Gorilla Adventure

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A unique opportunity to observe Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in their natural environment whilst staying in quality hotels and lodges


Duration: 4 Days
Starts in: Rwanda
Group Size: 2-16

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Join Kigali, drive to Musanze (previously named Ruhengeri)

Upon arrival in Kigali we shall be met by our driver-guide and make our way to Musanze (previously named Ruhengeri) at the foot of the beautiful and pristine Volcanoes National Park, approximately 2-3 hour drive. This was the region where Dian Fossey amazed the world with her research of the magnificent mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Following Dian Fossey’s work and David Attenborough’s famous documentaries, the mountain gorillas have inspired travellers from all over the world to experience one of nature’s greatest interactions. Anyone who has witnessed the mountain gorilla’s of East Africa will strongly agree that it is a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Tonight we sleep in a comfortable lodge in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. (Please ensure your arrival flight time is no later than 13:00hrs).

Golden Monkey trek

As a warm-up for our gorilla trek, today we search for the equally rare and endangered Golden Monkey. These primates are unique to this region of East Africa and the Volcanoes National Park, where there is a troupe numbering about forty. Little is known about these beautiful monkeys and experts are only recently able to put together the basic details about their routines and lifestyles. They can be quite difficult to spot. With our expert local guides and trackers we search for them in the thickets of bamboo where they like to spend most of their time.(PLEASE NOTE: Days 2 & 3 may be swapped around depending on gorilla permit availability.)

Gorilla trek, to Kigali

Today we will trek deep into the forest in search of these mountain gorillas. While gorilla tracking you will be accompanied by a guide and usually two trackers, and allowed no more than one hour with your allotted gorilla family. To find your family group the guide will lead you to where the gorillas were sighted on the previous day and then literally track them through the forest. The terrain is very rough, often over steep slopes covered with matted vegetation. Be prepared for rain, mud and giant stinging nettles – long trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket will help. It will be necessary to take your own water and snacks – eg: biscuits or sweets – with you in case you have to trek for a while before finding the gorillas. The treks can be as short as half an hour and as long as eight hours, but three hours is the average. After our trek and humbled by this incredible experience, we drive from Volcanoes National Park back to Kigali for overnight.

Kigali city tour, trip concludes

After breakfast we undertake a short morning tour of this interesting city, including a visit to the genocide memorial. Group arrangements conclude in Kigali with a departure transfer to the airport. (Please note: earliest departure time is 14:00hrs.)

Additional Information

Around half the world's population of Mountain Gorillas live deep in the mist-shrouded forests of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. One of life's most amazing experiences is a close encounter with these gentle creatures. Park regulations allow one hour with gorilla families or individuals that have been habituated to human presence. That said, these primates are incredibly shy and it is an absolute privilege to watch them feed, play and interact. We trek through bamboo thickets in search of them, sometimes walking up to eight hours, but the reward is such a special experience it will be unforgettable. We also have a chance of finding endangered Golden Monkeys in their natural environment on a separate excursion. This short adventure can be taken on its own or added to a longer East African itinerary.


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