ROAM Women's Adventures Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Safari

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  • 1.IMPORTANT NOTESTravel to Africa requires a passport valid six months beyond your return date and a minimumof two (2) blank VISA pages in your passport (if you are visiting more than one country inAfrica, you must have an additional blank visa page available for each country).It is important to reconrm all of your commercial ight arrangements with the relevantairline at least 48 hours prior to departure. Please ask ask us if you need assistance.Travel to Africa, including Uganda and Rwanda may require a vaccination against Yellow Fever.Please contact your travel healthcare professional for more information. Be sure to carry youryellow vaccination card with you during travel as you may be required to present it atimmigration.Entry into Uganda and Rwanda: A passport and visa are required for both countries. Visa forUganda must be obtained prior to arriving to the country and a Rwanda visa can be obtainedupon arrival to country. Contact us for information and assistance on obtaining visas prior tothe trip.CONTACT -If youre excited by the thought of joining one of our Active, Small Group WomensTours or Safaris to Africa, India or Vietnam and Cambodia then now is the time toreserve your space. The earlier you book the more you save! Once youre ROAMadventure trip is booked, your trip price is guaranteed NOT to increase. Otherwise,prices are subject to change.Our Travel Consultants are available to respond to questions and inquiries... By email : 7 days a week - 24 hours a day - We try to respond within 24 hours ofreceiving your inquiry. By telephone : Monday - Friday : 10 am to 4 pm EST

