This safari has been designed for the person who would like to spend one hour on two separate days with a family of Mountain Gorillas. This safari is best combined with a Kenya or Tanzania Safari
Maximum Participants: 6 Minimum Participants: 2
Photographer Leader: Local Guides and Park Rangers
If you combine gorilla trekking with an East Africa safari, you will most likely need to overnight in Nairobi at the end of your safari as the flight to Kigali departs early morning. Therefore, built into the safari price is the price of your hotel and airport transfers on day two.
Nairobi – Kigali – Kinigi
After breakfast you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound flight to Kigali. Upon arrival you will be met by a David Anderson Safaris representative who will chauffeur you on a two hour drive to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. The road to Ruhengeri is scenic offering stunning views of the hills and valleys of this green and lust Country. From Ruhengeri there is a remaining 20 minute drive to Kinigi at the base of Sabinyo Mountain revealing excellent views of the rest of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Today will be a full gorilla tracking day. After breakfast, you will take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. You will then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from one to six hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experiences in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. It can rain at a few moments notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.
Gorilla Nest Lodge, or Sabinyo Silverback Lodge (BLD)
Kinigi - Virunga Volcanoes - Kigali
You will experience one more day of gorilla tracking proceeded by a two hour drive to Kigali.
You will enjoy a half day city tour, including the Genocide Museum / Memorial. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Photo Expedition Price
(Per Person, Double Occupancy)
$1,995 per person for Gorilla Trekking Using Gorilla Nest Lodge & Umubano Novotel Hotel
Single Room Supplement: $400
$3,495 per person using Sabinyo Silverback Lodge & Kigali Serena
Single Room Supplement: $700
$1,000 per person for gorilla trekking permits for two days
(Gorilla trekking permits must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable)
Deposit to Confirm Booking: $500 + Permits and Park Fees
Safari Price Includes:
* Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
* Transport in Land Cruiser.
* Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
* Parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
* All Government taxes and levies.
* All meals on safari as indicated.
* Mineral water during gorilla trekking.
* Porters and guides
Not included are international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to camp staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights in Nairobi or Arusha, which are not noted in itinerary.
Focus on Planet Earth understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each Focus on Planet Earth expedition carbon neutral. You can offset your air transportation carbon impact by purchasing carbon off-sets. To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator. Use JRO (Kilimanjaro) as your destination.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.