Our Rwanda Mountain Gorillas Safari takes you to the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and enter the domain of the largest living primate on earth. Approximately 880 mountain gorillas survive in the wild, with around half of them resident in the Virunga mountains. This short tour takes place over five days, staying in two stunning accommodations and allows you to take in some of the Rwandan culture as well as visit the home of the mountain gorilla.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your nearby hotel for a welcome drink and briefing on the rest of your Rwanda gorilla safari.
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, we will depart on a city tour of Kigali, taking in visits to the craft markets and the genocide memorial. After lunch at a city restaurant, we will enjoy a scenic drive into the mountains as we transfer to your lodge located minutes away from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park.
The park was established in the 1920s, after mountain gorillas were first discovered by early explorers – it was in fact the first national park in Africa. Today, the experience of coming face to face with a gorilla on the lush slopes of the Virungas is as thrilling as ever – and is one of the truly unique highlights of an East African safari.
Today we enjoy an encounter with the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas are part of a worldwide population of just 880 individuals, and the gorillas we track today belong to one of several habituated family groups. Experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves.
The time taken to track the gorillas varies from half an hour to 9 hours before we return to camp, depending on the location of the gorillas. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world’s truly memorable experiences – a look into one of these magnificent creature’s eyes brings home the very special kinship that exists between them and us.
Today we go up the mountains for a second gorilla tracking expedition.
This morning, we set off to track the equally rare golden monkey. A whole new primate encounter – these small but charming monkeys live in bamboo forests on the slopes of the Virungas. They have been habituated to the presence of daily visitors, and observing them feeding and moving nimbly through the bamboo is a unique experience.
After lunch back at the lodge, we return to Kigali and transfer to the airport for your international flight out this evening.
Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming central boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel offers a luxury hotel experience unrivalled in the city.
Relaxed yet sophisticated, the hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. It centres on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool, surrounded by lush gardens filled with tropical palms. It provides a serene environment for both the start or end of your Rwanda gorilla safari.
The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10km from Kigali International Airport, and ideally located for all sorts of local excursions and city tours. It’s popular Milima Restaurant is one of the best eateries in Kigali, offering a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.
One of several lodges nestled at the foot of the volcanic Virungas range of mountains, Five Volcanoes Hotel is a well located and moderately-priced alternative for travellers visiting the mountain gorillas.
The hotel is small, with just eleven bedrooms, a family suite and a VIP cottage. For those brave enough to enter the chilly water, there is a pool as well. Rooms are comfortable, and meals are simple, hearty fare. The service here is excellent, with attentive staff waiting to cater for your every need. Located just 20 minutes from the park gate, this hotel is well worth a look when exploring the area.
The geaography in the general area is stunning, and apart from tracking one of the mountain gorilla families in the nearby Volcanoes Park, guests can enjoy tracking golden monkeys, hiking up one of the volcanoes in the park, mountain biking in the surrounding area or taking a canoe trip across one of the nearby lakes.