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Uganda Gorilla Trekking

The Trip

WHAT TO EXPECT

You will be able to tick one of the biggest items off your list on Uganda experience! Once in a life time activities like visiting Gorilla Trekking, spending time with a pigmy tribe and visiting some amazing local community projects.

 

This tailored made trip is exclusive to travellers in their 20's and 30's looking to travel and connect with like-minded people. ​This trip is a mix of socialising with new friends, spending time in the sun, exploring the reef and discovering marine life. We also have a range of optional extra activities, allowing you to decide how you will spend your days.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 5 x Nights Hotel & Lodge Accomodation

  • All Airport Transfers

  • Daily buffet Breakfasts

  • 2 x Lunches & 3 x Dinners

 

  • Gorilla Trekking Permit ($800 USD per day)

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

  • Pigmy Village

 

  • Local Community Project

 

  • Rwanda Genocide Museum 

  • Peacekeeper Museum 

NOT INCLUDED

  • International Flights

  • Personal Travel Insurance 

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  • DAY 1: Kigali, Rwanda

Welcome to the Rwanda 

  • DAY 2: Kigali, Rwanda

City Orientation, Genocide Museum & Hotel Rwanda

  • DAY 3: Bwindi, Uganda

Pigmy Village & Local Community Project

  • DAY 4: Bwindi, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

  • DAY 5: Kigali, Rwanda 

Lake Bunyonyi

  • DAY 8Departure Day

Sarah, USA 

Such an amazing group of people!

 

We shared so many amazing once in a life time experiences together and will treasure every moment!

 

Looking forward to my next trip!

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Judy, Netherlands

So much fun!! I was a solo traveller and immediately felt like part of a family!

 

We swam with Whale Sharks and Mantas, lunch on a sandbank, went Scuba Diving and swam at a shipwreck. Best week ever! 

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Tara, Australia

This was my first time overseas and 

all I can say is WOW!

 

Lots of new friends and memories that will last a life time!

 

So much more than I had ever expected and cannot wait to go back!

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Dates and Prices

DATES & PRICES

STANDARD PRICE: $2,490 USD

23rd October 2024

Wednesday

28th October 2024

Monday

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Guaranteed Departure

FINAL CALL: $2,290 USD

FINAL 2 SPOTS

7th October 2025

Tuesday

12th October 2025

Sunday

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Guaranteed Departure

WAITLIST

BY ENQUIRY

Day by Day

ITINERARY

Day 1: KIGALI

We commence our experience after meeting your Indy Escapes crew at our hotel at 3pm for check in to our hotel. You will be given an introduction to the trip and what you can expect along the journey, along with being able to ask any questions that you have, then we will hit the road tomorrow morning!

We will spend the afternoon around the pool together, getting to know your new travel buddies then we will all have a big buffet dinner together onsite. Then in the evening we will set up shop around a paved and seated campfire to enjoy a friendly and relaxing night cap, before starting our adventure tomorrow morning.

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Day 2: HOTEL RWANDA

Today is our first full day together and will definitely set the scene for your experience in Rwanda. Kigali has many attractions for visitors, but one site in particular will pull at your heartstrings more than most others. The Kigali Genocide Memorial, this memorial honors the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and offers a sobering reminder of the country's history. After the museum, we will continue on to the Memorial for the Belgian Peace Keepers before having lunch at The Hôtel des Mille Collines, which was made famous for being the stage for the movie 'Hotel Rwanda'.

After lunch we will have some free time where you can explore other attractions which include the Inema Arts Center, the Nyamirambo Women's Center, the Kimironko Market and also go shopping for supplies for a school that we visit in Uganda. In the afternoon, we will all meet up for some drinks at the hotel pool, before heading out for our dinner at a surprise location before a little party into the night together.

Day 3: PIGMY VILLAGE

Departure day in the Maldives with Indy Escapes is a bittersweet symphony of tropical hues and heartfelt farewells. With heavy hearts and camera rolls filled with snapshots of blissful moments, our Indy Fam board their speedboats and head to the airport at the chosen time, carrying with them the essence of the Maldives.

 

The included airport transfers take around 45 minutes to arrive at the airport and depart Maafushi at 8am, 12:30pm and 5pm.

Departure day marks the end of a chapter but ignites the spark of anticipation for the next adventure with Indy Escapes.

So, what are you waiting for? Come join us in paradise!

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Day 4: GORILLA TREKKING

Departure day in the Maldives with Indy Escapes is a bittersweet symphony of tropical hues and heartfelt farewells. With heavy hearts and camera rolls filled with snapshots of blissful moments, our Indy Fam board their speedboats and head to the airport at the chosen time, carrying with them the essence of the Maldives.

 

The included airport transfers take around 45 minutes to arrive at the airport and depart Maafushi at 8am, 12:30pm and 5pm.

Departure day marks the end of a chapter but ignites the spark of anticipation for the next adventure with Indy Escapes.

So, what are you waiting for? Come join us in paradise!

Day 5: LAKE BUNYONYI

Today, we say our goodbyes to Uganda and start making our way to the Rwandan Border, the onto Kigali, which is where we began this adventure. Before crossing the border we will make a pit stop at beautiful Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda for a cup of tea or coffee and stretch the legs and then continue on our way back to Rwanda.

We will not arrive into our hotel until late afternoon, so we will have some time to chill out before having out for our final poolside dinner. We will also have the option to head out to a funky modern bar is located in the heart of the city and offers stunning views of Kigali's skyline, so we will all be able to enjoy a drink before we wrap up our final night.

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Day 6: DEPARTURE DAY

After waking up for a breakfast together with your new friends, reflecting over what just may have been the most fulfilling 6 days of your life travelling through Rwanda and Uganda! Can it get any better?

 

After breakfast the Indy Escapes crew bids you farewell as you continue your adventures through Africa.

 

What are you waiting for? It's time to tick this off your bucket list!

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

Kigali: 3 x Nights Hotel Accommodation

 

- Twin Share

- Private Ensuite

- Private Balcony

- Air Conditioning

- FREE Wifi

- TV

- Safe

- Minibar/Fridge

- Beach Towels Included

- In-house Laundry Facilities  

- Hotel Swimming Pool

Bwindi: 3 x Nights Lodge Accommodation

 

- Twin Share

- Private Ensuite

- Shower & Bathtub

- Hot Water

- Private Balcony (with jungle view)

- Ceiling Fan

FAQs

Gorilla Trekking Travel FAQs

Who is this trip for?

Solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends looking to travel together for safety, to socialise, and to share experiences. Our travellers are people who appreciate the outdoors, wildlife, and natural beauty, whilst seeking immersive cultural experiences and sustainable travel options.

How do I get a VISA for Rwanda?

Getting a visa for Rwanda is generally straightforward, as Rwanda offers a visa-on-arrival for tourists from most countries.

How do I get a VISA for the Uganda?

Getting a visa for Uganda is can be done online most travellers, as Uganda offers an e-visa for tourists from most countries.

Which Airport do I fly into?

When traveling to Rwanda, you will primarily fly into Kigali International Airport (IATA: KGL), which is the main international airport serving Rwanda. The airport is located in the south east of Kigali, the capital city. You can check the below Skyscanner form to search for flights. 

Are Airport Transfers included?

Yes! Return Airport transfers are included - All you need to do is book your flights and let us know when to be there! Our Indy Escapes Representative will meet you at Kigali International Airport (KGL) on the commencement day of the tour and arrange return Airport Transfers for you at the conclusion of the tour.

Is Rwanda & Uganda Safe?

Rwanda and Uganda are generally considered to be some of the safest destinations for travellers in Africa, both countries offer a relatively low crime rate and good government infrastructure.

Is it OK to travel solo?

Yes, this trip is a suitable destination for solo travellers, especially when travelling with Indy Escapes. Overall, 70% of our guests are slo travellers.

What additional costs are there?

