5 days Rwanda Gorilla safari

This 5 days gorilla safari Rwanda will start and end in Kigali Rwanda’s capital. It includes Gorilla trekking of which a gorilla permit goes for $1500 each person. You will track mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park which is home to over 400 gorillas.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda- Volcanoes National Park

On arrival, your driver-guide will brief you about the details concerning your 5 days safari and transfer you to the North to Parc des National (Volcanoes National Park) which is located 80km from Kigali; approximately a two hours drive. Just in case you reach Kigali early you will have yourself a city tour where you will be able to visit the National Museum of the Genocide memorial center then have lunch and transfer to the park in the afternoon

Accommodation options; Muhabura Hotel (Budget), Le bamboo Lodge(Moderate), 5 Volcanoes Lodge(Upmarket)

Day 2: Volcanoes National Park– Gorilla trekking-Twin lakes visit/ Community walk

Have yourself an early tasty breakfast, after which your driver-guide will take you to the headquarters in the park by 8 am for beefing. Later embark on the amazing adventure which is gorilla tracking, in most cases this activity requires some physical fitness by the hikers.

On several occasions it takes between 1 to 6hours to trek and trekkers are permitted to be with the gorillas for 1 hour. It is really a nice experience seeing them play, guard each other, feed among others. While trekking hikers will be in line to also see other animals like the golden monkeys, elephants, buffaloes as well as birds.

After trekking, you will be escorted back and head to the lodge; have lunch and opt for a visit to the twin lakes; Burera and Ruhondo or take a walk in the community and watch traditional dances of the locals or if you just relax in the afternoon at your lodge.

Accommodation options; Muhabura Hotel (Budget), Le bamboo Lodge(Moderate), 5 Volcanoes Lodge(Upmarket)

Day 3: Hiking the Gorilla great hero- Dian Fossey.

After a long day of trekking the gorillas. Its always better to pay a visit to the greatest scientist who protected the gorillas from poachers. To hike Dian Fossey Tomb is a 30 minutes drive from the volcanoes National Park headquarters. Fossey Dian’s grave is located in the Karisoke research camp. On this tour day, you able to beat two birds with one stone because as you hike you have a view of the wild bird species in the sky and different primates. The hike involves walking through the green jungle and the process requires a little physical fitness. It’s said one of the poachers murdered her and buried near the gorilla friend in a house.

Day 4: Hiking mountain Karisimbi.

Hiking Mt. Karsimbi is a great remarkable experience for many travelers during Virunga hiking. It ain’t simple as it sounds since the hiker has to go through the slippery soft soils. The hiking starts at 7:00 am in the morning from Kinigi headquarters with a briefing on how it will be conducted. All travelers are divided in groups of 8 people and accompanied by two tour rangers. One leads the group and the second, at the end of the group to ensure everyone is safe on the tour.

Day 5: Departure

Be early to raise and have a morning breakfast before you check out from the lodge. After that your driver-guide will transfer you to Kigali city where you will have a short time shopping from local markets, you can buy souvenirs. Just in case you are still on time, you could also visit the pottery project and the Franco-Rwandan cultural center. Enjoy lunch and transfer to the airport as you will be heading home.

End of 5 days gorilla safari Rwanda