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

  1. 1. IMPORTANT NOTES  Travel 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 reconfirm all of your commercial flight 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. 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. 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 hotel’s 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. 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. 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. 6. background. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautifulscenery. It is Uganda’s 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 day’s 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. 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 L’Host 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. 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 ‘bush’showers 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. 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. 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. 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 any stay in this vibrant city. The hotelfeatures a bar and restaurant, various leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, fitness,aerobics, sauna and tennis court. There is also a bank, several shops and parking on site.DAY #13 - KIGALI CITY TOUR, VISIT TO GENOCIDE MEMORIAL & OTHER CULTURAL SITES,NIGHT DEPARTURE FROM RWANDAThis morning after breakfast we are collected from our hotel lobby and taken on a half day city tour,including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and other cultural sites. After the tour, we return tothe hotel where we can freshen up and relax in a dayroom before our transfer to the airport for yourflight evening flight home.Overnight return flight to Amsterdam as a Group or Travelers may opt for their own flightschedule to return home - B/L/DTRIP DATE : January 13-25, 2013 - (13 days/12 nights)TOTAL PER PERSON - $8,395 per person, land-all-inclusive--optional single supplement (if wanting your own private room, no sharing) - add $1,195Room-shares guaranteed on all trips, if you dont want to pay a single supplement fee.Group Size - 16 personsTrip Rating - Easy to Moderate, 2 days of possible high energy on gorilla trekking days.Book Your ROAM Adventure 24 hours a day/7 days a weekTo reserve your place on our ROAM-Zimbabwe Safari, please click here to access our online booking information page orcontact Christy Destremau at ROAM Women’s Adventures by email at or call 1-877-814-6864to request a booking form and to ask any questions you might have about this trip.Travelers can also reserve their space on any ROAM adventure trip or safari by completing, signing and submitting ourbooking form (Adobe pdf format) by fax or email to our office, or by completing the Paypal deposit payment option locatedat the bottom of each trip destinations itinerary page and on our BOOK NOW page.
  12. 12. A complete registration package will be emailed to you once you have booked your ROAM Adventure.This is a "Land-ALL-Inclusive" Trip, meaning the Trip Price Includes ALL of thefollowing: • 2 gorilla permits, (both in Rwanda-*See our notes below on why we gorilla trek exclusively in Rwanda) and 1 chimpanzee permit per person (in Uganda). • A professional, expert, English speaking naturalist, safari guide to accompany the group throughout the trip. • Transportation throughout in open-top 4x4 vehicles driven by knowledgeable, English-speaking safari driver-guides. A window seat is guaranteed. • Professional local, English speaking chimpanzee, gorilla and park guides on trekking days. • 1 night stay on Day #2 at airport hotel in Amsterdam where we meet to fly as a group the following day to Entebbe, Uganda to begin this adventure. • 10 nights superior accommodations in Uganda and Rwanda in luxury safari camps, lodges, and hotels with private en suite facilities and modern amenities. • All rooms at lodges and hotels have either 2 twin beds, 2 double beds or some have 2 queen- size beds. • Guaranteed room-mate : every woman is guaranteed a room-mate. Single rooms are also available for any traveler wanting her own room by paying the single supplement. • ALL meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles. • One ROAM Associate who manages all the details on behalf of our group throughout the entire trip. • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes, plus gratuities for baggage handling. • All fees and gratuities to naturalist, other safari guides. • All fees and gratuities to porters on gorilla trek days. • All ground transportation and corresponding fuel surcharges throughout the adventure. • Entrance fees to all reserves and game parks. • All international departure taxes associated with the adventure.
