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3 Days Gorilla Safari in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

Private Safari in Rwanda

Join this 3-day safari holiday with Sir Michaels Safaris where you will visit the magical Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Here, you will experience an amazing gorilla tracking adventure. As you enter the park, you will be mesmerized by the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest and its wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to go on a city tour of Kigali and visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Kigali
  • Languages: English speaking guide

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • A city tour of Kigali
  • A visit to Kandt House Museum of Natural History
  • Service of an English-speaking guide
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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2 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Then, you will be accommodated for a night at Lemigo Hotel or Flame Tree Village in Kigali. Single room supplement is available at 195 USD / person.

Program

Day 1: Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be met by a representative of Sir Michaels Safaris outside the airport arrivals section. After a briefing, you will depart on a scenic drive to the northwest through the beautiful terraced hillsides that display Rwanda’s landscape. You will arrive in Ruhengeri, the base for gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park).

The town itself is located only 25 kilometers from Uganda border. It is relatively a small city of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The town also has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. Here, people are very friendly and despite being a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people here speak English. On this day, you will stay overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

  • Meals: lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 2: Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Trek

You will have an early breakfast. At 06:20, You will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your first day of trekking. At 07:00, there will be a briefing delivered by your trackers and then you will drive to the trailhead for the start of your amazing gorilla tracking adventure. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is 10 USD per person / day. You are advised to utilize this service.

Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga which offers stirring views in all directions. When entering the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalos and elephants. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckoning an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, your experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon will bring you up close with one of the gorilla families. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must be truly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth.

Afterward, you will depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills, Rwanda is truly the land of a thousand fertile green hills. In the evening, you will stay overnight at Lemigo hotel or Flame Tree Village

  • Meals: bed and breakfast

Day 3: Kigali

You will have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a city tour of Kigali. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries ago, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

You will visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, see old Kigali and the craft centers, then visit the genocide memorial site. You will learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide. You will find out other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. You will surely have more tour and see the new developments in Rwanda. The recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. Afterward, you will have lunch in Kigali and be transferred to Kigali International Airport (KGL) for your scheduled departure flight. This is the end of services.

Included excursions

  • City tour of Kigali
  • Kandt House Museum of Natural History visit

Location

Your safari holiday will take place in Volcanoes National Park and Kigali, Rwanda.

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Mountain Gorilla View lodge and breakfast only at Lemigo Hotel or Flame Tree Village.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers and assistance
  • Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
  • City tour of Kigali
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Private transport in a 4x4 Land Cruiser
  • Services of an English-speaking driver / guide

What's not included

  • 1 gorilla permit (750 USD per person per trek, subject to change)
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
  • Extra cost not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for driver / guides and other conveyance attendants
  • Insurance coverage for accident and trip cancellation / interruption
  • International, regional and local airfares
  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, etc.)
  • Laundry
  • Meals and beverages other than specified
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal and baggage insurance
  • Service charges for obtaining visas

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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