5 Days 4 Nights Gorillatrekking Safari

5 Days 4 Nights Gorillatrekking Safari

Venture into the wild and meet with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on our 5-Day 4 Nights Gorilla Trekking Safari. Starting in Kigali, Rwanda’s vibrant capital, you'll dive into the country's rich history and evolution. But the pinnacle of this journey lies in the majestic Volcanoes National Park, the sanctuary of the rare mountain gorillas. Here, not only do you get to trek these magnificent creatures, but you'll also get the chance to encounter golden monkeys in the wild.

Nestled among the foothills of the Rwandan mountains, Ruhengeri offers a scenic backdrop to this distinctive journey. The Twin Lakes' beauty, the Ib'iwacu village's cultural appeal, and the exhilarating treks make this Rwanda Safari Tours a bucket-list adventure.

Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.

Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali(Cost of city tour included)

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Lunch in Kigali.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri.

Ruhengeri is the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from Uganda boarder and is relatively a small city of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here. It is Approximately 2.5hrs drive from Kigali to the Volcanoes National park.

Volcanoes National Park – Golden Monkey Trek

Early breakfast at the lodge.

0620hrs. Depart from your lodge with your guide to the National Park headquarters.
Short briefing from your designated “Golden Monkey guide” from the Volcanoes National Park authority.
Return from the Golden Monkey trek and drive back to your lodge for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure or visit the Ib'iwacu cultural village

Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Trek

Early breakfast at the lodge.

Early breakfast at the lodge.

0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking.

0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.

Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

Afternoon, enjoy a visit of the spectacular and scenic Twin Lakes – Bulera and Ruhondo.

Depart

After breakfast, depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5hrs).

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight(Flight after 1300Hrs recommended; cost of flight not included).

Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, It can rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. You will also need boots that can cope with some mud

Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of deposit. The total amount is paid 60 days before the travel date. (Non –refundable).

Departure

Before you reach Lake Manyara National Park, you drive through the village of Mto wa Mbu. This typical African village hosts a colourful local market with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Certainly worth to explore.

Subsequently, you spend two nights inside (or near) the park, from where you have the opportunity to take a safari at night or by foot. There’s a great chance that newborns and their parents pass by as you enjoy a cold drink at the tent.

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Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking Safari in Volcanoes National Park, encountering the magnificent mountain gorillas.
  • Insightful city tour of Kigali exploring its past and present.
  • Golden Monkey trekking experience at Volcanoes National Park.
  • Cultural immersion at the Ib'iwacu cultural village.
  • Scenic views of Ruhengeri and its surrounding volcanoes.
  • Discover the captivating Twin Lakes – Bulera and Ruhondo.
  • Engaging in history lessons at the genocide memorial site in Kigali.

 

Including

  • Cubs in Lake Manyara
  • Calves in Serengeti National Park
  • Baby Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater (World Heritage Site)

Excluding

  • Cubs in Lake Manyara
  • Calves in Serengeti National Park
  • Baby Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater (World Heritage Site)

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