Tuesday, June 30, 2015



This three day gorilla tour is ideal for those that have limited time but want to spend some time with the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With this tour, you can as well fly to and from so as to reduce the drive time between Entebbe and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day ONE: Bwindi Impenetrable National.

Our guide will pick you at your doorstep after breakfast, then depart from Entebbe\Kampala by road and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Have a stopover for some informative talk and photographic opportunity and some experiment at the Equator and then continue to Mbarara for Lunch. Travel through the rolling green hills of Banana and Tea plantations and head to the National Park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge:Buhoma community rest camp

Drive time: 9-10 hours.

Day Two: Gorilla Trekking

Early morning, breakfast with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trackers in a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Buhoma community rest camp

Day Three: Departure

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala\ Entebbe International Airport for your flight out late in the evening.

End of your Safari.

Includes: Meet & greet services, airport transfers to/from Entebbe airport, accommodation and meals on safari as above, bottled water on safari vehicle, services of driver/guide, all park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary.

Excludes: Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Gorilla permits USD600.00 each. Charter/Scheduled flights also optional extra. Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc.

Thursday, June 25, 2015



Parc National Des Volcans is one of the most fascinating parks in Rwanda; it’s often visited to track the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Apart from primates, PNV is a home to over 180 different bird species. Among these include Archer’s ground robin, red-faced woodland warbler, collared apalis, dusky crimson-wing, strange weaver, Ruwenzori batis, handsome francolin and Rwenzori turaco.

PNV is situated in the north western part of Rwanda and it’s adjacent to Virunga Mountains in Congo as well as Mgahinga National Park. The park is surrounded by mosaic of montane ecosystems that involves the bamboo forest, open grassland, heath and swamps. The size of the park is approximately 130 sq km and altitude 2400m-4507m.

Geologically, the park holds about five of the eight Virunga Mountains and these include Mt karisimbe being the highest peak at 4507, Mt Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura and Bisoke .In 1925, It was occupied as the first national park in Africa.

Apart from the mountain gorillas, the park is gifted with flora and fauna because of its diverse altitude ranges. The vegetation varies from hagenia woodland, Afro-Alpine moorland to grassland, marshy and bamboo forest. For gorilla tracking, it’s the best park to visit in Rwanda. It has 8 habituated gorilla groups and so the opportunity of seeing them is so high. Other activities done include golden monkey tracking, climbing Mt Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano, visit the twin lakes and caves, tour diane fossey grave and forest walks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015



Whichever family group you visit, you may have to walk a long distance in steep, muddy conditions, possibly with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. Put on your sturdiest shoes. Ideally, wear thick trousers ad long sleeved top as to protect against vicious stinging nettles. It’s often cold when you set out, so start out with a sweatshirt or jersey [which also help protect against nettles]. The gorillas are thoroughly used to people, so it makes little difference whether you wear bright or muted colours. Whatever clothes you wear to go tracking are likely to get very dirty you slip and slither in the mud, so if you have pre- muddied clothes you might as well wear them. When you are grabbing for handholds in thorny vegetation, a pair of old gardening gloves are helpful. Carry as little as possible, ideally in a waterproof daypack of some sort. During the rainy season, a poncho or raincoat might be a worthy addition to you daypack, while sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a good idea at any time of year. You may well feel like a snack during a long hike, and should certainly carry enough drinking water – at least two litres. Bottled water is sold in locally at the accommodation facilities. Especially during the rainy season, make sure your camera gear is well protected – is your bag isn’t waterproof, seal your camera and films in a plastic bag.

Binoculars are not necessary to see the gorillas. In the theory, bird watchers might like to carry binoculars, though in practice only the most dedicated are likely to make use of them – the trek up to the gorillas is normally very directed, and walking up the steep slopes and the thick vegetation tends to occupy one’s eye and mind.


Tourists are permitted to spend no longer than an hour with the gorilla, and it is forbidden to eat or smoke in their presence. It is also forbidden to approach within less then 5m of the gorillas, a rule that is difficult to enforce with curious youngsters [and some adults] who often approach human visitors.

Gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases, and it has long been feared by researchers that one ill tourist might infect a gorilla, resulting in the possible death of the whole troop should they have no immunity to that disease. For this reason, you should not go gorilla tracking with a potentially airborne infection such as flu or a cold, and are asked to turn away from the gorillas should you need to sneeze in the presence.

To the best of our knowledge, no tourist has ever been seriously hurt by habituated gorillas. An adult gorilla is much stronger than a person, and will act in accordance with is own social codes. Therefore it is vital that you listen to the your guide at all times regarding correct protocol in the presence of gorillas.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chimpanzee Tour in Ngamba Island

Chimpanzee Tour in Ngamba Island


Early morning breakfast we shall drive to Entebbe and take a boat ride 23km from Entebbe to Ngamba Islands and spend time with orphaned Chimps which were rescued from captivity and offered protection on the Island. We shall watch Chimps being fed. After lunch in the afternoon we shall proceed to Botanical gardens to see a variety of trees, plants and birds.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can visit Mountain Gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mugahinga National Park.

Mountain Gorillas Information -Uganda

There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can visit Mountain Gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mugahinga National Park.


Mgahinga Gorillas

There is one family of habituated gorillas here the - Nyakagezi group. This group which was made up of 7 members fled to Rwanda but returned to Uganda in November 2012 with 2 additional members making a total of 9 members:4 Silver back, 2 Adult Females, 1 Juveniles,2 Infants / babies. After the return of the group, it is now open for tracking but confirmation about the presence of the gorillas has to be done with the UWA Kisoro office at least a night before tracking. This is because there territory includes DR Congo and Rwanda and at times move there for feeding.


The park is located in South-western Uganda, covering parts of Kanugu, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a mountainous countryside, which, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region. This is the richest forest in Uganda, in terms of the number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane communities merge. The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs with only a few trees hence its name, the impenetrable forest. This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges. Gorilla tracking began on 1st April 1993. It is advisable to make reservations at least 3-6 months before your intended date of visit.

There are three areas of gorilla trekking – Buhoma which is the most popular and frequently used site and has access to three habituated groups. Nkuringo which is at the far western end of the park and accessed from Kisoro side. Access for trekking here is more difficult with a long steep hill that can only be walked, not driven, for access. Ruhija which is about 1.5 - 2 hours drive from Buhoma area and in one of the highest altitude areas of the park. The groups are allowed 8 visitors per day for a period of up to one hour.


Nkuringo Gorilla Family Family size 14 members

The Nkuringo group was named after the Rukiga word for "round hill" and was launched in 2004. One of the most important reasons for their habituation were problems they created for the local communities by destroying crops and other products. By opening up the gorilla family for visitors, the community could directly benefit from tourism and it formed a protection for the gorillas as well. The family was led by the silverback Nkuringo who died in 2008, leaving behind 2 silverbacks in the group. In November 2008, the Nkuringo family expanded thanks to the special birth of a twin - Katungi and Muhozi - though Katungi unfortunately died at the age of 1.5 years. Currently, the group has 4 silverbacks, 2 black backs, 3 Adult females and 3 infants.


Nshongi Gorilla Family- Family size 7 Individuals.

Located in Rushaga area on the Nkuringo side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Nshongi was the largest group ever habituated and was officially launched in September 2009. It was named after the river Nshongi, close to the place where the gorilla family was first seen. One remarkable fact is that the group is led by Nshongi, who is not even the oldest silverback in the family. Because of its huge size and the increasing number of silver backs, around mid 2012 the group which consisted of 18 members broke to form the Bweza group. The original Nshongi remained with 7 members only- 1 silver back, 4 black backs and 2 Adult females. Mishaya Gorilla Family- Family size 7 Individuals including 1 Silverback

In July 2010, silverback Mishaya decided to leave the Nshongi group with some females and start his own family. He was able to gather more females from other groups in the area, reaching a total group size of 7 gorillas, including 1 silver back, 3 Adult females, 2 infants and 1 sub adult. Mishaya is the only adult in the group and is known for being a fighter who often starts interactions with other gorilla families.

Kahungye Gorilla Family- Family size 18 individuals including 2 silverbacks

Kahungye is named after the hill with the same name which is in the home range of this gorilla family. Since October 2011 the group became available for tourism. With 26 members that are very active and full of life, the family is lead by Silverback Gwigi, which means "door" in the local language. The whole group has 2 silver backs, 3 black backs, 4 Adult females, 1 sub adult, 3 Juveniles and 5 Infants.

Busingye Gorilla Family.

This is a break way family from Kahungye Gorilla Family. In early 2012, this family formed its own group. It is made up of 1 silverback, 4 Adult females, 1 Sub adult and 3 infants.

Bweza gorilla Family.

Around mid 2012, Bweza gorilla family broke way from the Nshongi gorilla family. It was easy for the UWA rangers to habituate the group since it broke away from a formerly habituated family. This was because of the huge size of the Nshongi group and the increasing number of silverbacks that were trying to struggle for power. It is made up of 1 silver back, 3 Adult females, 1 juvenile and 2 infants.


At Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, there are three family groups – Habinyanja, Mubare and Rushegura groups.

Mubare Gorilla Family

This group consists of 7 individuals. The group has been the longest habituated at Bwindi and traditionally has been the favoured group to trek for viewing. However, in the last couple of years this group has quite often been quite far away from the start of the trekking point with many visitors walking up to 8 hours in order to view these magnificent animals. The group started with 12 family members, led by the dominant silverback Ruhondeza who unfortunately passed away in July 2012 after a vigorous fight with an unhabituated group of wild mountain Gorillas. Ruhondeza had the zeal of building a big family in that at one time, the group totalled to 18 individuals. Unluckily, due to fights with wild gorilla groups and loss of members, Mubare reduced to a family of 5 individuals and after the death of Ruhondeza, only 4 members remained. Fortunately, his successor has managed to grab more 3 members from a wild Gorilla family to make 7 members. Apparently, the group has 1 silverback, 1 black back, 1 adult female, 1 sub-adult, 3 infants.

Habinyanja Gorilla Family

This group consists of 19 individuals - 1Silverbacks, 5 Adult females, 4 sub- Adult, 3 Juveniles and 6 infants. This group is headed by a silverback named Rwatsigazi who was a dominant male in the original group and the adult females are led by the shrewd alpha female called Kisho. In history, the original Habinyanja group before separation had never ranged outside the Park. But after separation, Habinyanja A went outside the Park in Kasarabandwa DRC and was chased. This group derives its name from "Nyanja" which is the local word for 'body of water'. It refers to the swamp in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the group was first sighted. Habinyanja is a fascinating family with a lot of drama and commotion.

Rushegura Gorilla Family

This group consists of 16 individuals - 1 Silverback, 3 Adult Females, 2 Blackback, 4 Juveniles, 5 Infants and 1 Sub adult. This group is headed by the silverback named Mwirima, who was not a dominant male in the original Habinyanja group. Two of the juveniles have just turned into Black backs. This group has good reproductive potential, with five adult females been observed mating several times.


Bitukura Gorilla Family This group consists of 11 individuals, 4 silverbacks, 1 sub-adult, 3 females, 1 Black-backs, 2 juveniles and 1 infant. The Bitukura group was named after a river where the family members were first sighted. The habituation that started in July 2007 was a relatively easy process as the gorillas were already frequently encountered by the UWA rangers. Although the habituation process normally takes a minimum of two years, this group could already be visited by tourists within 15 months after the start. Bitukura is a peaceful family including 4 silverbacks and some playful juveniles. They share a close bond and often have 'group meetings' or get-togethers. The family can be found in the Ruhija area which is about a one and a half hours drive from Buhoma.

