“Follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey as you trek across Rwanda's volcanic slopes and tropical forests in search of gorillas, and chimps, in the mist.”
Kigali | Butare | Nyungwe Forest National Park | gorillas, chimpanzees and pied colobus monkeys | Kivu Lake | Karisoke research centre | Volcanoes National Park | Virunga Volcanoes | Gorilla Mountain View Lodge |
Description of Gorilla safari & holiday in Rwanda, tailor made
The perfect setting for a unique gorilla safari, Rwanda is made up of essential hillside habitat for primates with gorillas, chimpanzees and pied colobus monkeys all occupying individual areas hidden from the view of casual tourists and potential harm from poachers.
This eleven day Rwanda gorilla watching tour takes travellers from the genocide memorials and museums of Kigali to the city of Butare, further south, before heading to the incredible protected environment of Nyungwe Forest National Park where guided chimp trekking tours set the scene for more animal adventures to come.
Although we can never guarantee a sighting of any animal there's every chance of spotting monkeys leaping amongst the forest canopy and a huge range of bird species flitting amongst the foliage; so keep your eyes peeled and listen to guide instructions prior to preparing for your next destination, the banks of Kivu Lake which can be found close to the town of Gisenyi.
After leaving Gisenyi the experience of gorilla trekking Rwanda really starts to come to fruition as you continue your journey onwards to the former research centre of Karisoke which lies within the formidable Volcanoes National Park and the realm of renowned zoologist Dian Fossey.
Although gorilla trekking in Rwanda isn't just a walk in the park every available option has been included within this tour to try to maximise gorilla watching potential with treks timed to coincide with primate resting periods to ensure travellers get a full hour of pure, unadulterated, viewing pleasure.
Weather within Volcanoes National Park is at the mercy of the gods although, in the main, the spring (April/May) is regarded as the wet season; although there's still every chance of seeing gorillas in the mist so long as you're aware of the increased rain that lies ahead.
June's Gorilla Naming Ceremony is an annual event to mark the one year birthdays of the national park's gorilla community with Rwandan officials marking the occasion with a few words as well as plenty of traditional African music and dancing festivities.
'Adopting' a gorilla and giving generously to fund raising efforts is the best way to enable funds to go to the right place with resources, such as: anti-poaching patrols and providing extra park rangers, adding to the security to both the habitat and lifestyles of Rwandan gorillas as well as the safety of visiting responsible travellers.
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Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.
Responsible tourism: Gorilla safari & holiday in Rwanda, tailor made
Rwanda is a country which has made leaps and bounds in rebuilding itself after the horrors of the genocide in 1994 and tourism plays a crucial part in contributing to its economy. We use Rwandan guides and drivers throughout our itineraries and choose our accommodation carefully to ensure they are employing local people in the hotels and are sensitive to the surrounding environment.
A visit to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial at the end of your trip will give you a good opportunity to learn the people's presentation of what happened in 1994 and your entrance fee goes towards supporting orphans, widows and widowers from the genocide.
The gorilla tracking permits which cost US$750 per person per day provide enormous support to the Volcanoes National Park, paying for park rangers who do anti-poaching patrols, educating the people who live near the national park about the importance of gorilla conservation and employing the rangers who accompany you on the gorilla tracking excursions. Whilst the cost of the permit is relatively high, without this funding it would be impossible to stop the poachers and protect the habitat of the gorillas for future generations to enjoy.