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ID: 1753
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Offered by Company : ID 2765
Country : Rwanda
Destinations : kibagabaga (Kigali)
Duration : 8 day(s)
Minimum Price : $3000 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $5000 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 2 - 12 People(s)
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Rainforest Tour, Gorilla Safari
 
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Morning wake-up call and breakfast, report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park’s guides on the gorillas’ etiquette. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated Gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 8 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors. You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth.
Detail Information
Day 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive by … at …hrs. After completion of customs and immigration formalities, you will be met by Silver Africa Tours representative, briefing on your trip and introduction to your driver-guide. Drive to your hotel. Overnight: THE MANOR HOTEL (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 2: KIGALI CITY TOUR- VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, optional Kigali city tour including a visit to the Genocide memorial, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Drive to Musanze in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills on a comfortable paved road (approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali). Overnight: GORILLA MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE (all meals)

Day 3: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

Morning wake-up call and breakfast, report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park’s guides on the gorillas’ etiquette. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated Gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 8 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors. You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth. You follow paths and the walking is steep but not overly strenuous. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully grown silverback gorilla: up to three times as bulky as the average man, yet remarkably peaceful and tolerant of human visitors. There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into the liquid brown eyes of these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. After locating your assigned Gorilla group you will spend one hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch will at the lodge. Afternoon, relax at the lodge or visit the twin lakes of BURERA & RUHONDO or Iby’Iwacu cultural village (at extra cost of USD 35 per person). Overnight: GORILLA MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE (All meals)

Day 4: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - SECOND GORILLAS TREK – RUBAVU

Report again to the Volcanoes National Park’s office to undergo the now familiar gorilla trekking formalities. Then re-enter the forest for the second and final gorilla trek visiting a different family from the previous day. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon, drive to Rubavu (former Gisenyi, located on the shores of lake Kivu. . Lake Kivu is a 2650 Square kilometer freshwater expanse and the largest of all the lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda. Relax by the lake shore or visit Rubavu town and the surrounding environs. If time permits, take a boat ride (at extra cost, to be booked & paid on the spot) to visit nearby islands & islets. Dinner & Overnight: KIVU SERENA HOTEL.

Day 5: DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight home.
Notes
Price Includes:

• All airport transfers and assistance
•Accommodation as indicated in the program
•Private transport in a 4x4 tourist converted jeep
•Services of an English speaking driver-guide
•Two gorilla permit
•Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
• All taxes on the services quoted above

Price Excludes:

• Meals and beverages, other than specified.
•International, regional and local Airfares.
• Airport taxes.
• Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
•Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
•Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
•Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
•Personal and baggage insurance.
•Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
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