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Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Rwanda (0)
from/per person $1,132.00
  • RWANDA SAFARIS
  • Access for disabled
  • Groups allowed
  • Pet allowed
  • Tour guides


Description

Rwanda Gorilla Safari.

This gorilla trekking safari takes to some of Rwanda’s iconic locations, highlighting the essence of ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’. A city tour through the capital Kigali narrates the tales of yester years while depicting a tranquil present, revealing an incredible recovery from the turbulent eras in-between. From here, a trip down to Ruhengeri unveils an exquisitely beautiful countryside with an unsurpassed biodiversity. The tour culminates with an exciting gorilla trekking experience at the Volcanoes National Park.

Rwanda Safari Schedule

Day 1 – Kigali

On arrival at the Kigali International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Flame Tree Village in the heart of Kigali city. Overnight at the hotel on bed and breakfast basis (Dinner is on own arrangement)

 Day 2 – Kigali to Ruhengeri

After breakfast, embark on a City Tour of Kigali. Learn the history behind Rwanda through the tales told by its capital; get acquainted with pre-colonial and colonial Rwanda, the 1994 genocide and see the new developments. A visit to the genocide memorial site at Gisozi, about 35km outside the city centre, is the highlight of the city tour. This visit is an emotional experience for most visitors as they encounter the horrid massacre that engulfed the country in 1994. It also presents an opportunity to learn about other genocides in the world.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Kigali

After a sumptuous lunch, depart Kigali on a scenic drive north-westwards to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. Enjoy the picturesque countryside as you drive on to check-in to the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Distance/drive time: 107km / 2.5hours

Day 3 – Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast at the lodge, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park at 0630 hrs.

0700 hrs: Arrive at the park headquarters for registration – a simple process where the park staff asses your fitness level to determine which Gorilla Family you will visit. Thereafter, the park staff brief on trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening.

Gorilla Trekking

There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of 8 trekkers visiting any one group. Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. After locating your assigned gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes.

About the Volcanoes National Park

The park is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of Rwanda which it shares with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The mountains form part of the extension of the Congo-Nile divide, separating two of Africa´s most important watersheds. They are also home to the world’s last surviving Mountain Gorilla populations, currently about 700 individuals.

After a great gorilla trekking experience, drive south-eastwards back to Kigali City.

Later, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Cost of flight not included).

Distance/drive time: 107km / 2.5hours

 


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