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Care to join me in Rwanda/Uganda 2009

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Maybe you’d like to join me for all or part of this Rwanda and Uganda Extravaganza?!

2009
AUG 05 (WED) Arrive Kigali and do a Never Again Memorial visit, city tour
Accommodation: Kigali Novotel (B)

AUG 06 (THU) KIGALI/PARK/NYUNGWE FOREST RESERVE
Depart by road early this morning to Nyungwe Forest Reserve (approx 3.5 hrs). Visit the old palace in Nyanza and the National Museum in Butare.

ORTPN Resthouse is a simple lodge with 12 rooms and shared bathrooms.
Accommodation: ORTPN Resthouse (Full Board)

AUG 07+08 (FRI+SAT) NYUNGWE FOREST RESERVE
Days spent looking for colobus monkeys and birds, including the Rwenzori turaco. Your walks are escorted and you may take along a picnic lunch.
Accommodation: ORTPN Resthouse (Full Board)

AUG 09 (SUN) NYUNGWE FOREST RESERVE/KIGALI/ KINIGI
This morning you will depart with your driver for Kigali and onward to Kinigi (approx 5-6 hrs). The Guest House accommodates over 40 people and all rooms have electricity and warm water.
Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House (Full Board)

AUG 10+11 (MON+TUE) RUHENGERI -VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
On each of the next two mornings you will be transferred to the park gate at Kinigi for your gorilla visits
Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House (Full Board)

AUG 12 (WED) RUHENGERI -VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
Today you will enjoy a trek to seek out the Golden Monkeys.
Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House (Full Board)

AUG 13 (THU) RUHENGERI -VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will be transferred to the park gate at Kinigi for your 3rd gorilla visit.
Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House (Full Board)

AUG 14 (FRI) RUHENGERI -VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will take your 4th and gorilla trek. Continue to your lodge for the evening. Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hillside with breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes and Lakes
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge (Full Board)

AUG 15 (SAT) KIGALI/ENTEBBE
You will be transferred to the airport today for your evening scheduled flight to Entebbe. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

The Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel, only ten minutes from the Entebbe International Airport, is located and on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Accommodation: Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel (B)

AUG 16 (SUN) ENTEBBE/KAMPALA/ MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will have a safari briefing. Depart by road to Kampala, stopping enroute for lunch. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park. Some brief game viewing will take place this evening.
Accommodation: Paraa Lodge (Full Board)

AUG 17 (MON) MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day in the park game viewing north of the Nile where you may have the chance to see the rare shoebill stork basking on the banks of the Nile. Later, take a launch trip from Paraa to the bottom of the mighty frothy falls.
Accommodation: Paraa Lodge (Full Board)

AUG 18 (TUE) MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will visit the delta circuit, north of the river with its giraffe, lion and Ugandan kob. Relax in the lodge in the afternoon and take an evening game drive.
Accommodation: Paraa Lodge (Full Board)

AUG 19 (WED) MURCHISON FALLS/ENTEBBE/LONDON
Early this morning, you will depart for Pabidi in Budongo Forest for a guided nature walk to track chimpanzees.

Return to Entebbe by road and continue to the international airport for your scheduled international flight.

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As a bonus, perhaps Divewop can get us a behind the scenes tour of some of the park and gorilla operations in a return for a donation.

The trip is through The Africa Adventure Company with Volcanoes Safaris doing the ground operation. This combination came about because I was in contact with both AAC and Volcanoes on itineraries (along with some other companies). Competition between them turned to collaboration and I’ll be the first client on this combo approach. That makes me kind of a Guinea Pig; or, given the geographic location, kind of a Giant Forest Hog. Either way, I think it is a favorable, unique opportunity that you might want to take advantage of as well. Feel free to email me. For cost or booking info please contact AAC.

I am not running this trip or making any profit from it. The benefit to me if you go is your company and shared fixed expenses. I’m going for sure, even if it ends up being all solo. I’ve bought all the gorilla permits and made a deposit.

I’ll also be spending 2 nights at Akagera up front and decided to do that part alone. But for the rest of the trip, the more the merrier (up to about 5 or so). So I guess that means I can say, "Space is limited, act now, don't delay!"

To bolster that claim, this is not an exclusive fodor's trip. AAC may offer those spaces to anyone interested.

Anyway I have an extravaganza to look forward to and so can you. I promise to remain on my best behavior if you join me.

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