  13. 13. *We trek Exclusively in Rwanda for the following reasons: • Less bush whacking (less dense in foliage in the forest of Rwanda, less strenuous for trekking) • Much more scenic walking and gorilla viewing with the volcanoes in the back drop • There are 8 habituated gorilla families to trek in Rwanda. Uganda has only 3 (meaning Rwanda offers a more diverse experience). • In Rwanda, the gorilla trekking permits, at the time of purchase, are not tied to a specific family – meaning we can chose which family we want to trek both days at the park headquarters (this allows for more flexibility to our group). In Uganda however, the permits are tied to a specific family upon purchase, meaning there is no choice on which family to trek upon arrival to the park like in Rwanda (so in Uganda it is possible to be stuck with a family that was spotted 8 hours away instead one that is nearby).NOT INCLUDED • International airfare to Amsterdam, Holland (departing USA/Canada/your home January 13, 2013 and arriving in Amsterdam on January 14, 2013) where group meets and overnights at an airport hotel in Amsterdam on January 14, 2013 (airport hotel included in trip price) and from Amsterdam, Holland to Entebbe, Uganda (January 15, 2013), and from Kigali, Rwanda back to your home (departing Rwanda on January 25) - Travelers purchase their own international airfare or our partner travel agency will be happy to book your flights for you. PLEASE NOTE- You may also opt for your own flight itinerary and meet the group directly in Entebbe, Uganda on January 15, 2013 • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas for Uganda and Rwanda. • Personal purchases (i.e. souvenirs). • Medical/Trip cancellation Insurance* Please note: The rates for 2 gorilla permits have just increased from $500 per permit to $750 per permit effective January 27, 2012 - permits for all treks after June 1, 2012 are now $750 per permit - ($750 each X 2 permits = $1,500) and 1 chimpanzee permit ($150 each), are included in the cost of this trip. The costs are based on 2013 prices and are subject to change without notice if the fees increase prior to the trip in January 2013.
  14. 14. - 2012 and 2013 - ROAM Women’s Adventure Tours & Safaris - Complete List of Trip Destinations - Dates & PricesPLEASE NOTE: We have a 12 women limit for most of our Africa Safaris (16 women limit for Uganda/Rwanda) and a 16-24 women limit for our India and Vietnam/Cambodia Tours, and space is available on a firstcome, first serve basis. Since our trips fill quickly, it is recommended to reserve your space as early as possible.Also, unlimited single rooms are available on India and Vietnam/Cambodia trips. However, there are a limitednumber of single rooms available on Africa Safaris and they are available on a first come, first serve basis.**Room-shares are guaranteed on all trips to avoid paying a single supplement.** • Best of Northern India - Women Only Tour - October 20-29, 2012 (10 days/9 nights) - US$4,995 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,490 - Group size: 18-24 women • The BEST of UGANDA & RWANDA - Women Only, GORILLA Trekking-Wildlife-Photo Safari - January 13-25, 2013 (13 days/12 nights) - US$8,395 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,195 - Group size: 16 women • The BEST of TANZANIA & KILIMANJARO - Women Only, Kili Climb Plus Fly-in/out, Wildlife-Photo Safari - February 14-March 2, 2013 (17 days/16 nights) - US$9,995 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,300 - Group size: 12-16 women • The BEST of BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA - Fly-in/out, Women Only, Wildlife-Photo Safari - April 4-13, 2013 (10 days/9 nights) - US$8,495 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $2,490 - Group size: 12 women • Best of Northern India - Women Only Tour - April 6-15, 2013 (10 days/9 nights)
  15. 15. - US$4,995 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,490 - Group size: 18-24 women• The Ultimate Women Only, VIETNAM & CAMBODIA Active, Cultural Experience - May 4-17, 2013 (14 days/13 nights) - US$4,495 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,290 - Group size: 18-24 women• The BEST of ZIMBABWE - Women Only, Fly-in/out, Wildlife-Photo Safari - October 8-18, 2013 (11 days/10 nights) - US$8,195 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,895 - Group size: 12 women• The BEST of SOUTHERN AFRICA: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia - Fly-in/out, Women Only, Wildlife-Photo Safari - October 18-30, 2013 (13 days/12 nights) - US$8,995 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $3,450 - Group size: 12 women• The BEST of NAMBIA - Women Only, Rhino Trekking-Wildlife, Photo Safari - November 1-12, 2013 (12 days/11 nights) - US$7,895 per person land-all-inclusive, optional single supplement add $1,890 - Group size: 12 women