4 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari
Day 1: Transfer to Ruhengeri
Wake up very early in the morning and have a relaxed breakfast and from here embark on a city tour beginning with a visit to the genocide memorial first house and the parliament, have lunch in Kigali and then afterwards proceed north to Ruhengeri in the northern Rwanda’s Musanze district. This drive will take you through the undulating hills of Rwanda. Reach in the evening and check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [luxury], Lap-lame Hotel [mid range] or Kinigi Guest House [budget] for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: F/B.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and thereafter proceed to volcanoes national park in Musanze district. Head straight to the park offices for briefing about the gorillas and allocation of gorilla groups and guides. Thereafter get into the tropical rain forest and search for the mountain gorillas starting from where they were the previous day until you find them. You will find them doing their daily chores of feeding their young ones, climbing trees and others just relaxing. Take your best photographs having switched off your flash. This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then return to the park offices for your gorilla tracking certificate. Drive back to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation. Then in the evening visit the Diane Fossey centre and see where she was buried after being killed by the hunters of mountain gorillas in the mist. From here drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Meal plan here is F/B
Day 3: Cultural and Historical tour
Rise up so early in the morning and have your breakfast. Together with packed lunch go on a cultural and historic tour beginning with the Dian Fossey grave situated at Karisoke research center where she spent over twenty years studying about mountain gorillas until she was killed by the poachers. On the way to and from Karisoke, through the volcanic peaks of Karisimbi and Vishoke, you will encounter a lot of wildlife. This trek will consume a whole day and then return in the evening to your hotel for lunch and dinner.
Day 4: Departure
Have a nice relaxed final morning, where you can just soak in the ambiance of the place, reflect back upon the adventures of your entire safari, and pack. Depending on your flight schedules you may have lunch at the Lodge and then depart for Kigali for your return flight and that marks the end of this excursion.