Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is an amazing rewarding venture for your self to tour ,come see how graceful and peaceful these creatures are in there natural habitats in Volcanoes National Park , especially considering their incredible size You’ll be amazed and live to tell about nature of the gentle giants of the jungle in their different families in Rwanda.

Volcanoes National Park

is located in a small village called Musanze previously well-known as Ruhengeri, which is very accessible by public transport from Gisenyi or Kigali or from the airport. The drive to Volcanoes national park is 2 hrs and hence one can do gorilla trekking on the same day and drive back to Kigali after the trek. You will be required to arrive at the headquarters of ORTPN in Kinigi, at the park entrance, by 7:00 am, therefore, if you hope to trek gorillas for one day, you have to wake up very early for your journey so that you are on time. However, there isn’t any public transport from Musanze to the headquarters of the park at Kinigi.

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has  an easy  procedure to be conducted

Initially contact us for all clearances preparations like permits,then after the arrival from your destinations to Volcanoes National Park A cup of tea/ coffee is served as you are being entertained by the local traditional Kinyarwanda dancers to give you a good start of a strenuous yet exciting day, before the ranger guide gives you tips on how to conduct yourself on this trek.
Quick briefing on safety measures and what to expect during the day, you will be grouped in groups of 8 people maximum and each group is assigned one gorilla family to trek. Rwanda has 10 gorilla families, hence 10 groups of 8 people each are the ones allowed to track on a particular day.
Assigning the groups highly depends on the fitness and age of the guests. For example, those above 45 years and the ones with less fitness are assigned the ‘easy to find’ gorilla families which do not wander far away from the trail heads. However, even those with special interests about specific groups may inform their guides to help them negotiate with rangers before assigning the groups such that they may be assigned those specific groups too.

Each gorilla tracking group consists of a main guide and two scouts who carry AK-47 guns, one walking in front and another behind the group. The reason for armed scouts is for protection in the forest against wild elephants or angry, wild gorillas. The scouts are trained to fire shots into the air first in order to scare away the animals but this is only done on rarest occasions when all other options like hiding away from such dangerous animals have been We’ve never heard of any case where such animals attacked the tourists and the scouts had to fire bullets though on many occasions, they advise to hide or remain still until the animals go away. However the policy of the National Park is to be safe rather than sorry.

For a safe and disrupted gorilla trekking in Rwanda the following are essential

Trekking boots; foot wears are essential to guard your foot from the sharp grasses thorns sticks in the gorilla habitats

walking sticks; these are mainly to be used as a third hand and avoid contamination to forests, and also support to the weak

Trousers and a long-sleeved shirt: You’ll be ‘bushwhacking’ into a misty rain forest, so wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the thick undergrowth and nettles.
Gloves: A pair of gloves will protect your hands when grabbing branches and vines, particularly a tough pair of gardening gloves.
Light rain jacket: Even if you’re visiting during the dry season, it’s a good idea to pack a light rain jacket. These  forests can be damp and there can still be rainfall.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is rewarding in the following ways

Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park

Entertaining:  It amuses and incredible how graceful and peaceful these animals are, especially considering their incredible size. You’ll be amazed when you see the silver backs (mature males) get up and move around showing control over the territory.

 

Time with gorillas: spend some time with Gorillas, take photos, videos as long as no flashes and sounds are made when taking photos, this is because the animals are not used to them

 

For all gorilla tours, trackers guide you through the jungle clearing the brush with their machete so you can get a clearer and closer look at the gorillas.

 

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Book your Rwanda 3 Day Express Safari with Africa treasures

Book your Rwanda 3 Day Express Safari with africa treasures for the great experience in gorilla trekking and wildlife

Rwanda 3 Day Express Safari details

Day 1
Arrival in the morning or afternoon at Kanombe international airport Kigali. Our representative will meet you and transfer to the Mountain Gorilla hotel for an overnight.

Day 2
Have an early morning breakfast and then transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing before starting the Gorilla trek through the bamboo forests. You may take between 2-4 hours to find the Gorillas and viewing may take another 1 hour before returning to the lodge for lunch and later transfer to Kigali for Dinner and overnight at Hotel des Collines.

Day 3
Depending on the departure flight out of Nairobi, you may visit the Genocide memorial centre before heading to the airport for departure.

End of safari

This safari includes:
-Airport transfers
-Accommodation
-Park entrance fees
-Gorilla permits
-A 4×4 safari car with a knowledgeable English speaking guide.
But excludes Airfare to Rwanda, Visas drinks cigarettes and personal expenses not listed in the programme.

