Four-day Gorilla Adventure

Experience the Mountain Gorillas in native habitat as an add-on to your longer safari
Overview

overview

If you're going to be in Africa, trekking in search of mountain gorillas is a must-do.  This 4-day adventure in the Virunga Mountains of Parc National de Volcans offers two opportunities to hike the forests in search of these gentle giants.   Those choosing a single gorilla trek will have time to search for golden monkeys, or visit the nearby lakes or villages.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: From Kigali into the Virunga Mountain Range
    Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.

    Depart from Kigali with your expert guide.  Journey through the beautiful terraced hills that characterize much of Rwanda's landscape. Climb gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga Range, noting the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside. Arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

    Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
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  • Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
    Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.

    Track the gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, hiking in a group of eight through rich and dramatic mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas. Rangers will have pre-scouted the approximate location of the gorilla groups. Hikes may be relatively easy and short or longer and more difficult. Staff make their best attempt to match visitors with an appropriate level of challenge, although there are no guarantees.  Once you reach the gorillas, you enjoy a full hour in close proximity. Return to base for a late lunch.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
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  • Day 3: Parc National des Volcans and surrounds

    Many travelers opt for a second day of gorilla tracking (booked in advance, at additional cost), although there are other fascinating options as well: track the endangered golden monkey; trek to Dian Fossey's grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of Fossey's favorite gorilla, Digit; visit a local village, school or community project; or, relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
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  • Day 4: Kigali
    Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.

    Your safari ends with your return to Kigali. We advise booking an evening departure flight. This allows time for touring Kigali. and visiting the market if this is your interest. Most travelers also choose to spend some time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, a moving and inspiring tribute which is a museum as well.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Dec 27-30, 2014
Jan 4-7, 2015
Jan 25-28, 2015
Feb 1-4, 2015
Feb 22-25, 2015
Mar 2-5, 2015
Mar 22-25, 2015
Apr 5-8, 2015
Apr 26-29, 2015
May 3-6, 2015
May 24-27, 2015
Jun 7-10, 2015
Jun 28-Jul 1, 2015
Jul 5-8, 2015
Jul 26-29, 2015
Aug 2-5, 2015
Aug 23-26, 2015
Sep 6-9, 2015
Sep 20-23, 2015
Oct 4-7, 2015
Oct 25-28, 2015
Nov 1-4, 2015
Nov 22-25, 2015
Dec 6-9, 2015
Dec 27-30, 2015
Jan 3-6, 2016
Jan 24-27, 2016
Feb 7-10, 2016
Feb 21-24, 2016
Mar 6-9, 2016
Mar 27-30, 2016
Apr 3-6, 2016
Apr 24-27, 2016
May 8-11, 2016
May 29-Jun 1, 2016
Jun 5-8, 2016
Jun 26-29, 2016
Jul 10-13, 2016
Jul 31-Aug 3, 2016
Aug 14-17, 2016
Aug 28-31, 2016
Sep 4-7, 2016
Sep 25-28, 2016
Oct 9-12, 2016
Oct 30-Nov 2, 2016
Nov 6-9, 2016
Nov 27-30, 2016
Dec 4-7, 2016
Dec 18-21, 2016
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$3,417
- $3,797
2014 Low Season - $3,417 2014 High Season - $3,797 2014 prices honored until 2015 pricing published Extra Gorilla Permit: $750 High Season: 12/16-2/28 & 6/1-10/14 Low Season: 10/15-12/15 & 3/1-5//31 2014 rates honored until 2015 rates
Single Supplement:
$369-410
2014 High Season - $410 2014 Low Season - $369
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
4 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
2
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
5
JOURNEYS grading system from I to IV will help you choose an experience with physical demands which match your motivation. 1. Active Active exploration with optional day hikes, easy walking, leisurely bicycling or light canoeing. Comfortable travel by vehicle. 2. Vigorous Experience may include regular hiking or physical exercise in varied environments. Travel by vehicle may be long or over rough terrain. 3. Challenging Parts of trip will involve physical challenge. Daily hiking in rough terrain, high altitude, rough road travel and remoteness from modern medical care may be unavoidable circumstances. 4. Demanding Extended foot travel in very remote areas. Previous wilderness travel experience advisable. Doctor's certification may be requested.

Terms & Conditions: 

Volcanoes Safaris

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty percent (20%) deposit per person per trip or the total cost of the permits, whichever is the higher of the two, plus $500 or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Trip Extensions

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