2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Visit and explore the land of thousand hills on this 2 days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari and experience the ultimate adventure experience that continues to attract many travelers allover the world, the gorilla trekking experience. The volcanoes national park in Rwanda is among the four parks where mountain gorillas can only be found. And this 2 days gorilla trekking safari, will bring you close to these massive but gentle animals that live in a communal family led by the dominant silver back. In some gorilla groups you will find more than one silver back in which case it implies the other silver-backs had to submit to his leadership or breakaway and start their own families.
Besides gorilla trekking, the itinerary also includes a tour of Kigali city, and the genocide memorial in Rwanda. During the gorilla trek in the forest, we can also have a sight of the Golden monkey, forest elephants and other animals if lucky.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali & Transfer to Ruhengeri (Volcanoes NP)
As you arrive at the airport, you will be welcome by an agent from Amazing Gorilla Safaris who will then upon successful briefing of your safari, transfer you to your hotel in Musanze formerly known as Ruhengeri. Alternatively if you were already in Kigali you will be picked from your hotel or designated location and drive to Musanze. The drive from Kigali to Musanze takes about 2 hours with great scenery along the way.
The drive to musanze takes you through different villages and town along the road. Enjoy the scenery of the thousand hills with great views of valleys and pathways to different homes and trading centers. Be expectant to meet the massive mountain gorillas on your trek after briefing from ranger guides early the next. We advise that you get enough sleep the day before so that you prepared for both a short hike and along hike depending on where the gorillas nested.
Dinner and overnight at Upmarket – Mt Gorilla view lodge, Mid range – Le bambou gorilla lodge, Budget – Garden palace hotel
Meal plan – Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
This is the long awaited day for Gorilla trekking! On an early morning after your breakfast, we drive to the park headquarters for briefing and gorilla group a location.
After the gorilla briefing, start your trekking adventure through the forest start the search for the gorillas. Tracking gorillas is through mountainous forest and therefore, you are required to wear hiking shoes and a rain coat in-case it rains. Proceed with the trek in the forest searching for gorillas and on meeting them you will be allowed to spend 1 hour following then. Later on you will return to the starting point. You will return for lunch at the Lodge and then travel to Ruhengeri town near the Volcanoes National Park. You will have a tour of this town and also visit the vibrant local markets before retiring to your lodge.
Meal plan – Breakfast and Lunch
The most famous destination in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.
Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. Gorillas, of course, pay no heed to borders and are known to cross between the countries, although most habituated groups are to be found in Volcanoes National Park. The massif is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas – some 400 of them – making Rwanda probably the best place in Africa for a tracking safari.