3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

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Tour Details

This 3 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari package  gives you an opportunity to go to the volcanoes national park Rwanda. The Volcanoes National Park is found in the northwestern part of Rwanda. It covers an area of 62 square miles consisting of rain-forest and 5 of the 8 volcanoes found in the wider Virunga regionThese mountain include Muhabura, Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Bisoke and Gahinga. The park borders Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park.

The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has been made famous as the former base of Dian Fossey (the great primatologist) and as home to Mountain Gorillas and golden monkeys. The volcanoes national park was first turned into a park in 1925 as part of the wider Virunga Conservation area to protect mountain gorillas living within Mount Mikeno, Karisimbi and Bisoke. After a while its boundaries where marked to be part of only Rwanda. From 1967, the park became known around the world as the base of Dian Fossey. She worked hard to protect the mountain gorillas in the park and let the world know about their plight and possible extinction.  Although she was murdered in 1967, Fossey is still remembered for introducing ground breaking discoveries in gorilla research. Without her efforts, many believe mountain gorillas would be extinct by now. Apart from Mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, the Volcanoes National Park is also home to the black-fronted duiker, forest buffaloes, bushbucks, elephants and the spotted hyena. Birders should expect to encounter about 178 recorded species.

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla SafariThe Rwanda Development board is responsible for managing the park in conjunction with international agencies and other partners. The Volcanoes National Park generates more revenue from tourism than any other national park in Rwanda. Gorilla tourism is particularly very rewarding although the recent increase in the price for gorilla permits has kept away some visitors. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500. Most of the revenue goes back to wildlife conservation activities and maintaining the national park.  Apart from gorilla trekking, tourists can choose to hike mount Karisimbi, visit the grave of Dian Fossey, track golden monkeys, tour the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village or the twin lakes Ruhondo and Burera.

3 Days gorilla tour to Rwanda includes a Kigali city tour and visit to the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village. While at the village, you will learn about the Rwandan culture and be entertained to cultural dances, folk stories and traditional songs. Rwanda gorilla tours start and end in Kigali with a visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial site to learn about the events that led to tragic Rwandan genocide.

Itinerary

Day 1Pick up at Airport- Genocide memorial visit and transfer to Ruhengeri

Start you 3 days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari by meeting our experienced safari guide for a briefing.  If you arrive early enough, you will indulge in a Kigali City tour. Kigali is the Capital City of Rwanda and a beautiful small city. 70% of Kigali is urban with a significant part that is rural with a population of relatively youth making up about 60% and women making slightly more  of the percentage. Kigali is Home to over 1 Million people and the famous and most informative genocide memorial in the Country.

The genocide memorial centre consists of  three permanent exhibition centers which include ;Education Centre, Memorial Gardens and National Documentation Centre, the largest of which gives a  documentary of  1994 genocide.   The centre also has a children’s memorial centre, and  it is  an exhibition on the history of several genocide hostility  around the world. The place is a true exhibition and a meaningful tribute to those who lost their loved ones as well as a form of a powerful educational tool for the new generations. After the city tour , you will be transferred to Kinigi  now known as Musanze for diner and over nights at

Either;
Budget – Kinigi Guest House

Mid RANGE – Amarembo Gorilla Village
Luxury : Sabyinyo silverback Lodge

Super luxury : Bisate Lodge

Day 2Gorilla Trekking

Take breakfast and report at 0730hrs to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi office for registration. The park ranger will brief you about the whole process on hiking and trekking to see the gorilla. Depending on the group allocated to you, drive to the brim of Park. There are a number of gorilla Families or groups that you can be allocated. Therefore Gorilla trekking is solely unpredictable however we have a 99% chance of seeing the gorillas.

The time taken to search for the gorillas will vary ranging between 2 to 6hrs because these Mountain gorillas are in their natural habitats.   The gorilla safari here commences at about 2000 meters above sea level in the upmost slopes of the Volcanoes. Once you meet the Gorillas , you will spend one hour in their company before  hiking back to the starting point. Meeting the gorillas and taking photos is a breathtaking experience  that makes the walk worthwhile! Time permiting, visit the little known but eloquently gorgeous twin lakes of BULERA & RUHONDO at an extra cost .

Dinner & Overnight at the lodge of your budget.

Day 3Transfer to Kigali

Today wakeup to a leisurely breakfast, before you embark on the 3hr journey to Kigali.  Transfer to the hotel.  End of  the 3 days Rwanda Gorilla trekking Safari.

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