Rwanda is one in three places where you can observe the striking mountain gorillas in their natural habitat at Volcanoes National Park. Embark on an exhilarating trek, in the footsteps of the rate and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. In addition to tracking mountain gorillas, you will also have the opportunity to explore the capital of Kigali.
Day 1: Arrival at Rwanda
Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, you will be met by a Thousand Hills Expeditions’ representative and transferred to the V.I.P lounge for a welcome drink; in the meantime you will be assisted for immigration clearance.
Stay: Kigali Marriott Hotel
Day 2: City Tour of Kigali
After breakfast, join your guide on a City Tour of Kigali – includes Memorial Centre and Crafts Centres.
The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for a hundred 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. Since then, the city has seen major economic development resulting in what it is today; a vibrant African city of 1 million with wide boulevards, an international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts & curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population. Visit the Kandt Museum, tour old Kigali and the Craft centres, visit the genocide memorial site where you learn about Rwanda’s history pre-colonial to 1994 genocide as well as other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments; the recovery has been incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.
Following a safari briefing over snack at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for your private charter flight with Akagera Aviation Helicopters which will land at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
All the 8 secluded guest cottages (5 Standards Cottages, 2 Suites and 1 Family cottage) are very spacious and private with en-suite bathtub and shower, a sitting area, fireplace for the occasional cold evening as well as a sheltered verandah. Other amenities include extensive outdoor decks and gift shop.
Built and operated by Governors’ Camps, the lodge is owned by a local Community Trust, SACOLA, which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the Park. (Lunch, dinner and overnight)
Day 3: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park to be allocated a gorilla tracking group. You will receive a briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of an amazing adventure.
Our exhilarating trek, in the footsteps of the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, the largest living primate on earth, starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park, her paths littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, butterflies, etc. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, are glimpsed, beckoning an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, they spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with the family.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical 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!
Afterwards, trek back to base and drive to your lodge for a deserved shower then lunch.
This evening, you will be joined by Doctor(s) from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project for an informal but very insightful lecture/presentation on their work taking care of the Gorillas; hear about their everyday experiences and challenges, and the things they have found most amazing about this man-like giants during their work. It is an unforgettable experience.
Or as another option, visit the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project doctors at their offices in Ruhengeri for an informal but very insightful talk on their work taking care of the Gorillas; hear about their everyday experiences and challenges, and the things they have found most amazing about this man-like giants during their work. It is an unforgettable experience.
Day 4: Day at leisure
Have your morning spent at leisure then following lunch at your lodge drive back to Kigali and check in at Marriott Hotel for overnight.
In the evening a farewell dinner will be hosted at one of the best restaurants in town.
Stay: Kigali Marriott Hotel
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
|Day 1:||Arrival at Rwanda||Kigali Marriott Hotel|
|Day 2:||City Tour of Kigali||Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge|
|Day 3:||Mountain Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park||Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge|
|Day 4:||Day at leisure||Kigali Marriott Hotel|
- VIP Airport Meet and greet before immigration
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation at Kigali Marriott Hotel (Bed and breakfast basis)
- Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Full Board)
- Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle
- Mineral water in the vehicle
- Services of a Thousand Hills driver and Guide
- Park entrance fees
- Professional trackers whilst on the treks
- Kigali city tour
- Medical emergency evacuation cover
- 24 hour emergency contact
- International airfare
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
- Gorilla tracking permits-1 day (given separately)
- Optional extras whilst in Kigali
- Drinks throughout the trip, tips and gratuities, personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc.