Day 1: Take the scheduled flight to Kigali, Rwanda from Nairobi. Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met at the arrivals section by our representative and transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. Bed and breakfast
Day 2: "In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat," wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, "are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest - the Virungas".
Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range - home of the rare mountain gorilla - and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, embracing evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp & heath.
Depart early for the drive to the Volcanoes National Park HQs where you will be allocated a gorilla tracking group. You are briefed by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.
Our exhilarating trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colourful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
In the afternoon, you tour to the nearby ex-poacher’s village. Part of overall conservation efforts, former poachers renounced their ways and together with their families now participate in eco-tourism in this village where visitors learn about the traditional fire-making, archery, traditional medicine, traditional dances among other attractions.
Overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Full board
Day 4: There are, at the moment five gorilla families in Volcanoes NP that have been habituated to human visitation. The Susa Group (39 members incl. 3 silverbacks, 5 blackbacks, 8 females, 12 juveniles and 3 infants),Group 13 has 10 members (1 silverback, 4 females, 1 juvenile and 4 infants), Umubano has 7 members (1 silverback, 2 females, 1 juvenile, 1 infant), Amahoro group (15 members incl. 1 silverback, 1 blackback, 5 females, 3 juveniles and 2 infants), and the Sabyinyo Group has 9 members (2 silverbacks, 3 females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants). Each family occupies a different section of the range or peak, either further or higher the volcanoes.
Spend this morning tracking a different Gorilla Family, visiting a different family, experiencing a different thrill. No two visits are ever the same, really. After lunch at the lodge, drive back to Kigali and for overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel. Half board
Day 5: Breakfast. In good time you are picked up and transferred to the Kigali International Airport for The scheduled flight to Nairobi.
Cost of the holiday in USD is:
Rate valid from 2nd January 2017 to 16th December 2017.