5 Days Gorilla Trekking
5 Days Gorilla Trekking safari which starts and ends in Kigali- Rwanda. One gorilla permit for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes is included in the cost but the other gorilla tracking’s require other permits to be paid at time of booking.
Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorilla’s two times. Parc National des Volcanoes in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes a few hours.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National park
you will be picked from your hotel in Kigali or the airport on arrival by our Driver/guide and drive northwards to Volcanoes national park in Ruhengeri, a home to 360 Mountain Gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge (Luxury)/La Palme Hotel (Deluxe)/Hotel Muhabura (Budget)
Day 2: First Gorilla tracking
In the morning at 7:30 am, you will assemble at the park headquarters for a briefing in the morning together with your trekking gear and drinking water and packed lunch. Your driver guide will transfer you to point at which the gorilla trail into the forest begins. It may take between 1 to 6 hours to encounter the gorillas. You will be free to take photographs and remain in their presence for a maximum of an hour. Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. Dedicate your evening to nature walk or visiting the Ib’iwachu Cultural Village for Rwanda’s cultural heritage and practices.
Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking / Dian Fossey hike
In the morning, you will gather at the park headquarters for briefing. You may either go for golden monkey tracking or hike up to Karisoke research centre, established by Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who dedicated all her life conserving the lives of mountain gorillas until she was killed and is buried there next to Digit, a mountain gorilla. You will learn more about the lives of the mountain gorillas at the research centre. On return, you will cross over to Uganda and drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park, home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury/Deluxe)/Gorilla Valley Lodge (Budget)
Day 4: Second gorilla tracking
In the morning; assemble at the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. Proceed for the memorable adventure in the forest, an activity that may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the wild. Meet and stay with the habituated mountain gorillas for at least an hour. As you exit the forest, your tour guide will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for relaxation / lunch. In the evening, you may visit the nearby Batwa community. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast transfer back to Kigali. You may enjoy a city tour of Kigali (optional) including a visit to the local market, museum, Gisozi genocide memorial center, etc. Your safari guide will drop you at the airport for a scheduled flight back to your next destination.
- Gorilla Permits.
- Park Ranger Fees.
- Relevant Government Taxes.
- Full Board Accommodation.
- Full time English speaking Driver/Guide.
- Ground Transportation by a FWD safari vehicle.
- Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.
- Visa Fees.
- Personal Insurance.
- Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.