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Rwanda Gorillas & Conservation Safari

Track the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and spend time with the Gorilla Doctors as they talk you through the work of their every day lives.

Duration 5 days
Price From $6,643
When Year Round
Destination Rwanda

Safari Overview

During this safari you have the opportunity to track the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda twice whilst staying in the rustic luxury of Virunga Lodge, affording some of the most dramatic views in the region. Following your time with these amiable primates you spend a morning at the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project learning about the trials and tribulations that they face on a daily basis in the fight to save mountain gorillas.

On your last day you can visit a village that has embraced eco and cultural tourism; meet a traditional healer, learn about the local produce and try out the locally made instruments. This safari is only five days an can easily be joined with a wildlife safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or even some relaxing beach time.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Track the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda twice.
  • Spend time with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and discover what they are doing to help the gorillas plight for survival.
  • Explore Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village where they have embraced eco and cultural tourism.

Explore the dramatic Virungas in search of mountain gorillas, and spend time with the Gorilla Doctors.

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Day by day

Day 1

Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

Today you arrive in Rwanda where you are met by your private driver/guide and vehicle at the Kigali International Airport. This morning you take a city tour of Kigali, and for those who wish to, there is the opportunity to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The Centre in Kigali was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It contains a permanent and extremely moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and an exhibition of other genocides around the world. After lunch, you travel north to Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park.

Overnight: Virunga Lodge D

Days 2-3

Volcanoes National Park

The activities for the next two days may be amongst the most exciting and challenging you have undertaken. The Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are part of a worldwide population of just 790 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. 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 on your gorilla safari.

Overnight: Virunga Lodge B, L, D

Day 4

Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

Today, head to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project headquarters in Ruhengeri. It is here, to ensure their healthy future, that a huge amount of time and effort is put into caring for these critically endangered primates. Spend time with the staff learning how the gorillas are monitored, how life-saving medical care is provided; how health studies are conducted and how veterinary medicine and ecosystem health is taught. You will tour around centre with one of the doctors and watch a presentation about gorilla conservation. In the afternoon, you will visit the Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village. Here, the local communities have embraced the eco and cultural tourism concept by stopping poaching to raise their income levels through a participative approach as an incentive for conservation. Meet the traditional healer, see how local produce is grown and have hands on experience with the local musicians. You then depart Volcanoes National Park and make your way back to the capital city.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel B, L, D

Day 5

Kigali

After breakfast, the day is yours at leisure. You are finally driven to the Kigali International Airport for your international flight back home.

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.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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