An encounter with the majestic Mountain Gorillas is one of life’s most amazing experiences. We trek through the mist-shrouded forests and bamboo thickets of Volcanoes National Park in search of an unrivalled opportunity to come face to face with these gentle giants in their natural untouched environment.
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali and transfer to Musanze
Upon arrival in Kigali, we shall be met by our guides and drivers and make our way to Musanze at the foot of the beautiful and pristine Volcanoes National Park. This was the region where Dian Fossey amazed the world with her research of the magnificent mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Following Dian Fossey’s work and David Attenborough’s famous documentaries, the mountain gorillas have inspired travelers from all over the world to experience one of nature’s greatest interactions. Anyone who has witnessed the mountain gorillas of East Africa will strongly agree that it is a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Tonight, we sleep in a comfortable lodge in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and return to Kigali
An early start as we trek deep into the forest in search of the mountain gorillas. While gorilla tracking you will be accompanied by a guide and usually two trackers. Visitors are allowed one hour with your allotted gorilla family. To find your family group the guide will lead you to where the gorillas were sighted on the previous day and then literally track them through the forest.
The terrain is very rough, often over steep slopes covered with matted vegetation. Be prepared for rain, mud and giant stinging nettles long trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket will help. It will be necessary to take your own water and snacks e.g., chocolates, biscuits or sweets – with you in case you have to trek for a while before finding the gorillas. Approx trek time: 3-8 hours. After our trek and humbled by this incredible experience, we drive from Volcanoes National Park back to Kigali for overnight.
Day 3: Kigali City Tour and Departure
After breakfast we undertake a short morning tour of this interesting city, including a visit to the genocide memorial. Group arrangements conclude in Kigali with a departure transfer to the airport.