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Rock My Uganda & Rwanda Adventure

(+ DRC Add-On)

15 Nights – from £3,695

Tour Highlights

We begin the trip in style in the cosmopolitan city of Kigali. From here we’ll cross the border into Uganda and relax at Lake Bunyoni, one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

Our next stop is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we’ll go gorilla trekking, one of the most magical experiences you can imagine.

Next, we’ll look for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, go on a safari in scenic Murchison Falls National Park and visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – it’s an action-packed adventure.

From there we head to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa and home of the River Nile. before ending the trip in Entebbe on the shores of beautiful Lake Victoria.

DRC ADD-ON: At the beginning of the trip, you can add on a 4-night trip to climb Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same.” (Brian Jackman)

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Kigali

Lake Bunyoni

Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

Uganda

Queen Elizabeth NP

Murchison Falls NP

Uganda Chimp Trekking

Chimp Trekking

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Rhino Tracking

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Jinja

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

    • 9 – 24 July 2023 (Uganda & Rwanda Only) BOOK NOW
      • 5 – 9 July 2023 (DRC Add-On)
    • 4 – 19 September 2023 (Uganda & Rwanda Only) BOOK NOW
      • 31 August – 4 September (DRC Add-On)

Please Note

  • You will be given the option to book the DRC Add-On after you have paid the deposit for your Rwanda & Uganda tour.
  • We are only able to run the DRC part of the trip if the DRC and Virunga National Park are open to foreign visitors. This is something out of our control and can change at short notice.
  • The July DRC departure requires a flight from Kigali to Entebbe to join the main tour.
  • The July 2023 trip runs in the reverse direction – starting in Kigali and ending in Entebbe. You can see the alternative itinerary here.
  • Gorilla & chimp trekking are both very popular activities, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost (Uganda & Rwanda) – from £3,695

  • Payment Plan:
    • Deposit: £800 (non-refundable, for gorilla & chimp permits)
    • 2nd Payment: £2,095 (due 62 days before the departure date).
    • 3rd Payment: $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival).

What’s Included (Rwanda & Uganda)

  • 15 Nights Accommodation
  • 15 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 12 Dinners
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • Most In-Country Transport
  • Welcome Meal
  • Jinja Craft Market
  • Ugandan Family Dinner & Cultural Dancing
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Bujagali
  • Rhino Tracking Walk (permit included)
  • Chimpanzee Tracking (permit included)
  • Murchison Falls
  • Murchison Falls Safari
  • Victoria Nile Boat Trip
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Safari
  • Gorilla Trekking (permit included)
  • Lake Bunyoni Boat Tour
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Kigali City Tour

 

Cost (DRC Add-On) – from £1,015 – £1,520 pp

  • 2 Pax: £1,520 pp 
  • 3 Pax: £1,240 pp
  • 4 Pax: £1,150 pp
  • 5 Pax: £1,095 pp
  • 6 Pax: £1,055 pp
  • 7 Pax: £1,030 pp
  • 8 Pax: £1,015 pp

What’s Included (DRC Add-On)

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 4 Dinners
  • Transport
  • Local Guides/Rangers & Cook
  • Porter (1 per person)
  • Mount Nyiragongo Expedition (permits & food)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Goma City Tour

Excluded

  • Hiking Pole (available to hire)
  • Tips for Guides/Porters
  • Lunch on day 1, 2 & 5
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Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
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Mount Nyiragongo in the Congo

“It has taken me 8 months to write this review because I couldn’t find the right words to describe it. It was perfect. Helen (you) are the perfect host. You know your stuff. You are good to the local guides you work with. You were always smiling, It was by far the best thing Jon and I have done together since backpacking through SEA in the early ’90s. You gave us the opportunity to experience a kind of authenticity that we thought was lost to ‘iPhone travel’ (the type of travel that no longer requires a book, a guide and help from the locals). We thought we had lost the opportunity to feel that authentic travel. We are very experienced travellers, flashpackers, and there is no way we could have arranged this on our own. We loved that it never ever felt like we were on a tour. We felt like we met up with long lost friends for a backpacking reunion. The cast of characters and the relationships formed were because of how you put this trip together. The gorillas. No words. It. Was. Life-changing. All of it. The trip was so good. I am so lucky I stumbled across your site. I’ve recommended you to everyone I know. Thank you.”

HEATHER & JON / CANADA / ROCK MY UGANDA & RWANDA ADVENTURE 2018

Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda

Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your accommodation for the night. Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal.

Your Rock My Uganda & Rwanda Adventure starts here and we can’t wait to show you around these amazing and beautiful countries!

Welcome to the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’.

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None

    Day 2: Kigali, Rwanda

    We’ll spend our first full day exploring the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Kigali, the ‘Singapore of Africa’.

    We’ll visit some of my favourite places in the city, including the Nyamirambo neighbourhood, a local women’s centre, a great local market (where you can buy beautiful African fabrics) and the fantastic INEMA Arts Centre, all the while learning about Rwandan culture and experiencing it first hand.

