Amelia's GO-RILLA-GO Safari: Rwanda, Africa
December 9-14, 2018
WHO COULD RESIST A FACE LIKE THIS?
I can't. With only 750-800 Mountain Gorilla on the planet living in only ONE park, how can we not go honor them, treasure them, and tell them how much we love them? I did. And now for the first time, I'm about to invite YOU to join me. Won't you come to lush gorgeous Rwanda and meet these amazing beings
I think it's time we held our fellow primates in high esteem, learn to listen and learn from them, not let them languish in zoos. I think it's high time we visit the more peaceful primates on the planet and tell them we are trying to be responsible custodians of their Earth...and we need to apologize for the damage with have done and are trying to rectify. I visit these gorilla every year and have now been greeted by the Agashya Group two years in a row, who seem to mysteriously know I'm coming, and my hike into their jungle home to find them is always suspiciously short.
Here is a visual feast of what my new non-profit, Ark Angel, accomplished with 180 orphans just outside the Volcanoes National Park and you will get a delicious taste of the local life in Rwanda, both human and gorilla:
Come with me and let me show you the Mountain Gorilla wild, free, happy, peaceful and completely unencumbered by humans. I've put together the vacation safari of a lifetime, so if this was (like mine) your life-long dream, it's time to make that dream a reality. Do you want to meet these magical beings, too? I've made it easy for you. Let's GO!
December 9, 2018
Day One: Arrive in exotic Kigali where I will greet you at the airport (or fly in with you from Lusaka) and have my driver excort you to the Hotel Des Milles Collines We will land in Kigali on December 9th and stay one night in the city before we are driven to the Volcanoes National Park where the gorilla live. The price includes the taxi from the airport. The price of this safari includes round-trip flights from Lusaka to Kigali in the event you are also attending my Sacred Harmony Safari in Zambia, in which case, I will accompany you on the Rwanda Air flight leaving Lusaka at 7:30 pm arriving Kigali at 9:50 pm
Night One, December 9: Gorgeous hotel in Kigali
Hotel Des Mille Collines Hotel Des Mille Collines This is the most historic hotel in Rwanda and where the president of Africa stays when he’s in town. My guests and I stayed there on last year's safari and arrived the same day as a meeting of ALL the African presidents, so this hotel is considered the national treasure of Rwanda. The famous film, Hotel Rwanda, was filmed in this very hotel. The poolside restauraunt with live music under the stars made us want to stay there forever. View the Hotel Des Mille Collines here
December 10, 2018
Day Two: Drive across stunning Rwandan farmland to the volcanoes. From Kigali, we will be driven to the Volcanoes National Park by a trusted driver who also acts as a tour guide as we cross this magnificent country in a pleasant 2 and a half hour trip. He will drive us into the mist covered mountains where we will check into the glorious Silverback Lodge, where you actually ave the option to by carried up the stairs! (The $900 round trip transportation fee is included in your price which also includes your driver to and from the gorilla and the Golden Monkies.)
Night Two: Silverback Lodge. Prepare for a two night stay of pampering in the lap of luxury. We will enjoy magnificent view, an amazing meal from the 5-star chef, and relax around the opulent fireplace while we meditate on our incredible day ahead. The gorilla safari leaves early in the a.m. so we will meet to "call" the gorilla, pray to their spirits, and explain that we are coming the next morning, and we would be honored if they come down close to meet us, sparing us a really long walk in the jungle. We will tuck into our stunning rooms early to get a good-night sleep, before waking in the mist, pulling on our warm socks, hiking boots, and jackets, and taking off into this magical paradise for our breath-taking adventure.
December 11, 2018
Day Three: GORILLA TREK to meet the Mountain Gorillas. ($1500 gorilla viewing permit and $80 taxi ride included in your price.) It is an early morning and you can take the “easy” hike choice and search for the nearest gorilla group, which can usually be found in 1-2 hours. The hike is not strenuous and the jungle is glorious. We found the group within 45 minutes on both of my annual gorilla treks. You will need proper hiking boots in case of muddy slopes and gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorny bushes. (Pictured here was the gorilla-child sleeping at my feet!)
The rest of the day, we will relax and pour over the most amazing pictures you’ve ever taken in your lives. I took this picture of Michelle and Rita Black who accompanied me in 2016, and it shows you how friendly even the big male gorilla are. This handsome gentleman waited for us and eagerly posed for pictures. In the jungle, you will happen on a group of gorilla that are so close you could literally touch them, and while we will have an armed guard with us at all times--not so much to protect is from these peaceful beautiful beings, but to protect the gorilla from us! They may touch you but we will not touch them. Both years, I found myself in the middle of a gorilla group as if I were happening on an innocent family picnic!
Gorilla youngsters are abundant and can be playing in the trees about you. Dozens of gorilla surround you and are quite happy to be visited and photographed by humans, and one of the greatest honors of my life was having two gorilla mothers bring me their babies so that I could admire the tiny new babies in their arms. (Notice the older brother of this new baby girl is resting on his mother's shoulder! I took this photo myself in July of 2016 and rest assured I barely had to zoom AT ALL because the guide actually made me take a step back because yet another of her sons was sleeping at my feet!) This experience is one for which I have no words. To see these animals wild and free, happy and safe on earth in their home environment, living off the land in a political structure where there is no strife but only harmony, is such a lesson for the humans of this world. These peaceful creatures are so misrepresented in our media and so misunderstood, to be in the gentle presence of such tranquil animals changed my life forever. And while the hour goes by quickly, it is moments I will never forget. Human children are very welcome on this trek, and this new perspective will change their lives forever.
December 12, 2018
Day Four: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKto meet the fabulous-face monkeys. Another early morning walk through the misty jungle, magical meetings and outrageous photo opportunity.
Local African markets are stationed at the gates of the park so shopping for souveniers is a must.
These purchases also help the local people and artists of the Volcanoes National Park, so it's a win-win to buy beautiful clothing, jewelry, bags, carvings, bowls, and of course, gorilla memorabilia to take back home.
Check out, say good-bye to the staff at The Silverback Lodge who may stay friends for life if keep in touch. We'll take our private taxi back to the airport in Kigali and if time allows and you are intrigued, a visit to the Genocide Museum in Kigali before we arrive at the hotel.
Night Four: December 13: We will book into the Heaven Lodge in Kigali go to Heaven Restaurant that night for dinner where you’d have a stunning view of Kigali and really delicious food. It’s the best restaurant in Kigali—owned by Josh Ruxin, who created a program to bring ALL the pharmacies into Rwanda so that the locals could have medicine. It’s all organic farm-to-table food and it’s terrific.
December 14: Flight from Kigali to Lusaka leaves on Rwanda Air at 9:15 am. This nonstop flight arrives in Lusaka at 11:45. If you are accompanying me back to Lusaka, I will be continuing our journey and ending the adventure in Lusaka. This flight is included in your total price.
Amelia’s Gorilla Luxury of a Lifetime Safari
3 days, 4 nights, per person $9046. 00 All inclusive. Per person sharing. Single supplement for a private room: $156 per night.
The package includes:
Transfer from Kigali to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Three/Two nights stay in Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Full board accommodation.
3 meals per person per night booked
Drinks (soft drinks, wines and beers) at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Exclusive use of vehicle
One for two nights and two for three nights gorilla permits per person
Community fees in Sabyinyo
Transfer from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and to Kigali
Not included in the package:
All personal expenses
International flights from Europe or the US
Champagne, selected spirits and liquors in Sabyinyo
Any other extras not mentioned above
This price is inclusive of gorilla and golden monkeys permits, flights to and from Lusaka to Kigali, one night at the Hotel Des Milles Colline and one night at Heaven Restaurant and B n B.
Should you choose to fly directly to Kigali instead of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Rwandair is now offering specials from Dubai to Kigali. If you do not join me on my flight to and from Lusaka, $402 will be refunded to you after your purchase. Flights directly to Kigali can be found here: https://www.rwandair.com/
As your tour operator, all fees can be paid directly to me but the gorilla permits need to be secured via bank transfer in advance. The Silverback Lodge has given me special clearance to intervene on your behalf. I will see to it that the staff helps to secure your permits in advance.
This is HIGH SEASON, so the permits will be tricky and The Silverback Lodge has promised to help us secure them. Your $1500 gorilla permit is included in this price. Only x amount are given out every day because the gorilla can only be disturbed for one hour a day, and it’s on a first come, first serve basis. In order to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and type LUXURY-OF-A-LIFETIME in the subject line.