Gorillas, Volcanoes and Golden Monkey Safari in Rwanda
Highlights of this Rwanda Gorilla Trek Safari
Accommodation: Guest cottage accommodation
Activities: Gorilla trekking, bird watching safaris, community visits
Destinations: Parc National des Volcans
What you can expect from the 4 day Rwanda Gorilla Trek
Enjoy an exhilarating stay in the heart of the African wilderness. Admire spectacular scenery of verdant volcanoes, lakes and the dominating peaks of the Virunga Mountains wreathed in spiralling clouds.
Spend your mornings trekking gorillas in the ethereal mist on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Track these magnificent creatures and discover their hideouts. Once you have found their hidden location, watch them interact with one another and feel the thrill as you enjoy close encounters.
Shop at local craft markets for unique souvenirs. Relax in comfort and style in a stone cottage in front of a cosy fireplace. Enjoy flavoursome African cuisine.Rwanda Safari Highlights
- Thrilling gorilla trekking safaris through verdant forests
- Picturesque scenery of the volcanoes and towering Virunga Mountains
- Educational experience at the genocide memorial
- Cultural visits to a nearby village where ex poachers have changed their skills and have become performers.
- Comfortable accommodation in the rugged African bush
Day 1: Kigali - Parc National des Volcans, RwandaArrive in Kigali and enjoy a scenic road transfer in a private vehicle to your Rwanda safari accommodation. Sit back, relax and enjoy your 2 hour journey as you pass through rural villages and farmland with a landscape dominated by volcanoes and towering mountains. Savour a delicious lunch with picturesque views of the Virunga Volcanoes of Parc National des Volcans.
Spend the afternoon at leisure and unwind after a morning of travel. After you have settled into your stylish cottage embark on a bird walking safari, familiarise yourself with the area and take delight in a profusion of colourful birds. Grab your camera and capture the exquisite landscapes in the soft afternoon light. Tuck into a delicious dinner; relax in front of the blazing fire in your private sitting room before retiring in your cosy Rwanda accommodation.
Day 2: Parcs National de Volcans, RwandaYour adventure starts early today, so wake up to the dawn chorus with a hot beverage and enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing to the Parc National des Volcans headquarters. On arrival, you’ll meet your guide who will discuss the safety precautions and gorilla etiquette with you before you set off to meet these magnificent beasts.
Take a quick safari transfer to the starting point, where your trekking officially begins. The duration of your trekking adventure is dependent on the area of which the gorillas are residing. The trek begins on the slopes of the slopes of Virunga Volcanoes and you need to be in good physical condition as the trek can be very physically demanding. Starting on the cultivated slopes at the base of the volcano, you steadily climb through the dense forest, following the spoor of the gorillas.
Once you have discovered their secluded location, you can spend an hour observing their animated interactions with each other. Feel the thrill as you come get a closer look at these incredible creatures and observe their unique habits.
Day 3: Seek out the Golden MonkeysSet out after breakfast to see the golden monkeys. This local subspecies of the common Sykes monkey is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Parc des Volcans. There are two habituated groups at the foot of Mount Sabyinyo. You can spend an hour watching the monkeys’ antics before you have to head back to the camp.
In the afternoon, you can spend the day at your own pace. Relax at the camp and marvel in the picturesque views of the volcanoes and lush forest. If you wish to see another aspect of Parc National de Volcans, you can take a drive to the bustling markets and shop souvenirs and crafts. If you would like to learn about the country’s history, you can visit the genocide memorial in the area, or learn about the different conservation projects in the area.
Day 4: DepartureThe time has come to say goodbye. Capture your last few snaps with your camera to remind you of a thrilling African gorilla safari. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your road transfer back to the airport.
- Private road transfers to and from airport
- Entrance and conservation fees for all reserves as per itinerary
- Gorilla permit as per itinerary
- Three nights accommodation in a luxury safari lodge
- All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary
- Local beverages including teas/coffees, soft drinks, local brand beers and house wines
- Guided gorilla trek
- Guided golden monkey trek
- Laundry services
- Room service
- All meet and greet services
- Champagne, liqueurs and spirits, tips, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed on the itinerary
- Travel and personal accident insurance
- Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary