3 Days of Gorillas trekking
Trekking amongst the Mountain Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans is one of the most memorable experiences of a life time. There are Twelve gorilla groups habituated for tourism. Volcanoes national park is well known for its spectacular views of the undulating volcanoes of Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. Are you ready to meet them from close?
Day 1: Pick-up from hotel in Kigali or airport, Kigali City Tour then transfer to Musanze/ Ruhengeri
Our professional, local guide will greet you at your hotel in the morning and brief you on your trip. To start things off, you will be given a tour of Kigali, Rwanda's capital city which was named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda. It is the main administrative and economic centre of Rwanda. Surrounded by lush hills of green, it is the cleanest and safest city in the region. Kigali’s face is her fortune: a dramatic beauty from which its name is derived. There are, however, other contributing factors - it is a city that delights the mind as well as the eye of any visitor and is a city where the past lives comfortably with the present.
On the tour, you will have the opportunity to see the following: Visit an artisan shopping centre to view and purchase local arts and crafts. Visit the Kigali Museum and learn the history of Kigali’s and Rwanda’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda. Tour around the city and see, first hand, the post-genocide development and expansion of Kigali. Visit the 1994 Gisozi Genocide Memorial site. You will then continue on to Musanze/Ruhengeri and your hotel(s). The journey to Musanze/Ruhengeri passes through the magnificent, hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its stature as “the Land of a Thousand Hills”.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Early morning transfer to Park offices for pre-trek briefing for all guests. Following your trek, you will visit Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village, based in the community bordering Parc National des Volcans. At the village, you will have a wonderful, interactive experience, learning all about Rwandan traditions, culture, song and dance. You will also have the opportunity to sample local food and banana beer and visit a local household or school. As well, you can choose to visit some of the local community projects and co-operatives to see, first hand, how your travel with us contributes to making a difference in people's lives.
On the drive back to your hotel, depending on available time, we also offer you a choice of value-added activities from the following;
Visit to Gorilla Guardian’s village
Visit to Ruhengeri Market, providing you with an opportunity to see and buy local Rwandan fabrics, foods, handicrafts, etc.
See how local markets are organized
Visit the twin lakes
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo
The marvel at the views of the Virunga mountain chain.
Day 3: Transfer to Kigali, sightseeing and visits en-route
Halfway back to Kigali, we will stop in Nyirangarama for lunch and then tour the Urwibutso Ecotourism Project. This enterprise began in 1983, when owner and manager SINA Gerard opened a small restaurant and bakery at this location.
Over the years, his business has grown tremendously and it has been his mission since 1993 to become a leader in the production and processing of organic fruits and vegetables in the area and in Rwanda. The Urwibutso Enterprise supports local farmers and contributes to social and economic development in the area, providing schools and education, creating jobs and opportunities, particularly for women, and training for farmers. This has made the community of Rulindo District one of the most self-sustainable communities in Rwanda and a role-model to others.
when can I go?
Every day depending on gorilla permits availability.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
A professional guide and a safari vehicle (4x4), accommodation and meals as indicated, park entry fees, Gorilla permit, Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Visit, Kigali City Tour, Urwibutso Project Tour and service charges
... AND EXCLUDED? :(
All items of personal expenditure such as entry visas, tips, telephone calls, laundry, gifts, airport taxes and all alcoholic drinks.
how much does a gorilla trekking permit cost?
We all love gorillas, don't we? In fact, gorilla permits are extremely popular and tend to sell out quickly.
To ensure you don't miss out, we kindly request an overall 50% deposit payment at time of booking and balance to be paid at least 40 days prior to the trip start date. Thank you for your understanding:
Gorilla permits in Rwanda:
1500$ - Foreign visitors
500$ - African citizens / residents
210$ - East Africans and Rwandans
WHERE will we SLEEP?
These are some of our favorites: Mountain Gorilla view lodge, Five Volcanoes hotel, Bisate lodge, One & Only Gorillas nest lodge, Singita, Bishop house, Amakoro Songa lodge, Virunga lodge
WE GivE back to the community!
Through our corporate social responsibility, we give back 20% of our revenues to the community through direct funding of community-based projects
The charge per person ($50) for the Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village visit goes directly to the Local Community Trust Fund, which supports community projects to increase both incentives for conservation and linkages to community socio-economic development.
Rwanda Eco- Tours reserves the right to vary the safari services agreed with the client in the event of unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made without notice.
What to pack?
Camera & charger
Hiking boots or an equivalent
Garden gloves or an equivalent
Long sleeved shirts + long pants
. . . & all you other essentials!