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Uganda - April 2018

Price A$3,966


Destination

NairobiKigaliKisoroMagahingaLake Mutanda


Category
Group Tours

Duration
7 days 6 nights
Tour Details

Maasai Mara Nature Reserve: 26- 30 March 2018 -  A$2,591 plus air

Kenya: 30 March - 10 April 2018 A$6,308 plus air

Uganda extension: 10 - 16 April 2018 A$3,966 plus air

Uganda is a country of magnificent mountains, crater lakes, jungles and unique wildlife, cultures and communities. Two’s a Crowd, along with RAW Africa Ecotours will take you on an adventure to experience the uniqueness of Uganda. Trek to see the famous Mountain Gorillas and meet and experience the culture of the Batwa people, canoe on Lake Mutanda and climb the volcanic hills around the town of Kisoro. Experience this magical country, and the people who live alongside its spectacular wildlife, in an exclusive small group with your own room in comfortable guesthouses and all meals included.

Gorilla Trek: This is more like a gentle walk through the lush forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required and a porter will accompany you too.

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Start your adventure on a wild encounter

Together with RAW Africa Ecotours, we will provide you with life-changing experiences, unique wildlife encounters, exceptional quality and a comfortable journey.

Over 12 days from 30 March 2018 – 10 April 2018 for just A$6,308 plus air you'll camp under the stars and listen to the roars of distant lions, visit the famous elephant orphanage in Nairobi and more! RAW Africa’s safari guides will take you along roads less travelled and offer you truly enriching experiences with exotic wildlife and extraordinary communities. Join us today! Find out more about the Kenya tour

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

On arrival, you are greeted in Nairobi by a RAW Africa staff member and taken to your hotel where you’ll meet your tour guide, host  and fellow travellers.

Overnight: Wildebeest Eco Camp

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Rwanda

This morning you will fly from Nairobi to Kigali, in Rwanda (flight included). You will then travel across the mountainous regions of Rwanda and into neighbouring Uganda.

Overnight: Comfortable guesthouse, Uganda.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Hill climb/village walk

Slowly climb the hills above the town of Kisoro. This climb will condition you to the local terrain before you embark on your gorilla trek. The hill climb will give you a view of the stunning mountains surrounding Kisoro, Mt Muvuru, Mt Gahinga and Mt Sabinyo with a view of Lake Mutanda below. Meander back to Kisoro through the many local villages.

Overnight: Comfortable guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Coffee Uganda Style

When Uganda created its  reserves, some communities were evicted from the parks and found themselves  marginalised.  In response many women created coorporatives and initiated their own sustainable projects. East Africa is the home of coffee. Enjoy a wonderful day visiting a local Coffee Coorporative. Participate in making your own bag of coffee from the picking of the beans to the roasting and grinding. Coffee and womens empowerment working hand in hand.

Overnight: Comfortable guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Gorilla Trek

This will surely be a trip highlight! Spend an unforgettable day with some of the last Mountain Gorillas on earth.

Overnight: Comfortable guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Canoeing on Lake Mutanda

The gorilla trek will be a big achievement so now you have a day to unwind. Spend the morning canoeing on Lake Mutanda, home to otters and many species of birds.

Overnight: Comfortable guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Return to Kigali

Return south to Kigali, Rwanda and onto further adventures in Africa, or return home glowing from your African adventure.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

 Nothing could have been any better in all aspects. Has made me want to see more of Africa." Maureen , Victoria

 

"Raw Africa title really sums up my experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Trip to Il Ngwesi was fantastic. Great atmosphere. Eric , Queensland

 

"I was a bit apprehensive about going to Africa but I worried for nothing. The team in Kenya looked after us from Day 1 - we all felt completely safe and secure at all times.

Awesome trip." Ron, WA

 

"I had a wonderful time and am still amazed at the amount of animals we saw.  Though missing seeing lion was a disappointment.  Seeing first hand the work that the orphanages and  conservancy do for the animals was fantastic and it’s great to get in amongst the communities and see what is being done to assist in sustainability for the people, the environment and the animals."  Jackie,  Brisbane

 

"Everything about this tour was great!" Isabella, South Australia

 

Wildebeest Eco Camp, Nairobi: Make your stay in Nairobi memorable by staying in Nairobi city's best permanent tented camp. The friendly, home-like hospitality is what has made Wildebeest Camp Nairobi's best accommodation choice for travellers, and a unique choice from a city hotel. Wildebeest Camp is an oasis in Nairobi – the simply the perfect place to relax during your African migration! The beautifully-appointed deluxe safari tents and other comfortable accommodation, will be a welcome place to stay before and after your safari. You can enjoy the peaceful tropical gardens, which are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds, while still being close to shops, markets, cinemas, banks, Nairobi National Park and transport links. You can also relax on the deck with a Kenyan coffee or cold Tusker beer or find a peaceful spot in the garden and curl up with a good book.

Kenya

Lions and leopards are just part of the landscape in Kenya, East Africa’s favourite safari destination. More than 40 national parks and nature reserves are scattered between Lake Victoria and the India Ocean, covering every imaginable landscape and featuring just about every animal in Africa: from aardvarks to zebras.

As you might expect, wildlife safaris are the lifeblood of Kenyan tourism, and the infrastructure for travellers is impressive. Jeeps, buses and light aircraft fan out daily across the country to safari lodges and tented camps, some simple and rustic, others lavish and opulent. Refreshingly, you can enjoy close encounters with nature even on a budget, with walking safaris run by tribal guides and economic tented camps that scrimp on creature comforts, but not on creatures.

Most people start the journey in Nairobi, but few linger when there are more attractive cities strung out along the sun-kissed Kenyan coast and dotted around the Great Rift Valley. Whether you pick the interior or the coast, with its beach resorts and Islamic ruins, you can be sure to find a national park or reserve close at hand – Nairobi even has a national park within the city limits, with zebras and giraffes just a stone’s throw from the suburbs.

Kenya is also a great place for cultural encounters, with more than 40 different tribal groups, each following its own unique way of life. The semi-nomadic Maasai, with their rainbow-coloured, bead-covered adornments, are perhaps the most obvious group, but visiting any tribal village is a fascinating experience.

Uganda

A reputation for political instability and the looming shadow of Idi Amin have long – and unfairly – blighted Uganda’s fledgling tourism sector. Now, though, things are looking up for the central African nation once described as “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill.

And a brief look around is enough to show you why. From the second you step off the plane, the overwhelming impression of Uganda is one of rich natural diversity, friendly locals and a burgeoning cultural scene that is currently producing some of the most exciting artists in Africa.

Culturally, much of the action happens in the capital, Kampala, an urban sprawl ringed by farmland and perched on the muddy banks of Lake Victoria. While most foreign travellers confine themselves to the city centre or the diplomatic quarter, Kololo, its worth venturing into the bustling bars and clubs of Kabalagala, where expats and locals meet for a slug of the local Nile beer and a friendly game of pool.

Away from the capital, Uganda’s towns and cities have little in the way of diversions (although Jinja’s location on the banks of the River Nile has made it a favourite with thrill-seeking rafters). Instead, head west towards the Congo border where, along with the fascinating pygmy people of Fort Portal, Uganda’s natural wonders reveal themselves.

The star attraction  is the iconic mountain gorilla, which can be found further south in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While you’re down there it’s also worth taking a detour to Lake Bunyonyi, a mountain retreat famed for its stunning vistas and freshwater crayfish.

More natural wonders await in northern Uganda, home to the magnificent Murchison Falls, and in the east, where visitors will find the outstanding desert crags and ossified anthills of Kidepo.

Regardless of where you go in Uganda, when it comes to leaving, it will be with a heavy heart.

Climate

Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude. It's hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts.

Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. Also, because Nairobi is at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August.

The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August.

Uganda. Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. Southern Uganda is wetter with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls from March to June and the November/December period. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu about 120 km from the South Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year.

The northeastern region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Rwenzori in the southwest on the border with DR Congo receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world's biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall.

Visa Requirements

Visas for Kenya are required and you can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you're advised to obtain this in advance. Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania. East Africa visas cab be obtained online.

Electricity

In Kenya and Uganda the standard voltage is 240 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are the same as those used in the UK.

Currency

Kenya

The currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES), which can be divided into 100 cents. ATM's accept VISA and Mastercard debit cards throughout the country. It is not possible to buy Kenyan shillings outside Kenya.

Uganda

The national currency is the Ugandan shilling, code UGX, sometimes written as Ush.

ATMs accept debit and credit cards throughout the country. VISA-branded cards are accepted by all ATMs, while MasterCard/Maestro/Cirrus cards are accepted at KCB, ECOBank Stanbic Bank, Barclays Bank, Equity bank, ATMs. Different ATMs allow for different maximum withdrawals of between Shs400,000 and Shs2,000,000, though the usual amount is Shs700,000. some ATMs are located at Entebbe Airport; given that it is impossible to buy Ugandan shillings outside of Uganda and in countries bordering Uganda, withdrawing shillings from the airport ATMs is the easiest option.

Safety & Security

Many people think of Africa and are concerned about safety and security. Travelling in any foreign country always has inherent risks and Kenya and Uganda are no different. Here's are just some of the steps we take to maximise the safety of our clients:

  • Our local operator RAW Africa has a team of staff based in Kenya who are well connected with local communities. They know the country well and the head guide is a Maasai
  • We do not visit areas which are regarded as "risky hotspots" such as coastal Mombasa or areas near the border of Somalia or South Sudan
  • We choose accommodation which is in well regarded and secure locations
  • While on tour, the team is in constant contact with local communities and law enforcement. Any heightened risk can be quickly considered and our itinerary modified to ensure we can continue safely
  • RAW Africa guides and support staff along with local Rangers are with the group at all times.

Ebola is not an issue

The most recent outbreak of Ebola occurred in the western African countries of Sierri Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The outbreak peaked earlier this year and a concerted effort has dramatically slowed the disease in western Africa. In fact as at 7 November 2015, the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free.

Having said that, the areas where we operate our tour are on the opposite side of the African continent - in fact Liberia/Sierra Leone/Guinea are closer in distance to London and Madrid than they are to Kenya. Plus Kenya has not reported any cases of Ebola and Kenyan authorities advise that the country is ebola free. Ditto for Uganda. For your own peace of mind, please refer to the World Health Organisation report  to review the information in detail.  

Remember we are a full service travel company. We can provide a competitive quote on your airfares and book your air travel.

Tour inclusions:

  • Accommodation in your own room — always!
  • All airport transfers, private transport, activities, and Gorilla trekking permit — as per itinerary. 
  • All tips/gratuities except for RAW Africa staff. 
  • 1 night hotel, 5 nights comfortable guest house.
  • All meals included as per itinerary (6 x breakfasts, 6 x lunches, 6 x dinners).
  •  Guest Two’s a Crowd host (from Australia).
  • QBE Travel Insurance. Standard Policy. Additional premium may apply if over 60 years, or if you have a pre-existing medical condition, or if you wish to extend your travel dates longer than the proposed tour.

Tour exclusions:

  • International flights including from Nairobi - Kigali  - Two’s a Crowd can provide any airfares or pre/post tour arrangements).
  • Uganda VISA.
  • Item purchases of a personal nature (souvenirs, etc.).
  • Laundry requirements, phone calls, etc.
  • Any meals/drinks not included in the itinerary. 
  • RAW Africa guides tips/gratitudes and Gorilla Trek Porter’s tips.
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