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