The highlight for travel to Volcanoes national park in the Northeastern corner of Rwanda is gorilla trekking where tourists hike through the tracks on the slopes of the Virunga mountains in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. These apes are today the most sought out attractions in Africa and they can only be encountered in Rwanda, Uganda and the DR Congo.
The gorilla trekking experience is an awesome time of moving with an armed guide through the beautiful forest studying about the different vegetation plus other wildlife met in this natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park starts at the park headquarters in Rushengeri-Kinigi in Musanze. A group of only 8 trekkers visits each family of gorillas in a day and the activity can last for as short as one hour or extend up to over 5 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. Once they are finally sighted, you are allowed to stay with them for a maximum of one hour observing their behavior and taking photos.
Along the way, you could come across golden monkeys which are also endangered primates living in the Virunga Massif. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1,500 and permits are issued out for persons aged 15 years and above.
Besides this thrilling adventure, the 3 days gorilla trekking safari includes a visit to the Iby’iwachu cultural village for the entertaining cultural experience and an optional city tour to reach a few of the attractions in Kigali.
Itinerary for the 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda
- Gorilla trekking
- Kigali city tour
- A visit to the Iby’Iwachu cultural village
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes national park
If you are just arriving at the airport, meet with our driver guide who has already been waiting for you to get here, go for a city tour if you are interested and thereafter head to Volcanoes national park. In case you have been around Rwanda, the safari guide picks you up after breakfast from the agreed location in Kigali, drive to the Genocide Memorial site and start the road trip to the gorilla park. Lunch en route, arrival at the lodge in the evening and overnight in the preferred lodge.
Accommodation options: Mountain Gorilla View lodge (luxury), Le Bambou gorilla lodge (mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (budget)
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and visit to Iby’iwachu cultural village
Rise up early, prepare for the day, have breakfast at the lodge and thereafter transfer to the starting point where you join other trekkers and enter the forest with a park guide. Make sure you carried enough drinking water, energy snacks and packed lunch because there is no specific duration for gorilla trekking. The most waited moment is when visitors finally find the gorillas.
At the end of the activity, the guide drives tourists back to the lodge for a relaxation. It is never boring in this region, there is a great cultural experience to engage in in the afternoon. The Rwandese in the Iby’iwachu cultural village show off their dance moves and also tell stories about their culture and activities.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 3: Return to Kigali
This is a leisurely day where you can wake up later than it has always been on the rest of the days. Get all your property packed, have breakfast at the restaurant and check out. We start the return journey to Kigali and if you have a flight that afternoon or eveving, remind the driver so you can arrive at the airport on time.
End of the 3 days Volcanoes Gorilla safari
The package includes;
- Gorilla permit
- Professional driver guide
- 4×4 safari vehicle
- Bottled drinking water
- Activities as per the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals
Looking forward to travelling to Rwanda this season yet you wish to go for the fascinating gorilla trekking experience? We have great expertise in organizing trips to Volcanoes national park. Contact us today for reservations of the gorilla trekking safaris to the park by simply sending an email to email@example.com or make a call on +256-700135510 or +256 414-699459.
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