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.
Kigali Serena Hotel (Prime Room)  

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 your new luxury lodge in the Parc National des Volcans, positioned in an eroded volcanic cone with extraordinary views of surrounding peaks and forest.
Bisate Lodge (Villa) | Meals: BD

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. After 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.
Bisate Lodge (Villa) | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Parc National des Volcans – Kigali.

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. After lunch, return to Kigali and later enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Kigali Serena Hotel (Prime Room) | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Depart Kigali.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Kigali Serena Hotel

Gorillas of Rwanda

Rwanda's Kigali Serena Hotel is located on a charismatic boulevard in central Kigali, Rwanda's capital. The hotel's 148 rooms suit diff ... Read more

Bisate Lodge, Ruhengeri

Gorillas of Rwanda

Located in a natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the setting of Bisate Lodge is dramatic to say the least. There are incre ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

From $13,260 per person twin share (low season) and from $14,385 per person twin share (high season). Solo travellers on request.

As this Private Journey 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.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 to book this journey.

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