Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park & Kigali City Tours

3 Nights / 4 Days

The Land of Thousand Hills is home to the majestic mountain gorillas who live in the Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This short package includes gorilla trekking with time in Kigali city.

Day 1 - Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to Hotel des Milles Collines. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 -  Following breakfast, depart for Ruhengeri, driving through the beautiful countryside. Upon arrival at the park you will receive a briefing and register with park guides. You will enter Volcanoes National Park and have lunch at your lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Hotel recommendations - Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorillas' Nest Lodge,  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Village.

Day 3 - After an early breakfast, meet with your representative and proceed to the gorilla trekking base for your first trekking experience. You will be led by experienced trackers who will bring you to a  family of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend time amongst them. Return to your hotel for a late lunch and overnight. (B,L,D)

The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer is not uncommon, at relatively high altitude. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, as such sightings cannot be guaranteed however the success rate is well over 90%.

Day 4 -  After breakfast you will drive to Kigali your city tour including a visit to the Genocide Museum.(B)

Transfer to Kigali Airport for your departure flight.

Combine other East African countries to your itinerary, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya for the dream safari. Contact Amanda to customize the itinerary to your wishes and budget.

 


Park Permits should be booked well in advance and are paid for at the time of booking, permits are non-refundable. Trekking with the gorillas is a very special experience with these endangered species.

To visit the gorillas you must be in good health as reaching the families of gorillas will have you tracking through dense forest. Wet conditions are to be expected, as well, the possibility of climbing to high altitudes of up to 3000 meters. Children under the age of 15 are not able to visit the gorillas.  Any person that is sick on the day of their trek, with flu or cold or any other contagious virus will not be able to enter the park and may not be entitled to a refund.

Tracking groups are limited to 8 people and your visit with the gorillas will be one hour, once you find your dedicated family group. Group sizes are limited to protect the Mountain Gorillas from the risk of exposure to human diseases. Limited number of permits to trek the gorillas are available in each park in order to reduce the behavioural impact on the gorillas.

Things to bring and do..

  • carry a light backpack that can fit your lunch, engergy snacks and bottles of water
  • be sure to carry enough water - for a possible 6 hour trek
  • wash your hands before heading out on your trek
  • hike with gators and long pants to protect yourself from bugs and thick bush
  • light rain jacket is recommended
  • wear comforatable hiking boots, preferable waterproof
  • wear light layers, you want to be comfortable
  • wear gloves for protection from nettles

Things to expect when trekking the Mountain Gorillas.

How long will we spend with the gorillas? Only one hour is allowed. A distance of at least 7 meters is required.  

Can we touch the gorillas? Movements around the gorillas must be nonthreatening. Do not point at the gorillas. No venturing behind thick shrubs. You may surprise a gorilla.

What happens if a gorilla comes towards me? If a gorilla charges or vocalizes, do not look directly at it. Stand perfectly still unless the guide asks you to crouch or move back.

Park rules that must be followed or you will be asked to leave the park.

  •  No spitting in the park
  •  No littering in the park
  •  No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
  •  Only speak in whispers
  •  If a nettle stings you, do not cry out, scream, shout-out loud or make any sudden moves.

Children under the age of 15 are not able to visit the gorillas.  Any person that is sick on the day of their trek, with flu or cold or any other contagious virus will not be able to enter the park.