This short and affordable Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park, home to the most habituated gorilla groups in the world.
Trek into the Afro-montane rainforests of the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda to spend time watching the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild - an extraordinary wildlife encounter!
Also track rare and endemic golden monkeys in Volcanoes Park, observing these active primates interact in the bamboo forests. Spending time in the ancient bamboo and mountain forests of Volcanoes is an incredible experience, revealing an amazing diversity of life forms, including all kinds of rare and endemic plants and animals. You also explore the city of Kigali on a guided tour to discover more about the harrowing history, vibrant culture and contemporary society of Rwanda.
This action-packed tour includes a choice of accommodation on a full board basis and is conducted by an English-speaking guide. You travel in a 4x4 safari vehicle, seeing some of the scenic Rwandan countryside as you drive from Kigali to Volcanoes and back again.
Day 1: Kigali to Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda
When you arrive at the Kigali International Airport your guide is there to welcome you to Rwanda.
If your flight lands early enough in the day, then your guide can take you to Kigali for a city tour. This modern city is rated as one of the cleanest in Africa, featuring a car-free zone in its central business district. The well-maintained city of Kigali is also one of the safest on the continent.
From Kigali we travel north to Ruhengeri and the foothills of the Virunga Massif. Our accommodation is located near the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi village which is the most popular base for gorilla trekking safaris in the park.
Tonight we relax and prepare for our unforgettable mountain gorilla trek tomorrow.
Meals included: Lunch & DinnerDay 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda
This morning we have an early breakfast at the hotel in Ruhengeri and head to the park headquarters in nearby Kinigi.
Arriving at the administrative centre your guide takes care of the formalities and the park rangers brief you on the gorilla trek ahead. After the briefing, you set off into the park in groups of eight, with your rangers leading the way. As you walk through the dense afro-montane forests on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains, you encounter all kinds of exotic animals and plants, including many rare and endangered species. Keep an eye out for various primates, antelopes, insects, small animals and the wide variety of birds found here.
Volcanoes Park hosts ten gorilla groups that can be visited - the most groups of habituated gorillas on the planet. We walk at a slow pace, stopping for breaks, if necessary. The trek can take anything from half an hour up to seven hours, depending on where your gorilla group is located. Trekking can be arduous, especially if your route takes in steep slopes. The rainy seasons are generally more challenging periods for trekking (April to May and November), but the gorillas tend to descend to the lower mountain slopes during the rains.
Once we reach our group of gorillas we stop and spend time watching them in the forest. This one-of-a-kind wildlife experience is rated as one of the ultimate animal encounters on earth!
The encounter lasts for one hour and is guided by the rules and etiquette of gorilla trekking as per the morning briefing. You are allowed to take photos, but flash photography is not permitted. These endangered primates are gentle and relatively docile, making them easy to watch at close range. We watch the mountain gorillas eat, sleep and play. The giant apes often watch visitors with curiosity, especially the young gorillas. After our captivating hour with these giant primates, we move off slowly and quietly.
Making our way back to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters your guide transfers you back to our accommodation, where dinner is served. Spend the evening resting and recounting your magical time with the African mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Day 3: Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park to Kigali – Rwanda
On the final day of this safari, we set off into Volcanoes National Park for more primate trekking! This morning we track the endemic golden monkeys of the Virunga Mountains, walking in the bamboo forests on the lower slopes. Today's trek is shorter and easier than the mountain gorilla trek of the previous day.
Park Fees (for Non-Residents).
Game drive as mentioned in the itinerary.
A professional driver/guide.
4x4 Land Cruiser or Safari Van.
All Taxes and VAT.
Meals as per itinerary.
Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).
Activities mentioned in the itinerary.
Airport Transfers (Unless mentioned otherwise).
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless mentioned otherwise).
Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).
Government imposed increase of Taxes, and or Park Fees.
Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
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