5 Days Gorillas & Chimps in Rwanda (CSU-057)

imagezMountain Gorilla in PNV, Rwanda
This is one of the shortest Rwanda safari that captures the essence of Rwanda ” a visit to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board

Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
From Parc National des Volcano, head to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest. Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Lodge

Day 4 : Nyungwe Forest
Take Breakfast and then assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start you hike in Nyungwe forest . Nyungwe Forest NP is a trekkers’ paradise. It hosts 25% of the African Primates! Have Lunch . The exploration continues in the afternoon along different beautiful trails available then encounter the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take 2 up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike that can be managed by any body! If you missed the Angola Colobus in the morning primates trek then can try to trek towards the tea factory where another troop is hosted. An encounter is a thrilling moment! . Return late afternoon and overnight at Gisakura Lodge.

Day 5 : Return to Kigali
Return to Kigali. Visit the cultural museum in Butare enroute. Transfer to Kigali or to the airport for your home bound flight.

End of the Safari