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Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes

Rwanda Flying Safari - 5 Days

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Brief Itinerary

Discover the beauty of the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. Experience a true natural wonder by tracking the iconic mountain gorilla families, on the rainforest slopes of Volcanoes National Park. Seek out golden monkeys troops in bamboo forest and trek to the grave of the late Dian Fossey from your exclusive lodge on top of the clouds, overlooking the Virunga volcanoes.

Highlights

- Track a mountain gorilla family on volcano slopes.
- Seek out the illusive golden monkey troops.
- Hike to Dian Fossey's abandoned research camp.
- Unwind at your lodge with a panorama over the clouds.
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Welcome to the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'

Welcome to Rwanda, the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’! On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will find your Savannah Wings representative waiting to greet you. They will then drive you to your accommodation for the night a short distance away. Here you’ll be able to relax and sleep before you begin your safari tomorrow.

Tonight's Accommodation - The Boma, Entebbe town or Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali.

Day 1 - Lake Bulera

This morning return to the airport and fly north to reach the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes, a 30min flight. Your premier lodge is perched high up on an escarpment with fantastic panoramic views of Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Muhavura and Mount Gahinga and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda below. In the mid afternoon head down to the idyllic Lake Bulera to take a boat cruise passing fisherman in traditional boats, with views of a volcano panorama. The evening’s entertainment will be a demonstration of traditional music and Intore dance as the sunsets across the volcanoes before you retire to your lodge for the evening.

Tonight's Accommodation - Serena Hotel, Kigali.

Day 2 - Meet a Gorilla Family

Experience Rwanda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of the eight habituated gorilla families of Volcanoes NP. Begin with an orientation from wildlife rangers on tracking the gorillas, before they guide you through the rainforest. They’ll identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well the general ecosystem of Volcanoes NP for you. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas have spent the night and can range from 2 – 5 hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree it’s one of the most magical experiences you can have in nature, to see this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess. Then make the return trek back down to your lodge to unwind by a roaring log fire and watch the sunset across the Virunga Volcanoes.

Tonight's Accommodation - Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes NP.

Day 3 - Dian Fossey

Hike with a ranger through the beautiful Hagenia - Hypericum forest to reach the now abandoned research camp of Dian Fossey, the renowned gorilla research scientist and conservationist. The trek takes 3 – 4 hours to reach the Karisoke Research Camp, which lies between two volcanoes Mt Visoke and Mt Karisimbi, at around 3000 meters above sea level. Your guide will be able to teach you about Dian Fossey’s work and life en route, as well as give you the history of the national park. Once you have reached the camp explore the site and visit her grave, which can be found here next to several of her favourite gorilla’s burial sites, including ‘Digit’s’ grave. Then make the return trek to your lodge arriving by late afternoon where you can opt for a massage and relax into the evening.

Tonight's Accommodation - Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes NP.

Day 4 - Golden Monkeys

Begin trekking early to seek out the illusive golden monkeys, that can only be found in the Virunga Volcano mountain chain or if preferred track a different gorilla family. The tracking takes a morning to complete as you hike through a bamboo forest on foothills of Mount Sabyinyo. Once you have tracked down the troop, spend an hour viewing theses unique primates play, feed and swing from the trees. Then descend back down the mountain slopes for lunch on the lodge terrace with views over Lake Bulera. This afternoon you’ll be leaving the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes to fly 30mins back to Kigali International Airport and your accommodation in the city.

Tonight's Accommodation - Serena Hotel, Kigali.

Day 5 - Explore Kigali

Today you can relax at your hotel and take advantage of the facilities here including the spa, restaurants, pool and gym or you can leave your hotel to explore Kigali. A complete city tour can be organised for you or you can spend more time at the Genocide Memorial Centre for the victims of the 1994 Rwandese Genocide, an important site for remembrance and education on the events that took place. Your Savannah Wings representative will then transfer you to Kigali International Airport for your flight home.

Tonight's Accommodation - Serena Hotel, Kigali.

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Ideally positioned on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, just 10 minutes away from Kigali International Airport. Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art and has five star facilities to ensure you experience the upmost level of comfort during your stay.

Your Room
Each of the rooms at Kigali Serna Hotel are tastefully decorated in a pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds available. To ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible all the modern amenities are included such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat screen satellite TV and mini bar.

Facilities
• Swimming pool, pool deck and gardens.
• Selection of bar, café and restaurant options.
• Health club including gym and spa.
• Safe in each room.
• Business centre.

The official lodge website - Kigali Serena Hotel

Virunga Lodge

Perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda below, this is the pinnacle of luxury lodges for Rwanda wildlife safaris. The organic ‘bush-chic’ design, combines the local regional building style and with modern comforts for the lodge's guests.

Your Room
Each banda has its own private terrace with breath-taking views of the Virunga volcanoes or twin lakes, while sensitive installations in your en suite bathroom such as low-flush toilets and solar power ensure you enjoy luxurious comforts while maintaining a crucial sensitivity to the environment.

Facilities
• Wi-Fi in main lodge building.
• Fully stocked bar.
• Safe in each room.
• On site massage service

The official lodge website - Virunga Lodge

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