Expedition to the rainforests of Equatorial Africa: volcano, gorillas, pygmies, world's best white water rafting

DR CONGO + UGANDA


October 30 to November 8, 2020
Tour Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda

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Have you ever stand face to face with the giant 2-meter height alpha male of mountain gorilla? Have you ever look into the crater of active volcano with 600 meter lava lake? You might play football with pigmy people or raft on the White Nile?
You'll discover all these in Zaire and Uganda, situated in the very heart of the Black continent. This destination is truly one of the biggest adventures that you ever took part in!

Tour to Democratic Republic Congo, Uganda, Rwanda. Have you ever stand face to face with the giant 2-meter height alpha male of mountain gorilla? Have you ever look into the crater of active volcano with 600 meter lava lake? You might play football with pigmy people or raft on the White Nile?
You'll discover all these in Zaire and Uganda, situated in the very heart of the Black continent. This destination is truly one of the biggest adventures that you ever took part in!

SCHEDULE AND COST:


Dates: October 30 to November 8, 2020

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
• 2390 USD subject to 12 participants, or
• 2490 USD subject to 10 participants, or
• 2590 USD subject to 8 participants, or
• 2750 USD subject to 6 participants.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before May 30, 2020)

Everything is included except:
International flight to Kigali and back from Entebbe,
international medical insurance,
Visas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda (USD 215),
Permit to visit gorillas in Uganda (official state tariff USD 600),
Lunches and dinners (about USD 150 for all days).

Estimated cost of the international flight Moscow - Kigali and Entebbe – Moscow is up to USD 700 – 900.

Additional payment for visiting gorillas (official state tariff): USD 600 (in case of change of the state tariff the additional payment is to be accordingly changed)

Single supplement: 320 USD





TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO DR CONGO AND UGANDA


Day 1. October 30, 2020. Arrival to Rwanda

Departure to Kigali.
Arrival to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Rest.
Overnight stay at Five to Five Hotel or similar.
* Recommended departure by Turkish Airlines on October 31 with an arrival in Kigali at night from October 30 to 31 (at 1:25 on October 31)
Accommodation included: Five to Five Hotel or similar
Meals included: no



Day 2. October 31, 2020. Lake Kivu

After breakfast we drive along the picturesque roads of Rwanda with its mountain slopes covered with coniferous forest and tea plantations. We move to the suburb of Gisenyi, on the border with DR Congo.
Check-in at the hotel, located on the shore of Lake Kivu, which is one of the lakes of the Great Rift Valley chain. In the clean water of the lake you can swim, restoring energy before an intensive expedition program. Overnight at the Paradise Malahide Hotel.
Accommodation included: Paradise Malahide Hotel
Meals included: breakfast



Day 3. November 1, 2020. Ascent to Nyiragongo volcano

After breakfast, we cross the border in Gisenyi and move to Goma, the capital of the province of North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ascent to Nyiragongo (3470 m above sea level), the most active volcano of the continent which has one of the five, and at the same time the world's largest, active lava lake on Earth. Ascent does not require special training and takes 6 – 7 hours. Distance is 10 km long, elevation gaining is 1500 meters.
Sunset and late evening at the crater, contemplating the bizarre view of Nyiragongo magma – one of the most liquid in the world.
Overnight in cozy mountain shelter on the edge of Nyiragongo caldera.
Accommodation included: mountain shelter
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner



Day 4. November 2, 2020. Descent from the volcano and transfer to Uganda

Sunrise near the lava lake. After breakfast at the caldera we make a descent from the volcano, passing through several climatic zones.
Moving to Rwanda and crossing the border with Uganda. Transfer to Kisoro, accommodation in a hotel in the town of Kisoro, near the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Overnight in Kisoro Tourist Hotel or similar one near Bwindi National Park.
Accommodation included: Kisoro Tourist Hotel or similar
Meals included: breakfast



Day 5. November 3, 2020. Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we go to one of the most exciting adventures, the quintessence of any expedition to Central Africa – visiting one of the families of gorillas living in Bwindi National Park. Eastern gorillas are the largest primates living on Earth, reaching a height of about 2 meters and weighing more than 200 kg, and, at the same time, some of the rarest. Their population is slightly more than 700, with more than half currently living in Uganda, in the Bwindi forest. Mountain Eastern Gorillas are the endemics of Central Africa, with tiny populations also in Virunga NP in the DRC and Volcanoes Park in Rwanda, the visit costs a lot of money, but it's worth it!
Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable is a thing in itself, and the name of the national park speaks for itself. In addition to a large number of herbivores and forest elephants, here you can find a huge number of other primates, including chimpanzees.
Those who want to take a day rest, can spend it in a lodge in the vicinity of the park.
Evening and overnight in the The Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel or similar one near Bwindi NP.
Accommodation included: The Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel or similar
Meals included: breakfast



Day 6. November 4, 2020. Queen Elizabeth Park and Twa Pygmy village

After breakfast at the hotel, a short drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, located on the border with DR Congo, around Lake Edward, which, along with Tanganyika and Kivu, is part of the East African Rift Valley.
Safari in the Queen Elizabeth Park, where besides large herbivores - elephants, buffaloes, hippos and giraffes, you can meet lions and leopards.
Transfer to the Semliki National Park area, to the village of Twa (Batwa) Pygmies tribe. Ethnic evening in the village of Pygmies by the fire and overnight in tents.
Accommodation included: tents
Meals included: breakfast



Day 7. November 5, 2020. Football with Pygmies


After breakfast in the outdoor, we play a football game Russia vs Twa Pygmies in the vicinity of Semliki NP to take revenge for the defeat from another pygmy people - Mbuti in Ituri Forest 6 years ago. Football with the locals is usually a real show, regardless of whether you are fans of this game or not. On this occasion, the whole village comes to look at the outlandish football players (that is, at us).
In the afternoon, a long drive (about 300 km) to Masindi, a town near the Murchison Falls National Park and the Budongo Forest inhabited by chimpanzees. Check-in at the Kabalega Resort.
Accommodation: Hotel Kabalega Resort
Meals included: breakfast


Day 8. November 6, 2020. Walking safaris with chimpanzees and rhinos

In the morning we set off for the Budongo Forest National Reserve, where we will go on foot safari with chimpanzees. We will stroll through the amazing rain forest, where we will certainly find several chimpanzee families. Chimpanzees are social animals who live in communities and are constantly moving. They are not as easy to shoot as gorillas, but believe me, not less interesting. Chimpanzee is the primate closest to humans; our DNA is 98% identical.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (90 km). The reserve was created in 2005 for the reproduction of black rhino and southern white rhino. Starting with 6 individuals, today in the park there are more than 20 animals. This is the only place in Uganda where rhinos live in the wild. We take a walk and take the best shots of these giants.
In the evening, moving (280 km) to Jinja, a place on the White Nile, famous for its rafting. Overnight at Brisk Hotel Triangle overlooking Lake Victoria.
Accommodation: hotel Brisk Hotel Triangle
Meals included: breakfast


Day 9. November 7, 2020. Rafting on White Nile


After breakfast with a view of Lake Victoria, we are going for the whole day on the most interesting rafting in the upper White Nile. Rafting in Jinja is pretending to be the best in the world: we have to pass about a dozen rapids of 4 and 5 levels of difficulty and, most likely, wet the feet :) Experienced local instructors, who perfectly know the river and have various regalia, will accompany us.
In the evening transfer to Entebbe, the satellite city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
Overnight at hotel 4 Pinguins overlooking Lake Victoria. (Or a flight home from Entebbe airport if tickets for KLM flight are purchased).
Accommodation included: 4 Pinguins Hotel or similar
Meals included: breakfast



Day 10. November 8, 2020. Lake Victoria and return home

Transfer to the airport, flight home.
If time allows, a walk in the botanical garden and Lake Victoria: the largest lake on the African continent, its area is twice bigger than the area of Lake Baikal, and here the longest river in the world, the Nile, originates.
* Depart early in the morning at 4:55 by Turkish Airlines (recommended flight) or in the afternoon (at 18:15) by Qatar Airways. Also departure on 7 November at 23:30 by KLM airlines is possible, without an overnight in Entebbe.
Accommodation included: no
Meals included: breakfast

Cost includes:

• double accommodation in hotels
• accommodation in camping in Semuliki and in a mountain shelter on Nyiragongo volcano
• breakfasts along the route
• the cook and three meals a day during the ascent to Nyiragongo
• transport with experienced drivers along the entire route
• armed rangers on the volcano
• porters during the ascent on the volcano
• all permits for visiting protected areas, National parks, safaris, except for permissions for gorillas
• participation in rafting, equipment, instructors
• experienced English-speaking local driver guide
• Russian-speaking and English-speaking team leader


To be additionally paid:

• medical insurance
• international flight Moscow - Kigali and Entebbe - Moscow
• international medical insurance
• Visas for Democratic Republic of the Congo (purchased in advance by the organizer of the expedition), Uganda and Rwanda (obtained at the border on arrival)
• state permit to visit gorillas in Bwindi NP in Uganda
• lunches and dinners, besides included into the price in the section "Cost includes"
• single accommodation in hotels



To take with:

• Set of clothes fitting weather conditions, including summer wear (shorts, T-shirts)
• one set of warm clothes for climbing the volcano (on the volcano it is about +5/+10 degrees)
• set of clothes with long sleeves,
• repellents,
• mosquito net for sleeping place
• thermal underwear
• buff
• comfortable trekking shoes,
• Trekking socks
• trekking poles (up to you)
• raincoat
• swimsuit
• headlamp,
• big backpack for all stuff (up to 70 l)
• lightweight backpack for climbing the volcano
• sleeping bag for 0/+5 degrees (on the volcano it is about +5/+10 degrees)
• mosquito net
• sun protection: cream, glasses, panama
• personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues, soap)
• personal medicines (analgesics, sanitizers, antibiotics, your personal medicine, including medicine for altitude sickness prevention)
• antimalarial prophylaxis (up to you to decide)
• yellow fever certificate
• photo and video cameras with batteries
KEY FEATURES:

TOUR TO DR CONGO AND UGANDA
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda

Best season: October – April


A real wild Africa, one of the biggest adventures you can find yourself in: the wild jungles of Congo and Uganda where the great apes, eastern gorillas and chimpanzees, still survive.

Ascend to Nyiragongo volcano (3470 m) - the most active volcano of the continent, which has the world's largest permanent lava lake – and contemplate in the night the bizarre views of magma.

To see with your own eyes the last group on the planet (about 800 individuals) of eastern mountain gorillas in the Virunga NP in the DRC or in the Bwindi Impenetrable in Uganda. Alpha males, reaching a weight of 250 kg, let you come indecently close and make an indelible impression.

Play a football game with the Batwa pygmies - some of the smallest people on Earth, whose height often does not exceed 120 cm.

Take a walking safari in search of chimps in the Budongo forest and take a walk with rhinos in the Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary

To make a jeep safari in the best National Park of Uganda - Queen Elizabeth NP, where besides large herbivores - elephants, buffaloes, hippos and giraffes, you can meet lions and leopards.

Try yourself on the rapids of the White Nile in Jinja, offering the world's best rafting.
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