Tracking the mountain gorillas in the wild 3 x permits per person
Expert photographic advice from Scott Portelli
Maximum of 7 guests and 2 private vehicles with dedicated local guides
Accommodation and all meals.
Airport meet/greet & airport transfers as per itinerary
Private professional English speaking driver/guide & private 4x4 vehicle
Scott Portelli photographer guide
Transfers to all visited areas as per itinerary
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
3 gorilla permits
Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are met by your private, professional English speaking driver/guide and private 4x4 safari vehicle before heading up to the Volcanoes National Park. Note that arrival should be before 1pm. For those arriving on later flights, please book a night in Kigali beforehand. A 'true island in the sky', the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the world's few remaining mountain gorillas, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960's by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. In the afternoon you'll have a briefing, where Scott will take you through the next few days and ensure you are properly prepared for your encounters with the gorillas!
Enjoy 2 days of gorilla tracking. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. After an early breakfast, you're off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to start your gorilla safari. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts. Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings go through them with you, so you can improve your skills in following days.
Today you have a chance to either head out in search of the golden monkeys or visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked - which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. These activities must be booked at time of booking and are not included in the quote. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is also an option!