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Who we are The Far Horizons is an expert destination management company for Uganda and Rwanda, specializing in tailor-made and small group tours for the international travel trade, as well as film logistics and MICE travel. We operate out of fully-owned offices in Kampala and Kigali, delivering unparalleled ground operations for some of the world’s leading safari companies, naturalists, boutique agents and incentive specialists. We remain independent from any safari properties, so we do not feel the pressure to shoehorn clients into pre-determined lodge networks. Instead, we have the freedom to offer a truly tailor-made experience to suit your client’s individual preferences and tastes. We have been in operation in Uganda since 2000, and in Rwanda since 2007. Over the years we have nurtured special relationships with our preferred lodge and activity partners to guarantee the most authentic wildlife and cultural encounters for your clients. Nobody knows our destinations better than we do, and we delight in sharing ‘our’ Africa with everyone who travels with us. Our staff Our guides are among the very best in the business – compassionate, personable and extremely knowledgeable with skills tailored to your client – whether it’s birding or speaking a foreign language. Back in the office, our passionate sales and operation team combines veteran safari experience with a ‘can do’ attitude. Nothing is too much trouble. Indeed, the more creative the brief, the more we relish the challenge – whether it is constructing a specially adapted sedan chair to take a differently-abled client gorilla tracking, organizing a historic helicopter tour of colonial outposts along the River Nile, or planning post-conference safaris across East Africa for up to 700 participants. Your peace of mind When your clients travel with us, they are in safe hands. We have robust crisis management procedures, and automatically include AMREF Flying Doctors medical evacuation cover for every guest. Additionally, we also maintain a specialist tour operator public liability insurance worth US $1,000,000. How we give back We take our responsibility as a safari company based in some of the world’s most bio-diverse areas very seriously indeed. We take care to give back to the wilderness areas we are so privileged to operate in, making a donation to a relevant local conservation charity for each client on safari. In Uganda, our charity partner is the Uganda Conservation Foundation, helping to tackle poaching and human-wildlife conflict in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park. For Rwanda safaris, our beneficiary is Gorilla Doctors, a team of veterinarians who provide vital healthcare and monitoring for the gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC. For these and other socially responsible and environmental practices, The Far Horizons was voted the no 1 tour operator in Uganda for Sustainability Leadership in 2012.

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All safari enquiries should be emailed to info@thefarhorizons.com – this address is received by all of the sales team and key management positions. We will then assign a consultant to your enquiry, who will handle your safari from the planning stage to operational delivery. By using one common email account for enquiries we can avoid any unnecessary delays in responding due to any staff absences such as meetings, sickness or leave. Under these conditions, another consultant may step in to assist you.

General Contact Numbers Safari Email Hotline Marketing Email Hotline Uganda General Rwanda General

info@thefarhorizons.com marketing@thefarhorizons.com +256 (0)312 264894/5 info@thefarhorizons.com +250 (0)785 658 777 rwanda@thefarhorizons.com

Emergency Contact Numbers Uganda 24hr/Emergency Telephone Rwanda 24hr/Emergency Telephone

+256 (0)772 786 999 +250 (0)785 658 777

+256 (0)783 583 923

Uganda Sales & Operations Team Joan Namuwulya Grace Namyalo Judith Amanio Saidhah Lule

Safari Manager Tour Consultant Guest Relations Officer Reservations Assistant

joan@thefarhorizons.com grace@thefarhorizons.com judith@thefarhorizons.com reservations@thefarhorizons.com

Rwanda Sales & Operations Team Arthur Kakai Guen Gasangwa Flavia Niyonsaba

General Manager Operations Supervisor Operations Assistant

arthur@thefarhorizons.com guenaelle@thefarhorizons.com flavia@thefarhorizons.com

Marketing Team (out of Uganda office) Anne-Marie Weeden Elly Mwesiga

Marketing Manager Marketing Executive

annemarie@thefarhorizons.com elly@thefarhorizons.com

Finance Team (out of Uganda office) Ruth Namukasa

Finance Manager

Uganda Office Address: PO Box 37789 2409 Kiwafu Road Kampala Uganda

accounts@thefarhorizons.com

Rwanda Office Address: PO Box 6885 2c Kigali Business Centre, Airport Avenue Kigali Rwanda

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Uganda

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Uganda – Gorilla Tracking Areas Map

There are four distinct gorilla tracking areas with a selection of habituated gorilla families by area as follows: Buhoma (24 permits total):  Rushegura, Habinyanja and Mubare groups Ruhija (16 permits total):  Bitakura and Oruzogo groups Rushaga (36 permits total):  Mishaya, Nshongi, Kahungye and Bweza groups Nkuringo (8 permits total):  Nkuringo group More information on the gorilla families can be found in section 8 of this sales manual.

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Rwanda

Please note that Rwanda has changed some place names in recent years. Ruhengeri, the largest town near to Volcanoes National Park, is now known as Musanze. Volcanoes National Park, in the northwest of Rwanda, is home to ten habituated groups of mountain gorillas, available for tracking. All of these commence with a briefing in the same location, at the park headquarters near Kinigi (not on map) just north of Musanze (Ruhengeri). More information on the gorilla families can be found in section 8 of this sales manual.

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UGANDA One of the most diverse and unspoiled wildlife destinations in Africa, Uganda has shaken off its associations with the historic brutalities of Idi Amin (1970s) or Joseph Kony (1990s), emerging chrysalis-like to rebuild its reputation as a uniquely varied safari destination. Amazing diversity Geographically, the country is located on the Equator, where the savannahs of East Africa meet the rainforests of Central Africa. The country is relatively compact - no larger than the United Kingdom or the US state of Oregon - with a rich variety of terrain. Ancient forests filled with rare bird species and endangered primates adjoin rolling savannah plains inhabited by big game favourites. Africa’s largest lake connects with the headwaters of the world’s longest river, the Nile, and to the west, the snowy peaks of Africa’s highest mountain range overlook it all. This is truly a land of superlatives. A warm and genuine welcome Best of all are Uganda’s people – proud, friendly and tolerant. Ugandans display no trace of their country’s turbulent past, and provide a warm welcome to any visitor. Ethnic groups in Uganda are as diverse as the habitat and wildlife – from the Bantu tribes of central Uganda, to the Nilotic peoples in the north and east, to the ancient forest peoples found in the south west such as the proud Batwa. Once-in-a-lifetime adventures A magical encounter with a Mountain Gorilla or Chimpanzee will be a memory to treasure for a lifetime. Rafting the mighty Nile, spotting a tree-climbing lion relaxing in the branches of a giant fig tree, sharing a moment of laughter with a Ugandan woman as she demonstrates how to weave a basket, or riding on horseback through herds of Impala will all be just as special. Birding paradise With more than 1,000 bird species in Uganda (including 24 Albertine Rift Endemics) it is an excellent birding destination. The country record over a three week safari is a staggering 665 species. However such commitment and expertise is not required to appreciate the sheer variety commonly present in Uganda - from prehistoric looking Shoebill wading through papyrus swamp to clumsy, colourful Turacos calling at dusk in the forests, jewel-coloured kingfishers lining the waterways and majestic Martial Eagles surveying the savannah. Wildlife without the crowds Half a century ago, Uganda was the highlight of any East African safari, inspiring Churchill, Hepburn and Hemingway with its diverse beauty. Today it remains gloriously undiscovered by mainstream tourism, and can be explored without the crowds of neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania. Exploring Uganda in relative isolation affords a very special sense of exclusivity, and makes this incredible country the best-kept secret on the East African safari circuit.

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NATIONAL PARKS AND OTHER SITES OF INTEREST Uganda has 10 national parks and a further 12 wildlife reserves all managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Uganda’s first wildlife protected areas were game reserves formed in the 1920s. These later became national parks to protect the big game found in these predominantly grassland reserves. In the 1990s, six forest reserves (Kibale, Rwenzori, Semuliki, Bwindi, Mount Elgon and Mgahinga) were added, reflecting the full range of Uganda’s biodiversity. In addition, there are several other areas of interest. These include: Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa with its stunning location at the source of the Nile; the stunning Kigezi Highlands in southwest Uganda; the country’s bustling capital city Kampala; and its peaceful neighbor, Entebbe, the perfect start or end point for any safari of Uganda. Further detail on each area can be found on the following pages: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Kibale Forest National Park

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Kidepo Valley National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mount Elgon National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Rwenzori Mountains National Park

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Semuliki National Park

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Jinja and the River Nile

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The Kigezi Highlands

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Entebbe

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Kampala

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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1991 Average Temperature 10º-25º Celsius 331km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov 1,200-2,600m Location Southwestern Uganda 1hr20min-1hr50min flight to Kayonza Airfield or Kihihi Airstrip, to the north of the park (flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops). 1hr20min-1hr30min flight to Kisoro Airstrip, to the south of the park. Depending on which gorilla tracking area you are staying in, drivetime from Entebbe or Kampala is between 11-14 hrs. It is not recommended to do this in one day and journeys can be broken up by including Lake Mburo or Queen Elizabeth National Parks on the itinerary.

Overview Bwindi is an ancient highland forest in south western Uganda and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a sanctuary for approximately half of the world’s total population of Mountain Gorillas (around 400 according to the 2011 census results), and is also the only place where Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees co-exist. It also boasts over 320 bird species and many plants, trees and insects that are endemic to the area, as well as being the ancestral forest home of one of the world’s most ancient forest people – the batwa. For the purposes of planning an itinerary, Bwindi can be split into north and south with the best accommodation choices centered around the villages of Buhoma and Nkuringo respectively. Both destinations are excellent choices, but the southern side is more peaceful and remote. Activity Highlights       

Track Mountain Gorillas - hike through ancient forests to spend time observing these critically endangered primates Hike from northern to southern Bwindi on the picturesque 4-5 hour Ivy River Trail Take a guided nature walk along trail loops or to local waterfalls Go birding - the area boasts amazing opportunities with 23 Albertine Rift Endemics to be found. The best birding is found at Buhoma and Ruhija with specialist birding guides available. Enjoy a guided village walk - visit the tea pickers, see how banana beer is brewed, watch the blacksmith at work, pop by the local clinic and even meet a traditional medicine man Enjoy a forest hike like no other with the Batwa Experience – a living history encounter with the local batwa – a fascinating forest people dating back thousands of years Cultural dance performances from the batwa or other community groups

Recommended Properties Nkuringo:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Lake Mutanda Resort

Buhoma:

Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany Springs

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KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane

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1993 Average Temperature 14-29º Celsius 795km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov 1,100-1,600m Location Western Uganda 1hr-1hr30min flight to Kasese Airfield, 3hrs south of the park (flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops). Small charter planes can also fly to Fort Portal airstrip (1hr flight time), 1 hr north of the park. Drivetime from Entebbe is 7hrs30mins; from Kampala it is 6hrs. Transfer time by road from Northern QENP is 3hrs.

Overview Discover the beauty of Kibale and experience a rainforest packed with primates – the greatest variety and concentration in all of Africa. Top of the bill are our delightful cousins, the Chimpanzees, with tracking and habituation experiences – but there are plenty of other apes and monkeys, as well as a variety of endemic bird and butterfly species, that can be seen along the way. Kibale Forest is one of the last remaining places to connect lowland and montane rainforest, and forms the natural habitat for 13 primate species in all. Some of the trees are 50 to 60 metres in height, providing a majestic canopy for the profusion of life just waiting to be discovered. A field of beautiful crater lakes, waterfalls and tea plantations lies between the forest and the nearest town, Fort Portal. Highlights         

Track Chimpanzees - find families chattering and swinging through the ancient trees, or watch as boisterous youngsters play amongst the undergrowth Enjoy the thrill of a forest walk by night - a whole new world under the canopy (only possible for those staying in lodges close to the Park HQ) Visit Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary for a guided walk around this community-run conservation project Go birding – Kibale and Bigodi combined are home to over 450 species including Greenbreasted and African Pittas, Dusky Crimsonwings and Purple-breasted Sunbirds Hike around crater lakes or visit the Rift Valley escarpment for a picnic Visit the BBC Honey Project and learn how to make your own beeswax candle Go wild swimming in the Lake Kyaninga (only possible for guests of Kyaninga Lodge) Visit the local primary school supported by the lodge (only possible for guests of Ndali Lodge) Visit the Rubona Basket-Weavers Association and see firsthand how natural pigments are harvested to dye plant fibres for use in their incredibly skilled woven baskets

Recommended Properties Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Chimp’s Nest, Kibale Forest Camp, Primate Lodge

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KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1962 Average Temperature 16-33º Celsius 1,344km2 Peak Rainfall Light rain Apr-Sep (semi-arid) 900-2,750m Location Far northeastern Uganda 1hr40mins-2hr30min flight to Kidepo Airstrip, inside the park (flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops). Drivetime from Entebbe is around 13hrs and is not recommended by some travel advisories. If routing overland, we recommend breaking the journey at Murchison Falls NP or Gulu/Kitgum.

Overview Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the last great undiscovered wildernesses in Africa. Remote, wild and little visited; this park offers a spectacular blend of wide open skies, jagged horizons, rolling savannah scrubland and wildlife that is varied and abundant. The park is semi-arid, with seasonal rivers in the Kidepo and Narus valleys. Because of this, for much of the year, wildlife is often concentrated in a particular area, making game viewing easy. The park boasts 86 different mammal species - 28 of which are not found elsewhere in Uganda. A trip here is not complete without learning more about the fascinating local tribes of the area. The Karamojong people are nomadic pastoralists – their name means ‘the old men can walk no further’. Their love of cattle rivals that of the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania. Also present are the muchmarginalised Ik, a mountain people who lost their traditional hunting grounds when the park was gazette. Their struggle to hold on to their traditional values as they survive makes for a complex and poignant tale. Kidepo Valley National Park was recently voted the third best national park in Africa by CNN Travel, and is also a 2013 World Travel Awards nominee. Currently it enjoys an average of only 7 visitors a day, so despite the accolades it remains one of the world’s last truly unspoiled wildlife destinations. Highlights   

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Game drives across the sweeping savannahs to spot lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo and smaller game such as the side-striped jackal and the charming Patas monkey The only place in Uganda where you can see Ostrich in the wild, Kidepo has a bird count of 475 recorded species Immersing yourself in the bush with a guided nature walk - being on foot allows the chance to take a closer look at animal tracks, learn how to identify droppings, or even just take the time to enjoy examining the fruit of a sausage tree A night game drive exploring the nocturnal world of the savannah Visit a Karamojong village and gain insight into their cattle-culture

Recommended Properties Apoka Lodge, N’ga Moru Wilderness Camp

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LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1983 Average Temperature 13-27º Celsius 256km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov 1,220-1,828m Location Southwestern Uganda 1hr flight to Mbarara Airstrip, 2hrs from the park Drivetime from Entebbe is around 6hrs30mins, and from Kampala it is 5hrs30mins.

Overview One of Uganda’s smallest national parks, Lake Mburo supports a patchwork of habitats from open savannah, acacia woodland, wetland areas and papyrus swamps, to forested gorges, fringed by rolling green hills. The lake itself is the largest of five lakes within the park boundaries, fed by the Rwizi River and hosting a plethora of hippos and crocodiles. The park is one of the few country-wide which is home to Zebra, Eland and Impala (for which Kampala is named) and there are plans to relocate giraffe to the area. The famed Ankole cattle have a long history in this region as well. An adventurous way in which to discover the serene wildlife of the park is by taking a horseback safari. Trips operate from Mihingo Lodge and include overnight rides with a stopover at a bush flycamp. Zebra will often approach you, keen to check out their stripe-less relatives and you have the chance to get a lot closer to many of the slightly more timid animals than you would from a jeep. This is a truly special way of watching game from your unique vantage point. You will feel very much a part of nature. The park is an excellent destination for families on safari, with plenty of activities designed to get both parents and children out of the car and enjoying themselves. Mihingo Lodge has even launched special bushcraft course aimed at children. Highlights          

Enjoy game drives around the many tracks of this small but perfectly formed park Take a guided nature walk spotting zebra and impala amongst other wildlife Enjoy a bush breakfast whilst out on horseback safari - or have a real adventure with a two day horseback safari including an overnight fly camp Take a game drive after dark – the park has a good record of leopard sightings at night Gather at dusk, gin and tonic in hand, to see bushbabies at Mihingo Lodge Cruise Lake Mburo itself on a boat trip—a great place to spot hippo and crocodile, with a variety of birdlife including the rare African Finfoot Send the kids off on a bushcraft course so you can enjoy some quality time at the pool (guests of Mihingo Lodge only) Go birding in Rubanga Forest - a haven for forest species Get on your bike – enjoy an active morning mountain biking (guests at Rwakobo Rock only) Climb the eponymous rock at Rwakobo Rock (guest at Rwakobo Rock only)

Recommended Properties Mihingo Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Rwakobo Rock

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MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1991 Average Temperature 8-21º Celsius 33km2 Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 2,227-4,127m Location Far southwestern Uganda 1hr30mins flight to Kisoro Airstrip, 2hrs from the park Drivetime from Entebbe is around 12hrs. We recommend breaking the journey at Lake Mburo or Lake Bunyonyi en route, circa 8hrs and 3hrs30mins away respectively.

Overview Mgahinga Gorilla NP is an undiscovered tiny gem within Uganda’s national park system. Whilst small, the park is contiguous with Volcanoes National Park and Virungas National Park over the border in Rwanda and DRC respectively; all parks serving to protect the Virunga massif, a chain of volcanoes running east-west across the Albertine Rift. Mgahinga covers the slopes of the three most northerly Virunga volcanoes, Mt Gahinga (3,474m), Mt Sabyinyo (3,645m) and Mt Muhavura (4,127m). National Geographic named the Virungas among their Top Twenty Trips for 2012 - and not without reason. Jagged peaks dominate the landscape, their crater cones often wreathed in cloud, revealing themselves in moments of dramatic glory. Sadly, the eponymous Gorillas are hard to find in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, most of this particular population being relatively unpredictable as to which side of the border they may be on any given day. However, the charming Golden Monkey, an equally rare and endangered primate, can be tracked in its bamboo forests and The Batwa Trail offers an excellent living history encounter with one of the world’s oldest forest people. For the truly adventurous, volcano climbing is the order of the day - with challenging one day hikes to all three peaks that dominate this stunning mountain scenery. Highlights     

Track Golden Monkeys – and watch them feeding on bamboo Climb Mt Sabyinyo, Mt Gahinga or Mt Muhavura with their jaw-dropping views of the surrounding scenery Stand on the summit of Mt Sabyinyo where the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC meet Walk with the batwa on The Batwa Trail - learn about the challenges faced by this proud and ancient people, and witness them demonstrate their traditional skills Hear the batwa women sing a traditional song which echoes eerily in the natural acoustics of Ngarama Cave—once home to the batwa king

Recommended Properties Mgahinga NP:

Volcanoes Mt Gahinga Eco-lodge

Kisoro (2 hrs drive):

Travellers Rest Hotel

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MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1993 Average Temperature 8-24º Celsius 1,145km2 Peak Rainfall Apr-Oct 1,439-4,314m Location Eastern Uganda 50mins-1hr10mins flight to Tororo Airstrip, 2hrs from the park Drivetime from Entebbe is around 6hrs (or 3 hrs from Jinja).

Overview Mount Elgon sits astride the Uganda/Kenya border, rearing up from the landscape from the largest base of any free-standing mountain worldwide. The tallest peak, Wagagai, falls on the Ugandan side of the border, and is one of the ‘jagged teeth’ that surrouns this massive caldera’s edge. The 8km caldera is one of the largest in the world and is dotted with crater lakes and hot springs. The vegetation on Elgon is contiguous with other Africa massifs on this scale. Below 3,000 metres the mountain supports a belt of montane and bamboo forest. Above 3,000 metres, hikers will encounter heather, and beyond 3,500 metres, the otherworldly landscape of Afro-alpine vegetation including giant lobelia and groundsel begins to dominate. Mammals are relatively scarce, though there are Blue monkey, Black and white colobus, De Brazza’s monkey and a small number of Elephant. Mount Elgon, along with nearby the Sipi Falls area, offers adventure and trekking lovers the chance to enjoy an uncrowded mountain whilst staying at a small selection of rustic but charming properties. From caldera treks over multiple days to shorter walks around nearby waterfalls and coffee plantations, as well as several more adrenalin-oriented activities, there is plenty to do for the more active visitor to the area. Highlights      

A 4-5 day trek to Wagagai summit and one of the largest calderas in the world, enjoying hiking through the ‘alien landscape’ of Afro-alpine vegetation studded by giant lobelia Abseiling down a 100m waterfall drop at Sipi Falls Tandem paragliding off various points around the mountain Viewing the Nyero rock art paintings at nearby Kumi Enjoying a gentle hike around the three different waterfalls at Sipi Falls Taking a Coffee Tour around some of the nearby plantations, to see how it is grown and harvested and, of course, sample a cup of Elgon’s best beans

Recommended Properties Sipi Falls:

Sipi River Lodge

Mbale (1 hrs drive):

Mbale Protea Hotel

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MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1952 Average Temperature 17-33º Celsius 3,900km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Aug-Oct 621-1,292m Location Northwestern Uganda 1hr-1hr30mins flight to Bugungu, Pakuba or Chobe Airstrips, in the south, north and east of the park respectively (flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops). Drivetime from Entebbe is around 7hrs (circa 6 hrs to Budongo Forest). Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary can be used to break up the journey.

