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4 Days Gorilla Tracking Lake Kivu

Overview

Enjoy 4 days of exploration and adventure in Rwanda. The tour highlights gorilla tracking at the in Volcanoes National Park. Learn more about the traditions and life of Rwandan people in Kigali with a city tour that will bring you to historical establishments and city attractions. The majestic sight of Lake Kivu will unfurl before your eyes when you’re brought to a charming location for dining and accommodation.

Best time to visit: June-Sept / Dec-Feb

Duration

4 days

Map Overview

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 -Day 1 - Airport pick-up and Hotel Transfer

Airport pickup and transfer to either Kigali Serena/Lemigo Hotel/ or Luxury Hotel Rwanda.

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Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to a city tour of Kigali. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri for 3 hrs arriving in time for lunch at the Volcanoes National Park HQs

In the evening, Optional Intore, Cultural Dancers troupe will spice your stay with memorable Rwandan dances (extra cost of USD 30.00 per person)

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Sabinyo Silverback Lodge/Virunga lodge/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Home Inn Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel/lodge then proceed to registration where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. There are a total of 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.
After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge/hotel for lunch

After lunch, depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive to Lake Kivu Serena arriving in the evening. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost.

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Lake Kivu Serena

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning at leisure to enjoy optional activities. Later depart eastwards past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali.

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage

Exclusions

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag

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Can I Choose Other Accommodation Than What's Specified?

Yes, if you have a special preference, let us know, and we will offer alternatives from our vast network of company-owned and partner accommodations. Booking with us allows you to enjoy discounted rates as we have special agreements with our partners.

Is Electricity Available 24 Hours in the Lodges and Camps?

Most standard camps and lodges are equipped with generators, so electricity is generally available 24 hours. However, some interruptions may occur but are typically not a significant concern for guests.

Will My Mobile/Cellular Phone Work During the Tour?

es, though signal strength may vary in different areas.

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We cater to all diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, among others. Please inform us in advance about your dietary preferences.

What Activities Can My Kids Do While on a Safari?

A safari offers an enriching experience for children, allowing them to observe animals in their natural habitat. Some camps and lodges offer amenities for children, such as playrooms and pools, though these are not universally available. We suggest bringing activities that your children enjoy.

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