Track the amazing Mountain Gorillas in the protected forests of Rwanda and Uganda
Arrive into Kigali, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Volcanoes National Park for 3 nights at Virunga Lodge, amid the lush forests immortalised in the classic film Gorillas in the Mist. You will then cross the border in Uganda and check into Mount Gahinga Lodge for 2 nights. Spend your last two nights of African adventure at Bwindi Lodge, nestled in the midst of the beautiful, primeval Bwindi Forest.
Exceptional opportunities for seeing gorillas in their breath-taking natural habitat
Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, the indigenous people of the forests
You are accompanied at all times by friendly, knowledgeable guides
Luxurious comfortable lodges in truly stunning settings
Virunga Safari Lodge is the perfect base for gorilla trekking in the Virungas Mountains. The lodge is perched on a mountain overlooking the spectacular Virungas Mountains with shimmering lakes below. The eco-friendly chalets at Virunga have dramatic, panoramic views and offer excellent comfort and luxury.
Other activities at Virunga Safari Lodge are tracking the golden monkeys and visiting Dian Fossey’s grave.
Here you can experience the lives of the Batwa Pygmies, and walk the Batwa Trail accompanied by Batwa Elders; an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the unique cultural heritage of the forest’s indigenous people. Whilst you walk through the forest, the Batwa will demonstrate their traditional hunting techniques and knowledge of medicinal plants. You will also visit the sacred Ngarama cave and enjoy the traditional music and dance of this rich and fading culture. You can also climb a volcano, go birding, track the rare golden monkeys, or just take in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Africa.
The Forest is home to 4 habituated gorilla families, as well as monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable’ forest is a magical experience. Other activities include nature walks or a visit to the local school. You will also enjoy shopping for curios in the village. At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, you can also spend the day on the terrace (which juts out into the forest) mesmerized by its exotic sounds, and watching primates and birds in the forest canopy.
- Animal Encounters
- Game Walks
- Gorilla Trekking