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


November 3 to 12, 2021
Tour Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda

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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!


Dates: November 3 to 12, 2021

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
- 2600 USD subject to 10 – 12 participants, or
- 2750 USD subject to 8 – 9 participants, or
- 2900 USD subject to 6 – 7 participants.

Everything is included except for:
International flight to Goma (DRC) and back from Entebbe (Uganda),
Flight from Goma (DRC) to Entebbe (Uganda),
International medical insurance,
Visas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda and Uganda (USD 150),
Permit to visit gorillas in Uganda (official state tariff USD 700),
Lunches and dinners (about USD 150 for all days).
Estimated cost of the international flight Moscow – Goma and Entebbe – Moscow is USD 900 – 1100.
Estimated cost of the international flight Goma – Entebbe is USD 300 – 400.

Additional payment for visiting gorillas (official state tariff): USD 700 (in case of change of the state tariff the additional payment is to be accordingly changed)

Single supplement: 600 USD


Day 1. November 3, 2021. Arrival in DR Congo

Arrival in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Transfer to the hotel overlooking Lake Kivu.
PCR test in the city that will be needed for departure on the day after tomorrow.
Free time in Goma, rest after an overnight flight. You can walk around Goma, look for souvenirs (some of the best African masks).
Goma is still exotic and contrasting: fashionistas in pretentious costumes contrast with the workers everywhere pulling wooden self-made chukudu scooters.
Overnight at the Center d'Accueil Caritas or similar.

* Recommended flight:
- with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, departure from Moscow at 21:30 on November 2 by flight ЕТ-761 and arrival in Goma by flight ЕТ-831 on November 3 at 12:35 pm, or
- any other flight arriving in Goma at any time on November 3 or on the night from November 3 to 4.

Accommodation: Hotel Center d'Accueil Caritas or similar
Meals included: no

Day 2. November 4, 2021. Ascent to Nyiragongo volcano

After breakfast, drive to the foothill of the Nyiragongo volcano in the Virunga NP.
Ascent to Nyiragongo (3470 m above sea level) – the most active volcano on 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 (even if it is challenging) 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. Its eruptions are dangerous for the residents of Goma. The giant erupts approximately every 20 years. The last eruption happened in May of this year!
Dinner from our chef and overnight in the cabins (or another type of mountain shelter) on the edge of the Nyiragongo caldera.

Accommodation: mountain shelter
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3. November 5, 2021. Descent from the volcano and flight to Uganda

Sunrise near the lava lake. After breakfast at the caldera we make a descent from the volcano, passing through several climatic zones.
Picking up PCR test results and transfer to the airport of Goma. At 16:00 flight from Goma to Entebbe with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, flights ET-830 and ET-338 (the only flight available).
At night, at 0:55 am on Nov 6, arrival in Entebbe, the satellite city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. For entering the country, we use the PCR test certificate obtained in Goma.
Transfer to the hotel in Entebbe. Overnight at hotel Angelita at Lake Victoria.

* Recommended flight: to Entebbe with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, departure from Goma at 16:00, flights ET-830 and ET-338, arrival in Entebbe at 0:55 am on Nov 6 (the only flight available)

Accommodation: Hotel Angelita
Meals included: breakfast

Day 4. November 6, 2021. Rafting on White Nile

After early breakfast, drive to Jinja (120 km, 2,5 hours), a place on the White Nile, famous for its rafting.
We go 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.
Overnight at Brisk Hotel Triangle overlooking Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is 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.

Accommodation: Brisk Hotel Triangle
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5. November 7, 2021. From Lake Victoria to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Breakfast with a view of Lake Victoria. Long transfer (500 km, 10 hours drive) to the western part of Uganda, from Jinja via Kampala to the area of Bwindi Impenetrable National park, where tomorrow the gorillas experience awaits us.
On the way, in Kayabwe (somewhere in the middle of our drive), we stop at the Equator point. In this trip we cross the Equator line not once, but this one is going to be the first ritual crossing. In the afternoon we pass by the Lake Mburo National park and may come across some zebras on the way, if they are roaming outside of the park.
Evening arrival in Kabale. Accommodation at a hotel in the town of Kabale, near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Cepha's Inn or similar.

Accommodation: Cepha's Inn or similar
Meals included: breakfast

Day 6. November 8, 2021. Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we go (driving time 1,5 – 2 hours) 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 the hotel.
Drive back to Savannah Resort lodge at the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Evening and overnight in the Savannah Resort lodge.

Accommodation included: Savannah Resort lodge
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7. November 9, 2021. 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 at the tourist base (guest house) nearby Semliki.

