When I think of safaris big game animals such as lions, elephants and leopards spring to mind, not necessarily primates. Volcanoes Safaris are experts in sustainable tourism and specialise in rare Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safaris to Uganda and Rwanda – think ‘Gorillas in The Midst,’ the film that immortalised the late Dian Fossey, who studied Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and campaigned for its safety from poachers. If you have a desire to get close to the primates like Ms Fossey then this holiday is tailor –made for you.
Volcanoes Safaris offers an integrated service comprising of safaris and eco safari lodges. There are four luxury lodges now available on an exclusive hire basis; the lodges – which can sleep between 12 and 20 guests – have been thoughtfully constructed in a luxurious and eco-sensitive manner. Amenities such as low-flush toilets and solar power; ensure guests can enjoy home comforts, without compromising the environment.
Virunga Lodge, Rwanda
10 luxury bandas set in a spectacular hilltop location overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering Ruhondo and Bulera lakes, Virunga.
Take a volcano hike, visit Dian Fossey’s grave and witness exuberant Rwandan culture with an Intore Dance performance.
Hire rates: 10 rooms, from $12,150 per night (approx. £7,918) include all meals, unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services and one massage per guest.
Kyambura Lodge, Uganda
A contemporary safari lodge converted from an old coffee processing plant and includes eight bandas with stunning views across the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the mythical Mountains of the Moon.
Unrivalled access to wildlife along with restored wetlands. In addition, observe a troop of threatened chimps.
Hire rates: 8 rooms, from $3,629 per night (approx. £2,370) include all meals, unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services and one massage per guest.
Mount Gahinga Lodge, Uganda
Spacious sunrooms and modern comforts, these six authentic bandas are inspired by traditional pygmy huts.
See Golden Monkeys and track the Gorillas in southern Bwindi. Hike one of the magnificent – ancient volcanoes, discover the customs and ways of the local Batwa pygmy community via the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership; a non-profit organisation connecting Volcanoes lodges to neighbouring communities for conservation and eco-tourism.
Hire rates: 6 rooms, from $1,750 per night (approx. £1,140) include all meals, unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services and one massage per guest.
Bwindi Lodge, Uganda
Eight bandas: which feature private terraces and soon –to-be-unveiled refurbished public areas.
Watch gorillas and birds from the privacy of the terraces and comfort of your room.
Hire rates: 8 rooms, from $3,240 per night (approx. £2,112.50) include all meals, unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services and one massage per guest.
For a unique safari experience hire a luxury lodge, ideal for a large celebratory get together, a unique corporate gathering or the ultimate private getaway.