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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour - 3 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThe 3 Days Gorilla Tour Rwanda starts with pick up by a tour guide from Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris who will transfer you to Volcanoes national park for your gorilla trekking experience the following day. You will have a Kigali city tour on one of the days before drop off at Kigali airport or hotel. The cost includes your gorilla permit, Rwanda gorilla trek accommodation and transportation from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park and back, services of a tour guide.

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusions
Overview

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour - 3 Days

This is a 3 day gorilla trekking safari which starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda. One gorilla trek permit for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes is included in the cost.

Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 880 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas in Parc Nationale des Volcanoes in Rwanda. There are 10 habituated gorilla families and tracking most gorilla groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes a few hours.

  • Day 1: Meet in Kigali at your hotel or airport and drive to Volcanoes National Park, overnight and dinner at hotel near the park.
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park, overnight in a hotel/ lodge.
  • Day 3: Drive back to Kigali, Kigali city tour and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, later transfer to your hotel or Kigali Airport, end of Rwanda gorilla trekking tour.
Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Kigali (at your hotel or Kigali Airport), Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Begin your 3 days Rwanda Gorilla Trek Tour with a meeting with our driver (who is also your tour gorilla tour guide) in Kigali at your hotel or at Kigali Airport. We then continue with your transfer with private vehicle to Volcanoes National Park, the home of gorilla trekking activity in Rwanda.

Your 3-day Rwanda gorilla tour also includes a tour of Kigali City. You can choose to do this at the begining of the gorilla tour or at the end. Either way, your tour guide will be available to take you through some interesting spots of Kigali City.  The new prosperity features a number of thriving markets and features the mountain terrain famous in Rwanda. A sober contrast to its recent history. For survivors and others whose families were murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994, the memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.

Ranging in altitude from 2,400m to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour.

Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.

Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda mountain gorillas that still roam these areas.

Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Five Volcanoes Lodge | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Muhavura Hotel 

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Have breakfast and go to Volcanoes National Park offices for briefing, after that set off in the forest for gorilla trekking. Obviously, this is sure the highlight of your 3 days Rwanda gorilla trek tour and we are commited to leave some lasting memories with you. We ensure that your gorilla permit is well booked in advance, you have all you need for your gorilla tour and your are allocated the befitting gorilla group to trek in Volcanoes National Park.

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent.

Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek.

Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Five Volcanoes Lodge | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Muhavura Hotel 

Day 3: Kigali & Genocide Memorial

Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali.

Go for a city tour including visits to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial.

Have lunch en route and then transfer to the airport.

This will be the end of your 3 days Rwanda gorilla trek tour.

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Meet and greet service with full briefing
  • All accommodation on full board basis as indicated
  • All transport in a 4WD safari vehicle customised for safari
  • One gorilla tracking permit per person with related park fees
  • Visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial (audio guides gadget fees not included)
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • The services of our good English speaking driver guide

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Tips for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking – how to have the best gorilla trek in Rwanda

  • Purchase your gorilla trekking permits as far in advance as possible for priority assignment to a choice group and to be sure you obtain a permit at all.
  • You will be with a group and guide. Also, consider hiring a local person as a porter assistant, even if you are very fit. This adds a great cultural dimension to the experience and is not really expensive.
  • If you have the choice, visit the largest group available to you to maximize the photo opportunities and the different behaviors you will see.
  • Prepare for the possibility of rain at any time of year.
  • Wear long sleeves and slacks and bring glove to protect against thistles nettles and thorns.
  • Wear durable hiking shoes, you will be off trail in rough terrain.
  • Expect you might have a long hike. Be in the best physical shape you can be.
  • Understand your camera well, Cameras with built-in video are very good. Telephoto ability helps.
  • Consider traveling with a companion or friend with whom you will share the lifelong memory of the encounter.
  • Listen to the advice of your guide. Trust that he or she really wants you to get great photos and have the best possible experience.

It’s important to know what you’re getting into before setting out on a gorilla trek. The hike through the forest is challenging and tough-going (your guides will often have to machete a path through the ferns that clog the undergrowth), but it’s within reach for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. You will get muddy though. And sweaty. Beneath the forest canopy the humidity is very high, and it’s a good idea to bring a canteen of fresh water to hydrate as you go.

