5 Days Volcanoes Gorilla Safari Safaris

Itinerary For 5 Day Rwanda Volcano & Gorilla Safari

Travel to Volcanoes National Park, commonly known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey studied the Mountain gorilla behaviours. It is largely thanks to Fossey’s determination that poaching was cut in time to save these gentle creatures; the gorillas.

Safari Outline:

  • Day 1: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 3: Golden Monkeys and Iby’wacu Cultural visit
  • Day 4: Bisoke Hike
  • Day 5: Volcanoes to Kigali

Especially created for:

  • Gorilla lovers
  • Adventure itinerants

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Escape To Africa company representative will pick you up early in the morning from either a hotel in Kigali or at the Airport and transfer you to Volcanoes National Park commonly known as the gorilla haven. On your way to the park enjoy the view of the rolling hills and dense vegetation.

  • Travel time: 3 Hours
  • Accommodation: Virunga / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After an early morning breakfast transfer with your vehicle to Kinigi park head offices. Gorilla briefing is done by park rangers after which rangers are assigned per trackers group. For those with heavy gadgets or need a pull and push, porters are available. Porters are from the local community and each carry a maximum of 15KGs. Only 1 hour is allowed in the company of the gentle creatures. However it takes about 30 minutes to several hours to encounter the mountain gorillas. Apart from the experience, one is rewarded a Gorilla tracking Certificates of Participation. Later relax at the Lodge.

  • Accommodation: Virunga Lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Golden Monkeys and Iby’wacu Cultural visit
After a light breakfast with packed lunches transfer to Kinigi park offices for briefing. Golden Monkey briefing done before entering the park. This briefing starts at 7:00am and with only 1 hour of viewing for (conservation purposes). However unlike gorillas, golden monkeys exist in large families and one is 100% sighting of these beautiful creatures jumping from tree to tree, branch to branch while the young ones are seen hiding behind the mothers. You will be rewarded with lots of pictures of these playful creatures. Later refresh at the Lodge, before continuing with the Iby’wacu cultural visit for better understanding of the Rwandese Culture.

  • Accommodation: Virunga Lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Bisoke Hike
With an early breakfast and packed lunch, depart for Kinigi to the starting point of Bisoke hike. Mt Bisoke stands at 3700m, a volcano where its crater lays a deep lake. This Hike provides a spectacular breath-taking view of the crater lake. This 6 – hours hike also includes 2 hours descending down to the starting point. For those who are experienced hikers they can get to the top in only 3 hours or even less and return to the starting point in just 1 hours. Before the hiking one has to report at the park offices at 7AM for a briefing, were park rangers, porters and hiking gear are assigned after which the activity starts at 8AM. Later return to the Lodge for an overnight.

  • Travel time:  45 minutes
  • Accommodation: Virunga Lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Volcanoes to Kigali
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a breath-taking view of the misty forest. After with your guide transfer to Kigali city for an overnight. OR if the departure flight is later on in the evening opt for a city tour; visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, National Museum and the local market. Later dine in the heart of Kigali before transferring to the Airport for the departure flight.

  • Travel time: 3 Hours
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast only

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Included in the above quote:

  • Our Quotes offered in USD
  • Full Board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with Accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
  • Gorilla and Golden Monkey Permit fees
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 litre per person per day)
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 1 to the evening of day 5
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • Wi-Fi (in main areas of all Lodges and Hotel)
  • Government taxes

Excluded from the above quote:

  • All drinks
  • Lunch & Dinner on (Day 5)
  • Rwanda Entry Visa fee
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips

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