RWANDA GORILLA ENCOUNTER
A Rare Glimpse of the Endangered Mountain Gorillas
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
Day 01: Kigali
Day 02: Gorilla Trekking
Day 03: Gorilla Trekking
Day 04: Kigali / Your Journey Onwards
Rwanda itineraries are designed to coordinate with availability of permits and your flight schedule.
The following is a suggested itinerary.
|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.
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.
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
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.