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Rwanda in the Mist

Rwanda

5 days

1 Night Kigali 3 Nights Parc National des Volcans

Follow in the footsteps of the late activist Dian Fossey and observe the “Gorillas in the Mist” on this extraordinary journey into Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains and Parc National des Volcans. *This itinerary can only be booked in conjunction with an African Travel safari vacation.

 

How Your Trip Matters

Beyond a memorable trek with the endangered mountain gorillas, enjoy the sweeping views at your lovely eco-lodge, the gracious Rwandan hospitality, and stories of hope and survival.


Highlights

Explore the rich green rainforest environment of Parc National des Volcans.

Discover the site of Dian Fossey’s primate research when you hike to the remains of her Karisoke Research Center.

Experience and observe a magnificent mountain gorilla group as they interact and forage in the forest.

Enjoy gracious Rwandan hospitality and sweeping views at your lovely ecolodge.

 

 

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Accommodations

1. Kigali Serena Hotel

Rwanda, Kigali

Kigali Serena Hotel is ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards. It is built around a polished granite atrium, showcasing the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The en-suite hotel rooms are decorated in pan-African style, features. Amenities include hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, direct dial phone, and satellite TV. The lounge and bar open onto a wide sundeck overlooking the swimming pool. The popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating. The hotel also features The Maisha Health Club, a business center, and a gift shop.

2. Virunga Lodge

Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Described as having ‘the best view in the world’, Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge with magnificent views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes, Bulera and Ruhonda. The natural yet ‘bush-chic’ design reflects the building style of the area and offers eco-luxury comfort. Each “banda” (cottage) has its own stone fireplace, open living room and private terrace with breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes or twin lakes. The bedrooms are large, with either king-size or twin beds draped in mosquito netting. Built to environmentally friendly standards, the en-suite bathrooms are bright and sunny with solar powered hot water and low-flush toilets. The main lodge has a wide wrap-around veranda with exceptional views across the lakes. In the evenings, relax in the cozy lounge around a log fire and share stories about the day's adventures. The dining room features one large table where all guests dine together. A relaxing massage is particularly welcome after a day tracking the gorillas. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building.

3. Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Set on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge enjoys fabulous and dramatic views of the surrounding volcanoes.

All guest cottages are discretely situated in the folds of the hills and amongst the verdant vegetation of the Sabyinyo property. Each beautifully appointed ensuite cottage, with its country-chic style and open log fires, is a perfect haven of warmth and luxury. The main lodge building is designed with the guest in mind. Assorted seating areas in the main lounge, reception and entertainment room provide for intimate privacy, or the opportunity to meet other guests, and open-log fires throughout create a luxuriously warm and inviting atmosphere.

4. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest makes the magical possible as you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat. Offering an exclusive front-row seat to the world’s most popular mountain gorilla sanctuary. You’ll be captivated as exotic colourful birds and one of the planet’s greatest array of primate species flourish before your eyes and welcome you into their world. Then retreat to your own world, a spectacular modern haven, where every creature comfort is yours to behold. An all-inclusive resort, guests can look forward to savoring locally inspired dishes and taking part in two complimentary daily on-resort experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

You are welcomed on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner and your first night in Rwanda, the "land of a thousand hills." (D)

Kigali Serena Hotel

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Day 2. Kigali / Parc National des Volcans

Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past, courageously overcome. After lunch, travel through the beautiful terraced hillsides, gradually ascending into the Virunga Mountains. Settle into your eco-lodge and let the sights and sounds of the rain forest envelop you. (BLD)

At your lodge, join a talk led by a leader in gorilla conservation to add more meaning to tomorrow’s trek.

Virunga Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge or One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

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Day 3. Parc National des Volcans

Rise early to start tracking through the steep and often muddy forest. While you may be lucky and catch up with the gorillas by mid-morning, sometimes tracking them down can take a full day, especially when it is wet. Quietly observe them as they feed on the lush foliage and tend to each other with uncannily human-like mannerisms. Return to the lodge in time for a late lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. (BLD)

Virunga Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge or One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

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Day 4. Parc National des Volcans

Enjoy a day at leisure. Choose from a variety of optional excursions or perhaps go on a second trek (pre-purchase of the gorilla permit is required). Stroll through the forest to spot the lively golden monkeys. Trek in the footsteps of the late activist Dian Fossey on a full-day hike to visit her gravesite and the remains of her Karisoke Research Center. Visit Lake Kivu, take a guided walk to Lake Bulera or visit the Imbabazi Orphanage and have tea or lunch with the staff and volunteers. (BLD)

Virunga Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge or One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

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Day 5. Parc National des Volcans / Depart

Travel back to Kigali. Enjoy lunch, and then transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements. (BL)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jul 1, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
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Departure Dates Oct 1, 2022 - Dec 14, 2022
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Departure Dates Dec 15, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
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Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request

**Surcharges Apply *This itinerary can only be booked in conjunction with an African Travel safari vacation.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

No internal air is required for this itinerary.

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