2 days 1 night
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our driver guide and head for warm road breakfast or lunch depending on your arrival time. Later you will visit the Kigali Genocide memorial where some 250,000 victims of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide lie buried, the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a place of remembrance and learning, to honor victims of genocide against the Tutsi and ensure that it never happens again. From here you will drive to Musanze home to the Volcanoes National Park. The drive from Kigali to Musanze takes about 2 hours with great scenery along the way.
When arrived, you will go to Gorilla Guardians where you will meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of our culture and traditions. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Hotel.
Budget: le bamboo gorilla lodge, Mid-range: Mountain View Gorilla Lodge, Tiloreza. Luxury: Virunga Lodge, Bishop House, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
The Volcanoes National Park is located in Musanze district in the northern province of Rwanda. The park is characterized by open grasslands, bamboo forests, and swamps and consisting of 125 square kilometers. It is home to one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, golden monkeys,s and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems. The park sits in one of Africa’s most mountainous zones including five volcanoes – Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Bisoke, Muhavura, and Gahinga. Mount Kalisimbi being the highest of all at 4,507 meters. The VNP is one of Rwanda's conservation epicenters, home to a number of international organizations and a coveted research ground for primates.
Gorilla trekking tips: wear long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings, Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots, gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants, carry enough water, and a camera. Eating, drinking, and smoking near the gorillas are forbidden. Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash.
Our driver-guide will pick you early morning 4:30am and drive off to the park’s headquarters. The drive is approximately 2-3 hours through a beautiful mountainous country. At the park reception, while enjoying a cup of Rwanda’s award-winning coffee, you will be briefed by the ranger about the rules and procedures to be followed while trekking mountain gorillas. You will be separated into groups of 8 people basing on which gorilla group allocated to you.
Accompanied by a highly trained guide and the national park rangers, you will set off for an exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkeys.
The hike can be quite strenuous but all the more rewarding once you spot the gorillas. You will be allowed to spend one hour with the majestic mountain gorilla. Watch them carry about their day-to-day routines like the juveniles playing, mothers feeding their young ones, and the Silverbacks taking watch. After gorilla trekking, you will descend the forest and go for lunch. Later you will head back to Kigali for departure or hotel drop-off.
PACKAGE PER PERSON SHARING: $2018 per person including a gorilla permit of $1500
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