Project Description

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

The Ultimate Expedition

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INTRODUCTION

I am proud to present Mountain Gorillas – The Ultimate Expedition. This safari is designed to bring forth the adventurer in you, an itinerary that will take you to three countries (Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo) three National Parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga National Park) and on Three Mountain Gorilla excursions (One Mountain Gorilla trek in each of these National Parks)! Traverse lush green rain forests, walk in the shadows of towering volcanoes and experience an up-close introduction to “Gentle Giants”, the Mountain Gorillas!

Few, if any wildlife experiences compare to the rush of emotions when sitting within a few feet of and staring into the rich amber eyes of a five-hundred-pound Mountain Gorilla Silverback. Find yourself laughing from your belly at the antics of the youngsters and immerse yourself in the love between a mother and her infant. Treat yourself to the ultimate wildlife safari experience.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mountain Gorillas
  • Exclusive Culture Photography
  • Mountain Gorilla Orphanage
  • Volcanoes

NELIS WOLMARANS
Photographic Guide

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PRICE FROM

US$ TBA pps

DATES

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DURATION

9 Days / 8 Nights

LOCATION

Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

GROUP SIZE

Max 4

Please Note: The tour price may fluctuate depending on the price of the Mountain Gorilla trekking permits on the day that you confirm your safari. Gorilla permits are non refundable and non transferable.

ITINERARY

Arrival day in the Rwandan capital, Kigali and overnight.

Following your arrival in the Kigali’s International Airport, you will be met by your tour leader, Nelis Wolmarans who will escort you to your overnight accommodation. During dinner tonight, Nelis will run through the safari itinerary with everyone and answer any questions you may have regarding the tour.

Road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Following a 7am breakfast, we will travel a short distance to the Genocide Memorial, a must visit tribute to an estimated 1,000,000 people who lost their lives during the 1994 genocide that haunts Rwanda’s past. Not only will this answer many questions about this tragedy, but also make you appreciate where this beautiful and peaceful little country finds itself today.

Hereafter, we will embark on a very scenic four-and-a-half-hour road transfer over hilltops of neatly cultivated farmland and through lush green valleys as we traverse this beautiful “Land of a Thousand Hills”. We will cross into Uganda and continue our journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.

We should reach our destination in the early afternoon. You can enjoy a very relaxed afternoon whilst exploring the lodge grounds and its wild inhabitants.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP – Mountain Gorilla trek 1

Finally, the day has arrived for our long awaited first Mountain Gorilla trek. Following an early morning breakfast, we will depart our lodge on a short drive to the National Park offices where we will receive our briefing. Hereafter, we will put sole to soil as we follow the lead of our park guides.

We will enjoy plenty of opportunities on route to take photographs and share in the local knowledge of the park rangers. The length of the trek is for the most part unpredictable, so we make use of porters to assist us with carrying gear as well as lend assistance on the trails for those who need this.

When we reach our allocated gorilla family, we will leave behind our backpacks, walking sticks and porters. We will spend one hour in the presence of these magnificent animals so I urge you to make the most of this experience. I will assist with photographic tutoring on site as well as get you in the best possible position from where to photograph.

Afternoon post processing workshop.

Road transfer to Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Following a delicious breakfast, we will depart this beautiful location for the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. After check-in and lunch, we will drive to a nearby cultural village where we will enjoy an exclusive culture photo experience.

Volcanoes National Park – Mountain Gorilla trek 2

We will enjoy a very early breakfast where after we will drive a short distance to the National Park headquarters. All park activities begin with a briefing and hereafter we will drive to the starting point of our trek. At this point, each participant will be allocated a porter.

Once we reach the trackers, we will leave behind our porters, walking sticks and backpacks. All visits to the gorillas are restricted to the one hour physically spent with the gorillas.

I will once again guide you on the best camera settings and also make sure that you are always in the best possible position from where to photograph. Unfortunately, our allocated one-hour visit with these incredible primates is always over too soon. After taking our last image, we will once again meet up with the porters, say good-bye to the trackers and begin our decent.

Afternoon post processing workshop.

Road transfer to the Virunga National Park – Democratic Republic of Congo.

Following a very relaxed breakfast, we will once again get back into our vehicles and make our way into the Democratic Republic of Congo. After crossing the border, which is generally a very quick procedure, we will meet up with our new team of local driver-guides.

The road to our overnight accommodation is quite bumpy, but the beautiful scenery of the National Park will soon make you forget about the bumps. It will take us approximately two hours to reach the lodge. Upon arriving at our accommodation, we will proceed with a quick check-in and lunch before everyone is escorted to their beautiful cabins. At a time agreed upon over lunch, we will meet up for a visit to the Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla orphanage, the only of its kind in the world.

The lodge grounds are also home to large numbers of Baboons, Blue Monkeys and Colobus Monkeys and these make for fun photography, especially during breakfast in the mornings. The lodge is also a haven to a long list of bird species.

Virunga National Park – Mountain Gorilla trek 3

The morning has arrived for our third and sadly, also our final Mountain Gorilla trek. Following breakfast, we will drive to the ranger station, where we will receive our briefing.

As with our last two gorilla excursions, each person will be allocated a porter to assist you. We will again make our way to the trackers and our allocated Mountain Gorilla family for our one-hour time limit with the gorillas.

You are welcome to enjoy a relaxed afternoon back at the lodge, go through your images, explore the lodge grounds or catch up on a well deserved afternoon nap.

Road transfer back to Goma and onto Tchegera Island.

This morning we will travel a shorter distance and therefore you can enjoy a very well deserved leisurely breakfast at a more hospitable hour. Don’t forget to bring your cameras to breakfast, as there is generally quite a lot of activity around the lodge deck.

We will depart the lodge around mid-morning for a transfer back to Goma. Here we will board a speedboat that will take us to the island where we will spend the remainder of the afternoon and overnight. Please feel free to make use of the Kayaks to circumnavigate the island or enjoy the breathtaking views from the footpath behind the lodge.

During the early evening, we will once again group for one last post processing workshop. Hereafter we will enjoy a celebratory dinner to congratulate and thank everyone for their participation on this very special Mountain Gorilla Photo Safari.

Transfer back to Kigali and Departure

Following a leisurely breakfast, we will transfer back to Goma by boat. We will cross the border post back into Rwanda and again meet up with our Rwandan driver-guide and proceed to Kigali. We will have lunch at one of Kigali’s top restaurants. If time allows, we can stop at one of the local curio markets for those who wish to make some last minute purchases.

We will then make our way back to the Kigali International Airport where sadly this tour comes to an end. From all at Nelis Wolmarans photography, we thank you for your participation in this tour and we wish you a safe journey to your final destination.

For more information or a detailed itinerary, please contact me.

INCLUDES

  • All Accommodations during the tour
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 9;
  • Genocide Memorial visit
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • All park & conservation levies
  • Three Mountain Gorilla permits per person
  • Mountain Gorilla Orphanage visit
  • Exclusive cultural photo experience
  • One porter per person per trek
  • Limited laundry

EXCLUDES

  • All Flights & Visas
  • All beverages except still bottled water
  • All gratuities
  • All items of personal nature
  • Spa treatments
  • Curio purchases & telephone calls
  • Any items not listed in the includes section abo

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