3 Day Mountain Gorilla Safari & Lake Kivu

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 $1500 per person
  • All transfers and airport assistance
  • All accommodation and meals as stated
  • Mineral Water
  • All transportation in 4×4 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.

Once purchased, gorilla permits are non-refundable.

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.

Prices

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3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS MOUNTAIN GORILLA SAFARI WITH LAKE KIVU: 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$1500 per person per permit, full board accommodations, transfers in 4×4 safari vehicle with guaranteed window seats, English/French speaking driver-guide, mineral water in the safari vehicle and during the tracking, community fees at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included at both Sabyinyo Silverback and Virunga Lodge. One 30-minute massage at Virunga Lodge per person per stay

RATES EXCLUDE:

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

Please select your currency:
USING MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
DATES FROM DATES TO 01 Pax 02 Pax 03 Pax 04 Pax 05 Pax Single Supplement
01-Oct-19 31-Dec-20 3563 USD 2781 USD 2625 USD 2531 USD 2469 USD 188 USD
USING FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL
01-Oct-19 31-Dec-20 3688 USD 2844 USD 2688 USD 2594 USD 2531 USD 406 USD
USING VIRUNGA LODGE
01-Oct-19 14-Dec-19 3969 USD 3219 USD 3031 USD 2938 USD 2875 USD 138 USD
15-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 4688 USD 3719 USD 3531 USD 3406 USD 3281 USD 375 USD
01-Jan-20 28-Feb-20 4688 USD 3719 USD 3531 USD 3406 USD 3281 USD 375 USD
01-Mar-20 31-May-20 3969 USD 3219 USD 3031 USD 2938 USD 2875 USD 138 USD
01-Jun-20 30-Sep-20 4688 USD 3719 USD 3531 USD 3406 USD 3281 USD 375 USD
01-Oct-20 14-Dec-20 3969 USD 3219 USD 3031 USD 2938 USD 2875 USD 138 USD
15-Dec-20 31-Dec-20 4688 USD 3719 USD 3531 USD 3406 USD 3281 USD 375 USD
USING SILVERBACK LODGE
01-Jun-19 31-Oct-19 4781 USD 3781 USD 3625 USD 3531 USD 3469 USD 406 USD
01-Nov-19 15-Dec-19 4594 USD 3625 USD 3438 USD 3344 USD 3250 USD 350 USD
16-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 4781 USD 3781 USD 3625 USD 3531 USD 3469 USD 406 USD
01-Jan-20 31-Mar-20 4594 USD 3625 USD 3438 USD 3344 USD 3250 USD 350 USD
01-Apr-20 31-May-20 3938 USD 3250 USD 3094 USD 3000 USD 2938 USD 138 USD
01-Jun-20 31-Oct-20 4781 USD 3781 USD 3625 USD 3531 USD 3469 USD 406 USD
01-Nov-20 15-Dec-20 4594 USD 3625 USD 3438 USD 3344 USD 3250 USD 350 USD
16-Dec-20 31-Dec-20 4781 USD 3781 USD 3625 USD 3531 USD 3469 USD 406 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

ONE PAX RATE:The price for 1 person travelling alone provided above includes single supplement.

CHILD POLICY:Please note that children below 15 years are not allowed to go for Gorilla trekking. Rates provided above are for 15 year olds and above.

GORILLA PERMITS: This are booked in advance and have to be paid for in full if available to secure the trek. In cases of cancelation of the Gorilla safari this are non refundable once paid for.

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