8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Rwanda is home to nearly 40% of the remaining mountain gorilla population in the world. The country is also blessed with magnificent scenery complemented by the Virunga Mountain Ranges. The tour focuses on gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park and also offers an opportunity for a city tour in the capital Kigali.
8 Days Rwanda Tour, Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, Golden Monkey trekking and the best birding safari.
The Package Includes:
- Park fees
- Tanapa Fees
- Conservation Fees
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
The Package Excludes:
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Services not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance and medical repatriation
Your Journey Mapped Out
Ready to set out? Your adventure awaits!
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive at Kanombe (Kigali) Airport. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to Kigali City, the capital of Rwanda. Visit the Genocide Memorial Site, a museum documenting the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. At the site are some of the burial grounds for the victims of the genocide. After the tour, drive to Lake Kivu shores. Enjoy the drive through the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known.
DAY 2: Virunga National Park
In the morning, travel to the Rwanda – Congo border. Cross to Congo and travel to Virunga National Park. The Virunga National Park protects the mountain gorillas and it is the pioneer for gorilla tourism. In the afternoon, visit the Sekwekwe Center, the only mountain gorilla orphanage. Return to the lodge for an overnight.
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
In the morning, drive to Bukima for a gorilla trek in the Virunga National Park, the oldest park in Africa and the second oldest in the world. After the trek, return to Gisenyi. Have Lunch. Travel to the Musanze (Ruhengeri) located in the shadows of the Virunga Mountains of the Parc National des Volcans (PNV).
DAY 4: Parc National des Volcans
Gorilla tracking through the forest involves hiking through hills and swamps, an activity that can be tough, arduous and tiring. A gorilla trek takes from 2 Hours to up to 8 hours of hiking in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. After the gorilla trek, visit the Iby’wachu for an educational tour that takes you back to the old times of Rwandan people.
Day 5: Golden Monkeys & Transfer to Mgahinga National Park
In Parc National des Volcans, go for golden monkey tracking. (Optional Activities or climb the awesome Visoke volcano, or trek to Karisoke Research Centre which was set up by the famous primatologist Dian Fossey. In the afternoon, cross the Rwanda border to Mgahinga National Park Approximate driving time: 2 hours.
DAY 6: Mgahinga Park Tour
Either guided nature walk in Gahinga or climb a volcano. In the evening go for a visit to the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes, take a walk on the shores.
DAY 7: Gorilla tracking in Southern Bwindi
EITHER: Go for gorilla tracking in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We will track the gorillas in one of the gorilla groups – Nkuringo
DAY 8: Return to Kigali
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda. Continue to Rwanda passing the Katuna border. Go for a tour of the city – Visit the Ntarama Genocide Memorial and Caplaki for arts and craft shopping that you can take as souvenirs. Approximate driving time: 6 hours. Drop off at the airport for your flight.
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