4 Days Best of Rwanda US$1,599.-pp, plus gorilla permit US$1,500 per trek

Remarkable Rwanda is a scenic landscape of green undulating hills and tea plantations. The northwest is dominated by the magnificent Virunga Mountain Range – a group of six towering volcanoes standing sentry along the border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Located inside the Volcanoes National Park is the home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Coming face to face with a mountain gorilla is one of the most thrilling experiences you will ever encounter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Face mountain gorillas eye to eye and watch them go about their lives
  • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial and City Tour
  • Drive through scenic hills of Rwanda and view Bulera and Rulondo Lakes
  • Visit cultural center or optional Golden Monkey Tracking

BEST TIME TO GO

June to September and December to February

March, April and beginning of May and November are rainy season with more slippery trail than usual.

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali Kigali 1 B&B 1x Double Room
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Volcanoes National Park 2 FB 1x Double Room

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch

Price

US$1,599.-pp, sharing occupancy. Plus permit to see gorillas US$1,500.-pp and Golden Monkey US$150.-pp if desired.
Price valid until end 2019 and based on 2 persons travelling together. Tour starts any day.

Accommodation Level: comfort in the gorilla trekking area and luxury in the city

Add gorilla tracking to any of the Tanzania Journeys for your ultimate safari.

Included

Accommodation, meals as per package, transfers, airport meet & greet, 4×4 tourist converted jeep with services of professional guide/driver, bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle, Kigali City Tour and Genocide Museum visit,

Excluded

Permit to visit gorillas US$1,500 per trek , US$150 Golden Monkey permit,  Visa, airport fees, optional tours, compulsory travel insurance.
Note: Tour starts and ends in Kigali.

Day 1:      Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

Rwanda

Rwanda is an amazingly beautiful country and success story of Africa.  Known as the “Land of Thousand Hills”, it features mostly highlands and hills at altitudes from close to 4,000 feet to 14,786 feet of Mt. Karisimbi in the northwest.  Due to its elevation, Rwanda’s climate is comfortable and temperate year round. The country is one of the cleanest in Africa with good infrastructure, shiny new buildings and a government the locals say isn’t corrupt. Many streets in Kigali’s city center are paved, complete with boulevards lined with grass and palm trees. Rwanda looks prosperous compared to neighbouring countries. More importantly, with the genocide behind them, there is optimism, peace and hope among the people who smile and sometimes hold hands in public to show unity, no matter what gender.

Rwanda’s tourism is best known for it’s gorilla trekking.  It’s hard to find the words to describe the sensation of looking into the eyes of a wild mountain gorilla standing so close you could touch it (but of course you won’t to avoid transmitting diseases). It’s a “bucket-list” experience not to be missed and Rwanda is a good place for doing it. Another fantastic primate-viewing area as well as a birders hotspot is Nyungwe Forst National Park.

Kigali

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city is built across an undulating series of lush hills surrounded by higher mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1,850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops.

Activities

Transfer to your hotel

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali is just 5 km from the bustling city center and Kigali International Airport (KGL). The hotel is in an office park that features Kigali Convention Centre with room for up to 5,000 delegates. It’s within 2 km of several government embassies, the British High Commission, the Parliament and the Supreme Court. The hotel’s plush 292 rooms and suites pamper guests with amenities that include private balconies and free high-speed, wireless Internet. Two on-site restaurants, including one with all-day dining, serve up continental and Rwandan favorites as well as the Super Breakfast Buffet. For a lighter fare or a relaxing nightcap, visit the Lounge Bar.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:      Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park, referred to by locals as PNV, is best known as a sanctuary for the regions rare mountain gorillas. The Park is part the Virungas mountains which form the border between Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo and are one of the most beautiful sights in Africa. Approximately 480 mountain gorillas live in the Virunga complex and reside at an altitude range of 7,500’ to 14,700’. Rare golden monkeys, a subspecies of blue monkeys,  can also be tracked here. This corner or northwestern Rwanda is a breath-taking unforgettable place where culture and adventure intersect.

This morning you will be picked up for a Kigali city tour and Genocide Museum visit.

