5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari

Posted by on June 5, 2016

5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari in Rwanda

Trek Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park – Relax and Chill out along Lake Kivu


5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari in the Scenic Volcanoes National Park and relaxing along Lake Kivu.  Two of Rwanda’s most scenic spots – Volcanoes National Park where you track Gorillas, Golden Monkey and Lake Kivu where you relax and chill out. This Safari can be designed as Budget – Moderate – Upmarket or Luxury Safari.


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

 The 5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari begins. Upon arrival Kigali International Airport you are met by our driver-guide.  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 take your wishes for a hotel into consideration. If time does not permit we will do it at the end of safari as outlined below.

Enjoy Lunch at Hotel Des Mille Collines also known as Hotel Rwanda -a place with history during the Genocide of 1994.

After lunch we move on toward to Volcanoes National Park  where we check into the Kinigi Guest House which represents a good value and is near to the Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Tracking Starting Point and does not involve long distance travel early in the morning- a real convenience for you.

Check into the Lodge you have chosen or the category

Dinner at

Lodging:   Lodging Choices in Volcanoes National Park.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Day 2 – Gorilla Tracking – 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 regarding the gorilla tracking procedures from the park rangers and you are assigned to visit one of the habituated gorilla families

Then it is upward 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, tough gardening gloves, good and worn in hiking boots, daypack to carry packed lunch and also 2 liters of water. A Walking Stick and the services of a porter come in handy.

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

Dinner

Lodging:   Lodging Choices in Volcanoes National Park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Golden Monkey tracking/Diane Fossey’s Grave – Lake Kivu

 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.

The Hike to Dian Fossey’s Research center at Karisoke takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on how many times you stop and take in the views before you.

Lunch

After Lunch we depart for scenic Lake Kivu (2 hour drive) – it has been called Rwanda’s Costa del Sol and the town of Gisenyi where we check into the Lodge or Hotel of your choice along scenic Lake Kivu.

Dinner

Be sure to try what is a local delicacy Sambaza which is a Sardine like small fish which is deep fried and can be accompanied by various side-orders including fries and a salad.  The other is what could be called Rwanda’s National Dish – Goat Brochettes,  you can also try Beef, Chicken or Fish Brochettes.  You can not leave Rwanda without trying a serving of Sambaza or Brochettes.

Dinner

Lodging: Waterfront Lake Resort – budget – moderate – Serena Lake Kivu Hotel – upmarket – other lodging choices

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 4 – Enjoy Lake Kivu:

Enjoy Breakfast

Afterwards take a boat ride on Lake Kivu – take in the fishing villages along the shore, the fishermen who are out with their boats in search of Tilapia or at night Sambaza.  You can hear them singing their songs as they return in the morning from their night of fishing on Lake Kivu.

Lunch

During the afternoon you can take a walk into Gisenyi and get a touch of the local flavor and culture, buy a few souvenirs to take home and enjoy Rwanda along Lake Kivu.

There are things such as wind-surfing, sailing, sun bathing, swimming in the pool or in the lake that can be done here, or simply enjoy a good book on your balcony.  At least dip your toes into Lake Kivu which is Rwanda’s Best Place to relax and chill out.

Dinner

Lodging: Waterfront Lake Resort – budget – moderate – Serena Lake Kivu Hotel – upmarket – other lodging choices

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


 Day 5 – Departure from the Land of a Thousand Hills:

 Breakfast and we depart for Kigali where we have lunch at Hotel Des Mille Collines – also known as Hotel Rwanda, a hotel with a lot of history. (not included in price)

After lunch we visit the Kigali Gisozi Genocide Memorial – one of Rwanda’s sacred places that is filled with meaning, sorrow and the inner resolve of most Rwandans to “never again” see another genocide in Rwanda.

250,000 victims are interned here at the Genocide Memorial and there is also a children’s section to the memorial.

The 5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari ends -We arrive at Kigali International Airport for your departure.

Thank you for visiting us in the Land of a Thousand Hills and a Million Smiles.


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.


If you are interested in this 5 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu Safari – please contact us