Overview One of the oldest and largest protected nature reserves in Uganda – Murchison Falls offers a variety of ways in which to see its abundant wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Nile. The showpiece of the park - the Falls - is said to be the most powerful set of waterfalls in the world with 300m3 per second of water exploding through a narrow cleft in the rock face. But the peaceful channels of the papyrus-swamp lined Nile delta are also worth a day’s explorations – here the famous Shoebill is often seen, and elephants and other game are spotted at the water’s edge. You can expect to see a veritable wildlife parade on Murchison’s borassus palm studded plains including more elephant, the critically endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest and warthog to name just a few. Early morning game drives may be lucky and catch some of the local population of lion or leopard, and jackal and hyena are both becoming more common. The birdlife is just as prolific – and incredibly varied – with savannah, aquatic and forest species spread out across the park. In the southern reaches of the park, Murchison is also home to chimpanzees, which can be tracked in Budongo Forest. En route to or from Murchison, visitors can now overnight at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary—a haven for birds and wildlife as well as the ever-growing population of wild rhino. Highlights        

A leisurely cruise on the Nile to Murchison Falls, spotting wildlife all along the way Disembarking at the base of the Falls for a hike up the gorge for glorious views Game drives on the north bank of the Nile Meandering along the papyrus channels on a delta cruise to spot a Shoebill Tracking Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest Visiting the ranger post at Semanya to see a vital anti-poaching project in action from the Uganda Conservation Foundation – our charity partner for all Uganda safaris Visiting Boomu Women’s Group for an excellent and tasty ‘food walk’ and lunch Tracking rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to Murchison

Recommended Properties Murchison Falls NP:

Baker’s Lodge (opening 2014), Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge

Budongo Forest:

Budongo Eco-lodge

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1952 Average Temperature 15-29º Celsius 1,978km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Aug-Oct 621-1,292m Location Western Uganda 1hr20mins-1hr50mins flight to Ishasha Airstrip, or Kihihi Airstrip (1hr30mins drive to Ishasha). 1hr15mins-1hr40mins to Mweya. Flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops. Drivetime from Entebbe is around 10hrs to Ishasha, and 8hrs30mins to Mweya. Mweya-Ishasha transfer by road takes 3hrs, but the road can be unreliable and require detours of up to 7hrs. Kibale Forest-Mweya is 3hrs. Buhoma-Ishasha is 3hrs. See drivetimes section for other transfer times.

Overview Set amidst Lakes Edward and George, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is superb safari territory. The picturesque terrain boasts open savannahs, papyrus swamps, forested gorges, grassy plains, tropical forests, volcanic craters and lakes, and of course, a prolific variety of game. In fact, the park has the highest concentration of elephants found in Uganda. All of this is set against the majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Rwenzoris. It is little wonder that it boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. QENP can be divided into two halves – north and south - known as Mweya and Ishasha respectively. The defining characteristics of each sector are quite different – with Ishasha offering quiet exclusivity, excellent game drives, and barely another vehicle in sight. One of our clients recently described it as ‘like the Serengeti in the good old days’. Mweya is busier, but still peaceful enough by regional standards, and with a wider range of accommodation, greater diversity of wildlife and cultural activities and a stand-out launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Highlights       

Game drives searching for some of the vast herds of elephant in the remote southern sector, watching hyenas hunt, or spying some of the area’s famous tree-climbing lions Enjoying the tranquility with a private bush breakfast or sundowner in Ishasha Exploring the Katwe crater field in northern QENP for panoramic Rift Valley scenery Viewing wildlife by boat along the Kazinga Channel - with over 600+ bird species in the park this is a particularly good cruise for birders Tracking Mongoose with field researchers, or joining the Lion Monitoring team in Mweya Taking a guided nature walk in Kyambura Gorge - with luck you may see Chimpanzees Enjoying one of the many cultural activities – from visiting a traditional homestead with its own elephant trench (another Uganda Conservation Foundation innovation now cared for by the community) to learning how to roll a traditional paper bead in an African craft workshop

Recommended Properties Ishasha:

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Mweya:

Mweya Safari Lodge, Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Katara Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

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RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1991 Average Temperature Subzero-20º Celsius 996km2 Peak Rainfall Feb-May, Aug-Oct 1,819-5,109m Location Western Uganda 1hr-1hr30mins flight to Kasese Airfield (1hrs drive from Kilembe Trailhead). Flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops. Drivetime from Entebbe is around 9hrs to Kilembe trailhead. Transfer by road from Mweya is around 1hr30mins (4hrs 30mins from Ishasha). Transfer by road from Kibale Forest/Fort Portal is around 3hrs and from northern Bwindi is around 6hrs.

Overview The Rwenzoris, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, are the highest of all mountain range in Africa, with twenty-five peaks above 4,500m. Their highest peak, Margherita, on Mount Stanley, is a dizzying 5,109m—the third highest single peak on the continent. A hike up these beautiful mountains with their glaciers, lakes and waterfalls is a thrilling but challenging experience. As you gain altitude, the ever-changing landscape becomes more fantastical and trekkers can expect to see an extraordinary variety of flora. In total there are five zones: montane forest; bamboo forest; tree-heath bog; Hagenia-Rapanea scrub and afro-alpine moorland. On the lower regions of the mountain, forest elephants and chimpanzees can be heard (though seldom seen). Birdlife is magnificent, with the mountains resident to 19 Albertine Rift endemics. Whilst day hikes are available on the mountain, the famous ‘alien landscape’ and equatorial snow is obtainable only via longer climbs. To ascend past the boggy sections (between 3,000-3,800m) a circuit of at least 4-5 days is required, with 7-10 days needed for summiting a selection of the range’s loftier peaks. Climbers will be wise to ensure they are fit, committed and prepared for basic but hardy mountain huts or campsites, with hearty meals and good company. Highlights  

Hike a 4-5 day circuit to get above the peat-bog zone and experience the alien landscape of the famous Mountains of the Moon Challenge your climbing skills with a summit loop, to experience snow on the equator National Geographic named this one of the World’s Best Hikes for 2012

Recommended Properties Rwenzori Trekkers Hostel at Kilembe Trailhead (night before departure only) (All accommodation on the mountain is in basic huts and tents.)

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SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1993 Average Temperature 17-30º Celsius 220km2 Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Aug-Nov 620-750m Location Far western Uganda 1hr-1hr30mins flight to Semliki Airstrip in the park. Flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops. Drivetime from Entebbe is around 8hrs30mins. Transfer by road from Mweya is around 5hrs (8hrs from Ishasha). From Kibale Forest/Fort Portal it is around 2-3hrs.

Overview Formerly known as the Bwamba forest, Semuliki National Park lies about as far west as you can get, between the Semuliki River on the Congolese border and the Rwenzori foothills. The forest is the easterly extension of the vast Ituri forest which stretches all the way from Uganda to the Congo River. Semuliki harbours an abundance of lowland forest wildlife and bird species found in the Congo Basin, including over 300 butterflies and 235 moths. It is of particular interest to birders, with 435 species recorded, including over 40 found nowhere else in Uganda. As for mammals, the park is resident to a small collection including the unusual water chevrotain - a type of ancient ungulate. It is also home to elephant, bush pig, buffalo, sitatunga, hippo and crocodile, as well as eight diurnal primate species including the Chimpanzee. Nearby, the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is a great base from which to explore both protected areas, and with only one lodge in the park, offers a sense of seclusion and exclusivity that’s hard to find in other parks, perhaps with the exception of Kidepo. The reserve finds itself at the meeting point of west African rainforest and east African savannah, with extensive wetlands on the shores of Lake Albert, where Shoebill nest in the reed beds and forests where semi-habituated Chimpanzee groups form part of a long-running conservation study by the University of Indiana. Highlights     

Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is one of the few places in Uganda guests can experience a night game drive, for a glimpse of life on the African savannah after dark Tracking semi-habituated chimpanzee families in the company of researchers Visiting the hot springs at Sempaya Enjoying a boat trip around the shallows of Lake Albert to search for the prehistoric Shoebill Birding in Semuliki forest – one of the most secluded birding spots in Uganda

Recommended Properties Semliki Safari Lodge

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JINJA AND THE RIVER NILE Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

95,000 Average Temperature 17-30º Celsius Baganda, Basoga Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Aug-Nov 1,175m Location Central-eastern Uganda 30mins flight to Jinja Airstrip. Scenic flights over rapids and the Source of the Nile are available. Drivetime from Entebbe is around 3hrs (from Kampala it is around 2hrs).

Overview Jinja lies 80km east of Kampala, where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria and starts its 6,650km journey to the Mediterranean. This is the site of the famous Victorian ‘source of the Nile’, eventually identified by Speke in 1862. Now rafting the thrilling grade 5 rapids on this mighty river is the reason most people come. Indeed, a whole centre for adventure has sprung up—Jinja now rivals Victoria Falls for the title of Africa’s adventure capital, with jetboats, quad bike safaris, horseback riding and bungee jumps amongst the activities on offer. The original rapids that form the source of the Nile as seen by Speke were submerged long ago, with the introduction of a hydroelectric dam. A second hydroelectric dam was finished in 2011, which was initially considered a threat to the adventure tourism in the area, but simply resulted in rafting companies shifting activities further downstream as sections of their previous route were flooded. However, tourism in the area faces a new threat from the recently proposed Isimba Dam project, located 50km downstream from Jinja. If this goes ahead, there is a chance it could end commercial white water rafting on the Nile forever – a great shame and all the more reason to visit the area before it’s too late. The area has also become a popular destination for birders – with excellent birding walks in nearby Mabira Forest and launch cruises around Bujagali featuring some local rarities. Highlights          

Raft the world’s longest river - from day trips to multi-day expeditions Visit the Victorian ‘source of the Nile’ Take a horseback or quad bike safari along the banks of the river and through local shambas Visit nearby Mabira Forest for birding and nature walks Go birding at Bujagali where the rare White-backed Night Heron makes regular appearances Bungee jump over the Nile - getting ’dunked’ is optional Take out a kayak and paddle the Nile at your own pace – flat water options available Take a dip in your private bathtub overlooking a powerful set of rapids at Wildwaters Lodge Visit the local Kilombera weaving co-operative and watch traditional looms at work Volunteer with Soft Power Education, a charity that supports over 46 local schools

Recommended Properties The River Nile - Wildwaters Lodge, The Haven Jinja Town – Two Friends Guesthouse

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THE KIGEZI HIGHLANDS Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1,200,000 Average Temperature 5-25º Celsius Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov Bahororo, Batwa 900-2,750m Location South-western Uganda 1hr30mins flight to Kisoro or 1hr20mins-1hr50mins flight to Kihihi or Kayonza. Flight times may be longer on schedules with multiple stops. Depending on final destination within Kigezi Highlands, the drivetime from Entebbe is around 10-14hrs, from Lake Mburo it is around 6-8hrs, and from Ishasha around 3hrs30mins up to 9hrs. Please see section on drivetimes for more information.

Overview The Kigezi Highlands, part of the Albertine Rift Valley, is probably the most scenic in all of Uganda, with its fertile terraced hills, island-studded lakes and mist-wreathed peaks of the Virungas. Most visitors come to the area just for the gorillas - an attraction which is undeniably the grand highlight of any safari in Uganda - but many would do well to spend a few more days exploring the areas outside the national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga, unwinding on the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, paddling a dugout across the island-studded Lake Mutanda, or hiking through stunning landscapes, past little-visited villages, forests and waterfalls. The area is rich for chances of interaction with local people and adventure activities – and with one of our professional guides by your side, it presents an extremely rewarding opportunity to get off the beaten path. Highlights       

Hike and paddle the Gorilla Highlands trail from Kabale to Buhoma, via Lake Bunyonyi, Kisoro, Echuya Forest, Lake Mutanda and Bwindi Spend a few days relaxing on an island in Lake Bunyonyi, a stunningly pretty flooded valley system whose name means ’place of little birds’ Visit the Rutinda market on Mondays and Fridays to see dozens of farmers arrive by canoe to sell their wares Enjoy a fresh plate of crayfish from Lake Bunyonyi Visit an authentic fully furnished old Bakiga roundhouse Go birding in Echuya Forest Reserve - home to 12 Albertine endemics Enjoy one of the many activities on offer at Mgahinga National Park – from hiking volcanoes to the Batwa Trail

Recommended Properties Mgahinga/Kisoro:

Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge, Travellers Rest

Bwindi/Lake Mutanda: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Lake Mutanda Resort Lake Bunyonyi:

Byoona Amagara, Birdnest@Bunyonyi, Jajama Panorama

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ENTEBBE Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

90,000 Average Temperature 5-25º Celsius Mainly Baganda Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov 1,155m Location Central Uganda Entebbe has an International Airport 5km south of the town, which is also the hub for one of the domestic flight operators. Other scheduled and private charters can be taken from Kajjansi Airfield, 25km north. Entebbe is between 1hr30mins-3hrs from Kampala, depending on traffic.

Overview Situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, 35km south of Kampala, Entebbe forms the start of most people’s visits to Uganda, as it’s the location of the country’s International Airport (EBB). Many people overnight here at the start and end of their safaris, but if you have time, it’s an area with plenty of interesting activities on offer. Entebbe was once the capital of Uganda, before independence in 1962, and nowadays is a more appealing introduction to Uganda than the capital, with far more languid charm and lush tropical beauty than its traffic-choked neighbour. Highlights        

Stroll around the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, teeming with birds and monkeys Pop by the Reptile Village for a fascinating introduction to the snakes of Uganda Take a tour of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre which plays an important role in rescuing injured or trafficked wild animals - you can even become a keeper for a day Cruise over to nearby Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria for an insight into this important conservation project Overnight at Ngamba for the chance to walk with rescued chimps in the forest or become a chimp caregiver for a day For something completely different, head to Kajjansi airstrip for an acrobatic biplane experience Take a sight-seeing flight over the Ssese Islands, the Source of the Nile or Kampala city Drive to nearby Mabamba Swamp for a day trip in a canoe to search for Shoebill

Recommended Properties The Boma Guesthouse, Protea Entebbe, Lake Victoria Serena Hotel, Karibu Guesthouse

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KAMPALA Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1,750,000 Average Temperature 17-29º Celsius 60% Baganda, rest mixed Peak Rainfall Mar-May, Sep-Nov 1,150-1,320m Location Central Uganda Entebbe International Airport lies approximately 40km to the southwest of the city. Kajjansi airfield is 15km away. Private helicopter transfers to the city centre are possible. Kampala lies 1hr30mins-3hrs from Entebbe, depending on traffic and 2hrs from Jinja. For other drivetimes please see that section.

Overview Kampala offers all the heady bustle and excitement of a typical African capital. It remains greener than most, and was originally, just like Rome, built on seven hills, though today’s urban sprawl means it’s more like several times that number. Traffic is an issue and if guests are only spending one night in the area before heading out on safari, we normally recommend they overnight in Entebbe. However, if they have a couple of days at their disposal, there is no better place than Kampala to get an insight into the vibrant lives of everyday Ugandans—with great food, culture and entertainment all on your doorstep. It is the corporate, social and economic hub of Uganda, and a great place for craft shopping or looking for some authentic Ugandan art to hang on the walls back home. Highlights 

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Take a city tour which will introduce you to the sights and sounds of Kampala - visit the Ba’hai temple, climb the tower of the Kibuli mosque for the best view of the city, and pass by the taxi park and Owino market for an insight into the everyday lives of Ugandans Visit an art gallery for a tour of their latest exhibition - with the option of buying art to take home Dine out at one of Kampala’s great restaurants and enjoy some of Kampala’s legendary nightlife See one of Uganda’s top bands perform at a hotel venue or theatre Shop at the traditional craft markets on Buganda road - look out for hand-stitched items made from barkcloth, carved wooden animals, colourful woven mats and traditional paper bead jewellery Pamper yourself at one of the many top hotel spas Indulge in some guilt free ethical shopping on Bukoto Street browsing recycled glassware designs and fair trade kitenge fashion and homeware designs

Recommended Properties Kampala Serena, Emin Pasha Hotel, Sheraton Kampala, Le Petit Village, Le Bourgainviller Hotel, Cassia Lodge, Mamba Point Guesthouse

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RWANDA Known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda never fails to enchant. Having successfully rebuilt itself from a troubled history, it is now flourishing as one of the most well-run countries in Africa. A new beginning To many, Rwanda is remembered for the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of close to a million people and brought the nation to its knees. Yet, since then, tragedy has surrendered to optimism and a determination to succeed. Inspired leadership has liberated the country from its past and driven the reconstruction of the country’s social, economic and political fabric. Twenty years of peace and stability has made Rwanda one of the safest places in Africa to visit. An emerging destination Rwanda has worked hard to recover its tourism business - investing heavily in product development as well as international marketing and communications-and this seems to be paying off. Whilst traditionally, tourists came just for the highlight of seeing the Mountain Gorillas, slowly but surely this gem of a country is revealing its many beautiful layers to the world. Gorillas and so much more The Virungas are starting to be perceived as more than just home to the Gorillas (National Geographic named them as one of their Top 20 Trips for 2012) and the enchanted forest of Nyungwe beckons for nature lovers, adventure seekers and birders alike. The Congo Nile trail presents a fantastic new hiking challenge; a cup of world-class Bourbon coffee drunk on the shores of Lake Kivu never tasted so good; and the wildlife and savannahs of Akagera are simply waiting to be discovered. NATIONAL PARKS AND OTHER SITES OF INTEREST Rwanda has only 3 national parks, but the diversity and quality of the wildlife found within these areas is second to none. From the ‘islands in the sky’ of Volcanoes National Park in the north west, to the golden plains of Akagera stretching along Rwanda’s eastern border, to Nyungwe Forest in the south a massive expanse of pristine rainforest with some of the greatest densities of primates in the world. Other areas that would be a mistake to forego include Lake Kivu, where hiking adventures and cultural encounters compete with the chance to relax on one of its excellent beaches. Finally, no Rwanda safari would be complete without some time spent in its pleasant capital, Kigali, where the best choice of craft markets, culture and genocide memorials can be found. Further detail on each area can be found on the following pages: Akagera National Park

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Volcanoes National Park

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Lake Kivu & The Congo Nile Trail

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AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1934 Average Temperature 14-28º Celsius 1,085km2 Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 1,273-1,825m Location North-eastern Rwanda 40mins private helicopter transfer from Kigali Drivetime from Kigali is 3hrs

Overview This lower lying park sits along on the Rwanda-Tanzania border, and is named for the Akagera River which runs along its eastern boundary. In stark contrast to the rest of Rwanda, Akagera is made up of acacia woodland, undulating plains, extensive wetlands and lakes and to the west, a chain of low mountains. It would be misleading to suggest the savannahs of Akagera rival those of Tanzania or Kenya in anyway, but a programme of investment in anti-poaching measures, relocation and restocking of wildlife, and a lot of hard graft on improving the infrastructure has seen animal populations recover considerably and Akagera become a viable tourism prospect. There are now plenty of animals to be seen—from the big plains game of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippo, elephant and a variety of antelope, to even the odd leopard or lion. Rhino are to be re-introduced and the park boasts a myriad of birdlife with a staggering 550 species count. But the beauty of Akagera is that visitors feel like they have strayed far from the beaten path – driving for hours without another vehicle in sight is not uncommon – and with a newly completed tented camp Akagera is a very charming place to enjoy a peaceful few days on safari after time spent tracking primates. Highlights  

Game drives around the scenic forest-fringed lakes and euphorbia studded plains (night game drives are also possible) Boat trips on the lakes and waterways of Akagera for close encounters with giant pods of hippo and crocodiles, and the opportunity to some excellent aquatic birdlife including the rare blue-headed coucal and marsh flycatcher Take a behind-the-scenes tour at Park HQ to learn how African Parks Network are leading the regeneration of Akagera’s wildlife and tourism

Recommended Properties Ruzizi Tented Camp

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NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1933 Average Temperature 11-24º Celsius 970km2 Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 1,430-2,944m Location South-western Rwanda 35mins commercial flight or helicopter charter from Kigali to Kamembe (1hrs drive from Nyungwe) Drivetime from Kigali is 6hrs

Overview The magnificent and expansive Nyungwe Forest is a definite reason to prolong your stay in Rwanda. Rising over the shores of Lake Kivu, Nyungwe is one of the largest, most primal and biodiverse forests along the Albertine Rift. The rich mosaic of habitats include bamboo groves, open flowery marshes, 23m tall giant lobelias along the roadside and dense jungle vegetation. It is also the primary water catchment area for Rwanda and the region, as Nyungwe is the site of the famous Congo Nile Divide. The forest hosts a rich floral diversity and is host to a staggering number of Albertine Rift endemics, as well as 13 primate species, which make up a staggering 20-25% of the total number of primates found in Africa. This includes a healthy Chimpanzee population, L’Hoest’s Monkey, and Golden Monkeys, as well as the largest troops of Black and White Colobus found on the continent - a habituated troop of 400 individuals are resident in the forest. Nyungwe supports a growing number of mammals and a 310 species of birds – including 27 Albertine Rift endemics; in fact, it is arguably the most important bird-watching destination in Rwanda. Several of these can be spotted on one of the many walking trails throughout the forest, which can also take visitors past waterfalls, ravines and small streams, areas rich in orchids and freshwater springs. Primate tracking and nature walks are not the only brand of adventure here - Nyungwe now boasts East Africa’s only canopy walk - a suspended walkway over the treetops. Nyungwe is also blessed with an outstanding safari property nestled in neighbouring tea plantations and overlooking the canopy itself. The five star Nyungwe Forest Lodge helps make this park one of the most exclusive wildlife destinations in Rwanda today. Highlights     

Half day and full day nature walks to enjoy the birding, waterfalls and forest scenery Track a variety of primates—from the 400-strong troop of Colobus to the Grey-cheeked mangabey Enjoy seeing the forest from a bird’s eye view—on East Africa’s only canopy walk Track chimpanzees in nearby Cyamudongo Forest (this group have more reliable sightings than the group in Nyungwe itself - the latter having the full expanse of 970km2 to ‘get lost’ in) Look out for some of Nyungwe’s immense variety of flora - including up to 200 different orchid species and the striking giant tree-ferns that line the waterfalls trail

Recommended properties Nyungwe Forest Lodge

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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Established Size Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1925 Average Temperature Sub zero-20º Celsius 130km2 Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 1,821-4,483m Location North-western Rwanda 21-32mins helicopter charter from Kigali to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Jack Hanna’s House or Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. 30-44mins charter to Gisenyi. Drivetime from Kigali is about 2hr30mins-3hrs and from Gisenyi is 1hr30mins. From Southern Bwindi in Uganda the transfer time by road is about 7-8hrs.

