Kristina's African Safaris
RWS3 Gorillas in PNV and Southern Bwindi
A 6 day safari which starts
and finishes in Kigali. This safari can also be done on a private basis. [One
PNV gorilla permit is included in the cost but the other gorilla trackings
require a supplement to be paid at time of booking.]
Seeing some of the last
remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience and this
safari takes you to two gorilla parks – PNV in Rwanda and Mgahinga in Uganda.
It offers an opportunity to track gorillas three times, twice in PNV, once in
Mgahinga/Nkuringo. PNV in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and
tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours.
You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey’s grave and the
endangered golden monkey. Mgahinga, in Uganda, is a great place to appreciate
the unique Virunga volcanoes and it has one habituated family. Sometimes this
group moves across the border so you can track gorillas at Nkuringo in Southern
Bwindi instead. You can also climb a volcano or go for a nature walk, visit the
endangered golden monkey or go birding.
On safari clients stay 3
nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge and 2 nights at Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge.
Day 1 SATURDAY
Met on arrival at airport and
transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari. After lunch, depart for PNV at 2pm.
The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that
characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the
awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. O/N:
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 2 SUNDAY
Go gorilla tracking in Parc
National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking).
Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the
Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas,
spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some
gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day,
especially when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 3 MONDAY
Either go gorilla tracking
again in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of
booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr's
orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian
Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake
Bulera. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 4 TUESDAY
In the morning either relax or
walk near the Lodge, visit the golden monkeys or trek to Dian Fossey's grave.
After lunch transfer to Uganda [Clocks go forward one hour]. O/N: Volcanoes
Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 5 WEDNESDAY
Either go gorilla tracking
again, this time in Mgahinga/Nkuringo (on payment of supplement at time of
booking), or climb a volcano, or go for a nature walk, or visit golden monkeys
in Mgahinga. O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 6 THURSDAY
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda.
[Clocks go back one hour]. Time permitting, go for a tour of the city including
a visit to the market, pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan
cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport (HB).