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Rwanda

With only 700 or so mountain gorillas left in the world, a brush with them is indeed very special. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of encountering a fully grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. To look into a gorilla's eyes and see the empathy contained within, will undoubtedly stay with you forever.  Trekking permits are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

This fascinating country is a modern day success story and is now one of the most secure African nations. The Rwandese people are incredibly hospitable and will no doubt leave you with a deep respect for their resilience and culture.

Rwanda
Best Months June - October and December - March
Epic Suggests 5 Days
  • Kigali

    Kigali is the capital of Rwanda housing around a million people. It is a beautiful city, perched centrally among some of Rwanda's One Thousand Hills. What is remarkable about Kigali is its cleanliness. It is often referred to as the Singapore of Africa and is a very sophisticated city in African terms.

    africa-rwanda-kigaliA visit to Kigali generally centres around the Genocide Memorial, built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the genocide of 1994. Whilst a visit to the Memorial might sound macabre, it enables a visitor to put into perspective what happened in those terrible 100 days of 1994. Most importantly, it brings about a realisation of how far the country has come since those dark days. The developments in Rwanda post-genocide are testament to the strength of the human spirit.
  • Virunga Mountains and Parc National des Volcans

    The Virunga Mountains are part of a chain of volcanoes along the northern border of Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda.  The highest peak is Mt Karisimbi on the border between Rwanda and the DRC at 4,507 m (14,787 ft).

    africa-rwanda-virunga-mountainsRwanda and its gorillas were brought to prominence by the late 80's film "Gorillas in the Mist" which traced the real life exploits of legendary primate researcher Dian Fossey. Strictly limited permits are sold for US $750 per person per day and enable guests to spend one hour daily in close proximity with the gorillas. Trekking duration can vary from 20 minutes to 4 hours one way. Park staff are sympathetic to those who do not have the ability to trek long distances and will try and marry-up gorilla family groups with guests' trekking capability.
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    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Rwanda (or Uganda).

    To see the mountain gorilla's rates for many as a "life' experience. Witnessing the majesty of these gentle creatures is something to behold. On top of that the scenery of Rwanda is breath-taking; the "Land of a Thousand Hills". A visit to Rwanda can be undertaken as part of a wider primate safari incorporating Uganda or as an add-on to a wildlife safari in Kenya or Tanzania.

  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Kigali

    Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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    Day 2: Kigali / Virunga Mountains

    This morning you visit the Genocide Memorial, which provides a valuable insight (albeit a tragic one) into Rwanda's past. Importantly it puts into perspective how far the country has come since those very dark days.

    Following lunch you depart for Ruhengeri, the gateway to the Virungas, some two and a half hours drive north. It is a very picturesque drive as you wind through the mountains. (It is possible to helicopter this leg, however please note the weather in Rwanda is variable so even though a heli-transfer may be booked one may end up driving due to cloudy conditions.)
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    Day 3: Parc National des Volcans

    This morning you are allocated a gorilla family group and briefed on their dynamics. Take a short drive to the park boundary and the stepping off point for your trek. At first light a National Parks team sets off to track the gorillas from where they left them the night before. Once located they radio your trekking team to guide you into location for your hour with the gorillas. On completion of your visit, return to the park headquarters and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Please note: the minimum age for trekking is 15 years. This is strictly policed by the park authorities.

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    Day 4: Kigali

    This morning you embark on your second trek. Today you will visit a different family group to the one you saw yesterday.

    On completion of the trek you drive back to Kigali where you will either depart on an evening flight or overnight before continuing on the next day. Arrangements vary depending upon your onward destination.

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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 1,300 per person per day, including gorilla trekking permits.

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    Extension: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    The Serengeti is serviced daily by scheduled air out of Rwanda.  Leaving early you will be on safari by later that morning. The combination of the gorillas and the migration is a combination of experiences without peer.

    Time permitting, you may wish to extend your safari and also visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.
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    Extension: Uganda

    Known as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda offers a very diverse safari experience.  Over the years Epic has put together numerous safaris combining both Rwanda and Uganda. In addition to mountain gorillas, Uganda also offers other primate species like chimpanzees, as well as good general game.

    Uganda should definitely be considered, particularly for the repeat safari-goer.
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  • 1/8 | Video Highlights
  • 2/8 | Day 1: Kigali
  • 3/8 | Day 2: Kigali / Virunga Mountains
  • 4/8 | Day 3: Parc National des Volcans
  • 5/8 | Day 4: Kigali
  • 6/8 | Indicative Cost
  • 7/8 | Extension: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • 8/8 | Extension: Uganda
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