Rwanda & Congo (DRC) Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safari - 5 Days


OVERVIEW
Short 5 day Rwanda and Congo -DRC gorilla trek, with gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park.
This is a 5 day safari which starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda with 2 gorilla permits (for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes and Virunga National Park in DRC) included.
Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 900 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas two times and thus have a totally different experience with two different gorilla families each in a very unique habitat.

  • Day 1: Volcanoes National Park (Home of the Mountain Gorillas)
  • Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Transfer to Goma - Congo DRC
  • Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Virunga National Park
  • Day 5: Drive back to Kigali for departure flight

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Volcanoes National Park 
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver.   
Ranging in altitude from 2,400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named.
Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour.
Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.
Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda mountain gorillas that still roam these areas.
Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.
Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge |  La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for gorilla trekking.

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.
Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent.
Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.
Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.
Day 3: Volcanoes national park and Golden Monkey Tracking, Transfer to Goma (DRC-Rwanda Border) 

An early morning go to park headquarters pick your guide and go to track Golden monkey and in the afternoon, drive to the border of Rwanda and DRC, enter the country via Goma town, and proceed to your hotel check in.

Overnight: Caritas Hotel
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking In Virunga National Park
After an early breakfast depart for Parc National des Virunga and on to the starting point of your gorilla tracking experience. After completing our park formalities, we embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. 
After the gorilla tracking activity in Virunga, we drive back to cross to Rwanda and spend the night at a hotel near Lake Kivu.
Up-market: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Moderate: Paradis Malahide
Low Budget: Paradis Malahide

Day 5: Kigali and Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum; departure flight back home (about 2.5 hrs drive).

Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali.

You have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours - and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.
Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport.
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