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Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Introduction

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Peregrine.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFED - East Africa Discovery
PFAS - Classic Africa Safari
PFKT - Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania
PFKL - Kenya Lodge Safari
PFJL - Tanzania Lodge Safari
PFJT - Kilimanjaro Climb & Tanzania Safari

Preparing to Travel

Safety

It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

SWIMMING POOLS:
You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

BALCONIES:
Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

SEAT BELTS:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

Visas and Permits

Rwanda

Visas are required by all nationalities and need to be obtained in advance. You must apply for this visa online at www.migration.gov.rw. You'll need to apply for an Entry Visa on their website (Services tab, Visa) which should take approx 2-5 days to come through. You must print this Entry Facility out to present at the border.

Nationals of Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore are not required to pre-register, however must pay the visa fee upon arrival at the border post.

The visa costs approx US$60 payable on the border, with the exception of national from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore for whom the visa fee is US$30.

If you are asked to provide an address in Rwanda on your visa form, please use the address below - Centre Pastoral Notre Dame De Fatima, Avenue de la Nutrition, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Supporting Documents may also be required - the embassy will contact you if they require these.

Note: Rwanda is constantly updating its visa information; therefore we recommended that you check the website carefully for the latest up to date information www.migration.gov.rw

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Government travel advice

Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Border Crossing

There are no border crossings on this tour

Insurance

Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.

Medical preparation

Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Vaccinations

These days the only compulsory vaccine is for yellow fever. It should be received at least 10 days before travel and must be recorded in an official certificate booklet. You may need to show this certificate booklet when entering the destination, and also to immigration/customs on returning to your home country.

Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return.

For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see www.traveldoctor.com.au or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at:
www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.

Malaria: There is no vaccination against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquito bites and is a risk in many less-developed tropical areas in Africa and Latin America. Protection against mosquito bites is essential and where the risk is considered high, anti-malarial medications are recommended. Anti-malarial medications should be discussed with experts as there are different medications available and not all medications suit all people or all destinations. Where malaria is considered prevalent in mountainous regions we prefer that trekkers to altitude try to avoid the use of mefloquine (Lariam) if possible.

Copies of key documents

We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

Preparations

GORILLA GUIDELINES:

The following guidelines have been published by the park officials of Parc des Volcans National Park in Rwanda.

- To minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas. If the rangers considers a trekker to be too sick they will not be allowed to trek and a refund for the gorilla permit may not be issued.
- Viewing time is limited to one hour after first contact.
- Maximum 8 visitors per group.
- Spitting in the park is strictly prohibited.
- Should you need to cough, cover your mouth and turn away from the gorillas.
- When with the gorillas, keep your voice low.
- Try not to make rapid movements that may frighten the gorillas.
- If a gorilla should charge or vocalize at you, do not be alarmed, stand still, look away from the gorilla and follow your guide’s directions.
- Do not litter.
To enhance your enjoyment:
- The security of our visitors is our highest priorities. There is no need for concern about personal security.
- The climate in Ruhengeri is changeable and you can generally expect both sun and rainfall during the day.
- Ruhengeri, at 1,700m above sea level, is generally quite cold, particularly in the evening, so warm clothing is advised.
- Recommended clothing is long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avoid nettle stings.
- Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. You may find raingear useful.
- Bring a water bottle and a small snack although eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden.
- Photography is permitted, although you may not use flash
- Porters are available to help you carry your daypack for a small charge.
- Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly and drink plenty of water. No one should feel deterred from making this trip.

- It is recommended that you bring a pair of gloves to wear on the trek to protect your hands and arms against stinging nettles.

 

Fitness

As there are several different gorilla families that can be visited, the fitness level required for this trek is not as important as it would be for a similar activity in Uganda. You will be assigned to a trekking group on the day of your trek and your fitness level will be taken into account when determining which gorilla family you are allocated.

What to take

General Packing List

 

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

The weight of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the packing space and weight restrictions of the truck.

The weight limit for luggage on all of our trucks is a maximum of 15-20kgs per person, plus a maximum of 5kgs for your day pack. Backpacks shouldn’t have an external frame unless it can easily be removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people’s luggage. We strongly advise passengers to travel with a backpack or a duffel bag, and it is essential that no hard suitcases be brought on tour.

For valuables, like passports, we offer a safe on each vehicle that is shared by all passengers to keep their documentation safe during their journey.

 

When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary. Laundry facilities are available at some camps and lodges along the way.
 
Below is a general list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.
 
Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
Spare passport photos
Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes/fleece - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and memory card, Charger for camera, Spare camera battery
Binoculars

Money Matters

Currency

Rwanda

The official currency is the Rwanda franc (RF), divided into 100 centimes.

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

Rwanda

The US dollar is the best and easiest currency to change throughout Rwanda. Whilst the euro and the British pound are also accepted, the exchange rates for these are generally poorer in comparison to the US dollar. It’s suggested that you carry some lower denomination notes (ie. US$1, US$5 and US$10) for the purposes of tipping and making small purchases. Please note that smaller denomination notes (US$1 to US$20) attract a lower exchange rate (of about 10%) than larger denominations. Also note that US dollar cash must be post-2006 series notes – many places do not accept bank notes issued prior to the year 2006 and those that do will provide 10-20% lower conversion rates. Foreign exchange bureaus provide good rates when exchanging US dollars into Rwandan Francs. Rwandan Franc cannot be exchanged outside Rwanda, so please only exchange as much money as you will need. Credit cards are only accepted at a few hotels in Kigali. MasterCard and Visa is most widely accepted, Diners Club and American express are not accepted anywhere in Rwanda. Credit cards should NOT be relied upon as the telephone lines are often ‘down’ and hence establishments can not get credit card payment authorizations from Kigali. It is now possible to get local cash with your international credit cards from ATM's in Rwanda, however this is only available on selected machines. Traveller's cheques are not recommended as they are very hard and sometimes impossible to cash.

Personal Expenses

Africa

You will need to take money with you to cover any additional meals/drinks not included in your tour cost. Other costs to consider are drinking water approx. US$1-2 per 1.5 litre bottle, tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies that could happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and reimbursement will be made later by your insurance company. This is a situation where having a credit card can be useful.

Parks

This trip spends 2 days in the Parc National des Volcans area.

Spending Money

It is difficult to give an accurate recommendation, as we all have different shopping, eating and drinking requirements so we remind you that this is a guideline only. We suggest that where you need to purchase lunch and dinner, you allow approximately US$15 to $20 per person per day for these meals. This does not include snacks and drinks. On average, people spend anywhere between US$50 and US$100 on souvenirs and between US$250 and US$500 on additional activities.


Meals

3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Budget for meals not included:
USD 40.00

Airport Taxes

Rwanda

Airport taxes are included in flight prices.

Tipping

A special tip for the gorilla guides and trackers in Parc National des Volcans is highly appreciated. A total tip per person of approximately US$10 to US$15 is considered appropriate. This tip is usually given to the head guide upon completion of the gorilla sighting. The guide will distribute it amongst the trackers and guides. An additional US$5 to US$10 from the group is appropriate for each porter.

If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Peregrine destinations.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.

Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.

Your Tour Leader/Safari Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader/safari leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$4-US$5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

In total, we recommend you budget approx US$7-US$12 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.

Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.


While you are travelling

On arrival

Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Kigali by either yourself or your travel agent. A representative will be there to meet your flight and transfer you to Ruhengeri. If you cannot see your representative, please call our local operator (details on your itinerary) for assistance.

Your flight must arrive into Kigali prior to 2:30pm in order for the drive to Ruhengeri to take place in daylight. We do not permit driving from Kigali to Ruhengeri by night, as the meandering roads make it is unsafe to do so.

Hotel Check In / Check Out

Generally, your room will be available from around midday. Sometimes it may be available mid-morning but this is in no way guaranteed. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the early morning, you may have to wait until a room becomes available. Alternatively, you can book one night’s ‘pre-tour accommodation’ which will ensure that your room is ready whenever you arrive. Please refer to the ‘Additional Services’ panel on the pricing page of our brochure. Generally the check-out times for hotels is 10am. Most hotels have secure left-luggage facilities available to store your luggage until you need to depart.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.


Other Important Information

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE:

Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES.

FLIGHTS:
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Kigali International Airport on arrival.

Your flight must arrive into Kigali prior to 2:30pm in order for the drive to Ruhengeri to take place in daylight. We do not permit driving from Kigali to Ruhengeri by night, as the meandering roads make it is unsafe to do so.

Your departure transfer back to Kigali Airport is also included, please ensure the correct flight details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure and flights are not booked to depart prior to 1.00pm.

DRIVE TIMES:

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

Our ground operator will collect and keep one copy of the key pages in your passport in the unlikely event of an emergency.

EMERGENCY CONTACT:
In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Peregrine's Rwandan Contact can be reached on: +250 788 655 223 or +250 788 687 448. In case of a genuine crisis or an emergency (ONLY), please contact our local Operator on: +254 736 213 383 (Kenyan number). For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department.

EMERGENCY FUNDS:
Please make sure that you have access to at least an additional US$500. This money can be drawn upon in unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc) that result in Peregrine necessitating a change to our planned route.

ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP:
While we always endeavour to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader/guide to speak to their direct manager.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL:
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.


Day to Day Itinerary

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Trip Length

Trip Code

4 days PFRG

Minimum Passengers

2 people

Countries Visited

Rwanda

Start City

End City

Kigali, Rwanda Kigali, Rwanda
Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Your time spent with Rwanda's gorillas, crouched quietly together in the mountain cloudforest, will be an experience that you carry with you always. The people and landscapes of Rwanda provide an extraordinary backdrop to this moving journey.

 

This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experience - trip code PFRGX.

Day 1: Kigali - Kinigi Village

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours driving

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar, Kinigi Village

On arrival at Kigali Airport you are met by our local representatives. You must arrive in Kigali before 2.30pm. If your flight does not arrive before 2.30pm, you need to arrive one day earlier and book one night's pre-tour accommodation as well as an arrival transfer (both at additional cost).

