DAY 1-4 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
Begin your adventure in north-western Rwanda, where you’ll have the chance to explore the depths of the Volcanoes National Park, one of the most fascinating landscapes in East Africa and home to the famous mountain gorilla. Thanks to its impressive hilltop position, Virunga Lodge boasts one of my favourite views in Africa, overlooking the spectacular Virunga volcano range and ‘twin lakes’ of Bulera and Ruhondo. This eco-lodge epitomises the magic of Rwanda, with its luxury bush-chic bandas and truly personable service.
On your first morning, head out trekking with a guide into the mountainous forest of the National Park for a thrilling face-to-face encounter with a gorilla group. Beyond this adventure, you will have the opportunity to climb a volcano, track golden monkeys, hike up to waterfalls or visit Diane Fossey’s grave. Experience the local culture with a walk to the nearby village, a performance by Intore dancers or a visit to some of Virunga’s community projects, such as the ‘One Sheep per Family’ or the ‘Virunga Water Tank’ projects. Volcanoes Safaris are pioneers in their charitable ventures, connecting funding through their luxury lodges to support projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities and promote conservation of the great apes.