Gorillas and Volcanoes

Overview

Gorilla treks in two different countries plus the opportunity to hike in lush forests. This is the perfect Gorilla trekking package, visiting the natural jungle habitats of these fascinating animals.

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lake kivu serena hotel

LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL

LAKE KIVU, RWANDA
STAY 2 NIGHTS

Enjoy relaxation, leisure, hiking, flora, wildlife, adventure and more

Discover the oasis that is Lake Kivu Serena Hotel on the lake of the same name, the sixth largest in the world. Go and find the glorious Volcanoes National Park, home to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas, the holiday of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in luxury amenities and make the most if a range of exciting activities including hiking, gorilla trekking and fishing from boats. Private beach, eco-friendly responsible tourism.

mountain gorilla view lodge

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS, RWANDA
STAY 2 NIGHTS

Enjoy relaxation, flora, wildlife, birding, adventure and more

Book your once in a lifetime holiday at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in Musanze district, northern Rwanda, next door to Volcanoes National Park. Experience unique sightings of the world’s most endangered ape, Gorilla Gorilla Berengie, or the mountain gorilla.

gorillas and volcanoes -journey-in-style-africa-chameleon-hill-lodge

CHAMELEON HILL LODGE

LAKE MUTANDA, UGANDA
STAY 2 NIGHTS

Enjoy adventure, hiking, birding, wildlife, flora, leisure and more

If you are seeking a once in a lifetime holiday in one of the world’s most stunning natural locations, then you need to see Chameleon Hill Lodge to make this dream come true. If you want to see real gorillas in the mist and get in touch with nature and yourself, then you need to book this Ugandan safari.

Itinerary

Gorillas and Volcanoes

This fantastic 2 country itinerary has it all for the gorilla trekking enthusiast. Hike up Mount Nyiragongo for an overnight stay, canoe on Lake Mutando and visit 3 different National Parks to view the Gorilla’s in their natural environment.

Day 1
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Upon arrival at Kigali International airport, you will be met by a TFH representative for a meet and greet and drive 3.5 hours to your hotel in Gisenyi near Lake Kivu. Situated in Gisenyi, 160km drive from Kigali, the Lake Kivu Serena is serenely positioned on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. The 4 star hotel offers high end accommodation in 66 luxury rooms, executive suites and family rooms and boasts contemporary spa and gym facilities at the Maisha Health. The town of Gisenyi is a popular resort on the shores of Lake Kivu. The area is known as the Switzerland of Africa, overlooked as it is by the chain of Virunga volcanoes. Gisenyi’s sandy beaches form a popular hub for water sports or excursions on the lake. You can choose to be as active or as relaxed as you like during you stay on the private beach and peaceful lake.

Day 2
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Day 3
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Day 4
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

We will go gorilla tracking in one of the 10 Gorilla families that have been habituated to the presence of humans in Volcanoes National Park. First gazetted in 1925, Volcanoes National Park was the first national park in Africa, intended to protect the Mountain Gorillas that were discovered on the ridges of the mountains by German explorer Captain Robert von Beringe in 1902. In 1967, American naturalist Dian Fossey arrived in the park and set up her research centre, Karisoke, a combination of the names of the two mountains between which the centre was located, Karisimbi and Visoke. What is left of Karisoke can still be visited to this day. The park offers stunning scenery on a clear day, with 9 volcanoes stretching into the horizon from east to west. Two of these, Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in the Democratic Republic Congo are still active, and Nyamuragira’s red glow can often be seen reflected off low-lying clouds above.

Activities For The Day

  • Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Day 5
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Today after breakfast, we will drive approximately 6 hours to our lodge near Bwindi Forest in time for lunch. Afternoon relaxation at the lodge or enjoy any of these optional activities that include a community walk or a canoes excursion on Lake Mutanda for a price between $15 and $25. We will be based at Chameleon Hill Lodge located on the shores of beautiful Lake Mutanda with amazing views of the Virungas. Situated on an altitude of just over 1,800 m, is the perfect location for your activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park as well as enjoying a boat excursion, take a village walk. The “arty” design of the lodge is what makes it unique with a castle structure that ushers you into the lodge. The lodge and every single Chalet are positioned in a way that the view across the lake and volcanoes is unobstructed at all times. The lake and shoreline are home to many common birds including Hadada ibis, Grey crowned cranes and Black-headed herons. The hills around the lake are dotted with small homesteads where villagers are to be seen cultivating their fields and attending to livestock on what appears to be impossibly steep gradients.

Activities For The Day

  • Lake Mutanda

Day 6
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

We will be transferred to the park headquarters for our start of gorilla tracking. The 331 square-kilometer (128 square-mile) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is comprised of both montane and lowland forest. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, with some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, and over 27 species of reptiles and amphibians. Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. Along with the numerous primate species and endangered Chimpanzees, the most notable inhabitants of the park have to be the critically endangered mountain gorillas, which live in family groups of between 8 and 25 individuals. Only 880 of these gentle giants remain in the wild today, and a number of these families have been habituated over a period of years each to tolerate human presence for a brief period every day. In this southern part of Bwindi are found the Nkuringo, Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye and Bweza families. Only 8 visitors per day are allowed to track each gorilla family. The tracking can be strenuous because of the steep slopes and the high altitude. Initially, we will walk along established paths, our ranger coordinating with the advance trackers by radio to guide us in to the gorillas last know location. As we get to where the gorillas are, we will leave the paths and begin hacking our way through the slippery underbrush. Our porters will stay back as only our privileged party of 8 and our ranger approach the gorillas to spend our magical hour with them. The hour passes all too quickly, and then it’s time to reluctantly make our way back to our waiting vehicles.

Activities For The Day

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Gorilla Trekking

Day 7
Drinks: None
Room: None

This morning after breakfast, we will drive 6 hours inclusive of clearing border customs to Kigali in time to check in for your International departure flight.

DURATION 6 NIGHTS

CAN BE EXTENDED


STARTS FROM KIGALI RWANDA
ENDS AT KIGALI RWANDA

From $4 950

per person sharing


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in standard twin rooms
  • Meals as indicated in the daily meal plan
  • Lake Kivu Serena Hotel: Breakfast only, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, wi-fi
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge: All meals, one soft drink at mealtimes, drinking water/tea/coffee in rooms, shoe-cleaning service, wi-fi
  • Chameleon Hill Lodge: All meals, afternoon tea/ coffee & home baked cake, bottle of water in the room.
  • All road transfers as indicated
  • 3 gorilla permits per person
  • All vehicles & guides on private basis
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Park fees
  • All activities described in the itinerary, unless specified as extras
  • Mineral water, tea and coffee in the vehicle
  • Medical Evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi

EXCLUDED

  • International Air Fares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Domestic and international departure taxes
  • All drinks and meals not listed
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, curio purchases, toiletries, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance