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Mountain Gorilla Encounter (4 Day)

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,289

Spend 4 days in the area made famous by Dian Fossey, the home of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population. Be one of only a few to see these gorillas in their own habitat.


For most travellers, a trip to Rwanda means tracking gorillas. However, only 8 permits are issued each day to visit each of the 5 families habituated for tourists. The trek can be strenuous for many, but the reward is nothing short of transformative. Gorillas are sighted by over 90% of visitors, many of whom will get within metres of a family.

Spend 4 days walking in the footsteps of Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park. You’ll also visit the Genocide Museum for a sobering look at Rwanda's brutal recent history.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,289

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Day 1

Arrive Kigali

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen accommodations for overnight.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kigali Serena

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    Kigali Serena



    Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometres from Kigali International Airport and is close ...

    Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometres from Kigali International Airport and is close to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The hotel offers 148 rooms that are presented in typically pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Newsstand
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Kigali to Ruhengeri via a Kigali City Tour and Genocide Museum Visit

After breakfast, check out and depart for Ruhengeri. Enroute, you will have your tour of Kigali and visit to the Genocide Museum.

The Kigali City Tour offers you an in-depth view of Kigali, past and present, bringing you the genuine heartbeat of the city. The city, which is inhabited by one million people, is divided into three districts, Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. 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. The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighbourhood's that are changing the face of the city.

The Genocide Memorial site is a grim reminder of the senseless massacre of innocent's lives in 1994. The memorial is the final resting places for more than 250 000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi, a place for remembrance and learning. The Memorial also sheds light on other massacres including Cambodia, the Balkans and the Holocaust. Rwanda's recovery, growth and development is incredible, a true testament to humankind's resilience.

After your tour you will be transferred to Ruhengeri with drop off at the lodge of your choice.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Virunga Lodge

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    Virunga Lodge



    The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having "the best view in the world" and as "one of ...

    The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having "the best view in the world" and as "one of the finest lodges in Africa". The lodge's eight bandas offer elegance and great comfort, with their 'organic, bush-chic' design reflecting the local building style. Each banda has its own terrace with spectacular views of the volcanoes or lakes.

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Day 3

Gorilla Trek

On this day you will depart on you Mountain Gorilla Trekking.

A real lifetime experience! Report time at park Head Quarters is 7.00am. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of 8 trekkers visiting any one group. You will be divided into groups according to your level of fitness and allocated a Gorilla family based on their location the previous evening. Each group's Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the "do's and don'ts" while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas depending on the gorilla's movements.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Depart Kigali

Time this morning for a second trek (optional and at additional cost) or why not take an optional excursions. This afternoon, you will depart back to Kigali Airport in time for your onward flight later this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation for duration of stay
  • All meals (except for 1st day)
  • 1 gorilla permit
  • Kigali city tour
  • All land transportation
  • Services of experienced guides. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Gorilla permits are limited so book early.  All gorilla permits need to be purchased at time of booking in addition to the regular deposit requirement.  Permit prices are government regulated and subject to change without notice. Once purchased, no changes or refunds. 

A 2nd Gorilla tracking opportunity is available on 4 day option but must be requested and paid for at time of booking and will be subject to availability. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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