Look into the eyes of a gorilla and you will see a reflection of yourself.
With only around 880 mountain gorillas remaining, they are critically endangered and are one of the world’s 20 most-endangered species.
To see the mountain gorillas thriving and interacting in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing experience. Also, the funds generated from gorilla trekking permits goes towards their conservation.
Get in touch to find out when our next tour dates are and tell us why you’re excited to see a Mountain Gorilla.
As much as we love the mountain gorillas, Rwanda has so much more to offer.
Capital City Kigali is known for being safe, clean and hospitable. Considered to be a success story – a “City of Survivors” – the inhabitants are living proof of our capacity to forgive and forge ahead.
Your trip will begin in Kigali – a metropolis that stands proudly as a beacon of hope in the geographic centre of Rwanda.
Day 1 Arrive in Kigali and settle in to the hotel.
Day 2 will include a tour of The Kigali Genocide Memorial. While the theme of the memorial is obviously sobering and sad, it honours the memory of those who were killed in the 1994 genocide. Through education and proactive peace building, it serves as a place of healing and forgiveness.
Lunch will be at the incredible Heaven Restaurant, known for its blend of Rwandan and African flavours, excellent service, and world-class cuisine.
The afternoon will be spent in the company of Go Kigali Tours who will guide visitors on a City Tour, taking in the sounds, sights and must-see tourists attractions of Kigali.
Dinner will be at Republika, a restaurant overlooking the city, which is as much a culinary experience as a rite of passage for visitors.
On Day 3 and Day 4 we will fly to Nyungwe Forest. Located in South Western Rwanda, close to Lake Kivu, it lies nestled within tea plantations and is home to over 1000 species of wildlife.
Receiving over 2000 mm of rain annually, this lush forest spans over 1000km2. Over 300 species of bird and 75 species of mammals live amongst the verdant trees, shrubs and groundcover of the forest.
Though you’re not yet at the gorilla tracking part of our adventure, you will undoubtedly get a glimpse of chimpanzees and monkeys as you explore the leafy surrounds.
The Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk is the first tree top forest canopy walk in East Africa. Suspended around 50 metres above the ground, this 200m-walkway offers incredible views over the forest and a unique vantage point from where you can observe the abundant wildlife and birdlife.
You will have two days to explore this incredible forest and your home for two nights will be Nyungwe Lodge.
On Day 5, we head for the hills, to the misty northwest Virunga Volcanoes and the Volcanoes National Park (or Parc National De Volcans). First you fly back to Kigali and then on your 3 hour transfer, you will travel northerly to Volcanoes, traversing lush landscapes and bypassing simple settlements.
On Day 6 and 7, The work of Primatologist Dian Fossey did much to highlight the plight of the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). On-going research and conservation efforts are making a positive impact on the Mountain gorilla population and their welfare and existence is fiercely protected. Exposure to humans is restricted to one hour per day to reduce the likelihood of the gorillas contracting human disease and illness – a prospect that could be fatal for these primates. Excessive human contact can also be disturbing and is potentially stressful for the troop.
You can walk for anything between 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on the location of the troop. Although your time with the gorillas is limited, Volcanoes National Park is rich with other species, such as the endangered Golden Monkey. You will have two days to explore the park and immerse yourself in the beauty of the wilderness.
A presentation and talk by a gorilla doctor will offer insight and interesting facts on the mountain gorillas and you will have he opportunity to ask questions and discuss conservation.
After trekking on Day 7, we will make our way back to Kigali where we will overnight.
On Day 8, you will bid remarkable Rwanda goodbye.
Gorillas are said to share over 98% of human DNA. On observing their strong familial bonds and the way in which they peacefully coexist, we often ponder the intended use of the extra 2% humans were given…
At Safari Giants, we think that the 2% was almost certainly intended for travel and adventure.