5 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda
- Gorilla trekking.
- City tour with a visit to the Genocide memorial.
- Lunch at Hotel Des Milles Collines famously known because of the movie “Hotel Rwanda”.
- Iby’Iwacu cultural village.
Embark on an extraordinary adventure with Lifetime Africa's 5-day Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda. This captivating itinerary immerses you in the breathtaking landscapes of Rwanda and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. From the moment you arrive in Kigali, the vibrant capital city, you'll be greeted by friendly guides who will accompany you throughout this remarkable journey.
The tour kicks off with a visit to the renowned Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Over the next few days, you'll trek through lush rainforests, guided by experienced trackers who possess an intimate knowledge of the gorillas' movements. As you venture deeper into the mountains, anticipation builds, until finally, you find yourself in the presence of these awe-inspiring creatures. Watching the gorillas in their natural habitat is a truly humbling experience, as you observe their interactions, social behaviors, and the close bond they share as a family. Alongside gorilla trekking, the itinerary also includes opportunities to explore the local communities, where you can learn about Rwanda's rich cultural heritage and engage with the friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the magic of Rwanda's biodiversity and leave with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
The 5-day Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda offered by Lifetime Africa is an exhilarating adventure that takes you deep into the heart of Volcanoes National Park. This carefully curated itinerary provides a unique opportunity to witness the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
- Day 1 - Arrival
Upon arrival, you will undergo customs and immigration formalities, thereafter you will be met at the airport by LIFETIME AFRICA EXPEDITION’s representative. Thereafter be transferred to your hotel. Once at the hotel, you will be given a detailed briefing on your upcoming Safari.
- Day 2 - Kigali City – Volcanoes National Park
Have Breakfast at your hotel. Embark on a City Tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial site a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent Tusti s’ lives in 1994. 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.
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.
Lunch at Hotel Des Milles Collines.
After lunch, depart on a scenic drive West wards to Ruhengeri, the base for gorilla trekking at the Volcanoes National Park. The town itself, located only 25km from Uganda boarder, is relatively a small city 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. Be transferred to your lodge for overnight.
- Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking
Early morning transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs
Registration where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear; Cost, US$10 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. Have lunch at the lodge;
If time/weather permit, in the afternoon take up an optional visit to the twin lakes: Bulera and Ruhondo or visit the local community activities at an extra cost. Later, you will be taken to your lodge for overnight.
- Day 4 - Volcanoes National Park – 2nd Gorilla Trekking
Early morning transfer at the Volcanoes National Park for a second gorilla trekking.
0700hrs: Registration at the Volcanoes National Park Offices followed by a transfer to your Trail. Then re-enter the forest for the second gorilla trek visiting a different family from yesterdays. After tracking have lunch at the lodge.
After Lunch, enjoy the Scenic drive from the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive South some banana plantations 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.
Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be transferred to Kigali Hotel for your overnight.
- Day 5 - Departure
After breakfast, enjoy your morning. Thereafter, you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight.
- All Permits and Entrance fees included in the itinerary($1500 Per Permit), All ground transportation in a 4WD Vehicle, All other activities indicated in the itinerary, All Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary, English-speaking Experienced Safari-guide, Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Refreshments and snacks in the vehicle, All other activities indicated in the itinerary
- All Covid 19 tests, All Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Safari Guide, Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that are not accompanying meals., International flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes, Visa fees. Visas are available online or at arrival at all Entry points, Laundry, Shopping, Travel Insurance.