Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park Safari
Volcanoes N.P., Gorilla Trek, Hiking, Diane Fossy Grave Visit, Pygmy Forest Walk
Arrive into Kigali today. After clearing customs you will be met and driven to Kigali where you will be taken to lunch by your guide and will be given a briefing. Afterwards depart by road to for Volcanoes National Park. The 3 hour journey north travels through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes. Sometimes as many as five volcanic peaks are visible. On arrival, check in to the Virunga Lodge, a spectacular eco-lodge, set on a stunning hillside with breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes and Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. Accommodations are in eight bamdas that terrace the hillside.
Aside from gorilla tracking you can climb the Visoke or Karisimbi volcanoes, track the golden monkey, visit the remains of the Karisoke Centre which Dian Fossey set up, or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes.
Overnight – Virunga Lodge (L,D & activities)
Day 2 – Volacanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek
Be prepared for an exciting adventure this morning as you go gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.
Overnight – Virunga Lodge (all meals & activities)
Day 3 – Volcanoes National Park (Optional Trek)
You have several options today. You can go gorilla tracking again (must be arranged in advance), or search for the golden monkeys. Other options are a drive to Gisenyi to visit Ross Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu, or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes. You can also visit Dian Fossey’s grave, visit the local school and community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. Pygmy guided forest walks can also be arranged in advance. Mid afternoon drive back to Kigali and your accommodations for the evening.
Overnight – Serena Hotel Kigali (B, L)
Day 4 – Volcanoes National Park / Kigali – Depart
After breakfast, time permitting, you will have a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. You will then be taken to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
** Please note: One gorilla permit is included in the cost. An additional permit may be requested – subject to availability at the time of booking at an additional cost.
Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park Rates
- Starting from $3,735 per person sharing double accommodations
- Transport from Kigali to PNV and a driver/guide for the above itinerary
- Services of Park rangers and trackers on Treks
- Accommodation on a shared basis
- All meals as per itinerary
- Activities as per itinerary
- All National Park fees
- 1 gorilla trekking permit (An additional gorilla permit is subject to availability at time of booking at additional cost.)
Does not include:
- International and Intercontinental flights
- Visa’s and visa fees
- Airport Departure Taxes
- All items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services (can be done for a small fee)
- Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation & Repatriation Insurance (required)