Kigali is a surprising African city – impeccably clean and safe, where potholed roads and unsightly litter are virtually non existent.

During April 1994, Kigali was the scene of the devastating Rwandan Genocide – the slaughter of approximately one million Tutsi by Hutu militias and some members of the Rwandan army. Rwanda today is a remarkable testament to the power of forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit. Here you will find a fast growing economy and proud yet humble people.

A 3 hour drive on good roads brings us to Musanze/ Ruhengeri, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park.

This is the place that Dian Fossey, the American primatologist and anthropologist, called home for 18 years. Her book, which was later adapted into the film Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story. In 1988 it was adapted into a film. Sadly Dian was murdered in 1985, assumingly by poachers, although the mystery of her death remains unsolved.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in the foothills of Mount Karisimba, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

Activities

View Bulera and Ruhondo Lakes
Drive to Ruhengeri
Kigali Genocide Memorial and City Tour

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. The stone and thatch cottages each have en-suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give them privacy from each other. Being at altitude, it can get cold therefore each cottage has a fireplace in the room.
Located very close (about 15 minutes) from the main headquarters of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans), this is a very handy base from which to explore the area and organise treks to see the Golden monkeys and, of course, the mountain gorillas. This is a great location with superb views of the volcanoes.

Included

Full Board

Day 3:      Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Activities

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Today is nothing less than a Lifetime Experience and a rare opportunity to encounter endangered Mountain Gorillas up close. The Volcanoes National Park, situated in north-western Rwanda, sits on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a spectacular park, encompassing five of the eight rainforest and bamboo covered volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains . With less than 650 gorillas left in the wild, Rwanda is a real success story as conservation efforts over the last decades see the population slowly increasing in numbers.

After a briefing with National Parks’ personnel your hike begins, and may take anything from 30 mins to several hours. Although Gorilla trekking requires no formal training, walking at altitude can be tiring, and with few clear cut paths through the bush, your focused concentration and flexibility is a must!

Once you reach your Gorilla family, you’ll spend a memorable hour watching them interact with each other: eating, grooming, playing or catching a nap. It’s a humbling experience to sit amongst our ‘cousins’ – and the hour will pass before you can blink – so take some photos and then simply soak up every moment of this incredible experience.

Presently, Rwanda not only enjoys the best security in the region but also has the easiest access
routes for visiting the mountain gorillas. We organize thrilling treks to visit these gentle giants in
their misty mountain home, also known as the Virunga Mountains (a chain of volcanoes with
altitudinal ranges of 3500m-4507m). Mountain Gorillas are found in the high altitude forests
surrounding these volcanoes.

There are currently 7 habituated gorilla families that can be visited and 2 Golden Monkey
Families (Kabatwa & Musonga).

1- Sabyinyo Group -This is a family of 10 gorillas, led by the biggest Silverback known in the
entire jungle called Guhonda.
2- Amahoro Group – 17 members including two Silverbacks
3– Umubano Group – 12 members including one Silverback
4- Group 13- 25 members including one Silverback
5- Susa Group – The largest family with 43 members including 6 Silverbacks, it split in two groups
recently.
Susa A- 28 members
Susa B- 15 members
6- Kwitonda Group- 18 members including three Silverbacks
7- Hirwa Group- 11 members including one Silverback

In order to minimize behavioral disturbances to the gorillas, only 8 people are allowed to visit
each of the families and for a period not exceeding 1hour. This means that only 56 people are
allowed in the park daily. The limits serve to protect gorillas from the risk of exposure to
human- borne diseases.

Included

Full Board

Day 4:      Departure

Optional

Visit Cultural Center or Golden Monkey Trekking if time allows before your return to Kigali by approx. 6pm
Second gorilla trekking option
Hike to Dian Fosseys’ grave where she lies buried amongst her beloved gorillas

Why not stay longer?

Although the gorillas are a real highlight, Rwanda has so much more to offer. We highly recommend you extend your stay to include Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and Akagera National Park. We’ll tailor make the perfect trip just for you. If you do plan to trek the gorillas twice, it’s worth considering staying an additional night either at Gorilla View or back in Kigali so you’re not rushing to catch a flight.

E&OE

 

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