- Kigali city tour
- Genocide Museum
- Volcanoes National Park
- Gorilla trekking hike
Coming face to face with a mountain gorilla is one of the most thrilling wildlife experiences you will ever encounter.
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, they are surrounded by over 150 km2 of mountain forests, and are home to the Mountain Gorillas
On arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to Hotel Des Mille Collines, the hotel where 1,268 people took refuge during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, and made famous by the movie Hotel Rwanda.
Overnight Hotel Des Mille Collines.
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.
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 900 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.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Other activities in the area include a hike to Dian Fosseys’ grave, where she lies buried amongst her beloved gorillas, and Golden Monkey hike.
Late afternoon transfer to Kigali Airport for your return flight – please do not book a flight out departing before 20h00.
SCHEDULED DEPARTURES OR PRIVATE
This safari is available on a scheduled departure basis, guaranteed with min two persons, on the following dates. Private safaris available on request.
2017 Scheduled Departure Dates
USD 1 440 per person sharing
USD 310 single supplement
EXCLUDES Gorilla Permit of USD 1500 per person to be added to package price