Day 1: Morning City tour and transfer to Volcanoes national park
In the morning, you will have a city tour where you will visit the genocide memorial museum. You will have a lunch break, head out to Musanze on a scenic drive through terraced hills to Volcanoes national park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
Overnight Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci Lodge.
Mealplan: Full Board
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Afternoon optional activities
Today we head out to start your Rwanda gorilla tracking safari by driving to park gate for orientation by park rangers at 8am. Gorilla trekking can take as low as 2 hours to 8 hours in the jungle. You will be allowed to stay in the presence of the gorillas for a maximum of 1 full hour. Please remember to bring firm walking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears. Your lodge will prepare you packed lunch and bottled water. Enjoy this gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes. Later return to your Hotel for Relaxation.
In the afternoon optional activities;
Optional activity one: Musanze caves walk, you embark on the Musaze Caves walk to explore the historic caves of Musaze that were formed 65million years ago by the basalt lava flow from the Volcanic Mountains of Sabyinyo and Bisoke. The caves feature 31 entrances and stretch to 2km inside. The cave exploration lasts 2 hours walking underground but with the company of the soldier to offer you protection. The caves provided refuge to people in times of war in the pre-colonial Rwanda and even in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Optional activity two:
Cultural Village visit a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects.
Overnight Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci Lodge,
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 3: Golden monkey tracking – Volcanoes national park & Lake Kivu
After breakfast, you embark on the golden monkey tracking commencing at 7am from Kinigi Park headquarters with any number of people that will be available. You head to the trail head and embark on the search for the golden monkeys that tend to dwell in the Bamboo Zone. The golden monkey tracking experience tends to last 4 hours and this includes one full hour on direct viewing. It is an exciting experience as you explore this golden backed monkeys jumping from stem to stem of the Bamboo and playing hide and seek games. After transfer to Gisenyi city for overnight and relaxation by Lake kivu.
Overnight Luxury: Lake kivu Serena/ Paradise Malahinde
Meals: Full Board
Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali
In the morning, you will either go for the hike up to Dian Fossey grave (optional activity).
On return you will drive back to Kigali, and later transfer to the airport to check in for your departure flight.
Optional activity: Diane Fossey Hike.
This hike takes you up to Karisoke research centre, Dian Fossey grave, an American primatologist who dedicated her live conserving the lives of the mountain gorillas until she was killed in 1985 and is buried there next to Digit, a mountain gorilla.
Please note optional activity on this day depends on the time of your return flight .