Follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey. This short trip takes you deep into the heart of gorilla territory – Volcanos National Park, where half the world’s gorilla population lives! With trekking activities, forest walks and plantation visits on offer, there are few better ways to discover the Rwandan wild.
Observe gorillas! Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains protected area, also part of Congo and Rwanda.
Gorilla Trekking No other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with some of the few remaining wild mountain gorillas. For a gorilla trek you need to be fairly fit for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike. Even in the dry season, the rainforest is a challenging environment: it is humid, wet and muddy with some steep slopes and thick vegetation. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild, but be prepared to exert yourself on the trek. Your professional guide and tracker lead you into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from between 7 and 10m away. You will spend up to one hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. You will be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch whose soft brown eyes constantly sweep over his family protectively. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience!
Nyungwe Forest National Park is an enormous high-altitude, mountainous tropical rainforest with a canopy that extends across the majestic hills of southeast Rwanda.
One&Only Nyungwe House: Forest Walks, Exploring The Tea Plantations Nyungwe Forest is a vast stretch of massive trees, trailing creepers, orchids, and the resultant diversity of life that is breathtaking in its vividness. Take a stroll down the guided paths through dense vegetation to sight the different species of primates swing from one tree to another. Try to catch butterflies, or spot the numerous birds whose calls are clear in the silence but shapes lost in the foliage. A canopy walk suspended over ancient trees is incredible for the experience itself, as well as the view that it offers – pure oxygen for your senses. There are a number of tea plantations surrounding the Nyngwe House that add to the mesmeric beauty of the place. Explore these plantations with guides who know the terrain well and share interesting tidbits of information.
As Rwanda’s capital and its geographical heart, Kigali is an important business center and port.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,922 /person
Option 2 From $ 7,342 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 5 nights.
Economy flights for all sectors : Kigali – Kamembe, Kamembe – Kigali
All activities as listed :
Volcanos: Gorilla trekking
Nyungwe: One&Only Nyungwe House: Forest walks, exploring the tea plantations
24-hour point of contact in Africa
East Africa: All national park and conservation fees as per your itinerary
East Africa: Flying Doctors emergency evacuation cover.
East Africa: Exclusive use of high quality and well maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver guide. Game drives may be shared with other guests of the lodge/camp, with maximum of 6 guests in the vehicle and guaranteed window seat for all passengers.