4 Day Volcanoes & Gorillas Safari

This exciting 4 day tour visits Rwanda’s most scenic region – the Parc National des Volcans – with high quality all-inclusive accommodation at the renowned Virunga Lodge.

Surrounded by folding hills, the lodge has unsurpassed panoramic views of Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes and the shimmering volcanic lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo.

Private Departures offer flexibility or the Scheduled Departures bring great value for money.

 

Prices include meals, drinks and a complimentary massage. One Gorilla Permit per person is included as are other optional excursions. Or, a second Gorilla Permit can be added if required.

 

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore Dance Performances at the Lodge
  • Mwiko Primary School Community Support Project

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Morning pick up from Kigali Airport. Take a scenic drive through the spectacular volcanic landscape, arriving at Virunga Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon either relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery or take an optional excursion from the lodge (such as a walk to Lake Bulera or a visit to Mwiko School). Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (LD).

Day 2 

An early start heading to the Parc National des Volcans and to the base in the foothills where you will be joined by trackers, army rangers and porters who accompany the trek in search of Mountain Gorillas. Later return to Virunga Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure – take a complimentary massage. In the evening enjoy a performance by a local dance troupe. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).

Day 3 

Either enjoy an excursion from the lodge or take another trek into the volcanic landscape to see the gorillas in their natural habitat (extra Gorilla Permit payable). Afternoon walk or at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).

* Excursion choices include:

  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
  • Hike a Volcano
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu
  • Community and Nature Walks

Day 4 

Return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Museum (time permitting) for a fascinating insight into the country’s social history. Transfer to Kigali Airport (B).

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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).

 

Prices

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4 DAY VOLCANOES & GORILLAS SAFARI: prices are Per Person (minimum 2 people)

PRICES INCLUDE:

All transport in 4×4 vehicle and an English-speaking driver/guide. 1 Gorilla Permit per person. A choice of excursion on Day 3 (including permits / fees if applicable). Accommodation on an All Inclusive basis at Virunga Lodge (unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry service and activities around the lodges). One complimentary massage per person.

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USING VIRUNGA LODGE
DATES FROM DATES TO 01 Pax 02 Pax 03 Pax 04 Pax 05 Pax Single Supplement
01-Jan-19 28-Feb-19 7406 USD 5938 USD 5719 USD 5563 USD 5469 USD 613 USD
01-Mar-19 31-May-19 5438 USD 4594 USD 4344 USD 4219 USD 4125 USD NIL
01-Jun-19 30-Sep-19 7406 USD 5938 USD 5719 USD 5563 USD 5469 USD 613 USD
01-Oct-19 14-Dec-19 5438 USD 4594 USD 4344 USD 4219 USD 4125 USD NIL
15-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 7406 USD 5938 USD 5719 USD 5563 USD 5469 USD 613 USD

NB  all Gorilla Permits need to be purchased at the time of booking or a deposit equivalent to 20% of the cost of the safari paid, whichever is higher.

PRICES EXCLUDE:

Optional extra Gorilla Permit ($1500). Gratuities. Items of a personal nature. Flights / Visas / Travel Insurance.

*LOW SEASON PRICES APPLY TO STAYS STARTED & COMPLETED WITHIN THE APPLICABLE DATE BAND

 

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