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Africa Untamed Wilderness Adventures

Day1: Arrival – Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park

Our English/French speaking guide will meet you at the Kigali airport – short briefing - and immediate transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District/Northern part of this country.

The drive from Kigali to Musanze (116km) and from Musanze to the Mountain (12Km) will generally take around two hours and a half to get to your Lodge.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

Early breakfast at your lodge.

0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for registration of your gorilla trekking experience.

0745 hrs: After registration, briefing by your trackers, after which your driver-guide will drive you to the trail-head for the start of this amazing Gorilla trek adventure.

Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear; and also to hold hands (especially for the elderly), or during the wet weather – due to slippery ground. Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions.

When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver-guide for a drive back to your lodge for freshening up and lunch. After your lunch and a brief siesta, you have the afternoon at leisure or join your driver-guide for optional afternoon excursions:

  1. Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – Burera and Ruhondo are two beautiful lakes located at the base of the volcano Muhabura, and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. The twin lakes are close to the gorilla-tracking centre of Ruhengeri and used to be refered to as neglected gems. Things have changed and the twin lakes are now popular with tourists. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. The lakes are separated by a 1km wide strip of land – thought to be an ancient lava flow from Mount Sabyinyo. The scenery is breathtaking here, as the shores of the lake are heavily terraced and cultivated with crops, and the volcanoes loom ominously in the distance
  2. A visit of the Musanze Caves
  3. IBY’IWACU Cultural Village Visit – includes all activities at the village and a community walk in the village to visit village elders, women, and children; and other community projects; contribution. Activities: Rwanda cultural exploration; traditional healer experience; sharp shooting; black smithery; Intore dancers; Folk Songs; be crowned King or Queen of the Day, e.t.c.
  4. Gorillas For Goats Project – community development and conservation project. A fee of US$50 per person is charged and goes to buying a goat through “the goats for goriila’s project” that is given to a former poachers’ family; you have the opportunity to hand over this goat to one of the families living around the Gorillas Park, at the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village. This is an incentive for communities to protect and conserve the gorillas and their habitat, and a way for you to give back to the community and contribute to conservation

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 3: Volcanoes NP – Kigali – Check Out

Today, it’s your day for packing, shopping and get ready to be transferred to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

After a leisure morning breakfast, you will be we transferred to Kigali with some stop over to admire the views and scenery which will give you a clear image of why it is nicknamed “Country of thousand Hills”, Arriving in Kigali depending on your flight time you will first do the city tour of Kigali which will include the genocide museum, the museum of the natural history, the crafts market, the new expansion of Kigali City and finally you will be transferred to the airport for your out bound flight.

Day 1: Arrival/Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative outside the Airport Arrivals section. After introductions and a short briefing, depart and drive north-west of Rwanda to Ruhengeri area – at the foothills of the Volcanoes Mountains. (approx 2.5 hrs).

Arrive for check-in, dinner and overnight at the Sibinyo Silver Back Lodge/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 2: Volcanoes National Park

Early breakfast at your lodge.

0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for registration of your gorilla trekking experience.

0745 hrs: After registration, briefing by your trackers, after which your driver-guide will drive you to the trail-head for the start of this amazing Gorilla trek adventure.

Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear; and also to hold hands (especially for the elderly), or during the wet weather – due to slippery ground.

Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions.

When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver-guide for a drive back to your lodge for freshening up and lunch. After your lunch and a brief siesta, your driver-guide will take you out on a visit of the nearby spectacular and picturesque Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

Burera and Ruhondo are two beautiful lakes located at the base of the volcano Muhabura, and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. The twin lakes are close to the gorilla-tracking centre of Ruhengeri and used to be refered to as neglected gems. Things have changed and the twin lakes are now popular with tourists. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. The lakes are separated by a 1km wide strip of land – thought to be an ancient lava flow from Mount Sabyinyo. The scenery is breathtaking here, as the shores of the lake are heavily terraced and cultivated with crops, and the volcanoes loom ominously in the distance.

Other optional activities for this afternoon are:

  1. A visit of the Musanze Caves
  2. IBY’IWACU Cultural Village Visit – includes all activities at the village and a community walk in the village to visit village elders, women, and children; and other community projects; contribution. Activities: Rwanda cultural exploration; traditional healer experience; sharp shooting; black smithery; Intore dancers; Folk Songs; be crowned King or Queen of the Day, e.t.c.
  3. Gorillas For Goats Project – community development and conservation project. A fee of US$50 per person is charged and goes to buying a goat through “the goats for goriila’s project” that is given to a former poachers’ family; you have the opportunity to hand over this goat to one of the families living around the Gorillas Park, at the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village. This is an incentive for communities to protect and conserve the gorillas and their habitat, and a way for you to give back to the community and contribute to conservation.

Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Sibinyo Silver Back Lodge/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park – Golden Monkey Trek/Kigali

Early breakfast at your lodge.

0620hrs: Again after breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for registration of your Golden Monkey trek.

Trekking to see the Golden Monkeys is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park.

The Golden Monkey is a local sub-species of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Just as with the Mountain Gorillas, visitors are permitted to stay for only 1 hour with the Golden Monkeys.

At the end of the trek, rejoin your driver-guide for a transfer back to the lodge for freshening up and lunch. After lunch, depart and drive down the foothills of the volcanoes – on the winding but scenic journey back to Kigali. (2.5 hrs)

Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hangings on the hills – Rwanda truly, land of a thousand fertile green hills! Arrival in Kigali in the late afternoon, for check-in, dinner and overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel/Flame Tree Village.

*Time allowing, enjoy a brief overview tour of Kigali City.

Day 4: Kigali/Depart

Breakfast at your hotel. Later transfer to the Kigali International Airport for your outbound flight.