Spend two days tracking gorillas on the forested slopes of the ancient Virunga volcano chain in Africa’s oldest national park. Established in 1925 to protect the mountain gorillas, the park was the base for famous American naturalist Dian Fossey’s research on the gorillas.
On the western edge of Rwanda bordering contiguous parks in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the region is home to approximately 450 mountain gorillas, just over half of the world’s total.
With the gorillas just a short 2- to 3-hour drive from Kigali, Rwanda is the best choice for a quick trip to trek the mountain gorillas.
Arrive at Kigali airport, meet and greet, then transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel (no other services included). If any additional services are required on this day, please ask for a separate quote. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 2:City Tour - Kiningi
Half day city tour, including the genocide museum/memorial, then drive to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. The road to Ruhengeri is sealed offering stunning scenery of the hills and valleys of this green and lush country, taking a little more than 2 hours. From Ruhengeri you have a 20 minute drive to Kinigi at the base of Sabyinyo Mountain, with excellent views of the rest of all of the Virunga Volcanoes. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Tracking the gorillas.
After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of tracking the gorillas. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet.
The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes tracking the gorillas worthwhile.
Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended.
It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including waterproof bags for cameras and film.
Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier / shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meal Plan: Brekfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4:Second gorilla tracking day.
After gorilla tracking drive back to Kigali. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Departure
Transfer to the airport to check in for our international flight
Meal plan: Breakfast