Gorilla Trekking 2023

There is nothing more intimate than being up close and personal with some of the most impressive creatures on the planet, the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. If this is on your bucket list, now is the time to go as there are less than 880 gorillas left in the mountains.

Check out what it is like to spend time with these amazing primates that are virtually on the brink of extinction. This is your chance to see these beautiful mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

 

Gorilla Trekking (6 day tour) 2023 

When: 2 – 8 April 2023
Length of tour: 6 Nights
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £6,135

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Inclusions: Accommodation & meals as stated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), airport meet/greet & airport transfers as per itinerary, private professional English speaking driver/guide and private 4×4 vehicles, Scott Portelli—professional photographer guide, transfers to all visited areas as per itinerary, park entrance fees as per itinerary, 2 gorilla trekking permits per person and golden monkeys permit.

Exclusions: International flights, possible fuel surcharge, possible departure tax, early & late check in/out at lodges/camps/hotels, visas, tips, items of personal nature, items not mentioned in the `Inclusions` section, Dian Fossey hike, 3rd gorilla permit, any additional excursions & activities.

 Gorilla Trekking

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RWANDA

Remarkable Rwanda is just that. Like a phoenix rising from its turbulent past, this is a surprising country – safe, clean, proud, and breathtakingly beautiful. This five day journey explores the misty mountains of the Virunga Volcanoes National Park in search of the endangered mountain gorillas that call it home. Two mornings are spent trekking the gorillas in their natural habitat in the company of award-winning photographer, Scott Portelli. Scott is there to assist you in taking the perfect images of these great apes, come rain or shine – he knows the best time, angles and camera settings to get great shots during your limited time with them.

You can spend up to an hour with the gorillas each time, and with the option of a third trek, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to capture some incredible images. The afternoons are not wasted, learn how to edit your images professionally with expert guidance from Scott.

Day by Day Itinerary – Rwanda (6 Day Trip)

Day 1: Arrive Kigali

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are met by your private professional English speaking driver/guide and transferred to the Kigali Marriot, your hotel for the evening. Settle in and join your fellow travel companions for a welcome dinner.

Overnight accomodation: Kigali Marriott – Located in downtown Kigali, this new luxury hotel offers everything you would expect from the Marriott brand. There is a restaurant, spa, fitness centre, pool and an onsite Italian restaurant.

Day 2: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Depart after breakfast with Scott and your private guide and set off to explore city of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, drive approx. 2.5hrs to Kinigi and the Volcanoes National Park. A ‘true island in the sky’, the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the worlds few remaining mountain gorilla, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960’s by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. In the late afternoon you’ll have a briefing where Scott will take you through the next few days and ensure you are properly prepared for your encounters with the gorillas!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – You will find a warm welcome at Five Volcanoes, which is ideally situated close to the park headquarters for the start of the gorilla treks. The hotel comprises of 13 double/twin en-suite rooms and a two bedroom VIP cottage. After a day of trekking what better way to relax than in the sparkling swimming pool followed by a visit to the sauna and/or steam room. The hotel also has on site massage rooms to help you unwind even further.

Day 3: First Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes National Park

Today will be spent tracking the world famous mountain gorillas. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. An early breakfast and you’re off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of on your gorilla safari. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.

Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings, go through them with you so you can improve your skills in following days.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 4: Golden Monkey Trek

Opportunity to practice your forest-photography settings and skills. Set off into the forest to track the golden monkeys. The golden monkeys (also known as blue monkeys) are a local subspecies of the Sykes monkey who are endemic to the Volcanoes National Park area. They are known for being cheeky, playful and inquisitive. There are currently two habituated groups and guests are allowed to spend 1 hour with one group. Please bear in mind that there is no limit to the number of visitors so it can be quite busy. After your trek you’ll return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, if time weather permits, visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo or the local markets in the Musanze town to relax throughout the afternoon.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 5: Second Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes National Park

Your final day of gorilla tracking! An early start to make your way to the park headquarters where you are assigned a ranger and a gorilla group. Tracking the gorillas can take anything from 4-8hrs in lush green, steep, muddy, terrain! It is, however, the experience of a lifetime…coming across these amiable primates in their natural surroundings is quite awe-inspiring as you watch them go about their daily lives, playing, grooming, farting and eating! Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to relax, have a hot shower and reflect on the day’s activities.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 6: Optional 3rd Gorilla trek or Optional Dian Fossey Visit

Optional additional 3rd Gorilla trek (subject to permit availability, £1,200).

Optional visit to the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks (£60).

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 7: Final day

In the morning you’ll be driven back to Kigali airport for your onward flight.

 

Have a read of the Gorilla Trekking Trip report visit to Rwanda and the Volcanoes National Park:

Gorilla Trekking Trip Report

Video footage from our previous trips:

 

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