Rwanda Gorillas Extension

Duration: 4 days

Highlights: Volcanoes National Park

This extension can be added onto any East African Safari.

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Day 1 - Fly to Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

Today you will fly into Kigali from any East African Country and drive up to Volcanoes National Park.

Hidden amongst the thick rainforest of Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of Rwanda, lives one of the planet’s most endangered species: the gorilla. The park, which contains five out of the eight Virunga Mountain volcanos, is the most accessible gorilla national park in the world and is home to 10 habituated groups of these rare animals.

Aside from seeing gorillas, you can track the rare golden monkey, trek to the top of Mount Bisoke and see its enormous crater lake or take a guided walk through local communities gaining insight into Rwandan culture. Another popular activity is hiking to the tomb of American primatologist Dian Fossey who spent nearly two decades studying gorillas in the park - her story has since been told in the film adaptation of her novel Gorillas in the Mist. The oldest national park in Africa, Volcanoes National Park should not to be missed.

Overnight: Silver: Bishops House | Gold: Sabyinyo Lodge

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Day 2 - Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the Gorilla Tracking Head Quarters to meet the guide, porter and the other people tracking your gorilla family. Treks can take anywhere from 45 minutes to six or more hours. Once you reach the gorillas everyone has 60 minutes to enjoy these amazing species.

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Overnight: Silver: Bishops House | Gold: Sabyinyo Lodge

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Day 3 - Golden Monkey Tracking

Today track the golden monkeys. This unusual species is endemic to the Virunga Volcanoes Chain and can only easily be seen in Rwanda. The troops live in the bamboo forests at the base of the volcanoes and the tracking experience is very similar to the gorilla tracking experience.

The golden moneys are very active creatures and spend a lot of time up in the bamboo jumping between them which can make them difficult to photograph. However, this is a rare and delightful experience and one not to be missed whilst in Rwanda.

Overnight: Silver: Bishops House | Gold: Sabyinyo Lodge

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Day 4 - Depart

After breakfast, drive back to Kigali where a day room is booked. Enjoy a little time for shopping, before your international flight home in the evening.


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