Project Description

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

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INTRODUCTION

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.

NELIS WOLMARANS
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DATES

TBA

DURATION

10 Days / 9 Nights

LOCATION

Virunga National Park

GROUP SIZE

4 Participants

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

ITINERARY

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.

INCLUDES

  • 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

EXCLUDES

  • 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

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