Kigali to Kampala Overland Tours

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What's Included
• Gorilla permit
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• 8 breakfasts & 9 dinners
• 7 nights camping, 2 nights in dorms
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda

Kigali to Kampala Safari Overview

Commencing in Rwanda, there is time to explore the capital Kigali with a visit to the Genocide Memorial before heading into Uganda. Including the gorilla trek as well as game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and cruise on the Kazinga Channel, as well as the option to trek the Chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest. After crossing the equator we finish in the capital Kampala.

Kigali to Kampala Safari Add-ons


Day 1-2


Meet up in Kigali the evening of day one, Genocide Memorial

Day 3-4


Musanze, Kisoro

Optionals:  Banana beer making, basket weaving, visit to Dian Fossey’s grave, coffee tour or visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village or Lake Mutande.

Day 5- 6


Kisoro, Kabale

Mountain Gorilla Trek  

Optionals: Coffee tour or visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village or Lake Mutande.

Day 7-8


Kalinzu, Queen Elizabeth NP game drive and game cruise.

Optionals: Chimpanzee trekking

Day 9


Kampala, equator stops and craft shops

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.



A Week in Gorilla Lands - Reverse - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to Kampala Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price covers:


* Gorilla permit
* Entry into Queen Elizabeth National Park
* Game cruise on Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park


- 7 nights camping and 2 nights dorm stay whilst at the gorilla parks
- 8 breakfasts and 9 dinners including a local meal

Transport in a fully equipped and dieselled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, sleeping mats, tents etc.

The services of a driver and safari leader.

The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute team.

All road tolls and taxes are paid

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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: US$120-US$220

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (July 2022)

Genocide Memorial audio guide ( entry is free of charge) US$25
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfers) US$80
Golden monkey trek (not including transfers) US$90
Batwa village visit, from US$35
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Visit to a local orphanage ( transport) US$10
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, from US$50
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch, souvenirs and some small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under U$20. Other costs to note are money for tips, extra transfers and accommodation upgrades.
Note for some excursions extra transport occasionally is needed to get to the start point of the excursion too eg to the golden monkeys, and so do have some aside for these times.
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as for the gorilla trek. And again whilst tips are at your discretion, your tour leader and driver also appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.
And lastly remember some campsites en route have simple huts or chalets on site. If you think you might like a break from camping and youd like to upgrade to have a bed at some point during the trip, it is well worth having money for this so again budget accordingly.

The recommended typical spending money for The Week in Gorilla Lands to cover the above is: US$200-US$240

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO's website under entry requirements.

Please note that Rwandan Immigration do require you to apply and pay for the East Africa visa online, we will send out instructions for this. The cost is U$100

This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
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Pre and post safari please click here.

Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Kigali to Kampala
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Before You Go

Kigali to Kampala

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "A Week in Gorilla Lands - Reverse" - to Kampala.

A Week in Gorilla Lands - Reverse - pre departure pack

This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

We recommend once booked on a Kigali to Kampala trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

Book your Kigali to Kampala Safari

Start Kigali Finish Kampala Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Mon 24 Jun 2024 Tue 2 Jul 2024 £1715
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