4 Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Rwanda

Posted by on June 5, 2016

Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda in 4 days

4 Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Rwanda – see the Mountain Gorillas Twice on this Safari


4 Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Rwanda. Four days of Gorilla Tracking in the Scenic Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda – Add Cultural Village, Dian Fossey Research Center or Golden Monkey Trekking and Kigali City Tour. This Safari can be tailored for your needs – we can put together a Budget – Moderate – Upmarket, even Luxury Version of it.


 Day 1 – Arrival in Rwanda – a Tour of Kigali – transfer to Volcanoes National Park:

Arrival Requirements:  You will need a Rwanda Tourist Visa, if you are visiting other East African, an East African Tourist Visa would be best and that includes Rwanda.  Yellow Fever Immunization Requirement – this is now a requirement for East African countries.  Take it at least 30 days prior to arriving here, you will only need it once in your life.

Upon arrival Kigali International Airport you are met by our driver-guide. We lcome to Rwanda – Land of a Thousand Hills and a Million Smiles.

The Itinerary of your safari depends on your arrival time in Rwanda – we can add a arrival hotel in Kigali for late arrival.

The 4 Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Rwanda begins. Take a city tour which includes the Kigali Genocide memorial – the national Museum, city markets and craft markets. Time permitting. If you arrive at night we will make lodging arrangements for you in Kigali that reflect your wishes for the kind of Hotel you would like to stay in.

Enjoy Lunch at Hotel Des Mille Collines also known as Hotel Rwanda -a place of history during the Genocide of 1994. (not included in Price)

After lunch we move to Volcanoes National Park where you have a wide array of lodging choices. You can pick a lodge with the link below, or give us a category such as budget, moderate, upmarket or luxury lodges.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices near Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


 Day 2 – Gorilla Trekking – Afternoon Cultural Village Visit:

Early Breakfast

This is the big day that you came for – your encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda.  After an early breakfast we move to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing about the gorilla tracking rules from the park rangers and you are assigned to visit one of the habituated gorilla families

Then it is up through the Bamboo forest for your mountain gorilla encounter.  One should be reasonably fit but you can the assistance of porters to carry your things and use a walking stick.  A gorilla trek is normally between two and six hours in length

Once you encounter the Mountain Gorilla, the effort, even the cost involved dissipates since for most it it s a once a lifetime experience and it will be one of the most exciting hours of your life as you observe your gorilla interact with each other as families, watching the toddlers frolicking like any other youngsters. It will certainly will prove to be a most amazing experience for you.

Clothing for Gorilla Trek should include the following, long trousers such as jeans, long-sleeved shirt, light rain-jacket, good and worn in hiking boots, tough gardening gloves, daypack to carry packed lunch and 2 liters of water. A walking Stick and porter’s services are recommended.

Afternoon visit to the Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village for an interactive village walk including where you learn to shoot with bow and arrow as in days of old, cultural dancing and much more. This activity will be done depending on your return from the Gorilla Trek and if you still have the energy for this two to three hour activity. (Must be booked ahead of time)

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices near Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


 Day 3 – 2nd Gorilla Trek:

Early Breakfast and off to Park Headquarters for Gorilla Tracking orientation as on the previous day.

You will be able to track another gorilla group family or you can track the same group as you did on the day before.

Be sure to have both your packed lunch and two liters of water with you for the gorilla trek.

If you feel sore from the first gorilla trek, you can pick an easier group to track today.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices near Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


Day 4 – Golden Monkey tracking/Diane Fossey’s Grave and transfer back to Kigali for departure:

Early Breakfast and you have a choice between two most popular activities at Volcanoes National Park.  The first one is Golden Monkey Tracking.  The Golden Monkey are only found in the Virunga Volcanoes range, they are and endangered species and quite playful.  This is a half day activity and involves hiking to the Bamboo Forest area of the park.  You will be accompanied by a ranger as you embark on this adventure.  Once again, like with the Mountain Gorillas you have one hour with the Golden Monkeys and you observe them as they go about their day to day activities.  They are habituated like the Mountain Gorillas – meaning that they are used human beings and will not scamper off as you approach and observe them.

 The other half-day activity that you can choose to do on this day is to visit the Dian Fossey Karisoke Research Center and the grave site of Dian Fossey herself who was murdered here and the graves of her beloved gorillas that were killed by poachers and are buried here.  This hike is similar to the gorilla trek at first and then you branch off in the direction of the Karisoke Research center.

For those who know about Dian Fossey and her work in Rwanda, those who have seen the movie “Gorillas in the Mist” this is a must do activity.

Lunch after Golden Monkey Tracking or the Dian Fossey Research Center Hike.

After lunch we depart for Kigali and the airport depending on your departure time as the memorable Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari comes and end.


Safari Price-includes: Transport including fuel and English Speaking driver – Water in Vehicle, all park fees, accommodations, sodas, beer, wine, etc not included in price at lodge.


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