stunning lodges, from luxury Lodge at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains to a hilltop eco-lodge with spectacular views of Rwanda’s volcanoes.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park/ Game Drive and Boat Ride on the Nile River

Our representative will pick you from your hotel at 7:00 am and transfer you to Murchison Falls through the famous Luwero Triangle. The drive takes 6-7 hours. You will make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track white rhinos. The trekking takes one hour later to Murchison Falls National Park lunch in Masindi town, arriving in the late afternoon.

At 6.30 am before sunrise go for a game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Afternoon a boat ride on the Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. You will see hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck, and a wide variety of birds like the rare shoebill stork. Retire to your hotel for overnight

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 3 - 4: Visit to the top of the falls and transfer to Kibalek/ Chimpanzee trek and Bigodi swamp walk

This morning visit the top where you will observe the Nile River squeezing itself in a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. Drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

This morning go into the park to look for chimpanzees; It is also a home of species like the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red-tailed monkey, Olive baboon among others. The trekking takes 2-3 hours. In the afternoon you will go for a guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Bigodi is also a rich cultural heritage site where you can mix with the local people to learn about their traditional activities and lifestyles

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Primate Lodge
Day 5 - 6 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP via the Crater lakes region/

This morning drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with stopovers at the equator. One of the remarkable stopovers will be to see the Crater lakes region and to visit the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiiru caves. These are caves of wonder with milk-like substance oozing out of the rocks and with cultural mythology attached to them. Learning about the Batoro culture and also get an explanation of their existence. For those who love nature, this is a glorious place to visit. The entrance to the cave is low and narrow and requires some stooping but most of its inside is big enough for one to walk upright except for a few areas. You will check out the chamber that is said to have been the resting place of the Bachwezi dogs and the ceiling shows pits resembling dog paws. There is also a waterfall that the locals call a natural Shower and it is there that the Bachwezi used to go to take showers. And the same way, the visitors/tourists both locals and foreigners are also allowed to take a shower from there if they wish to. Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Early morning game drive in search of lions, elephants, leopards, Uganda kob, giant forest hog, and solitary buffaloes. The best time to see the lions in action hunting and devouring the kobs. After lunch goes for a boat ride along the Kazinga channel, The water around attracts the animals and birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge
Day 7 - 8 Game drive to tree Climbing Lion and transfer/ Gorilla Tracking

This morning game drive to Ishasha sector in search of a tree-climbing, you will spot them on the branches of Fig trees as they look out for Uganda kobs, their favourite prey. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

After breakfast headquarters for a briefing at 7:30 am about trekking the Mountain Gorilla. You will head into the forest with the help of an experienced ranger, The trek takes between 2 – 8 hours and you will be given one hour to watch the Mountain Gorillas once sighted. In the afternoon if you still feel fit you can go a community walk to see the Batwa people who  live in the Bwindi forest before it was gazetted as a National Park and learn about their life and culture as a forest people or spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Bwindi Lodge
Day 9 - 10 Transfer to Volcanoes National Park/ Golden monkey tracking

After breakfast, cross into Rwanda you will see a great country-side, bamboo forests, and have great views of the scenic Virunga Mountains.

This morning, head to the Park headquarters where you will receive a briefing about tracking the golden monkey. With the help of a Ranger, you will enter into a thick forest in search of the Golden monkeys. The walk will take 2-5 hour exercise after you will transfer back to your hotel for overnight,

 

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Virung Lodge
Day 11 -12 Transfer to Kigali and visit to Genocide memorial

 This morning drive to Kigali City to visit the Gisozi Genocide memorial site for a historical firsthand account of the genocide that claimed more than 1,000,000 people in the 1990s. You will retire to the Hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast go for a city tour, visit the markets for souvenirs, and to experience the life of the people in this city.

 

Meals included: Breakfast Only
Accommodation: Heaven Rwanda Hotel

Expectations

  • With the help of a park ranger, you will track Rhinos
  • Seeing the pranks of chimpanzees up close in their habituation, as they jump from one tree to another maneuvering in the tree branches.
  • Encountering Gorillas face to face in their habitat.
  • Encountering the local people and learning about their traditional activities and their daily lifestyles.
  • Visiting the genocide sites that occurred in the late 1990s

Accomodations

Paraa Safari Lodge
Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of 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.
Primate Lodge
Room amenities include; mosquito nets and mosquito gauze on the windows although mosquitoes are not very prevalent in the cold forest climate, bath and hand towels, bathroom slippers, refreshing and nicely scented shower gels, shampoo and body lotions as well as complimentary bottled mineral water.
Park View Safari Lodge
Parkview Safari Lodge is located at the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth national park, overlooking panoramic views of the “medley of wonders” and capturing the beauty of the park in a most memorable way. The building style is a combination of modern and local materials, opening up to the wilderness beyond. The lodge reflects true African ambiance and hospitality, providing comfort to our esteemed guests. This is a home away from home! Our unique cottages are endowed with en-suite bathrooms, private balcony with spectacular views to the park and Bunyaruguru hills.
Bwindi Lodge
Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest gorilla lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique lodges.
Virung Lodge
The magnificent Virunga Lodge, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019, is the luxury gorilla experience in Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the eas
Heaven Rwanda Hotel
The Retreat by Heaven, a 12 room ( 9 Superior King suite and 3 deluxe king suite ) 5 Star luxury boutique hotel is Kigali’s first entirely eco-friendly solar powered resort featuring locally crafted sustainable teak wood furniture, expansive custom built rooms with peaked ceilings, front and rear private patios, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers, air conditioning, custom made ceiling fans, minibar, tea/coffee set up, Large flat screen TVs with exclusive premium channels, and complimentary purified water. 2 of these room types have inter-connecting doors suitable for families with children.

Availability and Prices

Jun 12 - 23, 2020
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 14,300
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Jun 19 - 30, 2020
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2020
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$ 14,300
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Jul 3 - 14, 2020
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$ 14,300
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Jul 10 - 21, 2020
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Jul 17 - 28, 2020
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Jul 24 - Aug 4, 2020
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Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2020
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Aug 7 - 18, 2020
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Aug 14 - 25, 2020
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Aug 21 - Sep 1, 2020
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Aug 28 - Sep 8, 2020
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Sep 4 - 15, 2020
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Sep 11 - 22, 2020
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Sep 18 - 29, 2020
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Sep 25 - Oct 6, 2020
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Oct 2 - 13, 2020
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Oct 9 - 20, 2020
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Oct 16 - 27, 2020
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Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2020
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Oct 30 - Nov 10, 2020
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Nov 6 - 17, 2020
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Nov 13 - 24, 2020
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Nov 20 - Dec 1, 2020
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Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2020
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$ 12,650
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Dec 4 - 15, 2020
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Dec 11 - 22, 2020
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$ 14,300
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Dec 18 - 29, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021
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Jan 2 - 13, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Jan 8 - 19, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Jan 15 - 26, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Jan 22 - Feb 2, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Jan 29 - Feb 9, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Feb 5 - 16, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Feb 12 - 23, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Feb 19 - Mar 2, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Feb 26 - Mar 9, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Mar 5 - 16, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Mar 12 - 23, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Mar 19 - 30, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Mar 26 - Apr 6, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Apr 2 - 13, 2021
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Apr 9 - 20, 2021
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$ 12,650
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Apr 16 - 27, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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Apr 23 - May 4, 2021
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$ 12,650
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Apr 30 - May 11, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
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May 7 - 18, 2021
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May 14 - 25, 2021
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May 21 - Jun 1, 2021
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$ 7,990
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$ 12,650
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May 28 - Jun 8, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 12,650
Per Person
Jun 4 - 15, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 14,300
Per Person
Jun 11 - 22, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Jun 18 - 29, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Jun 25 - Jul 6, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Jul 2 - 13, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Jul 9 - 20, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Jul 16 - 27, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Jul 23 - Aug 3, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Jul 30 - Aug 10, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Aug 6 - 17, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Aug 13 - 24, 2021
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$ 14,300
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Aug 20 - 31, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Aug 27 - Sep 7, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Sep 3 - 14, 2021
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Sep 10 - 21, 2021
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
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Sep 17 - 28, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Oct 1 - 12, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
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Oct 8 - 19, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
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Oct 15 - 26, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
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Oct 22 - Nov 2, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
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Oct 29 - Nov 9, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
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$ 12,650
Per Person
Nov 5 - 16, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 7,990
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 12,650
Per Person
Nov 12 - 23, 2021
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$ 7,990
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 12,650
Per Person
Nov 19 - 30, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 7,990
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 12,650
Per Person
Nov 26 - Dec 7, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 7,990
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 12,650
Per Person
Dec 3 - 14, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 14,300
Per Person
Dec 10 - 21, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Dec 17 - 28, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Dec 24, 2021 - Jan 4, 2022
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$ 9,880
Per Person
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$ 14,300
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Dec 31, 2021 - Jan 11, 2022
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$ 9,880
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$ 14,300
Per Person
Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking Ugandan & Tanzanian driver/guide;
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages