3 Day Mountain Gorilla Safari & Lake Kivu

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A wonderful 3 day (2 night) tour of Rwanda’s highlights first seeing the beautiful Parc National des Volcans and its Virunga Volcanoes and continuing to the sandy shores of Lake Kivu. 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. After lunch at the lodge continue toward Gisenyi, a small town located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (BLD).

Day 3 Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the calm and pristine waters of Africa's highest lake. The terrace of the hotel has fantastic views over Lake Kivu and its ragged shore. Optional excursions / activities are available (payable locally). Drive back to Kigali. Time permitting, lunch at Hotel des 1000 Collines otherwise picnic lunch en route. Transfer to Kigali Airport (BL).

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 / activities from lodge or hotel
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

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Gorilla Permits
In order to protect the gorillas the Rwandan government issues Gorilla Permits – ensuring that a limited number of tourists can track 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 WITH KIGALI: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. After lunch at the lodge continue toward Gisenyi, a small town located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (BLD). Day 3 – Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the calm and pristine waters of Africa's highest lake. The terrace of the hotel has fantastic views over Lake Kivu and its ragged shore. Optional excursions / activities are available (payable locally). Drive back to Kigali. Time permitting, lunch at Hotel des 1000 Collines otherwise picnic lunch en route. Transfer to Kigali 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-142845 USD2125 USD2000 USD1875 USD1825 USD190 USD625 USD
01-Jan-1531-Dec-152910 USD2160 USD2035 USD1910 USD1850 USD190 USD630 USD
USING VIRUNGA LODGE
01-Jan-1428-Feb-143500 USD2690 USD2500 USD2410 USD2345 USD245 USD905 USD
01-Mar-1431-May-143410 USD2595 USD2440 USD2345 USD2285 USD235 USD845 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-143500 USD2690 USD2500 USD2410 USD2345 USD245 USD905 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-143410 USD2595 USD2440 USD2345 USD2285 USD235 USD845 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-143500 USD2690 USD2500 USD2410 USD2345 USD245 USD905 USD
01-Jan-1528-Feb-153565 USD2720 USD2535 USD2440 USD2375 USD245 USD915 USD
01-Mar-1531-May-153470 USD2625 USD2470 USD2375 USD2315 USD235 USD845 USD
01-Jun-1514-Oct-153565 USD2720 USD2535 USD2440 USD2375 USD245 USD915 USD
15-Oct-1515-Dec-153470 USD2625 USD2470 USD2375 USD2315 USD235 USD845 USD
16-Dec-1531-Dec-153565 USD2720 USD2535 USD2440 USD2375 USD245 USD915 USD
USING SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE
01-Jan-1431-Mar-143535 USD2690 USD2500 USD2410 USD2345 USD250 USD815 USD
01-Apr-1431-May-143125 USD2440 USD2285 USD2160 USD2095 USD90 USD690 USD
01-Jun-1431-Oct-143660 USD2785 USD2625 USD2500 USD2440 USD275 USD1035 USD
01-Nov-1415-Dec-143535 USD2690 USD2500 USD2410 USD2345 USD250 USD815 USD
16-Dec-1431-Dec-143660 USD2785 USD2625 USD2500 USD2440 USD275 USD1035 USD
01-Jan-1531-Mar-153625 USD2750 USD2565 USD2470 USD2410 USD265 USD970 USD
01-Apr-1531-May-153160 USD2470 USD2345 USD2250 USD2190 USD90 USD750 USD
01-Jun-1531-Oct-153750 USD2875 USD2720 USD2595 USD2535 USD295 USD1125 USD
01-Nov-1515-Dec-153625 USD2750 USD2565 USD2470 USD2410 USD265 USD970 USD
16-Dec-1531-Dec-153750 USD2875 USD2720 USD2595 USD2535 USD295 USD1125 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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