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Born Free Safaris and Tours
Safaris, Tours and Travel to Africa for 35 Years
Location:Rwanda
Length:4 Days, variable
Accommodation Comfort:Moderate, Simple Pleasures
Priced From:$2352.00





 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Gorilla Nest Lodge
or Sabyinyo Silverback Deluxe Lodge

AREAS VISITED:
RWANDA
Kigali
Volcanoes National Park





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RWANDA GORILLA ENCOUNTER

A Rare Glimpse of the Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Overview

Rwanda is a beautiful country and is a spectacular to behold with misty rainforests, lushly forested mountains and blue lakes. Parc National des Volcanoes is the home of the Mountain Gorillas. To trek the gorillas and observe them is like no other experience in Africa. Little can prepare you for the interaction that you will be having with these wonderful rare creatures. They will look you in the eyes, almost to communicate. There is gentleness, an inquisitive yet accepting stare. Then they look away and go about their routines. Dian Fossey studied the “Gentle Giants” and said the gorillas gaze was spellbinding. All monies received for gorilla permits go to support the park and protect the gorilla population.

Currently there are seven gorilla groups habituated for tourism. Treks are strenuous and at higher altitudes. You will be able to trek at your own pace. For those that are not quite fit but desire to try to trek, we can request permits for one of the groups that are generally closer to the park entrance.

Following the trek, there is a visit to a small village where you will have the opportunity to meet the local people and learn about their traditions. It is here you will be able to see where come of your travel cultural village. Here you can see first hand how travel gives back to the community. Once back in Kigali, a very moving stop is made at the Genocide Museum and Memorial.

The trip shown features Gorilla Trekking only. If you have more time we will gladly arrange for a 6 day RWANDA GORILLA & CHIMP EXPERIENCE visiting NYUNGWE FOREST RESERVE. This is the home to numerous primate species including the Silver, Vervet and stunning Golden Monkeys. Request additional information from the Born Free Safari consultants.



Trek to see Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Primate viewing at its best

Ruhengeri Market



Day 01: Kigali
Day 02: Gorilla Trekking
Day 03: Gorilla Trekking
Day 04: Kigali / Your Journey Onwards

Full Itinerary


 
 

RWANDA


Rwanda itineraries are designed to coordinate with availability of permits and your flight schedule.
The following is a suggested itinerary.

DAY 1             KIGALI

A short flight from Nairobi or Arusha you are greeted in Kigali upon arrival. Your schedule will be adjusted to your flight arrival times. Meet the Born Free Professional Guide, board the deluxe 4 wheel drive safari vehicles and head out into the lush Rwanda countryside and the Parc National des Volcans. This is the base for the gorilla encounter.

Accommodations are plain but charming. Gorilla Nest Lodge has been built under trees set around a courtyard. The views to the Sabyinyo volcanoes are magnificent. All rooms are large with en-suite facilities. It is located less then 25 minutes from the park gate where treks begin. The Jack Hanna House is also available for your stay. A visit can be made to a traditional Rwandese homestead located nearby the property.

Gorilla Trekking is an extremely personal and wonderful experience. You have the opportunity to catch a glimpse up close and personal of the animals that are most like human beings in the animal kingdom. Here you just may see them in their most natural of environments and the thrill can be unbelievable. Your purchase of the gorilla permit goes to their conservation and habitat.
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2-3         GORILLA TREK

Gorilla treks can be done for 1 or 2 days. Permits are purchased per person, per day.

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with your guides and trackers who will talk about the gorilla trekking. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and muddy at times. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worth while. The Mountain Gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape, is found only in small portions of protected afro montane forests in northwest Rwanda. The mountain gorilla is one of many species unique to these forests, and it’s also home to many wonderful birds, primates, large mammals, reptiles, insects and plants.

Picnic lunches will be provided and be sure to bring plenty of water with you. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. We cannot guarantee seeing Gorillas.
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4             KIGALI – YOUR JOURNEY ONWARDS

Head back to Kigali. There is time for an interesting tour the city which includes the old town, the new handicraft village and the Batwa pottery center. The most moving of the experiences will be a visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial – a stark and hard reminder of the countries recent history. After you tour you will then be escorted to the airport for your international departure.
(Breakfast)

SUGGESTED EXTENSIONS
Kenya
Tanzania


Rates

Born Free Safaris 2013 Tariff
Rates per person, US dollars
Season Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
All Seasons – 4 Travelers $2352.00 $2788.00
All Seasons – 3 Travelers $2800.00 $3236.00
All Seasons – 2 Travelers $3236.00 $3673.00
All Seasons – 1 Traveler $4244.00 N/A

+ Gorilla permits $500 per person per day
Upgrade to Sabyinyo Silverback Deluxe Lodge for 3 nights
From $900 per person

Rates are for land arrangements only. International airfare not included.
The Born Free Travel Desk will assist in the coordination of the most cost-effective air schedule.

* Solo Traveler rate is for a guest traveling alone, not joining a group.
Holiday surcharges may apply.

IS THIS TRIP NOT EXACTLY AS YOU WISH?
Not to worry. Born Free will customize your trip. Custom does not mean more expensive – in some cases, it may even be less. Custom means doing what you want, when you want, in the style you want. A Born Free specialist will listen to your ideas and/or advise you of hidden gems that you may not be aware of. Call 800-372-3274.

PARTICIPANTS:
Visitors must be in excellent physical condition, without heart problems. Time is spent on strenuous days in high altitude in humid rain forests, steep and on slippery terrain.

Walks can be arduous and you may walk for hours before you come across the gorillas (some find them within one hour). Your time with the gorillas, once you have found them, will be limited to one hour before you trek back to camp.

Gorilla permits are issued to ages 16 and up and passports are checked.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES:
All departures are guaranteed once a trip is confirmed and gorilla permits are secured. Full payments of gorilla permits are required to confirm reservation.



Meet and greet services * All transfers to and from airports, hotels and lodges * Accommodations based on Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (upgrade available for Sabyinyo Silverback) * Private accommodations as specified in the itinerary * All meals as specified in the itinerary * All touring and game activities * Professional English-speaking guides * All park fees with the exception of the gorilla permit * 4×4 safari vehicle * Guaranteed window seats * Hotel & local tourism taxes

Born Free Fully Insured * U.S. Bank Account * Assistance with Visas

NOT INCLUDED:
Gorilla permits are currently $500 a day per person and must be paid for in full upon request of confirmation of itinerary. This rate is subject to change. Permits are non-refundable. Chimp permits are not included and must also be paid for at time of booking. Current rate is $90 per person, per permit.

Gratuities are not included for local guides and are at the traveler’s discretion and should be based on the level of satisfaction of the services received. Recommended guidelines for each safari will be provided on the Born Free pre-tour documentation.

HOW TO JOIN A SAFARI:
Call the Born Free office at 800-372-3274 to request space availability and departure dates. We will also assist in coordinating the best airfares or guiding you on how to use your points or mileage. If you are planning to make your own air arrangements please request a suggested flight schedule from us first.