3 day Gorilla Trek - RWANDA

Going on a gorilla safari needn't be as expensive as you think. We've put together this short package for those who want to be able to see these elusive primates and skip some of the associated costs.

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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a comfortable lodge in a great location for scouting for gorillas. It's not top luxury but it does have cosy fires, good food and plenty of hot water. As this is an 'express' trip past guests agree that its services are more than adequte.

Itinerary

Day 1 - KigaliMeals: D
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met and taken on a short City Tour of Kigali. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for a hundred years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Since then, the city has seen major economic development resulting in what it is today; a vibrant African city of a million people with wide boulevards, an international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts & curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population.Visit the Kandt Museum, tour old Kigali and the Craft centres, visit the genocide memorial site where you learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide. Tour more and see the new developments; the recovery of this country has been incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.After your tour you will have the chance to buy lunch (payable direct). Then you will be driven to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virungas. You will arrive at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in the late afternoon in time for dinner and your overnight stay.Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, a 3* bush lodge on the edge of Volcanoes National Park offers good quality accommodation with panoramic views of the Virungas, barely a kilometre away from the Park HQ. An oasis of serenity at the base of Sabyinyo volcano, all the 25 guest cottages, built in contemporary African design using local materials, are en-suite and come equipped with a mini bar, coffee machine and some mod cons. Soft furnishings with modern African prints, motifs and colours as well as original artworks in recycled timber create a relaxing and refreshing ambiance. The lodge’s grounds are beautifully landscaped with natural foliage and a startling variety of wild flowers. In the evenings, the Itorero, local Rwandan cultural dancers troupe, spice up your stay with memorable Rwandan dances.

Accommodation: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
Day 2 - VirungasMeals: B L
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Volcanoes National Park HQ to be allocated a gorilla tracking group. After a short briefing by your trackers, you will be driven to the trail head for the start of an amazing adventure.The exhilarating trek, in the footsteps of the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, the largest living primate on Earth, starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park, the paths littered with the fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, butterflies and much more.Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, are glimpsed, beckoning an ascent. When you have spotted the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!Following lunch either on the road or back at the lodge, you drive back to Kigali and check in at Lemigo Hotel for overnight – dinner on own account.

Accommodation: Lemigo Hotel
Day 3 - DepartMeals: B
This morning you will be transferred back to the Kigali International Airport in time for your international flight home after what will have been an amazing experience.
Additional information

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE GORILLA PERMIT

Included
Excluded

 

  • Airline tickets and travel insurance,
  • Entry visa fees,
  • Optional extras whilst in Kigali and Ruhengeri,
  • Drinks throughout the trip,
  • Tips & gratuities,
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, etc.

 

 

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