8 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari, to Nyungwe Forest National park for Chimp tracking, Lake Kivu,Volcanoes and Golden Monkey Tracking. Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Pac des national Rwanda.

Day 1, Arrival and transfer to Kinigi
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver.

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Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.
Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda Mountain Gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.

Accommodation options available
* Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge
* Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
* Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge.

Day 2, Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast, report to the headquarters of Parc Nationale des Volcans at 08:00hours for briefing, After the briefing from the authorities of the park, set off for the trekking into the rain tropical forest covering the hills surrounding Virunga Volcanoes. It is advisable to organize packed lunch and plenty of water for this sometimes strenuous activity. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge

Day 3, Golden Monkey tracking, Visit the Dian Fossey’s Grave and visit the community areas.
After breakfast, you will go for golden monkeys trekking in the Park after which you will visit other places like the Ross Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu, and the Dian Fossey’s grave. If time allows, you will also visit the local school and community projects. Return for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Day 4, Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)
Take breakfast and depart for Uganda. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the boarder - Uganda is 1 hour ahead of Rwanda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground).

Overnight at
* Up-market option: Clouds safari lodge
* Moderate option: / Gorilla Safari Lodge
* Low Budget option: Traveller’s hotel kosoro/ gorilla valley lodge
* Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 5, Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Overnight at
* Up-market option: Clouds safari lodge/
* Moderate option: / Gorilla Safari Lodge/
* Low Budget option: Traveller’s hotel kosoro/ gorilla valley lodge
* Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 6, Batwa community visit
Today wake up to a leisurely breakfast and prepare for yet another adventure around the park as you visit these indigenous natives the Batwa. The Batwa are Uganda’s marginalized people and are view with derision by most of the Ugandan Nationals. The Batwa have lived their lives to current generations by hunting and gathering in the forest. The visit to the Batwa invariably involves songs and a dance demonstration, and once the music begins you can’t help but notice that they project a genuine pride in themselves. You shall then return to the lodge for lunch and also relax. Enjoy your evening at leisure as you prepare yourselves for the next day’s journey back to Kampala. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight Overnight at


* Up-market option: Clouds safari lodge/
* Moderate option: / Gorilla Safari Lodge/
* Low Budget option: Traveller’s hotel kosoro/ gorilla valley lodge
* Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 7, Volcano Climbing
Depart early to climb one of the three volcanoes within the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4127m), Mt. Gahinga (3474m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3645m). The Park is about 10km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virungas, in the Parc National des Volcans and Parc National des Virunga respectively. The three parks together form the 434 sq km 'Virunga Conservation Area'.

Mt. Muhavura 'The Guide' (4127m)
Seen from all over Kisoro, this volcano acts as a guide. The typical cone-shaped Mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with the view of the Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately 8 hours round trip covering 12km.

Mt. Gahinga (3474m)
On your way to the park, look out for small piles of stones in the garden fields. The local people call this pile a 'Gahinga'. Mount Gahinga is quite bigger than the average 'gahinga' but sitting next to Mount Muhavura does make it look small. Gahinga once had a Crater Lake on top but time has changed it into a Lush swamp. Distance to the swamp is 8km and takes approximately 6 hours.

Mt. Sabyinyo 'Old man's teeth' (3645m)
Like an old man, time has eroded Mt. Sabyinyo's crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A hike up the mountain takes you up a ridge along the eastern side to peak 1. If you were to continue, the hike to peak 2 involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to peak 3 is steep with several ladders and much scrambling. You are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en-route to peak 3. Once on top, you will be in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda at the same time. The journey takes about eight hours round trip to cover the 14km stretch.


Overnight at
* Up-market option: Clouds safari lodge
* Moderate option: / Gorilla Safari Lodge
* Low Budget option: Traveller’s hotel kosoro/ gorilla valley lodge
* Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 8, Return to Kigali, visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial and museum, transfer to airport
Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali. You have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours - and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The Memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport.

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