At Indy Escapes, we offer a range of optional extras to enhance your experience in each country. We realise that this is your holiday, so this allows you the flexibly to opt in or out each day, depending on your appetite. On this trip, all of our experiences are included in the price and the only extra cost you will have to worry about are meals, drinks and tipping.  

Whilst all breakfast and some meals are included, the additional meals that are not included (plus drinks and alcohol) are at your own expenses. 

How much is a meal?

Meals at local cafes and restaurants typically range from $5 to $20 USD per meal. Dishes often include traditional Rwandan & Ugandan food such as BBQ meats (Nyama Choma), fish, githeri, ugali, rice and irio, along with typical western food like meats, vegetables. In an established mid-range western restaurants you may expect to pay around $10 to $30 USD for a more varied menu, including both local and international dishes. You can also pick up snacks and soft drinks from a convenient store for a couple of dollars.

What if I have Dietary Requirements?

We realise that not everyone eats the same! Some people have dietary requirements and some have dietary preferences, so rest assured that enjoying your food and keeping you safe is our upmost priority. We ensure that your dietary requirements will be confrimed upon booking your trip, then reconfirm on your arrival at the commencement with our Indy Escapes representative. Whether it is vegetarian and vegan, gluten or dairy free, you have allergies or another special request, you will be taken care of!

Is the Gorilla Trekking Permit induced in the price?

Yes, the Gorilla Trekking permit is included in the tour price.

Am I guaranteed to see the Gorillas?

Whilst nothing in life is guaranteed, honesty is always the best policy. We work extremely closely with local rangers to ensure that we maximise the chances of you seeing the Gorillas. Each habituated Gorillas Family are monitored 24/7, so when we set out in the morning, we have a good indication on where they will be. Overall, we have never ran a gorilla trekking trip and not seen the gorillas, and we do not plan on doing that either. 

Is Gorilla Trekking Physically demanding?

This is an adventure, so we will be trekking through the cloud forests and mountainous regions where gorillas live. The terrain can be uneven, muddy, and slippery, with steep inclines and dense vegetation.

 

A reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended. While you don't need to be an athlete, being in good shape will make the experience more enjoyable and less strenuous. Our Indy Escapes team are able to organise porters to help carry gear and assist all trekkers, which can help ease some of the load. If you have specific health concerns, it's advisable to consult with your doctor to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

How long is the Gorilla Trekking experience?

​The actual trekking time to find the gorillas can range from about less than an hour to an all day adventure. This depends on the location of the gorilla family, which can change daily as they move through the forest.

Bwindi has around 20 habituated gorilla families that are available for trekking. These families have been accustomed to human presence and can be approached by tourists. Some families are only a 20 minute walk from the starting point, whilst others may be 2 or 3 hours away. Each traveller will be allowed to have a choice on which family they would prefer to spend time with (the closest, mid range or furtherest families).

Once the gorillas are located, visitors typically spend one hour in their presence. This time limit is strictly enforced to minimise human impact on the gorillas.

Therefore the entire experience can range from anywhere between 2 hours to 7 hours depending on the preference of our guests.

Is Gorilla Trekking safe?

Treks are always led by experienced licensed guides and local rangers who are familiar with the terrain, gorilla behavior and know each gorilla family. The guides provide essential safety instructions and guidance throughout the trek. Rangers are often armed for protection against potential threats from wild animals, although such encounters are extremely rare. Before the trek, participants receive a thorough briefing on safety protocols, including how to behave around the gorillas and what to do in case of an emergency, and group sizes are limited (usually 8 people) to reduce the impact on the gorillas and to ensure better management of the trekking experience.

How do I book Gorilla Trekking trip?

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Booking Enquiry, Pay Deposit and receive Confirmation.. Then you are going to trek with the Gorillas!

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Want to check out flights for your trip?

Travellers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. The good news is that we will have an Indy Escapes representative meet you at the Velana International Airport in Male, Maldives at 12 noon on the first day of your tour.

The airport code for Velana International Airport in Male, Maldives is (MLE).

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