Visit Rwanda's main highlight: the endangered great apes... Did you know that there are only about 900 mountain gorillas left in the world? There are only 3 places to see them and one of the best is in Rwanda. In this Gorilla Trekking Safari, you will be able to explore the lush jungles of Rwanda and have a special meet and greet with the gorillas. You will also go on a city tour to discover Rwanda's not-so-hidden charm.
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section. After a short briefing, you will embark on your safari.
Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. (Cost of city tour included)
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
Visit the 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.
Lunch in Kigali.
Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri.
Ruhengeri is the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from Uganda boarder
and approximately 2.5 Hours from Kigali City. It is relatively a small town 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.
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Bishops Lodge/Mountain Gorilla
Early breakfast at the lodge.
0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for the Gorilla trekking experience.
0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will
visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the
various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 96 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 for lunch.
Later, depart from the 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.
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Bishops Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
After breakfast, transfer to the airport (Cost of ticket not included)