Experience Africa’s mountain gorillas on an adventure through Rwanda.
Visit Rwanda, Africa’s home to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas and a place where you will be warmly welcomed by smiling locals. Rwanda has bravely risen from a tragic past and stands proudly as a representation of Africa’s irrepressible beauty. Be awe-struck by the profound power of the endangered mountain gorilla.
Day 1: Kigali
On arrival at Kigali Airport you are met by a local representative. On arrival visit the Genocide Museum, which was opened in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Whilst the genocide occurred as a result of a complex series of factors, it can only be seen as an absolute tragedy to Rwanda and its people. Time spent at the museum is sure to be emotionally moving, but it is an important way to understand the sheer courage and resilience of the people of this beautiful, tiny nation.
Afterwards drive through the verdant rolling hills of Rwanda as you head towards the gorillas. Our accommodation is located in the Kinigi region, approximately 17km from Musanze town (formerly Ruhengeri). The lodge is nestled on the scenic lower slopes of Sabinyo Volcano – one of five volcanoes located in the Parc National des Volcans. The small Rwandan town of Ruhengeri is the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. (D)
Day 2: Ruhengeri/Gorilla Trek
This morning we have a very early start driving to the park headquarters where we are briefed on our gorilla trek by the guides of Parc National des Volcans.
This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than eight per day can visit any one habituated family and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals.
Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid, but the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. We can get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself. Your visit with the gorillas will last one unforgettable hour. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Optional Trek/Kigali
Today is a day of various trekking options. You may choose to visit another gorilla family or see the rare golden monkey.
We then travel back to Kigali late in the afternoon. Dinner tonight is at your own expense and can be enjoyed at one of the many good nearby restaurants. (B, L)
Day 4: Kigali
Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, is a great place to explore on foot – from its market areas to the infamous Hotel Rwanda. This morning we are taken on a city tour of Kigali before then being transferred to Kigali International Airport, arriving there about midday. (B)
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Kigali – Genocide Memorial Audio Guide
- Volcanoes National Park – Mountain gorilla trek & permit
- Kigali – City Tour
TIN-YGAR Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
Images courtesy of IntrepidGroup