Rwanda Virunga Gorilla Safari
Day 1 – Kigali
Upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport you will be transferred to the Flame Tree Village in the heart of Kigali city. Overnight at the hotel (bed and breakfast basis)
Day 2 – Kigali transit to Ruhengeri
Breakfast then 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.
Go for 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.
Day 3 – Gorilla-Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park
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.
There is 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.
The Volcanos National Park
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 great gorilla trekking experience, drive south-eastwards back to Kigali City.
After transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
End of Services!
• Airport transfers
• Meals as specified in the itinerary
• 1 litre of mineral while trekking
• Kigali City tour and Genocide Museum
• English-speaking driver guide.
• Gorilla Permit
• All meals and beverages other than specified
• International or regional flights
• airport taxes, passport
• visa fees, items of personal nature