3 Day Mountain Gorilla Safari

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An exhilarating 2 night / 3 day scenic tour in the Parc National des Volcans including a gorilla trek and time to enjoy other excursions within this stunning volcanic landscape. One Gorilla Permit per person is included.

Itinerary

3 Day Mountain Gorilla Safari

Day 1 Morning pick up from Kigali Airport. Visit the Genocide Memorial Center (optional). Lunch in town. Follow the road as it climbs to the base of the majestic volcanoes, with spectacular views across the five peaks. Dinner and overnight at your choice of lodge (LD).

Day 2 - Mountain Gorillas- As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits of Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyniyo, Gahinga and Muhabura, we make our way into the Parc National des Volcans in search of Mountain Gorillas. Afternoon at leisure - optional excursions available from lodge (payable locally). Dinner and overnight at lodge (BLD).

Day 3 Optional excursions from lodge (payable locally). Scenic transfer back to Kigali and drop-off at Kigali Airport (B).

Includes

  • 1 Gorilla Permit at $750 per person
  • All transfers and airport assistance
  • All accommodation and meals as stated
  • Mineral Water
  • All transportation in 4x4 vehicles
  • English speaking park guide
  • English speaking driver/guide

Excludes

  • Optional excursions from lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

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Gorilla Permits

In order to minimise human contact with the gorilla groups the Rwandan authorities issue Gorilla Permits – ensuring that a limited number of visitors can observe them each day. These permits are in high demand, so do book early to secure your chosen date/s.

Please note:

Tracking gorillas in Rwanda can be testing and requires a moderate to good level of fitness (though it is deemed easier than from Uganda where the trails are steeper and less accessible).

Treks are often 2 to 3 hours each way (but can be more) and involve hiking through dense forest and traversing steep ravines and mountainsides, often in damp conditions.

However, all this adventure is worthwhile for a glimpse of one of nature’s finest spectacles.

There is a minimum age of 15 years on gorilla treks.

What to wear and take on your gorilla trek:

With changeable weather conditions and dense forest vegetation it is advisable to take layers of protective clothing. We recommend wearing the following:

  • t-shirt
  • long-sleeved top
  • warm fleece / jumper
  • thick trousers
  • thick wool socks (and gaiters preferably)
  • strong lightweight, water-proof walking boots
  • hat with brim
  • garden gloves to aid scrambling up banks

And carry a small rucksack with:

  • water
  • pack lunch and snacks
  • binoculars
  • camera / video camera with spare battery, memory cards or film
  • light-weight rain mac / poncho

Walking sticks are available at the Park headquarters and porters can be hired for approx US$10.

A sealed plastic bag around camera / lenses will help keep them dry on the trek.

Pockets are useful for valuables and spare camera batteries / lenses etc as all other equipment must be left with porters approx 200 metres away from the gorilla groups.

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3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS MOUNTAIN GORILLA SAFARI:PRICES IN US$ 

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Morning pick up from Kigali Airport. Visit the Genocide Memorial Center (optional). Lunch in town. Follow the road as it climbs to the base of the majestic volcanoes, with spectacular views across the five peaks. Dinner and overnight at your choice of lodge (LD). Day 2 – Mountain Gorillas- As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits of Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyniyo, Gahinga and Muhabura, we make our way into the Parc National des Volcans in search of Mountain Gorillas. Afternoon at leisure - optional excursions available from lodge (payable locally). Dinner and overnight at lodge (BLD). Day 3 – Optional excursions from lodge (payable locally). Scenic transfer back to Kigali and drop-off at Kigali Airport (B). END OF SAFARI.

RATES INCLUDE:

1 Gorilla permit @ US$750 per person, full board accommodations, transfers in 4x4 safari vehicle with guaranteed window seats, English/French speaking driver-guide, mineral water in the safari vehicle and during the tracking, community fees at Silverback Lodge.

RATES EXCLUDE:

International flights, visa fees, porter/guide tips, beverages, items of a personal nature also prices exclude festive season supplement between 23rd Dec 2014 to 02nd Jan 2015 which needs to be reconfirmed at the time of booking.

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TRAVEL PERIODSPER PERSON RATES BASED ON NO. OF PAXSINGLE SUPPLEMENTEXTRA NIGHT, PER PERSON SHARING
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USING MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
01-Jan-1431-Dec-142815 USD2095 USD1945 USD1850 USD1815 USD195 USD625 USD
01-Jan-1531-Dec-152875 USD2125 USD1975 USD1885 USD1845 USD195 USD630 USD
USING VIRUNGA LODGE
01-Jan-1428-Feb-144095 USD3220 USD3035 USD2940 USD2875 USD290 USD905 USD
01-Mar-1431-May-143940 USD3065 USD2910 USD2785 USD2720 USD290 USD845 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-144095 USD3220 USD3035 USD2940 USD2875 USD290 USD905 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-143940 USD3065 USD2910 USD2785 USD2720 USD290 USD845 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-144095 USD3220 USD3035 USD2940 USD2875 USD290 USD905 USD
01-Jan-1528-Feb-154160 USD3250 USD3065 USD2970 USD2910 USD320 USD915 USD
01-Mar-1531-May-153970 USD3095 USD2940 USD2815 USD2750 USD290 USD845 USD
01-Jun-1514-Oct-154160 USD3250 USD3065 USD2970 USD2910 USD320 USD915 USD
15-Oct-1515-Dec-153970 USD3095 USD2940 USD2815 USD2750 USD290 USD845 USD
16-Dec-1531-Dec-154160 USD3250 USD3065 USD2970 USD2910 USD320 USD915 USD
USING SILVERBACK LODGE
01-Jan-1431-Mar-144160 USD3345 USD3065 USD2970 USD2890 USD345 USD815 USD
01-Apr-1431-May-143325 USD2750 USD2595 USD2500 USD2440 USD0690 USD
01-Jun-1431-Oct-144410 USD3440 USD3285 USD3160 USD3095 USD395 USD1035 USD
01-Nov-1415-Dec-144160 USD3345 USD3065 USD2970 USD2890 USD345 USD815 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-144410 USD3440 USD3285 USD3160 USD3095 USD395 USD1035 USD
01-Jan-1531-Mar-154315 USD3345 USD3160 USD3065 USD2970 USD375 USD970 USD
01-Apr-1531-May-153470 USD2845 USD2690 USD2565 USD2500 USD0750 USD
01-Jun-1531-Oct-154690 USD3660 USD3470 USD3375 USD3285 USD440 USD1125 USD
01-Nov-1515-Dec-154315 USD3345 USD3160 USD3065 USD2970 USD375 USD970 USD
16-Dec-1531-Dec-154690 USD3660 USD3470 USD3375 USD3285 USD440 USD1125 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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