“A three day trip in Rwanda, with one full day in Kigali followed by one full day of gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.”
Kigali | Genocide Memorial site at Gisozi | Ruhengeri | Volcanoes National Park | Virunga Mountains| Gorilla trekking
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: 3 day Rwanda gorilla safari
To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the ecolodge that you stay at for the gorilla trek was constructed with locally available material.
The conservation of water is of critical importance in the environments they operate. The lodge conserves water through regular maintenance to reduce leakages, fitting flow restrictors on shower heads and taps where possible, watering the gardens and grass roofs at cooler times of the day, and implementing a guest towel re-use and water conservation programme.
All waste water from the kitchens, guest bedrooms and staff houses is run into a sewage system and biologically treated as it runs through natural sand filters. The water outlets are tested regularly. In this way they can be sure that they are not introducing harmful toxins into the protected environments in which they operate.
All of the waste produced is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. Recycled paper is used in offices and in brochure production, and recycle waste paper and cardboard through local community paper-making. This has the added benefit of providing livelihood streams for our neighbouring communities.
The lodge buys as many products manufactured within Rwanda as possible including local furniture, matting, baskets and local art for décor.
We employ local staff, including in management positions. We also actively encourage their growth and advancement within the organisation often with internal training to assist in this process. The first source of staff is always from the local communities around the area where the lodge / camp is based and only if skills required are not available do we search elsewhere.
The ecolodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant. Menus are tailored to utilise the best of the fresh fruit and vegetables currently available – this is generally a seasonal thing as within Rwanda there is a large range of suitable fresh produce available.
Dry goods and manufactured goods are also purchased locally with the emphasis on local products – tea, coffee, honey, flour, and sugar to name a few.
Reviews of 3 day Rwanda gorilla safari
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 07 Jun 2016 by Shabnum Ismail
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The gorilla seighting
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Don't spend too much on trekking gear, I didn't need 90% of the things I bought. A good pair of boots will be enough
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we visited a village and did the tour and could see first hand how the money we had spent on the trip was trickling down to the villagers and enhancing their lives.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.