Overview Straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC, the Virunga Volcanoes are one of the most stirring sights in East Africa. You are ‘so high up that you shiver more than you sweat’, wrote Dian Fossey. The rugged chain of eight peaks rises as high as 4,500 metres, and five of these craggy mountain tops are protected within Rwanda. The base of each is covered with thick rainforest, which gives way to montane grassland and alpine moorland higher up. The park was established in 1925, after Mountain Gorillas were discovered for the very first time, and was the first ever national park in Africa. Now as then, few experiences match that of coming face to face with a mountain gorilla as it gnaws on bamboo shoots; in fact, it is probably one of Africa’s indisputable travel highlights. There are ten habituated groups within Volcanoes National Park – each as delightfully chaotic and memorable as the rest, though the hikes to reach them can vary significantly. Other species to track or look out for include Golden Monkeys, a plethora of colourful birds, and the elusive buffalo and elephant. Highlights       

Track Mountain Gorillas - hike through montane and bamboo forest to spend an unforgettable hour observing these critically endangered creatures in the place they were first discovered Track Golden Monkeys - a little known primate and very different to seeing Gorillas Challenge yourself to a two day ascent of Mount Karisimbi Visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo and enjoy stunning views Trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the poignant gorilla cemetery at Karisoke Spend a day with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project to learn about the great work carried out by these ‘Gorilla Doctors’ – our charity partner for all our Rwanda safaris Watch a group of local dancers in an energetic display of traditional Intore dancing

Recommended Properties Volcanoes NP:

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Jack Hanna’s House, Gorilla Nest Ranch Rooms, Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (45mins drive to Kinigi/VNP)

Gisenyi:

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (90 mins drive to Kinigi/VNP)

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LAKE KIVU & THE CONGO NILE TRAIL Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

Gisenyi: 83,623 Average Temperature 7-18º Celsius Kibuye: 48,024 Cyangugu: 63,883 Mainly Hutu and Tutsi Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 1,463m (lake level) Location Western Rwanda Charter helicopters 40mins-1hr to Kamembe Airport, near Cyangugu at the southern end of the lake, and 30-44mins to Gisenyi Airport to the north. Gisenyi and Kibuye can be reached in around 3hrs from Kigali. Kamembe/Cyangugu takes longer by vehicle – around 6hrs30mins.

Overview The beautiful and picturesque Lake Kivu, in western Rwanda, is one of the Great Lakes of Africa. One of the deepest in Africa, it is fringed by steeply terraced escarpments, verdant slopes, waterfalls and sandy beaches – this is picture perfect Rwanda at its best. The majestic mountains of the Rift Valley and the Virungas provide a scenic contrast to the clear, blue water of the lake. As well as its beauty, its proximity to Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Park has made Kivu an ideal place to relax in between wildlife activities. There are three colourful resort towns – Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu - all with their own distinct character. The winding roads hug acres of coffee and tea plantations producing some of the world’s very best beans and leaves. Overall, a few days exploring the area will provide a fascinating glimpse into traditional, rural life in Rwanda. The 227km Congo Nile Trail runs the length of Lake Kivu and can offer the chance for visitors to spend some time exploring the area on foot or by mountain bike. Sub-trails at various points give hikers the option to divert inland to explore the heart of rural Africa, with various historical points of interest along the way. Highlights  

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Learn all about the bean in Gisenyi at the From Crop to Cup coffee experience Visit the Abatigayubuke community for a unique chance to interact with the Batwa as members of their community demonstrate their traditional pottery skills and performing arts in Dancing Pots Take a boat to Napoleon Island (so-called because it’s shaped like his hat) to see its fruit bat colony Wonder at the stark history of the Rwanda genocide at the Kibuye Genocide Memorial Church, where over 4,000 people lost their lives Spend an evening watching hundreds of traditional pirogues and canoes that dot Rubona harbour Take a walk to one of the many hot springs that exist along the length of the lake Visit Imbabazi Orphanage for a heart-warming experience with local children Get on your bike – explore the heart of Africa on a mountain bike around the sub-trails of the Congo Nile Trail

Recommended Properties Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Cormoran Lodge, Hotel Paradis Malahide, Centre Bethanie

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KIGALI Population Local People Altitude Range Access by plane Access by vehicle

1,000,000 Average Temperature 15-28º Celsius Mainly Hutu and Tutsi Peak Rainfall Jan-May, Sep-Dec 1,567m Location Central Rwanda Kigali has an International Airport just 15mins out of town, which is also the domestic hub for commercial flights and helicopter charters to other destinations within Rwanda. Kigali is within 3hrs drive of Volcanoes National Park, northern Lake Kivu, and Akagera. Nyungwe is about 6hrs drive away.

Overview Kigali has been the capital of Rwanda since independence in 1962, and the city is attractively spread out across several hills. The ‘downtown’ city centre is located on one hilltop, and the government/diplomatic quarter on another. Kigali offers its fair share of colourful city bustle, but on the whole is very clean and orderly when compared to most African capitals, and its wide, tree-lined streets are a pleasant place to take a leisurely stroll. There is not a large selection of tourist attractions in Kigali, but those that exist are executed well and should not be missed. This is a young city that has packed a lot into its recent history—and despite certain events carries itself with pride and purpose. Kigali is a city which takes its tourism infrastructure seriously and is investing heavily in transport and other facilities. A second airport is planned at Bugesera (25km south of the current airport) and will become the country’s largest international airport hub, after its expected completion in 2016. There is also a major convention centre in development, and the city will soon see global hotel brands such as Marriott, Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Sheraton open their doors. Such developments, carried out with signature Rwanda efficiency, look set to make Kigali one of the most interesting MICE destinations on the African continent. Highlights 

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Discover the real Kigali – the ‘This is Africa’ experience takes visitors right into the heart of one of the most bustling commercial suburbs of Kigali including visits to the local hair salon, the West African tailor, the Muslim quarter, the local market and a private home where you can enjoy a cooking lesson followed by lunch Ponder human nature at the Gisozi genocide memorial – where an eternal flame burns to commemorate the victims of this horrific period in Rwanda’s history Enjoy a display of traditional Rwanda ballet or intore dancing at one of Kigali’s top hotels Visit the original Hotel Rwanda (now the Hotel des Mille Collines), made legend in the film of the same name Take a tour out of town around the UN Millennium Villages Project for a behind-the-scenes look at a traditional rural area including visits to a primary school, health centre, basketweaving co-operative, agricultural initiatives and the Nyamata Genocide Memorial

Recommended Properties Kigali Serena, Hotel des Mille Collines

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The Far Horizons prides itself on its independence from any safari lodges in Uganda or Rwanda – so we can always select the best property for our clients’ needs. The following descriptions include some of our favourite places in our key destinations. The properties are selected based on their stunning locations, their impeccable service, and their attention to the customer experience. We work with a wide selection of properties – including several not featured in this section. If you need further information on an additional property please do not hesitate to get in touch. UGANDA Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Nkuringo, southern sector) lat=-1.08182457706, lon=29.6276170412 Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is probably the most exclusive property in the Bwindi area. Located on the southwestern side of the forest, high up on the Nteko Ridge, its stone cottages overlook the most spectacular views across the rift valley and towards the distant peaks of the Virungas. The lodge is a pioneering eco-tourism property, having been built in partnership with USAID, African Wildlife Foundation and the local Nkuringo community. The local community receives a bednight fee for every guest, and uses the money in local development projects.

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The excellent customer experience at this lodge, coupled with its remote, peaceful location, means guests here will experience a sense of true exclusivity and privilege on their gorilla trekking safari. Restaurant, Bar/lounge (featuring a collection of talented Ugandan artists), Gift Shop, Massage services 6 twin stone cottages & 2 family stone cottages. All are generously proportioned with en suite bathrooms featuring high pressure showers and double washbasins, with hot and cold running water. Each comprises a patio area, private garden and lounge, with double-sided fireplace. Family cottages have 1 double and 1 twin bedroom with a communal lounge area with open fireplace and large private garden. Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom. Gorilla tracking, forest walks, birding, community walks and Batwa visits Mains electricity with inverter and generator backup. 220V power available via square 3 pin or round 2 pin outlets. Charging points in all rooms and public areas. Supplied from a well via a borehole Cellphone coverage possible with selected providers. Wi-fi supplied in public areas. All meals, all drinks (except premium brands), drinking water in the rooms, local community bednight fees Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Location Co-ordinates Description

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Nkuringo, southern sector) lat=-1.08182457706, lon=29.6276170412 Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is perched high on Nteko Ridge (2,100m above sea level) overlooking the distant peaks of the mighty Virungas on one side and the forestclad slopes of Bwindi on the other. It is one of only two lodges this side of Bwindi, and as such offers a degree of exclusivity, away from the crowds. The camp owners have constructed the camp on solid eco-principles. Rainwater is harvested and the property was the first in Uganda to attain carbon neutral status. It is a lower midrange property, with charming staff and well-executed simple comforts making it a great value choice for Bwindi. Restaurant, open air cultural performance area, fair trade community market Two en-suite wooden cottages offer the most comfortable accommodation at Nkuringo. Each cottage sleeps 2 as twin/double, with a private terrace and wellappointed bathroom. Additionally the property offers budget accommodation in the form of terraced twin/double rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Three further cottages, including a family unit, are under construction for late 2014. Gorilla tracking, forest walks, birding, community walks, walking safaris, cultural dance performances and Batwa visits Low voltage electricity and paraffin lanterns light the camp – supplied by a generator and inverter system. Charging points available in public areas for 220240V power. Hot water is prepared using Tanganyika boilers for bathing. Rainwater harvesting during wet season. Water tanked in during dry season. Cellphone coverage possible with selected providers. All meals, tea/coffee, cultural dance performance Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Buhoma, northern sector) lat=-0.989414031915, lon=29.6139076247 Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a discrete, high end tented camp nestled inside the forest itself on its northern edge. The camp is an ideal base for gorilla tracking in the Buhoma area. Service is impeccable, and the menu promises fresh delights that are a rarity in such remote parts. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire, or take shelter in the restaurant and lounge on cooler evenings. N.B. The camp is adjacent to Buhoma Lodge, making the two properties and excellent choice for hosting large groups. Inside and outside dining areas, bar/lounge, campfire, gift shop, mini spa Eight en-suite tents feature wooden floors and decks, with two comfortable queen sixed beds in each. Each bathroom offers a forest-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking tired limbs after a strenuous hike to see the gorillas, as well as basin, shower and flush toilet with hot and cold running water. Gorilla tracking, forest & community walks, birding, Batwa experience, cultural performances, private dinners or bush breakfasts Generator Power system running am/pm. Charging points available for 220-240V in the public areas. Tanganyika boilers used to heat water. Water pumped from fresh water spring in the forest (treated) Cellphone coverage possible with limited local providers. Wi-fi supplied in public areas. All meals, all drinks (except premium brands), laundry, community walk, wi-fi in the public areas Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, JCB) or Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Buhoma Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Buhoma, northern sector) lat=-0.989414031915, lon=29.6139076247 Buhoma Lodge is one of only two properties located inside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. On the edge of the forest, with spectacular views of the valley, Buhoma Lodge is a short walk to the starting point for gorilla tracking. Its peaceful location means that you may truly relax, listening to the birds and primates in the forest. The lodge enjoys a cozy ambiance in the evenings, with charcoal braziers dotted around the restaurant. N.B. Its proximity to neighbouring Gorilla Forest Camp makes it a great option for co-hosting large groups. Restaurant, bar/lounge, gift shop, massage services, wi-fi in public areas 9 raised twin/double cottages and 1 family cottage sensitively constructed from wood and thatch. Each has a private verandah (the higher cottages have excellent views of the forest) and en suite bathroom. The family cottage has an adjoining lounge with open fireplace, with sofas that can be converted to child beds. Gorilla tracking, forest & community walks, birding, Batwa experience Solar power system for lighting supplemented by generator system. Charging points available for 220-240V power in restaurant area. Water pumped from fresh water spring in the forest (treated). Cellphone coverage possible with limited local providers. Wi-fi supplied in public areas at certain times. All meals, early morning tea/ coffee, drinking water in the rooms and at mealtimes, afternoon tea, laundry services, wi-fi in the public areas (when available) Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

Mahogany Springs Location Co-ordinates Description

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Buhoma, northern sector) lat=-0.980536,lon=29.617686 Mahogany Springs overlooks the Munyaga river valley just outside the park, surrounded by lush tropical gardens with views of the forest and local farmland. The style remains true to local design and materials but uses a fresh and modern approach, with airy spaces and lots of light. Guests can choose to dine inside on chilly nights, or on the large wrap-around patio when the weather is fairer. Indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar/lounge with dvd players and small library, gift shop, campfire and outdoor performance area, massage service, extensive gardens with beautiful plants and birdlife 6 thatched en suite twin/double cottages and 1 presidential suite/family cottage. The latter comprises 2 en suite twin/double bedrooms with adjoining living area. All rooms have hardwood flooring, twin queen beds, wardrobe, lounge chair, writing table and chair and wooden balconies with outdoor seating Gorilla tracking, forest & community walks, birding, Batwa experience, Batwa cultural performance, tree-planting ceremony, guided walks around the lodge gardens, private dinners or bush breakfasts Hydropower from the Munyaga River with generator back up. 220-240v charging points available in the rooms and public areas. Gravity-fed system from forest spring (treated) Cellphone coverage possible with limited local providers. Wi-fi supplied in public areas. All meals, drinking water in the rooms and at mealtimes, one drink per meal (soft drink, house wine/beer or local gin), early morning tea/coffee, afternoon tea, boot cleaning service, wi-fi Credit card (Visa and Master card) or cash (USD, UGX, GBP or EUR)

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Kyaninga Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Fort Portal, Uganda (1 hr from Kibale Forest National Park) lat=0.702206726378, lon=30.2992205213 A fairy-tale creation perched on the rim of a cobalt-blue crater lake, Kyaninga Lodge is the product of seven years of dedication by master carpenter and owner Steve Williams. The view from the dining and rooms looks down onto the lake, and then on to the Rwenzori Mountains, the fabled “Mountains of the Moon� in the distance. It is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area of crater lakes, as well as enjoying chimpanzee encounters in nearby Kibale Forest. Indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar/lounge, gift shop, massage service, swimming pool and lake swimming platform, croquet lawn, lawn tennis courts, hiking trails, helicopter pad Eight en suite cottages constructed from sustainable hardwoods and each with a verandah overlooking the lake. Beds can be configured as twins or double, and bathrooms include capacious bathtubs and a state of the art marble shower. N.B. For tour leaders, there is a ninth cottage, situated behind the property gardens, at the lower level of the property. Chimp tracking and habituation, Bigodi swamp walk, crater hikes, birding, basketweaving co-operative and honey project visits Solar power system with back up generator. Charging points available for 220240V power in all rooms. Pumped from the lake and treated Cellphone coverage for most local providers. Wi-fi supplied in public areas. All meals, early morning tea/ coffee, drinking water in the rooms, afternoon tea Cash (UGX, USD or EUR)

Ndali Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Ndali-Kasenda Crater Lake Area, Uganda (1 hr from Kibale Forest National Park) lat=0.47669679726, lon=30.2863085175 Ndali Lodge is stunningly located amidst the Bunyaruguru crater lakes of western Uganda, in the center of 1000 acres of a privately owned organic vanilla farming estate. Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, which since its demise has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga (a lake so pretty they put it on the 20,000 Uganda shilling banknote). Your hosts are the Price family whose warm hospitality (and attentive collection of affectionate dogs) is very much part of the Ndali experience. Indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar/lounge area, swimming pool, hiking trails, yoga pavilion, kayaks for paddling on the lake 8 stone en suite cottages with thatch, furnished with generously proportioned twin beds, antique kilim rugs and colonial-style furniture. Bathrooms are equipped with large wood-panelled bathtubs and showerheads. Each cottage has a private terrace with views over forests and crater lakes. Chimp tracking and habituation, Bigodi swamp walk, crater hikes, birding, basketweaving co-operative and honey project visits, guided walk to primary school supported by the lodge Solar power system (managing lights) with charging points available for 220-240V power at the reception Water is pumped from the lake and treated. Hot water is provided via enormous Tanganyika boilers. Limited cellphone coverage available All meals, drinking water in the rooms, early morning tea/coffee, laundry Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Apoka Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda lat=3.74017775404, lon=33.7234987371 Apoka Lodge is situated in the heart of one of Africa’s last great wildernesses in remote north-eastern Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park comprises two river valleys – the Kidepo and the Narus. Semi-arid, the valleys are ringed by jagged peaks and dramatic rocky kopjes stud the grassy plains. The area is also home to the proud Karamojong tribe and the marginalized Ik people. Acces to the park is best by scheduled or charter flight (the alternative is two days driving from Entebbe / one day from Murchison Falls NP), thereby offering a wonderfully remote getaway. A real chance to see plenty of wildlife – without any of the crowds. Dining area, bar/lounge, swimming pool Ten cottages constructed from wood and canvas under thatch with views over the plains. Each has a private terrace featuring an outdoor stone bathtub. Inside, the rooms comprise a comfortable living area, large hand-hewn beds, and en suite bathrooms with indoor showers, flush toilets, and basins. Game drives including night drives, visits to hot springs, bush walks, Karamojong cultural dance performance, Karamojong community visit, Ik Nature walk Solar for water heaters and generator for electricity. 220-240v charging points are available. Pumped from a well via a borehole. Limited cellphone coverage from one local provider All meals, all drinks (except premium brands), drinking water in the rooms, shared game drives & bush walks, shared airstrip transfers Credit card (Mastercard or Visa only) or cash (USD or UGX only)

N’ga Moru Wilderness Camp Location Co-ordinates Description

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Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda lat=3.62136353406, lon=33.7323643125 Located on the border of Kidepo Valley National Park a few km from the main gate, N’ga Moru offers simple but comfortable accommodation in a remote location, offering a true bush experience in most of the most remote and beautiful national parks in Africa. The camp is located on a hill, with spectacular views of the Narus Valley and the savannah plains stretching all the way to the Morungole Mountains. Elephants, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Zebras and Lions are frequent visitors to the Camp. Dining area, bar 5 permanent cabins and 4 safari tents under thatch, simply furnished to provide all the basic necessities when on safari. All accommodation is en suite with hot and cold running water, showers and flush toilets. Game drives including night drives, visits to hot springs, bush walks, Karamojong community visit, Ik Nature Walk Solar power system supported by a generator. 220-240v charging points available. Borehole with back-up tanks Limited cellphone coverage from one local provider All meals, tea/coffee and drinking water in the rooms Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Mihingo Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda lat=-1.08182457706, lon=29.6276170412 Located on a “kopje” (rocky outcrop) to the east of Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge is an excellent boutique lodge with a very green profile (it has a highly successful community conservation predator compensation project and also boasts carbon neutral status). The individually designed cottages are strung out across the kopje and offer different views over the nearby waterhole and the plains of the national park. This, combined with the fine dining, infinity pool, truly personal service and excellent range of activities on offer make Mihingo Lodge a “must-stay” location on your Uganda safari and a perfect choice for active families. Restaurant, bar/lounge, fire pit, infinity pool, outdoor massage deck, viewing hide 12 twin or double cottages combine wood, canvas and stone under thatch on hardwood platforms overlooking the valley below or surrounding bush. All cottages are en suite with a ‘loo with a view’, and beautifully sculpted stone bathrooms. Some rooms are a significant and steep walk from the lodge – offering greater privacy but may not be suitable for all. Horseback safaris (from 1hr to 2 day including fly camping), nature walks, day/night game drives, birding walks, boat trips on Lake Mburo, nightly galago (bushbaby) viewing from the lodge, bushcraft courses for children, rock climbing Solar power system (managing lights). Charging points available for 220-240V power in the public areas. Rainwater harvesting supported by water pumped from the lake during dry season Limited cellphone coverage from local providers All meals, drinking water in rooms, afternoon tea Credit card (Visa only) or cash (UGX, USD or EUR)