Oruzogo Gorilla Family

This group consists of 22 individuals with 1 dominant silverback The Oruzogo group is one of the newest gorilla families that opened up for tourism in Bwindi National Park. This family is situated between Buhoma and Ruhija and is lead by the dominant Silverback Tibirikwata. The group consists of 22 individuals including two babies that were recently born. This family is located in Ruhija which approximately two and half hours drive from Buhoma.The entire group is made up of 1 silverback, 6 black backs, 5 Adult females, 6 juveniles and 4 infants

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

9 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari

9 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arriving in Entebbe

Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your guide Dan and transferred to Protea hotel in Entebbe

Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National park

Drive south westwards and stop at the equator for photographs and souvenirs, Drive by local communities and the rolling plains of Ankole, Continue on to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for Lunch and an afternoon boat ride. Overnight stay at accommodation at Rwakobo Rock Lodge.

Day 3 Lake Mburo - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Get up ready for an early morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge and relax, lunch, diner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 4 Chimpanzee Tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park

This is a day of great expereince ; chimpanzee trekking in kyambura gorge Forest. Early morning walk in Kyambura Forest to track the habituated chimps. Watch the delightful apes as they squabble and play in trees. Have lunch at Mweya safari lodge, After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. Crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight stay at Kyambura gorge lodge.

Day 5: Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Ishisha, afternoon game drive for tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Lodge

Day 6 Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We shall drive through the country side passing through traditional home stead and farms, in the afternoon we shall go for a 3 hour village walk. Take note of the livelihoods of the local communities, visit a traditional herbalist, black smith and a local brewery to see how beer is brewed using local methods. Enjoy the traditional dances offered by the community. If we have time, we can visit Bwindi hospital and see how we can help the local community. Dinner and Overnight at Gorilla Safari Camp.

Day 7 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the dense bush to trek for these endangered animals depending on where they built their nest the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed and play.

Day 8 Bwindi to Entebbe, Entebbe – Jinja

Flight to Entebbe, lunch in Entebbe, transfer to Jinja diner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort.

Day 9 Jinja ‘the adventure capital of Uganda’

Take a boat ride on the Source of the Nile

Jinja is the industrial and tourist heart beat of Uganda with an attractively lush location on the northern shores of lake Victoria above the Ripon falls identified by Speke in 1862 as the source of the Nile but submerged following the construction of the Owen falls dam.

The adventure capital is known for the source of the Nile Africa’s longest river, the seat of the Busoga Kingdom, numerous hotels and resorts, the Nile high bang jumping, white water rafting, Bujagali falls, Bujagali shrine, art centres, plantations and industries

End of the Safari

Please note that this is a guideline program that maybe customized according to travellers’ needs and preferences. The variations are normally made to improve the tour and your experience.

9days Uganda safari quotations

Tour price USD 4066$ per person

What is Included in tour price

Ground transportation an exclusive 4x4 safari Land cruiser

One way flight to Bwindi (landing in Kihihi town)

Services of full time an experienced English speaking driver / guide

Bottled water through the safari

01 nature walk per person

Fuel for the hole trip

01 Gorilla permit per person

01 Chimps permit per person in kyambura gorge

All Park entry fees

01 Boat trip on Kazinga channel, lake Mburo and on source of Nile

Meals as indicated (full Board)

Accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary.

What is Excluded

Airfare to and from Uganda

Visa to and from Uganda

All optional Activities

Porters when going for Gorilla tracking

All personal interest NOT mentioned in the itinerary

Airport tax

Travel / Medical / Baggage insurance

All beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary

Tips to your guide and porters

Telephone bills

Souvenirs, items of a personal nature

Notes on Gorilla tracking - Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be fit to enjoy this tour. - Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.

- Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track. - While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. - Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour. We strongly recommend the following: - Rain poncho (lightweight) - Long-sleeved shirt - Waterproof trousers - Sturdy hiking boots - Leather gardening -type gloves - Sunscreen, - Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala. - Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from your home town

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Friday, June 5, 2015



Uganda and Rwanda in particular have several mountain gorilla families habituated for purposes of tourism and research. The process of mountain gorilla habituation can take from two to three years to be completed. Habituation in Uganda is done by a group of researchers, who operated under the department of Research and monitoring which is under Uganda Wildlife Authority

The exercise involves visiting a selected family of wild gorillas every day until it gets used to these researchers. With time, all gorilla individuals are identified in terms of their sex, age and later given names. Once researchers are confident enough that these gorillas can be visited by tourists, they conduct a mock exercise/trips for six to eight months. Once this is successful, then the habituated family is opened for tourism.

