Gorilla Tracking in Uganda, Rwanda

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

 

Arrive at Kigali International airport to meet our company representative who will transfer you to Volcanoes National Park. The drive will take 3 hrs. If you arrive early you can go visit the Kigali genocide memorial and also the National Museum. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

 

Day 2: Gorilla Safaris.

 

Early in the morning right after breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and also of allocation of the Gorilla family to track. If you wish to track a particular Gorilla family let us know in advance and we will organize to request for that Family on your behalf. Later in groups of 8 you walk be transferred to the starting point to start the trek. Search for the gorillas and on meeting them you will be allowed to spend 1 Hour following them. After the trek return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you can opt to go for a nature wlak or walk to the Caves or to the twin lakes. This is available at an extra USD 20 per person. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

 

Day 3: Bisoke Hike and Transfer to Bwindi Uganda.

 

Take breakfast and report at the ORTPN Offices for registration and then drive to the base contours of Mt. Bisoke. Bisoke is one of the Virunga Volcanoes, that includes Mounts Karisimbi, Gahinga ,Sabinyo, and Muhabura. It is rather a sheer climb, preeminent to cope during the short or long dry season. On top,  the biggest crater lake of the Virunga chain can be seen unless there is too much fog.  The track leads through bamboo forest, the habitat of mountain gorillas, giant lobelia or hagenia and alpine meadows. Picnic lunch at the summit, while viewing the beautiful Bisoke Crater Lake  .  Fantastic view. Then later you will descend and then transfer to Bwindi – Uganda, the southern sector. The drive will take 4 hrs. Overnight at Nkuringo cottages.

 

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.

 

Early in the morning right after breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and also of allocation of the Gorilla family to track. If you wish to track a particular Gorilla family let us know in advance and we will organize to request for that Family on your behalf. Later in groups of 8 you walk be transferred to the starting point to start the trek. Search for the gorillas and on meeting them you will be allowed to spend 1 Hour following them. After the trek return to the lodge for to relax. Overnight at Nkuringo Cottages.

 

Day 5: Transfer to D.R.Congo

 

Very early in the morning right after breakfast, you will drive to transfer to DRC Congo and proceed to Virunga National park. For briefing and then organize to trek Gorillas. After completing our park formalities, we embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them.
Depending on how tired you’ll be, we can have afternoon visit to the pygmies (mbuti) and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Lake Kivu Lodge.

 

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Day 6: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

 

After an early breakfast; today is real adventure where you spend a day hiking the live volcano Nyiragongo. The trek includes a walk through lush forest and lava fields with a steep incline near the top, and includes an overnight stay in the Nyiragongo Crater Cabanas on the volcano rim. The stunning views both day and night make this an unforgettable experience. Later stay for overnight in tents at the rim of the giant crater high above the active lava lake. Overnight in Crater Banda’s.

Things to bring for Nyiragongo Hiking:

  • Sleeping Bag,
  • Change of dry clothes,
  • Rain gear,
  • Good walking shoes,
  • Warm Clothes (sweater, jacket) it is cold up the rim.
  • Sun cream,
  • warm Hat,
  • Torch,
  • Camera and
  • any other personal toiletries

 

Day 7: Mt. Nyirangongo Descent and Transfer to Kigali Airport.

 

After breakfast descend by 0700 hrs. arriving at the trail head before lunch. Continue back to Goma City for lunch. Thereafter be transferred back to Rwanda, Kigali Airport for departure.

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