Uganda, Rwanda and Congo share the Virunga forest which is a home for hundreds of mountain gorillas and in each country, the experience is quiet different and a trip to Rwanda is the only chance you have to watch these gorillas in Volcanoes Gorilla Park in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park has the small in number of conservation areas in the Virunga Volcanoes where you can find rare mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in this tropical montane natural forest is one thrilling adventure. You will go gorilla tracking – search for the gorillas in their natural habitats with the help of the ranger guide, On encounter of the gorillas , you will have an hour staring at these dying out creatures, a superb and cherished life time experience!
DAY 1: Arrive and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
When you arrive at the airport in Kigali, our guide from AA Safaris and Tours limited will be there to welcome you, brief you and drive you through Kigali which is the capital of Rwanda to Parc Nationale des Volcanoes. The voyage to the north passes through the gorgeous terraced hillsides that display much of Rwanda’s landscape, slowly move down to the bottom of the breathtaking Virunga volcanoes; at times five peaks can be sighted. Overnight and dinner at the lodge of your budget which may be the;
Luxury: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB)/ Sabinyo Silver back lodge
Mid Range: Le bamboo lodge/Mountain gorilla view lodge/ Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge or Hotel Gorillas.
Budget option: Virunga hotel/Kinigi guest house /Hotel Muhabura
Day 2; Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from your lodge and take you to the starting point which is the ORTPN. While there, you will be briefed by the ranger guides and allocated families to trek gorillas before you start the trek in Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla tracking in the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is such a wonderful experience that no one should ever miss and the chances of seeing gorillas during this adventure is a guarantee and all that you need is being Physically fit as the trek may be strenuous since you have to walk for long hours . Once you meet the gorillas, you will take an hour with them, taking pictures before return to the lodge. Because you can not predict how long it will take you in the jungle before you see the gorillas, you will have to carry packed lunch with you to jungle and have some sort of picnic lunch. The tracking may take between 3-10 hours and during the rainy season, the tracking takes longer hours. After tracking, you will return to the lodge for dinner and sleep over.
Day 3; Second Gorilla Safari
On this day, you will go for another gorilla tracking exercise after breakfast, you will proceed to the headquarter and start another gorilla tracking expedition in Parc National des Volcanoes. The experiences are never the same so one may be more interesting than the other. This may be your chance to see what you missed finding the day before. On encounter of the gorillas, you will spend an hour with them like before. Return to the lodge afterwards and afterwards if you still have some time, you will visit the Ross Carr’s orphanage, interact with the local school and community projects. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 4: Kigali City Tour
In the morning, you will have breakfast and then leave for Kigali. The drive takes about 3-4 hours and when you get to Kigali, you will go for the Kigali city tour which takes you to the Kigali genocide memorial centre where you find the graves of all the people that were killed during the 1994 genocide, the tour also includes visiting the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre. You will enjoy your lunch and later on in the afternoon, you will have time to relax. Dinner and over night at any of these;
Budget; Hotel Chez lando
Midrange; The luxury hotel/gorilla golf hotel/ Hotel Gorillas/ Hotel Laico Mububano /Hotel Des Mille Collines
Luxury; Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 5: Airport Transfer
If your flight is departing very early in the morning, you will have the driver available there for you to drop you off at the airport. This will mark the end of your Rwanda Safari with AA safaris and tours.