The opportunity of a lifetime awaits you when you take a luxury holiday to Rwanda with Elegant Resorts. Here, in the heart of Africa, there is a rare chance to see some of Africa’s dwindling primate populations in the wild. The high-altitude rainforest of Parc National des Volcans is the natural habitat for the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas.
It is estimated that there are no more than seven-hundred of these magnificent creatures left in the wild, and about half of them are in the Rwandan section of the Parc National des Volcans, making this one of the optimum spots for a clear sighting – finding yourself just a few metres from a stately Silverback, or observing a group of young primates at play are experiences that will last a lifetime.
Please note that gorilla-viewing permits cost from $750 (US) per person and are in high demand. We recommend booking for two consecutive days, due to the weather, and well in advance. Gorilla treks are suitable only for those aged fifteen years old and over.
After the thrill of a gorilla trek from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, we recommend a visit to Lake Kivu where you can swim in clean waters or explore deserted islands on a pirogue. Another 'must-do' would be to visit the research centre of the late Dian Fossey, the pioneering Primatologist immortalised in the film, 'Gorillas in the Mist'. Feel free to call our Travel Consultants for help in creating a tailor-made itinerary to suit your preferences.
This tiny nation was thrust brutally onto the world stage in 1994 by the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes and subsequent genocide. Barely fifteen years later, the recovery is complete, testament to the determination of the Rwandan people and the country is now one of the safest places in Africa, with a welcome rise in visitor numbers.