Gorilla trekking Rwanda tips:
• Bring water along on your gorilla trekking Rwanda, eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated by your ranger guide.
• Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash.
• Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge.
• Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly and drink plenty of water.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Francisco International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please be ready at 8:45 Am we will pick you up at 9 AM.|
Get picked up by your drive guide from your hotel in Kigali at 5:30 AM and depart for Akagera national park located along the eastern border of Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. Arrive for a morning game drive, searching for big five (Rhinos, buffalo, leopard, and elephants in the expansive park. Typically hilly countryside gives way to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by lakes, swamps, and marshland, the area boasts a huge compliment of nature and wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebra, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird’s species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of park, vast lake Ihema is the home to hippos and crocodile. Arrive at the picnic site for your lunch then later go on your afternoon exploration with a game drive by visiting the giraffe valley. Depart the park in late afternoon through the northern gate and travel back to Kigali arriving in evening.
Accommodation: 2000 Hotel
Meal Plan: (FB – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
“Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across undulating lush hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali genocide centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops. With its interesting architecture, busy streets, meandering boulevards, and green hillsides, Kigali is said to be one of the most attractive cities in Africa and is definitely worth a visit. “
Our City Tour covers the cultural and historical insights of Rwanda in general and in Kigali particular. We visit the memorial, local markets, cultural centers and many other interesting surprises and after we will transfer to Musanze for iby’iwacu culture in the evening
- Kigali City Tour
- Iby’Iwacu Tour
Accommodation: Best View Hotel
Meal Plan: (FB – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
06h:30 After an early breakfast at the lodge, proceed to the park headquarters in time for Gorilla Trek briefing at 07h00. We will then transfer you to the trail head of your guided walk that begins at 08h00. Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary.
the gorilla tracking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.
Rwanda is now home to twelve habituated groups of mountain gorillas that are scattered all over Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla trekking can be arduous – some of the groups wander high up the mountainsides – but it is always utterly rewarding. Volcanoes National Park also has a historic connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the ground-breaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey which started in the late 1960s and is evocatively portrayed in the book and film Gorillas in the Mist.
After this memorable experience, you will return to the lodge for lunch and make ready for your return in evening. Activities
- Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
- Gorilla Trekking
- Transfer Back to Kigali
Accommodation: No Accommodation
Meal Plan: (FB – Breakfast & Lunch)