Gorillas of Rwanda

​Time spent tracking and observing, at close quarters, a family of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas is simply unforgettable.

Journey Overview

Time spent tracking and observing, at close quarters, a family of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas is simply unforgettable. The mountains and volcanoes of Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans, world famous for the work conducted there by Dian Fossey, are home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas and you’ll have two days tracking included in the programme. Tracking is conducted in small groups of no more than eight and a good level of general fitness is recommended.

Journey Highlights

  • Observe, at close quarters, a family of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas
  • Spot rare mammals in Volcanoes National Park including the golden monkey, side-striped jackal, serval, black-fronted duiker, buffalo and elephant
  • Soak up views of dramatic volcanic peaks and the surrounding countryside from your forest eco-retreat
  • Watch a traditional dance and drumming performance in a local village
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kigali

Arrive into Kigali, the Rwandan capital, where you are met by a representative of A&K and transferred to your hotel.

The Retreat

Day 2: Kigali – Parc National des Volcans

This morning enjoy a short Kigali City tour. See the craft centre, the Kandt House Museum of Natural History and the memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994, a moving experience. Make a short stop for refreshments and a briefing before driving to luxurious Singita Kwitonda Lodge, enveloped by lush forest right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park.

Singita Kwitonda | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Parc National des Volcans

The park protects the Rwandan side of the Virunga volcanoes, a range of six extinct and three live volcanoes which shelter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world. This park gained world notoriety for the work Dian Fossey conducted here.

After an early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters where you are allocated a gorilla tracking group. Following a briefing by your gorilla tracker/guide, the adventure begins. Today’s hike may take anything from one to five hours to reach the gorillas depending on the location of the family. You’ll walk through farmland, bamboo forests and rainforest. Upon sighting the gorillas, stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily habits, feeding, foraging, playing, resting and attending the young. Afterwards, return to base where your driver awaits. Lunch is back at the lodge and this afternoon enjoy a scenic drive to view the twin lakes, Ruhondo and Burera, with the spectacular backdrop of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Singita Kwitonda | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Parc National des Volcans

Today is another opportunity to head into the park in search of the mountain gorillas. You will most likely be allocated a different group, the terrain may vary but the experience will certainly be unforgettable.

Singita Kwitonda | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Parc National des Volcans – Depart Kigali

After breakfast transfer back to Kigali airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Retreat Rwanda, Kigali

Gorillas of Rwanda

Luxury and style in Rwanda’s lively capital of Kigali, The Retreat is the region’s first entirely eco-friendly solar powered resort featu... Read more

Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Parc National des Volcans

Gorillas of Rwanda

Set in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches, right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unparalleled position puts l... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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