Day 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel for accommodation and overnight.
Day 2: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast at the hotel you will depart on a City Tour of Kigali.
Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
Lunch is in Kigali and then later you depart for Ruhengeri, a 2.5 hrs drive, arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park. Dinner and overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park
An early breakfast. At 0620 hrs you are transferred to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking. At 0700 hrs there’s a briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure (porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. Guests are advised to utilize this service).
Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!.
After the trek, you will rejoin your driver/ guide for a transfer to your lodge/hotel for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure or you can visit the twin lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. Dinner and overnight is at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 4: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Departure
Breakfast is at the lodge and the morning at leisure. Optional activities are a 2nd Gorilla Trek at an extra cost, Golden Monkey Trek also at an extra cost. You can also visit the caves (also at an extra cost).
After lunch, you depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5 hrs), you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Safari comes to an end.