This brief but intense visit to Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans allows you the chance to have one of the most incredible wildlife experiences possible anywhere in the world.
It makes a great add-on to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania or a beach extension to Zanzibar, but if you can, we recommend a slightly longer tour such as the Northern Rwanda: Gorillas & Kivu Private Tour.
Departure: UK - Kigali
Depart on the early morning flight from London Heathrow to Kigali via Amsterdam. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Chez Lando to stay overnight.
Accommodation: Chez Lando
Kigali - Volcanoes National Park
Your professional driver-guide will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Musanze near Parc National des Volcans to stay 2 nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge***, all meals included (drive time approx 2½ hours).
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a simple lodge within close reach of the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans). The individual stone cottages are well spaced from each other with en suite facilities, set in lovely grounds with views of the Volcanoes. The main area has a bar and restaurant serving tasty meals using local ingredients. Do take warm clothes in winter months as these mountainous areas can get surprising cold for Africa.
Activities that you can partake in aside from gorilla tracking, include visiting attractions such as Iby'wacu cultural village, the twin lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey's grave and tracking golden monkeys.
***Alternatively upgrade to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - ask us for details.
Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla tracking!
After an early breakfast, you will be taken to the ORTPN Park Headquarters for a briefing at 07h00. The head ranger will advise you on appropriate conduct while gorilla tracking. Experienced trackers then lead you into the forested slopes to seek one of the bands of Mountain gorilla.
The hour that you are able to spend among these gentle giants is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world - superlatives simply fail to convey how impressive it actually is.
Time taken to reach the gorillas may be as quick as 30 - 45 minutes, or it may take a few hours.
Balance of the day at leisure or to go sightseeing with your driver-guide.
Volcanoes National Park - Kigali and evening departure
Today you have the chance to do a second gorilla trek (additional permit is US$1,500), or alternatively, visit Dian Fosey’s memorial, trek to see the Golden monkeys (pictured); take a nature or birding walk in Parc National des Volcans or climb Mt Bisoke.
For gorilla conservation reasons, all activities at the park commence in the early morning.
In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Kigali airport to checkn in for the overnight KLM flight to Amsterdam departing 20h20
Arrival: Amsterdam - UK
On arrival in Amsterdam in the early morning connect with the 08h40 KLM flight to London (or selected other UK airports).
Pricing Information & Dates
5 day tour, from £2975 - £3650 per person
01 Jun 2018
31 Oct 2018
01 Nov 2018
30 Nov 2018
01 Jan 2019
28 Feb 2019
01 Mar 2019
31 May 2019
* International return KLM flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Kigali via Amsterdam (economy class seating); * Airport taxes
* 3 nights accommodation as on itinerary,
* 1 gorilla permit per person
* Services of a professional English-speaking driver-guide
* All meals
* Private transfers
* Activities as indicated
* Any meals not listed, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.
* A second gorilla permit is US$1,500
Tour departs any day with two people. Minimum age limit for visiting gorillas in Rwanda is 15.
Prices are only a guide as they are affected by currency fluctuation, changes in flight costs etc.
For upgrade option of 2 nights Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge & 1 night Kigali Serena please contact us.
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