Trip reference number: ITN-RWD003
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
This brief but intense visit to Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans allows you the chance to have one of the most incredible wildlife experiences possible anywhere in the world.
It makes a great add-on to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania or a beach extension to Zanzibar, but if you can, we recommend a slightly longer tour such as the Northern Rwanda: Gorillas & Kivu Private Tour.
Day 1 Depart on the early morning flight from London Heathrow to Kigali via Amsterdam. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Chez Lando to stay overnight.
Day 2 Your professional driver-guide will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Musanze near Parc National des Volcans to stay 2 nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge***, all meals included (drive time approx 2½ hours). Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a simple lodge within close reach of the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans). The individual stone cottages are well spaced from each other with en suite facilities, set in lovely grounds with views of the Volcanoes. The main area has a bar and restaurant serving tasty meals using local ingredients. Do take warm clothes in winter months as these mountainous areas can get surprising cold for Africa. Activities that you can partake in aside from gorilla tracking, include visiting attractions such as Iby'wacu cultural village, the twin lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey's grave and tracking golden monkeys. ***Alternatively upgrade to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - ask us for details.
Day 3 After an early breakfast, you will be taken to the ORTPN Park Headquarters for a briefing at 07h00. The head ranger will advise you on appropriate conduct while gorilla tracking. Experienced trackers then lead you into the forested slopes to seek one of the bands of Mountain gorilla. The hour that you are able to spend among these gentle giants is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world - superlatives simply fail to convey how impressive it actually is. Time taken to reach the gorillas may be as quick as 30 - 45 minutes, or it may take a few hours. Balance of the day at leisure or to go sightseeing with your driver-guide.
Day 4 Today you have the chance to do a second gorilla trek (additional permit is USHoliday/Itinerary/item,500), or alternatively, visit Dian Fosey’s memorial, trek to see the Golden monkeys (pictured); take a nature or birding walk in Parc National des Volcans or climb Mt Bisoke. For gorilla conservation reasons, all activities at the park commence in the early morning. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Kigali airport to checkn in for the overnight KLM flight to Amsterdam departing 20h20
Day 5 On arrival in Amsterdam in the early morning connect with the 08h40 KLM flight to London (or selected other UK airports).
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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