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Rwanda Classic Gorillas - Time Travel Safari

7 days

from £3,595pp (excluding flights)

The perfect gorilla safari, exploring the past, present and future of one of the world’s most iconic animals.  

  • Release your inner Fossey and spend time in the company of the gorillas
  • Meet gorilla researchers for an insight into the great apes conservation
  • Visit Fossey’s final resting place in the beautiful Karisoke meadow
  • Follow Golden Monkeys through the green bamboo forests

 This short, focused tour is designed to get the most out of a gorilla safari in this fertile and beautiful country.  Discover the legacy left by Dian Fossey, where a trek to Karisoke meadow allows for a moment of reflection at her final resting place alongside the gorillas with whom she lived and died. A chance to meet gorilla researchers at the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Programme provides both a unique insight into ongoing gorilla conservation the challenges they face in today’s Rwanda, whilst supporting ways to ensure their survival. It is however, the chance to come face-to-face with the gorillas themselves that forms the focus of this trip,  providing memories of a life-time and the permits paid for, help to safeguard the gorilla’s future. 

Price includes international flights and one gorilla permit.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3595 £ 700
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Nairobi overnight

Day 2

Fly Nairobi to Kigali

Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park


On arrival in Kigali, after collecting your luggage and going through immigration, you will be welcomed at the arrivals gate by your guide. They will then take you to a nearby coffee shop for a quick bite to eat where they will give you a briefing on the start of your adventure. You then depart Kigali and journey north to the Volcanoes National Park, a beautiful three-hour drive winding up and over ridges of lush, steeply terraced hills to the world-renowned home of the mountain gorilla, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch.


The forested slopes of the Volcanoes National Park are spectacular and full of drama. A chain of free-standing volcanoes, they are home to local snake spirits, active volcanoes and the place where Dian Fossey lived - and died - for mountain gorillas. With peaks reaching nearly 4,500 metres and a network of rugged trails, this is a park that is as challenging as it is thrilling and despite its popularity, it is still the best place to see mountain gorillas.


You will be staying at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Full board

Day 3

Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park
After waking at sunrise, there is a short drive to the park headquarters, where briefings, porters and coffee awaits before stepping into the cool forests to begin your adventure. Guides help steady the pace, with stops for water, signs of gorillas and a chance to soak up the views of the valleys below.

Trekking can take anything from 30 minutes to most of the morning so it is important you are prepared. When the gorillas are found, porters stay with your bags as you step forward, with cameras at the ready, for a truly magical wildlife experience.

You will spend one hour with the gorillas - sometimes you will move to keep up with them, other times they will remain in the same place, although the guides will always ensure you get the best views. After the hour is over, return to the porters and begin your trek back - the length of time again depends on where you are in the forest. A packed lunch (provided) is usually eaten at a scenic spot in the forest, before returning to the lodge to freshen up. Then transfer to Kigali for your flight home.


You will be staying at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Day Trip to Karisoke
A six hour hike brings the reward of a beautiful meadow between Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes (hence the name), the site of Diane Fossey's original camp and her final resting place. Whilst little remains of the research base itself, Fossey's headstone alongside those of the numerous gorillas with whom she lived, including the famous 'Digit', who was killed by poachers - provides a thought-provoking and moving experience in a strangely quiet part of the forest...


You will be staying at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Full board

Day 5

A Visit to the Mountain Gorilla Vet Project
This morning there is the chance to visit the headquarters of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Ruhengeri, to meet the researchers who dedicate every minute of the day to the Mountain Gorilla. In order to ensure a healthy future for these rare animals, they regularly monitor the gorillas, providing life-saving medical care if needed, conduct health studies and look to involve and educate surrounding communities about the need to protect the gorillas.

Whilst at the project you will have the opportunity to tour the centre with one of the doctors who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, before you are invited to a presentation on their work and how it makes a difference. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a privileged insight into gorilla conservation.


You will be staying at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Drive from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali


Leave the Volcanoes National Park and travel back to Kigali, which is around two and a half hours away.

Fly Kigali to Nairobi

Fly Nairobi to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Situated in a large plot of forest, The Mountain Gorilla View is one of the closest lodges to the park headquarters, with 36 simple, stone cottages spread out across the slopes of Mount Sabinyo in spacious gardens full of flowers....

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