Luxury Rwanda Gorilla Trekking 5 Days
This excellent itinerary offers you the chance to experience one of the world’s most memorable and exciting wildlife encounters…getting up-close to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most exciting encounters of my life”, this unbeatable experience is sure to impress. With the added bonus of staying in luxury accommodation throughout, an exciting golden monkey trekking excursion and a kayaking trip, this is sure to be an adventure to remember.
Departing from Kigali, you can enjoy a city tour before travelling to the beautiful Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorilla sanctuary and the Dian Fossey Foundation, for the experience of a lifetime.
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing. A single room supplement of $1145 applies for solo travellers. Prices do not include international flights but these can be arranged as part of your package.
Please note: The gorilla tracking experience will require an average level of fitness.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience…walking with Rwanda's famous mountain gorillas!
- Exciting golden monkey trekking experience
- Kigali city tour
- Wide variety of birdlife
- Spectacular scenery
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
- Gorilla permit for Volcanoes National Park and gorilla tracking experience
- Golden monkey trekking experience
- Kayaking trip
- Airport transfer to/from Kigali Airport
- Transportation in a private 4WD safari vehicle.
- English speaking guide driver
- Activities and excursions as shown in itinerary
ITINERARY4 Nights 5 Days
Upon arrival at Kigali airport you will be met by your driver guide and transferred to the 5-star Kigali Serena Hotel for your overnight stay. Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards this fantastic hotel is a great base from which to explore the city. You can choose to discover the city at leisure this evening or simply relax by the pool or in your beautiful bedroom in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight accommodation at Kigali Serena Hotel with breakfast included.
Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast this morning you can enjoy a city tour of Kigali which includes the interesting Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre. The centre exists as a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide of 1994 and you will have chance to visit the three poignant permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide, and pay tribute to the victims.
After your city tour you can enjoy lunch at Heaven Restaurant before being collected by your driver for your 2-3 hour drive to the stunning Volcanoes National Park and the luxurious Virunga Lodge. One of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges, Virunga Lodge offers stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. Upon arrival at this sumptuous lodge you can enjoy a delicious meal and spend some time relaxing after your busy morning and preparing for tomorrow’s exciting adventures.
2 nights accommodation at Virunga Lodge on a full board basis.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes NP
This morning it’s an early wake-up call as the wildlife experience of a lifetime awaits! After an early breakfast you will transfer to the park to begin your gorilla trekking excursion at 7am. Upon arrival the park’s expert gorilla trekking staff will introduce you to the plan for the morning and brief you on what to expect. This will include safety instructions as well as rules for behaviour around these fascinating primates. Depending on your fitness levels and how far you want to trek, you will be assigned a group of 8 people and a gorilla family that you will be trekking to see. A maximum of 80 visitors are allowed to participate in this activity per day, with a maximum of 8 people visiting any one group of gorillas. These rules are stringently adhered to and that’s why your gorilla permit is so important. Your gorilla permit is included in the price of your package and the vast majority of the cost of this permit is delivered directly to the park for conservation efforts and ensuring the safety and ongoing survival of these beautiful animals.
Having been assigned a group, you will return to your safari vehicle for the short drive to the trekking start point where your group leader will go over the plan and rules again before you start your trek through the mountains in search of your allocated gorilla family. This trek does require a relative level of fitness and sometimes it can take longer than expected to find your gorilla family, but the anticipation of seeing these gentle giants in the wild, along with the spectacular views and likely bird sightings on offer, is likely to be more than enough distraction from that. And we can almost guarantee that when you come face to face with these majestic animals the trek will soon become a distant memory!
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is US$10 per person/per day.
Upon sighting the gorillas your group will be allowed one hour with them to watch them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, wrestling and feeding their young – this will be a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
As your exciting gorilla adventure comes to an end you will head back to the lodge for lunch and the rest of the day is at your leisure. You could relax on the private terrace of your luxury banda and reflect on the remarkable experience you will have had today or take a walk around your beautiful surroundings before enjoying a fantastic dinner and a great night’s sleep.
Golden Monkey Trekking & Rubavu
This morning will bring more unforgettable wildlife encounters as after an early breakfast you transfer back to the park headquarters for your golden monkey trekking experience. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. This exceptionally enjoyable experience usually lasts for around 4 hours, and afterwards you will return to your lodge for lunch and check out before transferring to the equally luxurious Kivu Serena Hotel for the last night of your Rwanda gorilla experience tour.
Overnight accommodation at Kivu Serena Hotel on a half board basis.
Kayaking on Lake Kivu & Departure
As you awake on the last morning of your Rwanda tour you can enjoy an included kayaking excursion on the lake before returning to the hotel for lunch and check-out. You will then be collected by your driver for the 3 hour drive back to Kigali airport for your onward or homeward flights. Should you wish to extend your stay in Rwanda there are many options for further national park tours so please enquire for details and suggestions.
A view from Above
Kigali Serena Hotel
Located on an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, the Kigali Serena is regarded as one of Rwanda’s finest hotels and is the perfect place from which to begin or end your Rwandan safari adventure. Located just a five minute walk from the central business district, the hotel is ideally located for exploring this capital city. And after a day of exploration you can enjoy the fantastic hospitality and 5-star comfort that the hotel is famous for.
Each of the 148 sophisticated and stylish bedrooms in this exclusive hotel have been expertly designed and furnished to provide the ultimate in comfort, and whether you choose a standard room or the presidential suite you can be guaranteed of a great night’s sleep. Each room features an en-suite bathroom, sumptuous furnishings and beds, excellent space and 5-star amenities. Guests are invited to enjoy the hotel’s tropically landscaped swimming pool and gardens, the indulgent spa, and the first-class restaurant where a wide range of expertly crafted Rwandese delicacies and international dishes are on offer.
Virunga lodge, Volcanoes NP
This simply magnificent lodge is Rwanda’s premier luxury gorilla lodge and is without doubt the best base from which to enjoy the Volcanoes National Park’s gorilla trekking experiences. With some of the most spectacular views in all of Africa, the Virunga Volcanoes and Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east, this exceptional lodge perched high on the hills will not fail to impress.
This luxurious retreat offers ten fabulous bandas which have been decorated and fitted to the very highest of standards. Featuring sumptuous locally inspired furnishings, individual fire places and luxury shower rooms, guests can watch the sun rise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes from the comfort of their own spacious private terrace. The beautiful main lodge area plays host to a comfortable lounge area as well as the Dian Fossey Map Room, whilst guests can enjoy fantastic food and an extensive beverage menu in the beautiful dining and bar areas. What’s more, every guest at the Virunga Lodge will have their own personal butler service for the duration of their stay, and can enjoy a complimentary massage in the brand new spa area.
Kivu Serena Hotel
Spectacularly situated along the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu, this luxury hotel boasts its own private beach and 66 sumptuous bedrooms. Effortlessly combining modern facilities with traditional African features, the Kivu Serena is bright and welcoming, with every amenity you could need for a thoroughly enjoyable stay in this wonderful area. During the day you can enjoy some well-earned relaxation with a peaceful laze on the beach or by the hotel’s delightful swimming pool set amongst palm trees and beautiful manicured gardens. In the evening you can enjoy a delicious meal in the glorious lakefront restaurant and a sundowner in the beach bar, before retreating to your excellently appointed bedroom for a great night’s sleep.
With a variety of accommodation options available, each room features its own private balcony with sweeping views of the beach and Lake Kivu beyond, lavish bathrooms, elegant furnishings, air-conditioning and flat-screens televisions. The hotel also hosts a gift shop, business centre, gymnasium and spa.
What Our Customers
We needed some suggestions for our African adventure since, although pretty seasoned travellers, this was somewhere we still needed to tick off our list. The lady we spoke to in your office was most helpful. We had seen ‘gorillas in the mist’ on TV so this was a must for us. She understood our needs and looked after us well – I still cannot believe how close our guide was able to get us to a family of these great apes – we now have lots more jealous friends. Thank you to all involved.
Thanks for all your help – the very detailed briefing and advice really made our vacation in Africa a true ‘Trip of a Lifetime’. Recommendations follow!
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