If you are particularly concerned about the terrain, consider hiring a local porter. The porters will carry your bag, and help to you navigate some of the steeper, or trickier sections of the trek. In fact, hiring a porter on a gorilla trek is a common practice by travellers of all ages and abilities. Not only does it make the trek easier for you, but you’re also providing a valuable source of employment for locals. The minimum cost of hiring a porter on a gorilla trek is $20USD,

Eventually, after bush-bashing your way through the scrub, you’ll come across a gorilla family, peacefully playing in a forest clearing. Your trekking guides and rangers will have prepared you for what to expect. There’s no direct interaction with the gorillas (unless one moves past you), but you should get pretty close. You’ll have a good 45 minutes to an hour to just sit and observe these animals in their natural habitat. We promise it’s something you’ll never ever forget.

What to pack for your 3 days Rwanda gorilla trek Tour

Pack Enough Food. Pack enough food  before going for Gorilla Tracking. Gorilla Tracking is a very tiresome activity that may last up to 8 hours implicating you will need refreshments and eats (probably snacks) during the activity. Sad thing is you won’t find any spots to buy eats or drinks in the forests. It is highly recommended that you have good breakfast on the gorilla trekking morning.

Water – As you hike through the mountain forest, you kind of get dehydrated and you need lots of drinking water.

Boots – Essential. The terrain is rough and in the forest, it is easy to slide over. Shoes with good grip are highly recommended. Avoid the cheap sneakers as they can’t match this do.

Gloves – During the trek you might be grabbing trees, branches and vines, and your hands can get a bit scratched and generally beaten up if you’re not careful. Pack a tough old pair of gardening gloves. They might look a bit lame, but you’ll be glad you brought them.

A light rain jacket – Bwindi and Virunga are both tropical rainforests, and there’s a good chance of rain almost year-round. Pack a light-weight poncho or rain jacket that you can roll up in your bag and bring out if necessary.

Long pants and shirts – It’s best not to expose too much skin during the jungle trek, and remember to tuck your trousers into your socks – you really don’t want safari ants crawling up there.

What Else To Do After Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Apart from the mountain gorilla trek, there is several other activities to do in Rwanda. You could do a hike to one of the volcanoes in the park or visit the Lake Kivu which is two hours away by road, enjoy a cultural village visit in Musanze, or continue to Nyungwe National Park for chimpanzee tracking and other primates.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and other Primates' tours

Remarkable Rwanda - famous for the silverback mountain gorillas that have captured the world’s imagination since Dian Fossey came to study the mountain gorilla families in the 1970s. Most popular park of Rwanda is Volcanoes NP, where you can track the gorillas, the golden monkeys or do different hikes in this dramatic, volcanic landscape. You can visit Nyungwe NP, one of the world’s most beautiful and oldest rainforest of Africa or you can go for safari in Akakera NP on the border with Tanzania.

But that’s not all this beautiful country has to offer. Rwanda is a largely undiscovered Eden, she promises unrivalled biodiversity, dramatic mountains and volcanos, some of the oldest and most precious rainforests on earth, a glittering skein of lakes, rivers and waterfalls and three stunning national parks. As to wildlife, Rwanda boats of 13 species of primates (25% of Africa’s total), and a remarkable 670 species of birds, many of which are globally endangered.

At Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris we can guide you through the best safari destinations in Rwanda on our Rwanda safaris. Our tours in Rwanda are packaged in a form of gorilla trekking safaris, mountain gorilla safari packages, tracking primates, chimpanzee tours in Nyungwe Forest, and game safaris to Akagera National Park. We book gorilla trek safari permits for tourists and international tour agents wishing to take safaris in Rwanda.

We do arrange cultural tours and safaris in Rwanda. Our tour guides know well all the sites of tourism interest in Rwanda including the Rwanda Genocide Museum, Dian Fossey’s grave, community village tours, Rwanda Museum, city tours etc.

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda - Home of mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Perhaps best known as a home for the rare mountain gorillas, the Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of the Rwandan section of the Virunga Mountains, a range of 6 extinct and three active volcanoes that straddle the border between Uganda and DRC.

Volcanoes National Park is Africa’s oldest national park and the focus of most visitors to Rwanda.

Trekking through the park in far northwest Rwanda, one will find a tapestry of sensory delights. The visitor in the rainforest can hear the calls of birds and monkeys, and through the forest see the peaks of the ancient volcanoes.

This chain of volcanoes is home to the world’s few remaining mountain gorillas. Rwanda has approximately 250 mountain gorillas, 11 families of which have been habituated for tourism. Many visitors have to book their gorilla tracking permit years in advance.

With such a stunning backdrop, a gorilla safari here is the highlight of any holiday.

The park offers 50 km of walking trails, tours of the lakes and caves and a fascinating selection of mountain climbs.

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“ It is up there as one of the best experiences we have ever done and will never forget the dominant silver back walking right past us, we kept deathly still as instructed which is hard when a very large gorilla is heading your way on a very narrow track, we could have stroked him easily but of course did not. ”

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