Mountain gorillas are descendants of ancestral monkeys and apes found in Africa and Arabia during the start of the Oligocene epoch (34-24 million years ago) that have inspired many great artists, from Captain Robert von Beringe, George Schaller to Dian Fossey. It is on this tour that you will see what they saw. Follow them in the wild and although strong and powerful, mountain Gorillas are generally gentle and very shy.
- DATES OF TRAVEL: OPEN THROUGH OUT THE YEAR
- 1 NIGHT ON BED & BREAKFAST IN KIGALI
- CITY TOUR OF KIGALI
- 3 NIGHTS OF LUXURY ACCOMMODATION ON FULL BOARD AT MT GAHINGA LODGE
- GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- PRIVATE TRANSFERS IN 4x4 SAFARI LANDCRUISER
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KIGALI
On arrival at Kigali International airport, clear with immigration and you will be received by our guest representative. Each guest receives a welcome bag and our representative assists you to transfer luggage to your waiting safari jeep and drive to your hotel in Kigali. Meals and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Mile Collines Hotel Kigali
DAY 2: CITY TOUR OF KIGALI & TRANSFER TO MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK(Approximately 3hrs drive)
Full breakfast will be served at 0700am. Your naturalist guide will give you a brief presentation of your safari programme and highlights of your Kigali city tour. The tour covers the Camp Belgium, Kigali memory centre and the former presidential palace. You will return to hotel for check out and early lunch. Later start your journey to Mgahinga NP, Uganda via Musanze, Rwanda. This section of your journey is approximately a 3hr drive through Rwanda and Uganda Cyanika border arriving at your host lodge in time for dinner. Check in at the lodge and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Meals and overnight at Mt Gahinga Lodge
DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK (Takes 1 -6hrs)
There is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary of about 900 of these beautiful creatures in the world. Arrive before 8am for registration and a brief with tracking guidelines. The guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 6 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. These apes are shy and once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to them. It is an experience you can share through your camera lenses as you watch and photograph what Africa has to offer. Return to the lodge for meals and overnight at Mt Gahinga Lodge
DAY 4: FULL DAY GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING (Takes 4-6 hours)
An early morning wake cup call, quick hot cup and onto your first safari trek in Uganda. After breakfast, take a little time to pack your luggage and leave it at the lodge reception or waiting safari jeep. Proceed to briefing point with your packed lunch and bottle of water. Golden monkey trekking begins at 08.30am and once you find them, you will spend an hour with these beautiful creatures who live in large groups and are quite playful. Return back to the lodge for meals and overnight. Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge
DAY 5: ON WARD FLIGHT (Approximately 3hrs drive from Mgahinga back to Kigali)
Breakfast – check-out and start your journey driving back to Kigali International airport, Rwanda. If time permits, browse around the local market to buy souveniors for you loved ones. Later proceed with your drive to Kigali International airport for your onward flight.