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RWANDA: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes NP

Overview

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is the Rwanda section of the more extended Virunga Conservation Area shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo DRC. It is named after the chain of nine volcanoes which make its territory, including Karisimbi (4.507 m), Visoke, Sabinyo, Muhavura. The altitude ranges from 2400 m to the 4.000 and above of the peaks. Since 2003 the park offers the possibility to visit the families of the endangered golden monkeys. Mount Visoke hosts the tombs of the American primatologist Dian Fossey and of the gorilla cemetery. The most well known activity is the mountain gorilla tracking to one of the six habituated families. This program can be arranged for starting from Kampala or from Kigali.

Regular Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Kigali

  • Day 2

    Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

  • Day 3

    Gorilla Tracking

  • Day 4

    Golden Monkey/Old Karisoke

Regular Itinerary

Day 1

Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by the representative and transferred to the hotel for the overnight in BB, Flame Tree Village Hotel Flame Tree Village Hotel / Quiet Haven Hotel (supplement for Hotel Des Mille Collines).

BB

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.

Day 2

Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, we organise a short city tour of the capital town of Rwanda. After lunch, in the afternoon leave in the direction of Volcanoes National Park. It takes about 3 hours drive.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Five Volcanoes Hotel (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge – Muhavura Hotel (E).

Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 3

Gorilla Tracking

Today after early breakfast you take the activity of the mountain gorilla trekking into the rain tropical forest of Volcanoes National Park. After the briefing from the rangers of the ORTPN (the Rwanda Park Authority), you reach the starting point of your trekking, according to the family you have been appointed to. It is on the park authority to decide on the distribution of the permits on arrival. You carry with you packed lunch and light rain jacket, wear trekking boots.

In the afternoon we can organize the community walk at the eco-tourist site of Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Five Volcanoes Hotel (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge – Muhavura Hotel (E).

Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 4

Golden Monkey/Old Karisoke

After breakfast optional trekking activity (see the options and prices). Packed lunch. In the afternoon drive back to Kigali. Possible transfer to Kigali International Airport.

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.