6 nights 7 days $2500 per person shared room or $3000 if you wish to have a private room. This trip starts and ends Kigali, Rwanda. Join us for a once in a lifetime trek to see the mountain gorillas of Bwindi, Uganda. This incredible trek features stays at beautiful eco mountain lodges, and lots of exotic animals. In addition to the gorilla trek we will observe the rare golden monkeys on Rwanda. We will have the opportunity to visit local markets and churches in Kigali. We will also learn about Rwanda's chilling past with a visit to the genocide museum. The picturesque countryside offers views of the towering Virunga Volcanoes. As we cross over the Uganda border we will make our way over to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After an epic gorilla trek we will go for a community visit to learn more about the peoples culture. A canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi offers fabulous viewing of the many islands. You will also have the chance to offer a donation to one of the communities we visit (more details will be emailed to you) Due to the lack of luggage space in our vans I recommend cash donations, pencils, and pens. This is an active trip for fun minded people. If you enjoy laughing, dancing, exploring and adventure, then this trip is for you. Bring a family member or friend, but make sure they are fun! A full itinerary is listed below.
Day 1 (12th May 2022)
Arrival and transfer to your Hotel.
You will be picked up from the airport on arrival and be driven to your Kigali Hotel for a rest.
Overnight at FivetoFive Hotel; Dinner Inclusive
Day 2 (13th May 2022): Kigali City Tour
The tour guides / drivers shall pick you from your Kigali hotel and take you for a Kigali city tour visiting the genocide museum, local markets. Nyamata Church and other major places of interest. You will have a lunch break and can later go for walk.
Meals and overnight at Five to Five Hotel https://fivetofivehotel.com
Day 3 (14th May 2022)
Transfer to Volcanoes NP - Rwanda and Cultural Visit ( 3 hours’
drive) You will be picked up from your Hotel at 9:00 am for a transfer to Volcanoes NP northwest of
the country. You will have en route stop overs for Photography with great Views of the Virunga Volcanoes towards the park. You will have a lunch break and later be taken for a cultural Visit to the gorilla guardian Village where you will discover more about the Rwandese local culture. You can later go for a walk.
Meals and overnight at Gorilla Solution Lodge http://www.gorillasolutionlodge.com
Day 4: (15th May 2022)
Golden Monkey tracking; Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP (2 to 3 hours’ drive)
In the morning, you will go for golden monkey tracking, where you will encounter these rare monkey species. Golden monkeys are very rare primates that are endemic to the Virunga
volcanoes area. You will be in their presence as you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. You will return for a Lunch break and then be driven across the border to Uganda’s Bwindi
Impenetrable NP for meals and overnight at Bakiga Lodge/ Ichumbi Lodge; http://bakigalodge.org
Day 5 (16th May 2022)
Gorilla trekking adventure, Community Visit
You will head to the park headquarters after your breakfast with packed lunch to be briefed about the dos and don'ts while with the gorillas then proceed to track the gorillas. On return, you will be driven to your Lodge for a rest and later go for a community visit where you will discover more about the local people’s Culture.
Meals and overnight at Bakiga Lodge/ Ichumbi Lodge http://bakigalodge.org
Day 6 (17th May 2022)
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & Canoe Ride (2 to 3 hours’ drive) You will have breakfast and have a relaxed drive to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for a lunch break and a rest at the lodge. You will later be taken for a canoe ride along the lake viewing the major islands and later return to your Lodge for Dinner.
Meals and overnight at Bunyonyi Eco Resort.https://www.lakebunyonyiecoresort.com/en/
Day 7 (18th May 2022)
Transfer to Kigali for departure (3 to 4 hours’ drive)
In the morning, you will have a relaxed drive back to Kigali arriving in the afternoon for a drop off at the airport for departure depending on schedule
End of Tour
The tour includes;
- Ground Transportation costs
- Kigali City Tour
- Community Visit
- Golden Monkey Permits
- Gorilla permits
- Park Entrance fees
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- Meals as per the Itinerary
- Relevant government taxes
- Bottled drinking water while on tour
- Tips and other expenses like insurance
- Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Getting to Kigali, Rwanda and Visa on Arrival
This trip originates and terminates in Kigali, Rwanda. You will need to fly into Kigali(KGL). Major airlines that fly into Kigali are KLM, Brussels Air, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Turkish Air, and Rwand Air. I usually find the fastest way from the USA to Kigali is on Ethiopian Air out of Washington Dulles. (IAD to KGL) You check their schedules here https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/AA/EN
The fast way A full list of airlines and their cities can be found here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kigali_International_Airport
You would need to apply for East Africa Tourist Visa that offers multiple entry and can give you access to both Rwanda and Uganda without having to apply for another Visa. The cost of the Visa is $100 and you can apply online by clicking here https://irembo.gov.rw/rolportal/web/dgie/east-africa-tourist-visa
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Terms and Conditions
Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT - $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 60 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 60 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
Final payments for our Croatia Cruise are due 90 days before departure.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
I hope this helps clarify our terms as we all navigate through this post pandemic world. For those of us who are passionate travelers the small inconveniences of testing, insurance and entry requirements are well worth it.
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