Rwanda, Uganda & DR of Congo
August 17 - 28, 2019
Travel to some of the least explored parts of east Africa on this one week journey visiting three beautiful countries: Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. Starting with Uganda where you will experience beautiful waterfalls and see all kinds of wildlife along the way. Departing to Rwanda we discover the beautiful Lake Kivu one of the African Great Lakes. Experience the endangered mountain gorillas at the volcanoes national park. Continue your journey to Burundi has two national parks, Kibira National Park to the northwest, and Ruvubu National Park to the northeast. Both were established in 1982 to conserve wildlife populations. Burundi's culture is based on local tradition and the influence of neighboring countries. On this trip our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new-found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. All are welcome to join this trip as a photo taker or not!
Per person sharing in double occupancy: $6,995.00
Single Supplement: $695.00
Led by Photographer Kaylee Dall (www.kayleejay.com)
Price based on a group size minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 participants
Estimated airfare from JFK (not included) $1,100.00
Your tour does not include
Entry Visa to Rwanda, Uganda & DR Congo (currently $335)
Meals not specified in the itinerary.
Dayrooms or extra hotel overnights if necessary.
Expenses of a personal nature such as: beverages with meals, telephone, email, laundry bills, camera fees, etc.
Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants.
Travel protection Insurance.
Your tour includes
Bottled water while touring.
Accommodation in standard first class hotels (4*) in twin rooms on bed and breakfast basis.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
English-speaking guide/assistant during all tours.
Transportation by 4WD Land cruiser.
All entrance fees to mentioned sites.
Visa support documents (if needed).
Tips and gratuities to rangers, porter, hotel staff, etc.
III Challenging – parts of the trip are physically challenging, involve hiking on rough terrain or in sand or at high altitudes. There may be very long drives on rough roads; weather conditions with high heat or humidity, presence of insects. You may have simple picnic lunches, primitive bathroom facilities along the road and remoteness from modern towns or cities.
*** Superior: Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined service and comfort level acceptable to western standards. (3 or 4 stars)
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers. DSLR or mirrorless cameras. (non-photographers also welcome)
Your photographer/guide Kaylee Dall is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography. Since a very young age, she has had a love and fascination for photography and the universe. which has led her to travel and pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer. Kaylee has always loved capturing all aspects of life and is well diversified in photographing landscapes, portraits, wildlife, and many more. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of five, she currently resides in Detroit.
View Tour Itinerary
Saturday, Aug 17
Depart the US
Depart the US for Uganda arriving the second day. Based on Washington DC’s outbound flight on Ethiopian Airlines leaving at 11.00 AM
Sunday, Aug 18
Arrive Murchison Falls national park (Uganda)
Arrival and Transfer to Murchison falls NP, Upon arrival at the airport, our company representative will pick you and transfer you northwards to Murchison Falls national park in route tracking rhinos in Zziwa Rhino sanctuary. Murchison Falls national park is Uganda's largest national park. It measures approximately 1,503 sq mi. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for a distance of about 71 mi. After lunch in drive up to the top of Murchison falls – a magnificent spot where the Nile water compresses into a narrow gorge of over 1 km wide down through a 7 meter canyon forming a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the wonders of the Nile River! Meals and overnight at Para safari lodge or similar (B,L,D)
Monday, Aug 19
Murchison Falls national park
Game drive and the Nile boat cruise after an early breakfast, you will tour the Northern part with a high concentration of savannah wildlife. Enjoy game viewing and photography of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, Uganda kobs and lions, if you are lucky the leopards, plus a variety of bird species. After lunch, go for a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls from where appalling water escapes through the narrow gorge forming a great thunderous uproar. Along the falls water birds and mammals are in great numbers. Meals and overnight at Para safari lodge or similar (B, L D)
Tuesday, Aug 20
Murchison Falls NP - Kibale Forest NP
Transfer to Kibale Forest national park After breakfast, transfer to Murchison Falls NP heading Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley while enjoying the sights of traditional homesteads and farms in this verdant country side. The Great Rift Valley is a continuous geographic trench, approximately 6,000 kilometers in length, that runs from Lebanon's Beqaa Valley in Asia to Mozambique in Southeastern Africa. The name continues in some usages, although it is today considered geologically imprecise as it combines features that are today regarded as separate, although related, rift and fault systems. You take packed lunch or simply have an early lunch. The Murchison – Kibale drive is approximately 7 to 9 hours depending on the weather conditions. Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale National Park is a national park in southern Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. Dinner and overnight at Crater safari lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, Aug 21
