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Gorilla Safari

4 days from £3690pp plus international flights.

If your main focus in coming to Rwanda is to see the mountain gorillas, this is the trip for you. A short trip to the gorillas is easier in Rwanda than in Uganda due to the distance of the gorillas from the incoming airports.

A gorilla safari is never going to be a cheap option as the permits are very expensive, but most people agree that the experience is absolutely worth it - especially given that it is the travellers visiting these incredible creatures which pay for their protection. Without tourism, gorillas would most likely be poached to extinction. Your hour with them will become one of your most treasured wildlife memories.

As well as trekking to see the gorillas we have included a trek to see rare golden monkeys also found here in the Virunga Mountains. Relatively little is known about these beautiful primates other than that they live social groups of about 30 individuals, but they are critically endangered.

In addition to these extraordinary wildlife experiences we provide an insightful Kigali city tour (including the genocide museum if you wish). The people and culture of Rwanda will undoubtedly make an impact on you over these jam-packed four days. Your accommodation in Kigali is the Hotel des Milles Collines, featured in the film Hotel Rwanda and in the Virungas you'll be staying at the swish Sabinyo Silverback Hotel.

This is a private tailor made safari so you can change anything you want, and take the trip at any time you like. It has been costed on two people travelling together, if there are more in your party the price reduces significantly.

We also have a mid-range option which utilises the new Tiloreza Volcanoes Eco Lodge for your stay in the Virunga Mountains. Please ask us for more details on this.

Itinerary
View from Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KIGALI

You are met at Kigali Airport and transferred downtown to Hotel des Mille Collines where you can rest after the flight. The hotel is something of a grande dame in Kigali being one of the city's oldest hotels and occupying a prime location. Facilities include a garden, outdoor swimming pool and top floor restaurant.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in the Virungas

DAY 2: CITY TOUR AND TRANSFER TO VIRUNGAS

This morning you are taken on a tour of Kigali. The city has been Rwanda's capital since independence in 1962. You are taken to the Kandt Museum, enjoy a tour old Kigali, visit the craft centres and the genocide memorial site. Kigali and Rwanda, are very much looking forward now and it is a positive and vibrant place. On conclusion of the tour you are driven to the foothills of the Virunga Mountains and Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for a two night stay. Enjoy the scenery during the drive and once you arrive. Full board.

Go trekking for mountain gorillas

DAY 3: GORILLA TREK

It's an early start today to enable you to leave the lodge in good time to the Volcanoes National Park HQ to be allocated a gorilla trekking group. The sense of anticipation is palpable as you set off on the trek through the ancient forests. Once you locate the gorilla troop you have a precious hour to enjoy their company. Watch them go about their daily life: feeding, resting, playing, sorting out the kids... It's an utterly captivating experience and the memories should last long in your memory. Return to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to unwind and ponder all you've seen. Full board

See golden monkeys in the forest

DAY 4: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK AND RETURN TO KIGALI

You have another early wake-up and this time you're off to find the golden monkeys in the forest. It can take between two and four hours to find them and, as with the gorillas, you have an hour to watch them. By nature they are active and playful and leap among tree branches and on the forest floor, providing an entertaining and beguiling spectacle. After the trek you are transferred back to Kigali airport to check in for your onward flight. (Flight departures will be late afternoon or early evening due to transfer time back to Kigali). Breakfast

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3690 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2020 guide price pp sharing (based on 2 travelling together): £3690. There is a further reduction per person for 4 people travelling together.

We also have a mid-range option which utilises the new Tiloreza Volcanoes Eco Lodge for your stay in the Virunga Mountains. Please ask us for more details on this.

Includes: 

Airport transfers; accommodation on twin share basis; all meals as shown; private vehicle and driver/guide; bottled water in vehicle; 1 gorilla trek permit; 1 golden monkey trek permit; park fees; emergency evacuation cover; Kigali city tour

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visa; tips; drinks; meals not stated; personal expenses.

Getting there: 

You need to fly into and out of Kigali International Airport for this trip. Kenya Airways via Nairobi is one option, and flights will cost from around £800 per person, depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made safari and as such you can take it when you like.

places you will see

places you will see

Virunga Mountains & Gorillas
Virunga Mountains & Gorillas
The Virunga Mountains are a remote and beautiful string of volcanic mountains, straddling the borders of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda and most famously home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. These are the largest primates on earth and are found in just 4 national parks. Trekking to find and observe the gorillas is a highlight of any holiday. 
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How this holiday helps

Mountain gorillas are rare. Very rare. There are now about 1000 in the Virungas and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is good news, an increase from 880 counted in 2011, proof that conservation is working. 

It is estimated that around 100,000 people live near the gorillas so there is constant impact on their habitat (deforestation for land to grow crops) and hunting for meat and trophies. Tourism plays a huge and critical role in protecting the gorillas. It’s a known fact that if tourism stops (eg in times of unrest in Uganda or Rwanda) gorilla poaching increases.

A permit to trek to see the gorillas costs from $600 (in Uganda) to $1500 (in Rwanda). This money goes to the parks authorities to pay for guards and other protection methods so that we can keep the gorillas safe. So do come and see the gorillas, and you can feel content that you are doing your bit for their future existence.

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Time: GMT +2hrs

Flight time: Various airlines fly to Kigali including Kenya Airways via Nairobi.

Language: Main language is Kinyarwanda but English is widely spoken. Many people also speak French or Swahili.

Visas: Entry visas are issued on arrival, entry fee is $30, to British passport holders.

Health: Rwanda is a malarial country but the risk is low as most of the country is at high altitude. The following vaccinations are recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Tetanus & Typhoid. Yellow fever vaccinations is compulsory. Seek advise from your GP.

 

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