3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

MUSANZE KINIGI NOTHERN PROVINCE RWANDA, Ruhengeri
  • 3 Days
  • On Going
  • Min Age : 15+
Description

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the misty forests of Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience. This one-day adventure promises intimate encounters with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, amidst the breathtaking scenery of Volcanoes National Park. With expert guides leading the way, prepare to be immersed in the sights, sounds, and wonders of Rwanda’s rich biodiversity, culminating in an awe-inspiring rendezvous with these gentle giants.

Departure Time

5:00 AM: Departure from Kigali

Price Includes

Round-trip transportation from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla trekking permits and park entry fees.

Experienced guide for the duration of the trek.

Bottled water and refreshments during the trek.

Lunch at a lodge or restaurant.

Certificate of participation in gorilla trekking.

Golden monkey tracking permits.

 

Price Excludes
Personal expenses and souvenirs.
Tips and gratuities for guides and staff.
Porter services (available for an additional fee).
Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
 

 

What to Expect

Close Encounters with Mountain Gorillas: Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you come face-to-face with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Witness their behavior up close and gain a newfound appreciation for these remarkable creatures.

Challenging Terrain: Gorilla trekking involves hiking through rugged terrain and dense vegetation, which can be physically demanding. Expect varying trail conditions and be prepared for a moderate to strenuous trek, depending on the chosen gorilla family’s location.

Expert Guidance: Your trek will be led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the gorillas’ behavior, habitat, and conservation efforts. Follow their lead, adhere to safety guidelines, and trust their expertise for a safe and rewarding experience.

Limited Time with Gorillas: While the encounter with mountain gorillas is undoubtedly the highlight of the day, visitors are permitted only one hour in their presence to minimize disturbance and ensure the gorillas’ well-being. Make the most of this precious time by observing, photographing, and soaking in the magic of the moment.

 

Itinerary

Begin your day with a guided city tour of Kigali, exploring significant landmarks such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kimironko Market, and other cultural sites. Gain insights into Rwanda's history, culture, and urban development.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, sampling Rwandan cuisine and flavors.

After lunch, embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Ruhengeri region. Admire the picturesque landscapes of Rwanda's countryside along the way.

Check into your accommodation in the vicinity of Volcanoes National Park. Relax and unwind after the journey, preparing for the gorilla trekking adventure ahead.

Enjoy an early breakfast at your lodge to fuel up for the day's activities.

Head to the park headquarters for a briefing and allocation of gorilla groups for the day's trek. Meet your experienced guide and embark on a thrilling trek into the forest in search of mountain gorillas.

Encounter a mountain gorilla family and spend up to one hour observing and learning about their behavior and interactions. After the trek, enjoy a packed lunch amidst the scenic surroundings of the park.

Experience Rwandan culture and traditions with a visit to Iby’Iwacu Village, a community-based tourism initiative. Engage in cultural activities, interact with local residents, and learn about traditional practices such as basket weaving, dancing, and storytelling.

Return to your lodge in the evening, where you can relax and reflect on the day's adventures. Enjoy dinner and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Volcanoes National Park.

Enjoy breakfast at your lodge before embarking on the day's activities.

Venture into the forest for an exciting golden monkey tracking experience. Follow your guide through the lush vegetation as you search for these playful primates, endemic to the Virunga Massif.

After the golden monkey tracking, return to your lodge to freshen up and check out. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the lodge before departing for your onward journey.

Bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and embark on the journey back to Kigali or your next destination. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences and memories created during your gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda.

Faq

Gorilla trekking can be physically demanding and may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions or mobility limitations. It's advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before embarking on the trek.

Gorilla trekking allows for close encounters with the gorillas, typically within a few meters. However, visitors are required to maintain a minimum distance and follow the guidelines provided by the guides to ensure the safety of both humans and gorillas.

The minimum age for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is 15 years old. This policy is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of both children and gorillas.

Wear comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes with good traction, lightweight clothing in earth tones, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Additionally, bring a small daypack with essentials such as water, snacks, insect repellent, and a rain jacket.

While some lodges and camps may offer Wi-Fi connectivity, cellular service may be limited or unavailable in certain areas of the park due to its remote location. It's advisable to inform family and friends of potential communication limitations beforehand.

While sightings of mountain gorillas are highly likely, they cannot be guaranteed due to their wild and unpredictable nature. However, the guides use their expertise to track the gorillas' movements and maximize the chances of a successful encounter.

Gorilla trekking permits are required for each participant and must be obtained in advance through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Permits are limited and should be secured well in advance of your desired trekking date.

Yes, visitors are required to adhere to specific rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of both humans and gorillas. These include maintaining a minimum distance from the gorillas, avoiding direct eye contact, refraining from eating or drinking in their presence, and minimizing noise and sudden movements.

Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is conducted in a manner that prioritizes the well-being and conservation of the gorillas. Strict regulations and guidelines are in place to minimize disturbance to the gorillas and their natural habitat, ensuring a sustainable and ethical tourism experience.

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