Seeing gorillas in the wild has always been a dream of mine. Like most people, I had watched footage and heard stories but I still wasn’t prepared for what a deeply profound and humbling encounter it would be. The experience of looking into the eyes of a monumental yet peaceful silverback gorilla from a mere two meters away felt like looking into the soul of humanity.

The fuzzy babies playing with each other and swinging from tree to tree goes straight to the heart, and I was struck by how much these huge and gentle creatures have to teach us. Words cannot prepare you for just how special the gorilla families are; except to say that you have to experience it for yourself.

Marco van Embden, CEO

HIGHLIGHTS: THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda
  • Trek into the Volcanoes National Park with a ranger and encounter these gentle giants of the forest up close
  • Take a guided walk into the forest to see endangered golden monkeys
  • Hike to one of the crater rims for majestic views of the slopes of a dormant volcano
  • Visit Diane Fossey’s grave and the Karisoke Research Centre
  • Support the reforestation of Rwanda by planting a tree with the local community
  • Track habituated chimpanzees at Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • See the magical scenery of the “Twin Lakes” of Burera and Ruhondo
  • Taste some of the finest tea and coffee in the world, both of which are grown in Rwanda
  • Support local handicrafts by shopping for gifts like woven baskets at markets
  • Visit colourful Kigali, the nation’s capital, and learn about Rwanda’s remarkable history and culture
  • Easily combine your gorilla trekking experience with a Big 5 safari in the Serengeti; only a few hours away

SAMPLE ITINERARIES

  • Serengeti game drive - Singita Grumeti

    Best of East Africa

    13 nights: From Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park to see rare mountain gorillas to Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, and the grasslands of the central Serengeti and the Maasai Mara, to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar.
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  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

    Rwanda Gorilla Safari

    5 nights: Discover the haunting beauty of Rwanda’s dense rain forests, the open-hearted warmth of its people and the life-affirming presence of its mountain gorillas.
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  • Colobus monkeys at Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

    Primate Trekking Adventure

    5 nights: The renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, while Nyungwe National Park, with its ancient montane rainforest, is a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates.
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