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Golden Monkey and Gorilla Trekking In Volcanoes Park 4 Days

Gorilla safari that takes you to the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda Volcanoes park to see gorillas and golden monkeys in their wild.

Day 1-Transfer to your hotel of choice near Volcanoes Park

On arrival in Rwanda you will transfer to Mountain Gorilla hotel (LUXURY), Snow hotel /Le bambou gorilla lodge (MID-RANGE), Snow hotel budget rooms/Kinigi guest house (BUDGET) for an overnight.

Day 2-Gorilla trekking

Have an early morning breakfast and then transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing before starting the Gorilla trek through the bamboo forests. You may take between 2-4 hours to find the Gorillas and viewing may take another 1-2 hour before returning Mountain Gorilla hotel(LUXURY),Snow hotel /Le bambou  gorilla lodge (MID-RANGE), Snow hotel budget rooms/Kinigi guest house (BUDGET) for an overnight.

Day 3-Golden monkey tracking

After breakfast, transfer to the bamboo forest near park des volcano for golden monkey tracking. Then drive back to Volcanoes Volcanoes Virunga lodge/ Mountain Gorilla hotel (LUXURY), Snow hotel /Le bambou gorilla lodge (MID-RANGE), Snow hotel budget rooms/Kinigi guest house (BUDGET) for an overnight

Day 4- Transfer to Kigali Genocide memorial and Air port

Morning at leisure, you may visit the Kigali Genocide memorial center before heading to the airport for departure.

 

This safari includes:

-Airport transfers

-Full Board Accommodation

-Park entrance fees

-1 Gorilla permit per person TO BE SECURED IMMEDIATELY

-1 Golden monkey permit

-English speaking guide.

-Genocide memorial visit

-Government taxes

But excludes Airfare to Rwanda, Visas drinks cigarettes and personal expenses not listed in the programme.

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking 4 days Safaris

Day1 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Morning arrival or mid afternoon arrival into Kanombe International Airport at Kigali. Our representatives will meet you and transfer on a lovely 2.5 hour drive through winding roads to the Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day2

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Gorilla adventure in Bwindi

Gorilla adventure in Bwindi

With gangers, guides and security personnel. Start the days gorilla trekking in the parc des volcans. The trek ends approximately one hour after viewing to return for lunch, dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge.

Day 3
The second day of gorilla trekking this time to  a different group of Mountain gorillas maximizes the viewing and photographic opportunities. After the trek, drive to Kigali at leisure and check in into the Hotel Des Mille Collines for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Morning optional visit of the Genocide Memorial & Transfer to Airport for departure.
This safari includes;
-Airport transfers
-accommodation
-meals
-park entrance fees
-Gorilla permits
-A 4×4 safari vehicles with knowledgeable English speaking driver guides.
But excludes Airfare to Rwanda, visas(where applicable), drinks and personal expenses not listed in the program.

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzee And Golden Monkey Trekking Safari 6 days

Day 1
Arrival at the Kanombe International airport Kigali or start from your Kigali overnight Hotel for your safari to Nyungwe forest. Your trip takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery before getting to Nyungwe for Overnight and dinner at the Gisakura Guest House.

Day2
Start your Golden Monkey Safari in Nyungwe forest with ranger guides to spend the morning trekking in the forest in search of Black and White Colobus, Golden Monkeys and other wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House.
Day 3
Rise early in the morning before starting your morning Chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe. Later In the afternoon, the drive gets you to Kibuye reaching before dark for dinner and overnight at Kibuye Guest House.

Day 4
Morning at leisure before driving to Lake Kivu getting there in the early afternoon. Meals and overnight at the Kivu Sun in Gisenyi.

Day 5
Your gorilla safari starts early hiking through the Volcanoes in search of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Approximately one hour of viewing the gorillas, you have your picnic lunches in the forest before heading to the Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Day 6
The gorilla safari ends with a 2 hour drive to Kigali to catch your homeward flight
Price available on request:

This safari includes;
-Airport transfers
-accommodation
-meals
-park entrance fees
-Gorilla permits
-A 4×4 safari vehicles with knowledgeable English speaking driver guides.
But excludes Airfare to Rwanda, visas (where applicable), drinks and personal expenses not listed in the program.

Rwanda Gorilla Adventure – Karisoke and Golden Monkeys Trekking – 7 Day

Day 1
Morning arrival or mid afternoon into Kanombe international airport in Kigali and be met by our representative  who will transfer you through winding roads to the Mountain Gorilla nest lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Have an early morning breakfast and ready to trek the Gorillas in the park. Depending on the level of fitness, you may be asked to choose the group you wish to trek and the closest being about 2 hours or even a couple of minutes from the park boundary meals and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla lodge.

Day 3
Morning breakfast and hike the famous dian Fossey research centre and grave yard where he spent close to 20 years habituating, studying and conserving the endangered mountain Gorillas and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla nest Hotel.

Day 4
Have an early morning breakfast then transfer to the Nyungwe forest which contains a variety of habitats including montane forests, bamboos, grasslands, swamps and bogs and is very mountainous too. And provides some of the Golden monkeys trekking experience in East Africa. Meals and Overnight at Gisakura guest House.

Day 5
Early breakfast before starting the morning chimpanzee trekking expedition in the forest in search of colonies of habituated Golden monkeys and other wildlife which include  Grey cheeked Mangabey, blue monkey, l hoest monkey, Angolan colobus monkey and Owl faced colobus monkey meals  and overnight at Gisakura Guest house.

Day 6
Morning at leisure before heading to visit the genocide memorial centre where thousands of Tutsis and the moderate Hutus can be seen. Meals and Overnight at Milles Collines hotel.

Day 7
Morning breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure flight.

This safari includes;

-Airport transfers
-accommodation
-meals
-park entrance fees
-Gorilla permits
-A 4×4 safari vehicles with knowledgeable English speaking driver guides.
But excludes Airfare to Rwanda, visas (where applicable), drinks and personal expenses not listed in the program.

 

Rwanda Tour With Golden Monkeys And Chimps 8 Days

Day 1
Arrival and transferred to Kigali town for check in and overnight Mille Collines Hotel. Booked on a bed and breakfast basis. Mille Collines Hotel features is featured in the Oscar Winning movie “Hotel Rwanda”

Day 2
Breakfast at leisure before heading to the Nyungwe Forest on an easy 260 Kms transit. Attractions along the way include the National Museum of Butare and the Genocide Memorial of Murambi. After lunch in Butare, your Rwanda tour gets you to the Gisakura Guest House for dinner and overnight.

Day 3                                                                                                                                                                            An early start in this equatorial forest teeming with wildlife yields colonies of the Black and White Colubus and the habituated colonies of Golden Monkeys. After the morning forest safari, we return for lunch and have the evening at leisure before dinner and overnight at the Gisakura Guest House.

Day 4
A very early morning start for the Rwanda Chimpanzee tour. The guides will be tracking a troop of habituated Chimps. We return for lunch then take a leisurely four hour drive through some magnificent scenery on the way to Bethanie Guest House.  Meals and overnight will be had here.

Day 5
The Rwanda Gorillas in the mist tour starts this day by driving up the Volcanoes headed for Kinigi on winding roads. Have lunch in Gisenyi before driving through some beautiful scenic points before heading up into the Volcanoes for dinner and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla’s Nest Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
Morning breakfast before assembling at the Park offices for registration. The Gorillas in the mist tour starts here after a briefing by the Ranger Guides. Later, the gorilla tour which involves some strenuous trekking takes another couple of hours before a gorilla group is finally encountered. The Gorillas will be viewed for a proximately one hour before heading back to the Hotel for lunch. Evening is free to explore the nearby villages on foot or by safari vehicle before returning for dinner and overnight at the Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge.

Day 7
This morning, the guides will be ready to start early for the Full day visit to the Karisoke Research Centre established by the famous Dr Dian Fossey. The Movie “Gorillas in the Mist was shot here on Location” and Graves of Dian Fosse’s together with her once beloved  Mountain Gorillas can be visited here. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at the Mountain gorilla’s Nest Lodge.

Day 8
Depending on the departure time of your flight, you will descend from the Gorilla Mountains to Kigali on a nice winding road taking approximately two hours to the airport for your flight out marking the end of the Gorillas in the Mist tour to Rwanda.

This safari includes;
-Accommodations
-Meals
-Entrance fees
-A 4x4x tour vehicle
-Gorilla Permit
-Chimpanzee permits
-Golden Monkey Permits
-Gorillas in the Mist Park fee
-Dian Fossey and karisoke research centre tour.
But excludes Personal expenses like beverages, communication, laundry, tips, shopping, Travel Insurance cover, meals not listed above, and airfare to and from Rwanda, tourist visas, extra Rwanda tours not indicated above.

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