4 Days in Virunga

Day 1

Departing from Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape. Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside, you arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

Alternatively fly to the lodge via helicopter from Kanombe airport. If need be your luggage will be driven up to the lodge by your guide should it exceed the weight limit. Helicopter flights are weather dependent and will leave Kigali latest by 3:00 pm.

Upon arrival at the lodge’s helipad you will be greeted by the lodge staff as your guide makes his way to the lodge by vehicle. Once you reach the lodge that afternoon you can relax, have a complimentary massage, take a walk to Lake Bulera or visit one of our community projects.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours / Flying 35 minutes

Please book flights arriving no later than midday

O/N Virunga Lodge (L,D)

 

Day 2

Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them and be back at base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 3

Either go gorilla tracking again (additional permits required, upon payment of supplement, subject to availability), or choose from one of many options. There is much to explore here:

Track the endangered golden monkeys.
Trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit.
Visit Lake Kivu, home to some of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience local village life.
Tour the ex Imbabazi Orphanage and flower plantation; have tea or lunch with staff and volunteers to learn more about founder Ros Carr and the Orphanage history.
O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 4

Your safari ends with your journey to Kigali. Before transferring to the airport, there maybe time to tour the city and visit the genocide memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.

If travelling via helicopter, transfer straight to Kigali airport. Helicopter flights are weather dependent and will leave Virunga Lodge at the latest by 3:00 pm. If need be the vehicle and driver will meet you at the airport to deliver your luggage.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours / Flying 35 minutes

Please book return flights departing after 5pm

Virunga Lodge (B)

This short three-night stay at Volcanoes’ Virunga Lodge in northern Rwanda offers the opportunity to engage with the endangered mountain gorillas in the forests on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes. Our unique Uganda and Rwanda safari company is committed to ensuring you have a Rwanda safari trip of a lifetime! To learn more about our safari activities in Rwanda, contact us.

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore Dance Performances at the Lodge

 

+ Itenerary

Day 1

Departing from Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape. Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside, you arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

Alternatively fly to the lodge via helicopter from Kanombe airport. If need be your luggage will be driven up to the lodge by your guide should it exceed the weight limit. Helicopter flights are weather dependent and will leave Kigali latest by 3:00 pm.

Upon arrival at the lodge’s helipad you will be greeted by the lodge staff as your guide makes his way to the lodge by vehicle. Once you reach the lodge that afternoon you can relax, have a complimentary massage, take a walk to Lake Bulera or visit one of our community projects.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours / Flying 35 minutes

Please book flights arriving no later than midday

O/N Virunga Lodge (L,D)

 

Day 2

Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them and be back at base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 3

Either go gorilla tracking again (additional permits required, upon payment of supplement, subject to availability), or choose from one of many options. There is much to explore here:

Track the endangered golden monkeys.
Trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit.
Visit Lake Kivu, home to some of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience local village life.
Tour the ex Imbabazi Orphanage and flower plantation; have tea or lunch with staff and volunteers to learn more about founder Ros Carr and the Orphanage history.
O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 4

Your safari ends with your journey to Kigali. Before transferring to the airport, there maybe time to tour the city and visit the genocide memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.

If travelling via helicopter, transfer straight to Kigali airport. Helicopter flights are weather dependent and will leave Virunga Lodge at the latest by 3:00 pm. If need be the vehicle and driver will meet you at the airport to deliver your luggage.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours / Flying 35 minutes

Please book return flights departing after 5pm

Virunga Lodge (B)

+ Overview

This short three-night stay at Volcanoes’ Virunga Lodge in northern Rwanda offers the opportunity to engage with the endangered mountain gorillas in the forests on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes. Our unique Uganda and Rwanda safari company is committed to ensuring you have a Rwanda safari trip of a lifetime! To learn more about our safari activities in Rwanda, contact us.

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore Dance Performances at the Lodge

 

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