8 Days Gorilla Safari holiday best for travellers with a sole aim of watching Africa’s mountain gorilla families from all gorilla destinations in Africa. This safari takes for to watch gorilla in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Virunga national park and Volcanoes national park.
Day 1: Pick Up – Bwindi National Park
Arrival and pick up by our company tour guide at the Kigali international airport or from your hotel early morning. Depending on pick up time, you will have a half day tour of Kigali city, a nice way to learn and get familiar with Rwanda, later have lunch and drive crossing into Uganda to Bwindi national park. The drive will take approximately 4 hours driving through the scenic Ugandan country side. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Ihamba Lodge / Bush lodge (mid-range)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Kisoro District
Your day begins with an early cup of coffee and your guide will drive you to the Bwindi park head quarters where all visitors going for gorilla trekking gather for briefing about conduct / behavior when you meet your gorilla family. Trekking for gorilla in Uganda usually last 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants. After trekking descend back to the park head offices where you will meet you guide to drive you to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Kisori district reaching in time for dinner and overnight in Kisori town at Travelers Rest Hotel (Budget), Kisoro tourist hotel (Midrange)
Day 3: Virunga gorilla trekking
Set off early after breakfast at your hotel, driving to Bunagana border crossing into Congo. Drive to the Virunga national park head offices for briefing before your gorillas adventure. Trekking for mountain gorilla in Congo usually last 2 – 4 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants.
Later cross back to Kisoro for Dinner and overnight at hotel of Day1
Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali for city tour – Transfer to Volcanoes NP
Have breakfast at your hotel and be ready to drive back to Kigali. If you missed city tour on the fast day, head for city to visit the genocide memorial site, market visits, and national museum. Later drive to Volcanoes national park, Musanze province. Driving time to Volcanoes national park is 2 – 3 hours. Dinner and overnight at at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Muhabura Hotel (Basic)
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking – Ibyiwacu cultural village
Wake up early for a quick cup of coffee at your hotel and with a packed snuck from your hotel, drive to the Kinigi park headquarters for briefing about gorilla trekking do’s and don’ts. These are important rules set to protect the health of both visitors and mountain gorillas. You have a chance to decide to go for a hard, medium or simple trek depending on your physical ability.
Trekking with gorilla in Rwanda usually last 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants. After trekking descend back to the park head offices where you will meet you guide to drive you to your hotel for lunch. In the evening, go out for a cultural experience at the Ibyiwacu cultural village.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel of Day 2
Day 6: Golden Monkey tracking / Dian Fossey Hike – Burera Ruhondo twin Lakes Tour
Just Like Trekking for gorillas, golden monkey tracking and Dian Fossey tomb hike takes place at volcanoes national park, starting with briefing at the Kinigi headquarters and then driving to the trekking head trail where you begin your hike. Return to your hotel for lunch and in the afternoon transfer go visit twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day 7: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat Ride
Today you will transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu – Rwanda’s larges fresh water lake. With a cup of coffee at your hotel set off for Gisenyi with en route visit to the Gisenyi genocide memorial site reaching lake Kivu in time for lunch. After Lunch have an afternoon boat ride along lake Kivu touring its islands. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury)/ Palm gardens resort (Deluxe)/ Paradise Marahide (Budget)
Day 8: Transfer to Kigali for city tour – Departure
With a hot cup of coffee at your hotel, be ready to set off to Kigali for a city tour before departure, visiting the Gisozi genocide memorial and other outstanding attractions around and later head to the airport for departure.
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