4 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike

On your 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike you will be able to explore Kigali city which is Rwanda’s capital city during your city tour, visit the twin lakes, hike Dian fossey tombs and have gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park which is one of the four gorilla destinations in Africa harboring the endangered mountain gorillas. Volcanoes national park is located in the Musanze village northwestern part of Rwanda and it’s the most visited gorilla destination which will offer breathtaking and unforgettable gorilla trekking experience on your safari in Rwanda.

Activities involved     

  • Kigali city tour
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Nature walk to the twin lakes
  • Dian fossey hike
  • Ibyi’wacu cultural visit

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali International Airport

Depending on the time of arrival at Kigali International Airport, our company driver will pick you up give you a short briefing about your 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike where after you will transfer to Kigali the cleanest city in Africa for a city tour. On your city tour you will be able to visit Kigali genocide memorial site where you will learn more about the blood shading of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. You will also visit the art and craft markets where they make paintings, sculptures, visit Kimironko local market which is filled with local people selling different items such as souvenirs, market vendors selling fruits, vegetables, handmade crafts like mats, baskets among others and then go for buffet in one of the hotels in Kigali.

After lunch you will transfer to Volcanoes national park where you will have great scenic views of the villages, trading centers, hills in Rwanda among others. The journey to the park takes about 2 hour drive and on arrival you will check in at your lodge have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

On your second day you will wake up have an early breakfast at the lodge and with your packed lunch and drinking water you will meet up with your driver guide who will take you to Kinigi park headquarters for a briefing about the expectations, rules and regulations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8 people, allocated a gorilla family to trek and a park guide who will be sharing information during trekking. You will later start trekking in the jungle like at around 8:00am and trekking takes about 2 to 6 hours depending on the location of the gorilla.

Once the gorilla family has been found you will spend one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat where you will get an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, watching them as they feed, breastfeed, taking photos with flash less camera and recording the moments which gives you unforgettable experiences on your safari.

After gorilla trekking you will head back to the lodge for relation or opt for an evening nature walk to the twin lakes namely Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo where you will have great views of the landscapes, wetland, hills, different bird species and then head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Dian Fossey hike

On your third day you will wake up have breakfast and then proceed to the headquarters for a briefing. After the briefing you will start an adventurous hike to Dian Fossey tombs with a park guide who will be sharing information about her foundation and work with the mountain gorillas. You will visit her former Karisoke research Centre, and see where she was buried close to her favorite gorilla Digit.

After the hike you will slope down meet your driver guide and then return back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch you will go for a cultural tour where you will visit Ibyi’wacu culture village. During the cultural tour you will taste the Kinyarwanda local food, locally brewed beer, participate in their traditional performances for example Kinyarwanda dance, storytelling, singing among others. After the cultural tour you will transfer to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer to Kigali

You will wake up have a relaxed breakfast check out of the lodge and transfer to Kigali airport for your next flight or drop off at any place of convenience.

End your 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike safari.

Tour includes

  • An English speaking driver guide
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Kigali city tour
  • Dian Fossey hike
  • Ibyi’wacu cultural visit
  • Nature walk to the twin lakes
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled water

Tour excludes

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, tips among others.

 Gorilla trekking tips for your safari in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes national park is a tropical rain forest which means that it can rain anytime in the forest regardless of the season therefore you need to packs some essential items for your tour such as

  • Hiking shoes
  • Garden gloves
  • Long sleeved shirt and trouser
  • Insect repellent
  • Water proof rain jacket
  • Warm sweaters
  • Cotton long stockings
  • Water proof back pack to carry your equipment’s
  • camera
  • Drinking water and packed lunch from the lodge
  • Walking stick
  • Hiring a Porter who will help you carry your equipment’s and gives you a pull or a push in steep and slippery areas.

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