    On the tour, we’ll enjoy a lovely Rwandan meal cooked by a local lady in Nyamirambo.

    The evening is free to relax at the hotel or explore the city’s bars and restaurants.

     

    • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
    • Activities: Kigali City Tour

      Day 3: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda

      In the morning, we’ll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about the events and circumstances of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. This is a harrowing experience, but a must for anyone visiting Rwanda.

      We’ll make or way across the border into Uganda and beautiful Lake Bunyoni.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
      • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
      • Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial

        Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

        In the morning, we’ll do a tour of the lake by boat and visit my friend Josh’s island for a truly local experience complete with Ugandan rolex lunch!

        In the afternoon, we’ll make the short drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get ready for our gorilla trek tomorrow.

         

        • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
        • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
        • Activities: Lake Bunyoni Tour

          Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

          In the morning, we’ll head to the gorilla trekking start point, where you’ll receive a safety briefing before trekking through the jungle to find the endangered mountain gorillas.

          When I say trekking through the jungle, I really mean trekking through the jungle!

          However, spending time with these beautiful primates was one of the most magical experiences you could imagine and one that you will never forget, so the effort is 100% worth it.

          Once we find the gorillas, we’ll have around an hour with them to observe and stare in awe at just how amazing they are.

          When one looks you in the eye, you’ll experience one of life’s real ‘wow’ moments and think yourself the luckiest person in the world.

          In the afternoon you’ll have the option to do a wonderful community walk through the village.

           

          • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
          • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
          • Activities: Gorilla Trekking

            Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

            We’ll be up and out early for our journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

            In the morning, we’ll take a safari in the Ishasha area of the park to see if we can find the famous tree-climbing lions, as well as other animals such as elephants, buffalo, and leopards.

            The rest of the day is free to relax at the lodge.

             

            • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
            • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
            • Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

            Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

            We’ll be up early in the morning for our Queen Elizabeth National Park safari. The animals are usually very active in the mornings so there’s a good chance of good animal sightings.

            In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, a great safari location, known for elephants, hippos, and amazing birdlife. 

             

            • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
            • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
            • Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari, Kazinga Channel Boat Safari

              Day 8: Kibale/Fort Portal

              We’ll explore some of the beautiful crater lakes as we travel to the Kibale/Fort Portal area.

              Once we arrive at the lodge, we’ll relax for the afternoon.

               

              • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
              • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
              • Activities: None

              Day 9: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

              Leaving Fort Portal, we’ll make the journey to Murchison Falls National Park.

              In the afternoon we’ll visit the top of Murchison falls where we can marvel at the most powerful waterfall in the world!

              • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
              • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
              • Activities: Murchison Falls

              Day 10: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

              Today we’re going on safari!

              A safari in Murchison Falls National Park is a magical experience, with beautiful, lush scenery and all the animals you could wish for. You will not be disappointed!

              If we’re lucky, we may spot giraffes, hippos, lions, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes!

              In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat trip out on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls where we’ll have the opportunity to spot animals.

              We’ll stop at the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, the place where the falls burst through the rocks, creating a spectacular sight.

               

              • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
              • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
              • Activities: Murchison Falls NP Safari, Victoria Nile Boat Trip

                Day 11: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

                Early in the morning, we’ll depart for Budongo Forest to go chimpanzee trekking.

                Here you will have the chance to spend an hour with the chimps in their natural habitat.

                Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you can relax for the afternoon.

                • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                • Activities: Chimpanzee Tracking

                  Day 12: Jinja, Uganda

                  After breakfast, we’ll go on a short (and flat) trek to see Uganda’s only white rhino who are part of a project to re-introduce these magnificent creatures back into Uganda.

                  At the moment, the sanctuary is home to approximately 19 of these beautiful creatures and you’ll have the opportunity to see them in close proximity.

                  Afterward, we’ll make the journey to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa and home of the River Nile. 

                   

                  • Meals: Breakfast
                  • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                  • Activities: Rhino Tracking Walk

                    Day 13: Jinja, Uganda

                    Today is free day to take part in some of the great activities on offer in Jinja, such as white water rafting, tubing, cycling, horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking, bungee jumping, and kayaking.

                    Or you could just wander through the village, grab a rolex (Ugandan street food), or volunteer with a local charity.

                     

                    • Meals: Breakfast
                    • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
                    • Activities: None

                      Day 14: Jinja, Uganda

                      The morning is free for activities or relaxing!

                      In the afternoon we’ll head into the village where you will meet Helen’s Ugandan family and enjoy a traditional Ugandan meal.

                      You will be welcomed like an old friend, so get ready for an unforgettable experience full of fun, laughter, and tasty food!

                       

                      • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                      • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
                      • Activities: Ugandan Family Dinner & Cultural Dancing

                        Day 15: Entebbe, Uganda

                        We’ll leave Jinja in the morning. There will be a stop at Jinja Town to pick up lunch and we’ll visit the Jinja Craft Market on the way to our final destination of Entebbe.

                        In the evening, we will take a beautiful sunset cruise (includes drinks and snacks) on Lake Victoria. This is always a fun evening and may or may not end in lots of dancing and merriment!

