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During this 4 days Rwanda Gorilla Tour, activities to do include; a Gorilla Tracking, Golden Monkey Trekking, Hike to Dian Fossey Grave and Genocide Memorial Tour.
What Is Included?
What Is Not Included: Other services, tours, activities, drinks and meals that are outside the included offerings, additional gorilla trek permits, golden monkey and other primate trek permits, personal expenses such travelers insurance, medical evacuation, communication charges, gratuities – tips, visas, airport specific passenger charges, international airfares, that are extra and NOT part of the included itinerary.
Our driver guide will pick you from the airport and take you for a simple tour of Kigali. You will pay a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre, a place where an approximated 250,000 massacre victims of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide were massively laid to rest. You will also go to the handicraft markets and later have lunch. After lunch, you will drive north of Rwanda to the Parc National des Volcans, as you see the incredible decor of the Virunga Mountains en route. Stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Lapalme Hotel or Muhabura Hotel on full board.
This is the day for a long awaited gorilla tracking exploration. After breakfast, transfer and assemble at the park headquarters for a briefing. Equipped with your trekking gears and drinking water, you will ascend in the forest to trek the endangered gorillas in Rwanda. Upon seeing them, you are allowed to be with the mountain gorillas as you photograph them and look at them at close range in amazement. After accomplishing the gorilla trek, walk down the woody to the point where you began the trek from. A waiting driver will take you to the lodge where a nice lunch awaits you after which you have restful evening. Eat dinner and stay for a night at your lodge.
After breakfast, drive to park offices of the Volcanoes National Park headquarters and then start a hike to the Dian Fossey grave site at Karisoke Research Centre. Karisoke scientific base was established by Dian Fossey in the saddle area between two volcanoes; Mt Bisoke and Mt Karisimbi (from which the name Karisoke was derived). The camp site stands at a height of about 3000 m (over 9000 feet) about sea level. This camp was abandoned during the unrest of the 1990’s. All that remains today is the graveyard where several of Dian Fossey’s favourite gorillas were also buried. Dian Fossey was also laid near the graves of her treasured gorillas.
The walk to the Karisoke research camp lasts around 4 hours and leads you via some of the most stunning sections of Hagenia – Hypericum forest in the Volcanoes National Park. The hike starts at 07:00 am from the Park offices in Kinigi, from where you will be driven to the start point for the trek. After hiking, return to the lodge for lunch and overnight.
Receive a delicious breakfast and go for golden monkey trekking. Like gorilla tracking, almost same procedures and rules are also applicable here. Later after tracking golden monkeys, move back to the lodge for lunch and later start the ride back to Kigali. Upon return, your driver will drop you at the airport for your flight depending on your departure schedule or at any accommodation in Kigali. This is the end of an incredible Rwanda gorilla tours.