This special safari offers a perfect option for hiking, tracking and conservation enthusiasts, set in the rain forests of the Volcanoes National park, Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) lies in north western Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), and spans 160 sq km covered in rainforest and bamboo. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorilla’s are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas. . Sabyinyo Silverback lodge is situated on the edge of the in Volcanoes National Park provides the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating corner of Africa. Apart from Gorilla trekking, Visits to the bustling nearby market town of Ruhengeri, beautiful lakes, the genocide memorials or the community and conservation projects are designed for you to take maximum advantage of this unique area, its wildlife and its culture.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kigali International Airport (KGL)
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers Accommodation
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
National Park Entry fees
Gorilla tracking fee
Guide gratuity

 

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Day 1: Kigali - Ruhengeri

On arrival in Kigali international airport you will be met by our driver and private vehicle and driven to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. The roads are good and the journey to Ruhengeri will take approximately two hours. On arrival a late lunch will be served in the main lodge, with its scenic vistas of the Virunga Volcanoes. In the afternoon settle in and acclimatize or perhaps enjoy an afternoon guided bird walk in the surrounds of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
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Day 2: Parc National des Volcans

After an early breakfast, served at the lodge, before depart by road to Volcanoes National Park headquarters. Here you will be allocated a guide for one of the habituated Mountain Gorilla families and given a safety briefing. You will then be taken by vehicle to a starting point, to commence your gorilla trek into the forest. The amount of time spent walking is dependent upon which family of Gorillas you are allocated to and where they are to be found on that day. Once the family is sighted you will spend a maximum of one hour with the Gorilla family. After this phenomenal wildlife experience, return to your vehicle on the edge of the forest, returning to Sabyinyo Silverback lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
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Day 3: Parc National des Volcans

Early morning breakfast, then depart for your second gorilla trek, with the possibility of visiting a different Gorilla family. Return to Sabyinyo Silverback lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, relax or take a drive to the bustling market town of Ruhengeri, nearby, or visit the beautiful lakes of Kivu, Burera, Ruhondo and Karago. There are also the genocide memorials and community and conservation projects, to be visited. Return to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for dinner and overnight.
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Day 4: Back to Kigali

Depart after breakfast for Kigali in time for your return flight. We would recommend an extra night spent at Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, which would enable you to trek for the majestic golden monkeys and to visit Dian Fossey’s Research Centre, as well as a visit to the lakes.
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