Project Description

RWANDA CLASSIC – BEST OF MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
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INTRODUCTION

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, dormant volcanoes, mythical rain forests and close-up encounters with the “Gentle Giants” of the Virunga, the Mountain Gorillas. Come and see for yourself why Mountain Gorilla trekking is the ultimate safari experience…

SAFARI FOCUS

  • Photography

  • Family or Group Travel

NELIS WOLMARANS
Photographic Guide

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PRICE FROM

US$ 7460 per person based on 6 participants in shared accommodation, but the safari will confirm on a minimum of 4 participants.
US$ 2000 deducted off the selling price for all African Nationals with a valid passport for an African country.
US$ 8350 per person for those choosing to have single accommodation.

DATES

27th November to 1st December 2021

DURATION

5 Days / 4 Nights

LOCATION

Rwanda – Kigali & Volcanoes National Park

GROUP SIZE

6 Participants

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

ITINERARY

Arrival day in Kigali and overnight.

Following your arrival in the Rwandan capital, you will be met by a company representative who will escort you through the mandatory Covid testing, Immigration, and assist with the collecting of your luggage. Hereafter you will be transported to your overnight accommodation. A driver with a signboard will be waiting for you as soon as you step outside of the airport building. Upon arrival at the hotel, all travelers will undergo a 24-hour hotel room quarantine. All meals will be brought to your room to avoid anyone walking around the hotel unnecessarily. Covid test results will be available on your phone and normally comes through within 8 – 12 hours.

Road transfer to the Volcanoes National Park.

Following breakfast in your room and after receiving your Covid-19 test result, we will all meet in the hotel lobby. From here we will transfer to the Genocide Memorial, a must-see tribute to an estimated 1,000,000 people who lost their lives and off course to the family members, who were left behind. Not only will this experience answer any questions you may have on what took place over that dark period in Rwanda’s past, but will also make you more so appreciate where this beautiful little country finds

itself today. From here we will enjoy a very scenic two-and-a-half-hour road transfer to the Volcanoes National Park. The road winds its way through lush green valleys and over hills of neatly cultivated farmland, with glimpses of the Nyabarongo River.

We will arrive at our accommodation for lunch and an afternoon of exploring this beautiful area.

Volcanoes National Park – 1st and 2nd Mountain Gorilla treks

Over next two days, we will start our mornings at the National Park headquarters. All Park activities begin with a briefing where after we will drive to the starting point of our treks. Today, we will set off on our long awaited, first Mountain Gorilla trek.

At the starting point of the hike, you will be allocated a porter to assist with the carrying of photography gear, as well as lending a hand should this be required. The hikes are set at your own comfortable pace with a number of stops to catch a breath and for our guides to share some of their knowledge and experiences with us. Once we reach the trackers, who are armed guards who spend all daylight hours with each gorilla family, we will leave behind our porters, walking sticks and backpacks. Also, no food or water permitted from this point forward. All visits to the gorillas are restricted to a one hour physically spent with the gorillas.

I will guide you on the best camera settings and make sure that you are always in the best possible position from where to photograph. Mountain Gorilla trekking is without a doubt, one of the most memorable safari experiences to be enjoyed and unfortunately, the allocated one-hour visit with these incredible primates is always over too soon. After taking our last images, we will once again meet up with the porters, say good-bye to the trackers and begin our decent.

Following this truly amazing experience and lunch back at the lodge, we will spend the afternoon doing a bit of post processing of a small selection of images from each participant.

Following our 2nd Gorilla trek and lunch back at the lodge, we will take a short drive over to the town of Musanze where we will do our second Covid-19 PCR test to clear all for departure from Rwanda and easy access back into your country of origin. Hereafter we will enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing.

Volcanoes National Park – Golden Monkey Trek + Cultural Photography

Departure Day

Following a very well deserved sleep-in and leisurely breakfast, we shall depart for Kigali. We will do lunch at one of Rwanda’s more popular restaurants. Hereafter, we will transfer back to the Airport for our international flights.

I wish you a safe journey to your final destination and thank you for your participation in this most memorable safari experience. I do hope to be of service to you again on any future adventures.

INCLUDES

  • All accommodation as per the tour itinerary;
  • VIP Meet & Greet service upon arrival;
  • Genocide Memorial visit;
  • All meals, from Dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5;
  • Bottled still water throughout the tour;
  • All transfers in a private safari vehicle;
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the tour including in the safari vehicle if needed;
  • Two Gorilla trekking permits per person, valued at US$1,500 per permit;
  • One porter per person per trek;
  • Hands-on photographic tutoring by photo host Nelis Wolmarans; and
  • Post processing assistance by Nelis Wolmarans.

EXCLUDES

  • All flights, entry visas, medical and travel insurance;
  • All beverages except bottled still water on activities;
  • Covid-19 test on the day of arrival;
  • 2nd Covid-19 test on the 30th to ensure hassle-free entry into your next destination;
  • All gratuities and Laundry;
  • Any items of a personal nature, Telephone calls, curios and spa treatments; and
  • Any items not listed in the includes section 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.
  • 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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