Paraa Safari Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (north bank) lat=2.28756210316, lon=31.5708172231 Originally built in the 1950′s, Paraa Safari Lodge was renovated in the 1990′s and now serves as one of the leading choices for travellers to this park. The lodge occupies by far the best location of any property in the park – not only does it boast excellent views of the river Nile but it is also on the north bank, meaning guests do not have the inconvenience of taking a ferry in order to get to the game viewing tracks which start nearby. It is also right next to the main jetties, making joining a launch cruise a doddle. Restaurant, bar/lounge, swimming pool and pool bar, gift shop, business centre, massage services 42 standard twin/double rooms with en suite bathroom and fans; 10 deluxe rooms (same layout as standard but with air conditioning); 2 suites including bedroom, bathroom, living room and large outdoor terrace; and the Queen’s cottage. The latter is 300m from the main lodge, with 2 twin/double bedrooms (both en suite) with shared living room, dining area, mini-bar and outdoor terraces. In 2014, we also expect the addition of a few en suite safari tents to be a popular option. Game drives, launch cruises (to Murchison Falls, the Nile delta, sundowner/sunrise cruises with snacks, drinks and breakfast available), sports fishing, bush breakfasts Generator for electricity with charging points for 220-240v available in rooms and public areas Water is pumped from the river (treated) Cellphone coverage from selected local operators; wi-fi in the public areas All meals, drinking water in the rooms, wi-fi Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Murchison River Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (south bank) lat=2.253161, lon=31.523795 The family-run Murchison River Lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation on the southern banks of the Nile just outside the western gate of Murchison Falls National Park. Sitting on an elevated bank with panoramic views of the river and papyrus swamps lining the opposite bank, its bar and restaurant enjoy prime position. A small number of en suite safari tents are river-facing, and the quirkily designed thatched cottages are set further back, overlooking a small grove of acacia woodland. Delicious home-cooked meals, a relaxed ambiance, and authentic, smiling service from a local team make Murchison River Lodge a charming choice. Restaurant, bar/lounge, swimming pool, private jetty for boat launch pick ups 4 thatched open plan cottages sleeping 4 in twin beds below a mezzanine level with a super king size bed above. All cottages have private terraces with sofas and hammocks, and en suite bathrooms with flush toilet, basin and shower with hot and cold running water. 3 river-view twin safari tents, simply furnished with two single beds and a table, with outdoor seating and a self-contained chemical toilet and bush shower. Game drives, launch cruises (to Murchison Falls, to the delta, and sundowner/sunrise cruises with snacks, drinks and breakfast available), sports fishing Solar power for all electricity and solar heaters for water. Charging points 220-240v available in public areas. From two boreholes at the lodge site, via a solar powered pump (treated). Intermittent local cellphone coverage. No wi-fi. All meals only Cash (UGX or USD only)

Baker’s Lodge (opening 2014) Location Co-ordinates Description

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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (south bank) lat=2.260644,lon=31.534564 Baker’s Lodge is due to open at some time in 2014, and promises to offer the first high end wilderness camp property in this area. Located just outside the park’s western gate near Bugungu, it will overlook the Nile river from the south bank, with guests being lulled to sleep at night by the grunts of hippos and perhaps the distant whoop of a hyena to the north. Proposed plans are for a main lodge building with a total of 8 safari tents out of wood and canvas, split either side of the central area. To be confirmed Tented en suite rooms under thatch or papyrus, on raised wooden/stone platforms Game drives, launch cruises (to Murchison Falls, to the delta, and sundowner/sunrise cruises with snacks, drinks and breakfast available), sports fishing To be confirmed To be confirmed Limited cellphone coverage from local providers To be confirmed To be confirmed

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Budongo Eco-lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (in southerly most section of the park) lat=1.993616, lon=31.715384 Budongo Eco Lodge is located at the Kaniyo Pabidi eco-tourism site in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve, in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge provides comfortable, basic accommodation in a simple log cabin style with a close eye on its sustainability practices (all toilets are eco-friendly, all power is solar, etc). Despite its simplicity it is a perfect base from which to enjoy the wide range of activities in the natural beauty of the rainforest - whether you would like to go bird watching, explore the forest by a guided nature walk or enjoy an unforgettable chimp tracking encounter. Bar, indoor & outdoor dining area, briefing area, outdoor dining area 5 twin/double en suite cabins. Bathrooms include eco-friendly sawdust toilet and shower and basin with hot and cold running water. Chimp tracking and habituation, nature walks, birding Solar throughout Gravity-fed rainwater catchment system No reception from local cellphone networks at lodge. No wi-fi. All meals only Cash only (UGX or USD only)

Ishasha Wilderness Camp Location Co-ordinates Description

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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Ishasha, southern sector) lat=-0.564362163326, lon=29.7209636928 This property offers high end, wilderness camp style accommodation at its best. Each of the large, spacious, tented rooms has its own outdoor area facing on to the river, and the central restaurant/lounge area offers a relaxing space by day and night. The food is genuinely delicious, with incredible spreads at breakfast, gourmet dinners served on white linen, and tasty lunches often dished up in the shade of an umbrella at a table overlooking the river. The camp is ideal to base oneself at to enjoy the best of the Ishasha sector – from game driving forays or bush breakfasts or simply whiling away the hours in a camp chair with a pair of binoculars. Indoor and outdoor dining area, restaurant/bar/lounge central area, gift shop 10 tented rooms of canvas and wood furnished with large twin/double beds, writing desk, outdoor chairs and side table. All have en suite bathrooms with large, powerful ‘bucket’ shower and flush eco-toilet, as well as a handbasin/vanity area. Game drives, bush breakfasts, sundowners, community homestead visit, community food tour Solar power system with generator backup. Charging points available for 220-240V power in the restaurant area. Water pumped from river (treated). Tanganyika boilers for heating water for showers. Limited cellphone reception for local networks. Limited wi-fi available in public areas at certain times. All meals, early morning tea/ coffee, drinking water in the rooms and at mealtimes, afternoon tea, laundry services, wi-fi in the public areas (when available) Cash only (UGX and USD only)

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Mweya Safari Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Mweya, northern sector) lat=-0.188256517167, lon=29.8999718422 A classic ‘hotel in the bush’, Mweya Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the northern sector of QENP on the Mweya peninsula itself, overlooking the Kazinga Channel. For those who like their creature comforts, this is the perfect option, with comfortable rooms and a fantastically located pool and viewing deck. Air conditioning is even available in the deluxe rooms and suites – a luxury in the heart of the bush – and for a more individual safari experience, the lodge also has some luxury safari tents, with en suite bathrooms and fans in each tent. Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gift shop, health club, business centre and conference facilities 32 standard twin/double rooms with en suite bathroom; 12 deluxe twin/double rooms with en suite bathroom and aircon; 2 suites with en suite bathroom, living room with mini bar and large balconies with sweeping views of the channel; 2 standard and 2 deluxe safari tents situated away from the main lodge building, closer to the water for excellent wildlife viewing (both have en suite bathrooms); and 4 x 2-bedroom cottages of various configurations. Game drives, launch cruises (including options for drinks/canapés), bush breakfasts, mongoose tracking, lion monitoring, crater drives, nature walks in Kyambura Gorge (with the chance of spotting chimps), excellent birding, salt lake community visit, craft/percussion workshop community visit, cultural performances Mains electricity with generator backup, 220-240v charging points available. Water pumped from the channel Cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi in the public areas. All meals, drinking water in the rooms, wi-fi in the public areas Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Mweya, northern sector) lat=-0.207839,lon=30.100729 Overlooking the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, this high end lodge is located within a coffee plantation just outside the protected area. The main building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, and has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with contemporary design and ingenious upcycling of local materials. Included on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 ‘Hot List’, Kyambura Gorge Lodge has attracted a lot of press covereage globally. Please note however that until the resolution of a legal dispute, the lodge is only able to offer 3 of its 8 rooms for reservation. Indoor/outdoor dining areas, bar/lounge, library, swimming pool, massage services 8 spacious grass or tin roofed cottages with twin or double bed configuration, quirky furnishings based on a shabby chic style and upcycling many ordinary, local, everyday items. All are en suite with flush toilets, showers and basins. Game drives, launch cruises (including options for drinks/canapés), bush breakfasts, mongoose tracking, lion monitoring, crater drives, nature walks in Kyambura Gorge (with the chance of spotting chimps), excellent birding, salt lake community visit, craft/percussion workshop community visit, cultural performances, coffee tour Solar power system for lights, 220-240v charging points available in main lodge Mains water Cellphone coverage on local networks, wi-fi in the public areas All meals, all drinks, early morning tea/coffee, drinking water in the rooms, laundry, massage, coffee tour, wi-fi Cash only (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Wildwaters Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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The Nile River, Uganda (downstream from Jinja) lat=0.596652, lon=33.054345 Wildwaters Lodge is one of the more luxurious places to stay near Jinja. The property spoils its guests with spacious rooms, an indulgent spa service, a yoga deck, a coffee house and a fresh juice bar. Located on a granite outcrop between two rapids of the Nile, the lodge has a natural rock swimming pool. Each room is located in riverine forest and affords complete privacy, with stunning views of the river below (even better when appreciated from your private outdoor bathtub). Elevated wooden walkways criss-cross the island, a natural sanctuary for otters, monitor lizards and a dazzling array of birds and butterflies. Restaurant, bar, gift shop, wi-fi in the public areas, spa services, swimming pool 10 cottages dot this private island, each with a king-size double and accompanying queen-sized bed. Spacious private decks feature open-air bathtubs. En suite bathrooms include flush toilets, basins and showers with hot and cold running water. 8 of the cottages overlook the rapids, providing a roaring soundtrack to your stay, and 2 lie on the flat-water side of the island, for a quieter but less dramatic view. One of the cottages is a family unit, accommodating up 3 on a lower floor. White water rafting, family floats, kayaking, jetboat, quad bike or horseback safaris, bungee, sundowner cruises on the original African Queen steamboat used in the movie of the same name, birding cruises, sports fishing on Lake Victoria Generator power system, charging points available for 220-240V power Water is pumped from the river (treated) Limited cellphone coverage, wi-fi network in the public areas All meals, early morning tea/coffee, drinking water in the rooms, boat transfer from mainland to the lodge island, wifi Credit card (Visa only) or cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

The Haven Location Co-ordinates Description

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The Nile River, Uganda (downstream from Jinja) lat=0.543536,lon=33.088749 The Haven is a peaceful and relaxed river lodge serenely located on the west bank of the Nile just north of the town of Jinja, where the river leaves Lake Victoria. It boasts breathtaking views of the white water rapids and beautiful scenery. Offering basic but comfortable accommodation, the lodge boasts quirky design inspired by local building style and materials, with an innovative approach to creating ecofriendly solutions. Home-cooked meals and friendly service complete this happy combination. Restaurant, bar, barbecue area, swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball, badminton, canoe, table tennis, pool table, TV & DVD, wi-fi in public areas 9 stone and thatch en suite cottages of various styles with twin, double or even triple configurations. White water rafting, flat water rafting, kayaking, jetboat excursions, quad bike safaris, horseback safaris, bungee jump, birding cruises, sports fishing on Lake Victoria Solar power system with 220-240v charging points available Water is pumped from the river (treated) Cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi in public areas. All meals, drinking water in rooms, wi-fi in public areas Credit card (Visa and Mastercard) or cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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The Boma Guesthouse Location Co-ordinates Description

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Entebbe, Uganda lat=0.0533155014685, lon=32.4651238805 An intimate boutique hotel, the Boma Guesthouse is conveniently located 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, and is a great place to stop over at the beginning or end of your safari. Its extensive gardens are home to an incredible variety of birdlife. The gardens offer hidden nooks for guests wanting to curl up with a good book away from the main buildings, or to enjoy a spot of private dining away from other guests. The service is typically Ugandan in its smiling and efficient delivery, and the kitchen produces hearty and well prepared meals. The pool area offers the best respite from an overnight flight or a dusty safari, depending on which way you’re travelling, and the easy pace of the guesthouse will make you feel right at home. Indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar, lounge, gift shop, swimming pool, mini business centre (computer, printer and scanner), wi-fi in public areas 16 en suite rooms overlooking peaceful leafy courtyards, each simply but elegantly furnished with twin or double beds. Bathrooms include flush toilets, showers, basin and hot and cold running water. Botanical gardens, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, sundowner cruises on Lake Victoria, behind-the-scenes tours or chimpanzee close up encounters at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe Reptile Village Mains electricity with inverter backup. Charging points available for 220-240V power in all rooms. Mains water with solar heating system Good cellphone reception. Wi-fi in public areas. Breakfast, early morning tea/coffee, drinking water in the rooms, wi-fi in the public areas Cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

Kampala Serena Location Co-ordinates Description

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Kampala, Uganda lat=0.318586332924, lon=32.5862958347 The opulent Kampala Serena Hotel is the city’s premier 5-star hotel. Outstanding business facilities, fabulously indulgent pampering and unlimited room choices are all located within 17 acres of water gardens. This is a first class oasis of calm in an otherwise chaotic capital city. Located in uptown Kampala, the design of this Serena reflects the very essence of Uganda and includes lush vegetation, shimmering water features and a rock-sculpted pool. The palatial layout blends earthy tones with pan-African panache, and much of the artwork throughout the hotel was commissioned by local artisans. 4 restaurants, cocktail bar, panoramic roof terrace, garden auditorium, swimming pool, health club and spa, hair salon, running trail, business centre and conference facilities, bar, travel desk, taxi and limousine service, helicopter landing pad, gift shop, wi-fi 152 rooms and suites across six floors all with aircon, en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, voicemail and wifi Kampala city tour, craft shopping, art galleries, Kampala restaurants and nightlife, cultural dance/music performances Mains power with generator back up. Charging points available for 220-240V. Mains water with solar water heating system. Good cellphone coverage with local networks. Wi-fi throughout. Breakfast, drinking water in the rooms Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex or Diner’s Club) or cash (UGX, USD, GBP or EUR)

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RWANDA Ruzizi Tented Camp Location Co-ordinates Description

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Akagera National Park, Rwanda lat=-1.915127,lon=30.712145 Tucked away in the riverine forest on the edge of Lake Ihema, this small, private camp offers seven spacious, en-suite tents, dotted along the forested lakeshore Sheltered by large trees and swaying palms, the camp is a cool, calm and quiet retreat in the spectacular setting of Akagera National Park. The tents are located either side of a central reception area with a lounge, bar, and dining room. A deck along a short boardwalk overlooks the lake; an ideal place to sit with a sundowner and watch the changing lake as the sun sets behind the hills. Dining room, lounge/bar, deck, lakeside boardwalk, fire pit Each of the 7 tents is tastefully furnished with twin or double beds. A walk through closet leads to a private bathroom with hot and cold running water, and traditional Rwandan imigongo art adorns the walls. Day & night game drives, boat trips, birding, behind-the-scenes tours, fishing Solar provides lighting and electricity. The camp asks that guests are careful to consume no more than they need. Water is pumped from a borehole using solar energy and treated. Hot water is provided via solar water heaters. Good cellphone network coverage Breakfast and dinner only, drinking water in the tents Credit card (Visa only) or cash (RWF or USD only)

Nyungwe Forest Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda lat=-2.47894045262, lon=29.0634729628 Nyungwe Forest Lodge is the only high end property in this remote and ethereal national park in southern Rwanda – but what a lodge! The buildings blend seamlessly with the surrounding tea plantations, overlooking the edge of the closed canopy forest, with luxurious accommodation, tip-top facilities, world-class service and an excellent spa. Local materials are used to create elegant spaces, with quirky design pieces and artwork lining the walls. It is the only property outside of Kigali to be rated at five stars – and deserves every one of them. Restaurant, private dining room/terrace, tea lounge and bar, bistro, ‘Boma’ for outdoor dining and drinks, heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa, gift shop, conference facilities, wi-fi in public areas 15 luxury rooms furnished with king-sized double beds; 7 luxury rooms with twin beds; 2 suites with king sized double beds (can connect with a twin bed luxury room). All rooms and suites are forest facing and include a fireplace, air conditioning, private mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe (laptop size), international plug adaptors, private deck, en-suite bathroom with indoor shower, international dial telephones, satellite TV and wi-fi Chimp tracking (at Nyungwe and Cyamudongo), canopy walk, forest hikes to waterfalls or other primate trails, birding, spa activities at the lodge, guided cultural walk, tea plantations visit Mains electricity with generator backup. Charging points available for 220-240V. Mains water supply with backup water tanks. Good cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi in the main lodge building. All meals, one soft drink at mealtimes, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, wi-fi Credit card (Visa) or cash (RWF or USD only)

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Location Co-ordinates Description

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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda lat=-1.41892679098, lon=29.5633593331 Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a pioneering eco-lodge. Built by a partnership between the International Gorilla Conservation Program, African Wildlife Foundation and the Rwanda Development Board, the lodge is managed by an expert safari camp operator but owned by a local community trust. Money earned from the lodge gets invested into local community and conservation projects, seeing real benefits for the people and primates of this beautiful area. The lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, only minutes away from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park. Its cottages all have wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Thoughtful construction, elegant furnishings and impeccable service makes this the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating corner of Africa. Restaurant, bar, TV lounge, gift shop, library, massage service, wi-fi in public areas 8 stone cottages in total including 2 suites and 6 standard cottages. The standard cottages including a large bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, open fireplace and private verandah. One of the standard cottages has an adjoining en suite room (with its own private entrance) and is ideal for use as a family cottage or as a Tour Leader room. The suites are larger than the standard cottages, and have an additional sitting room area and two verandahs. Gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, hiking Mt Bisoke (1 day) or Mt Karisimbi (2 day), visiting the twin lakes, cultural dance performances, community walks or market visits A generator provides electricity. Charging points available for 220-240V. Mains water supply is sourced from a spring in the forest with backup tanks. Good cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi in reception area. All meals, all drinks (excluding speciality wines, spirits and champagne), laundry & shoe-cleaning service, wi-fi in reception area Credit card (Visa only) and cash (RWF or USD only)

Jack Hanna’s House Location Co-ordinates Description

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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda lat=-1.443643,lon=29.576364 When Jack Hanna, the popular US wildlife presenter, visited Rwanda, he liked it so much he built himself a house here. Now available to book, Jack Hanna’s House is situated at the foot of the Virungas within the grounds of Gorilla Nest Lodge, near a peaceful glade of Eucalyptus. The cottage is an excellent choice for hosting a small group of family or friends who prefer exclusivity. It can be booked on an exclusive basis only, with meals prepared by a private chef in the small but functional kitchen. If your group exceeds 4 pax, there are simple but comfortable ‘ranch rooms’ available in the main lodge which is still undergoing renovations after a fire. Living room, fireplace, dining room, kitchen, outdoor seating and gardens 2 en suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) Gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, hiking Mt Bisoke (1 day) or Mt Karisimbi (2 day), visiting the twin lakes, cultural dance performances, community walks or market visits Mains electricity with generator back-up Water from a mains-fed tank system Good cellphone coverage outside the cottage. Once inside, coverage is limited. All meals, selected soft drinks during mealtimes, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, shoe-cleaning service Cash only (RWF or USD only)

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Lake Kivu Serena Hotel Location Co-ordinates Description

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Gisenyi, Rwanda lat=-1.70431658579, lon=29.2604301383 This beachside hotel is a four-star member of the world-class Serena chain. Situated on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu and surrounded by tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena offers the ideal base for exploring the Gisenyi area, or even for visiting the mountain gorillas in nearby Volcanoes National Park (1hr 30mins drive). A panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside cafés/bars, swimming pool, sundeck and gardens, health centre and spa, tennis court, conference and events centre, business centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service, gift shop, news-stand 66 luxury rooms, executive suites and family suites all with aircon, satellite TV, wifi and voicemail Gisenyi: Boat trips, volleyball, tennis, ‘From crop to cup’ coffee tour, ‘Dancing pots’ community visit, Imbabazi orphanage visit, hike/bike the Congo Nile trail Volcanoes NP: Gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, hiking Mt Bisoke (1 day) or Mt Karisimbi (2 day) Kibuye: Boat trip to Napolean Island bat colony, Kibuye Genocide Memorial Church, hike/bike the Congo Nile trail Mains electricity with generator backup. Charging points available for 220-240v. Mains water supply with back-up tanks. Good cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi throughout the hotel. Breakfast only, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, wi-fi Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) or cash (RWF, USD, GBP or EUR)

Kigali Serena Location Co-ordinates Description

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Kigali, Rwanda lat=-1.94288695939, lon=30.0558555205 Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centers an elegant lounge and bar, opening onto a wide sundeck which overlooks the pool. The capital's natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometers from Kigali International Airport. Restaurant, café/bar, executive lounge and bar, swimming pool, sun-deck and gardens, health club and spa, conference/event centre, business centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service, gift shop, news-stand Wide selection of rooms and suites all with aircon, satellite TV, wifi and voicemail Kigali city tour, Gizozi genocide memorial, This is Africa cultural experience, Busegera Millennium Villages tour, museums, cultural dance performances, golf Mains electricity with generator backup. Charging points available for 220-240V. Mains water supply with back-up tanks. Good cellphone coverage. Wi-fi throughout. Breakfast only, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, wi-fi Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) or cash (RWF, USD, GBP or EUR)

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Hotel des Mille Collines Location Co-ordinates Description

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Kigali, Rwanda lat=-1.946705,lon=30.061907 Hotel des Mille Collines is most famous for the role it played as a refuge for over 1,000 people during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Its story became the basis for the book and film Hotel Rwanda. Today it is fast over-shadowing the more macabre details of its history with its growing reputation as one of Kigali’s best value hotels, offering 112 rooms and four-star services at a very reasonable rate. Panorama restaurant and poolside brasserie/bar, swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court 112 rooms each offering TV, electronic safe, mini bar, air conditioning and high speed wi-fi and en suite bathroom Kigali city tour, Gizozi genocide memorial, This is Africa cultural experience, Busegera Millennium Villages tour, museums, cultural dance performances, golf Mains electricity with generator back-up. Charging points available for 220-240v. Mains water supply with back-up tanks. Good cellphone network coverage. Wi-fi throughout. Breakfast only, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, wi-fi Credit card (Visa, Mastercard) or cash (RWF, USD, GBP or EUR)

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We offer FIT tours with some selected group departures, scheduled every year. Notes on prices:  

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All prices are based on a minimum of 2 people sharing All FIT tour prices are quoted at rack and are commissionable for tour operators, professional travel consultants and booking agents (with the exclusion of gorilla permits, which are always quoted at nett). Please email info@thefarhorizons.com to enquire as to your commission rate. All SET DEPARTURE tours are quoted as nett and non-commissionable. Gorilla permits must be added to the tour cost pp (and single room supplement if relevant) to reach a total tour cost per person. They are quoted separately to show they are passed on at cost. All prices are based on 2014 rates for accommodation, flights and vehicles Please note park fees / tracking permits can increase at any time. If The Far Horizons cannot absorb these increases, the cost will have to be passed on.

