The Gorilla Safari
Rwanda has been called “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Deep in the heart of Africa, this small and impressively mountainous country lies between the ecosystems of the Congo Basin and the Great Rift Valley, sharing the natural riches of both – resulting in exquisite beauty and unsurpassed biodiversity. The mountain gorillas are the main attraction on Rwanda and the opportunities to photograph them are endless. Their social behavior, to continue their day to day activities as if no one were there, provide some of the most interesting and rare photographs one could capture on safari. Golden monkeys are another highlight of the Gorilla Safari – and they are also fully habituated to the human presence; get up close and personal to capture their antics on camera. A luxury eco-lodge nestled within the Virungas offer breathtaking views of the mighty volcano chain as well as the countryside.
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Photos from previous safaris. Click to view at full-size.
Itinerary for The Gorilla Safari
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, we will be met by our local expert guide who will provide a private vehicle transfer to the lodge in the Virunga mountains. (approx. 2 hours)
We will spend three nights at this comfortable eco-lodge perfectly situated in the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft. volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The second and third days of this safari will take us on foot through the light mountain forests to see the magnificent mountain gorilla in the Parc National des Volcans. This is one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. Once we reach the gorillas, we can spend time observing them in their natural habit as well as photograph them. The length of this hike depends on the family of gorillas we are looking for and can vary anywhere from 3-8 hours as some gorilla families can be elusive.
Gorilla trekking on this safari takes precedence. However, if we return from our travels in time for a late lunch, we usually have another opportunity to spend late afternoon searching for the rare and endangered golden monkey.
*Note: Trekking on this safari can be strenuous, a good level of fitness is required.
For our final day, we are transported back to the airport in Kigali where guests will depart for home.
Highlights from The Gorilla Safari
This is a customized safari with flexible dates.
4 nights/5 days
Luxury eco-lodge in the Virunga mountains
Kigali International Airport
Number of guests:
Maximum 6 guests
Mountain Gorilla, Golden Monkey
Accommodation and full board
All internal flights and transfers
Accompanied by professional photographer
Personal photographic tuition
2 Gorilla trekking permits
1 Golden Monkey trekking permit
A La Carte:
Recommended camera equipment:
Camera equipment can be rented through FiveZero. For those looking to purchase or bring their own equipment, Kurt Jay Bertels, your photographic safari host, recommends the following equipment for The Gorilla Safari:
- D-SLR camera body
- Zoom lens Should ideally be no smaller than 200mm
- Wide angle lens 18-55mm or 24-105mm
- Memory cards and spare batteries