The journey to Volcanoes National Park is about 2 hours from Kigali. As you travel to the home of mountain gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, enjoy the scenery of ‘the thousand hills’. Gorilla trekking takes you in the deep jungles as you search for these massive animals, they nest in a different place every night. Your ranger guide in communication with the trekkers who leave early morning will soon lead you to the location of the gorillas. When you get to meet the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend up to one hour with them and get within five feet of a Gorilla once you locate them. In certain instances, the young gorillas may come closer to you or out of curiosity touch you but you are not expected to respond because the silverback could respond violently as it tries to protect the young one from you.
- Gorilla trekking
- Iby’Iwacu cultural village
- Forest walk
Itinerary of 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes national park
On arrival at the airport, welcomed by our representative and transferred to Volcanoes National Park 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 of beautiful hills along the way.
The drive to Musanze takes you through different villages and towns along the road. Enjoy the scenery of the thousand hills with great views of valleys and pathways to different homes and trading centers. We advise that you get enough sleep the day before so that you prepared for both a short hike and a long hike depending on where the gorillas nested.
You can take a canoe ride on River Mukugwa in the afternoon or choose to visit the gorilla guardians village.
Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Lunch and Dinner
- Upmarket – Five Volcanoes Lodge
- Mid-range – Le bambou gorilla lodge
- Budget – Garden palace hotel
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes national park
Trekking the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience that will stay with you every waking moment. You will have to wake up early morning and your driver-guide will transfer you to the briefing area at the park headquarters. You will enjoy traditional dances and coffee as you wait to receive your briefing from the ranger guide. You will then be given information on the groups to trek and also given your ranger guide. After the further briefing on likely distance to travel and expected behavior while in the forest, you start your trek into the jungles of volcanoes national park. For some gorilla groups, you are expected to drive out a bit before starting the trek. You are advised to hire a porter to help with your day pack and some of your gadgets.