Gorilla Trekking Safari 03 nights / 04 days
This package suits both individual and group safaris who limit themselves to visiting the volcanic national park to track the mountain gorillas. This safari also gives you an opportunity to visit the memorial site in Kigali city. The volcanoes national park is famous for mountain gorilla trekking but the park is also rich with many other exotic activities such as bird watching, and mountain hiking.
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Vehicle: 1 x 5/ 7-Seater 4×4 Land Cruiser.
Meals: as indicated on the itinerary at a glance
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
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Day 1 – Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tour representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation at Kigali Serena Lodge/Mille Collines Hotel
Day 2 – City Tour/Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. (Cost of city tour included)
The history of Rwanda dates back centuries and Kigali has been a part of it for over 100 years. Founded in the year 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.
You will visit the old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn more about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
Lunch in Kigali.
Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. Approximately 2.5 hrs arriving in the early evening at Volcanoes National park.
Ruhengeri is the base for the Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from the Uganda border and approximately 2.5 Hours from Kigali City. It is relatively a small town of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town also has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.
Overnight at Bisate Lodge/ Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Virunga Lodge /Bishops Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge LDBB
Day 3 – Kigali /The Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek
Early breakfast at the lodge.
0620 hrs: You will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for the Gorilla trekking experience.
0700 hrs: The registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening.
There are a total number of 96 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.
Trekking might take about 2 to 6 more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.
After the trek, rejoin your driver’s Guide for a transfer to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon visit the twin lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.
Dinner at the lodge.
Overnight at Bisate Lodge/ Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Virunga Lodge/ Bishops Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge LDBB
Day 4: Depart
Breakfast at the lodge.
Depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – the land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5hrs).
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Flights after 1300Hrs recommended. (Cost of flight not included).
- Airport transfers and assistance
- Accommodation in Kigali Hotels on Bed and Breakfast Basis
- Accommodation at the lodge on a Full board basis.
- Private transport in 4×4 Land cruiser
- City tour of Kigali
- Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- The Bottled drinking water while trekking and in the vehicle
- Meals and beverages, other than those specified.
- International, regional and local Airfares.
- Airport taxes.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Gratuities to the drivers, guides, and other conveyance attendants.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, drinks ETC
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned above.
- Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident, and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.
Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, It might rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip-lock bags for cameras and film. You will need boots that can cope with some mud
The Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of the deposit. The total amount is paid 60 days before the travel date. (Non –refundable).