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All about the Rwanda.

Gorilla Trekking

3 Nights 4 Days Rwanda

Vehicle : 1 x 5 /7 Seater 4×4 Land Cruiser.
Starts    : Kigali
Ends      : Kigali
Meals   : as indicated on itinerary at a glance

Itinerary at a glance

Day        Location               Accommodation              Board    Activity

1              Kigali      Kigali Serena      BB           TRF

2              Volcanoes N. Park            Gorilla’s N/Sabyinyo/Bishops/MGVL        LDBB      City tour

3              Volcanoes N. Park            Gorilla’s N/Sabyinyo/Bishops/MGVL        LDBB      1st Gorilla Trek

4                     Depart                                                                                                               -L

Rwanda has long been seen as the premiere destination for gorilla tracking, but today more than ever there are dozens of reasons to extend your stay, starting with the 13 species of primates and East Africa’s only canopy walk, all to be found in the dense rainforests of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Still, it’s hardly a surprise that Rwanda developed its reputation for Gorillas—experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence anywhere on earth, and one third of these majestic creatures can be found in Volcanoes National Park alone. With the recent reintroduction of lions to Akagera National Park in the east, Rwanda has truly come into its own as a full-fledged safari destination, and to top it all off, it’s not even a day’s drive between each of these world-class attractions.

Outside of the national parks, visitors can check out (or even participate in!) a traditional Intore dance, tour one of Rwanda’s dozens of world-class tea and coffee plantations, and take a dip in Lake Kivu, all in the same day! After all that, soak up the real Rwanda with a hike through lakeside villages on the Congo Nile trail, pull out the binoculars to take a gander at the hundreds of species on Rwanda’s ornithological checklist, or just get out on the water and hook a few fish for your evening brochettes. After all that, save some time for Kigali’s vibrant dining scene, dozens of historic museums, memorials, and churches, and forward-looking population just waiting to welcome you to their home.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport transfers and assistance
  • Accommodations in Kigali on bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation at the lodge on Full board basis.
  • Private transport in a 4×4 Land cruiser
  • City tour of Kigali
  • Iby’iwacu cultural visit
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • One gorilla permit (Cost offered separate from per person cost)
  • Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • International, regional and local Airfares.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  • Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.
  1. Day1 Day 1: Kigali

    Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.

    Accommodation at Kigali Serena BB

  2. Day2 Day 2: Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Visit the genocide museum and enjoy a city tour of Kigali.

    Lunch in Kigali.

    Depart on scenic drive North West wards through the beautiful terraced hillsides that display Rwanda’s landscape.

    Arrive at Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town itself is located only 25km from Uganda boarder, is relatively a small city of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

    Dinner at the lodge.

    Accommodation at Gorilla’s Nest Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Bishop’s House or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Ingangi Park View Lodge – (LDBB)

     

  3. Day3 Day 3: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek

    Early breakfast.

    0620 hrs. Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for the first gorilla trek.

    0700 hrs. Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.

    Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.

    The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

     

    Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

    Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

    Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

    After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

    Afternoon visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village and the twin Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.

    Dinner at the lodge.

     

    Accommodation at Gorilla’s Nest Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Bishop’s House or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Ingangi Park View Lodge – (LDBB)

  4. Day4 Day 4: Depart

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5hrs).

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Cost of flight not included). A flight after 18H00 is recommended.

     

    • End of services—

     

    1 Gorilla permit per person per trek US$ 1500 – Cost offered separately

     

    Optional Activities:

    Nature walk per person US$ 50

    Visit Musanze Cave per persons US$ 50

    1 Golden monkey permit per person per trek US$ 100

    Bisoke Hike per person per trek US$ 75

    Karisimbi Hike per person per trek US$ 75

     

    Helicopter rates

    Kigali/Musanze (Volcanoes National Park) or vice versa

    Robinson 44 – Max weight 160 kgs, max 2 Pax, approximate time 30 mins US$ 1220

    Augusta 119 – Max weight 320 kgs, max 6 Pax, approximate time 25 mins US$ 2300

    Augusta 109 – Max weight 320 kgs, max 6 Pax, approximate time 25 mins US$ 2960

     

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