Honeymooning with Gorillas
While planning their ten-day African honeymoon – with multiple stops and hotels, and extraordinary experiences such as mountain-gorilla tracking in Rwanda – Shanghai-based couple Gloriana Vega and Gianni Wigisser turned to advisor Crystal Warner of New York City to help them handle the logistics. She worked with Abercrombie & Kent Tanzania, a local Virtuoso tour connection, to craft a custom Rwanda and Tanzania itinerary. Warner uses WeChat, China’s most reliable social network, to communicate with her large client base there. During the trip, Vega sent Warner photos and video of gorilla tracking via WeChat, plus dietary re-quests to pass on to hotels, and other updates, such as this piece of gossip from one outing: “Leonardo DiCaprio was here yesterday!”
ON THE ITINERARY: Virunga National Park, Rwanda; Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
MEMORABLE DAYS: Gorilla Tracking in Virunga “Hiking to see the gorillas – they are so huge! – was the best part of the trip. We got so close to them and saw more than 30 members of a family, plus a mother and child together. The first hike was very long – about seven hours. On the second day we did a shorter hike, which Leonardo DiCaprio had done the day before,” Vega says. “The government in Rwanda now protects the gorillas because of their tourism value, and we loved seeing how the community benefits from a boom in visitors.”
WOW MOMENT: Hot-Air Ballooning in Serengeti National Park - “You see the beautiful, vast Serengeti, with so many elephants and zebras below. It’s wonderful to end with breakfast and Champagne after an early wake-up call,” Wigisser says.