This four-day adventure is dedicated to a young gorilla named Ubwira – which means “courage” in Kinyarwanda. Ubwira was born March 10, 2015 and was named by Africa Adventure Consultants President Kent Redding at the 2015 Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual gorilla naming ceremony. You can request (no guarantees) to visit Ubwira’s family group on this great tour, which includes two days of gorilla tracking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, made famous by Dian Fossey.
Standard: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge is a moderate mountain lodge with panoramic views of the Virungas. All the rooms are separate cottages with full en suite facilities, hot and cold running water. A comfortable dining/bar and sitting area with a fireplace is especially nice on cool evenings.
Deluxe: Virunga Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga Volcanoes. Each banda features cozy chairs, tables and two dressers.
Luxury: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge provides some of the most exclusive accommodations in Rwanda. All 10 guest rooms and suites are individual cottages carefully positioned to offer wonderful views of the Virunga Volcanoes. Cottages feature a sitting room, fire place, dressing room, large bathroom with all modern amenities, and veranda. (includes drinks)
DAY 2 – VOLCANOES N P: Gorilla trekking day #1! After breakfast, take a short drive (or 45 min from Virunga Lodge) to park headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from one to six hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. It can rain at a moment’s notice; therefore, waterproof clothing is essential including, zip lock bags for cameras and film. Enjoy lunch then visit an ex-poacher’s village. Dinner and overnight at your lodge. (B, L, D) Note: One hour is permitted with the gorillas per trek. Gorilla sightings cannot be guaranteed. The minimum age is 15 years old. Tracking through the forest can be steep, wet and slippery. Gorilla permits are subject to availability.
DAY 3 – VOLCANOES NP: Gorilla trekking day #2! After an early breakfast, return to the park headquarters and visit a different gorilla family. After lunch, return to Kigali and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel. (B, L)
Kigali Serena is a luxury hotel in central Kigali featuring restaurants, a bar/lounge, spa, gym, beauty salon, swimming pool, and WIFI internet access.
DAY 4 – KIGALI/DEPART: After breakfast, enjoy an optional visit to local markets and craft centers before transferring to Kigali International Airport for your departing flight. (B)
END OF SERVICES FOR UBWIRA RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI
Photo Courtesy of Rwanda Tourism BoardOptional helicopter flight from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park:
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All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.
Nepalese travel agent Ajay Kumar Shrestha from Swotah Travel and Adventure on challenges at the Big Annapurna Trail, seasons change, and beauty of the region