Rwanda & Uganda Wildlife Adventure

      Kigali, Rwanda

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      Walker Wellness Retreats
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      43 reviews
      Jul 27 - Aug 3, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12
      Rwanda & Uganda Wildlife Adventure
      Kigali, Rwanda

      Walker Wellness Retreats
      • Email address verified
      43 reviews

      Jul 27 - Aug 3, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12

      About this trip

      Join Walker Wellness Retreats on this all-inclusive 8 days/7 nights Rwanda and Uganda Wildlife Safari, where you will experience primates, game drives, cultural encounters, and more!


      This Uganda & Rwanda, Wildlife Safari adventure, allows you to participate in several activities, including golden monkey trekking, wildlife viewing, a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel, lion/leopard tracking, and a unique cultural experience. All meals are included.


      Highlights include Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale National Park.


      The Volcanoes National Park is the most visited site in Rwanda. It is home to mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and more. While at the Volcanoes National Park, the main activities will be golden monkey trekking and visiting the Ibyiwacu Cultural Centre. 


      Bwindi for gorilla trekking and another excellent cultural encounter with the Batwa. 


      Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most visited and naturally beautiful park. It has four of the Big five mammals, including the rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha. 


      Kibale National Park is known as the primate capital of Africa. The park is home to 13 species of primates, the most popular of which are chimps. 


      Inclusions:

      • Pickup and drop-off at the airport
      • Ground transfers
      • Game drives 
      • Golden Monkey Permits 
      • Gorilla trekking Permits 
      • Chimpanzee trekking Permits 
      • Lion Tracking Experience 
      • Batwa cultural experience 
      • Visiting Ibyiwacu Cultural Centre 
      • Kigali City Tour 
      • Visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary and Local Community 
      • Activities in Lake Bunyonyi 
      • All activities mentioned in the Itinerary 
      • All accommodation and meals indicated in the Itinerary
      • Full-time professional English-speaking driver/guide
      • 4WD safari vehicle and Fuel
      • Accommodation for seven nights (meals included) 
      • Bottled drinking water and lunch while traveling or outside the hotel 


      Trip Style: This trip is active and will require trekking in the jungle and moving from location to location. There is not a lot of downtime on this particular retreat due to the number of wildlife viewing opportunities we have planned for you.


      While we will be on the move, all excursions are optional. If you need more rest, we encourage you to listen to your mind and body and do what you wish during your vacation.

      Meet Your Host

      Amy Walker, MSW, LCSW, CCM, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Owner of Walker Wellness Retreats. Amy started Walker Wellness Retreats in 2016 due to her love for travel and helping others experience the world. Amy works as an online mental health therapist when she is not leading international retreats. Amy is passionate about helping individuals and couples work through barriers and find new ways to communicate, connect, and thrive. In addition, Amy loves international travel, wine tasting, whale watching, and the outdoors. Amy works alongside her husband, Brian Walker, to run Walker Wellness Retreats. 


      To meet more of the Walker Wellness Retreats team, visit the About Us page on our website. 

      Payment & Cancellation Policy

      If you cancel your trip before the 90-day deadline, 25% of the total trip price is non-refundable, as are any airfare, train tickets, or ferry tickets purchased as part of your trip package due to the strict cancellation policy by foreign carriers (if applicable).


      Trip cancellations requested after the final payment deadlines listed above are non-refundable, and guests are encouraged to file a claim with their travel insurance for reimbursement. 

      In the unlikely event Walker Wellness Retreats cancels the retreat, guests will be provided a full 100% refund of their booking. 


      Lastly, we partner with several third-party booking platforms that have separate deposit and cancellation policies. If you book through a third-party partner, please refer to their specific cancellation policies.


      Questions about refunds or cancellations? Click here to view our payment and cancellation policy.


      The deadline to book an international retreat is 30 days before the retreat begins; however, some exceptions can be made based on availability. Please email us at contact@walkerwellnessretreats.com to inquire about booking after the deadline has passed.

