GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI
Day 1: Arrive Kigali International Airport
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by driver/guide and be transferred to your hotel in Kigali arriving for overnight on bed and breakfast.
OVERNIGHT: LEMIGO HOTEL
MEALS: MEAL ON OWN ACCOUNT
Day 2: Depart For Ruhengeri
After breakfast your day starts a complementary tour of the city. Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda; Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green and is referred to as the land of a thousand hills. Get to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Depart for a 2 hours’ drive to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas. Arrive your hotel/lodge and check in for lunch. Later in the afternoon if the time permits we drive for a visit to Karisoke research centre/ Dian Fossey museum and get an introduction to the Gorilla conservation efforts and works of Late Dian Fossey who risked her life protecting this giant primates. Later in the evening drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
OVERNIGHT: MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far)It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later Later visit Iby’iwacu Cultural Village a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. Return to your hotel to freshen up and have lunch then later dinner and overnight.
OVERNIGHT: MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
Day 4: Golden Monkey trekking and Depart for Kigali
This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travellers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers, later bid your host goodbye and depart for Kigali. Engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.
Transport in a 4WD safari vehicle exclusive to you
English speaking driver guide
Accommodation and meals as stated in the program
All guide fees
One Gorilla tracking permit per person
One Golden Monkey Permit Per person
Complementary bottled mineral water
Pairs of Sunglasses, Prescription Glasses, Sunscreen, Closed Toe Shoes, Light Weight Scarf, Binoculars, Camera, A note on cell phones: Insect Repellant, Hat, 10-Jacket or Coat
Africa is home to dozens national parks, game reserves and other safari destinations. Each one of them has something to different to offer, whether large mammals dominated by the Big Five, the opportunity to trekk gorillas or chimpanzees, or more subtle pleasures such as looking for rare birds or colourful butterflies. But for first-time visitors wondering exactly where to go, the highlights below stand out as perhaps the ten best places to visit in Africa.
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► Guaranteed departure from Kigali with a minimum of two travelers.
► Dates and itinerary are customizable.
► This itinerary also available as a Group Safari with set departure dates, limited to 12 travelers.