The ultimate add-on to any East Africa Safari! This excursion includes a night in Kigali with a city tour and a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre, transport to Volcanoes National Park for for a night for Gorilla trekking and a private guide.
Day 1: Kigali
On arrival in Kigali you are met off your flight and transferred to your hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 2: Volcano National Park
This morning you will be briefed by your guide before we depart on a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Kigali. Thereafter, we drive to Musanze (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills passing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali.
After your morning wake-up call and breakfast transfer by road in a 4WD Land Cruiser and report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park’s guides on the gorillas’ etiquette. he gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travellers to the seven habituated gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 7 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors. You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth. You follow paths and the walking is steep but not overly strenuous. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully grown silverback gorilla: up to three times as bulky as the average man, yet remarkably peaceful and tolerant of human visitors. There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into the liquid brown eyes of these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. After locating your assigned Gorilla group you will spend one hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge. We return to Kigali and the international airport for your flight onwards. Note: Please do not book a flight departing Kigali until 7 PM onwards or you have the option of staying an extra night in Kigali at an added cost.
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All airport transfers and assistance, all accommodation, all transport in 4x4 tourist converted jeeps, meals as indicated, services of English speaking driver-guides, bottled drinking water while trekking and in the car.
international flights., Gorilla Permit: $1500 USD per person per trek, visas, tips and gratuities, all items of a personal nature.