1 Days Gorilla Excursion in Volcanoes National Park

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Overview

 

A 1-day gorilla excursion is a perfect safari for the gorilla trekkers who have limited time in Rwanda but wish to explore and feel the beauty and the hospitality of the endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park.

 

Volcanoes National park is located in the northwestern part of Rwanda in Musanze Town 114 kilometers from the capital city of Rwanda – Kigali. It is approximately 3 hours’ drive via Nyamutera Road. Volcanoes National Park encompasses 5 of the 8 Virunga Mountains namely; Mount Karisimbi, Mount Sabinyo, Mount Gahinga, Mount Bisoke and Mount Muhabura thus making it a worthwhile place to visit on your free day while in Kigali city.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and Departure

 

Wake up early in the morning; pack your breakfast to embark on a road transfer to Volcanoes National Park. You will start the journey at exactly 4:00am so you can keep the time for briefing which begins at exactly 7: 00am. You will transfer direct to the park headquarters in Kinigi to meet the park ranger who willconduct the briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking.

 

You will be divided into groups of eight people each group instructed to trek one gorilla family. Volcanoes National Park has about 380 mountain gorillas with only 12 habituated gorilla families. After the briefing and grouping at the park headquarters, you will hike into the jungle to search for the endangered primates.

 

Trek these beautiful primates for 2-8 hours depending on the location of the habituated gorilla family that you are instructed to trek. Reaching these mountain gorillas, you will be required to spend one hour with them, and keeping one meter from them as you take pictures, not forgetting to turn off the flash light of your camera.

 

Monitor how these well behaved primates do their day to day activities, how they play with young ones and so much more. Spending one hour with these scientifically believed to be 99% human DNA is worth to remember.

 

Retire from this memorable activity and have a road transfer back to Kigali city.

 

End of Safari

 

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