This 2 days Rwanda Mountain gorilla trekking safari will combine great Rwanda safari highlights of the mountain gorilla trekking plus a glimpse into the Rwandan cultural by visiting the Iby’Iwacu cultural village. The mountain gorillas live deep in the jungles of the Virunga volcanoes shared between Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. This tour will take you to the volcanoes national park which offers the perfect inhabitant for mountain gorillas found in northern Rwanda on the border with Uganda. The route to this park takes you through the communities where you enjoy the scenery of ‘the thousand hills’. Gorilla trekking is a special intimate experience that is hard to relay to someone who has never come close to the Mountain gorillas. You get to spend up to one hour with gorillas, after locating them with your ranger guide. This 2 days Rwanda Mountain gorilla trekking safari starts and ends in Kigali international airport.
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international airport / pick from Kigali city – Meet and greet and drive to Volcanoes national park – Visit the Iby’Iwacu cultural villageur Plan
Today upon your arrival at Kigali international airport in Rwanda, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representative who will be your safari guide on 3 days Rwanda mountain gorilla trekking safari for meet and greet, then drive to a certain nice restaurant in Kigali city to be briefed about your tour. After the tour briefings embark on the journey to the home of the mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park. Volcanoes National Park covers an area of about 160 km² of rainforest and encompasses five of the eight volcanoes found in the Virunga Mountains, namely Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. Volcanoes national park is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems which embraces an evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland and swamp. It was named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: these include Karisimbi – the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant Crater Lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura and part of Virunga Conservation Area which includes Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in DR Congo and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. On arrival at Volcanoes national park, drive straight to check in at your reserved lodge to have lunch and later visit Iby’iwacu cultural village/ Gorilla guardians Village to have a taste of the history and culture of Rwanda.
The Iby’ Iwacu cultural village center is well-known for combining all of Rwanda’s known cultural traditions, people and history into one place for display and a personal experience. This is will get you to see what life was in a typical African society settings such as the lifestyle, houses, traditional dances, dressing code, food, herbs and how the ancient kingdoms were generally organized. Also you will have an opportunity to learn African ancient hunting skills, try weaving baskets/mats, carpentry that provides a unique experience and it is a great place for relaxation and purchasing some locally handmade craft souvenirs to keep your memories. After exploring a bit of Rwandan culturedrive back to your lodge and spend your evening relaxing till time to have dinner.
Accommodation: Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Standard)
Meal plan: Lunch/ Dinner
Day 2, Volcanoes National Park – Mountain gorilla trekking – Return to Kigali city / airport
After having breakfast, head to the Park headquarters to meet other guests for the pre-trekking briefings about the guidelines to follow during your adventurous gorilla trekking by your ranger guide and then start your forest walk in search for the mountain gorillas, your guides will help you to establish where the gorillas are located. In the course of mountain gorilla trekking, you may encounter many other wildlife species such as Bush pigs, forest Elephants, white and black colobus monkeys, and many bird species. Your guide will be able to give you information about everything that you will encounter which will make your forest walk so exciting. The time taken while looking for mountain gorillas is no known but expected to be between 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on the location and movements of the gorilla family you are tracking and when you meet them, you will have a maximum of 1 hour to stay with the gorillas while enjoying their actions like young ones playing and adults making nests. You will be allowed to take as many photos as you would want therefore, your camera has to be on standby and fully charged such that you do not miss out any moment un captured.
After an hour with the mountain gorillas, return to the starting point to pick your trekking certificate of appreciation toward the conservation of the endangered mountain gorilla, have some refreshments, enjoy your packed lunch and the start drive back to your residence or hotel in Kigali city or Kigali international airport to prepare for your return airport. This will be the end of your 2 days Rwanda mountain gorilla trekking safari.
Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch