Rwanda and Congo Gorilla tracking (5 days)
This 5 day tour combines Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic Of Congo and the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda starting and ending in Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali – Rwanda and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
A driver/guide will meet you upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport to take you on an approximately 3hr drive to Volcanoes National Park where you are expected to arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight at the accommodation of your choice.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and relax at the lodge.
Volcanoes National park also known as Parc National des Volcans is Rwanda’s most popular national park known mostly for mountain gorilla trekking. Tracking Mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes is an experience that cannot be compared to another. The tracking is highly guided by a great team of rangers, guides and porters who make sure that you have a magical experience. The trek starts by a briefing at the park offices with a cup of Rwanda coffee and entertainment from the cultural dancers.
You are then led into the park, searching for the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park takes a minimum of 2 hours before meeting the mountain gorillas. The time taken to see mountain gorillas depends on where these beautiful giant gorillas nested the previous night.
An optional tour to the Musaze caves can be arranged in the afternoon to explore these ancient caves dating 65million years ago formed as a result of lava flow from the volcanoes of Sabyinyo and Bisoke. The caves are 2km wide inside and feature a range of 31 caves with a huge bat colony inside.
Retire for dinner and overnight at your lodge
Day 3: Transfer to Goma – Virunga National Park via Gisenyi – Lake Kivu
After breakfast on day 3, we will drive to Congo’s Virunga National Park connecting to the town of Goma via Gisenyi. On this ride you are able to enjoy the views of Lake Kivu and the towering Nyiragongo Volcano. You have the option to relax on the Gisenyi beaches and perhaps even take a boat cruise on Lake Kivu before we proceed to Goma for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
Early morning on day 4, we will join other trackers at the designated point of briefing and commencement of the gorilla tracking adventure. Virunga National Park is regarded by some experts as Africa’s most biodiverse protected area, home to over one thousand species of mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian as well as 1/3 of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Day 4 of this safari will be dedicated to searching, meeting and spending a precious time with the gorillas of Virunga along with an exhaustive photography opportunity and a refreshing nature hike.
Retire to your lodge for an evening of lounging, dinner and overnight
Day 5: Return to Kigali
After breakfast on the final day, we will head back to Kigali to catch up with your flight or to drop you off at a preferred location.
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