Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Rwanda: Gorillas, golden monkeys and more... (6 days)

Wilderness Safaris Botswana

Kigali, Rwanda To Kigali, Rwanda

Valid for Departures Now Through: 04 Dec 2018

Rwanda: Gorillas, golden monkeys and more... (6 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Rwanda, a tiny, land-locked country in Central Africa, is characterised by undulating hilly and mountainous terrain with rainforest on the Western heights and heavily cultivated fields in the valleys below. Guests arrive at Kigali Airport with a possible overnight in Kigali town. A humbling tour of the Kigali Genocide Museum is highly recommended.

Day 2
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

After a night in Kigali town, your tour operator will pick you up and transfer you to Bisate Lodge, a three hour scenic, beautiful drive through the Albertine Rift which supports amazing diversity and endemism, including 670 bird species, myriad reptiles and amphibians, 151 mammal species, amongst which 15 are primates.

Day 3
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre in an eroded volcanic cone. Bisate means 'pieces' in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. 12 guests can stay in sumptuous en-suite rooms that maximise comfort and views while retaining environmental principals and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.

Guests can experience daily gorilla trekking. Ten habituated groups can be tracked and observed in the Volcanoes National Park. While tracking expeditions do not necessarily cover great distances, they are over steep country at high altitudes and a certain amount of fitness is required. The gorilla trek is done as the morning activity and can last between two to eight hours.

Return to Bisate Lodge to unwind and relax contemplating this once in a lifetime experience.

Day 4
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

A second gorilla trek is highly recommended. Gorilla viewing protocol on the guidelines issued by IUCN for great ape viewing. These are critical for gorilla conservation.

As the first gorilla trek is such an emotional experience; the hour spent with gorillas goes by in a blur. A second gorilla trek allows you to fully comprehend this life changing activity.

Minimum age for gorilla viewing is 15 years - this is for reasons of safety but also for possible disease transmission, with children under this age more prone to infection.

Day 5
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Aside from the tracking one of the several habituated gorilla groups, activities can include visiting attractions such as Iby'wacu cultural village, the Twin Lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey's grave, and seeing the endemic golden monkey. Walks on the extensive property offer birding and participation in Wilderness Safaris reforestation programme.

Day 6
Kigali, Rwanda
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

After a leisurely breakfast and coffee tasting you will be transferred back to Kigali town for your international flight home. This awe-inspiring journey will have touched your life forever. And your visit will have contributed to the biodiversity conservation and local community engagement - making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Bisate Lodge is the best location for gorilla tracking in Rwanda, The most innovative, responsible, visionary and luxurious lodge adjacent to Volcanoes National Park.

About Us

Wilderness Safaris is a Lodge Operator and a Destination Management Company dedicated to responsible ecotourism in Africa.

We specialise in creating memorable journeys in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa, whilst at the same time helping to ensure the future protection of Africa’s spectacular wildlife heritage and sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities.

At Wilderness Safaris, we believe in creating journeys, not holidays. A journey is an immersive experience, one that changes how you view the world in general and the wild places of Africa in particular.

Insider Tip

Contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for insider knowledge to help enhance your experience.

Terms & Conditions

CONFIRMED BOOKINGS

Once a booking has been confirmed to us, we will change the booking’s status from “provisional” to “confirmed” on condition that you have secured the specified non-refundable deposit from your guests. The standard amount is 20% of the total land arrangement costs but this amount can vary depending on certain terms and conditions or party size. Please contact your journey specialist for details and please do NOT confirm a booking unless you have this non-refundable deposit, as you will become liable for cancellation fees if the booking does not materialize. In some parts of the world it has been customary for the guest to pay a nominal deposit for a holiday, with a small penalty if they cancel. Wilderness camps are relatively small making the fixed running costs and resultant break- even occupancies extremely sensitive. The cancellation of a mere two guests can put the camp into a loss situation and therefore we cannot accept bookings made with a nominal deposit, nor can we afford lenient cancellation terms. Please ensure that you have the required non-refundable deposit from your guests before a booking is confirmed with us. We urge you to review the booking conditions between your company and your guests. We believe that guests who are firmly committed to travelling and are covered by full travel insurance in the event that they cancel for insurable reasons e.g. medical problems, should have no problems in committing to this non-refundable deposit

PAYMENTS

Full payment from the guest is due eight weeks prior to arrival, after which our cancellation fees escalate in accordance with our cancellation policy.

CANCELLATIONS OF FIT BOOKINGS

Cancellation fees are levied when guests cancel confirmed reservations. The costs of the cancellation fees will escalate the closer the guests, cancels to their confirmed departure date. Our penalties escalate from forfeiting the deposit to payment in full as follows:

• If a cancellation is made more than 8 weeks before departure the non-refundable deposit is forfeited.

• If a cancellation is made between 4 weeks and 8 weeks, the deposit plus 25% of the price.

• If a guest cancels between 3 and 4 weeks prior to departure, 50% of the price.

• If a guest cancels between 2 and 3 weeks prior to departure, 60% of the price.

• If a guest cancels less than two weeks prior to departure, the 100% of the price.

Groups and Incentives have a different cancellation fee policy. This is available at time of quoting.



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By: Happy Mom of the Groom


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2014

My son and his new bride just returned from Wilderness Safaris and they had a fabulous time.  They loved all the attention to detail.They would go back in a heartbeat!

Wonderful

By: laurarobi


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

What a great job these folks do! Everything was above par and I felt like royalty. We had private guides, incredible accommodations and our connections went very well. I was very pleased and would, most certainly, use this company again and recommend to anyone! Many thanks for a wonderful trip!
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

A wonderful way to experience Africa

By: JNJ


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2014

The Wilderness camps were wonderful. The facilities were clean and spacious and the food was outstanding. The staff was very warm, competent and welcoming; I am not sure I have ever been in a place where everyone was as genuinely happy about life. The guides were knowledgeable, fun, friendly and passionate about their trade. We enjoyed the experience immensely
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

once in a lifetime trip

By: handball3


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2015

A wonderful trip that exceeds superlatives. The trip started in Cape Town SA where we visited the Kirstenboch botanical garden and wine country. Then for Safari to Namibia Rhino Camp and Skeleton Coast both run by Wilderness Safaris. Individual bungalows at both camps and at all others as well. Great camps. All along the way we were escorted from one connection to the next and it was wonderful. The second time I might (?) be able to do it myself. From Namibia to the Okavango delta in Botswana - one of the premier places in the world for wild life viewing. We stopped in two camps - Tubu Tree camp and Chobi. In Chobi we saw all wild life x2. Finally to Sabu little bush camp near Kruger SA - also wonderful. Food was out of this world. Starting in Namibia, mostly desert, and going to Botswana next was the right order. We will want to go back. We still have want to see the jungle and will use Michael.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King