Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Hike through the mist-covered bamboo rainforest with endangered mountain gorillas on this 9-day adventure. You will also explore a jungle with over one hundred golden monkeys, boat on one of the Great African lakes, Lake Kivu, and learn about the country’s history and culture. You can savour local coffee, sip banana wine, and learn to cook Rwandan food so you can enjoy the cuisine even when you have returned home.
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali
Day 2: Sample Local Cuisine
Day 3: Jungle Trip with Monkeys
Day 4: Track Mountain Gorillas in Virunga
Day 5: Hiking or Gorilla Tracking
Day 6: Indulge in Coffee
Day 7: Explore Islands and Local Markets
Day 8: Explore Kigali
Day 9: Return Home
|TOUR DATES 2017 AND 2018||1 – 9 December 2017||9 – 17 February 2018|
|INCLUDED||Accommodation for 8 nights in hotels
Local guides, and a Gondwana Trip Leader for groups of six or more
All meals included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) except for the first and last day
Guided tour of Kigali and the Genocide Museum
Golden monkey tracking experience
|Guided observation of Virunga’s mountain gorillas with a Conservationist Gorilla Tracker—($750 permit included)
Unique cultural activities (dancing, community visits, banana wine-making and more)
Boat cruise on Lake Kivu and coffee plantation visit
National Park entrance fees
|NOT INCLUDED||Some meals first and last day
Permit at optional gorilla tracking day 5
|PRICE||$5,690 per person||* $606 Single Supplement|
Why Choose Gondwana Ecotours?
‘Gondwana’ was part of the Pangea supercontinent, when all the continents were together and the world was one. Gondwana Ecotours aims to bring people from different continents closer together one trip at a time.
Donations To Causes
Local Guides & Trip Leaders
Ecotourism and Responsible Travel
Gondwana believes that travel is an opportunity for personal and collective fulfillment, building connections and driving creativity. Achieving these goals requires responsibility, sustainability and respect throughout planning and implementation. Gondwana’s Seven Key Sustainability Principles guide them towards those goals.
1. Recognize That Travel Has Substantial Impacts
Gondwana recognizes that travel has substantial impacts on the environment, the ecosystems that we visit, as well as the local communities, economies and development. They further recognize their role in understanding and affecting those impacts and seek always to improve both our understanding and our impact.
That’s why they examine all elements of their trips and operations for their impact on the environment, culture, society, economy and development and how we affect all the forms of capital that we interact with (natural, human, physical, and economic).
2. Goods, Products & Services We Use Don’t Begin Or End With Us
All of the goods, products and services used along the way don’t begin or end with us. They required energy and resources to produce and deliver, and usually enter the waste stream. For these reasons, Gondwana “reduce, reuse and recycle” in that order. For impacts we can’t mitigate they purchase carbon offsets to make every trip carbon neutral.
3. Sustainability Starts With You
Sustainability starts with you. Finding balance in ourselves is difficult but often a prerequisite for other forms of success. That’s why Gondwana offers programs on health and wellness including workshops and activities to support good nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and more. Additionally, Gondwana strives to always serve gourmet, fresh, local and organic meals and have top of the line spa treatments available – our short cut to relaxation. They hope to send every client home feeling rejuvenated and with new tools to maintain that balance in their day-to-day life.
4. Respect & Empower Local Communities
Tourism plays a substantial role in local communities. Responsible tourism includes local stakeholders in decisions and processes that will affect their lives and is always respectful of local custom and culture. To fulfill and promote this principle, Gondwana provide opportunities to engage and interact with stakeholders in the community: students, small farmers, and more.
5. Preserve Ecosystems For Future Generations
Stewardship and responsibility are especially important when visiting sensitive ecosystems. Gondwana’s objective is to preserve all of the sites they visit for the enjoyment and enrichment of future generations. To do that they engage in conservation through educational opportunities, trip activities, and actions they take as a company. They also always look for ways to give back to the destinations they visit through support for local causes.
6. Be Tolerant & Embrace Diversity
Diversity is essential to healthy systems. In all Gondwana’s actions and activities they seek to be always tolerant and embrace diversity – diversity of experience, perspective, interests and abilities. They provide ADA accessible options on their trips and do their best to accommodate every special request and need.
7. Always Improve & Seek Better Understanding
Sustainability is defined by complexity. Gondwana seeks to always improve their understanding and their impact. To that end they keep an open dialogue and invite you to join the conversation!
Read about Gondwana’s accolades in the Press
- Honeymoon With The Gorillas – East Anglian Wedding Magazine
- Observe Mountain Gorillas In Rwanda With Gondwana Ecotours – Essential Journeys
- A Tour Of Rwanda, From Jungle To City – The New York Times
- New Orleans Startup Offers Sustainable Ecotours Worldwide – Silicon Bayou News
- Hike Through Jungles And Forests Of Rwanda To See Rare Mountain Gorillas – Los Angeles Times
- Gorilla Trekking In The Wilds Of Rwanda – Chicago Tribune
- The Top Ten Travel Adventures For 2016 – Forbes
- Eco-Conscious On The Road: Amazing Travel Companies That Can Help You To Save The Planet – Epicure & Culture
- HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Matador Network
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