Trip Type : Group Tour
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The Gorilla Stop

Absolute Africa
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
5 days
From: $ 1,157 $ 231 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Mountain gorilla trek
  • The Genocide Memorial
  • Batwa (pygmy) village
  • A visit to a children's orphanage
  • Local markets
  • Golden monkeys trek
  • Hike to see Dian Fossey's grave

Short Description

Meet us in Kigali to head out trekking the endangered mountain gorilla. With time to visit the Genocide Memorial and Museum, and a free day in Kisoro to hike to see the golden monkeys or visit a Batwa (Pygmy) villages, with an option to also visit Dian Fossey's grave.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kigali
End City Kigali

Trip Includes

  • The Genocide Memorial
  • X4 breakfast, X4 dinners
  • 2 nights in dorms, 2 nights camping
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
  • Services of Absolute Crew
  • On going advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda to Ruhengeri

Meals: Dinner

We meet you in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, by midday at The Genocide Memorial and Museum. The memorial is a sobering reminder of the horrors of the 1994 genocide. On leaving the Memorial we travel through to Ruhengeri, a small town situated in the foothills of the Virungas and close to the Parc National des Volcans, the home of the endangered mountain gorilla. Known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, the two hour drive through to Ruhengeri is thrilling as we approach the volcanoes of the gorilla park. We check in tonight to a simple lodge in Ruhengeri and prepare for our trek.

Distance: 87 km Drive times: 2 - 3 hours

Days 2 – 3: Ruhengeri

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

A gorilla trek in the Parc National des Volcans is the big highlight of our trip. The current estimate is that there are only about 790 remaining mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are only found in this region, in the thickly forested Virunga Volcanoes, along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in Uganda’s nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park. We head to the main office of the gorilla park early the morning of the trek where we are divided into trekking groups. The gorilla trek can commence with a trek through flower farms which back on to the national park and then on to the misty lush slopes of the volcanoes. The gorillas are usually found on the ground in family groups of up to 35 individuals led by one dominant, older adult male, a silverback named after the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. The family structure of a gorilla group often also includes several other young males, known as black backs, as well as females and their offspring. The young ones particularly might be seen swinging from vines and trees and can be very curious as to their daily visitors.

On the day that we are not trekking we have a spare day to see a little more and to relax. You can linger in the traditional markets and visit a local orphanage if you want. The visit to a traditional Batwa Pygmy village is always popular, and some elect to spend a second day in the forest to see the golden monkeys, or alternatively to visit the grave of Dian Fossey, who dedicated her life to protecting the mountain gorillas and whose life and work is remembered in the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.An evening in a local restaurant enjoying the beat of traditional Rwandan drumming and to share ourtrekking stories is also arranged for one of these two nights.

Day 4: Ruhengeri to Kigali

Meals: Breakfast

Our final morning we take the winding road back to the capital and can drop you at Chez Lando near the airport, or at Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel.

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After much researching we chose absolute Africa as they were the cheapest. From their website you will see that there is an emphasis put on teamwork etc, something what we were looking forward to. As it turned out the owner "taxi Dave" entered into a deal with a group on the trip. This group paid a minimal fee and did absolutely nothing, didn't set up their tents, didn't take part in cooking all for a minimal fee, 1 pound a day. Not bad!!
Ourselves and another couple who were on the trip were never told about this extra deal so when we saw this group doing nothing there was an unease within the whole group.
We took the northern star route. Also you need to be carefull as the itinerary doesn't give you a true reflection of game park entry's and we had to pay into 2 game parks that were suppose to be included in our fee (got a fluffy explain action when we asked the owner). The itinerary says that you go to 7 countries, realistically you only see 3/4 and the other countries are just in transit and to top it all off, the last country, Kenya, they put you on a shuttle bus (nothing to do with absolute Africa) in Tanzania and let you go through the border on your own.
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Optional Activities

Optional excursions:

  • Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc National des Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkeys trek.
  • Visit to Dian Fossey’s grave
  • Visit to Orphanage and preschool  
  • Visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Additional Information:

If I book on a gorilla safari will I see the Gorillas ?

Absolute Africa pre-purchases gorilla permits for our gorilla safaris.

If booking on a gorilla safari you will be billed for your permit ahead of time. Once you have a permit it is 99.99% certain you will view the gorillas whilst there can never be 100% guarantees as the gorillas are wild animals and the trek is in their natural habitat. The trek to the gorillas can take from 3 to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are. The total time you spend with them is no more than 1 hour so the gorillas are not stressed by your presence and to minimise any risk of the transmission of disease as they are so genetically close to humans. If you have any transmittable ailment that could infect the gorillas like the flu you are also not allowed to trek.

I need to get visas prior to going

Most visas are easily obtained while on safari payable on the borders in USD cash so it is not necessary to get them prior to your trip. This advice applies to most passports including Australians, New Zealanders, British and most European passport holders.

Visa costs can be found in the budget section for each individual tour. Feel free to check with our office if you are unsure about the visa requirements for your particular passport.

Take a look at our overland adventure travel insurance!

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We believe that your safety and enjoyment when travelling overseas with us is very important which is why we recommend arranging cover with specialist insurance brokers Campbell Irvine Direct. Campbell Irvine have over 35years experience in adventure travel insurance.

It is a condition of booking that you have travel insurance in place to cover your entire trip. You are responsible to ensure your policy is adequate for your travel plans even if we have seen your policy.

Not all insurance policies are the same. When travelling overland in Africa you want to be sure you have appropriate cover given the adventurous nature of what you are doing.

Make sure you have adequate accident and medical cover including cover for repatriation home in the event you became ill and couldn't continue, and also that all the adventure activities you may want to do are covered. If you need cover for one way travel do also check the policy does cover this when obtaining a quote.

Activities like safari walks, white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, bungee jumping, horse riding and trekking Kilimanjaro are not necessarily covered by all policies - so check out the small print carefully.

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Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners

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