Double Gorilla Tracking and Golden Monkeys
The 4 day Rwanda gorilla trekking tour offers a great opportunity to see gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, genocide memorial museums and tracking the rare golden monkeys or visit Dian Fossey grave site, or Mount Bishoke hiking. Accommodation options include Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, Virunga Lodge, Gorillas Nest Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Hotel La palme, Gorillas hotel, Kinigi Guest house, Villa Gorilla and Hotel Muhabura. Below is he detailed day by day itinerary;
Day 1: Kigali City Tour, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Pick up from your hotel around Kigali after breakfast, or from the airport on arrival and start with a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali. Time permitting, we can visit Nyamata and Ntarama churches that were also gazetted into genocide museums, located 30km – 35km from Kigali. Later hit the road to Parc National des Volcans, a home to mountain gorillas in Rwanda, located 2 hours drive from Kigali. Dinner and overnight in any lodge of your choice above.
Day 2: Day for the First Gorilla trekking Adventure
Wake up early for heavy breakfast at the your hotel / lodge, followed by transfer to the Park headquarters at Kinigi for a briefing from the park officials. You will be allocated to a gorilla group. If you have special interest in a certain gorilla group, you can ask for it through your driver / tour guide. Rwanda currently has about 10 gorilla families that include Hirwa, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, Ugenda, Susa, Umubano, Group 13 and Amahoro among others. Some gorilla groups are far, and others are close. depending on your level of fitness, you have both choices, but generally you must be physically fit because the trek is quiet strenuous. It can take 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the forest. You will be guided by park guides and wardens with guns just in case of any wild animals like forest buffaloes and Elephants among others. Time allowed to stay with gorillas is one hour maximum, enjoy them playing, feeding and young ones swinging on trees. Never forget to carry enough packed water and snacks. Later descend to your lodge for late lunch, take an evening community walk and interact with local people, or relax at your lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Second Gorilla trek
We are going back for another gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park but today we track a different gorilla group. You need 2 gorilla permits for both treks booked in advance through us. In the evening, we can take another community walk, or visit the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo or relax at your lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Optional activities – Departure
Breakfast and choose from the following activities around Volcanoes national Park;
– Third gorilla trek
– Tracking the rare golden monkeys
– Adventurous hike to the late Dian Fossey Tombs- Musanze caves exploration
– Mount Vishoke hiking
In the afternoon, we drive back to Kigali, drop off to your hotel, or transfer to Kigali International Airport for your scheduled departure flight. This marks the end of your 4 day Rwanda gorilla tour with 2 gorilla treks.