Gorilla Encounter Safari
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|Safari Price: US$ 3,210
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|Safari Ends: Kigali
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|Countries visited: Rwanda
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||Booking Code: AFL18
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners Escorted Tour
Local English Speaking Driver/Guide All Activities
Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
All Tolls and Taxes
2 Gorilla Permits
All optional excursions
Visas and meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.
This short tour gives you two opportunities to track the rare mountain
gorillas found in this region. The Volcanoes National Park is situated
in northwestern Rwanda, and protects the slopes of the Virungas
Mountains, towering old volcanoes shrouded in rich, green rainforest
and bamboo forest. This area is one of the havens of the mountain
gorillas. The treks are exhilarating, the trails taking you into
the rainforest with the sounds of birds and monkeys all around.
You may get glimpses of the stunning peaks through gaps in the rainforest
canopy. But the ultimate goal is to locate one of the gorilla families
each day, and spend time observing them in their natural habitat.
It is an experience you will never forget.
Gorilla Encounter Safari Detailed Itinerary
If flying into Kigali today, you will be met on
arrival at the airport. You will be introduced to your safari
driver-guide and there will be a tour briefing. Please ensure
that you have provided us with your flight arrival details.
Depending on your arrival time, there is an optional city
tour of Kigali, including a visit to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial.
For anyone who has arrived into Kigali prior to Day 1, then
we will meet at the meeting point at 12.30pm for lunch.
After lunch, we depart for the journey to Ruhengeri, the base
town for your gorilla tracking. The drive takes about 2 hours,
on a fairly good road which offers spectacular scenery of
Rwanda's hilly countryside.
Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Trek
||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast at the lodge, we drive
to the park headquarters for registration and park and gorilla
trekking formalities. Afterwards there will be a short drive
to the slopes of the Virunga Mountains at the edge of the
Volcanoes National Park for briefing by the park's guides.
Gorilla permits allow visitors to spend up to one hour with
a family of gorillas each day. In order to safeguard the gorillas,
only 6-8 people may visit each day. In the interests of the
gorillas, people with colds, flu or other contagious diseases
will not be permitted to trek.
Gorilla trekking may be very strenuous and walking boots are
recommended. The area is often shrouded in mist and frequent
downpours are common at all times of year. A waterproof jacket
can be very useful.
Accompanied by your guides and trackers you will follow simple
pathways into the rainforest. The terrain is hilly and can
be muddy and slippery, however the views of the Virunga mountain
range are spectacular and more than make up for the tough
inclines. As you walk, you may see signs and tracks of other
animals as well as enjoying bird, monkey and insect sounds
of the jungle.
Following their spore and night nests, your guides will lead
you to the gorilla group. Some gorilla groups may be a 5 hour
walk away from base camp, whilst other groups can be located
within an hour. It is difficult to predict where the gorilla
group might be and this adds to the excitement and unpredictability
of the trek. The length of the trek will depend on the position
of the gorillas, but commences at about 2000m above sea level.
After encountering a gorilla family your guides will settle
you down and enable you to watch the group interactions. Visitors
are not allowed to get closer than 5 meters to the gorillas,
but sometimes the gorillas themselves forget this and come
very close indeed! Family groups are generally made up of
several females, their playful young and one or two mature
silverbacks. Young gorillas are extremely entertaining and
enjoy showing off their climbing, tumbling and play-fighting
antics. Mothers watch on and silverbacks generally maintain
a respectful distance whilst keeping a protective eye on their
family. Depending on their daily pattern, gorillas may be
encountered resting in a sunny or shady spot or on the move
as they travel from one feeding patch to another. Whatever
else they are doing, gorillas are usually also eating and
it is fascinating to watch them in the giant salad bowls which
make up their habitat.
Photographing gorillas is allowed, but flash photography is
prohibited. Anyone wishing to use a video camera must pay
for a special permit.
After enjoying your gorilla trek you will return to the lodge
for lunch. In the afternoon, if time permits we visit the
twin Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo.
Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Trek
Today you will re-enter the park for a second
gorilla experience, this time visiting a different gorilla
family. The experience is always new and fulfilling. There
are 5 habituated gorilla families on the different peaks of
the Virunga mountains in Rwanda.
After the trek we return to the lodge for lunch, and then
return to Kigali to overnight. Dinner is at own expense.
Breakfast is included in the hotel. Check out
after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your outbound
Please note: No accommodation is included on Day 4.
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