GORILLA Safari in Rwanda, OPTIONAL
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, mountain rainforest and sweeping plains. Travelers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent gorillas, yet there is so much more to see and experience.
On this riveting wildlife expedition, meet mountain gorillas at close range and observe a host of other primates, including chimpanzees and golden monkeys.
Trekking to meet mountain gorillas face-to-face represents the ultimate wildlife encounter. If you're intending to visit east Africa then this is an experience not to be missed. Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with none found in captivity and only about 700 left in the world, about half of which are found in the mountains of Rwanda and Congo. Visiting them in their own habitat is something only a few lucky people will ever be able to experience.
Push aside a tangled rope of vines, making your way through a dense jungle, when at last you see them. They stop munching for a moment, nonchalantly observing you. A few feet away you will see 10-12 mountain Gorillas sitting in the forest calmly stripping leaves from branches, climbing trees, playing or nursing their young. You spy the big silverback, twice the size of the young females, he sits on his massive haunches. He’s close enough to hold your gaze. The first time I went Gorilla trekking in Rwanda the oldest silverback in the world walked 2 feet in front of me! Baby gorilla will many times "Kung foo" your feet as their mother scolds them. Seeing a tiny baby gorilla play with an old silverback is one of my best memories. Something primal, inexplicable, connects the two of you in that moment. The rest of the world slips away outside this rare encounter.
You can add a 3-day to 10-day CUSTOMIZED Gorilla Trek/Tour of Rwanda after any of our Safari & Moore adventures.
Our wonderful and highly trusted Rwandan Guide, Yassin, will escort you to Volcanoes National Park for this epic adventure. Yassin is an excellent guide and has become a personal friend. We are very lucky that Yassin has agreed to take my groups on treks/tours of Rwanda. Some of his clients include world renowned conservationists Amy Vedder and Bill Weber who have led the path to conserving habitat for the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.
Yassin will pick you up at the Kigali airport. You will visit the Genocide Museum, stay in the famous Hotel Rwanda, visit a local artists studio. Yassin will show you around his beloved Rwanda and take you on a city tour of Kigali, make a coffee stop at Question Coffee which is a woman coffee shop co-op. Your guide will take you on a 3 day to 10-day tour of this beautiful country answering questions about the 1994 genocide. You will have the chance to trek Chimpanzee, Golden Monkey, and definitely visit Nyungwe Forest and cross the jungle on the 200 m long, 60 m high Canopy Walk.
The Canopy walk in Nyungwe
Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the reasons why Rwanda has become the top tourist destination in the world over. This is not only the place for relaxation but also one of the place for adventure and insight into Rwanda‘s single beauty. This forest is the largest protected mountain forest in Africa that covers between 1600 and 2000 sq. meters and being a five-hour drive into the middle of Rwanda, this long drive to Nyungwe also gives the guests an opportunity to drink in the country’s diverse scenery and the imposing land scape as you move to the main attraction. Once you get to the park, you will then prepare to join on one of the most unbelievable adventures you will ever have, the canopy walk.
Stay at Lake Kivu, and enjoy kayaking with Yassin. Visit Rosamund Carrs orphanage/home and plenty of the local markets along the way.