UGANDA & RWANDA - AFRICAN HIGHLANDS
Marvellous landscapes, countless hills and mountains and unique climates. Welcome to the African Highlands – the home of mountain gorillas, volcanoes, lakes and never-ending nature experiences. This is the pearl in the heart of Africa – enjoy the landscapes, the challenges, and, of course, the endangered wildlife up close.
BEYOND ADVENTURE AFRICAN HIGHLANDS – Rwanda is known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’ and Winston Churchill called Uganda‘the pearl of Africa’. You will have a unique opportunity to explore these two extraordinary countries. Rwanda has cultivated a reputation for being the cleanest, most secure and friendliest country in Africa and, of course, for its growing population of endangered mountain gorillas. Here jungles, savannahs, volcanoes, lakes, and forests are just a few hours apart. Rwanda will astonish you with the majestic mountains of the Virunga volcanoes. In Nyungwe Forest National Park you will discover many primates and the best preserved primary rainforest on the planet. Entering Uganda, you will reveal a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife and gorgeous verdant vistas. It is home to Africa’s tallest mountain range - the Rwenzoris, the source of the Nile and the continent’s largest lake. You will truly be amazed by the extraordinary world of two of the most magical and diverse countries in the center of this amazing continent. Aim to see lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, rhinos, hippos and other animal life in the National Parks. But without doubt the true highlight is the guaranteed close encounter with chimpanzees and the mountain gorillas.
EXCELLENCE PAIRED WITH PASSION, ADVENTURE AND PRECISION
Beyond Adventure is all about exploring the world on passionate and unique driving adventures. Getting from A to B shall become your experience not just transport. We offer you to explore “bucket-list” destinations. All behind the steering wheel of the best suitable vehicle for the challenges.
We dare to motivate you to go where no-one normally goes and we want to exceed your expectations with our one-of-its-kind concepts. We redefine automotive adventures and target via a distinctive teamwork to also extend your network and to create friendships. When joining a Beyond Adventure you will become part of a passionate team and will immediately feel our uniqueness in how we do things.
Jan Kalmar Beyond Adventure was established by Jan Kalmar – an adventurer, petrol head and extreme driver who is constantly exploring the planet on four wheels. This life-long passion has led to an extensive network. Jan has bent the limits for automotive challenges for over 20 years and even set World Records in the process.
For us the experience must be distinctive - we supply the best service wherever we go but never lose the flexibility and individual approach. Therefore have we developed an unique Classic Rally-Style Driving Concept for Beyond Adventure, not competing for the fastest time but instead for the most precise timing. This means you drive and navigate by yourself independently. Of course, the support team is always close by and for the most challenging stages, the entire group stays together.
The passion for adventures is deep within our vastly experienced event team. We always aim for the best possible comfort and always ensure you are never alone. In case of an emergency, break down or a simple puncture, there is a solution assisted by the Beyond Adventure team. So, although you drive solitary, you are never alone, even in the most remote areas. On special adventures a Beyond Adventure paramedic is present to ensure premedical assistance in an unlikely emergency. Same goes for vehicle issues if needed a specially trained technician is on site.
For all Beyond Adventures the team always includes a local guide to explain about the area and inform about local habits and traditions, simply to widen your horizon - as Hans Christian Andersen said: “to travel is to live.”
Behind the scenes, a team of travel experts is on alert from start to finish following your progress via GPS tracking for your safety and comfort - always ready to support.
The experience starts already when signing in, from that moment you can always rely on our support. Our adventure starts at the arrival airport. From here all is taken care of all the way to the departure airport. Get ready to explore the world you never knew existed... the extraordinary world!
Let the adventure begin,
Arrive in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Here our team will meet you at the airport and a shuttle awaits you. First, it is time to relax after a long journey and get adjusted to “Africa time”. If you arrive early enough a guided walk close by the city center will be available. As many planes arrive late into Kigali, there will be an individual dinner awaiting at your arrival. Get ready for your exciting Driving Adventure starting tomorrow.
