GORILLAS IN THE MIST
Explore the volcanic mountains of Rwanda & Uganda, to witness the true glory of the Great Apes. The Silverbacks are a sight to reckon with.
Activity Level Challenging
Accomodation Type Luxury
Nestled just south of the equator, Rwanda is commonly known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ and mystifies with its undulating luscious mountains and chain of seven volcanoes that punctuate Central Africa’s landscape. Since its dark days of the Genocide, Rwanda has become a shining example of stability, peace and unstoppable progress. Building upon a culture of remembrance, forgiveness and learning, Rwanda is a beacon of inspiration for the world. Rwanda is a surprising and breathtakingly beautiful country with the misty mountains of Volcanoes National Park serving as home for the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), and spans 160 Sq Km covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) and tracking these endangered creatures is an experience of a lifetime!
- Accommodation on a Full Board Basis in Standard Rooms Except Where Indicated Otherwise.
- All Internal Transfers.
- Services of an English Speaking Hiking Guide.
- All Meals at the Resort.
- SACOLA Community Fee.
- SACOLA Community Walk.
- Kigali City Tour, Including Entry to Kigali Genocide Memorial.
- All Park Entrance Fees.
- All Conservation Fees.
- All the Activities as Listed in the Itinerary.
- Airfare and Visa Fees.
- Yellow Fever and Adult Polio Vaccination.
- Bottled Water in Resorts.
- Extra Safaris.
- Personal Travel or Trip Cancellation Insurance.
- Laundry and Telephone Charges.
- Alcoholic Beverages and Soft Drinks.
- Tips and Gratuities.
- All Applicable Taxes.
- Things Which are not Mentioned in Inclusions.
Kigali-Volcanoes National Park
Arrive early morning 05:15 hrs into Kigali on your Rwandair flight and spend a short morning getting acquainted with Africa’s most inspirational city. Kigali is a clean and bright city, amid Rwanda’s famous rolling hills. After a visit to the Genocide Museum, take a 2-hour drive through Rwanda’s sculpted hills to the edge of Volcanoes National Park. Arrive at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon you can relax and enjoy the lodge’s beautiful setting and gardens, or embark on a cultural experience, with a walk to visit a neighouring village where you are privileged to learn about traditional Rwandan culture, past and present.
In the evening, enjoy a fire lit dinner before retiring for the night, as tomorrow will be a big day!
Volcanoes National Park
Today you trek! Arise very early to a wake-up call with tea or coffee. Arrive to the Main Lodge where you find the Sabyinyo staff waiting to prepare you for the trek with hiking equipment. After a full breakfast, leave the lodge at 6:30am for the 10 minute drive to the National Park Headquarters where you will be assigned a Gorilla family. From here you will drive to the start of your hike to the gorilla family. Enjoy!
After your hike, return to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for a wholesome and well-earned lunch. Evening at leisure, enjoy the sumptuous dinner. Overnight at the lodge.
Volcanoes National Park-Kigali
On your final day, you’ll have the chance to go on an optional second Gorilla Trek or, alternatively, visit the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked. Later depart for Kigali. Arriving around 4-5pm you can indulge in a little gift-shopping or sightseeing before dinner at one of Kigali’s many fantastic restaurants before heading to the airport for your late evening check-in to board the early morning flight at 00:35 hrs to arrive back home at 11:05 hrs. This marks the end of an incredible journey.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
The Lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga’s, the chain of 15,000ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lodge is some 3 kilometers from the main entrance to the Parc National des Volcans in Northwest Rwanda near the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The site itself is approximately one kilometer from the Park boundary on the gentle foothills of Sabyinyo, one of the most impressive of the five volcanoes visible from the site. Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, and one family cottage. Contained within the main lodge building, the bar and dining room has fireplaces to warm them during cold weather, and outside decks for al-fresco drinks and meals during warm weather. Delicious culinary delights from a wide variety of cuisines are served using fresh ingredients.
- What to expect on the expedition?
A tour to Rwanda in search of Gorillas is an experience of a life time. This tour involves trekking through the mountains as we track this primate in its natural habitat. The temperature here is pleasant on an average. Highest being 25 degrees and lowest around 12 degrees Celsius.
- Are there any pre-requisites before travelling to Rwanda?
Yes, apart from having a visa, it is mandatory to have Yellow Fever and Adult Polio Vaccinations before traveling to Rwanda. These vaccinations are mandatory in many countries including India.
- Is it safe?
All treks conducted by us follow the highest safety standards, and we take all necessary precautions involved. We make sure there are locals involved in this activity as they can understand the behavioral pattern of the Gorillas and guide us throughout the trip. We respect the wild animals and their comfort, and keep adequate distance while photographing them. However its worthy of noting, that being cautious goes a long way in preventing any mishaps.
- Can I get Veg/ Jain food?
Apart from the stays in Forest Rest Houses; food menu is usually tailor made according to the group. Veg food is available at all locations, and Jain food can be arranged for if informed at the time of booking.