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Bwindi Impenetrable

Kigali Convention Center - Rwanda

Bwindi Impenetrable

$1729 per person

For this 3-day trip, you will go on a mountain gorilla trekking expedition in the thick jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, an ancient rainforest located in southwestern Uganda near the border with Rwanda. It’s a short distance from Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, so your trip will begin and end in Kigali.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kigali International Airport in Rwanda
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 10:15 AM for a prompt departure at 11:00 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 10:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Bwindi Impenetrable
    All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary 
    Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners 
    Accommodation 
    Ground transportation 
    Fully escorted by Igeno Safaris guide 
    Airport pick-up and return 
    Personal Guide
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Day 1: Airport pick-up and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
When you arrive at Kigali International Airport, an Igeno Safaris guide/driver and be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is located in southwestern Uganda near the border with Rwanda. Bwindi plays host to about 53 per cent of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, which are currently numbering about 1,000 individuals, according to a 2018 gorilla census. Upon arrival later in the evening, you will check into your lodge for dinner and overnight. Expect sounds of birds and echoes of other forest residents to put you to sleep peacefully! Journey time: 4 hours Accommodation options: Gorilla Resort Lodge | Silverback Lodge |Buhoma Lodge | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Clouds Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Gorilla Forest Camp
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Day 2: Gorilla trekking
In the morning after a quick, light breakfast, you will head out to the park headquarters for a briefing by the ranger guide. After equipping you with the dos and don'ts of gorilla trekking, the ranger will divide you and other trekkers into 13 groups, for there are 13 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi. Gorilla trekking is a physically demanding activity because of the long hours it can take; depending on how far the gorillas will have moved, the trek could take anywhere between one and eight hours. However, from the onset, you will see various primates, coloured butterflies, birds and a variety of plant species. Even though trekking can be strenuous, it will be worth it when you finally meet the gorillas! It's gratifying and memorable to come into contact with these peaceful, gigantic primates. According to park rules, you will be allowed to watch the gorillas at a five-metre distance as the old ones feed and the juveniles play – and for not more than one hour. After gorilla trekking, you will head back to the lodge for relaxation as you wait for the afternoon village walk to the Batwa community – former inhabitants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before it was gazetted – and get an opportunity to learn about their way of life. You will visit the community school, the women's crafts shop, as well as their traditional healer. Men, women and children will gladly entertain you with traditional songs and dances before you return to the lodge to rest, dine and slumber. Gorilla trekking time: 1-8 hours Accommodation options: Gorilla Resort Lodge | Silverback Lodge |Buhoma Lodge | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Clouds Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Gorilla Forest Camp
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Day 3: Kigali City tour & Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Kigali, and, depending on your departure flight schedule, you can go on a tour of Rwanda's capital city. Options include the Nyamirambo neighbourhood, which will introduce you to Rwanda's contemporary urban culture, as well as the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the final resting place of more than 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. When you are done with Kigali, our driver/guide will take you to Kigali International Airport to catch your flight back home.

TOUR LOCATION

Kigali was a trade centre (after 1895) during the German colonial administration and became a regional centre during the Belgian colonial period (1919–62). It became the capital upon Rwanda's independence in 1962. In 1994 thousands of Tutsi in Kigali were killed by Hutu gangs and the Rwandan army.

Remarkable Rwanda

Human occupation of Rwanda is thought to have begun shortly after the last ice age. By the 16th century, the inhabitants had organized into a number of kingdoms. In the 19th century, Mwami (king) Rwabugiri of the Kingdom of Rwanda conducted a decades-long process of military conquest and administrative consolidation that resulted in the kingdom coming to control most of what is now Rwanda. The colonial powers, Germany and Belgium, allied with the Rwandan court. A convergence of anti-colonial, and anti-Tutsi sentiment resulted in Belgium granting national independence in 1962. Direct elections resulted in a representative government dominated by the majority Hutu under President Grégoire Kayibanda. Unsettled ethnic and political tensions were worsened when Juvénal Habyarimana, who was also Hutu, seized power in 1973. In 1990, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel group composed of 10,000 Tutsi refugees from previous decades of unrest, invaded the country, starting the Rwandan Civil War. The war ground on, worsening ethnic tensions, as the Hutu feared losing their gains. The assassination of Habyarimana was the catalyst for the eruption of the 1994 genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and some moderate Hutus were killed, including the prime minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana. The Tutsi RPF conquered Rwanda, and thousands of Hutu were imprisoned pending the establishment of the Gacaca courts. Millions of Hutu fled as refugees, contributing to large refugee camps of Hutu in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there were already refugees from other countries. These were disbanded by an RPF-sponsored invasion in 1996 that replaced the new Congolese president as the result of the First Congo War. A second invasion to replace the new Congolese president initiated the Second Congo War, the deadliest war since World War II and one involving many African nations including Rwanda.  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Rwanda
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