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Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
Trip Overview
Join Backcountry Journeys to embark on one of our most adventurous photography tours as we set off to Rwanda, the ‘heart’ of Africa, to get up-close with majestic Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat of the Virunga Mountains.

This adventure will be a truly life-changing experience as we set out each day to hike amongst the clouded bamboo forests here in search of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, a wild beast who shares 98% of its DNA with humans.


Roughly half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorilla lives in the region in which we’ll visit, an area that is protected by Volcanoes National Park, on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda in central Africa. Since the discovery of the mountain gorilla subspecies in 1902, its population has endured years of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease—threats so severe that it was once thought the species might be extinct by the end of the twentieth century. Successful conservation efforts by the World Wildlife Fund, and others, along with tourism, has saved the species. This animal would likely no longer exist without tourism as it has motivated governments to protect not only the gorillas but also their habitat. In fact, new findings show populations in the Virunga Mountains have grown a few hundred in numbers from as recently as 2010. This puts the total global wild gorilla population over 1,000 individuals, moving them from being listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ to ‘Endangered.’

We’ll be sure to find, photograph, and watch these gentle giants as they spend their days foraging for food and resting. Younger, more curious gorillas, like to climb trees and play, but never out of sight of their watching mothers.

Experienced guides, park staff, and guards (who are there to protect the welfare of the gorillas) will accompany us as we trek up the mountainside each day through thick vegetation on unmarked trails in search of different gorilla groups.

We’ll also take time to photograph Golden monkeys, the highly endangered primate who also resides in the Virunga volcanic mountains. We’ll be on the lookout as the monkeys like to swing across the canopy of the forest.

There are few experiences like seeing Mountain Gorillas in the wild, and there are few places left in the world in which to do so. Join Backcountry Journeys on this six-day-photo tour as we explore the cloud mountains of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in search of these great ‘Gorillas in the Mist.’

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

6 Days / 5 Nights

Price: from $99
95 double occupancy
+$550 single occupancy 

Deposit: $5000

Fitness Level: 
2
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: 
Kigali, Rwanda
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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Trip Details
Physical Requirements 
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a day-pack and their camera gear.


Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.


Accommodation
Cozy lodging situated near Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.


Meals
All meals are included during the trip dates.


Weather
Expect warm days with cooler mornings and nights. Rain can occur at any time of year. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.


Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified trip leader & local guides.


Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, trip leader gratuities.

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  • Photograph Wild Mountain Gorillas
This adventure will be a truly life-changing experience as we set out each day to hike amongst the clouded bamboo forests here in search of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, a wild beast who shares 98% of its DNA with humans.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting mountain gorillas and other wildlife from the "heart" of Africa.
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife photography to more advanced techniques.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food!
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Expereince!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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928-478-1521
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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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