2 Day Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari - Volcanoes National Park

Group Size

Minimum 1 traveler

Accommodation

Safari Lodges (Budget, Mid-Range or Luxury)

Transport

4X4 Safari Vehicle - Overland Vehicle, Mini Bus

Note:

This trip requires a 50% initial deposit in order to secure the limited gorilla permits and accommodation.

Rwanda's Gorilla Trekking Expedition in Volcanoes National Park

The Gorilla Trek is one Africa's most unique adventures that you should do as part of your African safari. Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park is popular for this memorable wildlife Adventure. This safari offers a full day's trek in the jungles to track a habituated Gorilla family. Though strenuos the trek is quite an ambience. Other highlights of the safari include a tour of the ever green Kigali City and a visit to the genocide memorial sites.

Highlights

  • Kigali City Tour
  • Visit the genocide memorial sites
  • Visit the Iby'iwacu Cultural visit
  • Gorilla Trekking

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kigali City tour, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Early in the morning after your breakfast at about 7.00am, your guide/driver shall pick you up from your hotel to start the tour. You shall do a tour of the Capital, Kigali. Located at Rwanda's geographical heart, Kigali is a vibrant, green and safe city with interesting landmarks including shopping malls, local trading centers, and genocide memorial sites among others. After the tour you drive northwards with great views of the lush rolling hills and get to the Volcanoes National Park. Check in at Mountain Gorilla View lodge,relax and get ready for the evening visit to the Iby'iwacu cultural village for a great Rwanda performance. Return later to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Alternative lodges include Muhabura Hotel, Hotel la Palme, and Le'bambou gorilla lodge.

Day 2 - Gorilla trekking, transfer back to Kigali

Be up as early as 6.00am, dress up in your trekking attire, and have your breakfast. Grab your packed lunch and transfer to the park offices. At the park offices you join up with the rest of the trekking group for briefing by the ranger/guide. After the briefing you transfer to the starting point and start the trek. The trek takes you through thick forest cover, steep and slippery grounds. It is quite strenuous but a worthy experience. The time taken to locate the Gorillas varies from a few minutes to several hours. When you finally locate the Gorillas, you are allowed not more than one hour with the gorillas. Note that chances of not locating the Gorillas are very slim. In fact by the time you start the trek, the guide has an idea of where to find the Gorillas. He uses his knowledge of gorilla movements and their known location the day before.

After the Gorilla trek you check out and transfer back to Kigali or your preferred drop-off point.

Additional Information

Inclusions

  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • private safari vehicle
  • services of an english-french speaking driver-guide
  • a gorilla permit
  • accommodation in comfortable safari lodge in self-contained cottages

Equipment Required

Specialist gear required include comfortable hiking boots and a day pack

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear

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