Mountain Gorilla Tracking Extension
to "Pot of Gold" Kenya Safari

5 - 10 October, 2016

Also available as individual departure
ANY DAY OF THE YEAR.)

Gorilla permits are LIMITED; sold FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED (subject to availability at time of booking), and are NON-REFUNDABLE!



Day-To-Day Itinerary:


Day 13 (◊Day 1 if an individual departure)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
Another morning game drive in the Masai Mara to complete your list of wildlife sightings. Transfer to the airstrip for the late morning scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Shop at Utamaduni Craft Market. There is also a Cafe, where you can have a drink and a light lunch (not included). Then leave to visit Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage at 5:00 pm, when all the elephants return from the forest to their stables. You get to choose an elephant or rhino you'd like to foster, and you'll receive a photo of your chosen animal, and monthly email updates for a year. Transfer to the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant for your farewell dinner, and then on to the hotel. Overnight at the Ole Sereni Hotel (breakfast and dinner).
On an individual departure, your trip starts/ends in Kigali (Rwanda). The first night's accommodation is at Kigali Serena Hotel, and includes meet & greet at Kigali airport, and transfer to the hotel, but no meals or activities.

 

Day 14 (◊Day 2 if an individual departure)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

("Pot of Gold" extension only: Transfer to Nairobi's International Airport for your Kenya Airways flight to Kigali, Rwanda [flight not included]: Kenya Airways, flight 448, departing Nairobi at 7:15 am, arriving Kigali at 7:45 am [subject to change]. You will be met at the Kigali airport.)

Embark on a city tour of Kigali and visit the Genocide Memorial. After lunch, you drive through the hilly countryside to Volcanoes National Park (approx. 2 1/2 hours drive). Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Virunga Lodge Upgrade *see price structure (breakfast, lunch & dinner)


Mountain Gorilla Extension



Golden Monkey

Day 15 (◊Day 3 if an individual departure)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Today is your first day of gorilla tracking. An exhilarating day awaits you. (Alternatively, you may choose to track the Golden Monkeys, instead - deduct $650 from the tour price.) Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Virunga Lodge Upgrade *see price structure (breakfast, lunch & dinner)


Days 16 (◊Day 4 if an individual departure)

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Track another gorilla group today. (If you tracked the golden monkeys yesterday, this will be your 1st day of gorilla tracking.) In the afternoon, take a scenic drive to view the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo (time-permitting). Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Virunga Lodge Upgrade *see price structure (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Gorilla mom with baby in tow





Day 17 (◊Day 5 if an individual departure)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

After breakfast, visit the ex-poacher's village, where you will learn more about the traditional methods of fire-making, archery, traditional medicine and dances. Transfer back to Kigali Airport to check in for your homeward or onward flight (not included).
(breakfast & lunch)
This is the last day on an individual departure.

Overnight flight Kigali - Europe depending on the schedule and airline, possibly with a connection in Nairobi.
(in-flight catering)

 

Mountain Gorilla Silverback and Christine Eichin

Day 18

Monday, October 10, 2016

Early morning arrival in Europe. In transit, transfer to:
Flight Europe - USA (in-flight catering)



Mountain Gorilla mother and baby




◊Individual departures for the 5-day / 4-night
package can start any day of the year
(subject to availability of accommodation
and gorilla tracking permits).

Included:

●  Overnight accommodation at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi (OR Kigali Serena Hotel if an individual departure)
●  All transfers
●  Meet and assist upon arrival in Kigali
●  Escorted by an experienced English-speaking local driver/guide, and specialist guides for golden monkey and gorilla tracking
●  3 nights accommodation at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Virunga Lodge Upgrade *see price structure , meals and activities as indicated in the itinerary
●  2 gorilla tracking permits per person
(If you track the golden monkeys on the 1st day, and the mountain gorillas on the 2nd, deduct $650 from the tour price)
●  Maximum 5 passengers per vehicle (guaranteed window seat for all)
●  Transportation in comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle

Not Included:

●  Round-trip airfare between Nairobi and Kigali
Lowest published fare for flights between Nairobi and Kigali, round-trip, is in the ballpark of $300 per person. (Flights are subject to availability in the lowest fare class at the time of booking, and fare subject to change until ticketed).




Price INCLUDING TWO GORILLA PERMITS, but not including airfare to/from Kigali:

(If you track the golden monkeys on one day and the mountain gorillas on the 2nd, your price is $650 lowerer than the package price below. Golden monkey permits are currently $100; gorilla permits $750 - subject to change without notice)

Per person sharing, and based on Mountain Gorilla View Lodge*:       $4,639
●Single Room Supplement:                                                                          $629
Minimum 2 passengers. One person departures require a $750 surcharge, in addition to above cost and single supplement.

*Upgrade to Virunga Lodge:                                                               $1,500

African Safari Sunset

 

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge:

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is the new mid range accommodation, located only a 15 min. drive from the ranger station at Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park), where you check in each morning for either gorilla or golden monkey tracking. The 30 individual cottages are built of stone and thatch on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. The rooms are big and bare, but each features a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. A major draw-back is that electricity is provided by a generator, which is generally turned on after 6 pm; meaning you only have hot water/heat when power is on. Wood is provided to burn in the fire place, but you may want to dress warmly anyways.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mountain Gorilla View Lodge



Virunga Lodge:

The magnificent and eco-friendly Virunga Lodge sits on a stunning hillside, and has eight rooms (max. 16 guests) with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge is solar powered, and features low-flushing toilets. The terraced hills on the high ridge have a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Guests can also go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the laes. The only drawback is the approximately 45 min. drive to the ranger station, where you check-in for your gorilla tracking. At Virunga Lodge, all drinks (except champagne and premium brand liquor), as well as laundry and one complimentary massage during your stay are included.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

African Safari Silverback Gorilla Face

 

Tracking the gentle giants, the ultimate wildlife encounter,
Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) in Rwanda.



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