4-day Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek

Rwanda, commonly known as ‘The land of a thousand hills’ is a beautiful country with six volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the great River Nile. Volcanoes National Park (also known as Parc National des Volcans in French), in northern Rwanda, is home to the world’s largest number of endangered Mountain Gorillas. The gorillas can be viewed in their natural mountain habitats through organized gorilla tours at a very close range.

The Mountain Gorilla is only found on the mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and are listed as one of the top 10 most endangered species on Earth. There are approximately 350 gorillas in the Volcano and Virunga Mountains of Rwanda and Congo and another separate group of approximately 300 in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are no Mountain Gorillas living outside of their native mountain forest home or in captivity.

Highlights

  • Kigali
  • Rwanda
  • Volcanoes National Park

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Volcanoes National Park

On arrival into Kigali International Airport, you will be met by a representative holding a sign-board with your name on it.  For those arriving early, you have the opportunity visit the genocide memorial museum.  Have lunch in Kigali before embarking on your journey to Ruhengeri, the location of the Volcanoes National Park.

 

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Day 2 : Volcanoes National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for a briefing about the dos and don’ts with the gorillas. You will then be allocated the gorilla group to track.  Your guide/driver will drive you up to the starting point of the gorilla tracking group allocated.  Tracking the gorillas may take between 1 to 6 hours, and depends on the group you track and their movements.

Once you find the gorillas, a maximum of one hour is allowed to stay with them before descending back to the starting point. On descent, you will meet your driver/guide and drive back to your lodge.

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Day 3 : Volcanoes National Park

Option of doing a second Gorilla Trek or a Golden Monkey Trek, or other community activity.

  • Excursion to the Twin Lakes
  • Hike to the Waterfalls in Musanze
  • Walk to the local village
  • Visit local Community Projects (like local schools, local makets,.. )

 

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Day 4 : Departure

After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off back to Kigali stopping by market places, en-route. Lunch in Kigali and later transfer to Kigali International Airport to check in for your onward flight.

 

Included

Airport meet/greet and transfers
Accommodation on full board basis
Transfers in 4WD vehicle with guaranteed window seat
English speaking driver
Mineral water in the vehicle and during the tracking

Excluded

Gorilla permit(s) – US$ 1,500 per permit, per trek.
International Flights
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Travel Insurance
Optional excursions from lodge / hotel
Visa
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

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