A 4 day Gorilla Safari that starts and finishes in Kigali. This safari can also be done on a private basis. (One PNV gorilla permit is included in the cost but the other gorilla tracking require a supplement to be paid at time of booking).
Seeing some of the last remaining 1000 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience and this safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It offers an opportunity to track gorillas twice. Parc Nationale des Volcans in Rwanda has ten habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey’s grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.
On safari clients stay three nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.
Day 1: Meet & Greet at the Airport
Met on arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari After lunch, depart for PNV at 2pm.
The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. O/N: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge (Budget) / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
After a wonderful night sleep you will set out after breakfast to track the gorillas. Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans is subject to permit availability which will be booked by us as part of your itinerary.
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Your first day on your gorilla safari in Rwanda see you exploring the lush undergrowth of the impressive slopes of the Virungas with a watchful eye out for the black shapes that with a little luck will eventually emerge from the surrounding thicket. Tracking the gorillas is a magical and unforgettable experience. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. After spending up to an hour with the gorillas you will be back at your safari lodge in time for a sumptuous well earned late lunch! Occasionally the gorillas can be a little elusive and it may take up to a day of gorilla tracking to find them. You will once again overnight at Virunga Lodge.
If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge (Budget) / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Once again you will have the opportunity to go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Go gorilla tracking again in the Rwandan Volcanoes.
Overnight at Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge (Budget) / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)
Day 4: Leave for Kigali, Kigali City Tour
Leave for Kigali. Time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport (HB).
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