Kibale Forest national park
Queen Elizabeth National Park The area is considered a potential lion stronghold in Central Africa, if poaching is curbed and prey species recover. The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted. Wake up for an early morning breakfast to get ready for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park. You need to get to the park headquarters by 8.00 am local time for briefing on the day’s activity by the senior park ranger guide. At 8.30 am you will be transferred to starting point from where the search for chimpanzees begins. There are 95% chances of seeing the chimpanzees in this forest. By mid day you are expected to be back for lunch and later proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park for an evening game drive. Overnight stay at Crater safari lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Thursday, Aug 22
Kibale Forest national park – Bwindi
After an early breakfast transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest NP through the Ithaca – the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP for viewing tree-climbing lions which a species that only exists in this park. Bwindi Park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority. Savannah Hotel is ideal for lunch after a game drive in Ishasha. Arrive in Bwindi in the evening and directly head to your lodge for meals and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Friday, Aug 23
After an early morning breakfast walk to the park headquarters for briefing and later follow the gorilla trail. It normally takes between 6 to 8 hours to encounter the gorillas. You will be allowed to stay in the presence of these awesome apes for at least an hour. It is advisable that you carry packed lunch as one cannot determine how long it may take to encounter the mountain gorillas. In the evening after meeting the gorillas in the forested mountains you will return to your lodge for a rest and later go for a community visit where you will discover more about the local ways of life of the people around. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge or similar. (B,L,D)
Saturday, Aug 24
Bwindi - Volcanoes National (Rwanda)
In the morning after your breakfast, you will transfer to Volcanoes national park (Rwanda) arriving in the afternoon. The national park is a stop center to see and interact with the critically endangered mountain gorillas sheltering the highest number of gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area. The strategic location of the VNP - roughly 2 hours’ drive form Kigali international airport- make it a best stop to trek Human’s closest relatives. Besides gorillas, Volcanoes National park is a home for golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects among other creatures which together make a complete Rwanda safari package. Have lunch and later go for a cultural tour to Ibyiwacu village to get a deep insight into the Rwandan culture. Meals and overnight at Five Volcanoes Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
Sunday, Aug 25
Volcanoes National - Kibuye
In the morning, you will report to the park headquarters with your tracking gear for briefing about golden monkey tracking and then proceed to track these rare monkeys. You will later return and transfer to Kibuye in Rwanda on the shores of Lake Kivu and directly head to your lodge for resting. Kibuye is known as a beach resort and is within driving distance of two national parks. It is home to a genocide memorial marking the massacre of 90% of the town's Tutsi population in the Rwandan Civil War. Lake Kivu is a fresh water lake and, along with Cameroonian Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun, is one of three that are known to undergo eruptions. Around the lake, geologists found evidence of massive local extinctions about every thousand years, presumably caused by outgassing events. Dinner and overnight at Kivu Safari lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Monday, Aug 26
Kibuya - Gitega (Burundi)
You will have breakfast and embark on your journey southwards to Gitega. This will taKe a 5 to 6 Hours of drive with great sightings of the countryside and en route stop overs for photography. You will arrive in Burundi for a rest at your hotel. Meals and overnight at Tropitel Gitega Hotel/ Helena hotel (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Aug 27
After breakfast, you will drive to visit of Gitega National Museum with its collection of artfacts, Gitega city administrative offices, Catholic location of Mushasha and its different schools. You will have a lunch break and then go for tour to the disputed Source of the Nile, and then Karera waterfalls. En route expect to view magnificent tea plantations and landscapes. From the karera waterfalls, visit the drum sanctuary of Gishora one of the famous drum sites of Burundi known for it's two ritual drums that were never beaten: Ruciteme (the one for whom we clear the forest) and Murimirwa (the one for whom we cultivate). You will return to your hotel for overnight. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, Aug 28
Gitega – Bujumbura - USA
have breakfast and be driven to Bujumbura Burundi’s capital arriving early enough for a tour around and a visit to lake Tanganyika after which you will be transferred to the airport for check in for your Ethiopian Airlines flight at 04.00 PM to Addis, continuing to Washington (arriving early morning on the 29th of Aug). (B)
We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed