Gorilla Forests and Golden Monkeys
Explore the Virungas Volcanoes in search of mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas in this picturesque and densely forested area.
Your adventure starts in Rwanda’s bustling capital of Kigali, before moving on to the rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes, the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla.
The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere – to see the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat.
What to Expect
5 Days / 4 Nights
This itinerary is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who are both repeat and new travellers to the African continent. You will have the life changing opportunity to view mountain gorillas in their natural habitat at the Parc National des Volcans.
DAY 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met by an &Beyond representative who will drive you to Kigali Serena Inn.
Vibrant and colourful, Kigali is the bustling capital city of Rwanda. It spreads out over four scenic ridges and the valleys in between, with the city centre located on one hill, and the government and administrative quarter on another. The highest hill, Mt Kigali, sits at 1 850 m (6 075 ft) above sea level. Kigali’s peaceful, tree-lined streets are clean and safe, and the city boasts a selection of hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and markets. Kigali is the perfect starting point for an unforgettable gorilla trek – one of Africa’s most fascinating wilderness experiences.
Spend one night at Kigali Serena Inn. Accommodation is in a standard room with an ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes bed and breakfast.
DAY 2-4: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge OR Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
After a scrumptious breakfast you will be driven to Parc des Volcans where you will spend three nights at a lodge of your choice.
The rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The Virungas span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Parc National des Volcans being the Rwandan element of this ecosystem. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere – to see the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas. Seven habituated families of gorillas are visited, and these families have from seven to over thirty-five individuals in each group.
Rise in the cool of dawn and look out on the misty peaks of the mountains. Tuck in to a hearty breakfast. Peer up at the majestic mist-covered slope of the mountain and soak up the anticipation as the guide briefs and the trekkers get ready. Follow in the light steps of your nimble porter as the rainforest folds in around you. Stop and take it all in; the sounds, the smells and the astonishing scenery. Feel the rush of excitement as those dim shapes and faint sounds become actual living, breathing, free gorillas. Savour every second of an exhilarating hour with the great apes. Walk tired and exhilarated back to your heroes welcome and a soothing massage. Sink into a comfortable seat in front of a crackling fireplace and recount every moment of the encounter with your companions. Update your bucket list and sleep like a baby.
DAY 5: Kigali
After a scrumptious breakfast you will be driven back to Kigali Airport for your outbound flight.
Rates and Terms
Volcanos Virunga Lodge
1 June - 15 December 2014 4 234 USD per person sharing
1 January - 28 February 2015 5 054 USD per person sharing
1 March - 31 May 2015 4 123 USD per person sharing
1 June - 14 October 2015 5 054 USD per person sharing
15 October - 15 December 2015 4 123 USD per person sharing
16 December - 31 December 2015 5 054 USD per person sharing
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
1 June - 15 December 2014 4 461 USD per person sharing
1 January - 28 February 2015 5 738 USD per person sharing
1 March - 31 May 2015 4 832 USD per person sharing
1 June - 14 October 2015 5 738 USD per person sharing
15 October - 15 December 2015 4 832 USD per person sharing
16 December - 31 December 2015 5 738 USD per person sharing
- Meet and Greet at Kigali International Airport.
- Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
- All scheduled transfers:
- Kigali International Airport/Kigali Serena/Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Kigali International Airport
- Rwanda community fees
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
2014 RATE CONDITIONS
- Rates subject to a minimum of 2 guests travelling
- Single supplement only refers to the single room supplement. Single traveller supplement will be quoted on request
- Validity periods are as specified above - should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
- The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote
- &Beyond Trading Terms apply
- Two Gorilla Permits per person
- Gorilla Trekking permits subject to availability at time of booking – payment of permit price will be required to secure permits
- WildlifeMountain gorilla, golden monkey, sykes monkey
- Travelling with ChildrenNot suitable for children
- Don't Leave withoutVisiting the Genocide Memorial in Kigali
Where to Stay
Learn more about the luxurious &Beyond properties available for your trip.
Relaxed yet elegant, the Kigali Serena Hotel is situated on a charming boulevard in the heart of Kigali.
Here, surrounded by the tropical forests of Rwanda, just a stone’s throw away from the renowned Parc National des Volcans.
Set on a stunning hillside, the magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge boasts panoramic vistas of the Virunga Volcanoes and the beautiful lakes of Ruhondo.
We have many additional activities to keep you busy during your stay.
Enhance your Experience With
- Gorilla Tracking
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Kigali City Tour
- Genocide Museum Tour
Ready to start planning your adventure?
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