What, where and when
From the 26th of January until the 17th of February we are embarking on our (first) testing round trip through Rwanda and Uganda. For our travel companions and everyone else interested, here we will give you an overview of the trip.
Part 1: Rwanda
1. We will land in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Here, we will try to get over our jetlag, visit the genocide museum and the market, and stroll around the city.
2. Akagera National Park: 2 nights of camping in the park, and hopefully we can spot the BIG 5.
3. After Akagera, we have a long drive ahead of us to Nyungwe National Park. There we will do some hiking and try to spot the many different monkey species, including Chimpanzees.
4. Using public transport, we will try to get to Kibuye, a small village at the shore of Lake Kivu. Here, we will go island hopping, and we’ll enjoy the beach. Also, there is a possibility to go fishing by night! Kibuye is also the village where we meet up with the latecomer group.
5. After this, we will start the Congo Nile Trail, a 4-day hike following the Kivu Lake shoreline to Gisenyi. We will pass local villages and sleep in small guest houses along the way.
6. In Gisenyi, our group will split up. The biggest part of the group will continue on with Kwinten and go to Volcanoes National Park. There, they will climb the Bisoke volcano, and hopefully see the silverback mountain gorillas. Afterwards, they return to Kigali for their flight home.
Part 2: Uganda
7. A smaller group will continue on with the adventure and will travel across the border to Uganda. There our dedicated driver/guide John will pick us up and drive us to Queen Elizabeth National Park for 3 more days of game drives.
8. After Queen ELizabeth National Park, we will stay one night in the lovely village of Fort Portal. from here we will go to Kibale National Park to spot some chimpanzees.
9. A long drive awaits us to the source of the river Nile. Here, at Jinja, we will try to survive one of the most intense wild water rafting experiences possible.
10. After this adrenaline-filled experience, it is time to leave behind the villages and head to the city. Kampala, with its 1,5 million inhabitants, is by far the biggest city in Uganda. It’s time to hit the bars and check out the nightlife.
11. Our last stop is Entebbe, a lovely small city at the shores of Lake Victoria. Our adventure comes to an end. Our plane back to the cold, harsh country of Belgium awaits.
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