Below are sample itineraries for our FIT tours, details for which can be found on the following pages: Sample FIT safari itineraries Uganda Kingdom of the Gorillas Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Hidden Uganda Uganda Week on the Wild Side Uganda Primates Rwanda Primates Uganda Albertine Adventure Uganda Primate Adventure

4 days 5 days 5 days 7 days 7 days 8 days 8 days 8 days 11 days

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6 days 11 days 19 days

57 58 59

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9 days 7 days 9 days

65 66 67

Sample FIT combined itineraries Rwanda/Uganda Luxury Gorilla Safari Connoisseur’s Uganda & Rwanda Ultimate Uganda/Rwanda Sample FIT extension itineraries Uganda - Kidepo Extension Uganda - Jinja Extension Rwanda – Akagera Extension Rwanda – Nyungwe Extension Sep Departure Group itineraries Uganda Odyssey Highlights of Rwanda Highlights of Uganda

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Uganda Kingdom of the Gorillas (TFH 2014 FIT 01): Day 1

2 3 4

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Board scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip near Bwindi, carrying picnic lunch. Upon arrival, met by lodge and transferred to your camp. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After breakfast, transfer to Kihihi for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival, met and transferred to local guesthouse for lunch and relaxation, before returning to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight out later today.

Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp

Meal Plan Lunch, Dinner

Gorilla Forest Camp

Full Board

Gorilla Forest Camp

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Uganda Kingdom of the Gorillas: Season

Dates

Green Mid Peak

01 Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec 01 Jan - 31 Mar 21 Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 2,775 3,124 3,605

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,200 1,200 1,200

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 0 470 613

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD (522)

Upgrade Charge pp single USD (252)

(387) (426)

(96) (126)

(270)

93

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Mahogany Springs Mahogany Springs

Green

01 01 01 01 01 01

Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge

Peak Green Peak

Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; Dec - 31 Dec Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; - 31 Dec

Promotional opportunities for Uganda Kingdom of the Gorillas: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $184pps (based on Gorilla Forest Camp - other property choices may vary) No single supplement in Green Season (for those staying at GFC only) STAY3PAY2 - Stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 for Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Apr - 20 Jun 2014 and 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2014 $150 off one gorilla permit per client staying 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 21 Jun – 31 Oct and 16 – 31 Dec 2014 Child under 16 stays free when sharing with parents at Gorilla Forest Camp year round during 2014. Pls note, the minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years. $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari (TFH 2014 FIT 02: Day 1 2

3 4 5

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. Transfer to Entebbe airport for scheduled flight to Kihihi. Upon arrival met by lodge vehicle and transferred (1 hr 30mins) to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. This afternoon, enjoy a guided forest walk. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Optional second gorilla tracking encounter or Batwa Experience (both at extra cost) Transfer by lodge vehicle to Kihihi (1hr 30mins) for scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Upon arrival, met and transferred to nearby guesthouse for lunch, relaxation and dinner before returning to Entebbe International Airport later for your international flight.

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs Mahogany Springs

Full Board Full Board Full Board

Price for Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Season

Dates

Tour price Gorilla Single Room pp sharing permits Supplement USD (rack) pp USD USD (rack) Green 01 Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov 2,504 600 343 Peak 01 Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; 01 - 31 Dec 2,639 600 364 Optional activities on day 4: gorilla tracking at $600pp or Batwa Experience at $110pp Upgrade opportunities for Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Property

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Protea Entebbe Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge

n/a Green Peak

Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp

Green Mid Peak

Year round 01 Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; 01 - 31 Dec 01 Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec 01 Jan - 31 Mar 21 Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD 66 93

Upgrade Charge pp single USD 113 126

252 522 870 1,350

345 252 1,071 1,695

Promotional opportunities for Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $142pps (based on Boma + Mahogany Springs amount may vary for other property choices) STAY3PAY2 - Stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 for Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Apr - 20 Jun 2014 and 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2014 $150 off one gorilla permit per client staying 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 21 Jun – 31 Oct and 16 – 31 Dec 2014 Child under 16 stays free when sharing with parents at Gorilla Forest Camp year round during 2014. Pls note, the minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years. $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice

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Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys (TFH 2014 FIT 03): Day 1 2 3 4 5

Activity Arrive at Kigali International Airport. Met and transferred to nearby hotel. City tour of Kigali including Genocide Memorial. Lunch at a restaurant and then transfer (3hrs) to Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Optional second gorilla tracking encounter or Dian Fossey Hike (both at extra cost) Track golden monkeys this morning. After lunch, transfer to Kigali International Airport later for your international flight.

Overnight Hotel des Mille Collines

Meal Plan Dinner

Jack Hanna’s House

Full Board

Jack Hanna’s House Jack Hanna’s House

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys: Season

Dates

Tour price Gorilla pp sharing permits USD (rack) pp USD Green 01 Jan - 31 May 2,637 750 Mid 01 Jun - 31 Dec 2,943 750 Optional activities on day 4: gorilla tracking at $750pp or Dian Fossey Hike at $75pp

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 140 272

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Kigali Serena Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Suite) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Suite) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Suite)

n/a Green

Year Round

Mid Peak

01 Apr - 31 May 01 Jan to 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec 01 Jun to 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD 93

Upgrade Charge pp single USD 122

711

711

1,473

2,025

1,815

2,448

1,221

1,734

1,983

3,048

2,328

3,471

Green Mid Peak

01 Apr - 31 May 01 Jan to 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec 01 Jun to 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

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Hidden Uganda (TFH 2014 FIT 04): Day 1

5

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. To Lake Mburo NP (6hrs) with lunch taken en route. This evening, night game drive in the park. Early morning horseback safari with bush breakfast. Lunch at lodge. Late afternoon nature walk. This evening, look for Galagos (bushbabies) around the lodge. Today we transfer to the southern side of Bwindi forest, carrying a picnic lunch (7hrs30mins) Gorilla tracking

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Gorilla tracking

7

This morning we transfer (2hrs) to Kisoro airstrip for our private charter back to Kajjansi, near Entebbe. We are met and taken to a nearby guesthouse for lunch and relaxation, before heading to the airport for our international flight out.

2 3

4

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Mihingo Lodge

Full Board

Mihingo Lodge

Full Board

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Full Board

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, Lunch

Price for Hidden Uganda: Season Green Peak

Dates 15 Mar – 15 Jun, 15 Oct – 15 Dec 01 Jan – 14 Mar, 16 Jun – 14 Oct, 16 – 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 5,631 6,245

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,200 1,200

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 870 1,117

Upgrade opportunities for Hidden Uganda: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Hidden Uganda: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $208pps (based on Boma, Mihingo & Clouds other property choices may vary) $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014 (equating to a $500 discount of permit value on this safari).

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Uganda Week on the Wild Side (TFH 2014 FIT 05): Day 1

2 3 4 5 6 7

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Scheduled flight to Kihihi with picnic lunch. Met and transferred by shared lodge vehicle to your camp (1hr 30mins). Sundowners in the bush this evening. Shared game drives in the park today Shared game drive with bush breakfast this morning. Game drive this afternoon. Depart for Bwindi today on shared transfer (3hrs) Batwa Experience (shared transfer) Gorilla tracking (shared transfer to Buhoma or Ruhija groups) Depart for Kihihi (1hr 30mins) for morning scheduled flight to Entebbe. We are met and taken to a nearby guesthouse for lunch and relaxation in our day rooms, before heading to the airport for our international flight out.

Overnight Ishasha Camp

Meal Plan Lunch, dinner

Ishasha Wilderness Camp Ishasha Wilderness Camp Buhoma Lodge

Full Board

Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge

Full Board Full Board

Boma Guesthouse (day rooms until 9pm)

Full Board

Price for Uganda Week on the Wild Side: Season Dates Green Peak

Wilderness

01 Apr - 31 May, 01 - 30 Nov 01 Jan - 31 Mar, 01 Jun - 31 Oct, 01 - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 3,661 3,922

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Full Board Full Board

Gorilla permits pp USD 600 600

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 692 797

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD

Upgrade Charge pp single USD

Upgrade to private vehicle transfers at $250 per vehicle per day Promotional opportunities for Hidden Uganda: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $157pps (based on Ishasha & Buhoma & Boma) $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014

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Uganda Primates (TFH 2014 FIT 06): Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to your hotel. Scheduled flight Entebbe-Kasese. Met by lodge, transferred to lodge (2hrs) for lunch followed by crater hike/wild swimming. Track chimps in Kibale Forest. Lunch at a nearby lodge, followed by guided nature walk in Bigodi Wetlands. Spend a full day with the chimps on a chimp habituation experience. Transfer to Kasese for scheduled flight to Kihihi. Met by lodge and transferred to your lodge in Bwindi (1hr30mins). Gorilla tracking Gorilla tracking Transfer to Kihihi for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Met and transferred to nearby guesthouse for lunch and relaxation, before returning to airport for your international flight later today.

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs Mahogany Springs

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Uganda Primates: Season

Dates

Green Peak

01 Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov 01 Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; 01 - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 5,080 5,214

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,200 1,200

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 855 877

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD 93

Upgrade Charge pp single USD 126

252 522 870 1,350

345 252 1,071 1,695

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Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge

Green Peak

Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp

Green Mid Peak

01 01 01 01 01 21

Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; - 31 Dec Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jan - 31 Mar Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Promotional opportunities for Uganda Primates: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $284pps (based on Boma + Kyaninga + Mahogany Springs - amount may vary for other property choices) STAY3PAY2 - Stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 for Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Apr - 20 Jun 2014 and 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2014 $150 off one gorilla permit per client staying 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 21 Jun – 31 Oct and 16 – 31 Dec 2014 Child under 16 stays free when sharing with parents at Gorilla Forest Camp year round during 2014. Pls note, the minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years. $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice (equating to $500pp discount for this safari)

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Rwanda Primates (TFH 2014 FIT 07): Day 1 2

3 4 5

6 7 8

Activity Arrive at Kigali International Airport. Met and transferred to your nearby hotel for a briefing on your safari. Today we drive to Nyungwe (6hrs) via visits to the Royal Palace (now an art gallery) and the National Museum, with a stop for lunch in Butare. Today we go chimp tracking in nearby Cyamudongo Forest, with a visit to a tea plantation later on. Hike a forest trail in Nyungwe this morning. This afternoon, try out East Africa’s only Canopy Walk. Transfer to Kamembe (1hr) for scheduled flight to Kigali where we are met and taken on a city tour, including visits to the craft markets and Genocide Memorial. After lunch in a restaurant, we transfer (2hrs 30mins) to Volcanoes National Park. Golden Monkey tracking Gorilla tracking Visit the Twin Lakes. After lunch at lodge, transfer to Kigali for departure flight out.

Overnight Hotel des Mille Collines

Meal Plan Dinner

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Jack Hanna’s House

Full Board

Jack Hanna’s House Jack Hanna’s House

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Rwanda Primates: Season

Dates

Green Peak

01 Jan - 31 May 01 Jun - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 5,075 5,381

Gorilla permits pp USD 750 750

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 256 388

Upgrade opportunities for Rwanda Primates: Property Kigali Serena Nyungwe Lodge

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Dates

n/a

01 Jan - 31 Dec

n/a Green Mid Peak Green Mid Peak

01 01 01 01 01 01 01

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD 93

Upgrade Charge pp single USD 123

261 711 1,473 1,815 1,221 1,677 2,328

261 711 2,025 2,448 1,734 2,577 3,471

Forest

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Suite)

Jan – 31 Dec Apr - 31 May Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec Apr - 31 May Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

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Uganda Albertine Adventure (TFH 2014 FIT 08): Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. Transfer to Budongo via rhino tracking and lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Chimp tracking in Budongo Forest. After lunch transfer to Paraa (2hrs) for a private sundowner cruise on the Nile. Early morning game drive around the Nile delta. Afternoon private cruise to the Falls. Transfer to Pakuba airstrip (30mins) for scheduled flight to Bwindi. Met and transferred by lodge vehicle. Optional extra activities (see price table) Gorilla tracking Depart for Kihihi airstrip (1hr 30mins) for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Met and transferred to guesthouse for lunch and relaxation, before heading back to airport for your international departure flight out.

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Budongo Eco-Lodge

Full Board

Paraa Safari Lodge

Full Board

Paraa Safari Lodge

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs Mahogany Springs

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Uganda Albertine Adventure: Season

Dates

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) Green 01 Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov 5,465 Peak 01 Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; 01 - 31 Dec 5,600 Optional activities on day 6: gorilla tracking at $600pp, Batwa Experience at $85pp

Gorilla Single Room permits Supplement pp USD USD (rack) 600 498 600 519 at $110pp or Waterfalls Hike

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Murchison River Lodge (Cottage) Murchison River Lodge (Tent) Paraa Safari Lodge (Queens Cottage 2 sharing) Paraa Safari Lodge (Queens Cottage 4 sharing) Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge

n/a

Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp

Green Mid Peak

Dates

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD

Upgrade Charge pp single USD

01 Jan – 31 Dec

(12)

(30)

01 Jan – 31 Dec

(68)

(120)

01 Jan – 31 Dec

614

1,532

88 93

478 126

252 522 870 1,350

345 252 1,071 1,695

n/a n/a n/a Green Peak

01 01 01 01 01 01 21

Jan – 31 Dec Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; - 31 Dec Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jan - 31 Mar Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

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Promotional opportunities for Uganda Albertine Adventure: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $128pps (based on Boma + Budongo + Paraa + Mahogany Springs - amount may vary for other property choices) STAY3PAY2 - Stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 for Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Apr - 20 Jun 2014 and 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2014 $150 off one gorilla permit per client staying 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 21 Jun – 31 Oct and 16 – 31 Dec 2014 Child under 16 stays free when sharing with parents at Gorilla Forest Camp year round during 2014. Pls note, the minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years. $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice

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Uganda Primate Adventure (TFH 2014 FIT 09): Day 1 2 3 4 5

6

7 8

9 10 11

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. Transfer to Budongo via rhino tracking and lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Chimp tracking in Budongo Forest. After lunch transfer to Paraa (2hrs) for a private sundowner cruise on the Nile. Private Delta cruise. Lunch at lodge. Afternoon private Falls cruise. Transfer to Pakuba airstrip (45mins) for scheduled flight to Kasese. Met by lodge vehicle and transferred to Lake Kyaninga (2hrs). Rejoined by your TFH driver and transferred to Kibale Forest (1hr) for chimp tracking. Lunch at a nearby lodge, followed by Bigodi walk. Chimp habituation experience (full day) in Kibale Forest NP. Transfer to Kasese for scheduled flight to Kihihi. Met by lodge vehicle and transferred to Bwindi (1hr30mins). Joined by TFH driver later today. Gorilla tracking Gorilla tracking Depart for Kihihi airstrip and scheduled flight to Entebbe. Met and transferred to nearby guesthouse for lunch, before returning to airport for departure flight.

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Budongo Eco-Lodge

Full Board

Paraa Safari Lodge

Full Board

Paraa Safari Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs Mahogany Springs

Full Board Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Uganda Primate Adventure: Season

Dates

Green Peak

01 Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov 01 Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; 01 Dec - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 8,673

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,200

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 1,011

8,808

1,200

1,032

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Murchison River Lodge (Cottage) Murchison River Lodge (Tent) Paraa Safari Lodge (Queens Cottage 2 sharing)

n/a

Dates

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD

Upgrade Charge pp single USD

01 Jan – 31 Dec

(12)

(30)

01 Jan – 31 Dec

(68)

(120)

01 Jan – 31 Dec

614

1,532

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Paraa Safari Lodge (Queens Cottage 4 sharing) Ndali Lodge Primate Lodge (Safari Tent) Primate Lodge (Safari Tent) Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp

n/a Year Round Green Peak Green Peak Green Mid Peak

01 Jan – 31 Dec

88

478

01 Jan - 31 Dec

51

102

(444)

(807)

(291) 93

(603) 126

252 522 870 1,350

345 252 1,071 1,695

01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 21

Mar - 31 May; 01 Oct - 30 Nov Jan - 28 Feb; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; Dec - 31 Dec Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; - 31 Dec Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jan - 31 Mar Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Promotional opportunities for Uganda Primate Adventure: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $284pps (based on Boma + Budongo + Paraa + Kyaninga + Mahogany Springs - amount may vary for other property choices) STAY3PAY2 - Stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 for Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Apr - 20 Jun 2014 and 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2014 $150 off one gorilla permit per client staying 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp between 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 21 Jun – 31 Oct and 16 – 31 Dec 2014 Child under 16 stays free when sharing with parents at Gorilla Forest Camp year round during 2014. Pls note, the minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years. $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice (equating to $500pp discount for this safari)

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Rwanda/Uganda Luxury Gorilla Safari (TFH 2014 FIT 10): Day 1 2

3 4

5 6

Activity Arrive at Kigali International Airport. Met and transferred to nearby hotel for safari briefing, dinner and overnight. After breakfast, city tour of Kigali including Genocide Memorial and craft markets. Lunch at a city restaurant and then transfer (3hrs) to Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. After breakfast, drive to Uganda border and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda carrying picnic lunches (7hrs). Gorilla tracking in Bwindi.

Overnight Kigali Serena

Meal Plan Dinner

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage)

Full Board

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Full Board

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Full Board

Transfer to Kisoro (2hrs) where you clear take a private scenic helicopter flight over the Virungas back to Kigali. Upon arrival, met and transferred to hotel for lunch and day room, before heading to Kigali International Airport later today and out.

Full Board

Breakfast, lunch

Price for Rwanda/Uganda Luxury Gorilla Safari: Season

Dates

Green Mid Peak

01 Apr - 31 May, 01 Nov - 15 Dec 01 Mar - 31 Mar, 01 Jun - 15 Jun, 01 - 31 Oct 01 Jan – 28 Feb, 16 Jun – 30 Sep, 16-31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 6,965 7,473 8,105

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,350 1,350 1,350

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 600 1,476 2,331

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD 340 848 1,076 (474) (182)

Upgrade Charge pp single USD 680 1,558 1,840 (474) (182)

260 470

508 796

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Suite) Jack Hanna’s House Volcanoes Lodge

Virunga

Season

Dates

Green Mid Peak Green Peak Green

01 Apr – 31 May 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 01 Nov – 15 Dec 01 Jun – 31 Oct, 16 – 31 Dec 01 Jan – 31 May 01 Jun – 31 Dec 01 Jan – 28 Feb, 01 Jun – 14 Oct, 16-31 Dec 01 Mar – 31 Mar, 15 Oct – 15 Dec

Peak

Promotional opportunities for Rwanda/Uganda Luxury Gorilla Safari: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $114pps (based on Kigali Serena, SSL, Clouds other property choices may vary) $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014

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Connoisseur’s Uganda & Rwanda (TFH 2014 FIT 11): Day 1

3

Activity Arrive at Kigali International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. City tour inc Genocide Memorial. Lunch and transfer (2hrs 30mins) to Volcanoes National Park. Golden monkey tracking

4

Gorilla tracking

5 6 7

Transfer (6hrs) to Clouds with picnic lunch Gorilla tracking Transfer (7hrs) to Lake Mburo NP. Night game drive this evening. 4hr horseback safari inc bush breakfast. Lunch back at lodge. Late afternoon nature walk. Transfer to Jinja (7hrs). Morning jetboat on the Nile. Lunch at lodge. Afternoon sundowner on African Queen. Private scenic flight Jinja to Kajjansi over source of the Nile. Met and transferred to guest-house for relaxation and lunch, before final transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight out.

2

8 9 10 11

Overnight Kigali Serena

Meal Plan Dinner

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage)

Full Board

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Cottage) Clouds Mt Gorilla Lodge Clouds Mt Gorilla Lodge Mihingo Lodge

Full Board

Mihingo Lodge

Full Board

Wildwaters Lodge Wildwaters Lodge

Full Board Full Board

Boma Guesthouse (day room)

Breakfast, lunch

Full Board Full Board Full Board Full Board

Price for Connoisseur’s Uganda & Rwanda: Season

Dates

Green Mid High Peak

01 01 01 16

Apr - 30 May Nov - 15 Dec Jan - 31 Mar, 01 - 15 Jun, 15 - 31 Oct Jun - 14 Oct, 16 - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 8,239 9,188 9,595 9,924

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,350 1,350 1,350 1,350

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 768 1,749 1,916 1,994

Upgrade opportunities for Connoisseur’s Uganda & Rwanda: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Connoisseur’s Uganda & Rwanda: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $110pps (based on Serena, SSL, Clouds, Mihingo, WWL & Boma - other properties may vary) $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014

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Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda (TFH 2014 FIT 12): Day 1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Activity Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to nearby hotel. Transfer (3hrs) to your lodge overlooking the Nile from your own private island. Evening sundowners on the river on the original African Queen. A day of adventure – choose between white water rafting, jetboat, quad bikes or horseback safari. Transfer to Lake Kyaninga (7hrs) with picnic lunch. Wild swimming. Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest. Lunch back at lodge. Crater Hike. Transfer (3hrs) to QENP. Lunch at lodge. Afternoon scheduled Kazinga launch cruise. Transfer to Ishasha after breakfast (3hrs). Lunch at lodge. Afternoon game drive including sundowners in the bush. Game drive with bush breakfast this morning. Lunch back at lodge. Afternoon game drive. Transfer to Bwindi after breakfast. Lunch at your lodge. Afternoon waterfalls hike. Batwa Experience Ivy River Trail through Bwindi (4-5hrs hiking) Gorilla tracking Transfer to Volcanoes NP in Rwanda (7hrs) with picnic lunch Gorilla tracking Golden monkey tracking, then transfer to Kigali this afternoon (2hrs30mins) Transfer to Nyungwe (6hrs) via Butare with visits to Royal Palace and National Museum Chimp tracking in Cyamudongo Forest, returning to NFL for lunch & relaxation Forest hike this morning, followed by Canopy walk this afternoon Transfer (1hr) to Kamembe Airport for scheduled flight to Kigali. Met on arrival and taken on city tour including visits to the Genocide Memorial. Lunch at a restaurant and transfer back to the airport for your international departure out.

