Rwanda & Uganda holiday
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PlanetWe believe that wild animals should be viewed – with no contact or interaction – doing what they do best: living in the wild. This trip includes viewing gorillas in their natural habitat – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our local rangers and trackers are trained to ensure that visitors don’t call out, whistle or try to get the attention of an animal as uncommon noises cause stress for them. Gorilla trekking permit fees directly contribute to the ongoing conservation of these incredible animals.
We continue to search out accommodation that is suitable for our travellers, while also finding properties that are making concerted efforts to reduce their environmental impact. We include properties that have water-saving measures in place, use renewable energy sources, and are built to complement their surroundings. This trip includes a three night stay at the carbon neutral Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, one of only two properties in Uganda to be carbon neutral. The lodge is solar powered, provides a water refill station for guests and uses rainwater throughout the property for most of the year. They also have an indigenous tree-planting program, which aims to support the native ecosystem and promote conservation and reforestation in the area.
PeopleWe encourage travellers to act like locals, respecting the traditions and culture of the destination they’re travelling through. We also endeavour to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people. This trip includes a street food lunch in Kigali, where travellers will be dining amongst the locals. While lunch is a delicious experience for travellers, by choosing a casual curb side meal, rather than a restaurant meal, we are contributing directly to the vendors and their families. This also provides opportunities for true and meaningful interaction between travellers and local Rwandan people.
The best folk to show you the heart of a destination are the ones that live there, which is why Intrepid works exclusively with local leaders. Our leaders are not only travel experts, they’re teachers, travel gurus and enthusiastic purveyors of grassroots experiences. They’ll just as easily steer you through the laneways of a city as help you strike up a conversation with the locals – and all with a smile. During their stay in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, travellers on this trip will also have a unique opportunity to dine with a Ugandan Wildlife Authority Park Ranger. The ranger will share their experiences of the joys and challenges of conserving the natural habitat of the gorillas, and happily answer any and all questions from the group.
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