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Before Extinction 2020

21-Day Adventure with conservationist Jess McKelson, to experience some of the rarest species on earth in the DRC, Uganda & Madagascar. Including the Eastern Lowland Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Lemurs of Madagascar that face extinction.

From AUD $9150 per person

Experience some of the rarest species on earth. Witness the Eastern Lowland Gorillas & Mountain Gorillas, cruise the Kazinga Channel surrounded by hippos, observe the lives of Chimpanzees before heading to Madagascar to encounter lemurs.

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March 1st 2020, get ready for an experience of a lifetime! 

The countries of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are home to the Virunga massif and the largest populations of Great Apes in Africa. This part of the world is dominated by magnificent mountains, expansive lakes, jungles and unique wildlife, cultures and communities.

Conservationist Jess McKelson invites YOU on an adventure to experience the uniqueness of Uganda and DRC and to see some of the rarest species on earth. Come with us to see the Eastern Lowland Gorillas and Mountain Gorillas of Kahuzi Biega, and Virunga National Parks; cruise the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park surrounded by hippos, and observe the lives of Chimpanzees living on Ngambe Island and on your trek through the Kalinzu Forest. Hike My Nyiragongo Volcano to stay overnight on the crater rim and meet the orphan gorillas of Senkwekwe Centre and the Congo hounds anti-poaching unit. Spend time with the amazing communities and rangers who protect these parks and experience local culture and wildlife that is unforgettable.

After 14 days, we will then head East to Madagascar, where you will witness some of the most Critically endangered primates on the planet. See our itinerary below. For further details, please download the program. Note: Madagascar full detailed itinerary coming soon.

Part Payment plans available! Don't miss out because you cannot afford it now, make regular payments towards your adventure of a lifetime.


1  Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda
2  Transfer to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. A guided tour of facility and sunset cruise
3  Return from Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Transfer by road to Queen Elizabeth National Park
4  Chimpanzee trek in the Kalinzu Forest. Kazinga Channel cruise& afternoon game drive
5  Game drive Ishasha sector to witness the Tree Climbing Lions. Transfer to Kisoro afternoon
6  Village visit and canoe Lake Mutanda. Optional: Mountain Gorilla trek Magahinga National Park.
7  Transfer to Bukavu in the DRC
8  Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trek - Kahuzi Biega National Park
9  Otter rainforest trek - Kahuzi Biega National Park
10 Boat to Goma, transfer to Kibumba Lodge, Virunga National Park
11 Mountin Gorilla trek - Virunga National Park
12 Congo Hounds and Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage
13 Transfer back to Goma and then onto Kigali
14 Nairobi/Ethiopia transfer to Antananarivo - TBC best option
15 Arrive Antananarivo and transfer to Andasibe National park
16 Andasibe National Park: Lemur Island to visit Ring tailed lemurs 
17 Andasibe to Antsirabe
18 Antsirabe to Ramonafana National Park. Night walk to find the elusive Aye Aye
19 Early morning walk Ramonafana National Park: Black & White Ruffed lemur, Mouse lemur, Bamboo lemur, Brown lemur
20 Transfer from Ramonafana to Antananarivo
21 DEPART or extend your adventure  (ENQUIRE NOW & SEE BELOW OPTIONS)

Accommodation options:

  • 4 star - $9,150 per person
  • 5 star - $10,150 per person

Adventure Pre Options:

6 days Ugandan Wildlife Rescue Centre: Get your hands dirty and make a difference! Your'e invited you to spend 6 days next to Lake Victoria and help this unique project. Spend time working with rhinos, giraffe or chimpanzees. Starting from $1,277 per person

8 days Spirit of Kenya tour: Nothing is truly as wild and raw as Northern Kenya, home to the Maasai, Sumburu and Rendille people and some of the most unique wildlife in East Africa. RAW Africa Ecotour's will take you on a journey connecting you with people, wildlife and communities. Starting from $2,970 per person

16 days Ethiopian tour: Explore the history of Ethiopia, culture, landscape and amazing wildlife over the 16 days. Starting from $4,200 per person

Adventure Post Options:

7 day Northern Madagascar adventure: This off the beaten track adventure will bring you close to the last remaining wild populations of the worlds most Critically endangered primates, including the Black Sifaka, Sportive lemurs, Golden crown lemurs and brown lemurs.

16 days Ethiopian tour: Explore the history of Ethiopia, culture, landscape and amazing wildlife over the 16 days. Starting from $4,200 per person

Best Time of Year to Travel

March 2020

Fully Booked

2 Positions Remaining

01-Mar-2020 to 21-Mar-2020


Single – $9,150

Twin share –

Family – (total for two adults + two children)

Tour Leader: Jessica McKelsonJessica McKelson

Raw Wildlife Encounters (RAW) founder and CEO, Jessica McKelson developed her leading edge eco-tourism model from spending six months in Sumatra, Indonesia, after becoming the youngest Australian to be awarded the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) Fellowship in 2006, awarded by the Pratt Foundation.

Level 2: Medium - Explore!

If you are in good health and your level of fitness is average, you can have a great time on this trip. The usual trekking distance is 3 to 5 kilometres at a time. Some of the terrain may be steep; in which case, if you feel that you are unable to participate, we provide optional activities for you to enjoy. Camping and other outdoor activities are also included that are not physically strenuous.

Medium - gorilla trekking can be optional in some instances due to the location and how fit you are. We will cater for your needs.

Best Time of Year to Travel

March 2020

Signature Encounter

Signature Encounters are unique, enchanting, private, and small-group focused. Our wildlife guides are highly skilled and knowledgeable and include real-life encounters in the itinerary, providing you with the finest travel experiences possible.

Note that the advertised dates for Signature Encounters cannot be changed.

Custom Encounters, hosted by a Raw Wildlife guide of your choice who stays with you throughout the entire tour, can also be arranged. Please see Custom Packages for more information.

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