8 Days Mountain Gorilla Safari

Gorillas + Chimps Safaris
Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates. The world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in three countries spanning four national parks—Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park. There are currently less than 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining in the wild. The biggest threats to these critically endangered great apes come from deforestation and the region’s growing population.

Full Package Itinerary

DAY 1: Airport Transfer

Upon your arrival, you will be driven to Garr Hotel(Budget) / Urban boutique hotel(deluxe) / Kigali Serena Hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park.

In the morning at 8:00am, you will be picked from the hotel and transfer to Nyungwe Forest NP. Visit the Nyanza palace, Murambi Memorial and Butare Museum enroute. Your lunch will be enroute and continue for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge(Luxury) / Gisakura Guest House(Budget)/Nyungwe Top View lodge(Deluxe).

DAY 3: Chimp Tracking and colobus monkey working.

Have an early Breakfast and go for briefing at the park headquarters. You will be told the do’s and don’ts while with the chimps before entering the forest. Enjoy them feeding, playing around while taking observations and photographs. In the afternoon, you may go for colobus monkey tracking where you will encounter other primate species as vervet monkeys, blue hoest monkeys among others. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge(Luxury).

DAY 4: Canopy and Nature walks.

After breakfast, you will go for a canopy walk within the forest expecting to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of different bird species such as the Rwenzori Turacos, Hornbills among others. You will also have a self guided walk after lunch around the nearby environment and the Kamiranzovu waterfalls. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge(Luxury).

DAY 5: Drive to Lake Kivu.

Take breakfast and head to Lake Kivu. Enjoy a breath-taking scenery of the Virunga Mountains and the green vegetation enroute. You will have lunch enroute and proceed for either a boat cruise along Lake Kivu or relaxing on the shores. Dinner and overnight at Palm resort gardens (Budget) / Paradise Malahide (Deluxe) /Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury).

DAY 6: Transfer to Volcanoes and Golden Monkey Tracking.

Have breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National park to catch up with the golden monkey tracking activity. These are the most endangered primate species at Parc des Volcans. In the evening, you may go for cultural walk to Iby’wachu for cultural entertainment by the Banyarwanda community. Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura Hotel (Budget) / La Palme Hotel/Le Bambou gorilla lodge (Deluxe) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).

DAY 7: Mountain Gorilla Tracking.

You will have an early breakfast and head to the park headquarters to be briefed before entering the forest to track the gorillas. The hiking may take about 1-8 hours depending on the movement of the gentle giants. A maximum time of one hour is given for photography, observations, and enjoying them feeding or playing around. Dinner and overnight stay at at Muhabura Hotel (Budget) / La Palme Hotel/Le Bambou gorilla lodge (Deluxe) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).

DAY 8: Transfer to Kigali, city tour and departure.

Enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Kigali reaching early for a for a city tour in Kigali where you will visit Nyamata church, local markets, Genocide Museum among others. Later, proceed to the airport to catch up with your scheduled flight back home. You may as well have the above tour in a reverse order or include other activities you want included in the itinerary.

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