This is the shortest gorilla trekking trip, only possible in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park. This tour is on a fixed time scheduled but very possible to see gorillas in Rwanda on this trip.
Volcanoes national park Rwanda is situated 3 – 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city, and pre gorilla trekking briefing takes place at 7:30 and it’s a must for tourists going to track gorillas to be present for this session. If you miss briefing, you cannot go ahead and trek gorillas. Therefore once planning to go for trek, it’s very necessary for you to have the above information at the back of your mind.
Wake up early by 4:00am and be ready for pick up by your guide and shout be off by 5:00 on a 3 – 3 hours drive off to Musanze home to the Kinigi park head offices where pre gorilla briefing takes place. Once in Kinigi offices, if you wish, you can have a cup of coffee which is free to all visitors and a beautiful cultural presentation before your briefing. After briefing on the dos and don’ts of trekking for gorillas, you have a chance to choose a gorilla group to trek, choosing from Easy trek, Medium and hard. For a one day gorilla excursion, since you have to return to Kigali that same day for departure, its best to go for an easy trek, which won’t last so long and not so tiring.
Once you meet the gorillas, you get to spend just one hour with them, you can photograph them, watch how they interact with each other not affected by your company! It’s such a wonderful experience.
Note: Your camera should not have Flash light as it can threaten the gorillas.
Once you descend from the forest, have lunch and drive off for Kigali city for departure.