3 NIGHTS/4 DAYS GAHINGA SAFARI

On this short safari you’ll be able to track the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga National Park, as well as the opportunity to experience ancient Batwa culture, climb a volcano and track golden monkeys. Perfect for those wishing to experience gorilla trekking.

Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for the Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge and cross the border into Uganda. Be sure to turn your clocks one hour ahead. The lodge is located at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes and near the entrance to the national park. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 5 hours ( You are advised to please book flights arriving no later than 1000Hours local time.)

Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (L,D)

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Mgahinga Park Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day.

In the afternoon Visit the Gahinga Batwa Village, experience the culture and history of one of Africa’s oldest tribes. On your tour, you will visit their new home and will participate to the Batwa Heritage Tour to gain insight into their traditional life in the forest and even have lessons in hunting and gathering of medicinal plants. Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (B,L,D)

A relaxed morning during which you can track the golden monkeys through the bamboo forests of the mountains. The monkeys travel in large groups and are as energetic as they are photogenic, often seen playing in the high branches or foraging on the ground for bamboo shoots. Overnight at  Mount Gahinga Lodge (B,L,D)

Mid-morning transfer by road across the border into Rwanda and transfer to Kigali, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before transferring to the airport for your international flight.

Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight. ( Approximate Travel Time: Driving 5 hours)

** You can combine this safari with a Kenya Safari

3 NIGHTS/4 DAYS VIRUNGA SAFARI

This short & sweet stay offers the opportunity to engage with the endangered mountain gorillas and the local community, and is the perfect addition to any larger Africa itinerary. As the premier luxury destination for trekking with the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Virunga Lodge offers guests unparalleled panoramas, beautiful accommodations, and personalized service.

Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire.

Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours
Please book flights arriving no later than 10:00am.
Overnight  Virunga Lodge (L,D)

It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. After a gentle climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of these gentle apes before returning to base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

Overnight at Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

Today choose from one of the optional activities:
Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required)

Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favorite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas. Visit Lake Kivu, location of the finest inland beaches in Africa. Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life. Tour the former Imbabazi Orphanage and beautiful English cottage gardens. Overnight at Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before your international flight.

A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome (guests to pay/donate entrance fees directly).Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours

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