Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Observe endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys on treks through Volcanoes National Park.
  • Discuss gorilla conservation efforts with a researcher at the Karisoke Research Centre, founded by National Geographic Grantee Dian Fossey in 1967.
  • Spend time in Kigali’s bustling Nyamirambo neighborhood, and share lunch and stories with local women who have gained job skills through a G Adventures–supported training centre.
  • Track the “big five” on safari in Akagera National Park, and enjoy an insider’s perspective on anti-poaching efforts and community-led conservation initiatives here.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable expedition to track mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, in the rainforest of Rwanda. Visit a research centre set up by Dr. Dian Fossey, who spent 18 years studying gorillas in the Virunga Mountains with support from National Geographic, and get up close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Set out in search of the “big five”—lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo—while on safari in Akagera National Park, while learning about the incredible conservation efforts that brought this onetime battleground back from disaster.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Kigali
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2: Kigali/Volcanoes National Park
Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and pay your respects to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, learning about this somber chapter of the country’s past. Later, embark on a community walk in the vibrant Nyamirambo neighbourhood and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon and settle into our lodge, located at the edge of Volcanoes National Park and offering stunning views of the soaring peaks.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park
Set out on a trek in lush, jungle-covered hills with a park ranger to track a unique and endangered species—the golden monkey. Observe these playful, curious creatures in their natural habitat; then visit the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic Grantee Dian Fossey. Meet with a resident researcher to learn about ongoing efforts to protect endangered mountain gorillas, and deepen your understanding of these gentle giants during a talk by one of the park’s head wardens.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Volcanoes National Park
Embark on an unforgettable trek through the jungle alongside a park ranger to search for mountain gorillas. When we come across a group of gorillas, witness their fascinating social dynamics up close. Note that these treks can vary in length and difficulty depending on the location of the gorillas. Return to our lodge for lunch, followed by a visit to a local village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Volcanoes National Park/Akagera National Park
Head back to Kigali for lunch, then continue east to Akagera National Park. Armed conflict once devastated this part of Rwanda, and many years of neglect and misuse followed. Yet dedicated work by the local communities resulted in the return of wildlife to the park’s savannas, forested hills, and wetlands. Learn more about this fascinating conservation success story in a behind-the-scenes visit to the African Parks headquarters here. Later, check into our comfortable lodge overlooking stunning Lake Ihema.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Parc National de l’ Akagera
Wake before sunrise for an early morning safari drive in search of the “big five.” Keep an eye out for lions, buffalo, hyenas, and antelopes grazing freely here. Return to the lodge for lunch and some free time to relax or take a dip in the pool. In the afternoon, glide along Lake Ihema by boat, watching for hippos and crocodiles. Spot more wildlife, such as elephants and buffalo, as they gather at the lakeshore to drink water. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds including herons, shoebill storks, fish eagles, and kingfishers.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Parc National de l’ Akagera/Kigali
Head out with a packed breakfast for our final safari drive in the early hours when animals are most active. Look for giraffes, gazelles, impalas, baboons, Butchel’s zebras, leopards, and lions. Later that morning, depart through the northern edge of the park and travel overland back to Kigali for our last evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Kigali
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast