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

Please check here for further Travel Information

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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No. of Pax
DATES FROMDATES TO1 (Inc SRS)234EXTRA NIGHTSRS
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
1-Jan-1331-Dec-132750 USD2000 USD1875 USD1780 USD375 USD180 USD
1-Jan-1431-Dec-142815 USD2095 USD1945 USD1850 USD460 USD195 USD
VIRUNGA LODGE
1-Apr-1314-Oct-133780 USD2970 USD2815 USD2720 USD375 USD290 USD
15-Oct-1315-Dec-133595 USD2815 USD2625 USD2530 USD375 USD245 USD
16-Dec-1331-Dec-133780 USD2970 USD2815 USD2720 USD375 USD290 USD
1-Jan-1428-Feb-144095 USD3220 USD3030 USD2940 USD460 USD290 USD
1-Mar-1431-May-143940 USD3065 USD2900 USD2780 USD460 USD290 USD
1-Apr-1414-Oct-144095 USD3220 USD3030 USD2940 USD460 USD290 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-143940 USD3065 USD2900 USD2780 USD460 USD290 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-144095 USD3220 USD3030 USD2940 USD460 USD290 USD
SILVERBACK LODGE
1-Jun-1331-Oct-134220 USD3315 USD3160 USD3030 USD375 USD370 USD
1-Nov-1315-Dec-134000 USD3125 USD2940 USD2845 USD375 USD320 USD
16-Dec-1331-Dec-134220 USD3315 USD3160 USD3030 USD375 USD370 USD
1-Jan-1431-Mar-144160 USD3345 USD3065 USD2970 USD460 USD345 USD
1-Apr-1431-May-143325 USD2750 USD2595 USD2500 USD460 USDn/a
1-Jun-1431-Oct-144410 USD3440 USD3280 USD3160 USD460 USD395 USD
1-Nov-1415-Dec-144160 USD3345 USD3065 USD2970 USD460 USD345 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-144410 USD3440 USD3280 USD3160 USD460 USD395 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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