Total KM: 260
Let the Driving Adventure begin! But before you are “let free into wild Africa”, we will host a team-introduction and briefing followed by a welcome lunch with a fusion of African flavours.
“Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines!”
Make yourself comfortable in your vehicle and drive a good winding road surrounded by rice fields to Nyungwe Forest Reserve - Rwanda’s most important area of biodiversity, a vast untouched tropical rainforest. It has no fewer than 1,000 plant species, 13 species of primates, 75 species of other mammals, at least 275 species of birds and an outstanding 120 species of butterflies. Yes, the numbers are high, but it is just proof that our World is amazing.
Enjoy a world class accommodation within the lush, green valleys of the Rwandan tea plantations. Either relax at the pool or join for a night walk in the rainforest.
Total KM: 231
The day starts early as always in Africa. You will get the opportunity to charge your batteries with astonishing views and proximity to the wild nature. A canopy walk 50 meters above the ground will raise your heart-beat, but keep your eyes open as groups of monkeys are around. There is also time to explore the area around the lodge by making your own tea and enjoying local “sports activities”, which is surely a worthwhile experience.
After lunch, it is time to get back into your vehicle and navigate to Musanze in Northern Rwanda. Your route goes via the beautiful lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga Mountains, which feature eight ancient volcanoes. This dramatic landscape is one of Rwanda’s most panoramic sights – hope for a clear day and make a few stops to enjoy it. Expect to arrive late for a well-deserved 2 days stay in a brand new world class lodge.
Total KM: 236
Have you prepared yourself for the experience of a life time?
Today you will have a face-to-face encounter with the mountain gorillas. Prepare yourself! And yes, we have “Gorilla guarantee”!
Mountain gorillas are wild animals and are moving continuously through the rainforest. Be prepared for an active walk and changing weather conditions with no warning. Once sighted, you are allowed an hour with the gorillas. This is a sublime and unforgettable experience!
Enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the lodge and relax in the spa or just around the fireplace, reflecting on this unique day in the mountains.
Total KM: 10
After Breakfast you are back on the road and sometimes even off-road heading north-west, and it is time to leave clean and beautiful Rwanda behind and enter Uganda.
Still a desire to chase more primates? We will head back into the “Gorilla forest” but this time by car! And it is highly likely to see more primates.
Next venue awaiting you is the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park with its stunning landscapes and extraordinary animal life. Few reserves in the world can compete with this wide selection of scenic views including savannah, bushland, wetlands and lush forests. This park is Uganda’s premier game viewing destination and it’s famous tree-climbing lions are its undisputed wildlife stars. But you can also expect to see elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and plenty of antelope species, all from the comfort of your vehicle. We at Beyond Adventure believe you can never have too many challenges and spectacular experiences, so a very unique night drive through the wildlife area is on the menu before dinner.
Your overnight lodge will give you a good chance to taste the local produced coffee and watch out for the wild life within the lodge... it just adds to the entire experience. If desired finish the day of with a free massage...
Total KM: 278
Do you feel like time is slowing down? This is how proximity to nature and wildlife works - everything moves according to the natural rhythm and you will begin to do the same. Deadlines and “clock time”, as measured by hours, minutes and seconds, melt away. It is called “Africa time” - Now it is all about navigating the road, taking in nature, and enjoying your time.
First thing in the morning is off to the Queen Elisabeth National Park for an another unique Beyond Adventure “experimental” experience, where we are allowed to track the lions off the normal tracks in the park. If lucky you might even see the leopard, which in addition to other big cats is living here.
After the game drive we head via equator to Kibale National Park, naturally bordered by a large area of rainforest, a unique opportunity for bird watching. Besides many bird species in the forest it is also home to some 1,500 chimpanzees, one of the largest populations in East Africa. Here you will experience real chimpanzee tracking before making your way to a well deserved rest in a beautiful, but very authentic African lodge on stilts. What a day and what a sunset. But it is not yet over... A short walk downhill to one of over 40 volcanic craters lakes will be a perfect finale of this day.
