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2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Short Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

Your 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park-Musanze Province in northwestern Rwanda where a section of 1004 mountain gorillas that today still remain on earth.

For primate lovers, this is an ultimate primate adventure that draws you very close to a family of these dramatic creatures while they are in the wild. It is a special package set for visitors with limited time and amazingly.

It also allows you to embark on Gisozi/Kigali city tour with the opportunity to visit the nearby Rwanda genocide sites, museums as well as cultural exploration at Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village.

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The Volcanoes National Park is set in northwestern Rwanda, approximately 2 to 3 hours from Kigali. En-route to this pristine protected area; you will be amazed by the breathtaking sceneries of the rolling hills and the scenic Virunga Volcanoes that make Rwanda a true land of a thousand hills.

Volcanoes National Park covers an area of 160sq.kms and comprises of 10 habituated groups and only one family will be assigned to you to trek in a group of 8 visitors. Your 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari will commence and end in Kigali.

What to expect on the 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

  • Kigali city tour
  • A magical encounter with mountain gorillas
  • View at breathtaking sceneries
  • Accommodation for one night and meals
  • Pick up from and drop off to hotel/airport

Safari highlights for the 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

  • Day 1: Kigali tour and drive to Volcanoes National Park
    Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and drive back to Kigali

Detailed itinerary for the 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Day 1: Kigali tour and drive to Volcanoes National Park

Get up and enjoy your breakfast at the hotel of your choice/area of residence in Kigali or upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, meet the company representative.

He will take you through what your 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour is all about and later, you start your day with Kigali city tour. Kigali capital city is not only a vibrant commercial city center but it is also rated among a few cleanest and safest cities in Africa.

On Kigali city tour, you will pay a visit to Kigali genocide memorial site which will give you insight into what happened in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Other places to visit include the art and craft markets and many others.

After Kigali city tour, you will have lunch in your preferred hotel in Kigali and later, you embark on a 2-3 hours’ journey to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze Province.

You will arrive at Volcanoes National Park earlier to check-in at your preferred lodge and in the evening, you will visit Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for a cultural tour. At Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, get a reward of authentic African experience from cultural and traditional dances, music performance and opportunity to interact with the local residents.

Accommodation options
• Luxury-Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge
• Midrange-Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/Le Bambou Lodge
• Budget-Kinigi Guesthouse/Muhabura Hotel/Garden Palace Hotel

Day 2: Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes and Return to Kigali City

You are expected to get up as early as possible to prepare so that by 6:30 am you start your day with a tasty cup of Rwanda tea or coffee at your respective safari lodge.

And depending on the location of your lodge, you will be picked up and by 7:30 am, you are at Kinigi which is Volcanoes National Park headquarter where you together with other visitors will be briefed on the set gorilla trekking guidelines.

Because this is a strenuous adventure, you are advised to come with some packed energy-giving snacks, plenty of drinking water (bottled) and walking stick.
Volcanoes National Park consists of 10 habituated groups (Kwitonda, Sabyinyo, Susa A, Karisimbi, 13 Group, Ugenda, Amahoro, Hirwa, Bwenge, and Umubano) but only one will be allocated to you to trek in a group of 8 visitors.

Experienced and an armed park ranger guide will take you through your thrilling primate adventure and you will be joined by trackers, porters in case you hire one to help you carry your heavy luggage.
At 8:00 am, you will hit the jungles of Volcanoes National Park to look out for the gorilla family assigned to you.

This adventure usually covers about 2 to 6 hours however, this depends on your speed of hiking, nature of the habitat and where these apes are located in the course of the day.

What is amazing is that not only will you be filled by magical encounters at mountain gorillas but you will also have a chance to spot out several primates and bird species.

Once you bump into a gorilla family, it is a dream come true! You have only one solid hour to have a magical encounter with these remarkable creatures and also for you to take pictures, learn their behaviors and body gestures among other exciting things.

After the one hour of magical encounter, you will get back to the lodge to relax a bit before embarking on the return journey to Kigali that will mark the end of your 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari.

End of the 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

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2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking Rwanda safari includes

• Kigali city tour
• Gorilla trekking permit ($1500 per person)
• All activities included in the itinerary
• Bottled water
• Accommodation for 1 night and meals
• Transport in a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle
• Full-time English speaking driver-guide
• Relevant government taxes

2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari excludes

• Airfares
• Personal/medical insurance
• Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry services, visa fees, tips, cigarettes, extra activities, accommodation and meals outside your travel plan.

Things to bring on your 2 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

• Light waterproof hiking boots
• Long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt
• Gardening gloves
• Camera but should have no flashlight
• Rain jacket or poncho
• Waterproof daypack
• First aid kit/medical kit
• Insect repellent
• Toiletries
• Sunglasses
• Sun hat

Some of the gorilla trekking guidelines

• Person’s above 15 years are the only ones allowed to purchase gorilla permits
• Visitors are given only one hour of face to face encounter with gorillas
• Maintain a distance of 7 meters at all times away from gorillas
• You are not smoke, eat or drink near or in gorilla habitat.
• Keep within your group and never surround gorilla family
• No flashlight camera is allowed when taking photos of mountain gorillas

When to go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is best to visit for gorilla trekking during the dry season which occurs in the months of June, July, August, September and December, January, February.

The wet or rainy season is also ideal for gorilla trekking but the challenge is that comes with plenty of rainfall which makes the habitat muddy and steep slopes slippery. The wet season in Volcanoes National Park occurs in the month of March, April, May, and October, November.

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