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Family of mountain gorillas

Ultimate primate experience: gorillas, chimps & monkeys

11 days from £10,950pp

Family of mountain gorillas
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Tour highlights

  • Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.

  • Hike through Nyungwe Forest in search of chimpanzees.

  • Enjoy drives through the beautiful rolling hills and countryside.

  • Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kigali.

  • On arrival in Kigali, your driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the city centre.

  • You will head off to Nyungwe Forest this morning with your driver-guide and private vehicle. The route takes you through rolling hills and beautiful scenery. You'll stop in the town of Butare, Rwanda's second-largest city and the former capital, for a break at midday to visit the national museum and university before reaching Nyungwe Forest in the afternoon, ready to settle into your lodge. This is an incredible national park, teeming with primates, birdlife and flowers.

  • Today, you will set off after breakfast to meet your guide and start your trek to see the chimps. You can enjoy looking for other primates, birds, and animals along the way. Your guide will teach you about tracking the chimpanzees, pointing out signs they've left as you head through the forest. Upon reaching them you'll see them playing and interacting in their natural habitat — an incredible sight.

  • This morning, you will drive from Nyungwe along the shore of Lake Kivu to Gisenyi — you'll start off inland and then head west, enjoying beautiful views of the lake and mountain scenery on the way. You'll then have two nights to relax at the Lake Kivu Serena.

  • Today is free for relaxing or exploring Lake Kivu. You can go swimming in the hotel pool, or in the lake itself, have a tour of Gisenyi town, or hire a boat to visit some of the nearby islands on the lake. You can decide on the day what you'd like to do and your driver will help you with all of your arrangements.

  • After breakfast, you will set off for Ruhengeri at the base of the Volcanoes National Park. The drive takes around an hour and a half and will begin with a steep incline up over the dramatic cliff-like hills, which then become softer and more rolling as you continue inland. You can get settled into your room at Sabyinyo and spend the rest of the day relaxing in your room or taking a stroll around the property.

  • Today you will set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters for a briefing from your guide. You will then be driven to the trailhead to start your trek. Trackers leave before the tourist groups to locate the gorilla groups, so your guide should know where to take you. Once you've found the group, you will have one hour with them to take photos and watch them interact — a truly memorable experience!

  • This morning you will depart after breakfast for the park headquarters for your walk to see the golden monkeys — a completely different experience but just as rewarding. These beautiful, lively creatures are on the endangered list and are fascinating to watch as they leap through the vegetation.

  • After breakfast, your driver-guide will help load all your luggage back into the car, ready to head back to Kigali for your onward flights.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Nyungwe Forest
Lake Kivu
Volcanoes National Park

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