Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
This friendly and simple lodge is located approximately 10 minutes from the park offices, at the base of Sabyinyo Volcano in Rwanda, with exceptional views. The 25 individual spacious stone and thatched cottages are comfortable with en-suite shower, sitting area and a fire place. The lodge is set in well maintained gardens, the main area houses a bar and restaurant serving buffet style home cooked food and local entertainment is offered in the evenings.
Day 1 - Volcanoes National Park
On arrival at Kigali airport you will be met and driven the short distance to Gisozi Genocide Memorial. Visit the moving and emotional memorial of the one million people killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. After lunch drive to Gorilla Mountain View Lodge in Parc National Des Volcans, a journey of approximately three hours. (D)
The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the ecolodge was constructed with locally available material.
Day 2 - Kigali
Depart after an early breakfast to Park Headquarters for the gorilla trekking formalities and briefing. The group (maximum 8 people), travel to the forest edge and commence trekking through the thick forest to see these magnificent creatures. The walking is quite steep but not overly strenuous. After spending an hour with the gorillas return to Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. After lunch return to Kigali where you will overnight. (BL)
Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.
Day 3 - End of Gorilla Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kigali Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 21 Oct 17 - 15 Dec 17 $1,380 $1,810
- 16 Dec 17 - 15 Dec 18 $1,415 $1,850
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
The price excludes Gorilla permit US$1,500pp per trek. Permit prices are subject to change.
Trekking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals, and, as such sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%. Minimum age 15 years.
Trouble free trip
Our trip to East Africa was trouble free. Great guides who knew their area well. We felt safe and looked after all the way. Accommodation choices were fantastic and the itinerary flowed well. I would recommend Bench to anyone looking for a comfortable trouble free trip to this amazing continent.Tanya
Trip of a lifetime
I used Bench International for my trip in September 2016 to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and found it truly amazing. The gorilla group I requested my guide managed to arrange for me which was the famous Titus group and the silverback even charged me on my gorilla trek which was unique. I am planning to go back to Africa next year to visit Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco and perhaps Egypt if it is safe and will be using Bench International and have even requested a brochure.Vanessa Thompson Destination: Rwanda