Our Rwanda extension usually comprises a 4-day, 3 night adventure. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda makes an excellent add-on to a Tanzanian or Kenyan safari, as the brief trek is easy to fit into a full itinerary.
A gorilla visit can entail anything from an hour to several hours trekking through the forest, led by experienced trackers, ending with one full hour observing these incredible animals. The trek will lead you from quaint farmlands through the dense rainforests of the Parcs de Volcans – Rwanda is considered the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ for its breathtaking mountainous landscapes. You may spot golden monkeys or see buffalo, bush duiker and a wide variety of birdlife. The high point, of course, will be spending an hour with these gentle giants as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, resting and caring for their young. One of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth.
The rest of the time can be spent on a Golden Monkey trek or simply enjoying the surrounding vistas. We also recommend a visit to the impressive and moving Genocide Museum in Kigali.
We usually do the Gorilla Trekking for only 4 days as an add-on to a safari itinerary, but if you want to go deeper into Rwanda and just focus on this country, talk to us and we can arrange a full itinerary in Rwanda.
Golden Monkey Trek.
Afternoon transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel
Transfer to Kigali Airport.
End of your safari.
Climate from June to mid-September: this is the long, dry season and could be considered ideal for gorilla trekking if you want to maximize your chances of clear skies and dry walking conditions.
Climate from October to November: the short rainy season, followed by a brief dry season from December to February.
Climate from March to May: heavy rains could make trekking conditions wetter in the lush mountains of the Parcs des Volcans.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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