This trip takes you to Parc a des volcano which is a home to some of Africa’s habituated mountain gorillas, also shared by Uganda and Congo. You will also the golden monkey trekking experience in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.; visit the Diane Fossey’s grave before your trip comes to an end.
DAY 1: DRIVE TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Your day one will start from where you will be picked up from in Rwanda, whether at the airport of at the hotel in Kigali and then the guide/ driver will drive you to PNV. Depending the time you meet the guide and start the trip, you can always start with the Kigali city tours. This is the moment when you will visit the genocide memorial to see the remains of people that were killed in Kigali in the Rwanda Genocide that last 100 days in 1994 where more than 1 million people were killed based on the tribal different. The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre launches numerous genocides and genocidal-type situations. It does not provide samples of all genocidal massacres because of limited space but only illustrate a few representing a tragic cross-section of a century of genocide. With the guide, you will get all the explanations that you may need about it and from there, you will drive to Parc National des Volcanoes. This journey takes about 4 hours and you will have diner at the hotel where you will spend the night and this will be within your budget ranger trip.
Luxury Hotel: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge / Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge’s Jack Hanna
Standard Hotel: Mountain gorilla View Lodge / Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge / Le bamboo lodge / Hotel Gorillas in Kinigi
Budget Hotel: Virunga Hotel / Kinigi guest house/ Hotel Muhabura
DAY 2: GORILLA SAFARI RWANDA
Immediately after having your breakfast, your guide will take you to the ORTPN park headquarters for short briefing before setting off to the mountain slopes to search for the left Giant primates called the Mountain Gorillas in Africa! This trek can be very strenuous for some people which is why you have got to be physically fit therefore capable of walking for long hours in the jungle, climbing and sloping down the mountainous terrain. Much as this is tiring, the exercise is worth the effort as the encounter is really exciting but also the encounters entirely depends on the movements of the gorillas and since their movements depend on how near their food may be in the forest, the time taken can not be predicated but an encounter is a worth all the time you spend looking for them. You will carry packed lunch since you have no idea what time you will be through and also that 1 hour that you are given to spend with them in the jungle but then, your dinner and overnight will be back the lodge where you spent your first night
DAY 3: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING / DIAN FOSSEY TREK
You will wake up early in the morning for one of the above Rwanda trekking tours. After breakfast, you will then go for briefing about the golden monkey trekking in Volcano Park. This park is blessed with a number of primates among which are the velvet monkeys, baboons, so many others including the chimpanzees. Many tourists who travel to Rwanda in Africa’s Virunga Volcanoes Mountains visit normally are interested in this particular trek the endangered species. The Golden monkeys are subspecies of blue monkey found only in the bamboo forests of the volcanic mountain chain at the boarder of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You Start the trek by penetrating the dense stands of bamboo scattered with open glades, with the guidance of ranger guides, you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory and habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have turned into being familiar to human presence and will be seen. Although viewing is classically kept to a maximum of one hour, tourists can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. You can watch the adults feed their young ones, playing with them and this can be very interesting experience.
In the afternoon, you will go for the Dian Fossey trek which includes visiting her grave. Dr. Dian Fossey was a famous American Gorillas researcher who established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains in 1967, so that they could protect and study about these endangered mountain gorillas but unfortunately died at the hands of poachers. Despite the fact that Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through and developed into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the national park
DAY 4: KIGALI | DEPARTURE
This is the last day of the trip with AA safaris and tours therefore after breakfast, you will then drive back to Kigali and you did not have a city tour on the first day, then you will go for the city tour, have lunch and then later drive to the airport. End of Your Gorilla Trekking Safari!