Your 3 Days Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes national park will start and end in Kigali. Volcanoes National Park is the only park in Rwanda that offers mountain gorilla safaris Rwanda. You will closely interact with man’s closest cousins; the mountain gorillas as they carry on their daily activities, eating, cuddling, building their nests and many more. In Volcanoes National Park, you will trek with the park rangers to find the gorillas in the dense montane forest where they stay, a memorable experience worth taking on a holiday like this. Volcanoes National Park is home to over 10 habituated mountain gorilla families and only a group of 8 people allowed to go into the forest in search for a particular gorilla family. Volcanoes is also home to several wildlife animals like the endemic golden monkeys, buffaloes, black-fronted duiker, hyenas, bushbucks and over 200 bird species. Small number of elephants can be found at the park but on very rare occasions.
With an area of about 160 square kilometers characterized by rain forest and bamboo, Volcanoes National Park shelters five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains; Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabinyo. Volcanoes national park is situated in north western Rwanda in Kinigi, Ruhengeri within the Virunga massif. The park sits in a beautiful greenery back drop of the verdant rolling hills of Virunga adjacent to Virunga national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Congo gorilla safaris and Uganda gorilla trekking safaris respectively.
Tour highlights for your 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Day 2: Do gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park, do a community tour or do a twin lakes tour
Day 3: Do golden monkey trekking and transfer back to Kigali for your flight or to your hotel. Or Visit Dian Fossey tomb and return to Kigali for departure
Detailed Tour Itinerary form your 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour
Day 1 of the 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour
Upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport, your driver guide will welcome you, give you a short briefing about your 3 days Rwanda gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park and he will hit the road driving north of Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park, viewing the spectacular scenery of the Virunga Mountains en route. The journey takes about 3 hours driving for a distance of about 117km. Arrive at your hotel, check and rest as you prepare for the next day.
If you happen to arrive early in Rwanda, you will be picked up by your safari guide, brief you and take you around for a grand Kigali city tour, where you will visit the Gisozi genocide site, the Rwanda National Museum, souvenir shopping in the markets, and have lunch in Kigali before embarking on your journey to Volcanoes national park where you will check in your accommodation.
Day 2 of the 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour
Wake up early and have breakfast at your hotel and prepare to set off for the greatest safari adventure; gorilla trekking Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park’s Headquarters in Kinigi. This is the administrative center for permits and the place where all visitors gather in the mornings for briefings before starting on their Rwanda gorilla treks. The gorilla safari tour in Rwanda starts at 8am with a vital briefing from the park rangers regarding the mountain gorillas before being allocated gorilla tracking groups. Volcanoes National Park is home to over eleven habituated mountain gorilla families that are evenly distributed in Volcanoes National Park and are available for visitors interested in gorilla tours Rwanda. The Rwanda gorilla trekking safari activity ranges between 2-8hours since seeing the gorillas depends on the gorilla movement. After finding the gorillas, you will be permitted to spend one hour in the presence of these very peaceful giants. In this hour, you will be watching the group playing, grumbling, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do. This is an extraordinary wildlife experience you should enjoy.
At the end of the gorilla tour, you will return to your lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon if interested set out for a tour to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera or take a community walk around neighboring communities of the forest. Interact with the local people; learn about their way of living. After a wonderful evening, you return to your lodge for dinner and rest.
Day 3 of the 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour
Wake up and take early morning breakfast at your lodge as you prepare for golden monkey trekking Rwanda; another existing adventure in volcanoes national park. After briefing, finally enter the forest to meet face to face with the golden monkeys. They are fast-moving little creatures, and very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo. You will watch them play as they jump from one branch of tree to the other. Watching all this is amazing and memorable for your Rwanda safari.
After the activity, go back to hotel or drive to the airport for your flight.
Day 3: Visit Dian Fossey tomb and return to Kigali for departure
On this last day of your safari, embark on a drive to the Dian Fossey tomb after breakfast from your hotel. This is a chance to learn about gorilla conservation and protection.
Alternatively, you can decide to do golden monkey tracking. The driver transfers you to the airport in the evening for departure.
End of your 3 Days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari tour