This short trip will offer you one of the most sought-after travel experiences on the African continent: an encounter with the rare mountain gorillas, which reside in only three places in the world – Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR
>>Airport pick-up and return
>>Fully escorted by a Mutanda Gorilla Tours guide
>>Travel within Rwanda
>>2 nights accommodation
>>Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners
>>Bicycle and biking gear
When you arrive at Kigali International Airport, you will be picked up by our guide/driver who will drive you straight to Musanze in northern Rwanda. The journey to this part of Rwanda will take you through beautiful rolling hills and snaking roads in a verdant countryside.
When you arrive in Musanze, you will check into the Le Bamboo Lodge, which is perched next to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the rare mountain gorillas. This will be your abode for the next two nights.
Distance from airport to hotel: 2 hours
Hotel options: Le Bamboo Lodge
Today is the highlight of your three-day trip to Rwanda, gifting you with the most spectacular travel experience the African continent has to offer – mountain gorilla trekking!
You will begin your day as early as 6 am with a short trip to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the Rwandan bunch of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Once you arrive at the park headquarters in Kinigi, the head ranger will divide you and other trekkers into groups of 10.
The more physically fit will be allocated gorillas families that are located at higher elevations while the less physically fit will trek gorillas that are located at lower elevations.
As you scour the bamboo forest, your guide will be on hand to help you notice signs of previous gorilla activity such as chewed bamboo shoots, dung and some nests where they spend last night.
Under normal circumstances, it takes between 1 to 7 hours to locate the gorillas. However, somewhere along the way, you will get a chance to see other forest residents, including a few of the over 180 bird species – many of them Albertine Rift endemics – such as the Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, collared apalis, francolin, Rwenzori turaco, strange weaver, Rwenzori batis, Archer’s ground robin, dusky cromson wing and the red-faced woodland warbler.
When you finally meet the gorillas, you will only be allowed to be with them for only one hour to avoid stressing them. And, as giant and physically intimidating as they are, mountain gorillas are not aggressive; they’ll only stare, peacefully. In fact, coming face-to-face with these majestic species is a humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
After gorilla trekking, you will be driven back to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. Time allowing, you will tour Musanze town and browse local hangouts and art galleries – and maybe buy a souvenir to take back home with you tomorrow.
Today marks the end of your three-day gorilla trekking safari with Mutanda Gorilla Tours. After breakfast in the morning, you will you will be driven back to Kigali, where you will check out the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to honour the more than one million people who perished in the 1994 genocide.
From here you will be driven to Kigali International Airport to catch your flight back home.