      Visa & Vaccinations

      You will be able to get the Rwanda Visa upon arrival. However, you can also do this prior to arrival to save time. Rwanda Visa - https://www.migration.gov.rw/visa/visitors-visa


      You will also be able to get the Uganda Visa at the border, but to save time at the border, getting the Visa before you enter Uganda is also a good idea. Please do not apply for the Visa now because the Visa is valid for 30 days as soon as it's approved. So please apply for the Visa a month before your travel.


      Passport/Visa Requirements

      US citizens should ensure their passports will not expire for at least six months after they enter the country, even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least two blank pages in their passport for each entry stamp/visa that will be required. A visa is required for both countries.


      Rwanda:

      Travelers can obtain a Rwandan visa through the following procedures: Obtain a 30-day tourist visa at the port of entry for $50 (single admission) or $70 (multiple entry). Credit cards are generally accepted at the Kigali International Airport but not at some land borders.


      More information for entry into Rwanda


      Uganda:

      The Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit Application System performs checks against law enforcement databases. All travelers seeking admission to Uganda are required to obtain a visa using this system before being granted boarding. All persons intending to travel to Uganda for holiday, tourism, business, study, visit, and medical are required to apply and obtain a visa online. Applications should be filled out using the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. 


      For the entry point of Uganda, you will enter via the Cyanika border--which will be your entry point to Uganda.


      More information for entry into Uganda:


      Vaccinations:


      The best thing to do is book an appointment at your local travel clinic, tell them you are going to Rwanda and Uganda, and tell you which vaccines you should get. 


      They recommend Hep A and B, Malaria ( though you are going in winter, so less of a risk for sure), Typhoid, and Yellow Fever ( you are suitable for life once you get this one)


      It's good to have rabies, meningitis, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap, pneumonia, and influenza.

      Your primary care doctor or local travel clinic can tell you which vaccines you've already had and which ones you still need. 


      Other information:


      An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers who have transited through the airport of a country with a chance of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.

      http://www.who.int/


      Uganda: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda


      Rwanda: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/rwanda

      Culture and Etiquette

      RWANDA:

      In Rwandan culture, people are very conservative. Most people dress modestly, especially women. Wearing shorts, tight skirts, and skimpy tops will likely get you stared at twice as much as usual.


      Greetings are essential in Rwanda. It is impolite not to return a greeting or to start a conversation without a proper greeting. Younger persons must greet older persons first, and women must welcome men first.


      When being introduced or greeting a professional colleague, Rwandans shake their right hands and may place their left hand under the right forearm as a sign of respect. Some young urbanites “kiss the air” near each cheek while shaking hands.


      Usual greetings include Muraho (Hello, it’s been a while), Mwaramutse (Good morning), or Mwiriwe (Good afternoon/evening). Amakuru usually follows the initial greeting. (How’s the news?) or, among close friends, Bite se? (How are things going?). The typical response is Ni meza (Fine) or Ni meza cyane (Very fine).


      Avoid eye contact with a superior or elder. The distance between people when they converse indicates their relationship: friends require little or no space, while superiors must have more. Friends of the same sex often hold hands while walking or talking, but such public contact between members of the opposite sex is inappropriate.


      Pass items to an older person with both hands. Rwandans toss their heads aside while uttering ‘eh’ to express disbelief, usually when listening to a personal experience. Pointing with the finger or hand is impolite; instead, the head is used, with the chin and mouth jutting in the direction indicated.


      Rwandans will generally never eat or drink in public, apart from restaurants. Rwandan women are rarely seen smoking in public or out in bars unaccompanied.


      Although there is no smoking ban in most public places like bars and restaurants, generally, it’s not encouraged. Sometimes, people may complain of being disturbed by your smoking.

      Rwandans are very private, reserved people, and loud public confrontations or apparent displays of emotion are frowned upon. If you feel a trader overcharges you, quiet persistence will likely produce results much faster than an angry outburst.


      Understand that Rwanda is recovering from civil war and genocide in which approximately a million people were murdered. Many lost relatives and friends. Remember to be sensitive to this extreme tragedy when associating with people. Most people today are trying to forget. It is considered impolite to ask someone about their ethnic origin.


      There is not much political discourse in Rwanda due to erupting violence, unlike in many neighboring countries such as Uganda and Kenya, where people talk freely about the government and political issues, people in Rwanda will be uncomfortable if asked about their views or even if seated at a table where national politics is discussed.


      UGANDA:

      Uganda is a culturally diverse country with a rich heritage, and it is essential to respect and appreciate local customs and traditions while visiting. Ugandans are generally friendly and welcoming, and showing an interest in their culture will be highly regarded.


      When interacting with locals, greeting them with a handshake and using appropriate titles such as Mr., Mrs., or Doctor when addressing someone is customary. Polite and respectful language is expected in conversations, and taking the time to learn a few basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings and simple expressions, can go a long way in establishing a positive connection.


      Modest clothing is recommended, especially when visiting rural areas or religious sites. Both men and women should avoid wearing revealing dresses and opt for attire that covers the shoulders and knees out of respect for local customs and traditions.


      Public displays of affection should be kept to a minimum, as they may not be well-received in Ugandan society. Cultural sensitivity and mindfulness of local norms and expectations regarding personal interactions are essential.


      When visiting someone’s home or a local community, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering as a sign of respect. Food and drink are also expected during visits, and it is polite to accept these offers to show appreciation for local hospitality.


      Uganda is known for its delicious cuisine; trying traditional dishes is a great way to experience the local culture. When dining, it is customary to eat with your right hand, as many Ugandans traditionally eat with their hands. However, it is also acceptable to use utensils if you prefer.

      Helpful Information

      As in all countries, basic precautions should be taken, and common sense should be used. Do not carry excessive jewelry and money or leave them lying around.


      Use safe deposit boxes where available; secure travel documents and valuables. Do not walk unescorted at night. If in doubt, seek advice from your guide.
       

      Currency

      Banks and foreign exchange bureaus are available in capital cities.

      Most hotels and lodges accept Visa and MasterCard.

      In addition to credit cards, travelers should bring US dollars in cash. Small denominations are recommended.

      US dollars are widely accepted; however, older or high-denomination notes may not be accepted.

       

      Travel Insurance

      Adequate travel insurance must be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation, such as hospitalization, as well as the cancellation, curtailment of arrangements, and baggage.

       

      Safety

      Avoid deserted areas, particularly at night. Dress down (i.e., don't wear excessive jewelry) when exploring the city. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.

      Rwandans are a very warm and hospitable nation. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance at any time.


      Avoid taking pictures of anything connected with the government or the military, including army barracks, land, or people close to the army barracks, government offices, post offices, banks, ports, train stations, and airports.

       

      Health

      You must have travel/health insurance to cover you for the duration of this retreat. Please consult your physician before you travel to Africa for advice on precautions against malaria.


      Uganda and Rwanda fall into the yellow fever region of Africa. You must obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination no less than ten days before travel. Your country of origin and other African countries may deny re-entry without the vaccination after you have visited a country with Yellow Fever.


      Anyone who has any particular medication should take enough supplies to last the visit.
       

      What vaccinations do I need for Uganda?

      You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before traveling to Uganda and ensure you receive all appropriate vaccinations. As a guide, Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B, and Tetanus are strongly recommended. Rabies and Meningitis are also recommended.


      Following an outbreak of yellow fever in April 2016, the Ugandan Ministry of Health now requires all travelers to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.

       

      Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Uganda?

      There is a high risk of malaria in Uganda, so it is essential to check with your doctor before you go to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. Generally, it is good practice to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved, light-colored clothes and a mosquito repellent containing at least 50% DEET. For more information on the malaria risk in Uganda, visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler's Health page.

       

      Photography

      Please be sure to bring sufficient memory cards and batteries, as these are not readily available in Uganda and Rwanda. Please ask permission before taking a photograph of any resident.

      Please be advised that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) are not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage until their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.

       

      Passport & Visa Requirements

      All foreign visitors must have passports, which must be valid for six months after the intended length of stay. Please ensure that your passport has at least two consecutive blank visa pages (not endorsement pages). Our recommendation is three or even four blank pages if you are traveling through more than one country. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry could be denied.

      Checking visa requirements with the Ugandan and Rwandan embassies is imperative as it may vary according to your nationality.

      Where visas can be obtained at the port of entry, fees are payable in USD cash only, and we recommend small dominations as officials are not in a position to give change.

      It is recommended that travelers obtain their visas before arrival, as long queues at all airports are likely.
       

      What the Experts Say

      Rwandans and Ugandans appreciate those who dress modestly.

      Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day. Please take note of specific packing guidelines for gorilla trekking.

      Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is, therefore, essential to book well in advance.

      What’s included

      • Accomodation
        Highly rated accommodations for 7 nights
      • Pick up and drop off
        Airport transfers
      • Gorilla Permits
        Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permit
      • Golden Monkey Permit
        Golden Monkey tracking permit
      • 4X4 Safari Vehicle
        4X4 Safari vehicle and fuel
      • Private Guide
        Full time English speaking Guide/Driver
      • Meals
        All meals during the retreat
      • Bottle water
        Provided during game drives
      • Volcanoes National Park
        Included excursion and entrance fees
      • Kibale National Park
        Included excursion and entrance fees
      • Queen Elizabeth N.P
        Included excursion and entrance fees
      • Bwindi impenetrable N.P
        Included excursion and entrance fees
      • Gratuity
        Tipping for your guides
      • Retreat Gift
        Trucker Hat

      What’s not included

      • International Flights
        In to Rwanda and out of Uganda
      • Uganda and Rwanda Visas
        Uganda and Rwanda Visa fees
      • Personal Expenses
        Personal expenses such as laundry, beverages or meals not indicated in the itinerary, tipping of a personal nature for hotel staff ( optional )
      • Alcohol
        Alcohol is the expense of the guest
      • Vaccines
        Any vaccines recommended by your doctor or travel clinic
      • Travel Related Fees
        Any travel related costs such as baggage fees

      Available Packages

      All- Inclusive Double Occupancy
      Available until June 27, 2024only 3 left

      Double occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 2 people.


      Helpful hints: If you have two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages. If you are traveling alone but want to be paired with another solo traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package. If you are traveling alone and want your own room, select 1 Single Occupancy package below.

      $6,595
      All- Inclusive Single Occupancy
      Available until June 27, 20244 left

      Single occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 1 person.


      Helpful hints: If you are traveling alone but want to share a room with another traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package above. If you are booking for two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages above. 

      $7,595
      Deposit: $1,899

      Available options

      Add-On Airfare from South Africa
      $400

      Add-On Airfare from South Africa

      Tanzania Extention Trip
      $1,300
      Sold Out
      Deposit: $0

      Tanzania Extension Trip



      Itinerary

      Day 1: July 27th, 2024
      Kigali city tour – transfer to Volcanoes National Park

      Walker Wellness Retreats will greet you at the airport. Please collect your baggage and exit, where Amy Walker will be holding a WALKER WELLNESS RETREATS sign.


      We will start the day with a Kigali city tour. We will visit the Kigali genocide memorial site, Kandt house museum, and Kimoronko market. After that, have lunch, then transfer to Volcanoes National Park. It's a 3-hour drive from Kigali through the fantastic countryside with beautiful rolling hills and countryside. 


      Upon arrival, connect to the Iby'iwacu Cultural Village for a cultural experience. This is where you will learn about the people and culture of Rwanda. You will enjoy the cultural heritage through dance, drama, and storytelling, and participate and buy one of the local souvenirs. Depending on the time, you will end the day with a visit to the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. 


      Proceed to your booked lodge for check-in, relaxation, dinner, and overnight  

      stay at Virunga Inn Lodge 

      Your Organizer


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      Welcome to Walker Wellness Retreats! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We created Walker Wellness Retreats to share the positive impact travel can have with as many people as possible. Travel makes the world seem not so large. It opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Together we can use our diverse skills and experience of traveling the world to design and plan incredible adventures to bring like-minded travelers together to unique places around the globe!

      Reviews

      AC
      To say I was forever changed by this trip would be an understatement. This was my second retreat with Walker Wellness and everything was perfect. I always believe the yoga, hiking and gourmet meals will be my favorite part. But I find the people I meet to be the most moving part of the entire experience. I have developed a deeper sense of myself, increased inner peace and lasting friendships. What more could you ask for?
      By Abby C for Sedona Hiking & Yoga on Jun 12, 2024
      Thank you, Abby, for your kind words and ongoing support! We look forward to traveling with you again soon.
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on Jun 12, 2024
      WW
      Phenomenal from start of finish, first-class accommodations in a private home, nestled in the mountains near Zion. Our retreat host/yoga instructor lead beautiful practice in the mornings and evenings, complete with mandala and essential oils. Yoga mats and props were provided. The beauty of having a van transport you to and from the park every day was a huge plus. The food was delicious and nutritious with plenty of options for the vegan or vegetarian. Breakfast was served and dining was serene outside on the deck overlooking the mountains and forest. Lunch fixings were laid out where you assembled, and then were able to put into your backpack and take on your hike. Returning from a day of hiking, we had restorative yoga in the evenings and then were treated to gourmet dinners with healthy and decadent options. The hot tub underneath the stars was a nice bonus after a day on the hiking trails. Sleeping rooms were spacious, showers were nice and clean with good pressure. Snacks were provided and we never were wanting for anything. Every need was taken care of for a particularly relaxing experience, unplugged. Hiking Scout's Lookout and Angel's Landing, one of our retreat members received the lottery and the Narrows opened up on our last day. The beauty of Southern Utah with the luxurious experience that Walker Wellness provides, we were very prepared with the Zoom call prior to the event. I will definitely be back, hopefully to Sedona or Yellowstone. Walker Wellness is the way to go!
      By Shari M for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 22, 2024
      Thank you for your kind words, Shari! We loved hosting you and hope to see you again soon at another retreat!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 22, 2024
      WW
      The Zion / Bryce Canyon Hiking + Yoga Retreat was all I wished for and more! Super well organized, delicious food, lovely yoga sessions! Highly recommend!
      By Cheryl G for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 22, 2024
      Thank you for your feedback, Cheryl! We're so happy to hear you had a great time in Zion. We'd love to see you on another retreat soon!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 22, 2024
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      JD
      Kudos to Alle(Alley cat💕) a superb yoga leader and retreat guide extraordinaire! I am fresh back from Walker Wellness’s Zion/Bryce Canyon yoga retreat and I have to say it is one of the best trip experiences in my life to date. The yoga was tailored to our group of warm, friendly, and interesting women’s needs. I feel so blessed to have met such a nice group of women! The parks were stunning and the hikes were spectacular! There were plenty of opportunities for photo ops and shopping in the parks and in the quaint town just outside of Zion. Meals were prepared by Amber who was creative and inventive and a smiling face every morning over coffee /tea and breakfast. And just in case meals were not enough there were plenty of yummy snacks available. I will definitely be planning another trip with Walker Wellness! My thanks and praise to Alle and Amber!!
      By Jill D for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 11, 2024
      The Zion & Bryce Canyon Retreat was INCREDIBLE. Perfect blend of yoga, hiking, nature and community. The food was delicious and nutritious. The facilitator Alle was an absolute delight. I'd highly recommend this experience!
      By Emily H for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 08, 2024
      Thank you Emily! So glad to hear to had a wonderful time. Hope we see you on another retreat here soon!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 08, 2024
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