Rwanda Gorilla Trek  Safari  01Night 02Days –2015      

Vehicle  : 5/7-Seater 4×4 Land Cruiser.

Starts    : Kigali

Ends     : Kigali

Meals    : as indicated on itinerary at a glance

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day       Location            Accommodation                           Board                        Activity

1          Kigali/Volcanoes       Volcanoes                         FB                           AM: Arr trf/City Tour + Lunch

            National Park                                                                                             PM: Drive to Volcanoes

2          Volcanoes/Kigali N/A                                               FB                         AM:  Gorilla Trek + Lunch

            + Depart                                                                                                    PM: Drive to Kigali + Apt Trf

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrival Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Morning arrival at the Kigali International Airport.

Meet and Greet Services by our representative, outside the Airport Arrivals section.

After a short briefing, embark on a morning sight-seeing tour of Kigali City. (Cost of city tour included)

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

At the end of the city tour, enjoy lunch at one of Kigali’s popular restaurants.

After lunch, depart and drive north-west of the country to the Ruhengeri area – at the foothills of the

Volcanoes Mountains. (2.5hrs). The Volcanoes National Park  lies in north-western Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga  Gorilla National Park in Uganda.The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla and the golden monkey.

 It is also home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (KarisimbiBisokeMuhaburaGahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

Arrive in the late afternoon, for check-in at your lodge/hotel.

Overnight on Full-Board basis:

                                    Up market:         Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge             www.governorscamp.com; or

                                                                 Virunga Lodge                               www.volcanoessafaris.com

                                    Mid-Range:         Mountain Gorilla View Lodge           www.3bhotels.com

                                    Budget:                  Kinigi Guest House, or similar          (google search)

Day 2:  Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek

Early breakfast at the hotel.

0630hrs:   After breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for the Gorilla Trek registration and allocation of the particular gorilla family to visit.

Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening.

There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Rwanda Gorilla Trek  Safari  1 Night 2 Days                  

0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers, after which your driver-guide will further drive you to the trail-head (start-point) for the commencement of your amazing gorilla trekking adventure.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s 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 colorful 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 one-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!

After the trek, rejoin your driver-guide and transfer back to your hotel/lodge, for freshening-up and lunch.

After lunch, depart and drive down the scenic foothills of the volcanoes, on the smooth but winding road back

to Kigali. 2.5hrs

 Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills.

Arrive Kigali in the late afternoon,  with onward transfer to the Kigali International Airport for your outbound flight

Time allowing, you have the opportunity to visit  the Caplaki Crafts Centre –for optional shopping of exquisite Rwandan souvenirs.

The Caplaki Crafts Centre is famous for its variety of local Rwandan Arts and Crafts, such as the Agaseke.

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Important Tips

Ruhengeri area is located at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level.

It is extremely chilly in the early mornings and evenings – warm clothing is necessary.

While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly – it is necessary therefore to have:

Water-proof clothing (jacket, with hood + trousers, which can be worn over the regular clothing, and removed after the trek);

Water-proof Zip-Lock bags for Cameras/Film/Passports/Money, e.t.c.;

Hand Gloves (warm and water-proof), to keep hands off from rain and dripping vegetation; as well as

 protect from stinging nettles

Hiking boots – with good mud-grip are most appropriate (shoes/boots of  clothing material will certainly become wet and uncomfortable – unless one has left spare shoe wear in their bags, back at the lodge);

Gaiters – to protect your trek trouser legs and boots against mud/wetness;

Sun glasses not necessary during the trek;

Any valuables (carried on the person and not necessary during the trek), may be entrusted with your

driver-guide for safe-keeping for the duration of the trek.

Rwanda Gorilla Trek Safari 1 Night 2 Days 

       RATES QUOTED IN USDOLLARS (US$)

Validity:  01st January  – 31st December  2015

UP-MARKET MID-RANGE BUDGET
 

 

 

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

 

Virunga Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge ( MGVL)  

Kinigi Guest House

EACH OF High Low Mid High Low All Year All Year
01Pax 1,875 1,484 1,725 1,760 1,679 1,076 823
02Pax 1,495 1,104 1,346 1,380 1,300 702 495
03Pax 1,375 984 1,225 1,260 1,179 581 386
04Pax 1,311 920 1,162 1,196 1,116 518 328
05Pax 1,271 880 1,122 1,156 1,076 483 299
06Pax 1,248 857 1,099 1,133 1,053 460 276
07Pax 1,231 840 1,081 1,116 1,035 437 259
SRS – Sgl Rm Suppl  

219

 

Nil

 

173

 

150

 

156

 

110

 

23

GORILLA PERMIT cost NOT included in above quote. The applicable cost  is:

US$750 Per Permit Per Day (Foreign Non-Resident);

US$450 Per Permit Per Day (Foreign East Africa Resident)

US$300 Per Permit Per Day (East African Citizens)

 

NB:  Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of a deposit (non-refundable)

The balance is payable 60 days before trekking date

Sabyinyo Lodge Seasons

High season:      01st June–31st October + 16th–31st December

Low/Green season:         01st April–31st May

Medium season: 01st January–31st March + 01st November-15th December

Virunga Lodge Seasons

High season:      01st January-28th February; 01st June-14th October +

16th December-31stDecember

Low season:       01st March-31st May + 15th October-15thDecember

Main Quote Includes:

Arrival + Departure Airport transfers and assistance

01 Night at the Volcanoes on Full-Board basis

Extra Lunch on Day 1

Kigali City Tour (inclusive of applicable fees)

Private Transport in a 4×4 Land cruiser

Services of an English/French-Speaking Driver-Guide

Bottled Drinking Water during the safari (in the vehicle) and while trekking

All taxes on the services quoted above

Rwanda Gorilla Trek Safari  1 Night 2 Days 

Main Quote Excludes:

Any accommodation in Kigali

Meals and beverages, other than specified.

Gorilla Permits – Per Person Per day (Cost given separately  from main quote)

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, e.t.c.

Personal and baggage insurance.

Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates.

 


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