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Volcanoes National Park: Renowned for mountain gorilla trekking.

Discover something new at Volcanoes National Park a remarkable and world-renowned tourist destination perfect for mountain gorilla tracking. Located in a piece of land that is gifted with an active volcanic zone in the heart of Rwanda, this park gives one a closer look at one of the rarest mammals in the world. It provides an opportunity to trek through some of the most suitable terrains to track these apes in today’s world by using well-experienced trackers to lead the trekkers to the gorilla families. On the way, you will be laid for exciting views including silent great towering volcanoes and forms of affluence of warm-blooded lives. Apart from the gorillas, other primates found in this park include; the golden monkeys and also the birds. Thus, welcome to Volcanoes National Park where you will embark on a trip in the wilderness tailor-made for you.

Itinerary

This itinerary offers a comprehensive experience of Volcanoes National Park, combining thrilling wildlife encounters with cultural and natural explorations, ensuring an unforgettable adventure in Rwanda.

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, and transfer to Volcanoes National Park, approximately a 2.5-hour drive. Check in at your lodge and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. If time permits, visit the nearby Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for an immersive experience of Rwandan culture, traditional dances, and local crafts. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay, preparing for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Start your day early with a hearty breakfast before heading to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking. Accompanied by experienced guides, embark on a thrilling trek through the dense forest to find a gorilla family. Spend an unforgettable hour observing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, you can opt for a visit to the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo or enjoy leisure time at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking and Departure

After breakfast, head back to the park headquarters for a briefing on golden monkey tracking. Enjoy a morning trek to see these lively and endangered primates, known for their playful behavior and striking golden fur. Return to the lodge for lunch. If you have additional time before departure, visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Karisoke Research Center to learn about the conservation efforts in the region. Check out from the lodge and transfer back to Kigali, where you can catch your flight or continue your journey in Rwanda.

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Important Information

Packing Tips:

  • Light, breathable clothing for daytime.
  • Waterproof jacket and sturdy hiking boots.
  • Warm layers for early mornings and evenings.
  • Binoculars and a good camera.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent.

Additional Notes:

  • Make sure to carry enough water and snacks for the treks.
  • Always follow the guide’s instructions and respect wildlife.
  • Trekking permits are required for gorilla and golden monkey tracking and should be arranged in advance.

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