The exhilaration of spending time with a family of Mountain Gorillas – the largest primates on earth – is an experience that will stay with you forever. Critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, disease and war, there are fewer than eight hundred individuals left, making them some of the rarest mammals on the planet. A face-to-face encounter with these remarkable creatures is surely one of the most memorable wildlife experiences of all.
Our safari starts in the fascinating city of Kigali. From here, we head out to the Virunga Mountains – a chain of volcanoes with densely forested slopes which are home to these great apes. We will do two treks to different locations, making our way from the foothills up into the rainforest, weaving through overhanging vines and lush vegetation alive with colourful butterflies and birds. Once we locate the gorillas, we will stay with them for a magical hour each day as they feed, play and tend to their young.
The safari starts in Kigali, Rwanda. Overnight at Kigali Marriott Hotel.
City tour of Kigali. Road transfer to Bisate Lodge
Bisate Lodge – 3 nights
Bisate Lodge is located in a natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. The lodge is beautifully designed and well appointed, in a prime position close to the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans, from where gorilla treks depart daily.
Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximise comfort and views, while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and Eco-sensitive safari camp, centred on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience
This is the perfect base for your treks on foot in search of the Mountain Gorillas – perhaps one of the most dramatic and poignant wildlife experiences in the world.
Each trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas, with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park, experienced trekkers – many of whom have spent their entire lives here – will lead us up into the rain forest along tracks fresh with spoor of the region’s elusive buffalo and elephant, to one of several family groups of Mountain Gorillas.
On our second day we will search for a different family. The benefit of having two treks means that each experience is entirely unique, with outstanding photographic opportunities. Being privileged to sit within a few feet of these magnificent animals is both awe-inspiring and humbling, and something that will stay with you forever.
It is rewarding to know that by visiting this lodge and viewing the gorillas, you are contributing to employment within the local communities, and helping to ensure that these gorillas and other species remain protected.
After your treks you will have the opportunity to enjoy some afternoon sightseeing around the Twin Lakes – Burera and Ruhondo – stunning deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and cascading waterfalls, with the spectacular backdrop of the volcanic Virunga Mountains.
Road transfer to Kigali International Airport.
The safari ends in Kigali, Rwanda
|Safari||Privately Guided Safari|
|Group of 2||Group of 4||Group of 6|
|Price Per Person Sharing||$8 300||$15 100||$11 700||$10 600|
What our clients had to say
“The most amazing trip! All to your credit: the preparation, choice of accommodations and locations, travel methods, arrangements for kids, etc., etc. Could go on forever! Your professionalism, knowledge and kind way with the kids was so appreciated. We can never thank you enough.”
“Our trip was absolutely spectacular. I have wanted to see the mountain gorillas for many years and was not disappointed. Thanks so much for the gorgeous e-Book – special thanks to you, Lee, for taking shots of us at our gorilla viewings. I still find it hard to believe that I was actually there. It was an unreal/surreal experience. I might have to do it againJ… I always feel as if I’ve stepped into a dream.”
…”the adventure from beginning to end was quite splendid! I loved every moment and felt so well taken care of and safe. The camps I visited were all unique and all spectacular…I look at my photos and relish in the wonderful memories of a magnificent time. I feel so blessed to have had that opportunity.”