Accommodation included: tourist base (guest house) with basic conditions
Meals included: breakfast

Day 8. November 10, 2021. 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 defeats from another pygmy people – Mbuti in Ituri Forest 8 years ago and from the same Batwa guys in 2019! 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, 6 hours) 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 9. November 11, 2021. Game drive and boat safari in Murchison Falls National park

After breakfast, short drive (1.5 hours) to the Murchison Falls National Park, the largest and undoubtedly the most beautiful national park in Uganda. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for a distance of about 115 kilometers and houses number of beautiful waterfalls.
We head for game drive and for boat safari where we can see one of the largest population of hippos in Africa and the largest population of Nile crocodiles. The park is the house for big herds of African buffalos, elephants, Rotschild's giraffes, lions and many birds. 450 bird species are present ranging from easy variety of waterbirds, including the rare shoe-billed stork, crowned crane, the symbol of Uganda and Budongo's 59 "restricted range" species.
We will also spend time at the mighty Murchison waterfall, where the waters of the Nile flow through a narrow gorge only 7 meters wide before plunging 43 meters.
Drive back to Kabalega and overnight at Kabalega Resort.

Accommodation: Hotel Kabalega Resort
Meals included: breakfast

Day 10. November 12, 2021. Walking safaris with chimpanzees and rhinos, return flight

Early in the morning, before breakfast, 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 that 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.
After late breakfast, we proceed to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (90 km, 1.5 hours). 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 (so good chance to make all African Big Five today!:). We take a walk and take the best shots of these giants.
Early in the afternoon, transfer to Entebbe airport (160 km, 2.5 hours) to catch flight back home.
Check-in and flight home.

* Recommended flight:
- with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, departure from Entebbe at 18:45 on November 12 by flight ЕТ-335 and arrival in Moscow by flight ЕТ-760 on November 13 at 8:15 am, or
- Egypt Air via Cairo, departure from Entebbe at 4:15 am on November 13 flight MS-838 and arrival in Moscow with flight MS-729 on November 13 at 16:05, or
- any other flight departing from Entebbe no earlier than at 19:00 on November 12 (extra night in Entebbe at extra cost is also possible).

Accommodation included: no
Meals included: breakfast


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Не люблю ездить с турфирмами и никогда не езжу - чтобы не зависеть от других людей.
Но тут особый случай - я не смог бы в одиночку организовать такую поездку, поэтому наплевал на свои принципы и поехал.
Потому что Ньирагонго, гориллы, рафтинг на Ниле - всё это настоящие жемчужины для путешественника. И как же здорово, что все они оказались нанизанными на одну нить. Алексей, именно за это хочу сказать тебе огромное спасибо: всё лучшее удалось собрать в одной поездке. Великолепно задумано и очень грамотно исполнено! И я понимаю, как это было непросто.
И сейчас, уже вернувшись, переполненный впечатлениями, хочется просто крикнуть "браво!". Результаты превзошли все мои ожидания.
И ещё хочу сказать про невероятную атмосферу на протяжении всего тура. Ребята, спасибо вам за компанию, каждому из вас. Это было здорово, ржачно и просто круто.
Ну вот вроде бы всё.
Просто захотелось высказаться.
Егор Евстигнеев
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Сказать, что поездка в Уганду/Конго была лучшей в моей жизни, это не сказать ничего. Всё: вулкан, гориллы, сафари, рафтинг, племена и матч с ними, команда, организация. Всё это было на высшем уровне. Программа более, чем интересная. Эту экспедицию в Африку я запомню на всю жизнь! Отдельное спасибо Алексею за организацию и чуткость в решении любых вопросов во время поездки! Лёха, красава!
Cost includes:

• twin/double accommodation in hotels and lodges
• accommodation at tourist base 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 (Toyota Hiace minibuses)
• armed rangers on the volcano
• porters during the ascent on the volcano (up to 15 kg per person)
• all permits for visiting protected areas, incl. Budongo Chimps, Murchison Falls NP and Queen Elizabeth NP (except for permissions for gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable)
• boat safari in Murchison Falls NP
• participation in rafting, equipment, instructors
• experienced English-speaking local driver guide
• Russian-speaking and English-speaking team leader

Cost excludes (additionally paid):

• international flight to Goma (DR Congo) and back from Entebbe (Uganda)
• internal flight from Goma (DRC) to Entebbe (Uganda),
• international medical insurance
• Visas for Democratic Republic of the Congo (purchased in advance by the organizer of the expedition) and Uganda (obtained at the border on arrival)
• COVID tests
• 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
• certificate on negative result of PCR COVID test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival in Goma
• photo and video cameras with batteries


Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda

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 Parks of Uganda - Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth NP, where besides large herbivores - elephants, buffaloes, hippos and giraffes, you can meet lions and leopards.

One of the worlds' best boat safaris in NP Murchison Falls

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