In 1967, a young American scientist began a journey that would illustrate how much one person can do to change the world. Her name is Dian Fossey. She is a conservation heroine whose pioneering work researching Mountain Gorillas helped changed their image as brute beasts, and launched an international campaign to save the Mountain Gorilla from certain extinction.
Thanks to her work, Mountain Gorillas have survived decades of violent conflict even after her murder in 1985, and many conservationists believe that her prolonged presence in the Virungas played a large part in this. This 5 day safari gives you the opportunity to walk where Dian Fossey walked, see the places she worked and lived in, and meet the gentle, giant apes that inspired one woman onto a solitary path to change the world.
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport
When you arrive at Kigali International Airport, a Safari Specialist will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel. In case you need help with anything, our Safari Specialist is on call to attend to you.
Day 2: Volcanoes National Park—Golden Monkey Experience, Culture Experience
Dian Fossey’s legacy was to draw global attention to a little known species threatened with extinction. In the spirit of her legacy, Trekking Timmy’s Dian Fossey Trek begins with one such specie. The Golden Monkey is a species of ‘old world’ monkey on the ICUN Red List of endangered species. This beautiful monkey with golden fur is believed to date back to prehistoric times and like its neighbour the Mountain Gorilla, the Virungas are the last place in the world Golden Monkeys can be found. After experiencing the Golden Monkey, we’ll head back to camp for lunch and proceed to meet the Batwa, a group of first nation people who have shared these forests with these creatures for thousands of years.
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park— Dian Fossey Trek, Conservation Talk
Volcanoes National Park is the base where Dian Fossey did most of her field research, and where she wrote Gorillas in the Mist, the book that launched an international campaign to save the Mountain Gorilla from extinction. On this trail, we visit the camp she lived in, the gravesite where she was buried with Digit, her favourite gorilla, and see places where she worked. After the trek, a conservationist from Karisoke Research Centre, the research and conservation institution she founded, will give a talk on her life and the current state of conservation efforts in the Virungas.
Day 4: Volcanoes National Park— Gorilla Experience
Having learnt about Dian Fossey’s work, today we go on an expedition to meet the creatures she loved so much and sacrificed her life to save. Mountain Gorillas are a species of Eastern Gorilla that has endured uncontrolled hunting, war, disease, and habitat-destruction since being discovered in 1902. A census taken in 2011 puts their population at 880 individuals; 400 live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and 480 live in the Virunga mountains which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC. The group we will meet today is the Virunga group. When we return to camp, we’ll rest for a while then head to Kigali for a City Tour and check into the hotel for your final night in lovely Rwanda.
Day 5: Departure
Depart at leisure
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