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Wildwaters Lodge

Full Board

Wildwaters Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Mweya Safari Lodge (Deluxe Room or Standard Safari Tent) Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Full Board

Ishasha Camp

Full Board

Wilderness

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Jack Hanna’s House

Full Board Full Board

Jack Hanna’s House Hotel des Mille Collines

Full Board Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Full Board Full Board

Breakfast, lunch

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Price for Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda: Season

Dates

Green Mid Peak

01 Apr - 30 May 16 - 31 Oct, 01 - 30 Nov 01 Jan - 31 Mar, 01 Jun - 14 Oct, 01-31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 12,109 12,324 12,901

Gorilla permits pp USD 1,350 1,350 1,350

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 1,451 1,791 1,893

Upgrade Charge pp sharing USD

Upgrade Charge pp single USD

34 62

68 84

168 348 580 900

230 168 714 1,130

01 Jan - 31 Dec

124

187

01 Jan - 31 Dec

122

108

Green

01 Apr - 31 May

514

455

Mid

01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec

1,006

1,302

Peak

01 Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

1,226

1,573

Green

01 Apr - 31 May

844

1,112

Mid

01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 15 Dec

1,334

1,958

Peak

01 Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

1,554

2,230

Upgrade opportunities for Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda: Property

Season

Ndali Lodge Buhoma Lodge

Year Round Green

Buhoma Lodge Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Gorilla Forest Camp Kigali Serena (deluxe room) Nyungwe Forest Lodge (2 bed suite) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Cottage) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Suite) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Suite) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, (Suite)

Peak Green Mid Peak Year Round Year Round

Dates

01 01 01 01 01 01 21

Jan - 31 Dec Apr - 31 May; 01 - 30 Nov Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 31 Oct; - 31 Dec Apr - 20 Jun; 01 Nov - 15 Dec Jan - 31 Mar Jun - 31 Oct; 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Promotional opportunities for Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $319pps (based on Boma, WWL, Kyaninga, Mweya, IWC, Mahogany, Clouds, JHH, Milles Collines & NFL - other properties may vary) $250 off all Uganda gorilla permits for clients tracking in April, May or November 2014, regardless of property choice

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Uganda – Kidepo Extension (TFH 2014 FIT 13): Day 1

2 3 4

Activity Collected from Entebbe International Airport or your guesthouse this morning, and transferred to airport for scheduled departure to Kidepo, leaving at 1230hrs. Upon arrival in Kidepo, met by lodge vehicle and transferred to Apoka Lodge for an afternoon game drive. Game drive this morning, lunch at lodge. Afternoon guided nature walk in the park. Game drive to the hot springs this morning. Lunch back at lodge. Afternoon game drives or relaxation at the lodge. Leisurely breakfast, followed by game drive to airstrip carrying picnic lunch for scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Upon arrival, met and transferred to nearby guesthouse for relaxation in your day room. Later on, transfer to the airport for your international flight out.

Overnight Apoka Lodge

Meal Plan Lunch, dinner

Apoka Lodge

Full Board

Apoka Lodge

Full Board

Boma Guesthouse (day room)

Breakfast, lunch

Price for Uganda – Kidepo Extension: Season

Dates

Green Peak

15 Mar - 15 Jun, 15 Oct - 15 Dec 01 Jan - 14 Mar, 16 Jun - 14 Oct, 16 - 31 Dec

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 2,419 2,998

Gorilla permits pp USD 0 0

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 520 739

Upgrade opportunities for Uganda – Kidepo Extension: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Uganda – Kidepo Extension: SPECIAL OFFER - Travel by 30th June 2014 and save $61pps (based on Apoka Lodge & Boma - other properties may vary)

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Uganda – Jinja Extension (TFH 2014 FIT 14): Day 1

2 3

4

Activity Collected from your Entebbe guesthouse or from EBB International Airport. Transferred to nearby guesthouse for lunch and safari briefing. This afternoon, transfer (3hrs) to your lodge overlooking the River Nile. Full day white water rafting on the River Nile Choice of activities today including jetboat, quad biking, leisurely sundowner cruise on African Queen, bungee, horseback safari etc (cost included) This morning, visit the Source of the Nile by traditional canoe. Lunch back at lodge and return to Entebbe by road this afternoon, transferring to the airport for your international departure out later this evening.

Overnight Wildwaters Lodge

Meal Plan Lunch, dinner

Wildwaters Lodge

Full Board

Wildwaters Lodge

Full Board

Price for Uganda – Jinja Extension: Season Dates Green Mid Peak

01 Apr – 31 May 01 Oct – 30 Nov 01 Jan – 31 Mar; 01 Jun - 30 Sep; 01 - 31 Dec

Breakfast, lunch

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 2,565 2,730 2,883

Gorilla permits pp USD 0 0 0

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 0 448 672

Upgrade opportunities for Uganda – Jinja Extension: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Uganda – Jinja Extension: SPECIAL OFFER – Travel by 30th June 2014 and save (amount tbc – based on Wildwaters Lodge) No single supplement in green season (reflected above)

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Rwanda – Akagera Extension (TFH 2014 FIT 15): Day 1

2 3

Activity Collected from your Kigali hotel at 0900hrs and transferred (2hrs30mins) to Akagera National Park. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, overlooking Lake Ihema, before proceeding on an afternoon game drive. Morning game drives and afternoon boat cruise Morning game drive out of the park en route back to Kigali. Lunch at a city restaurant and then transfer to the airport for your international flight out.

Price for Rwanda – Akagera Extension: Season Dates n/a

01 Jan – 31 Dec

Overnight Ruzizi Tented Camp

Meal Plan Lunch, dinner

Ruzizi Tented Camp

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 1,501

Gorilla permits pp USD 0

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 147

Upgrade opportunities for Uganda – Akagera Extension: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Uganda – Akagera Extension: n/a

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Rwanda – Nyungwe Extension (TFH 2014 FIT 16): Day 1

2 3 4

Activity Collected from your hotel in Kigali and transferred to Nyungwe by road (6hrs) with visits to the Royal Palace and National Museum en route (at Butare and Nyanza) This morning, chimp tracking in Cyamudongo Forest. Lunch and afternoon of relaxation back at the lodge. This morning, forest hike in Nyungwe. Lunch at lodge followed by afternoon excursion to the Canopy Walk. Morning at leisure. After an early lunch, depart for Kamembe Airport (1hr) for scheduled flight to Kigali arriving at 1500hrs. Upon arrival, transfer on foot to international departures terminal for your flight out.

Price for Rwanda – Nyungwe Extension: Season Dates n/a

01 Jan – 31 Dec

Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Meal Plan Lunch, dinner

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Tour price pp sharing USD (rack) 2,176

Gorilla permits pp USD 0

Single Room Supplement USD (rack) 111

Upgrade opportunities for Uganda – Nyungwe Extension: This tour is based on the best property choices in each area. There are no relevant upgrades available. Promotional opportunities for Uganda – Nyungwe Extension: n/a

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Set Departure Group – Uganda Odyssey (TFH 2014 SET 01A & 01B) A luxury 9 day group tour of Uganda’s southwestern circuit incorporating some of the country’s most exclusive safari camps and lodges, as well as chimp and gorilla tracking, wildlife viewing in the remote Ishasha sector of QENP, and meeting the Batwa in an authentic living history encounter. Day 1

Activity Arrive at Entebbe. Meet & greet by a TFH representative and transferred to your nearby guesthouse. 2 Depart for Kyaninga Lodge (7hrs) carrying a picnic lunch. Upon arrival, relax at the lodge. 3 Morning chimp tracking* in Kibale Forest. Lunch back at lodge, followed by a crater hike and/or wild swimming. 4 This morning we transfer by road to Ishasha, taking a scenic route along the foothills of the Rwenzoris and through northern Queen Elizabeth National Park (7hrs). We stop en route for a picnic lunch. On arrival in Ishasha, enjoy a short game drive to the lodge. 5 Game drive this morning with bush breakfast, Lunch back at lodge. Afternoon game drive with sundowners served in the bush. 6 Depart lodge and game drive out of park, en route to Bwindi (3hrs). Arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon community walk. 7 Gorilla tracking* in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 8 Batwa Experience – a living history encounter with one of the most ancient forest people in the world. 9 Transfer to Kihihi (1hr30mins) for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Lunch at a nearby guesthouse and transfer back to the airport for your international flight home. *Subject to availability of permits

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Kyaninga Lodge

Full Board

Ishasha Camp

Wilderness

Full Board

Ishasha Camp

Wilderness

Full Board

Gorilla Forest Camp

Full Board

Gorilla Forest Camp

Full Board

Gorilla Forest Camp

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Set Departure Group – Uganda Odyssey (nett and non-commissonable): Fixed departure date Tour price pp Gorilla & Chimp Single Room sharing USD permits pp USD Supplement USD (nett) (nett) 01A - Tue 01 April 2014 3,490 500 436 01B - Sun 16 Nov 2014 3,680 500 447 Please note this tour is subject to a minimum of 2 pax and a maximum of 8 pax. The difference in price is accounted for by the change in law to VAT on lodge accommodation services after 1 st July 2014. Please also note, this tour can be successfully combined with the Highlights of Rwanda tour – as either a post (for the Rwanda departure of 01 Apr 2014) or a pre tour (for 16 Nov 2014). Please enquire if you need us to quote on regional air between Entebbe and Kigali.

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Set Departure Group - Highlights of Rwanda (TFH 2014 SET 02A/02B/2C) A 7 day tour of Rwanda’s wildlife and cultural highlights including gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park; chimp tracking, hiking and canopy walks in Nyungwe Forest; as well as tours of Kigali, and the Royal Palace and National Museum in Butare and Nyanza. Outside of the capital, the tour uses the 4 star Lake Kivu Serena and the 5 star Nyungwe Forest Lodge. In Kigali, guests stay at the original ‘Hotel Rwanda’. Day 1

Activity Arrive at Kigali. Meet & greet by a TFH representative and transferred to your nearby hotel. 2 City tour of Kigali inc visits to the Genocide Memorial and craft markets. Lunch at a city restaurant and then transfer (3hrs) to your lakeside hotel. 3 Depart early for gorilla tracking* in Volcanoes NP (1hr 30mins drive), carrying a picnic lunch. 4 Depart early for golden monkey tracking* in Volcanoes NP (1hr 30mins drive), carrying a picnic lunch. Later, drive to Kigali (3hrs). 5 Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park today (6hrs) via visits to the Royal Palace art gallery and National Museum. 6 Chimp tracking* in Cyamudongo Forest this morning, lunch back at lodge. Afternoon canopy walk. 7 Depart early for Kamembe Airport (1hr) and commercial flight back to Kigali. Met on arrival and taken for lunch in Kigali, before transferring back to the airport for your international departure. *Subject to availability of permits

Overnight Hotel des Mille Collines

Meal Plan Dinner

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Full Board

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Full Board

Hotel des Mille Collines

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Set Departure Group - Highlights of Rwanda (nett and non-commissonable): Fixed departure date Tour price pp Gorilla permits pp Single Room sharing USD USD Supplement USD (nett) (nett) 02A - Wed 26 Mar 2014 2,962 750 330 02B – Sun 25 May 2014 2,962 750 330 02C - Mon 24 Nov 2014 2,962 750 330 Please note this tour is subject to a minimum of 2 pax and a maximum of 8 pax, and subject to primate tracking permit availability. Please also note, this tour can be successfully combined with the preceding Uganda Odyssey tour departures as either a pre (for 26 Mar 2014) or a post (for 24 Nov 2014), or with the more affordable Highlights of Uganda tour (departs 17 May 2014 – see next page). Please enquire if you need us to quote on regional air between Entebbe and Kigali.

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Set Departure Group – Highlights of Uganda (TFH 2014 SET 03A) This 9 day tour of Uganda offers great value – including all the best wildlife experiences of the south and west of this beautiful country and using charming lodges offering good quality accommodation. Day 1

Activity Arrive at Entebbe. Meet & greet by a TFH representative and transferred to your nearby guesthouse. 2 Depart for Kibale Forest (7hrs) carrying a picnic lunch. Upon arrival, relax at the lodge. 3 Morning chimp tracking* in Kibale Forest. Lunch back at lodge, followed by a crater hike this afternoon. 4 This morning we transfer by road to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3hrs) where we enjoy a scenic drive through the park, taking in the Katwe crater fields where we can enjoy our picnic lunch. Later, we enjoy a game drive en route to our lodge. 5 Game drive this morning around Kasenyi Plains. Continue to Mweya Safari Lodge for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. 6 Depart lodge and transfer to Bwindi (5hrs) enjoying a game drive en route in the Ishasha sector (searching for tree-climbing lions). Take picnic lunch en route. 7 Gorilla tracking* in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 8 Batwa Experience – a living history encounter with one of the most ancient forest people in the world. 9 Transfer to Kihihi (1hr30mins) for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Lunch at a nearby guesthouse and transfer back to the airport for your international flight home. *Subject to availability of permits

Overnight Boma Guesthouse

Meal Plan Dinner

Primate Lodge

Full Board

Primate Lodge

Full Board

Kyambura Game Lodge

Full Board

Kyambura Game Lodge

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board

Mahogany Springs

Full Board Breakfast, lunch

Price for Set Departure Group – Uganda Odyssey (nett and non-commissonable): Fixed departure date Tour price pp Gorilla & Chimp Single Room sharing USD permits pp USD Supplement USD (nett) (nett) 03A – Sat 17 May 2014 3,113 500 307 Please note this tour is subject to a minimum of 2 pax and a maximum of 8 pax. The difference in price is accounted for by the change in law to VAT on lodge accommodation services after 1 st July 2014. Please also note, this tour can be successfully combined with the preceding Highlights of Rwanda tour – as a pre tour (for the Rwanda departure of 25 May 2014). Please enquire if you need us to quote on regional air between Entebbe and Kigali.

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The following drivetimes are a guide only. Weather and local traffic conditions can affect timings. Wherever possible, your clients will be advised of any significant changes if they occur during their safari. All times are expressed in hours and minutes where 1:50 is one hour and fifty minutes. If an airstrip or destination is not on this table, please ask your tour consultant for more information. Uganda Drivetimes

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Rwanda Drivetimes

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For the purposes of briefing your clients on what to expect on the day, please do share with them the following primate tracking guidelines. We have prepared guidelines specifically for gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, and other primate encounters below. A) GORILLA TRACKING GUIDELINES Uganda There are a total of 10 habituated gorilla families in Uganda, all located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south west of the country. Each group receives a maximum of 8 visitors per day. Each tracking permit holder is assigned a particular gorilla family on the day, but your permit will be for a particular area of the park as follows: Buhoma (Northern Bwindi) Buhoma gorilla families include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura (24 permits total). Ruhija (Northern Bwindi) Ruhija based families include Orozugo and Bitukura (16 permits total). Basic accommodation is available here, but we recommend using the better lodges in Buhoma, which can make for a much longer tracking day. Ruhija is a 40km drive from Buhoma, which can take 2hrs30mins depending on road conditions. Nkuringo (Southern Bwindi) Nkuringo is home to only one gorilla group, also named Nkuringo (8 permits total). Alternatively, those taking advantage of the excellent lodges at Nkuringo, can also track from Rushaga, which is only 30-45mins drive away. Rushaga (Southern Bwindi) Rushaga-based gorilla families include Mishaya, Nshongi, Kyahungye and Bweza (32 permits total). There is occasionally an eleventh ‘splinter’ group available, known as Busingye. The best accommodation serving this area is found at Nkuringo. Rwanda In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. Similar to Uganda, permits are allocated to a family on the day, but in Rwanda everyone is briefed in one central location at Park HQ. The groups in Volcanoes National Park include: Kwitonda, Hirwa, Agashya, Umubano, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Susa, Karisimbi, Ugenda and Bwenge. They inhabit gentler slopes and more open bush compared to their Ugandan counterparts. However, the altitude here is much greater (2,500-3,000 metres or 8,200-9,800 feet).

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Background Gorilla tracking was introduced in Rwanda and Uganda as a form of sustainable wildlife tourism to support the conservation of these critically endangered primates. After its introduction, both populations of mountain gorillas (in Bwindi and in the Virungas) have seen significant growth in numbers and gorilla tourism remains an important foundation for much of the conservation and community development in both areas. In order to become habituated to the presence of tourists, each gorilla group has undergone an extremely delicate process for up to five years, gradually accustomizing them to the presence of humans. This allows a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. However, the gorillas are by no means tame, and care needs to be taken to interact with them and the forest in a responsible way. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide on your trek who will carry out a pre-departure brief at the start of the tracking point, informing you of ‘gorilla etiquette’. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, whatever the weather. Tracking commences in Uganda every morning from the park headquarters at 8:00am. In Rwanda, the meeting time at the park headquarters is at the earlier time of 7:00am. The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. For this reason, one group cannot be said to be easier to track than another. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with steep slopes, and dense vegetation. In addition, the altitude means participants do need to be physically fit in order to enjoy the hike. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is to avoid causing the animals any undue stress or getting them overly used to human interactions. After this, you will return to the park headquarters and your camp. If for some reason you are unable to complete your excursion to the gorillas, you will either be able to return immediately to the base of the trail with a porter OR you will be asked to remain where you are with a porter until the group returns. Illness You will not be able to track the gorillas if you are unwell, as gorillas are highly susceptible to human illnesses. If you suspect that you have a contagious illness such as a common cold, influenza or diarrhoea, please report to the guide at the park headquarters. In certain cases, you may be refunded the cost of your gorilla permit. If you do not disclose your illness, and the guide detects it, you will be barred from tracking, and your permit price will definitely not be refunded. Tracking conditions These can vary greatly according to the location of the gorillas. It is entirely possible that you will find the gorillas quite quickly and be back at your lodge for lunch; or you could face a three or four hour hike (sometimes even longer) each way. You will carry picnic lunches in case you are out all day.

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It is important to be in good physical condition, as you are likely to find yourself climbing up steep slopes at high altitudes, scrambling through, over, and under dense undergrowth with nettles, barbed vines, and bamboo thickets and crossing slippery and muddy terrain. Correct footwear and clothing are essential! Fitness and disability A general level of basic fitness is normally recommended for Gorilla tracking. It is not recommended to go gorilla tacking if you have any kind of heart or back problem. Travellers who are concerned about their general fitness levels, or have certain medical conditions and/or physical disabilities should advise The Far Horizons of their situation at the time of booking (or at the time such a situation occurs should this be after the reservation is made). The Far Horizons has a history of helping clients who have certain conditions that would normally prevent participation. We have a purpose-built ‘off road’ sedan chair that can be used to transport someone to the location of the gorillas, to allow those with reduced fitness levels or medical disabilities to track the gorillas in comfort and with dignity. So please do let us know your requirements when you enquire and we will do our best to help. Porters Should you wish to, you will have the opportunity to hire a porter for the duration of your trek. We recommend hiring a porter, whatever your fitness levels. They offer valuable assistance and their payment provides an important stream of income to communities living around the park. The cost of porters is not included in your tour price and is currently US$15 per porter per day. Please note that your porter can only carry one bag; any additional items must be carried by you or a second porter (on a one bag per porter basis). What to expect during the tracking You will hike to the spot where the gorilla family was last seen the previous day. All tracker guides are experienced in looking for signs of the gorillas’ location, for example, footprints, dung, chewed bamboo and celery stalks, as well as abandoned nests. Gorillas soil their nests and then abandon them to build new ones each night, and trackers are able to tell the age of the nests as well as which group made them – though this is more difficult on rainy days. Trackers generally do allow time to stop and rest along the trail. However, they tend to hike at a steady, somewhat upbeat pace throughout the excursion, for they must be mindful of the time to ensure that you will be able to reach the gorillas, spend a full hour with them, and make it back down the trail before dark. If you occasionally lag behind the group to take photos or are having difficulty negotiating a steep or slippery portion of the trail, your porter will assist you; but the rest of the group will most likely continue on. Reaching the Gorillas You will probably smell the gorillas before you actually see them. When you reach them, the tracker will ask all those not in possession of a permit to stay back, and slowly move forward with only the

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permit-holders. The tracker may make soft grunting sounds to assure the group that friends are approaching. Although gorillas make very few vocalizations, these sounds are used by the gorilla family members to reassure each other. If your trek to find the gorillas has not been unusually long, you are likely to reach their location during their long midday rest and play period. At this time of day, the dominant male (usually a silverback) generally lounges on the ground or against a tree while youngsters roll in the vegetation and climb on trees, vines, and each other. Females nurse and play with their infants. Occasionally, a curious youngster may approach you or someone in your group. Though it is tempting to touch, this is STRICTLY forbidden. Your tracking group will be instructed to stay together and crouch down whilst observing the gorillas. This is so the dominant male can see you at all times and the family does not feel threatened, surrounded, or overwhelmed. Never stare directly into the eyes of a gorilla, for a fixed stare is as aggressive to them as it is to most humans. Although you may find a gorilla looking directly at you, you should maintain a subservient stance and look at it sideways or from a lower height. Sometimes, as a release of tension or as a display to the rest of the group, a male gorilla may charge and beat his chest, tearing up vegetation and hurling his tremendous frame directly towards you. You must stand your ground, maintain a subordinate, crouching position, and do your best not to flinch. It is likely that the gorilla will stop before actually reaching you and calmly return to his previous location – often with a smug backwards glance at you!

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You must always follow the instructions of your guide. He understands the gorillas well and has daily contact with them. Always remain in a quiet, compact group behind the guide, who will attempt to position you in such a way that the dominant male of the group can see you at all times. If the dominant male gorilla (usually a Silverback) approaches you at close range, or in the unlikely event that he charges, it is very important that you do not move. Remain exactly where you are, look downward, and adopt a submissive, crouched posture. NEVER make any sudden moves or loud noises in the presence of the gorillas. If a young gorilla approaches, never (under any circumstances) make any move to touch it. Your guide, in certain instances, may take steps to discourage a youngster from touching you, as this could create a threatening situation with the dominant male. Avoid taking an excessive number of photographs, and NEVER use a flash when photographing the gorillas. Familiarise yourself with the workings of your camera before the track to alter the film speed settings, and make sure that your flash is taped over if you cannot switch it off. Only visitors in good health AT THE TIME OF THE EXCURSION will be permitted to track gorillas, as gorillas are susceptible to colds and other respiratory diseases transmitted by humans. All visitors must be physically fit and capable of enduring a walk of several hours in difficult terrain (as previously described). Each gorilla family may be visited only once each day. All gorilla visits are limited to a maximum of eight persons per gorilla family for a maximum length of one hour. It is not possible to do gorilla tracking on a private basis. Smoking, eating, and/or drinking are not permitted within 200 metres of a gorilla family. It is prohibited to destroy any vegetation unnecessarily and to make open fires in the national parks and reserves. The flora and fauna of national parks and reserves are strictly protected. All visitors must carry their own litter with them out of the park or reserve, leaving NOTHING behind. Children under the age of 15 cannot be accepted on gorilla tracking excursions.

Finally, please note The Far Horizons does not control the administration or play any part in the operation of Uganda's or Rwanda’s national parks or reserves. These areas are the sole responsibility of local authorities. The Far Horizons does not employ any of the local guides, gorilla trackers, or porters and, therefore, cannot accept responsibility for the manner in which they operate. Travellers should keep in mind that the trackers are local, native-born people who have spent a lot of time in the forest with the gorilla families and that they probably have very good reasons for doing things a certain way.

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B) CHIMPANZEE TRACKING GUIDELINES Uganda Chimpanzees once had a wide distribution across Equatorial Africa, from southern Senegal across the forested belt north of the Congo River to western Uganda and Tanzania. Current estimates for the wild chimpanzee population range from 150,000 to 250,000 individuals, with an increasingly fragmented distribution, comprising 4 different sub species. The Eastern Chimpanzee is still found in the wild in Uganda, Rwanda and western Tanzania, as well as in Central African Republic and the DRC, with small relic populations in Burundi and Sudan. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees call Uganda home – not surprising perhaps in a country which hosts the largest number of primates in East Africa. The chimps are spread across various forests, national parks and wildlife reserves, including some where groups have been habituated for tourism or research purposes. This has allowed controlled chimpanzee tracking, primate walks, or even full day chimpanzee habituation experiences, to take place. The number of visitors, the nature of the experience, and the minimum age restrictions vary by location – please see below for details: Kanyiyo Pabidi Forest (part of the larger Budongo Forest) Located in the southern sector of Murchison Falls Conservation Area, Kaniyo Pabidi covers an area of 268km2 within the greater Budongo Forest Reserve (790km²). The forest is home to a population of up to 800 chimpanzees, many of whom have been the subject of extensive conservation research studies over the years. Two groups, each comprising around fifteen individual family members, have been habituated by researchers from the world-famous Jane Goodall Institute, making them suitable for visitors to track in the wild. The forest also contains large, buttressed mahogany and ironwood trees, black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys, olive baboons, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Guided forest and birding walks are also available, with the rare Puvel’s Illadopsis drawing ornithologists from all over the world to this patch of forest. If tracking chimpanzees in Kaniyo Pabidi it is best to overnight at the simple eco-lodge the night before, as this perfectly positions the visitor for the recommended departure time of 0745hrs. There are 12 permits available in both morning and afternoon tracking slots, with up to 6 people per group. The minimum age for tracking is 15 years. Chimp habituation experiences are available at Kaniyo Pabidi – the duration is approximately from 0800hrs until 1630hrs, with opportunities to finish earlier should clients prefer. This may be shorter than the equivalent activity in Kibale, but still offers a great opportunity for an in depth encounter with wild chimpanzees. Kibale Forest This 766km² tropical rainforest is the natural habitat for 13 primate species and contains the highest primate destiny of any area on Earth. There are approximately 1,450 chimps in the forest and two large chimpanzee communities have been habituated: the Kanyantale-Kanyanchu group and the Buraiga group. Both groups have 80 members or more. Some of the ancient trees in the forest are 50 to 60 metres in height, and provide a majestic canopy for the profusion of rainforest life here, including 325 bird species. The park is also home to an elusive herd of forest elephant, as well as buffalo, Uganda Kob, genet, civet, waterbuck and bushbuck.

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In addition to chimp tracking, other popular activities include forest walks and birding walks, both in Kibale and the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands. There is a nocturnal forest walk (only suitable for those staying very close to the park headquarters) where there is a chance of spotting pottos or galagos, some of the nocturnal primates present here. There are 18 permits available in both morning and afternoon tracking slots, with up to 6 people per group. The minimum age is 12 years old. Chimp habituation experiences are available at Kibale – clients start out at dawn and end at dusk. This makes for a long, arduous day, but allows visitors to deepen their understanding of primates in a way very few people outside the world of primatology have been able to do. If you’re patient, and make it to the end of the day, you may have been lucky enough to watch the chimps build their tree-nests for the night and ascend before finishing the day’s activity. Kyambura Gorge The 16km long and 100 metres deep Kyambura Gorge is located along the eastern boundary of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and protects the only habituated Chimps in the area – approximately 35 of them. This population was cut off by other chimpanzee communities in the area by human encroachment breaking up what used to be contiguous forest. Because of this, they were dubbed the ‘Chimps of the Lost Gorge’ in a 2011 BBC Natural World documentary. The gorge can be steep and awkward to traverse, with river crossings made via slippery, fallen logs in some places. This makes Kyambura Gorge guaranteed to pique the spirit of adventure, but less likely to suit certain fitness levels or, indeed, to yield the best chimp sightings. Other primates regularly seen in the gorge include black-and-white Colobus, olive baboons and vervet monkeys, and if there is time, guides will take visitors to see the resident pods of hippo in the Kyambura River. There are only 8 permits to track chimpanzees in both the morning and afternoon groups at Kyambura and there is no option for chimpanzee habituation experiences. Minimum age is 15 years. Semiliki Wildlife Reserve A community of approximately 70 chimpanzees are resident in the Mugiri River Forest that lies in this predominantly savannah and wetlands reserve. The nearby Semiliki Safari Lodge is involved in a longstanding research project involving these Chimps, which are being studied and habituated by researchers from the University of Indiana. The Chimpanzees at Semliki live in the forest but also forage for food in the open savanna, so the habitat is ideal to collect data which will further our understanding of the evolution of man, particularly the development of ‘bi-pedalism’, or walking on two feet. Other nearby activities include game drives, boat trips on Lake Albert to look for Shoebill, and trips to the nearby Semiliki National Park to visit the Hot Springs. The Chimp Camp is a 15-minute drive from the lodge and visitors are welcome to accompany the resident researcher into the forest. This is not chimp tracking as such, but a guided walk with the chance of spotting semi-habituated chimpanzees, with the added interest of being able to interact with one of the researchers involved in the project. Sightings are by no means guaranteed, with the best

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chance of seeing chimpanzees around the end of the wet season in November/December, when the fig trees are in season – their fruit is a favourite food of chimpanzees. The minimum age for accompanying researchers on primate walks in Semliki is 12 years. Rwanda In Rwanda, there are three populations of chimpanzees in Nyungwe, Cyamudongo and Gishwati Forest. Habituated groups, suitable for tracking, are available in the first two locations (both accessible from Nyungwe Forest Lodge). In either location, tracking start times are limited to early morning – unlike Uganda where there are both morning and afternoon groups. There are no chimpanzee habituation experiences available in Rwanda. Nyungwe Forest National Park Nyungwe offers up a vast and magical tropical mountain rainforest – over 1,000km2 – for chimpanzee tracking of the adventurous kind. There is currently one habituated chimpanzee group (the government is working on a second), known as the Uwinka group, who have a reputation for difficult sightings due to their propensity to disappear into the forest. Nearby Cyamudongo group often a ‘safer bet’, but for those clients who like a challenge and are not afraid of a hike, the day offers some serious trekking with waterfalls, birds and other primates along the way. Uwinka group has a total of 8 permits per day available. The minimum age is 15 years. Cyamudongo Forest The Cyamudongo chimpanzee family reside in a small 50km 2 patch of forest around one hour’s drive from Nyungwe Forest Lodge. They are currently the preferred group for tracking chimpanzees for clients residing in the area, largely due to the increased chances of a good sighting. The forest used to be contiguous with Nyungwe, but by its very size means it is usually easier to locate the chimpanzees earlier in the day, with less hiking. Cyamudongo group has a total of 8 permits per day available, with a minimum age of 15 years. What to expect when tracking The experience starts with a briefing at park headquarters on what to expect and how to behave when in the presence of these primates. Just like in the case of gorilla tracking, a certain ‘chimp’ etiquette is advised, including (but not limited to) respecting minimum distance rule and regulations, keeping voices low and movements gentle, not tracking when ill, not using camera flashes and no littering in the forest. The same guidelines for what to wear/bring on the day also apply, though please note that as the terrain is usually easier, it is rare to find porters readily available for chimp tracking. If required, these can be booked in advance under special arrangement. When chimpanzee tracking, you will be guided by an experienced tracker who will brief you on what to expect. The hiking can take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the movement of the chimpanzees and your location. Once the chimps have been found, you will spend up to one hour observing these amazing creatures, watching them eat, rest and play, and observing the complex interactions between members of the group. Chimpanzees form one loose and flexible community, led by a dominant male, with a very complex social hierarchy spread across a collection of smaller sub-groups. The latter can be made up of solitary

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chimpanzees, mixed groups, or family units of females with offspring, with members swapping in and out as group politics and reproductive cycles dictate. On any given day, when tracking chimpanzees, it is possible to come across one or more of these sub-groups, and rare to see the entire community in one distinct location. Indeed, one of the greatest joys when tracking chimpanzees is to hear the subgroups calling to each other in the forest – the pant-hoots rising to a frenzied crescendo as they advertise the location of fruiting trees or other important ‘news of the day’. C) OTHER PRIMATE EXPERIENCES Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda and Uganda The endangered Golden monkey can be tracked in both Uganda and Rwanda. It is a type of Old World monkey found in the chain of Virunga mountains and habituated groups are resident in both Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is similar to the Blue monkey, but has a bright golden/orange patch on its back. They enjoy a territory of highland forests, especially bamboo, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. Tracking Golden monkeys is an interesting contrast to gorillas and chimpanzees. It generally takes a morning (4-5hrs) in each location, so clients are able to return to their lodge for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation. In Rwanda, it is an excellent activity to plan on a last morning in Volcanoes NP, before an afternoon transfer to Kigali for an evening departure flight. Golden monkey tracking has a lower minimum age stipulation that most other primate experiences. In Mgahinga NP and Volcanoes NP, the minimum age is 12 years. However, in Rwanda, children aged 1012 can track Golden monkeys provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Guided nature/forest/crater walks in Rwanda and Uganda Sometimes, guided nature walks in forests, wetlands or around crater lakes offer up some of the best chances to see more primates on your Uganda or Rwanda safari. Black and white colobus monkeys are commonly seen, as well as Red-tailed monkeys, Red colobus, Blue monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys and L’Hoest monkeys, depending on the location. The following walks are recommended for those who are seeking to maximize their primate (or bird) count:    

Guided crater hikes around Lake Kyaninga in Uganda (at Kyaninga Lodge) Guided nature walk through Bigodi Wetlands, a community conservation project near Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda Guided forest hike along the Ivy River or Kashasha Trail in Bwindi Impenentrable NP, Uganda Guided forest hikes in Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda – where certain trails are likely to yield one or more of the many primate species that dwell there. In certain areas of the forest, Black and white colobus reside in groups of up to 400.

Finally, Patas monkeys, a savannah-dwelling species, can be commonly seen in Murchison Falls National Park or Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. Nocturnal primate encounters The only location in Uganda or Rwanda that currently offers a nocturnal guided forest walk, where potto and galago may be spotted, is Kibale Forest National Park. Unfortunately, due to the logistics of the walk, it is necessary to overnight at a lodge very close to the park headquarters, which makes this

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activity unsuitable for those staying in the more upmarket lodges which are up to one hour’s drive away. A great alternative for is to overnight clients at the charming Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park. This park, and the lodge, is a destination worthy of visiting in its own right, but every evening just after nightfall, semi-habituated galago (bushbabies) feed from a viewing deck. They can be viewed and photographed (without flash – a tripod is recommended) by clients under the careful guidance of a member of lodge staff, who uses red light to safely illuminate these fascinating primates. Getting up close and personal with chimpanzees In Uganda, there are various day trip and overnight excursions available to sanctuaries/wildlife centres that offer chimpanzee ‘close-up’ or behind-the-scenes conservation experiences. These experiences are not with ‘wild’ chimps, so the encounter may feel less authentic, but there is often the opportunity for an incredibly memorable experience, caring for or playing with the chimps. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Ngamba Island is a project created by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Born Free Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Uganda Wildlife Education Trust and the Zoological Board of New South Wales. The island itself is part of the Koome group of islands located on Lake Victoria, with 98% forest coverage providing approximately 40 rescued chimps with a safe haven. The chimps have been rescued from poachers and animal traffickers and some have extremely sad stories. Here they are free to roam the forest, swing through the trees and forage for fresh vegetation, but they rely on the sanctuary for the majority of their food. By visiting them, though clients are not experiencing chimps in the wild, they are directly contributing to the well-being of these chimpanzees, and their overall conservation. Clients can enjoy half day trips to the island by speedboat to view the morning or afternoon feeding sessions, and hear an informative talk about this conservation project. Alternatively, an overnight stay at this island’s mid-range tented camp opens up various more in-depth opportunities, subject to specific vaccination and health requirements provided in advance. One can join a small group of playful, young chimpanzees on a forest walk, with a maximum of 3 visitors per activity (which takes place in the early morning or later afternoon). The walk generally takes around one hour but can be curtailed depending on chimpanzee behaviour on the day. Finally, one can also sign on to become a caregiver for the day and spend a full day behind-the-scenes assisting sanctuary staff with the daily care and routines of the chimps: participate in food preparation for the chimps; help administer medical check-ups, research and monitoring; or assist in the preparation of the holding and overnight areas. Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) UWEC was formed as a Trust in 1994 to revive the neglected Entebbe Zoo and educate Ugandans about the benefits of preserving Uganda’s biodiversity. Today UWEC undertakes various conservation initiatives in the country, including the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, wildlife veterinary hospital services, and captive breeding programmes of endangered species.

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Uganda’s chimpanzees are under threat from human encroachment, illegal poaching or animal trafficking. Several victims of the latter have been rescued by UWEC and are resident in a specially adapted enclosure at the centre. To promote the need for chimpanzee conservation, UWEC have created a behind-the-scenes, close-up encounter that visitors can enjoy with the resident chimps. You will join the wildlife keepers as they interact with the chimpanzees, entering their enclosure and joining the younger chimps in their daily exercise routine in a stretch of natural forest. Always playful, they may be keen to interact with their new visitors, and may clamber on you and explore your face with their human-like hands. Whilst these are not wild chimps, this is a rare opportunity for close contact with man’s closest cousin, whilst supporting a valuable conservation effort. The chimpanzee close-up encounter is available as an early morning activity only, and is subject to strict vaccinations and medical requirements supplied in advance.

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A) PRACTICAL TRAVEL INFORMATION - UGANDA Time Currency Electricity International Country Code Airport

GMT +3 hours Uganda Shilling 230/240 volts at 50Hz +256 Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

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241,038 km square East Africa, bisected by the Equator, west of Kenya Kampala Annual avg 1,000-1,600mm; Wet seasons Mar-May, Oct-Dec Temperate; Avg of 21.5-27.0ยบ C; Hottest Jan & Feb Most of the country lies between 900-2,000m above sea level; Highest point is Margherita peak on Mt Stanley at 5,110m; Lowest point Lake Albert at 621m Mostly plateau ringed by mountains, crater fields, some rolling hills Savannah grassland, wetlands and tropical forest dominate central region, with semi-arid regions in the north and east 22% arable land, 9% permanent crops, 69% other Copper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land, gold, oil, gas Coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco US$1,300 35.8 million Baganda 16.9%, Banyakole 9.5%, Basoga 8.4%, Bakiga 6.9%, Iteso 6.4%, Langi 6.1%, Acholi 4.7%, Bagisu 4.6%, Lugbara 4.2%, Bunyoro 2.7%, other 29.6% Women 54.5 years, men 52.4 years Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42% (Anglican 35.9%, Pentecostal 4.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.5%), Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic Republic of Uganda; presidential single-party system Yoweri Museveni Six equal horizontal bands of black, yellow and red; with a white disk is at the center depicting a crowned crane (often referred to as crested crane in Uganda); the black symbolizes the African people, yellow the sunshine and vitality, red African brotherhood; the crane is the national symbol of Uganda 112 districts including Kampala

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Getting there and away Airport Tax For all passengers on international departures from Entebbe International Airport, airport taxes of US$ 57 (or the equivalent in Uganda Shillings) may be payable if not included in the price of your ticket. Please be sure to bring the right change, otherwise it can cause delays in your check in procedure. For domestic flights, this tax in included in the price. Baggage Allowance Luggage should be kept to a minimum, and is best restricted to one main soft-sided piece and a day bag. Kampala Hotels provide storage facilities. For clients with internal flights booked as part of their safari, please note the baggage allowance is usually a maximum of 15 kg (33lbs), packed in a soft, flexible bag. However, it can change dependent on your destination or whether you are flying private or scheduled, so always check specific terms with your tour consultant. Visas Visa requirements vary according to the country of origin, and should be checked well in advance with the nearest Ugandan Embassy or High Commission. At the time of writing, a single entry tourist visa for a maximum of 90 days may be secured on your arrival at Entebbe on payment of a fee of US$50. Visitors will have to queue to apply for the visa on arrival, so we advising procuring visas in your country of origin before travel to avoid any complications or delays. Practicalities Time Uganda is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight Sunrise is around 0630 hours and sunset at 1930 hours. This varies slightly, depending on location within the country and time of year. Climate The climate is warm, though pleasantly varied by location, with average daily temperatures ranging from 20-30° Celsius (approx 70-85 Fahrenheit) depending on location. Bwindi and the area around Fort Portal/Kibale can get cool during the night because of the vegetation and altitude, and northerly, or lower-lying parks such as Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park can be much hotter. The ‘wet’ seasons are April to May for the long rains and October to November for the short rains (although these seasons are less defined as weather patterns become more unpredictable). However, when hiking in Uganda’s rainforests, wet weather is common all year round. Due to the strong nature of Uganda’s equatorial sun, we recommend that visitors take all sensible precautions. When to travel There is no set rule as to the best time to visit Uganda. It depends on individual preferences, and the destinations and activities included on the itinerary. The wet season (or the months immediately after the wet seasons) can be a great time to travel – especially for photography – as skies are clear and bright after the frequent rain showers, making for excellent light. Lodges often offer better value at this time also. The downside of travelling in the wet season includes deteriorating road conditions, and higher chance of rain during tracking activities.

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During the dry season, there is still a high chance of rain in certain areas (notably the rainforests where the primate tracking is located) and clients should still prepare themselves for the possibility of wet weather. However, on the whole it is drier, and in Jan/Feb it can get very hot. July and August offer dry weather patterns with cooler temperatures, though skies can be hazy from the dust. Language The official language of Uganda is English, with Kiswahili and Luganda also being widely spoken Communications Most large hotels in cities offer the facility of international calls for their guests. Nearly all lodges now offer some sort of wi-fi, but it can be comparatively slow and cumbersome, and is usually only available in the public areas of the property. Most areas of Uganda have mobile phone coverage, although in some cases you may have to travel a short distance to reach an area of coverage. If clients know they will be making international mobile phone calls, the Guest Relations Officer and Guide can assist them in the purchase of a local SIM card but the handset or device must be unlocked prior to travel. Electricity The mains electricity supply in Uganda is 220-240 volts. Most lodges use generator and invertor systems, with many increasingly introducing solar power or alternative forms of sustainable energy. All lodges have charging points for personal appliances in public areas, and some have them in the rooms also. Clients should ask about any power restrictions at each lodge to prevent disappointment – sometimes the use of hairdryers and other high-voltage items is forbidden. Visitors should bring electrical appliances that fit a 220-240V British-style 3 pin socket, or the required 3 pin adaptor. Money Local currency The currency in Uganda is the shilling (UGX), and it is available in useable denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 in coins and 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 in notes. There are foreign exchange facilities at Entebbe airport and Kampala, which we recommend using as changing money on safari can be difficult. There is an ATM at Entebbe airport that accepts VISA and dispenses the UGX equivalent of US$ 160 (GBP Sterling 100, EURO 115) per day, subject to availability. At the time of writing, the current exchange rate is US$ 1=UGX 2,500. Cash & Credit Cards We recommend that you carry a mix of cash and credit cards for convenience and security, and that you change about US$200-300 of this into Uganda Shillings at the start of your tour. Visitors are advised that if they are carrying US Dollar Cash with them, the notes intended for exchange should be no smaller than $100 denomination to ease conversion into local currency at a beneficial rate (some smaller denominations can be carried to facilitate change for visa payments, airport tax, or provide tips). Notes printed earlier than 2006 will be rejected by banks or businesses, as will damaged or marked notes. Outside Kampala and Entebbe, credit cards are only accepted in selected hotels or lodges, mostly limited to Visa (please check our lodge profiles for more information). It is standard practice in Uganda to charge a surcharge if processing payment by card – an addition of between 2-8% can be expected. Drinks (extra to the full board allowance where relevant) are often priced in Uganda Shillings, whereas optional extra activities are usually priced in US Dollars. However, most lodges/suppliers will accept payment in either currency, at their stated rate. Please do check in advance if there is any doubt about what your itinerary includes or excludes, and please see separate guidelines on tipping.

