June 1 – 6, 2021

An exciting 5-night experience to view the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda while staying at the incredible Bisate Lodge.

The rate is $8,995.00 per person, plus trekking permit costs of: $1,500.00 per person, per day.

“Being personally in the presence of these majestic Mountain Gorillas and having the opportunity to witness their natural animal behavior in their own environment is a particularly powerful experience that will settle deeply in your soul.” – Ryan Hilton

“For a few decades now, I have heard from travelers who have personally experienced being in the presence of these great Apes. All show a lot of excitement when telling me about how impressive it was. In fact, they all say that it is the most moving travel experience and easily the most amazing wildlife encounter they have ever had and I am really looking forward to feeling the power and awe for myself.” – Malaka Hilton

Human-like Hands

June 1, 2021 – Upon arrival into Kigali, Rwanda you will be greeted, welcomed and transferred to the Kigali Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome drink and review the plans and times for tomorrow in detail. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

June 2, 2021 – After breakfast, we depart Kigali by road for the town of Kinigi and Volcanoes National Park. The leisurely drive takes us through a gorgeous African landscape winding past many rural villages offering us a taste of local life. Upon arrival at Bisate Lodge, the team will provide an orientation to this exceptional lodge. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to settle into our accommodations and prepare for our first opportunity to search for & witness the Mountain Gorillas tomorrow.

Watch the video below for an inside detail of Bisate Lodge.

Roadside scenes to Kinigi and Volcanoes National Park

Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership.

Bisate is located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience.  Bisate is Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari lodge, centered on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience.

Guest Room

Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximize comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda.

Luxurious Bathroom

Interior showing outdoor space

Interior of fireplace & bathroom

Bisate’s vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest contributes to biodiversity conservation and local community upliftment – making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.

June 3, 2021 – Awake before sunrise to indulge in a fresh cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast – ideal fuel for the day ahead, trekking to the Mountain Gorillas. A short drive from Bisate Lodge positions us at Volcanoes National Park, where our route assignments & instruction are given. All rules & restrictions will be explained thoroughly, as safety & viewing comfort is a top priority while visiting these animals in their natural environment.

Our day begins at the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for route assignments.

The trek to locate and observe these majestic gorillas

With an average elevation of approximately 8,500 ft, we can expect the air to be thin and the conditions under foot to be muddy and challenging. The length of your walk/hike to the animals depends on the gorilla family to which you are assigned, as well their location on the volcanoes. There is no rush however, as we have the entire day to locate the gorillas and enjoy our one hour alongside them. Your trekking group will always move cautiously, carefully, and at a pace that is suitable for all participants.

One hour with the gorillas will show us incredible animal behavior from each family member.

In the afternoon, we will return to Bisate Lodge to reflect & reminisce on our awe-inspiring experience with the gorillas on the volcanoes. After a sweaty, muddy day, we will return to our rooms to freshen up & prepare our gear for the second trek tomorrow. We will then enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a relaxing evening around the fire, listening to our fellow travelers’ stories. A well-earned good night’s rest is in order!

Intore Dancers

‘Every Guest is a Philanthropist’ – To date we have planted more than 20 000 indigenous trees on Bisate’s site. To continue our reforestation initiative, we encourage our guests to spend time in the tree nursery and to plant a tree during their stay, thus contributing directly to the restoration of the area.

Community Partnership – Through Wilderness Safari’s partnership with the surrounding community, including the purchase of the Bisate site from 103 community members and injecting $500 000 into the community, over 200 people from the local community were employed for the property’s construction while another 24 community members are permanently employed at Bisate. A community cooperative has been formed for equitable procurement of fresh produce and other goods from land adjacent to the site.

Bisate Lodge common areas

June 4, 2021 – Our day starts early once again and after a fueling breakfast of choice, we will return to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for our route assignments for the day. Today, we will aim for different gorilla families than we observed yesterday, to ensure diversity in your experience. The families will be determined that morning, and the assignments will be guided by our interest, ability, and where the animals were last seen.

Breakfast of your choice and the route for the day.

Preparing to enter the natural forest foliage

Bisate aims to become a Center of Excellence for great ape research, focusing on mountain gorillas and ultimately growing a local, sustainable conservation-based economy. This purpose, it is hoped, will facilitate an increase in the population of Critically Endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Mountain Gorilla social groups

After an exhilarating trek and another moving encounter with the Mountain Gorillas, we return to Bisate Lodge with the remainder of the day at your leisure to relax and reflect. These comfortable surroundings offer the perfect setting to unwind and absorb the profound experience you’ve enjoyed as it settles into your memory. Closing out the day, you will hopefully find yourself fireside, as you prepare for a peaceful rest.

A perfect place to rest your head after two busy days

June 5, 2021 – This morning, enjoy a luxurious sleep-in and breakfast before saying goodbye to Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Volcanoes National Park. We will have a leisurely, scenic drive through this gorgeous ‘land of a thousand hills’ back to Kigali for overnight.

Our scenic route through towns and villages across rolling hills

June 6, 2021 – Today, we travel by vehicle to the Kigali International Airport for check-in to our departing international flights (individual flight times depending on destination).

Rate: $8,995.00 per person sharing plus:

2 days of National Park Gorilla Viewing Permits at $1,500.00 per person, per day

Additional Inclusions:

  • All road transfers and touring throughout the journey
  • 2-Nights of Accommodation at Kigali Serena, Bed & Breakfast
  • 3-Night Accommodation at Bisate Lodge, All Inclusive

Call Ryan Hilton or Michael Distler at 1.941.951.1801 and enter ext. 100 for Michael or 107 for Ryan to secure your space on this departure today!

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Founder’s Journey will always be priced at or below published rates, but never higher.
  • Travel with like-minded individuals on these exclusive departures.
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail party to meet your fellow travelers.
  • A hosted dinner will be offered during one night of the trip with the Hiltons.
  • On many occasions, optional shore events are offered as an option that only our group is invited to join.
  • Special global relationships that the Hiltons have formed over the years will allow you privileged access opportunities.
  • Trips are offered well in advance to give ample time for your future planning.
  • Minimum numbers must be met in order for the Hiltons to host the journey.
  • The Hiltons reserve the right to adjust the duration of their participation should any schedule conflicts arise.