Arrival at Kigali airport, meet and greet. Transfer to hotel in Kigali city. Dinner and
overnight at Hotel Lemigo
After breakfast we will do a city tour including Gisozi ́s Genocide Memorial and the crafts village for handcrafts/souvenirs shopping. Lunch and proceed towards the Virunga Volcanoes. After driving for 2 1⁄2 hours through stunning scenery of lush green hills and valleys (Rwanda is known as “Land of a Thousand Hills”) we will arrive to Kinigi after crossing Ruhengeri town.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
After early breakfast take a short drive (approx. 10 minutes) to Volcanoes National Park Headquarters, home of the endangered mountain gorilla, at the base of Sabinyo Mountain (one of the Virunga Volcanoes). There you will meet up with excellent local guides/rangers and trackers, who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter, hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. Thereafter, enjoy lunch at the lodge and free* afternoon/evening to relax.
In Rwanda, there are 10 habituated gorilla groups that can be viewed by tourists. Each group can be visited by a maximum of 8 people per day and the visit lasts only 1 hour.
The trekking can take from 1 to 8 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. It is important to take plenty of water.
Optional (not included): you can go for a guided eco village walk (gifts/presents are expected by the villagers visited) and visit the market. We will have the chance to meet members of the Batwa (Pygmy). They are already assimilated into the local community but the Twa were the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes region.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Early breakfast at the lodgel and depart to Kigali (it is a 2 1⁄2 hour-drive). Transfer to Kigali airport for your departure flight (afternoon or evening)
Visas for Uganda;
Ugandan visas are required by citizens of the European Union, the USA and Japan; Entry visas can be obtained at Ugandan missions overseas or at Entebbe airport or land borders. A single entry visa to Uganda costs US$ 100, and is valid for three months.
Visas for Rwanda
Certain nationalities do not require a visa to enter Rwanda. The current exemption list includes Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Mauritius Tanzania and Uganda. All nationalities are advised to check the website for the latest. Visa applications MUST be submitted online at least 3 days before arrival as some international airlines will not let you board without it. Rwandan Immigration officials will usually have a copy of this form on their desk when you arrive, which speeds up the process. The visa approval process may, sometime take about a week but, normally 3 days.
NB: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, UK & USA passport
holders can get visa on any Rwandan entry point.
It is mandatory for all travelers to Rwanda to be in possession of a valid Yellow Fever Certificate.
Personal travel insurance cover is recommended for all visitors to East Africa
Soft bags are preferred for Safari and Storage facilities are available in Kigali
NB: The Government of Rwanda passed a law prohibiting the manufacturing, importation, use and sale of polythene bags in Rwanda on 10th September 2008.
1) All quotations are net /non commissionable and inclusive of Government taxes/levies.
2) Once a booking is confirmed, an invoice will be sent, after which payment should be made
immediately to secure bookings.
3) We shall NOT be liable for any excursions or extra services NOT booked through our offices
while on tour.
4) For payments made in cash, US Dollar notes printed 2000 and before are not accepted.
Gorilla permits are confirmed via payment of US$600 per permit to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), who confirm the permits on first come first serve basis. Inclusive Holidays Africa will not be held responsible if at the time of receipt of payments the permits will not be available.
a) Gorilla Permits based on current Government Park Tariffs. Park fees are subject to change
without prior notice.
b) Gorilla permits are non-refundable)
Cancellation Policy: The cancellation policy for safari sector excludes permits policy:
To cancel any reservation, Inclusive Holidays Africa must be notified in writing as soon as
Notice of cancellation is only effective when it is received in writing.
In such case the following cancellation charges will be payable on accommodation and related
If cancelled 60 days and over - No charges.
If cancelled 59 - 36 days and under, 45% cancellation charges will apply
If cancelled 35 - 16 days and under, 75% cancellation charges will apply
If cancelled 15 days and under, 100% cancellation charges will apply
Unused portion of any Safari or Tour is not refundable.
The small and up market properties such as Baker's Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness
Camp, Wild Waters Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds Mountain Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge and any other as advised at the time of quotation/booking may require a non-refundable deposit to confirm bookings. We will advise amount required at the time of booking