Total KM: 233
After breakfast, steer your vehicle in the direction of Borgoma Forest, a magical rainforest where smooth flat gravel roads take you into a butterfly wilderness... and keep your eye open for more primates...
A lunch spot in the middle of the forest has been chosen for you to enjoy the nature all by yourself. Now heading towards Murchison Falls national park on a scenic route along the shore of Lake Albert.
After arrival - and a bit time to slow down you will hopefully be able to enjoy the sundowner on the shores of the Victora Nile! It is time to go back into the cars for an entirely wild experience in the national park. We have had the rangers to track some large cats which we hope to see at night before we cross back over the Nile for a dinner at the fire place.
Total KM: 355
Today we get up with the animals - so an early start! Murchison Falls National Park with its 3,848 km2 and “Big 5” status will surely wake you up. Enjoy the wildlife, start counting, but do not expect to finish fast. Although, the “Big 5” should be ticked off before you leave this park, do not forget all the amazing bird life.
Lunch will be back at the lodge with time to relax. Enjoy the pool if the hippos are not too loud or take an boat ride to the foot of the amazing Murchison Falls. An early night is needed for sure after this day.
Total KM: 126
The early birds can choose an optional hot-air balloon ride over the park or simply take a deep African breath before again heading south. A quick stop on top of the powerful waterfalls before you will get the see the mighty Rhinos in a 70 km2
The overnight location is a private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile. Before you get there, let the cars take you along real African roads – not at all paved and a real contrast to German autobahns, but by now this is surely no problem for you
and your navigator.
Your destination will provide private views over the River Nile and its rapids. Relax here cooled by the constant breezes or plunge into the adjacent natural swimming pool, carved by the river. The evening is all yours. Yes, you will get the best of everything.
Total KM: 365
For the adrenaline seekers an early rise is a must for one of Uganda’s most unique activities on the River Nile – an easy rafting session. You will be seduced by the legendary rapids of this magnificient river. Alternatively, simply relax in these fantastic surroundings.
Afterwards, you will head towards Entebbe, and will realize that you forgot all about the concept of traffic. From a marina our boat will take you to an island in the Victoria Lake. Here, at the Chimpanzee sanctuary you will have the opportunity to get up close with the beloved primates. The Classic Rally results will be announced and celebrated at our well-deserved farewell dinner. It is the time to say “see you next time” to all the similar-minded adventurers, whom you have shared this unique experience with. The team will shuttle you to the Entebbe airport where international flights depart around midnight.
An optional extra night is possible, but the hotels in Kigali and Entebbe are not at our normal standards.
Total KM: 115
AFRICAN HIGHLANDS ARE:
• Amazing roads
• Gorillas / chimps
• Tea plantation drives
• Views over imaginations
• Rwanda = clean organized and smiling
• Uganda = more Africa wild
• Some World class lodges
AFRICAN HIGHLANDS ARE NOT:
• The best big 5 safari place in the world - But best for primates
• Only the best lodges and food in the world - But some are
• High average speeds - But time to enjoy amazing views
• Remote and empty - But very welcoming
• A continent without road works - So better go now before it is all tarmac
• Always 4G network - But close to
• Always super clean and top class Michelin food - But this is Africa
DURATION AND DATES:
10 days (8 driving days) | ~ 1,946 KM
31st August – 9th September 2021
• Toyota SUVs / Pick-up
• Porsche 911 (964/993) KALMAR RS - upon special request
• Porsche Cayenne KALMAR CS - upon special request
PRICES PER PERSON:
Price upon request.
• Beyond Adventure with great food and top class accommodation
• Local guiding
• Shuttles from and to airport
• Classic rally organization
• All non-alcoholic drinks
• GSM / Satellite data connection
* Excluding flights to Kigali International Airport and from Entebbe International Airport to and from your home destination.
Group Size: Min. 10 - max. 12 participants. More waves possible if needed to cover demand. Information correct at time of publishing, due to the nature of the projects changes can occur.