                        Afterward, we’ll head out for a delicious farewell dinner.

                         

                        • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                        • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
                        • Activities: Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria

                        Day 16: Departure Day

                        Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, but the memories and shared experiences of Uganda will last a lifetime.

                        We can arrange your transfer to Kigali International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

                        * If you have time you can add on a trip to Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC (see below for details).

                        If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service.

                         

                        • Meals: Breakfast
                        • Accommodation: None
                        • Activities: None
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                          DRC Add-On

                          Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda

                          Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your accommodation for the night. Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal.

                           

                          • Meals: Dinner
                          • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                          • Activities: None

                            Day 2: Gisenyi, Rwanda

                            Today we’ll head east to beautiful Lake Kivu, which borders the DRC where we’ll rest up for the night before our strenuous trek the following morning!

                            There will be time in the afternoon to relax and prepare for the trek.

                             

                            • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                            • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                            • Activities: None

                              Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo, DRC

                              Early in the morning, we’ll transfer across the border to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo to start our ascent of Mount Nyiragongo (3,470m) in the Virunga National Park, one of the most incredible places on the planet.

                              It’s a stunning but very difficult ascent on volcanic terrain but one of the most rewarding hikes you will ever undertake.

                              This volcano is famous for being the world’s largest lava lake and we’ll spend the night staying on the crater rim.

                              Seeing the lava lake for the first time will take your breath away, but it’s when the sun goes down that you will really see the true beauty of this magnificent place as it glows bright red.

                              This is an out of this world experience!

                               

                              • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                              • Accommodation: Mountain Huts (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
                              • Activities: Mount Nyiragongo Ascent, Lava Lake Viewing

                                Day 4: Gisenyi, Rwanda

                                Getting up early, we’ll have a warm breakfast and hot drinks whilst watching the sunrise over the misty Virunga mountains.

                                After breakfast we’ll make our way down the mountain, taking in the beautiful views over the surrounding area.

                                Once down from the mountain, we’ll have lunch and take a look around Goma, the vibrant and chaotic border town.

                                Leaving DRC, we’ll make our way back to Gisenyi for a celebratory meal.

                                 

                                • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                                • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                                • Activities: Mount Nyiragongo Descent, Goma City Tour

                                  Day 5: Kigali, Rwanda

                                  We’ll make our way back to Kigali where you will join the rest of the group to begin the Rock My Uganda & Rwanda Adventure.

                                   

                                  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                                  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite) – this is included as part of the Uganda & Rwanda trip cost
                                  • Activities: None
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                                    Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

                                    Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

                                     

                                    Essential Info

                                    Duration: 15/19 Nights

                                    Dates:

                                    • 9 – 24 July 2023 (Uganda & Rwanda Only) BOOK NOW
                                      • 5 – 9 July 2023 (DRC Add-On)
                                    • 4 – 19 September 2023 (Uganda & Rwanda Only) BOOK NOW
                                      • 31 August – 4 September (DRC Add-On)

                                    Start: Kigali, Rwanda

                                    Finish: Entebbe, Uganda

                                    Maximum Group Size: 8 people

                                    Minimum Age: 18

                                    Total Cost (Uganda & Rwanda): from £3,695

                                    Payment Plan:

                                    • Deposit: £800 (non-refundable)
                                    • 2nd Payment: £2,095 (due 62 days before the departure date)
                                    • 3rd Payment: $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival)

                                    Support

                                    • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

                                    Meals

                                    • 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 12 dinners.

                                    Accommodation

                                    • 15 nights accommodation in good quality/unique safari camps, hostels, hotels, and guesthouses.

                                    Transport

                                    • All transport within Uganda & Rwanda, to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, boat, bus & minibus).

                                    Activities

                                    • Welcome Meal
                                    • Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria
                                    • Ugandan Family Dinner & Cultural Dancing
                                    • Rhino Tracking Walk (permit included in tour cost)
                                    • Chimpanzee Tracking (permit included in tour cost)
                                    • Victoria Nile Boat Trip
                                    • Murchison Falls National Park Safari
                                    • Murchison Falls
                                    • Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari
                                    • Kazinga Channel Boat Safari
                                    • Gorilla Trekking (permit included in tour cost)
                                    • Lake Bunyoni Tour
                                    • Kigali Genocide Memorial
                                    • Kigali City Tour
                                    • Farewell Meal

                                    For DRC inclusions, please see DRC section above.

                                    • Flights.
                                    • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
                                    • Visas (if needed).
                                    • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
                                    • Travel/health insurance (required).
                                    • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
                                    • Optional activities.
                                    • Tips for local guides.

                                    You will make 3 payments:

                                    • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
                                    • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
                                    • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

                                    The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

                                    This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

                                    Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

                                    Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

                                    You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

                                    Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

                                    Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

                                    Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

                                    If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

                                    If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

                                    Please always read the small print.

                                    Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

                                    • Name of insurance provider.
                                    • Your policy number.
                                    • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
                                    • Your next of kin name and number.

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                                    Phone: +447809710257

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