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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: from kigali into the virunga mountain range

Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.

Depart from Kigali with your expert guide.  Journey through the beautiful terraced hills that characterize much of Rwanda's landscape. Climb gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga Range, noting the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside. Arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

Day 2: gorilla tracking in parc national des volcans

Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.

Track the gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, hiking in a group of eight through rich and dramatic mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas. Rangers will have pre-scouted the approximate location of the gorilla groups. Hikes may be relatively easy and short or longer and more difficult. Staff make their best attempt to match visitors with an appropriate level of challenge, although there are no guarantees.  Once you reach the gorillas, you enjoy a full hour in close proximity. Return to base for a late lunch.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

Day 3: parc national des volcans and surrounds

Many travelers opt for a second day of gorilla tracking (booked in advance, at additional cost), although there are other fascinating options as well: track the endangered golden monkey; trek to Dian Fossey's grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of Fossey's favorite gorilla, Digit; visit a local village, school or community project; or, relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

Day 4: kigali

Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.

Your safari ends with your return to Kigali. We advise booking an evening departure flight. This allows time for touring Kigali. and visiting the market if this is your interest. Most travelers also choose to spend some time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, a moving and inspiring tribute which is a museum as well.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,663
- $5,000
2016 High Season - $5,000 2016 Low Season - $4,663 2016 prices honored until 2017 pricing published Extra Rwanda Gorilla Permit: $750 High Season: Dec 16 - Feb 28 & Jun 1 - Oct 14 Low Season: Oct 15 -Dec 15 & Mar 1 - May 31 Private departures available as well with additional surcharge.
Single Supplement:
$495
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
4 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●●
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Volcanoes Safaris

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A non-refundable twenty percent (20%) deposit per person per trip or the total cost of the permits, whichever is the higher of the two, plus $500 or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.
Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.
Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.
Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.
Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.
Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.

Four-day Gorilla Adventure

Experience the Mountain Gorillas in native habitat as an add-on to your longer safari

overview

If you're going to be in Africa, trekking in search of mountain gorillas is a must-do.  This 4-day adventure in the Virunga Mountains of Parc National de Volcans offers two opportunities to hike the forests in search of these gentle giants.   Those choosing a single gorilla trek will have time to search for golden monkeys, or visit the nearby lakes or villages.

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If you're going to be in Africa, trekking in search of mountain gorillas is a must-do.  This 4-day adventure in the Virunga Mountains of Parc National de Volcans offers two opportunities to hike the forests in search of these gentle giants.   Those choosing a single gorilla trek will have time to search for golden monkeys, or visit the nearby lakes or villages.

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: from kigali into the virunga mountain range
    Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.Get ready for gorilla viewing tomorrow.

    Depart from Kigali with your expert guide.  Journey through the beautiful terraced hills that characterize much of Rwanda's landscape. Climb gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga Range, noting the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside. Arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

    Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: gorilla tracking in parc national des volcans
    Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.Gorilla trekking is an indescribable experience.

    Track the gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, hiking in a group of eight through rich and dramatic mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas. Rangers will have pre-scouted the approximate location of the gorilla groups. Hikes may be relatively easy and short or longer and more difficult. Staff make their best attempt to match visitors with an appropriate level of challenge, although there are no guarantees.  Once you reach the gorillas, you enjoy a full hour in close proximity. Return to base for a late lunch.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: parc national des volcans and surrounds

    Many travelers opt for a second day of gorilla tracking (booked in advance, at additional cost), although there are other fascinating options as well: track the endangered golden monkey; trek to Dian Fossey's grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of Fossey's favorite gorilla, Digit; visit a local village, school or community project; or, relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: kigali
    Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.Say farewell to these magnificent creatures.

    Your safari ends with your return to Kigali. We advise booking an evening departure flight. This allows time for touring Kigali. and visiting the market if this is your interest. Most travelers also choose to spend some time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, a moving and inspiring tribute which is a museum as well.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,663
- $5,000
2016 High Season - $5,000 2016 Low Season - $4,663 2016 prices honored until 2017 pricing published Extra Rwanda Gorilla Permit: $750 High Season: Dec 16 - Feb 28 & Jun 1 - Oct 14 Low Season: Oct 15 -Dec 15 & Mar 1 - May 31 Private departures available as well with additional surcharge.
Single Supplement:
$495
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
4 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●●
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Volcanoes Safaris

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A non-refundable twenty percent (20%) deposit per person per trip or the total cost of the permits, whichever is the higher of the two, plus $500 or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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