5 days

Volcanoes National Park – Lake Kivu

5 Days / 4 Nights

Date of Issue: 18 September 2019

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Volcanoes National Park F&B   2 Nights
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel Gisenyi F&B   2 Nights


B&B: Bed and Breakfast

FB: Full Board Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch

Day 1: Kigali – Volcano National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by a silverback Africa representative who will introduce your tour driver-guide. You will then be briefed on your safari before we depart.

Start with a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Kigali. Thereafter, we drive to Musanze (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills passing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali.

Overnight: Mt.Gorilla View Lodge(FB)

Day 2: Volcanoes NP/ Gorilla trekking

After your morning wake-up call and breakfast transfer by road in a 4WD Land Cruiser and report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park’s guides on the gorillas’ etiquette. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 7 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors.

You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth.

You follow paths and the walking is steep but not overly strenuous.  There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into the liquid brown eyes of these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. After locating your assigned Gorilla group you will spend one hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge.

Overnight: Mt.Gorilla View Lodge(FB)

Day 3:  Golden Monkey trekking / Lake Kivu

After breakfast, transfer to the Park headquarters for   Golden monkeys trekking which takes place in Volcanoes national park and at the same time 7:00 just like gorillas. These rare species are also listed as endangered – and Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys’ troops that are available for visiting by tourists in the park, both of which make about 80 members.

Golden monkeys in Rwanda live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes and habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

Trekking golden monkeys and gorillas is a similar experience – in a small group of no more than eight people, and you can spend one hour with the monkeys once you find them.

They are very active creatures and jump from tree to tree which is really interesting and a little difficult to photograph. Lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon drive to the Lake Kivu

Overnight: Lake Kivu  Serena (FB)

Day 4:  Leisure at Lake Kivu.

Full-day Lake Kivu at the Hotel optional activities are available to book and pay directly.

Overnight: Lake Kivu  Serena (FB)

Day 5:  Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Kigali upon arrival, shopping souvenirs in the local markets, Thereafter, transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.

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