Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Safari
- Volcanoes National Park
- Genocide Memorial Museum
- Kigali City Tour
- Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safari
- Lake Kivu
If viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat has been a long-time bucket-list item for you, now is the perfect time to realise that travel dream.
The Rwandan authorities announced an unprecedented discount in the price of Gorilla permits. To make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime offer, we have put together a four-day Rwandan Gorilla Tracking Safari from 08 to 11 September 2023.
Join our small group of like-minded travellers and journey to Rwanda.
Our tour starts in Kigali with an informative city tour and visit to the evocative Genocide Memorial Museum. The Volcanoes National Park is one of the oldest parks on the continent. Shrouded in mist, the mountainous area is rugged and wild, covered in lush rainforest. It is here that we will trek into the forest in search of the mysterious mountain gorillas. From here we travel to the sandy shores of Lake Kivu, overlooking glimmering waters and emerald-green mountains in the distance. Our tour ends back in Kigali.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a travel dream come true.
DAY 1: ARRIVE KIGALI
Early morning departure from O R Tambo Airport for Kigali, Rwanda.
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by your driver-guide. As check-in will only be from 14:00, we will depart on a city tour that will include a visit to the Genocide Museum.
Enjoy lunch. After lunch transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Park Inn by Radisson or similar (lunch, dinner)
Park Inn by Radisson Kigali - Offering a prime city centre location, the Park Inn by Radisson Kigali is the premier hotel choice in Rwanda's capital city. The hotel is within easy reach of government buildings like the Presidential Palace and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The international airport is just 12 kilometres away, and airport shuttles to and from the hotel are available. Our 161 modern rooms and suites include amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi and vibrant furnishings, so you can stay connected in comfort. When it comes to dining, the Live Inn Room Restaurant offers a modern, cosy atmosphere, along with a delectable range of international dishes. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
DAY 2: TRANSFER TO VIRUNGAS
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out and depart for the Volcanoes National Park. The journey passes through the beautiful, terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape. Our accommodation for the night is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Kigali.
Enjoy lunch at your hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Twin Lakes.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Gorilla Mountain View Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge - The lodge is located at the foot of the Virunga Sabyinyo Mountain with beautifully landscaped natural foliage gardens and a startling variety of flower gardens. You will be welcomed with a glass of chilled fresh fruit juice or Rwandan tea or coffee. Accommodation consists of 25 en suite cottages. All rooms have a coffee machine.
DAY 3: GORILLA TREK
Today you will have the rare opportunity to observe the famous Rwandan mountain gorillas. Tracking the gorillas through the forested slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If luck is on your side, you will find the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families, however, are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.
You will be placed in a group of maximum 8 people, accompanied by a trekking guide and an armed park ranger. You will have the choice to hire a porter to accompany you on the trek.
Return to the lodge for lunch.
Afternoon departure to Gisenyi, a picturesque lakeside town on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the “Martha’s Vineyard of Rwanda”, with its pretty shoreline and colonial-style hotels.
Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Lake Kivu Serena or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel - Lake Kivu Serena Hotel celebrates the shores of this African Great Lake as a destination of astonishing beauty, where pristine beaches and the sparkling waters of Africa’s sixth largest lake come together in breath-taking fashion. Your arrival is greeted by a bright, open-plan lobby giving way to a private stretch of beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests. We welcome you to experience unparalleled warmth, hospitality, and relaxation. With guest accommodation, restaurants and a spectacular swimming pool nestled among palm trees and manicured grounds and gardens, our privileged waterfront enclave provides all the amenities you would expect from a resort considered by many to be one of Rwanda’s best. Boasting gracious, personalised hospitality and abundant recreational activities on land and water, this 66-room getaway is the perfect choice for an extended holiday or weekend escape. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel combines tropical serenity and waterfront exhilaration to create a truly unique Rwanda resort experience.
DAY 4: DEPART KIGALI
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a relaxed morning along the shores of one of the greatest freshwater lakes in Rwanda in the Albertine Rift – part of the Great Rift Valley.
Late morning you will depart for Kigali. Arrive in Kigali and enjoy a late lunch.
After lunch you are transferred to the airport to check-in for your return flight.
DAY 5: ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG
Early morning arrival in Johannesburg.
END OF SERVICE
08 September 2023 to 11 September 2023
LAND PACKAGE COST
Based on a group of 10 guests
Per person sharing: USD 1 995 (± ZAR 33 915)
Single Supplement: USD 400 (± ZAR 6 800)
To be added to the tour cost:
Gorilla tracking permit per person: USD 500 (instead of the standard USD 1 500)
Rate of exchange used USD1.00 / ZAR 17.00 for rand price indicated. Please use as a guideline only – final cost subject to rate of exchange at the time of confirmation and payment. International flights excluded.
- A Live the Journey tour leader will accompany the group.
- Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast (DBB) basis.
- 4 x lunches.
- Exclusive transport in custom-made safari vehicle driven by an English-speaking driver-guide.
- Park entrance fees and activities as per itinerary.
- Gorilla trek in the Volcanoes National Park (quoted separately and cost be added to tour cost).
- Unlimited bottled mineral water in the safari vehicles.
- International flights into and out of Kigali.
- Any optional activity.
- Drinks (sodas, beer, wine, spirits...)
- Medical and travel insurance.
- Tips, telephone, and personal expenses.
- Anything not listed under inclusions.
Suggested flight option: Rwandair Express
08 Sept 2023 - 03:10 Johannesburg / 07:00 Kigali
11 Sept 2023 - 22:30 Kigali / 02:20 Johannesburg (12 Sept 2023)
Approximate total flight cost per person including airport taxes: From ZAR 7 500 per person return. Flight costs are an estimate only and can only be confirmed on day of booking as it is subject to airport tax fluctuations.
South African passport holders require a visa for Rwanda. For a visit of less than 30 days a visa is issued upon arrival, at no cost.
- This tour requires a minimum of 10 guests to offer it at the quoted price.
- Gorilla permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Prices for gorilla tracking permits, airport taxes and park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be for the guest’s account.
- Health Requirements:
- Proof of a Yellow Fever certificate.
- Rwanda is in a Malaria area and precautions must be taken against this.
- Please consult your doctor or travel clinic at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
- South African Passport Holders require a visa to enter Rwanda. This is issued free of charge on arrival. A passport valid at least 6 months after date of return with sufficient blank pages is required.
- Passengers must bring only soft sided bags on safaris.
- For pocket money and payments made in cash while on tour, please note that USD 1 bills and notes older than 2010 are not accepted in Rwanda.
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