Gorilla trekking safaris can be done throughout the year but the most popular times for gorilla tracking are during the drier months, between December and February, and from about June to mid-September. Whilst a gorilla trekking safari is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, the staff at Volcanoes National Park have been doing this for several years and run a very smooth operation, hence treks to the mountain gorillas are well-organised and clearly structured.
On the day of your gorilla trekking, you’ll set off very early in the morning to track to the apes from the edge of the forest. Our driver/guide will take you from your lodge to the park headquarters in Kinigi village. The guides speak excellent English and are very good. They will be taking you to a specific group of 'habituated' mountain gorillas, which they know well and are used to human visitors.
Paths on gorilla treks can be slippery, muddy and steep so sturdy walking boots are essential. Some people take thick gardening gloves because of the brambles and nettles en route and you should wear long trousers rather than shorts. A waterproof jacket may come in handy and take some water and a snack in case it’s a long trek. You might also find a walking stick or pole helpful.
Meet and greet at the Kigali International Airport by the driver-guide. Depending on your arrival time, your driver-guide may propose you a visit of Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi. Transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes. O/N: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (B-L-D)
After breakfast, you will depart to the park headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever! After briefing you will drive from the park office to the starting point where your drive guide you stay with the car and you will continue with the game ranger who will be the guide of the day while in jungle. You will be allowed to spend 1hr with gorilla families seeing how they play with their ones, breast feeding their babies and picking parasites from each other’s. After the trekking you will drive back to the lodge lunch after lunch at leisure time from the lodge, Depending on your fitness you may visit IbY’IWACU traditional cultural village. Dinner and Overnight stay at your lodge on full board (FB)
After breakfast you will drive back to Kigali, On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country with over thousand hills, You will make a stopover in Kigali city for souvenir shopping then after transfer to the airport for your flight to other destinations.