Project Description

BEST OF GRAUER’S GORILLAS
PHOTO SAFARI

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INTRODUCTION

Our Best of Grauer’s Gorilla photo safari kicks off in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from where we will travel to the lakeside town of Bukavu, located in South Kivu District of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This will be our base from where we will travel each day to the world renowned, 6000 km2 Kahuzi-Biéga National Park. This beautiful park is home to the critically endangered Grauer’s Gorillas, a sub-species of Eastern Gorilla and are the largest primate species on earth.

We will also allocate a full day to a very special project, the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre, home to primates who were rescued from the illegal pet trade and given a second chance at life. Lwiro is home to more than 100 chimpanzees of all ages and also a number of smaller primate species.

SAFARI FOCUS

  • Photography
  • Group Travel

NELIS WOLMARANS
Photographic Guide

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PRICE FROM

US$ 8,675 per person in shared accommodation (Single room accommodation in DRC).
US$ 300 single supplement fee per person choosing single accommodation in Kigali.

DATES

6th – 13th October 2021

DURATION

8 Days / 7 Nights

LOCATION

Kigali in Rwanda
Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo

GROUP SIZE

4 Participants

Please Note: All Gorilla permits are date specific, non-refundable and non-transferable.

ITINERARY

Arrival day in Kigali and overnight

Early breakfast and road transfer to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kahuzi-Biéga National Park – Grauer’s Gorilla Trek 1

Kahuzi-Biéga National Park – Grauer’s Gorilla Trek 2

Full day Lwiro Primates Rehabilitation Centre

Kahuzi-Biéga National Park – Grauer’s Gorilla Trek 3

Breakfast and road transfer back to Kigali and overnight

Optional Genocide Memorial visit pending international departure flights

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

INCLUDES

  • All accommodation as per the tour itinerary

  • No single room supplement fee in the DR Congo

  • All road transfers in a private vehicle

  • Transfers in the DRC will be done with Kahuzi-Biéga staff and vehicles

  • Bottled still water throughout the tour itinerary

  • 3 x Grauer’s Gorilla trekking permits per person

  • Full day visit to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre

  • One porter per person per trek to assist with gear

  • All meals, from dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 8 but excludes lunches at Kigali Marriott

  • DRC visa fee

  • Return visa fees back into Rwanda

  • All park fees and conservation levies

  • Services of local guides

  • All gratuities of local guides and porters

  • Services of photo tour leader, Nelis Wolmarans

  • Post processing sessions using Lightroom

EXCLUDES

  • International Flights

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • All beverages except bottled still water on activities

  • All personal items, such as curios, telephone calls, spa treatments, etc

  • Visa fee for entering Rwanda upon arrival on Day 1

  • Any items not mentioned in the list of includes above

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE BELOW POINTS:

  • Costs can be affected by major foreign exchange fluctuations and unforeseen increases in safari costs and may have to be adjusted as a result thereof.
  • Rwanda visas are obtained upon arrival for all nationalities at a cost of US$30 per person;
  • It may happen that we are forced to change or alter the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note though, that we will to the best of our abilities keep as close to the original itinerary as far as possible.
  • Health and Fitness: This photo safari does require an above average level of fitness, and all participants should be in good general health.
  • Temperatures can vary drastically on this safari, from as warm as 30°C to much cooler in the evenings and early mornings. Please pack accordingly.
  • This safari will run in malaria areas and it is recommended for all participants to take the appropriate precautions. Please consult your travel clinic or medical professional for more information.
  • Please DO NOT book any international flights until you have consulted with the Nelis Wolmarans Photography office for confirmation on the status of this safari.
  • Participants must have a valid Yellow Fever certificate for all countries visited on this safari.
  • All US$ bank notes need to be 2009 or younger. Older notes are not accepted.
  • Nelis Wolmarans Photography highly recommends that all clients participating in this safari to purchase travel and medical insurance for this safari.
  • A VALID PASSPORT is essential for all international travel. Please take note of the expiry date of your passport and ensure that you have a sufficient number of blank pages for Visas, entry/exit stamps.
  • Please take note, that our photographic subjects are wild and free and by no means contained. For this reason, it is impossible to guarantee sightings or accurately predict their movements. We will however do all possible to bring you the best sightings and photo opportunities of our wild subjects.

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