1 Night Volcanoes National Park & 1 Night Kigali
DAY 01: KIGALI – MUSANZE
After completion of customs and immigration formalities you will be met by our representative and your local guide for a briefing on your trip. Optional Kigali city tour including a visit to Gisozi Genocide Memorial. Lunch in Kigali or at the lodge. Thereafter, drive to Musanze in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills on a comfortable paved road (approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali). Overnight: GORILLA MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE (FB).
DAY 02: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
After your morning wake-up call and breakfast transfer by road in a 4WD Land Cruiser and report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park's guides on the gorillas' etiquette. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 7 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors. You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth.
Follow the paths and the walking is steep but not overly strenuous. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully grown silverback gorilla: up to three times as bulky as the average man, yet remarkably peaceful and tolerant of human visitors. There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into the liquid brown eyes of these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. After locating your assigned Gorilla group you will spend one hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge. Before driving back to Kigali. Overnight: KIGALI SERENA HOTEL (BB).
DAY 03: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, morning at leisure, lunch in a restaurant transfer to the international airport to catch your outbound flight home.