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Personal health and safety Medical There are basic medical facilities with European and American-trained doctors in Kampala. You are advised to take out your own medical and travel insurance before coming to Uganda. We will enquire as to your policy details before the safari starts to enable us to respond efficiently should anything occur. Most serious illnesses have to be treated outside Uganda, so we include AMREF Flying Doctors medical evacuation cover (to Nairobi) as standard, for every person travelling on our Uganda and Rwanda safaris, unless otherwise specified. Health We recommend all clients visit their doctor at least six weeks before travel to check which vaccinations they recommend for Uganda, apart from in the case of requiring a yellow fever vaccine. Vaccinations required for Uganda will vary (and none are mandatory for Uganda, though they may be mandatory for transit countries en route) and can include Yellow Fever, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Hepatitis and sometimes Meningitis. For those who do not already possess a valid yellow fever certificate, we recommend that for this particular vaccination you enquire with your doctor as soon as you decide to travel. This is due to a growing shortage of the vaccine in certain countries, which could lead to problems if left too late before travel. Malaria is prevalent in parts of Uganda, and all visitors should also consult their doctor and take one of the prophylactics prescribed. Our vehicles are equipped with medical kits for the treatment of minor wounds and ailments and all full time staff trained in basic first aid. Security Despite common misconceptions, Uganda has had a stable government for nearly thirty years. Personal crime is rare and security measures in the national parks have been significantly enhanced. However, clients should take the usual precautions when travelling abroad in unfamiliar surroundings, and we recommend that clients take a taxi rather than walk at night. Miscellaneous Food and drink As a rule quotes are based on bed and breakfast in Kampala and Entebbe, and full board on safari. Standards of cuisine are reasonable but vary outside Kampala. We recommend that clients drink bottled water at all times, and do not purchase food at road-side establishments. Smoking Smoking (or holding lit tobacco products) in enclosed areas and public places including restaurants is prohibited. Both the smoker and the owner of the establishment where an offense occurs could face fines of $10 to $200 and would have to appear in court. Clothing The emphasis on clothing is comfort. Very rarely will visitors be expected to conform to a specific dress code (unless something particular is tabled on their itineraries). If primate tracking, long hiking trousers are required, with a good pair of walking boots worn with thick walking socks long enough to tuck trousers into. Ideally a good pair of protective leather or canvas gloves should be carried in the

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client’s day bag, to be put on should they encounter thorns or nettles as they make their way through the rainforest. Needless to say, it is sensible to pack waterproofs as well. Safari wear should be loose fitting and relaxed in style with warm clothing for the colder evenings at Bwindi or early morning game drives on the savannah. Neutral, natural colours are best – to blend into the background for the most unobtrusive wildlife viewing and for practical purposes. Avoid dark blues or blacks which can occasionally attract unwanted attention from some of Africa’s insect population. Most hotels and lodges have laundry services, so an excessive amount of clothing should be unnecessary. Please see our separate ‘What to pack’ list for a guideline to what to bring. Photography It is hard to source good quality camera accessories in Uganda so clients should bring all necessary photography equipment with them. Spare camera batteries are recommended, as charging facilities whilst on safari may be limited, and extra memory cards are always recommended. Flash photography is not allowed while gorilla tracking so clients should familiarise themselves with how to alter their film speed setting to a high speed (800ASA equivalent or faster) before meeting with the gorillas – it also helps to be able to disable any sonic alerts or other noises where possible. Local people should always be asked before their photograph is taken and photographing military installations (including the Owen Falls Dam at Jinja and the bridge at Karuma Falls), government buildings and policemen is prohibited.

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PRACTICAL TRAVEL INFORMATION - RWANDA Time Currency Electricity International Country Code Airport

GMT +2 hours Rwandan franc 230/240 volts at 50Hz +250 Kigali International Airport (KGL)

Country Size Location Capital Rainfall Climate Altitude Terrain

26,338 km square Central Africa, 120km south of the Equator in the Tropic of Capicorn Kigali Annual avg 900-1,600mm; Wet seasons Mar-May, Oct-Dec Temperate; Avg of 24.6-27.6ยบ C; Hottest Aug & Sep 1,000-4,500m above sea level; Highest point Mt Karisimbi at 4,507m Grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude decreasing from west to east Ranges from dense equatorial forest in the north-west to tropical savannah in the east 46% arable land, 22% forest, 10% permanent crops, 22% other Gold, tin ore, tungsten ore, methane, hydropower, arable land Coffee and tea US$1,300 11.7 million Hutu (Bantu) 84%; Tutsi (Hamitic) 15%; Twa (Pygmy) 1% Women 59.96 years, men 56.96 years Roman Catholic 56.5%; Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, Traditional beliefs 0.1% Kinyarwanda, French, English, Some Kiswahili Republic of Rwanda; presidential multi-party system Paul Kagame Blue, yellow and green with a sun in the top right hand corner 4 provinces (Eastern, Northern, Western, Southern) and 1 city (Kigali)

Vegetation Land Use Natural resources Main exports GDP per capita Population Ethnic groups Life expectancy Religions Official languages Government President National Flag Administration

Getting there and away Airport Tax For all passengers on international departures from Kigali International Airport, airport tax of US$ 37 (or the equivalent in Rwanda francs) may be payable if not included in the price of your ticket. Baggage Allowance Luggage should be kept to a minimum, and is best restricted to one main soft-sided piece and an overnight bag. Kigali hotels will often provide storage facilities but please check with us in advance so that this service can be arranged. Clients on flying safaris should note that weight restrictions apply, and soft sided bags may be required, varying according to the helicopter or scheduled airline used. Please check with your tour consultant before departure. Visas Visas are required by all visitors except nationals of USA, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Mauritius, South Africa, Sweden, Singapore, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and DRC, for leisure/recreational stays of less than 3 months. Visas for these nationalities will be issued, without application or charge, at an official point of entry into Rwanda. Applications for a visa by these nationalities may also be made at a Rwandan Embassy or diplomatic mission in advance. All other nationalities must apply in advance at the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, or at Rwandan diplomatic missions or embassies worldwide. The cost of a visa for other nationalities is $50 or equivalent accepted foreign

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currency. Visit https://www.migration.gov.rw/our_services/visa/tourist_visa/t2_tourist/ for more info and the application form. Practicalities Time Rwanda is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Seaboard Time. For clients entering Rwanda from Uganda, please remember to set your watches back by one hour when you cross the border (Uganda is GMT+3hrs). Daylight Sunrise is around 0630 hours and sunset at 1930 hours. This varies slightly, depending on location within the country and time of year. Climate The climate is warm, though pleasantly varied depending on your location within the country, though all areas can get cool during the night because of the vegetation and altitude. Due to the strong nature of Rwanda’s equatorial sun, we recommend that visitors take the necessary precautions. Language The official languages of Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, English, French and (limited) Kiswahili. Communications The landline network is small and inadequate in Rwanda but mobile communications are improving as with elsewhere in Africa. Our guides carry mobile phones that allow them 24-hour local and international communication from any town in Rwanda. On request, TFH will purchase a local SIM card and pay-as-you-go credit or data for clients who wish to stay in touch whilst on safari. Electricity The electricity supply in Rwanda is 220-240 volts and visitors from the United States should bring electrical appliance adapters with them. Please note that all electrical wall outlets in Rwanda are twopin, so visitors should bring the appropriate international adapter with them. Money Local currency The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan franc. The current rate of exchange on the franc in US$1 = RWF 675. There are money-changing facilities in Kigali, which we recommend you use, as it is more difficult to change money while on safari. Cash & debit/credit cards We recommend that you carry a combination of cash and debit/credit cards for convenience and security, and that you change about US$ 200-300 of this into Rwanda francs at the start of your tour. Visitors are advised that if they are carrying US Dollar Cash with them, the notes intended for exchange should be no smaller than $100 denomination to ease conversion into local currency at a beneficial rate (some smaller denominations can be carried to facilitate change for visa payments, airport tax, or provide tips). Notes printed earlier than 2006 will be rejected by banks or businesses, as will damaged or marked notes. Outside Kigali, credit cards are only accepted in a handful hotels or lodges, mostly limited to Visa. Further lodges may also accept Visa debit cards but not credit cards. Therefore it is sensible to plan for making most of your payments using cash, clearing payments by card where possible if desired.

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Drinks (extra to the full board allowance where relevant) and any extra optional activities are usually priced in Rwanda Francs, with the option of paying in US Dollars or other accepted international currencies at the lodge/supplier rate. Please do check in advance if there is any doubt about what your itinerary includes or excludes, and please see separate guidelines on tipping. Personal health and safety Medical You are STRONGLY advised to take out your own medical and travel insurance before coming to Rwanda, as medical facilities are basic, and an evacuation may be required for more serious ailments than can be treated in Kigali. In case a medical evacuation is required, an evacuation from Kigali can be arranged. Please note that medical evacuation cover (to Nairobi) is included in the price of your tour as standard, unless otherwise specified. Health A yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers over 1 year old. Malaria is prevalent in certain parts of Rwanda, and all visitors should consult their doctor and take the currently effective prophylactic prescribed. Our vehicles are equipped with basic medical kits for the treatment of minor wounds and ailments. Security Despite common misconceptions, Rwanda has had a stable government for nearly twenty years. Security measures in the national parks have been significantly enhanced. Clients should take the usual precautions when traveling abroad in unfamiliar surroundings, and we recommend that clients take a taxi rather than walk at night Miscellaneous Roads Almost every main highway in Rwanda is tarmacked and in good condition. Driving is on the right hand side of the road. All transfers are carried out in 2 wheel drive minibuses or 4 wheel drive land cruisers. All vehicles are specially adapted for game viewing, and window seats are guaranteed. Food and drink As a rule hotel/lodge inclusions are based on bed and breakfast in Kigali, and full board on safari but our itinerary meal plans will show where we have budgeted for any additional meals required. Standards of cuisine are reasonable but vary outside Kigali. We recommend that clients drink bottled water at all times, and do not purchase food at roadside establishments. Clothing The emphasis on clothing is comfort. Very rarely will visitors be expected to conform to a specific dress code (unless something particular is tabled on their itineraries). If primate tracking, long hiking trousers are required, with a good pair of walking boots worn with thick walking socks long enough to tuck trousers into. Ideally a good pair of protective leather or canvas gloves should be carried in the client’s day bag, to be put on should they encounter thorns or nettles as they make their way through the rainforest. Needless to say, it is sensible to pack waterproofs as well. Safari wear should be loose fitting and relaxed in style with warm clothing for the colder evenings or early morning game drives on the savannah. Neutral, natural colours are best – to blend into the background for the most unobtrusive wildlife viewing and for practical purposes. Most hotels and lodges have laundry services, so an excessive amount of clothing should be unnecessary. Please see our separate ‘What to pack’ list for a guideline to what to bring.

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Photography It is hard to source good quality camera accessories in Rwanda so clients should bring all necessary photography equipment with them. Spare camera batteries are recommended, as charging facilities whilst on safari may be limited, and extra memory cards are always recommended. Flash photography is not allowed while gorilla tracking so clients should familiarise themselves with how to alter their film speed setting to a high speed (800ASA equivalent or faster) before meeting with the gorillas – it also helps to be able to disable any sonic alerts or other noises where possible. Local people should always be asked before their photograph is taken and photographing military installations, government buildings and policemen is prohibited.

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B) WHAT TO PACK General Packing List Binoculars Camera and/or Video Camera (including charger/ converter/ adapter for 220/240AC voltage + spare batteries and memory cards) Torch/flashlight (most lodges provide these, but it is often better to bring one’s own) Personal medical kit including Band–Aids, antiseptic cream, 1 course of antibiotics, paracetamol/Ibuprofen, Laxative tablets, Anti-diarrhoea tablets, eye drops, anti-histamine cream, and any personal medications including malaria prophylaxis (there are first aid kits in the vehicle and the lodges) Day backpack (small) – for use in the vehicle and on walks Small packet of travel clothes-wash Tissues/wet wipes Mosquito/insect repellent (tropical formula – containing min. 50% DEET is recommended) Sunscreen/after sun care Visas, tickets, passports, money Photocopy of passports, visas, credit card numbers, and airline tickets (to be kept separately from originals just in case) Large plastic zip-lock bags

Personal packing list Personal toiletries (most lodges supply soap) Broad-brimmed bush hat or cap Sunglasses - preferably polarized lenses and preferably fixed on a chain/band with case Khaki/neutral casual clothing for safari (3 changes) including 2 pairs of shorts or light cropped trousers, 1 lightweight long trousers, 2 t-shirts or short sleeved shirts, 1 long-sleeved shirt Primate tracking clothing in neutral colours including at least 1 pair rip-proof, quick-dry hiking trousers, long-sleeved shirt, waterproof hiking jacket or poncho, with hood or waterproof hat, long walking socks, waterproof over-trousers or gaiters (optional but recommended), 1 pair of canvas/gardening gloves Casual clothes for evening / city wear (2 changes) including 1 pair of trousers, 1 dress or skirt, 1 casual short-sleeved shirts, 1 casual long-sleeved shirt or blouse 1 pair waterproof walking boots or shoes, worn in (boots are preferable) 1 pair thick–soled comfortable closed-toe shoes for evening wear 1 pair of flip flops or sandals Sweatshirt, fleece or sweater 4 pairs of socks and 4 changes of underwear 1 bathing suit If required, spare contact lenses and fluid, and a back-up pair of spectacles Walking sticks are provided by the park authorities/lodges but one can also bring one’s own

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C) TIPPING GUIDELINES Always remember, tipping is entirely at your discretion with no obligation to pay a tip to either our staff or your guides. However, should you wish to tip, here are some guidelines: In Entebbe, Kampala or Kigali:   

Guest Relations Officer: US$5-10 per traveller per meeting depending on group size Transfer Driver in Entebbe: US$5-10 per traveller per transfer depending on group size Hotel Staff (Waiters): 10-15% service charge per meal, irrespective of group size, and if not already included in the bill.

Lodges elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda: 

Your lodge should have a staff tip box from which tips are distributed equitably. A tip of US$10 – US$20 per traveller for your entire stay should be adequate if the service warrants it.

Gorilla tracking 

If you choose to take a porter (highly recommended), the minimum recommended payment is US$15 per traveller per day. Porters are drawn from local communities, and this payment serves as their wages. Guides (1 per group), Trackers (2-3 per group) and Security personnel (2-4 per group) do earn salaries. A recommended tip is US$25 per day of tracking per traveller to be distributed amongst all the above staff. This can be placed in the appropriate box for your gorilla group (found at park headquarters) at the end of your day tracking.

Park guides 

A tip of US$5-10 per traveller is appropriate each time you receive a guiding service from a park employed guide

Driver guides 

A tip of US$5 per traveller per day is recommended for larger groups, or US$10 per traveller per day for singles and couples

Tips may be given in Uganda Shillings (in Uganda), Rwanda Francs (in Rwanda), or US Dollars (in both countries). Euros and Sterling are much less welcome. Please note that if you are tipping in US Dollars, only notes issued in or after the year 2006 are accepted. The average exchange rate is Uganda Shillings 2500 and Rwanda Francs 675 to US$ 1 at the time of writing.

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D) READING & FILM LISTS Uganda and Rwanda today are both peaceful and purposeful nations, but to understand both countries fully, the following books and films will give you an insight into their turbulent pasts. Guidebooks: Bradt Uganda (by Philip Briggs & Andrew Roberts) Bradt Rwanda (by Philip Briggs) If you like to gem up on a destination before you travel, Bradt offers excellent and comprehensive guidebooks to Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla Highlands (by Ian Cantwell, Miha Logar & Martin Aijuka Depories) This award-winning, interactive ebook for the iPad explores the amazing nature, wildlife, culture, history and geography of Uganda. More richness and depth than your average guidebook and a perfect office research tool or on-the-ground travel companion. Available from iTunes for iPad and Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gorilla-highlands/id562572902?mt=11 Film: The Last King of Scotland Oscar-winning drama starring Forest Whitaker based on the book by Giles Foden (see description below). War/Dance Oscar-nominated documentary charting the inspirational efforts of a group of Ugandan refugee students who enter the biggest cultural event on the Ugandan music calendar: the National Music Competition. Incredibly moving. Hotel Rwanda A powerful film, set during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and based on a true story, about an ordinary hotel manager who became a hero by saving over a thousand people. Shooting Dogs A harrowing drama set in 1994 focusing on the experiences of a British schoolteacher and a Catholic priest just as ethnic tensions erupt at the start of the Rwanda genocide. Literature: Gorillas in the Mist – by Dian Fossey (A Memoir) One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, this riveting account covers Dian Fossey's thirteen years with the greatest of the great apes. Her research was focused on gorillas in the Virungas, but it is still an excellent introduction for anyone seeking a gorilla encounter in either country. The Last King of Scotland – by Giles Foden (Fiction) Tells the story of a young Scottish doctor in Uganda, drawn into the heart of the Idi Amin’s surreal and brutal regime.

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The Worst Date Ever (or How It Took a Comedy Writer to Expose Africa’s Secret War) – by Jane Bussmann (Comedy/Political) A laugh-out-loud account of a celebrity journalist who follows a good-looking peacekeeper to Uganda and ends up uncovering some hard truths about Kony and the LRA. Not for the faint-hearted – Bussmann’s brand of dark comedy can sometimes offend. My Driver – Maggie Gee (Fiction) A light-hearted novel chronicling the experiences of a plucky but accident-prone English writer who visits Uganda. Vanessa sets off alone on safari to distant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas, and life suddenly gets a whole lot more complicated. Abyssinian Chronicles – Moses Isegwa (Memoir) Set in the backdrop of Uganda’s turbulent past, this memoir is based on the author’s own childhood, but it clearly reflects a more general Ugandan experience under the military dictatorship of Idi Amin. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali – by Gil Courtemanche (Fiction) A poignant love story, powerful political statement, and stirring hymn to humanity woven around a cast of characters caught up in the Rwanda genocide. Baking Cakes in Kigali – by Gaile Parkin (Fiction) A warm story of family and friendship, offering a hopeful celebration of Rwanda’s future, though not without some perspective of the dark shadow of the past. Land of a Thousand Hills – by Rosamond Halsey Carr (A Memoir) The thrilling memoir of a former New York fashion illustrator who moved to Rwanda, and ended up spending the rest of her life here. Her epic story unfolds against the backdrop of Rwandan history, and shows how she became a legendary local figure and grew to love her adopted land and its people.

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Safari enquiries and quoting Any requests for safari itineraries and quotes/rates, should be directed to our sales team at info@thefarhorizons.com Sales tools and Image bank We have a dedicated member’s area on our website at www.thefarhorizons.com which contains further information and sales tools you may find useful, including:    

Further lodge profiles Brochure tours A comprehensive image bank containing high-resolution images of lodges, activities and destinations Individual information sheets covering country information, what to pack, tipping guidelines etc as well as selected wildlife and cultural activities

Registration for the Member’s Area Signing up to for access to the member’s area is quick and easy – but requires manual authorization from our marketing team. During our office hours this is quick and usually done within an hour of registration, but outside of normal working hours it can take longer. Because of this, we recommend you sign up now (please visit the registration page here), in order to avoid getting stuck with a query due to time differences between your office location and ours. Mailing List We have an agent newsletter which is sent out no more than once a month, with occasional newsflashes when there is more urgent news to impart. These contain information about key tariff changes for permits, park fees and government taxes; lodge news; destination news; agent educational announcements and special offers. If you would like to sign up to receive the newsletter (we operate on an ‘opt-in’ basis and will never spam you, or pass your details on to any third parties), then please either indicate your preference when registering for our website Member’s Area, or email marketing@thefarhorizons.com to request your contact details are added. Updates to this Sales Manual This manual will be updated from time to time, and a copy is also available in the member’s area for download/reference. We will alert our mailing list via the newsletter if an update has recently been added. If you feel there is anything missing from this Sales Manual or Member’s Area, please do not hesitate to contact marketing@thefarhorizons.com to bring it to our attention. Agent Educationals We aim to host selected agents on a subsidized educational group tour of Uganda and/or Rwanda once a year. These will be communicated via the mailing list. For selected agents, on special request, we can also quote for tailor-made, private educational tours – though these are by definition usually less cost-efficient for the participants due to group size.

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