• Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Itinerary Summary

Duration
5 Days
Price
£8150
When
Year Round
Destination
Rwanda
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
5 Days £8150 Year Round Rwanda Tailor-Made
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Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari

Two opportunities to track the mountain gorillas of Rwanda whilst staying at Rwanda's most luxurious safari properties.

This safari is perfect for anyone who is limited on their time in Rwanda, or as a combined safari with another East African destination. Settle in or even take some time to visit the moving Genocide Memorial Museum. Next it's off to Volcanoes National Park where you will have the exhilarating opportunity of two days tracking some of the world's few remaining mountain gorilla. All the while you'll be staying in Singita Kwitonda, one of the most luxurious and eco-conscious lodges in Rwanda which sits lightly on 178 acres of breathtaking land, right on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

 

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Tracking the world-famous mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park twice!
  • Staying at one of Rwanda's most luxurious safari properties.
  • Visiting the moving Genocide Memorial.
  • Travelling “The Land of a Thousand Hills”

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A five-day tailor-made gorilla safari in Rwanda -
from $10,391 per person, excluding gorilla permits and international flights.

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Kigali - The Retreat

Upon arrival, you will be met by your private guide and driven to The Retreat. The rest of the day is yours to settle in and start thinking about the adventures that lay before you. If you have time you may wish to explore the markets or visit the Genocide Museum.

Overnight accommodation: The Retreat

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Day 2

Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

This morning, you have the chance to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. It contains a permanent and extremely moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide. After lunch, you travel north to Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park. A 'true island in the sky', the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the worlds few remaining Mountain Gorilla, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960s by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. You will arrive at Singita Kwitonda where you will be introduced to the lodge and briefed on your stay, you will then be shown to your suite.

Overnight: Singita Kwitonda Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3

First Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park

Today will be spent tracking the world-famous mountain gorillas. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. An early breakfast and you're off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of your gorilla safari.

The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts.

Overnight: Singita Kwitonda Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Final Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park

Your final day of gorilla tracking! An early start to make your way to the park headquarters where you are assigned a ranger and a gorilla group. Tracking the gorillas can take anything from 4-8 hours in lush green, steep, muddy, terrain! It is, however, the experience of a lifetime... coming across these amiable primates in their natural surroundings is quite awe-inspiring as you watch them go about their daily lives, playing, grooming and eating! Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to relax, have a hot shower or massage and reflect on the day’s activities.

Overnight: Singita Kwitonda Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

Volcanoes National Park - Depart Kigali

After breakfast this morning your guide will drive you back to Kigali, stopping en route for photo opportunities. Depending on time you will be taken to a local restaurant where you can have a final meal or alternatively you will be driven straight to the airport for your departure flight.

(B, L)

Trip Details

DATES AND PRICES

This safari is tailor-made and can be changed to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget. It has been designed for those with limited time in Rwanda, however it can easily be extended or preceded with some beach time or a wildlife safari in Kenya or Tanzania.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed according to your specific requirements, including budget, dates, personal interests, the number of people travelling, and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and altered to make it perfect for you.

ABOUT SHORT GORILLA TRACKING SAFARIS

We currently offer short 4-day or 5-day gorilla tracking safaris in three destinations: Rwanda, Uganda and the Republic of Congo. To find out which trip is the one for you, click here to view our detailed guide that outlines the different experiences offered by each safari.

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