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Virunga National Park is a national park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa. In elevation, it ranges from 680m in the Semliki River valley to 5,109m in the Rwenzori Mountains. Trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the oldest National Park in Africa is a very special experience. The 7800 km2 National Park is the epitome of hardcore conservation and home to some of the most unique wildlife species on the continent. The lodge offers breathtaking views of Nyiragongo, the largest active lava lake in the world. We will also attempt to trek a family of Chimpanzees which normally reside in close proximity to the lodge, as well as spending time at Senkwekwe, the only Mountain Gorilla orphanage in the world.

Upon returning to Kigali, we will set aside time to visit the genocide memorial, which is my opinion is a must-see tribute to an estimated 1,000,000 people who lost their lives and off course to the family members, whom they left behind. Not only will this experience answer any questions you may have on what took place during this dark period in Rwanda’s history, but will also make you more so appreciate where this beautiful little country and her people find themselves today. This is of course optional.

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US$ 8,225 per person in shared accommodation
US$ 920 Single supplement fee per person choosing single accommodation for the full duration of the safari.




10 Days / 9 Nights


Virunga National Park


4 Participants

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


Arrival day in Kigali and overnight

Early morning transfer to Gisenyi and cross into the DR Congo

Virunga National Park – Mountain Gorilla Trek 1

Virunga National Park – Mountain Gorilla Trek 2

Virunga National Park – Mountain Gorilla Trek 3

Virunga National Park – Mikeno Lodge

Virunga National Park – Mikeno Lodge

Transfer to Tchegera Private Island

Cross border back into Rwanda and transfer back to Kigali

Departure Day

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


  • All accommodation as per the tour itinerary

  • All meals, from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 10

  • Bottled still water throughout the tour

  • All transfers as per the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the tour

  • Visa fees into the DR Congo

  • Return visa fees back into Rwanda

  • Three Mountain Gorilla trekking permits per person

  • Genocide memorial visit

  • All park fees and conservation levies

  • One porter per person per trek

  • One Chimpanzee trek, pending their location

  • Visit Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla orphanage

  • Hands-on photographic tutoring whilst out in the field

  • Assistance with the post editing of images


  • All flights

  • All entry visas, medical and travel insurance

  • All beverages except bottled still water on activities

  • Laundry, spa treatments and all Gratuities

  • Any items of a personal nature, Telephone calls & curios purchases

  • Any items not listed in the includes section above


  • 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.
  • It may happen that we are forced to change or alter the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note though, that to the best of our abilities, we will 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.
  • 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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