I will be traveling by myself in East Africa for a few months starting in early June. I plan on doing a Gorilla tracking safari either the first or last week of June (preferably in Rwanda), and I am looking for some advice and possibly a travel partner.
As of now I will probably book a guided tour with a Ugandan operator who will take me from Jinja, Uganda to a Gorilla site in Rwanda. However, I'd like to avoid paying the high tour fees (on top of the $500 park entry fees). Can anyone suggest a reputable, cheap tour operator? Or is it easy to get to the site on your own and book the permit on your own beforehand from outside the country (I'm in North America).
People interesting in traveling together, I plan on spending a day or two in Kigali after the Gorilla safari, then flying to Zanzibar for the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and then making my way to Kilimanjaro and then onto the Serengetti. If anyone's interested, let me know.
I would wait until you get to Jinja or even Kampala and then book something from there, it will be a lot cheaper, plus you can get recommendations from people there.
I was that area in December and at that time Uganda side was closed, so our lot went to Rwanda where they saw loads of gorillas. Its worth checking. Kigali I am told was utterly amazing by the way! - I nipped off to Sesse Islands in Lake Victoria at that time and would highly recommend it if you have time!
Is December considered ‘the’ time to visit these parts? We are a group of about 12 Australians in our 60s – just completed a trip kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Do you think this number of people would be able to just turn up at say Kampala and arrange a gorilla trek.
How about accommodation – what is on offer and again is sufficient available without booking?
I have been checking sites such as http://www.travelust.com/rwandaGorMist.php what are your views on them?
We would also like to include some canoeing – did you notice any offerings for this?
Any comments / suggestions would be greatly appreciated such other 'not to be missed' things.