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4-Nights Rwanda in the Mist
African Travel, Inc.
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Rwanda In The Mist
Follow in the footsteps of the late activist Dian Fossey and observe the "Gorillas in the Mist" on this extraordinary journey into Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains and Parc National des Volcans. *This itinerary can only be booked in conjunction with an African Travel safari vacation.
Explore the rich green rainforest environment of Parc National des Volcans.Discover the site of Dian Fossey’s primate research when you hike to the remains of her Karisoke Research Center.Experience and observe a magnificent mountain gorilla group as they interact and forage in the forest.Enjoy gracious Rwandan hospitality and sweeping views at your lovely ecolodge.

1. KIGALI SERENA HOTEL, Rwanda, Kigali
2. VIRUNGA LODGE, Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park
3. SABINYO SILVERBACK LODGE, Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park
4. ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST, Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

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Even in the best of times, Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, didn't have much for visitors to do, other than visiting its food market in the town center, enjoying the views (the city is built on a series of steep hills) or taking a walk.

These days, the market again bustles with activity. However, prices of imported goods are very high in this landlocked capital, where almost everything, apart from local produce, must be flown in or shipped from the distant coast. Visitors can buy local arts and crafts in Caplaki, a tourist market.

The city's most compelling and disturbing landmark is the Gisozi Genocide Museum situated on a site where at least 250,000 residents of Kigali were killed during the 1994 genocide. Another site is the Natural History Museum, housed in the former residence of the German explorer and zoologist Dr. Richard Kandt.

Kigali was established in 1907 as a small colonial outpost.

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Volcanoes National Park (Parc National Des Volcans)

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National Des Volcans)

This park, 15 mi/25 km east of Gisenyi, protects the Rwandan portion of the spectacular Virunga Mountains, which straddle the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Virunga is not a mountain range in the normal sense of the word but rather a chain of isolated freestanding volcanic cones strung along a fault line in the Rift Valley. Sometimes also referred to as the Birunga or Bufumbira Mountains, the chain is composed of six inactive and two active volcanoes, all of which exceed 9,840 ft/3,000 m in altitude. The tallest are Karisimbi (14,783 ft/4,507 m), Mikeno (14,553 ft/4,437 m) and Muhabura (13,537 ft/4,127 m).

Few national parks in Africa can be explored on foot, but this park north of Ruhengeri offers a reward worth the hike through its dramatically beautiful, albeit rough terrain: the chance to observe a family of mountain gorillas, the rarest—and largest—of the four gorilla subspecies. About 700 mountain gorillas live in the wild (roughly half of them in Rwanda), and naturalists have habituated seven of the 20-odd families in this park to the presence of tourist observers. Many people regard visiting these gentle giants (up to 485 lbs/220 kg) in their natural habitat to be the single most-extraordinary wildlife experience in the world. The park can be accessed on organized gorilla-tracking tours, which are limited to seven groups of eight people daily. Gorilla-tracking permits cost US$500 per person in cash (including park entrance fees but not transportation and lodging) and should be booked as far in advance as possible.

Other activities include a visit to a habituated troop of golden monkeys (an endangered bamboo-eater whose range is essentially restricted to the Virungas), as well as day or overnight hikes to the various volcanic peaks and a day trip to Dian Fossey's grave at her former research center high in the misty mountains. As a precaution, armed soldiers accompany each tour.

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August 2022
08/02/2022 12/31/2023 Limited Availability
Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and change without notice and are not guaranteed until paid in full. Taxes additional. Single supplement available. Surcharges may apply. Internal and international airfare not included. All pricing and accommodations are subject to availability. 

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.