2. ITINERARYDAY #1 - DEPART USA/CANADA/...YOUR HOME FOR AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDSTravelers depart from their home on an overnight flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands.Overnight International Flight - DDAY #2 - ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OVERNIGHT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT HOTELOn arrival in Amsterdam, Netherlands, after completing customs, immigrations and collecting yourluggage, you will be met by a ROAM associate and transfer to our local airport hotel where we spendone night. Travelers may wish to explore downtown Amsterdam during the day or simply rest andcatch up from jet lag in preparation for our departure to Uganda tomorrow.PLEASE NOTE- You may also opt for your own flight itinerary and meet the group directly inEntebbe, Uganda on January 15, 2013. If you are planning to use miles or a flight option otherthan the one we suggest in order to join the trip, you are welcome to do so. Please contact us fordetails on where specifically to meet the group in Entebbe on Day #3 (January 15, 2013).Overnight Airport Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands - DDAY #3 - DEPARTURE FROM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, ARRIVE IN ENTEBBE, UGANDAThis morning we depart as a group on KLMs direct flight to Entebbe, Uganda. On arrival in Uganda,after completing customs, immigrations and collecting our luggage, we will be met by our destinationspecialist representative and transfer to the Lake Victoria Hotel where we will spend one night.Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel - DAbout the Hotel - Located in Entebbe, gateway to Uganda, the 99-room Lake Victoria Hotel is setwithin beautiful grounds, adjacent to the golf course. Built in 1945, the hotel is of the old colonial stylewith manicured gardens, a shady veranda and breezy upstairs terrace offering a good view of Lake 3. Victoria across the golf course. The hotel has recently been renovated to a high standard; the workwas completed in 2008. All rooms have satellite television, air conditioning or fan and an en suitebathroom. The hotels a la carte menu offers European, Indian and Chinese cuisine in the upstairsEquator Restaurant or the ground floor Palm terrace and a snack menu is also available. Hotelamenities include a swimming pool, gym and health club, two conference rooms and small shoppingarcade.DAY #4 - ENTEBBE TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK - WITNESSING VARIOUS SPECIESOF MONKEYSThis morning after breakfast and check out, we are collected from our hotel and begin our scenicdrive to the Primate Lodge. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin, which passes through beautifulagricultural countryside, where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reachingKyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive throughbeautiful tea plantations and into the Kibale tropical rain forest. Arrive at the Primate Lodge where wewill enjoy two nights inclusive of all meals. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route.Overnight Primate Lodge - B/L/D 4. About the Primate Lodge - the lodge is situated in Kibale Forest National Park and is the perfectgateway for tracking the primates of Uganda. The lodge is committed to the conservation of natureand culture, and is constructed using local materials and makes use of solar power electricity in orderto minimize the impact on the environment. Primate Lodge features luxury safari tents. All the roomsare privately situated within the forest, making it an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the natural beautythat surrounds you. The luxury tents are on a raised wooden platform and covered by a grassthatched roof, blending perfectly with the natural environment. The interior is tastefully decorated inAfrican style, each with 2 twin sized beds, brightly colored bed spreads and large windows to take inthe forests. The en suite bathrooms are furnished with a natural touch of stone and bamboo.DAY #5 - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK AND CHIMPANZEE TRACKINGThis morning after breakfast, we embark on a forest trek in search of chimpanzees and otherprimates in the Kibale Forest National Park where the walking is fairly easy due to the well maintainedtrails and reasonably flat terrain. After our excursion, return to the lodge for lunch and then thisafternoon we embark on a swamp walk.Overnight Primate Lodge - B/L/D 5. Chimp TrackingThe forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking! Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lushexpenses of the tropical rainforest, in search of the wild chimpanzees. The ranger guide will explainyou more about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way. Also look out forother primates like the Red-Colobus Monkeys and Mangabey, birds, tracks of mammals and muchmore!Swamp WalkAt the eastern side of the national park you will find Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a protected areasituated in Magombe Swamp. Different trails are available to encounter a variety of birds (137species), primates and butterflies. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the villagers of Bigodiand the revenues are shared by the local community.DAY #6 - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARKThis morning, after breakfast and check out, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drivepasses through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, withthe hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into the Great African Rift Valley andQueen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking lake Edwardand Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the 6. background. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautifulscenery. It is Ugandas most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1229miles. It is primarily associated with greasy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includeswithin its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As aresult it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a totalof 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. In the afternoon, we willexplore the park and its wonders on a game (wildlife) viewing drive.Overnight Kyambura Game Lodge - B/L/DAbout Kyambura Game Lodge - the lodge is a new luxury lodge situated on the eastern edge ofQueen Elizabeth National Park with stunning views over the park and Kyambura Gorge. The lodgehas been built using environmentally friendly local materials. Accommodation is provided in 8spacious and tastefully decorated self-contained grass-thatched cottages, with bath tubs/showerswith views to the park, running hot and cold water and equipped with 220v electricity. Each cottage isprivately located and has a lovely wooden balcony from which the diversity of wildlife in the park canbe viewed and enjoyed. The lodge also has a beautiful swimming pool and camp fire around whichlocal traditional dancers will entertain you as you relax after the days activities. The restaurant andlounge area open towards a sundowner deck overlooking the park - the perfect place to enjoy thesunset with the drink of your choice. The kitchen features both international and local cuisine andmeals are prepared using organic vegetables from our own gardens and served by friendly andprofessionally trained staff. From the lodge you can immerse yourself in wildlife, with game viewingfrom your private balcony or by going on a bird walk from the lodge down into the valley. There arealso community walks and walks around the crater lakes available from the lodge.DAY #7 - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK & THE NILE HIPPOToday we enjoy game (wildlife) viewing drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, including a launchtrip of about two hours on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of Nilehippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding.Overnight Kyambura Game Lodge - B/L/D 7. About Queen Elizabeth National Park - the park is Ugandas most popular and accessible savannareserve. It is primarily associated with open savanna, studded in some areas with a dense cover ofacacia and euphorbia trees, but it also embraces large areas of swamp around Lake George. Over 95mammal species have been recorded in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark boasts of a variety of big game like; lions, elephants, buffaloes, Hyenas, Hippos, bushbucks, thecomical warthogs and rare leopards. The park harbors over 10 primates including chimpanzees,velvets, blue, red tailed and LHost Monkeys and others. Around 20 predators are found in the park,including lions, side stripped jackals, hyenas, leopards and others. Antelopes common to the parkinclude Uganda Kob, Defassa water bucks, Topi and many more. Queen Elizabeth National Park isone of the best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird speciesseen in one 24 hour period.DAY #8 - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO ISHASHAToday, after breakfast and check out, we transfer through the park to the Ishasha region to theIshasha Wilderness Camp where we spend two nights in East African meru style tents. While en-route, we will be in search of the tree climbing lion and other game. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route.Overnight Ishasha Wilderness Camp - B/L/D 8. About Ishasha Wilderness Camp - the camp is located in a magical setting on the edge of theNtungwe river in the middle of the wilderness. The camp is composed of East Africa meru styledtents. Each tent has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing hot water bushshowers and an eco friendly toilet. A central dining area, also under canvas, provides a comfortableenvironment for meals and an outdoor lounge area beside the river and evening fireplace venue forguests completes this unique bush experience.DAY #9 - ISHASHA & THE TREE CLIMBING LIONSEnjoy game (wildlife) drives to view the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha region of QueenElizabeth National Park, as well as other birds and game in this sector of the park. Ishasha is a vastlow-lying savannah plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley. The Ishasha Sector ofQueen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree-climbing lions, unique to this area. The males ofthese lions sport manes that are black, another unique feature.Overnight Ishasha Wilderness Camp - B/L/D 9. DAY #10 - ISHASHA TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDAThis morning, after breakfast and check out, we depart Uganda, driving across the border intoRwanda - land of a thousand hills, arriving at Volcanoes National Park and Mountain Gorilla ViewLodge where we will spend two nights. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route. Enjoy the rest of the day atleisure. Some habituated gorilla groups have been spotted near the lodge and have been known towonder close enough to the lodge area affording guests opportunities to observe these wonderfulprimates in a secure environment even prior to our gorilla trekking day excursions. Game (wildlife)viewing en-route.Overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge - B/L/DAbout Mountain Gorilla View Lodge - Located just over 9 miles from Musanze (Ruhengeri) and 62miles from Kigali with spectacular views of the volcanoes that make up the Virungas Range isMountain Gorilla View Lodge. Experience the quiet and tranquility of nature where you are 1 milefrom the world famous and endangered Mountain Gorillas. MGVL has thirty-two chalets furnishedwith your comfort in mind. After a day visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, thewarmth of your personal fireplace awaits you. 10. DAY #11 - GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDAAfter breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides andtrackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We will then hike into the forest towhere the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy.The beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas arelocated, the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience inthe world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plentyof fast speed film and/or extra memory cards are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice,hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. We willreturn to the lodge after our trek and spend the rest of the day at leisure. To lighten our load, we willalso have porters during our gorilla trekking excursions who will carry all of our gear for us.Overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge - B/L/DDAY #12 - GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, THEN ON TO KIGALIThis morning, after breakfast we embark on our 2nd day of Gorilla trekking. This afternoon, we returnfrom our trek with time to freshen up, and afterwards we will transfer to Kigali where we spend onenight at the Laico Umubano Hotel. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route.Overnight Laico Umubano Hotel - B/L/D 11. About The Laico Umubano Kigali Hotel - the hotel is situated in the embassy district of Kigali,about 3miles from the centre of town and is a quite base for...

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