Please make sure you've read the visa information for Rwanda on your pre-departure information before you depart as you're required to apply for your visa before arrival.

Our tour begins with a drive through the verdant rolling hills of Rwanda. Our accommodation is located in the Kinigi region, approximately 17km from Musanze town (formerly Ruhengeri). The lodge is nestled on the scenic lower slopes of Sabinyo Volcano - one of five volcanoes located in the Parc National des Volcans.

Day 2: Parc National des Volcans (Gorilla Trekking Day)

Travel time: From Hotel to Park Headquarters - Approximately 30 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar, Kinigi Village

This morning we have a very early start driving to the park headquarters where we are briefed on our gorilla trek by the guides of Parc National des Volcans. This 13,000 hectare national park protects the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Mountains and includes a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes that straddle the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bamboo forest is interspersed with alpine moorland, grassland and marshland. In this park, there are ten different gorilla families - Group 13, Sabinyo, Amahoro, Umubano, Susa, Kwitonda which has recently arrived from the DRC and are now settled in Rwanda and the Hirwa group, newly formed from different habituated families.

Gorilla trekking is highly controlled with only 80 gorilla trekking permits available each day. Once a trekking group encounters one of the gorilla families, only one hour is granted in the presence of the great apes before trekkers must leave the family, however reluctantly.

The trek can be strenuous and may reach altitudes of almost 3000 metres above sea level. Depending on weather conditions, some of the paths can be slippery and these paths themselves can change depending on the location of the gorillas. Hence it is very hard to predict how long we need to walk for, but a very good level of fitness is recommended for everyone taking on this trek, as it may take anything between 40 minutes and five hours to reach our designated gorilla family. The trackers have already set out and located the gorilla family by the time we start our trek, so our actual time of walking can usually be predicted when we set off.

Generally the time spent walking is not as long as for a similar activity in Uganda. All this may seem like hard work, but the end result is one you are sure to cherish forever, as to stand so close to these amazing animals is indeed an emotional experience. As lunch can only be taken upon return to the hotel, it is recommended that you bring a few snacks to keep you going throughout the morning. At the end of the day the comforts of the hotel beckon, along with a chance to reflect on what is sure to be a truly memorable day.

Day 3: Optional Extra Trek - Kigali

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Lemingo Hotel or similar, Kigali

Today is a day of various trekking options. You may choose to visit another gorilla family, see the rare golden monkey or take a hike up to the grave of Dian Fossey and the remains of the Old Karisoke Research Station. These options must be pre-booked and confirmed at time of purchase of the main tour, in order to ensure availability. Gorilla trekking permits in particular can be booked out many months in advance.

For those who loved the book and/or movie 'Gorillas in the Mist', the Dian Fossey Trek is a good option. Over the course of the morning you follow in Dian Fossey's footsteps on our way to her grave, as well as the graves belonging to many poached gorillas including famous Digit. You are guided around the area where Old Karisoke Research Station was set up by a park guide. Although very little of the station remains, the setting is incredible and one can imagine the incredible life that Dian Fossey led in these isolated mountains.

For a more leisurely but equally unique experience, trekking in search of golden monkeys is highly recommended. In June 2003 the Nationals Parks Department first allowed permits to walk the trails in search of these rare and engaging primates. This walk takes you to the edge of the forest and watching these unique monkeys play and interact is a mesmerising experience. Please note that the roads leading to both of the above treks are not in the best of conditions, so be prepared for rough and bumpy rides! We then travel back to Kigali late in the afternoon or early in the evening. 

Dinner tonight is at your own expense and can be enjoyed at one of the many good nearby restaurants.

Day 4: Kigali

Travel time: From Kigali Hotel to Airport - Approximately 30 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast

This morning we are taken on a city tour of Kigali, including the Genocide Museum which was opened in 2004 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Whilst the genocide occurred as a result of a complex series of factors, it can only be seen as an absolute tragedy to Rwanda and its people. Time spent at the museum is sure to be emotionally moving, but it is an important way to understand the sheer courage and resilience of the people of this beautiful, tiny nation. We are then transferred to Kigali International Airport, arriving there about midday. Please note that your international departure flights from Kigali today should not be booked to depart before 2pm.

Any additional post-tour accommodation in Kigali or individual departure transfers are not included and must be pre-booked. The Lemigo Hotel offers a free shuttle service to the Airport. Please enquire with Reception upon arrival if you wish to use this service.

About this information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

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At Peregrine we are always looking for ways to improve our trips and your feedback is invaluable to us and to our tour guides. It tells us what we're doing right, what you believe could be done better and what improvements you feel could help future travellers choose and enjoy Peregrine. At the end of your trip we ask that you to take a few minutes of your time to complete our on-line feedback form. Just go to http://www.peregrineadventures.com/tour-feedback for our easy to fill out questionnaire. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

Last Updated

2 September 2014


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