Gorillas in the Wild
This is a bucket-list adventure that will have you trekking through Volcanoes National Park to seek mountain gorillas in their natural rainforest habitat. But first you’ll spend a night at The Retreat, Kigali, experiencing the Rwandan capital city’s buzzing café culture and fabric markets, and visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial to gain an insight into the history of this country. At The Retreat you’ll dine on Rwanda’s finest cuisine, prepared with a modern twist.
A three-hour drive takes you to Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, on the edge of the national park, where you’ll spend three nights. The organic design of Bisate’s spherical pods is a nod to the surrounding landscape, blending in as if built by nature.
Half a day of your stay will be dedicated to gorilla trekking with a local guide, searching for one of the gorilla families living deep in the forest. You can also go on an expedition to search for golden monkeys, or hike to the grave of primatologist Dian Fossey, who is known for her studies of gorillas in this area.
For two people
One of Kigali's top luxury boutique hotels. A focus on dining experiences at the award winning Heaven Restaurant and fine dining restaurant, Fusion. Massage & spa treatments, meditation, yoga, nature walks, fresh organic meals, and private fitness classes may all be incorporated into your daily program at The Retreat. Helping develop Rwanda's most important resource, it's people!Enquire now
Dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart. Participate in Bisate's reforestation and rehabilitation programme. Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience. Bisate aims to become a Centre of Excellence for great ape research, focusing on mountain gorillas and ultimately growing a local, sustainable conservation-based economyEnquire now
Day 01 - 02
Day 02 - 05
You don’t have to be super-fit, however it does help if you have a reasonable level of fitness, if only to enhance your overall enjoyment of the experience. The altitude at which you will be hiking will play a role in how difficult you will find it and so preparing by walking and hiking frequently beforehand is imperative.
When you finally find these gentle giants you’ll have the opportunity to spend up to one hour in their company, before returning to your lodge. Once you find a gorilla family, the ranger advises you to keep a good distance (7 metres) however the gorillas do not always follow this rule!
A single entry tourist visa currently costs US $50 (exclusions apply for select countries and is valid for 30 days). The East African Tourist Visa (EATV) covers Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, costs US $100 and is valid for 90 days.Visas can be applied for before departure, by submitting an application online, with the option to pay online or upon arrival. https://www.migration.gov.rw/our-services/visa/
Only required if traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.