Since 1993, about 12 gorilla groups and families have been habituated for tourism and research and of these are Mubare Gorilla group which was habituated and opened for tourism in the same year. Mubare became the first gorilla group to be trekked by tourists which later paved way to other families for habituation. In Buhoma region, two more families were added on to Mubare and these are Rushegura which in most cases is closer to the Park head Quarters and then Habinyanja gorillas group.

In the nearby eastern region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, three gorilla families are now habituated and they include Bitukura group, Oruzogo and then Kyaguriro which is meant for research. In the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there has been lots of dynamics where the few habituated gorilla families have split up to give to new families. In total, Rushaga region has Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Kahungye and Bweza while in Nkuringo, we do have

One habituated gorilla family in the names of Nkuringo group.

In the Virunga Ranges that are shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo, over 14 gorillas families have been habituated with one gorilla family called Nyakagezi located in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park, about 10 or so gorilla groups located in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda where most of these gorillas are spread in popular volcanic mountains which include Mgahinga, Muhavura, Sabimyo, Karusimbi and Bisoke among others. The other families habituated for tourism are in Democratic republic of Congo in the extensive Virunga National Park. Gorilla trekking in Virunga National park is on and off because of the political instabilities that are a characteristic of the eastern part of this vast country.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Safari Car Hire and Leases in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

Safari Car Hire and Leases in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

We offer car hire for both corporate and personal needs. We also provide on time airport transport, long distance drives, co-operate services for staff and school picks and drops. Our vehicles range from saloon cars, four-wheel drive such as Land Rovers, minibuses, and vans. Our fleets are in good mechanical condition, highly experienced drivers and comprehensively insured. Below is our competitive Car hire rates and their specification and kindly note that these rates are friendly and negotiable depending on the length of the contract whether it’s a town service or upcountry:


Vehicle Make /Type $ (USD)

Saloon Cars Toyota Corona /Corolla $60 per day

Saloon (4×4) Rav4 $80 per day

Four-Wheel Drive Double Cabin Station Wagons Pajeros $130 per day

Safari Omni Buses (7 seater, 10 seater, & 12 seater) $140 per day

Safari Coaster bus (25 seater & 28 seater) $200 per day

Safari Land Cruisers 5 seater $180 per day

Safari land Cruisers 7 seater $220 per day

Safari Four Wheel Drive Super Custom $100 per day

Airport Transfers $100 per day

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Monday, June 1, 2015

3 days Uganda+Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

3 days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari


Drive early morning towards the west and have a stopover at the equator for photographs, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have lunch en route. A game drive En route may be rewarded with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and thousands of Antelope species. Budget Safari :Over night at Mweya hostel or Bush Lodge (BB) Luxury Safari: Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or King Fisher lodge


An early morning game drive in this park, provides excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, Enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Budget Safari: Over night at Mweya hostel or Bush Lodge (BB) Luxury Safari: Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or King Fisher lodge


After a very early breakfast we head for the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking and a variety of primates. Return to Kampala after the tracking. have lunch in mbarara, stopover at the equator for photographs and arrive in the city late evening.

TYPE :Budget Safari

USD $1210 per person if 2 people

USD $1160 per person if 3 people

USD $1110 per person if 4 people

USD $1060 per person if 5 people

USD $1010 per person if 6 people

USD $960 per person if 7 people

TYPE: Luxury Safari


USD $1938 per person if 2 people

USD $1888 per person if 3 people

USD $1838 per person if 4 people

USD $1788 per person if 5 people

USD $1738 per person if 6 people

USD $1688 per person if 7 people

Included in price:

Park entrance

2 game drive

Car (open roof,4wD)


Full time English speaking Driver/guide

Boat rides

Chimp walk

Game drives

Accommodation mentioned above

Bottled water

If Luxury food is included

Not included in tour:


Gorilla permit (USD $600per person in Uganda

If tracking in in Rwanda 750 per person

Tips to the guides, porters

All optional activities

All personal interest

Insurance :

Clients should take care of the medical and travel insurance

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