This scheduled trip allows clients the very special experience of spending four hours with a Gorilla Habituation group in ‘Gorilla training’. We also include a visit to the Batwa tribes of the area and a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre while staying in comfortable accommodations.
Day 1: Kigali
On arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to the Ubumwe Grande Hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning you will be briefed by your guide before we depart for the Uganda border to complete border formalities. A short drive to our first activity, the Batwa Trail, a cultural experience that offers a glimpse of the traditional life of the Batwa (pygmies) who were forest dwellers. The activity introduces travelers to Batwa life comprised of hunting, fruit gathering, collecting honey and performing of rituals in the caves within the forest. The Batwa lived in harmony with forest animals including the mountain gorillas for over 500,000 years. They are the main beneficiaries of the activity. Continue to check in to our lodge in the Bwindi area for check in, dinner and overnight rest.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you are in for a thrilling experience with the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Begin by being briefed by your guide on what to expect on your trek before we set off for the day in search of these ‘gentle giants’. The Gorilla Habituation experience is typically a full day affair and involves some fairly active trekking. After this captivating and unforgettable experience you will head back to your lodge for some relaxation.
About the Gorilla Habituation Experience
This new experience is designed to allow a small number of tourists to spend more time with mountain gorillas during their habituation. The gorilla habituation experience is different from a regular gorilla trek in several ways including group size, time spent with the gorillas and price. A maximum group of four people participate in the habituation experience and groups spend four hours with the gorillas versus the usual one hour. The habituation experience lasts almost all day, and can involve some more difficult trekking at elevations of up to 7500 feet. Clients interested in the experience should have a reasonable level of fitness to participate.
Note there are very limited numbers of permits available for this experience so we strongly suggest you book early.
We depart this morning to return back across the Rwandan border and on to Kigali where a tour will be undertaken the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. The recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. After a visit we continue to the airport for your flight onward.
Accommodation as indicated, meals as indicated, Batwa community trail, transportation on tour, bottled water, airport transfers, professional guide.
Flight, visas, meals not specified, optional excursions, Gorilla Habituation Permit ($1500 USD), gratuities and personal expenses.