7 Day Rwanda Gorillas & Rainforest Safari

This wonderful 6 night / 7 day tour visits the highlights of Rwanda, including the ancient mountain rainforest of Nyungwe – famous for its unique flora and fauna – as well as a tour to the Parc National des Volcans for a trek through the picturesque volcanic scenery in search of Mountain Gorillas.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from Kigali airport and transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel for dinner and overnight (D).

Day 2

After breakfast, pick up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Kamembe. Met and transferred to Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel / One and Only Nyungwe House for 3 nights. After lunch at the lodge take an afternoon nature walk around the local area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (B,L,D).

Day 3

After breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for a half day trek. The Park is a unique habitat for thirteen species of primate including chimpanzees, l’Hoest’s monkeys and owl-faced monkeys. The high altitude rainforest floor boasts some of the most beautiful orchids in the world. Picnic lunch, or return to the lodge for lunch, then take an afternoon walk to a local village. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D).

Day 4

Breakfast at the lodge followed by a choice of either the Nyungwe Canopy Walk or a Chimpanzee Trek (extra cost for either). As you walk under the canopy of majestic trees, a large group of semi-wild Colobus Monkeys can be seen feeding on wild figs and jumping from branch to branch. Picnic lunch or lunch at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the amenities at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D).

 Day 5

After breakfast, pick up and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Kigali. You will be met and transferred to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge /Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel / Virunga Lodge near Parc National des Volcans for 2 nights. Lunch at the lodge. An afternoon to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D).

Day 6

After an early breakfast and 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 (payable locally). Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D).

Day 7

Breakfast at the lodge. You may have time to take optional excursions from the lodge (payable locally and depending on your onward flight times). Later take the scenic transfer back to Kigali and drop-off at Kigali Airport (B).

Important Note: Once purchased, gorilla permits are non-refundable.

* Please note that a supplement of $38 per person applies for taking the Chimpanzee Trek instead of the Nyungwe Canopy Walk due to the extra cost of the official permit.

Prices

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7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS RWANDA GORILLAS & RAINFOREST SAFARI:PRICES IN US$

RATES INCLUDE:

Activities inside the park on day three worth US$ 1,700 per person (1 Gorilla permit @ US$1,500 per person, 1 Chimpanzee permit @ US$ 90 per person, 1 Colobus monkey permit @ US$ 60 per person & 1 nature walk permit @ US$ 50 per person), full board accommodations, transfers in 4×4 safari vehicle with guaranteed window seats, English/French speaking driver-guide, return flight to Kigali-Kamembe, mineral water in the safari vehicle and during the tracking. 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:

Optional activities on day four: 1 Chimpanzee permit @ US$ 90 per person, 1 Colobus monkey permit @ US$ 60 per person, 1 Canopy walk @ US$ 60 per person, Birding @ US$ 50 per person & Waterfalls @ US$ 50 per person, International flights, visa fees, porter/guide tips, beverages, items of a personal nature also prices exclude festive season supplement between 23rd Dec to 2 Jan which needs to be reconfirmed at the time of booking.

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USING NYUNGWE TOP VIEW HILL HOTEL & MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
DATES FROM DATES TO 01 Pax 02 Pax 03 Pax 04 Pax 05 Pax Single Supplement
01-Jan-19 31-Dec-19 7906 USD 5750 USD 5313 USD 5031 USD 4844 USD 513 USD
USING NYUNGWE TOP VIEW HILL HOTEL & FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL
DATES FROM DATES TO 01 Pax 02 Pax 03 Pax 04 Pax 05 Pax Single Supplement
01-Jan-19 31-Dec-19 8125 USD 5844 USD 5406 USD 5094 USD 4906 USD 656 USD
USING ONE AND ONLY NYUNGWE HOUSE & VIRUNGA LODGE
01-Jan-19 28-Feb-19 12281 USD 9656 USD 9219 USD 8906 USD 8719 USD 1000 USD
01-Mar-19 31-May-19 10281 USD 8125 USD 7719 USD 7406 USD 7219 USD 594 USD
01-Jun-19 30-Sep-19 12281 USD 9656 USD 9219 USD 8906 USD 8719 USD 1000 USD
01-Oct-19 14-Dec-19 10281 USD 8125 USD 7719 USD 7406 USD 7219 USD 594 USD
15-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 12281 USD 9656 USD 9219 USD 8906 USD 8719 USD 1000 USD

ONE PERSON 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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If you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our expert safari consultants please call on:

Kenya Kenya Tel: +254-774-136523

UK UK Tel: 07546​ 433 250 (Sally Wanjau) or 07901-396513 (Steve Sturton-Davies)

USA USA Tel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-541-639-2070 (Brad Wierman)

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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