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Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to feel the heat from an active volcano? Or look a gorilla right in the eye? Or get up close with white rhinos? Then join us on this epic adventure spanning 3 incredible countries – Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC!

Starting off in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, we’ll explore this cosmopolitan and interesting city, learning about the events of the 1994 Genocide and seeing firsthand how far the country has come since then.

We’ll then head to Lake Kivu, a beautiful lake which lies on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Our first big challenge is to climb Mount Nyiragongo, a rewarding yet difficult trek to see the world’s largest lava lake up close. The trek takes 2 days in total and we’ll camp in huts at the top of the mountain.  You will be completely in awe of the incredible sight before you at the top.

From there we’ll cross back into Rwanda and through to Uganda and head to the tranquility of Lake Bunyoni, a stunning, island studded lake in the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

Our next adventure is trekking through the jungle to find the wild mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a humbling once in a lifetime experience!

We’ll track Uganda’s only white rhinos on foot (an incredible experience) and go on safari Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s answer to The Jungle book where you will have the chance to see all kinds of animals including giraffes, elephants and big cats. Whilst in the region you will also have the option to spend the day with chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

We’ll spend a night in the fun capital, Kampala, before finishing off our our adventure with a few days of relaxing or extreme sports (whatever your preference) on one of the most stunning locations on the River Nile near Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa.

Are you ready for the most epic adventure of your life?  

 

Let Us Rock Your Adventure!

Duration

16 Nights

 

Next Available Trip

July 2020

 

Price

£2,595 + $1,000 (paid on arrival)

 

Deposit

£800

 

PLEASE NOTE

Gorilla Permits are extremely limited in number, so to ensure your place on the tour we recommend that you book between 6 months to a year in advance. Now booking for July 2020.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“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 90’s. 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 Helen. I am so lucky I stumbled across your site. I’ve recommended you to everyone I know. Thank you. Well done.”

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

Tour Highlights

  • Trek through the jungle to spend time with mountain gorillas in the wild in beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Climb Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC to feel the heat and see the red glow from the world’s largest lava lake.
  • Camp overnight on the crater rim of Mount Nyiragongo and watch the sunrise over the Virunga Mountains.
  • Take a tour of Rwanda’s innovative and modern capital city, Kigali and enjoy some delicious home-cooked Rwandan food.
  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about the events of the 1994 genocide.
  • Enjoy a welcome meal at one of Kigali’s best restaurants.
  • Relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Kivu which lies on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Explore the vibrant city of Goma in the DRC.
  • Experience local life in Uganda at stunning Lake Bunyoni where we’ll take lunch with a local Ugandan family and visit a local market.
  • Visit the Batwa tribe and learn about their culture and traditions.
  • Take a sunset boat tour of pretty Lake Mburo.
  • Be wowed at a Ugandan Cultural Show.
  • Experience the fabulous nightlife in exciting Kampala.
  • Get up close with Uganda’s only white rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Spend the day with chimpanzees in their natural habitat of Budongo Forest.
  • Marvel at the world’s most powerfull waterfall, Murchison Falls.
  • Take a boat trip on the Victoria Nile.
  • Go on safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Get adventurous in Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa – options include bungee jumping, SUP, white water rafting, cycling and horse riding.
  • Shop for beautiful African souvenirs at a local craft market.
  • Spend an afternoon with Helen’s Ugandan family and enjoy a traditional Ugandan meal at their house.
  • Watch the sunset and enjoy the view on a Nile River cruise.

Uganda, Rwanda & DRC

Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali

Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your accommodation for the night. Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal at a fantastic local restaurant. Your Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure starts here and we can’t wait to show you around these three amazing and beautiful countries!

*  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: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Kigali

We’ll spend our first 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 Aminatha, one of the lovely ladies from the Nyamirambo Women’s Centre.

In the afternoon we’ll head back to our lovely guesthouse to rest and prepare for the next stage of our trip.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Kigali City Tour

 

Day 3: Lake Kivu

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.

In the afternoon, 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!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Glamping)
  • Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial
Day 4: Mount Nyiragongo

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 (you need a good level of fitness) 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 in huts 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: Twin Occupancy (Mountain Huts)
  • Activities: Mount Nyiragongo Ascent
Day 5: Lake Kivu

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

After breakfast we’ll make our way down the mountain pole pole (slowly), 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: Twin Occupancy (Glamping)
  • Activities: Mount Nyiragongo Descent, Goma City Tour
Day 6: Lake Bunyoni

After a little lie in, we’ll make our way to Lake Bunyoni, one of the most tranquil and stunning locations in all of Africa.

We’ll have lunch overlooking the lake, before heading to our lakeside accommodation.

