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Virunga Lodge

Rwanda, Africa

Contact provider for price 4 Days Year-round
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Uncharted Outposts 12 people max
  • Kigali international airport, rwanda
  • Active & Adventure trips
Seeing some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience and this safari takes you to PNV in Rwanda. It offers an opportunity to track gorillas twice. PNV in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey's grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.

Locations visited/nearby

Rwanda, Africa

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Kigali You will be met upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport.  Your driver will meet you just outside the baggage claim area, assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the Serena Inn for the evening.

Day 2 — Parc National des Volcans
Virunga Lodge
After lunch, you will have a short briefing on your safari and then transferred to Virunga Lodge which can take approximately 2.5 hours. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda's landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible.

Day 3 — Parc National des Volcans
Virunga Lodge
This morning you will head to the park entrance gates and begin your adventure. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. Once you reach these gentle giants you will have only an hour with them and typically be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.

Day 4 — Parc National des Volcans
Virunga Lodge
Today after breakfast, you can choose to either go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans, visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr's orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera.  The choice is up to you!

Day 5 — Parc National des Volcans
Virunga Lodge
Today you will depart back to Kigali and if time permits you may go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops and the genocide memorial. You will then be transferred to Kigali International Airport in time for your departure.

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