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Gorilla

4 days Gorilla Expedition

Trekking amongst the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes national park is one of the most memorable experiences of a life time. For those of you that just cannot get enough of these majestic creatures in just one day, we offer you the chance to fulfill your needs with a second day of trekking. There are seven gorilla groups habituated for tourism. Parc National des Volcans is well known for its spectacular views of the undulating volcanoes of Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.

Mini: 1 pax, Max: 96 pax

Please contact us directly for a quote.

About the tour

SAMPLE ITINERY

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:

 

  • 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, a Tour around the city and see, first hand, the post-genocide development and infrastructural development 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”. Diner and overnight.

 

 

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Parc National des Volcans

Early morning transfer to Park offices for pre-Gorilla trek briefing for all guests Following your trek, on return after 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.

  • 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 Ruhengeri Market, providing you with an opportunity to see and buy local Rwandan fabrics, foods, handicrafts, etc. and to see how local markets are organized

  • Visit the twin lakes, Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and marvel at the views of the Virunga mountain chain.

 

Day 3: Second day of Gorilla Trekking at Parc National des Volcans Early morning transfer to Park offices, again for pre-trek briefing for all guests and choosing the gorilla group you want to trek to. After the trek, we will drive you to Gisenyi, a lovely town located on the shores of Lake Kivu.

 

Lake Kivu is one of the great lakes in Africa and the largest of the fresh water lakes that gleam in the Albertine (Western) rift of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu stands at 1461m (4,790ft) above sea level and is Africa’s highest lake. The northern shore is subject to eruptions from nearby Mt Nyiragongo. Gisenyi offers excellent views of the lake and the Virunga volcanoes massif. With its waterfront and sandy beaches, Gisenyi is a wonderful place to relax, with the captivating feel of a tropical beach resort. The afternoon will be spent relaxing and re-energizing, your reward after two days of trekking!

 

 

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali

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. Transfer to airport or hotel is on us!

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, Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Visit,Gorilla permits, 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.

OUR CONDITIONS

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

  • Sun glasses 

  • Hiking boots or an equivalent

  • Garden gloves or an equivalent 

  • Long sleeved shirts + long pants 

  • Rain jacket

. . . & all you other essentials!

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