Here we can relax our weary bodies and recover after our Mount Nyiragongo trek and get ready for gorilla trekking.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: None
Day 7 - 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

In the morning, we’ll take a tour of island-studded Lake Bunyoni.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get ready for gorilla trekking!

The following day, 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! This is a difficult trek (they aren’t called mountain gorillas for nothing) and requires a good level of fitness, stamina and determination.

However, spending time with these beautiful primates was one of the most magical experiences of my life and one that you will never forget, so the effort is 110% 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 we’ll visit a local Batwa tribe village to learn about their culture and traditions.

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Lake Bunyoni Tour, Gorilla Trekking, Batwa Tribe Visit
Day 9: Lake Mburo

Today is a drive day as we make our way towards Kampala, stopping overnight in the Lake Mburo region.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a sunset boat tour on the lake before heading back to our lovely guesthouse which has breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside.

In the evening, we’ll relax at our lovely lodge.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Sunset Boat Tour
Day 10: Kampala

After breakfast, we’ll travel to Uganda’s bustling capital Kampala.

There will be some free time in the afternoon to take a walk around the city or relax at our guesthouse.

In the evening, we’ll head out to a fantastic Ugandan cultural show. Afterwards, those who want to can head out on the town and experience Kampala’s excellent nightlife and party scene!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Ugandan Cultural Show
Day 11: Budongo Forest

Early in the morning, we’ll depart for the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where we’ll go trekking 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 white rhino.

In the afternoon we’ll head to Budongo Forest and those who want to can go chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest (additional cost). Here you will get chance to spend an hour with the chimps in their natural habitat. Past Rock My Adventurers have loved this activity!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Rhino Walk
Day 12 - 13: Murchison Fall National Park

In the morning we’ll visit the top of Murchison falls where we can marvel at the most powerful waterfall in the world! It’s a beautiful sight and perfect for taking incredible photos!

After lunch at a local lodge, we’ll take a boat trip out on the Victoria Nile to see the falls from a different perspective and try to spot some animals!

The following day, we’re going on safari!

A safari in Murchison Falls 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!

Welcome to Uganda’s version of the ‘Lion King’ meets ‘The Jungle Book’.

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Murchison Falls, Victoria Nile Boat Trip, Murchison Falls Safari
Day 14: Jinja

Today we’re heading to Bujagali village near Jinja – the adventure capital of East Africa. On the way we’ll stop at the Jinja Craft Market to shop for lunch and pick up some souvenirs!

In the evening we’ll take it easy, perhaps head out to dinner at one of the local restaurants or relax at the camp. Our camp, is where many overlanders, solo travellers, volunteers and kayakers converge, so the atmosphere is always fun and lively.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Jinja Craft Market
Day 15: Jinja

Today is a full free day to explore as you wish, however you may want to spend the day going white water rafting.

But if that isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied, like cycling, horse riding, mountain biking, bungee jumping or kayaking (to name but a few of the activities on offer).

Or you could just take a wander through the village, try the street food from one of the stalls outside or volunteer with a local charity.

 

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: None
Day 16: Jinja

On our last day, we’ll have lunch in the village with my Ugandan family – an unforgettable experience full of fun, laughter and tasty food!

In the afternoon, we’ll end our time together with a sunset cruise on beautiful Lake Bujagali (all drinks and a light buffet dinner included). This is always a fun evening and may or may not end in lots of dancing and merriment!

 

  • Meals: Lunch, Light Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Ugandan Family Dinner, Sunset Nile Cruise
Day 17: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime.

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

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: None
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

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: 16 Nights

Dates:

  • 12 July –  28 July 2019 SOLD OUT!
  • 24 July – 9 August 2020
  • Don’t see the date you want? Please get in touch using the form below!

Start: Kigali, Rwanda

Finish: Jinja, Uganda

Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Tough

Total Cost: £2,595 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £800 (non-refundable – required to secure your gorilla & Nyiragongo permits)

Support

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

Meals

  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 16 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. For Mount Nyiragongo, we will be staying in basic huts on the crater rim that’s all there is (sleeping bag included).

Transport

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

Activities

  • Kigali City Tour
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Mount Nyiragongo Expedition (DRC visa included)
  • Goma City Tour
  • Lake Bunyoni Tour
  • Gorilla Trekking (permit included in tour cost)
  • Batwa Tribe Visit
  • Sunset Boat Tour on Lake Mburo
  • Ugandan Cultural Show
  • Rhino Trekking
  • Murchison Falls
  • Victoria Nile Boat Trip
  • Murchison Falls Safari
  • Jinja Craft Market
  • Ugandan Family Dinner
  • Sunset Nile Cruise (including light dinner and drinks)
  • 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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