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Rock My Uganda & Rwanda Adventure

15 nights from £3,695*

Tour Highlights

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

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

The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the most magical experiences you can imagine.

We’ll relax at Lake Bunyoni, one of the most beautiful places in Africa, before heading into Rwanda to finish off the trip in style in cosmopolitan Kigali!

“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

Jinja

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Rhino Tracking

Uganda Chimp Trekking

Chimp Trekking

Murchison Falls NP

Uganda

Queen Elizabeth NP

Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

Lake Bunyoni

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Kigali

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

    • 9 – 24 July 2023 BOOK NOW
    • For 2024 dates CLICK HERE 
      • Please note the 2024 trip follows a different itinerary and includes Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC.

Please Note

  • Gorilla & chimp trekking are both very popular activities, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost – 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).

* Subject to current USD to GBP exchange rates.

What’s Included

  • 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

 

Uganda
Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
Uganda

“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: Entebbe, Uganda

Arrive in Entebbe 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 incredible countries.

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

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Welcome Meal

    Day 2: Jinja, Uganda

    We’ll leave Entebbe in the morning and head to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa and home of the River Nile.

    There will be a stop at Jinja Town for lunch and we’ll visit the Jinja Craft Market on the way to our final destination of Bujagali Falls.

     

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
    • Activities: Jinja Craft Market

      Day 3: 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.

      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 4: Jinja, Uganda

        Most of the day is free to take part in the activity of your choice.

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

         

        • Meals: Breakfast
        • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
        • Activities: Sunset Cruise on Lake Bujagali

          Day 5: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

          We’ll depart from Jinja and make the journey 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 of these beautiful creatures and you’ll have the opportunity to see them in close proximity.

           

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

            Day 6: Murchison Falls National Park, 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.

            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: Chimpanzee Tracking, Murchison Falls

            Day 7: Murchison Falls National, 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 8: Kibale/Fort Portal

              Leaving Murchison Falls, we’ll make our way to the Crater Lakes region of Uganda.

              Here there will be time to relax, swim in the pool and enjoy the beautiful views of the area.

               

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

                Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

                We’ll explore some of the beautiful crater lakes as we travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

                On the way in, there will be the opportunity to spot animals on safari.

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

                 

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

                  Day 10: 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 11: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

                    We’ll be up and out early on safari to 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.

                    After a morning on safari, we’ll leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get ready for our gorilla trekking expedition.

                     

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

                      Day 12: 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 13: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda

                        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.

                        Here we can relax our weary bodies and recover after our gorilla trek!

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

                        The evening is free to relax at the guesthouse overlooking the lake.

                         

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

                          Day 14: Kigali, Rwanda

                          We’ll make or way across the border into Rwanda – the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’.

                          Here, 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.

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

                           

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

                            Day 15: Kigali, Rwanda

                            We’ll spend our last 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.

                            In the evening, we’ll head out for a delicious farewell dinner.

                             

                            • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                            • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                            • Activities: Kigali City Tour, Farewell Meal

                              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. Click here 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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                                Uganda Chimp Trekking
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                                What our past adventurers have to say! 

                                ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                                “It was perfect.”

                                “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 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. We are very experienced travellers 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 was because of how you put this trip together. It. Was. Life changing. I’ve recommended you to everyone I know. Thank you.”

                                HEATHER & JON | CANADA

                                ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                                I honestly couldn’t imagine a better trip!

                                “It was 10/10 amazing. The group was so diverse but had a great dynamic. I can’t recommend this tour enough! It is incredible to think of the amount we managed to see and do in the time we had, and yet it didn’t feel rushed. I loved that it was a small group, which meant we could easily interact with locals as well as really get to know one another. Jessi was amazing and everything was so chilled and easy. She took all the admin out of the trip meaning we could save our energy for all the adventures. Helen was super helpful in the lead-up to the trip, answering all questions so quickly and giving excellent briefing packs. I honestly couldn’t imagine a better trip!”

                                HANNAH | NEW ZEALAND

                                ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                                A great balance of fun, adventure, and awe-inspiring experiences.

                                “I loved the variety of the places we visited, and the interaction/immersion with the country and its people.For the short time we had, we did get to do a lot. The places we saw, activities we did, people we met… I almost felt ‘at home’ in some places, which I think is a rare thing when travelling in faraway countries and in no small part, this was owing to the guidance of our leader and connections to the people there. A fantastic trip. We all had trouble picking our favourite part of it — the experiences and activities were each quite different and special in their own right. A great balance of fun, adventure and awe-inspiring experiences.”

                                SEAN | AUSTRALIA

                                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 Nights

                                Dates:

                                • 9 – 24 July 2023 BOOK NOW
                                • For 2024 dates CLICK HERE 
                                  • Please note the 2024 trip follows a different itinerary and includes Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC.

                                Start: Entebbe, Uganda

                                Finish: Kigali, Rwanda

                                Maximum Group Size: 8 people

                                Minimum Age: 18

                                Total Cost: 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)

                                * Subject to current USD to GBP exchange rates.

                                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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