RWANDA-GORILLA TRACKING SAFARIfrom
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 in Kigali early in the morning and further transfer to the Volcanoes National Park. Arrive in time for lunch. Check in and relax. The evening is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the property. You also have an option of doing a canoeing in the Mukungwa River which is a home to hippos, crocodiles and variety of birds. Enjoy a fire lit dinner before retiring for the night, as tomorrow will be a big day!
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Volcanoes National Park
Today you trek! Wake up early in the morning for the reason why you are here, The Gorilla Trek. Get transferred to the park entrance and start your trek under the guidance of the experienced rangers and guides. Hike up the mountain through thick jungle to get to the location. Once you sight the Gorilla and its family, you are timed for next 1 hour which you can spend there with the primates. After a successful sighting, return to the resort. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Volcanoes National Park-Kigali
A relaxed rise followed by a hearty breakfast and thereafter leave for Kigali. On arrival in Kigali you will be taken around for a city tour. This covers the genocide museum of Kigali, some traditional art and cultural places, city estates and market places. In the evening transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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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.
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.
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.
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.