Stay at the iconic Virunga Lodge and trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Perched high on a ridge, Virunga Lodge offers guests some of the finest views in Africa looking out across the Virunga Volcanoes, exceptional hospitality and locally-inspired food. As well as trek the gorillas, you can see the rare golden monkey or hike to Dian Fossey’s grave in the park.

 

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Golden monkey tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and visit the Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore dance group performance
  • Community visit

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Safari Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire.

Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours

Please book flights arriving no later than 10:00am.

O/N Virunga Lodge (L,D)

Day 2

It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. After a gentle climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of these gentle apes before returning to base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3

Today choose from one of the optional activities:

  • Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required)
  • Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favorite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas.
  • Visit Lake Kivu, location of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
  • Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life.
  • Tour the former Imbabazi Orphanage and beautiful English cottage gardens.

O/N: Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before your international flight.

A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome (guests to pay/donate entrance fees directly).

Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.
(B, L)

Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours

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Accommodation for this Safari

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge and has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. The premier luxury destination for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas.