4 Days Mountain Gorilla Trekking And Bisoke Hike, Safari Overview
This 4 Days Mountain Gorilla Trekking And Bisoke Hike safari will offer you the opportunity to trek mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and Hike the Visoke/ Bisoke Mountain in Volcanoes National Park. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. The safari offers you an opportunity to trek Mt Visoke which stands at 3700m, it has the typical conic shape of a “perfect” volcano and in its crater lies a deep crater lake. It is nevertheless still a tough hike. The whole excursion can take between 5 hours and the whole day depending on the speed of the walk and the frequency of stops. The ascent typically takes around 3 hours. Parc Nationale des Volcanoes in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey’s grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.
This is a tailor-made safari package which can as well be adjusted upon the client’s request to accommodate special interests.
DAY 1: Kigali city tour & transfer to Volcanoes National park
On this day after your morning breakfast, the guide driver from African Safari Journeys will pick you from your hotel/lodge/place of residence and take you for short Kigali city tour where you will visit the Kigali Genocide memorial in Gisozi, visit local craft market Nyamata church among many places lunch then after you will transfer to volcanoes national park for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking and cultural visit to Iby’iwacu
After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to the park offices where briefing and activity registration is done from, you will carry snacks for lunch and enough drinking water and dressed in gorilla tracking attire, after the briefing with the park guide, you will start your tracking of these rare gentle giants in their natural habitat which will take you between 4 and 7 hours. Once you find them you will be allowed maximum of one hour with them as you take pictures thereafter you will return back to your lodge rest a bit and later you will take visit to the community to iby iwacu for cultural entertainments, that will mark the day return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3: Mount Bisoke Hike – volcano
A relatively early start of the Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Hiking Tour after breakfast, report to the park offices ready with packed lunch and enough drinking water and in hiking gear, you will be briefed by the park ranger guide then ascend to the mountain for your hike. This will probably take 6 to 8 hours in total. With this activity you must be fit physically to conquer the beautiful hill as it gets muddy when it rains but very interesting to get to the top where the Crater Lake can be viewed from before descending back to the lodge.
DAY 4: Golden monkey tracking & transfer back to Kigali
Early morning after your breakfast, you will report again to the park offices for your golden monkey tracking. These are endangered type of monkey which is only found in this mountain range at high elevation within the Albertine rift region. They can easily be seen in large troop but on close view because of being habituated to human presence. The tracking takes 3 to 4 hours in total. when you return, you will have you lunch at your lodge thereafter the guide will transfer you back to Kigali up to your hotel or Airport if it’s your scheduled flight time.
- Airport transfers
- Kigali city tour
- Gorilla tracking permit for $1500
- Hiking fees for mount Bisoke
- Golden Monkey permit
- Cultural visit fees
- Transport costs in a 4wd vehicle
- Full time English speaking and knowledgeable Driver/guide
- Accommodation and meals
- Drinking water during the tour
- Government local tax on Accommodation
- Any domestic or International flights
- Visa fees
- All optional activities
- Medical and travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
- Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills.