gorillas in the mist, rwanda
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Gorillas In The Mist, Rwanda

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The Facts
Flight timefrom UK: 17hrs; from US: 30hrs 20mins
Ideal length10 Days
LocationRwanda
PriceFrom £3,499 pp
When to goAll Year Round

Look forward to...

Tracking gorillas in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Experiencing a night in Nyungwe forest, famous for 13 species of primate.

Seeing Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe and more in Akagera national park.

Taking a boat to see incredible birds on Lake Ihema.

Staying at Akagera Game Lodge, the only hotel within the 90,000 hectare Akagera National Park.

Simply one of the most profound natural history experiences in the world: spend ten days exploring Rwanda's national parks, extinct volcanoes, swamps and rainforest, in search of the rare Mountain Silverback and his harem of females.

Relax in the Africa of days gone by at the stunning shores of Lake Kivu. Forget a morning espresso, this double shot of expedition and chill out is guaranteed to invigorate your wild side.

king kong and golden monkeys

baby gorilla

Surrounded by the sweet cacophony of over 200 varieties of tropical birds, an experienced gorilla tracker will guide you around the vast reserve. Once you find your very own King-Kong, watch as he forages the bamboo forests within inches of you, and see the interaction between the primates in their natural habitat. Rwanda is also home to the only Golden Monkeys in Africa, and mind you don't step on one of the hundred species of exquisite orchids. This exclusive area of rainforest has strict controls limiting entry into the Park, protecting the species - and you - from overexposure. Breathe in the exoticism and isolation as you explore the five extinct volcanoes that offer absolutely breathtaking views.

Volcanoes and gorillas

view from sabyinyo

Spend your nights in the hottest new eco-lodge around - Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. A unique and welcome home for a couple of nights as you venture into the Parc Nationals des Volcans (a mere 1 km away) by day to track gorillas. Situated at the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes which stretch through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the lodge offers some of the best scenic views available to man.

Lakes and sandy shores

view across lake kivu

You'll have to leave time for a visit to Nyungwe National Park and Akagera National Park, not to be missed out and don't forget a magical spell by Lake Kivu - think swaying palms and sandy shores. Fishermen in traditional dugout canoes slip through the waters, whilst local women in colourful dresses smoke traditional wooden pipes. This is a real dose of African culture, unchanged for centuries. Retreat to the new Lake Kivu Serena Hotel on the shores of the lake with beautiful vistas across the waters. There are water sports aplenty for those of you wanting more heart-pounding activities or just sit back and drink in the sun, the enchanting landscape and a cooling G and T.

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