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Wildlife Tours / Trips

Mountain Gorilla Tracking -Virunga volcanoes, Rwanda

4day/ 3night photography tour in Virunga volcanoes, Rwanda (Tour completed)

 Dates

 This tour is extension tour of our “Predators and Great migration-2015” , we will arrive back to Nairobi from Mara on 15th August afternoon and take flight to Kigali ( Rwanda). Return flight from Kigali will be on 18th August 2015.

 Participants

This safari is for really for anyone who is serious, either about wildlife and nature photography, or about in-depth, intense and patient animal viewing. Non-photographing companions are also welcome.

 What we’ll see and photograph 

This expedition will take us to lush high-altitude forested slopes of Rwanda, which shelter half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. Here amidst the peaks of the Virunga volcanoes, the mountain gorillas make their home in luxuriant Montana cloud forest. The Parc National des Volcans is Rwanda's stronghold for these awe-inspiring gorillas and the place where Dian Fossey dedicated her life to them!

Rwanda offers far superior photo opportunity as gorillas are habituated to human visitation.  Gorilla groups in Rwanda ranging from 8-40 individuals of all ages, including the impressive silverbacks and small babies.

Accommodation

Once arrive at Kigali airport, you will be transferred to Ruhengeri area the second largest town of Rwanda, journey will take you for 2.5 hours drive through the rolling hills of Rwanda. Enjoy the scenic view of Rwanda characterized by “a thousand hills” to volcanoes national park. We will check in Muhabura Hotel http://www.muhaburahotel.com/

Tracking

This photo safari is best suited to fit travellers who are able to hike uphill for 2-6 hours over rough terrain. Porters will be available to carry camera gear, but heat, humidity and altitude will require some stamina and persistence.  This is a truly unusual adventure designed for the most intrepid of wildlife photographers or nature enthusiast. Be prepared for a tiring day on the mountain slopes while tracking the gorillas. Once your designated group located, photographers are permitted to spend no longer than one hour with them per day—but what a mind-blowing hour it will be!

Gorilla Permit Regulations

Gorilla permits are mandatory and issued by Rwanda's National Park Service. Gorilla permits are subject to upon full payment to the issuing authorities. They are limited to 80 slots per day and booking way in advance especially for the month of August which falls under the peak season is recommended. Obtaining a gorilla permit does not guarantee seeing a gorilla. The permit limits the observation time spent with the gorillas to one hour per day. Permits are non-refundable. Gorilla viewing can be denied at short notice because of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas moving out of hiking range. In such circumstances, permit fee refunds are at the discretion of the park authority.

Detailed Program

Day

Date

Program

1

15/08/2013

Arrive at Kigali International hotel, afternoon. Transferred to hotel in Ruhengeri. Dinner and overnight at hotel

2

16/08/2013

Breakfast and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch, water and tracking gears. Get 30 minutes briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas, and then proceed to track the gorillas, with park guides and trackers. Post lunch, visit to beautiful twin lakes; Burera and Buhondo, have scenic view, take photos and return for dinner and overnight at hotel.

3

17/08/2013

Breakfast and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch, water and tracking gears. Get 30 minutes briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas, and then proceed to track the gorillas, with park guides and trackers. Post lunch, rest from two days tracking or explore near by area for birds . Return for dinner and  Transfer to  Kigali International Airport for your flight back to India (via Nairobi)

Prices

Price p/person, 

 USD 2500.00

The rate includes:

  • Two Rwanda gorilla permit per person at 750 x 2 = US$ 1500.

  • Private transport from day one to the last day on 4 x 4 comfortable safari vehicles with  a pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and  photographing.

  • Three night’s accommodation and all meals, Full board.  

  • Payments for your full time English speaking tour guide/ driver.

  • All park entry fees and all activities as per the itinerary.

The rate does not include:

  • Drinks and other extras in the lodges.

  • International flights to Kigali.

  • Visa Charges.

  • Other personal expenses like tips for the tracker or porter staff and so on.

  • Any other item not expressly mentioned above.  

A deposit of $1500 is required at the time of booking (non-refundable), with the balance being required twelve weeks before departure date.

Testimonials


Spent a week with Yashpal rathore in Masai mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration in yr 2013. This was my first visit to the Mara, I opted for Yashpal as our mentor to see the Mara as he sees it. We stayed near the junction of the Talek and the Olare orok rivers right in the heart of the Mara in a small camp, comfortable and right in the heart of the action.

We were a group of four and Yashpal accompanied us to the safari and we driven by Simon, our Masai Guide. Usually the safaris were full day, every moment spend on safari was worthwhile, light was fantastic, wildlife was in abundance and Yashpal and Simon could be relied upon to place the vehicle in anticipation of a likely photo-opportunity.

I would have no hesitation to recommend Yashpal as a mentor for anybody planning to visit MARA, his organization Nature glimpses can be relied upon to give the highest level of customization possible in the most reasonable price. Yashpals planning and co-ordination with the local guides and camp managers was perfect and we were specially looked after, including a special Indian meal right in the heart of MARA under a starlit sky with the constant snorting of the Hippos in the pool below.

Dipanker Mazumdar (Architect), New Delhi  


I would like to take this opportunity & chance to thank Mr Yashpal Rathore, for such an amazing experience we had in Kaziranga last week ( Feb 2014). Everything was planned to minute detail and all the logistics were perfect. Timing was superb & we could easily record 40+ photographable species in birds & off course innumerable photo opportunities for mammals. Yashpal is a no nonsense guy, knowing him from last 2 years, I have understood that he organizes things only for serious nature photographers. I can vouch for the economics of the whole trip which was very reasonable....Cheers

Dr Eash Hoskote, Bangalore


I had my first tiger safari to Tadoba Tiger reserve with my friend last June 2013. We had awesome sighting and thanks Yashpal for great experience.

Madhusudan , Bangalore


We have been to Kenya on "Predators & Great migration 2013" trip to Kenya with Yashpal Rathore, what a memorable trip it was. Selection of camp and guide was excellent.  We wish to join him again next year. 

Anand Sachdeva (Architect) , New Delhi


I like travelling with you, as your trips are well planned and economical. I am Looking forward for next Kaziranga trip in Feb 2014.

S. R. Gopalan, Bangalore