Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda & Kigali City Tour for 4 Days
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an incredible encounter with the mountain gorillas which are one of the most sought after apes In the World. Rwanda is very luck to host, conserve them and for several years has opened the habituated gorilla families to tourists to see. A tour through Kigali city is worth taking as you have the opportunity to see the reserved remains of the genocide which claimed the lives of several local people.
DAY 1 – Arrive In Rwanda
When you disembark from your flight, you will be transferred to your lodge for your overnight stay. Rwanda the home of a thousand hills has breathtaking picturesque scenery that you may view as you drive. Arrive at the lodge to relax and later prepare your gorilla trekking gears for the following day.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Virunga Volcanoes lodge/ Kinigi Guest House
DAY 2 – Gorilla Trekking
Taking your gorilla trekking gears walk to the ranger station for briefing where you will be allocated into groups of 8 and later in the company of a guide proceed to the forest. Gorilla trekking is an incredible safari that tests your patience as the mountain gorillas keep moving in search for food. On top of this, you may have the chance of meeting other primates like grey checked mangabey, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys to mention but a few. For birders, this trip is a double blessing for you to spot the albertine endemics. While in the field, you have to follow the ranger guides instructions because the gorillas get to see you before you do so you need to be very observant. When you finally get to meet the gorillas, wait for the guide to instruct you to take photos so that you do not miss out on the best moment with the gorillas that others have enjoyed.
As you draw closer to the gorillas, try to lower your voices and stay closer to the ranger guide as he has to observe the mood of the gorilla family before allowing you to have some moment with them.
The first sight of the sheer size of dark hairy bodies of the mountain gorillas may stimulate your adrenaline but controlling yourself will make this trek a success. Watch the family go on with the day today activities and take photos. Try not to touch the infants as they are keenly watched over by the entire family. After an hour, return back to the lodge carrying only memories of the fantastic encounter.
DAY 3 – Golden Monkey /Visit the Diane Fossey Grave
Early in the morning, embark on the journey to search for the rare golden monkeys. This is a very special specie of monkeys found just in very few forests in the world. You may also opt for a trek to the Diane Fossey grave the historical American Biologist who was brutally murdered for conserving the mountain gorillas. She laid down her life for the survival of mountain gorillas that each body is currently enjoying to visit. Return to the lodge and relax.
DAY 4 – Kigali City Tour
Kigali is a very interesting African city to visit as it is bordered by a series of highlands and one if the cleanest African cities. During this tour, you may have the opportunity to visit the genocide memorial where some of the remains of the victim of the 1994 Rwanda genocide are reserved. Take some moments and listen to the story of Rwanda, later visit some of the families of the survivors of this inhuman war where parents were separated from there children, brutal murders were done. The progress of Rwanda is so mesmerizing as of today.
Take a tour through the town and drive to Kigali Airport to catch up with your flight back home.
Note this As you book a gorilla trekking safari In Uganda
A waterproofed backpack is vital for your camera because it may rain at any time without warning, water bottle to quench your thirst as you trek to see the mountain gorillas and snacks.
If not sure of your fitness, you may hire a porter for a small fee to carry your backpack and help you up the steeper slopes.
As you plan your gorilla tracking tour, ensure you contact your travel insurance about whether they cover your gorilla trekking permit because you may be required to pay an additional premium.
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