Day 1: KIGALI – DISCOVER RWANDAYOUTH HOSTEL
You will be met by our representative/guide at the Kigali International airport and stop for lunch in the city before being transferred to Discover Youth Hostel for overnight on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: DISCOVER YOUTH HOSTEL - REDROCKS RWANDA HOSTEL
After breakfast go for a morning city tour visiting interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site, Kigali museum. Stop for lunch in the city before being transferred to the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo- These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains.
These twin lakes are great spots to be visited and used to be referred to as neglected gems but things have changed and Bulera and Ruhondo are a place not worth missing out on. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. Get to the view point then drive to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The virungas- Arriving for dinner and overnight at Redrocks Rwanda Hostel.
Day 3: GORILLA TREK – COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES (REDROCKS)
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them.
The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far) It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later the after head for your community activities at Redrocks for familiarize yourself with the culture of Rwanda and to get a firsthand experience on how the locals do. Dinner and overnight at Redrocks Hostel.
Day 4: REDROCKS RWANDA – DISCOVER RWANDA GISENYI
After an early breakfast, you will proceed for your day’s activities, hike to the Rugalika Mountain and the village walks within Redrocks communities. Back to the hostel for lunch then leave for Discover Rwanda Gisenyi for overnight.
Day 5: DISCOVER RWANDA GISENYI – GOMA (DRC Congo)
After an early morning breakfast, 0530hrs we head for the Rwanda / Congo (DRC) border – Grande Barriére (La Corniche ). You’ll be assisted to clear with customs and cross border entering the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today is real adventure where you spend a day hiking the live volcano Nyiragongo. At 3468 meters, Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most beautiful and active volcanoes, towers above the thick jungles of Virunga National Park. A five-hour hike to the rim of the 1.2 km wide crater reveals the fiery lava lake deep inside. Sitting on the edge of the crater at night, the red boiling lava and smoking caldera will mesmerize the visitor. The trek includes a walk through lush forest and lava fields with a steep incline near the top, and includes an overnight stay in the Nyiragongo Crater Cabanas on the volcano rim. The stunning views both day and night make this an unforgettable experience. Later stay for overnight in tents at the rim of the giant crater high above the active lava lake.
Things to bring for Nyiragongo Hiking-Sleeping Bag, Food (lunch, dinner, breakfast),Water (3 liters p.p. minimum), Any other drinks required, Change of dry clothes, Rain gear, Good walking shoes, Warm Clothes (sweater, jacket) is very cold up there. Sun cream, warm Hat, Torch, Camera and your smile too.
Day 6: MOUNT NYIRAGONGO DESCEND + DEPART FOR KIGALI (RWANDA)
After breakfast descend by 0700 hrs arriving at the trail head before lunch. Continue to your hotel for lunch (own account) then be transferred to the Grande Barriére (Congo border) to clear with customs before proceeding to Kigali. If time permits and depending on your flight departure timings go on a complementary tour of the city to visit interesting spots which may include the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Also engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before being dropped off at the Kigali International airport for your late evening flight back home.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.