Rwanda Gorillas: 5 Day Adventure

DAY 1: KIGALI

A private transfer between the airport and your accommodation in Kigali is provided. 

 

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

DAY 2: KIGALI - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali. Begin your day by visiting the city's lively market places to view and purchase some of the local products. Next, travel to a location stained with Rwanda's heartbreaking history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honor those who lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  

 

A private transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

 

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge

 
DAY 3: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

The Volcanoes National Park is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of the country. This area is home to the world’s last surviving mountain Gorilla populations, currently a mere 700 individuals. After breakfast, you will depart the lodge and drive for approximately 1 hour to the Park Headquarters where you will meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will provide an informative session on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. After the session, the hike into the forest begins.

A full day trek with your guide through the park is a reasonably strenuous activity which can last the morning or all day as you seek out the gorilla families. The guide will take you to where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin to track them from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and may involve a climb to altitudes, not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times quite muddy. Once the gorillas are located all the aches and fatigue of the trek are forgotten, as the experience is often described as finding a hidden natural treasure in the mist. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 participants are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 meters (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of storage space are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is advised for you, as well as relevant protection for your camera equipment.

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge

 
DAY 4: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - KIGALI

Spend the morning hiking through the dense rainforest of Volcanoes National Park is search of the golden monkeys. These beautiful, playful primates are a species endemic to the Albertine rift, with Rwanda being one of the only places on Earth where humans can observe them in their natural habitat. After a pre-trek briefing at the park headquarters, the guides lead you through the jungle to the area where the monkeys can be spotted. There are currently two groups of golden monkeys in this part of the country and they can usually be found at the foot of Mt. Sabyinyo. The golden monkeys are very inquisitive primates that are used to human presence and will usually act up in front of visitors, leaping from tree to tree as they feed on the bamboo shoots. Enjoy a rare treat watching these unique animals play and perform in the forest. The encounters are approximately one hour in duration.

 

A private transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

 
DAY 5: KIGALI

A private transfer between the airport and your accommodation in Kigali is provided. 


Starting from:

$5800

When To Go:

June to September, December to February

Currency:

Rwandan franc

Language:

French, English, Swahili

Flight Time:

24 hours

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