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Itineraries ‘Gorillas in the Mist’

Silverback with Tasty Snack

Silverback with Tasty Snack

‘Gorillas in the Mist’

at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

 

Gorilla trekking remains one of the most exciting attractions in the East African region, with Rwanda having ten habituated families in the famous Volcanoes National Park available to tourists.

This park is less densely forested than Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and also less steep, making the trek much easier. There are ten Gorilla families available for tourist contact and eight families for research only.

Only eight permits are available for each gorilla family and therefore a maximum of eighty permits are available per day. For this reason, you will need to make your booking at least six months ahead of your chosen date. Each permit is issued to a particular name and passport number, to prevent permits being purchased in bulk by individuals and resold at higher prices.

On the appointed day, guests must register their presence at Park headquarters, where permits are matched up with passports and individuals and groups are matched up with a Gorilla family.

This procedure is strictly adhered to. There are no rain checks if you fail to show on the day of the permit and no refunds will be given. For this reason we suggest that you plan on trekking for two days (not just one) in case of a late arrival in Rwanda or a health issue that may prevent you trekking on the first day. This will also allow you to visit two different Gorilla families on two separate days. We also recommend that your Gorilla trek be undertaken following a Kenyan safari, as this will help guests with altitude acclimitisation.

It is truly exciting to get up close and personal with these gentle creatures.

Please note that due to Park regulations, all visitors must be over the age of 15 years.

Trekking Safari Itinerary

Day 01

Nairobi to Kigali – Rwanda and onward to Volcanoes National Park

At 08.15am, after an early breakfast at your Nairobi hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your 11.30am Flight with Rwanda Air, which takes about 75 minutes and arrives at Kigali at 11.45am. (Time Zone +1 hour.)

You will be met at the airport and taken on a short tour of the city, and then enjoy a relaxing lunch at a Kigali restaurant.  Around 2pm, you will depart for Volcanoes National Park, and approximately three hours later, you will have arrived at the lodge of your choice.

Dinner and an overnight stay will be at either Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Medium price range) or Sabiyinyo Silver Back Lodge – Governor’s Camp (Up-Market). Accommodation at both lodges is on a Full Board basis, meaning that all meals are included.

Day 02 – Full Day in Volcanoes National Park

First Gorilla Trek

The program will be as follows:

6.00am – Breakfast at the lodge.

6.30am – Depart from the lodge to the Park headquarters.

7.00am  to 8.00am – Guest Check In. Briefing by gorilla guide from the Rwanda National Park authorities, who will be with you for the entire trek.

8.00am – You will be driven to the starting point of the trek, which takes between 45 minutes and one hour.

8.45am to 9.00am – The trek begins. You will be taken on a guided walk through the bamboo forests and once the gorilla family is located, time in contact with them will be strictly limited to one hour.

12.00pm – Descend to your lodge for lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 03 – Full Day in Volcanoes National Park and drive back to Kigali

Second Gorilla Trek

Same program as for Day 02, but this time with a trek to a different Gorilla family. As soon as the contact time is over, you will descend out of the Park and return to your lodge for a late lunch before your transfer back to Kigali. It will be early evening by the time you arrive at the hotel of your choice, either the Lemigo Hotel (Medium Range) or the Serena Hotel (Up-Market). Dinner here will be at your own expense.

Day 04

Outbound departure

Breakfast at your Kigali hotel. You will be picked up and transferred to Kigali International Airport for your international flight back to Nairobi at 1.30pm. Upon your arrival at 3.45pm local time, you will be met and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel.

‘Gorillas in the Mist’

 Price Guide

Option 1:  (Medium Range)

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lemigo Hotel – Kigali

For one person travelling alone, please contact us for a quote.

Each of 02 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 3,940.00 twin share

Each of 03 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 3,600.00 twin share

Each of 04 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 3,480.00 twin share

Each of 05 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 3,380.00 twin share

Each of 06 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 3,280.00 twin share

Single room supplement USD 285.00 PER PERSON

 

Option 2: (Up-market)

 Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Governor’s Camp and Serena Hotel – Kigali

For one person travelling alone, please contact us for a quote.

Each of 02 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 5,280.00 twin share

Each of 03 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 4,880.00 twin share

Each of 04 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 4,780.00 twin share

Each of 05 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 4,680.00 twin share

Each of 06 guests in a 4 x 4 vehicle: USD 4,580.00 twin share

Single room supplement USD 540.00 PER PERSON

Inclusions:

·       Arrival & departure transfers in Nairobi & Kigali

·       Return flights between Nairobi / Kigali with either Kenya Airways or Air Rwanda

·       Transportation and exclusive use of a 4 x 4 safari-equipped vehicle in Rwanda

·       Services of an English speaking driver / guide and his daily allowance

·       Daily community fees

·       2 Gorilla Treks – each costing USD.750.00 per trek

·       2 nights’ full board accommodation at either Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge

·       1 night bed & breakfast accommodation at either Lemigo Hotel or Serena Hotel in Kigali

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Exclusions:

– Any items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, etc.

– All beverages

– International flights and visas into Rwanda and out of Rwanda other than included return flights Nairobi – Kigali – Nairobi

– Changes in itinerary

– Tips / gratuities for your driver / guide and camp / lodge staff

– Travel / Medical Insurance

– Any extras not mentioned above such as extra meals and activities

 

 

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