DAY 1 Air port pick up and city tour
Meet with international tours and travel representative at Kigali international air port up on your arrival, this will be followed by introduction with briefing about your trip. Depending on the arrival time will determine whether to do the city tour , the city tour will feature Gisozi Genocide memorial site after your driver/guide will transfer you to Ruhengeri for over night at either Gorillas nest hotel or Kinigi guest house BB
Volcanoes National Park /Background
Volcanoes National park was opened in the year of 1925 (initially as part of the first National park in Africa: Albert National park) and it was created with the major aim of protecting the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
The park is located in a chain of dormant Volcanoes called Ibirunga in the northwest of the Country. The volcanoes include Muhabura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Bisoke and Karisimbi. The park lies within the former provinces of Gisenyi (15%) and Ruhengeri (85%) a long the boarder of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda and is part of the Albertine or western Rift. The Park is continuous with other two parks in the neighboring Countries; Virunga National Park in DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda; and the three compose the ecosystem of Virunga Massif.
The Mountain Gorillas’ survival today thanks to Diana Fossey’s research that was buried at her research center in the Virunga’s alongside the Animals to which she dedicated her life to. Fossey became a household name following the release of the biographical film gorillas in the mist, set and short on location in the Volcanoes National Park. Critical and public acclain ensured that gorillas in the mist also served to raise International awareness of the plight of the Mountain Gorillas.
A mere 300 of these gentle giants survive in the world, half of them resident in Rwanda, where habituated groups ranging in size from 8-43 individuals-cans be visited by up to 56 tourists daily.
DAY 2: Gorilla tracking
After an early breakfast, report to the ORTPN Offices for formal registration. Drive to the Volcanoes national park for the lifetime experiences of tracking the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking in the park National Des Volcanoes can entail anything from 1-8 hours but seeing and staying with the gorillas for one hour track through the forest, led by experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest. Your track will be enchanting as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate.
After tracking drive back to Kigali for your evening flight.
What to Bring:
You must bring appropriate walking or hiking shoes as trainers are not suitable for the forest terrain. Waterproof clothing, preferably dark in colour as bright colours will attract insects, is necessary since the forest is at high altitude so there is a good chance of rain. Remember to bring high-factor sunscreen and a hat too. During your trek you will need to have plenty of water with you, so it is a good idea to hire a porter for the day. Many of the porters are kind, so, let them help you, be generous and create a job for a day!
NOTE/ Clients who choose to stay for more days at the end of their safari are free to do so. We can arrange hotel accommodation for your extended stay. Should you wish to spend more time exploring Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, we can arrange further safaris and city tours to meet your requirements.