03 days/02 nights Package Gorilla Trekking Safari

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda overview:

Vehicle           : 1 x 5/ 7 Seater 4×4 Land Cruiser
Starts               : Kigali
Ends                : Kigali
Meals              : as indicated on itinerary

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 01

Arrival into Kigali Airport

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section. After a brief welcome meeting embark on your exciting safari with a Kigali City Tour

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Lunch in Kigali.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri.  Approximately 2.5 hrs arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National park.

Ruhengeri is the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from Uganda boarder and approximately 2.5 Hours from Kigali City. It is relatively a small town of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

Overnight at:
Bishops House Rwanda  (http://the-bishops-house.com/)  Or
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (http://3bhotels.com/mountain-gorilla-view-lodge/)
Or Ingagi Park View Lodge (http://ingagiparkviewlodge.com/)
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 02

Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek
Early breakfast at the lodge.
0630 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking. Indulge in the gorilla trek adventure or the nature walk in Volcanoes National Park.
0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

Afternoon, interact with culture and history at Ibyiwacu village.

Overnight at:
Bishops House Rwanda  (http://the-bishops-house.com/)  Or
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (http://3bhotels.com/mountain-gorilla-view-lodge/)
Or Ingagi Park View Lodge (http://ingagiparkviewlodge.com/)
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03

Volcanoes National Park – Golden Monkey Trek + Departure
Early breakfast at the lodge.
0630hrs. Depart from your lodge with your guide to the National Park headquarters.
Short briefing from your designated “Golden Monkey guide” from the Volcanoes National Park authority.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

Enjoy a trek into the National Park with the park guide to view a unique and endangered species, the “Golden Monkeys”. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat.

Embark on another trek in Volcanoes National Park to view a species even more endangered than the “Mountain Gorillas”, the “Golden Monkeys”. It is only in Rwanda where this interesting species has been successfully habituated.

“Golden Monkeys” normally and mainly live in the lower parts of the bamboo forests, they are not as socially “tight” as Gorillas and chimpanzees and the number in the habituated troupe can vary on any given day between 20 and up to 80. The species are lively, curious and “chattery” – and with a bit of luck you may have a close encounter with them – although they are also often only seen high up in the trees.

Return from the trek and drive back to your lodge for lunch.

Depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5hrs).

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Flights after 1700Hrs Recommended (Cost of flight not included).

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Special notes for 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, It can rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. You will also need boots that can cope with some mud.

Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of deposit. The total amount is paid 60 days before.

Notes on 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour.
  • Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • Minimum chimpanzee tracking age is 12 years
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed.
  • Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.

We strongly recommend the following:

  • Rain poncho (lightweight)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Leather gardening -type gloves
  • Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film along.

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari package Includes:

  • Airport transfers and assistance
  • Accommodations in Kigali on bed and breakfast.
  • Accommodation at the lodges on Full board basis.
  • Private transport in a 4×4 Land cruiser
  • City tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Visit to Gorilla Guardians cultural village
  • Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari package Excludes:

  • Golden monkey and Gorilla Trek Permits (Cost offered separately above from per person tour cost)
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • International, regional and local Airfares.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  • Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.

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