5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Tracking

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Overview

This 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Tracking experience is one of the most thrilling experiences available in Africa today. Immerse yourself in the fascinating, yet grim, history of Rwanda, “land of a thousand hills”, with a historic journey through the capital, Kigali, before the pinnacle of your expedition – 2 days of tracking, trekking and tackling the seemingly impenetrable, pulsating forest that has engulfed the Virunga Mountains. Machetes slice your path through Volcanoes National Park in search of life altering encounters with the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of the area.


Day one

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Fly into Kigali Airport to begin your Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Expedition. Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. A country with a unique and powerful history, and home to some of the most majestically powerful creatures that roam the planet – Gorillas.

Situated geographically near the center of Rwanda, surrounded by undulating, livid-green hills, Kigali is both the geographical and metaphorical heart of Rwanda – making it the rightful passage into this country and its iconic wildlife. You will be met at the airport and guided to your vehicle, at which point you will be transferred directly to your accommodation in Kigali, the strikingly beautiful Hotel des Mille Collines. The inspiration for the film Hotel Rwanda, Hotel des Mille Collines and its manager at the time, Paul Rusesabagina, were a beacon of hope during Rwanda’s grim genocide and saved hundreds of Tutsi and Hutu lives.

Perched on the top floor of the iconic hotel is Kigali’s most famous restaurant, Le Panorama. The perfect spot, situated above the city with its unbroken views, to take in your home for the night.

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Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali, Rwanda
*Fully Inclusive

Day two

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Connect with the grim past and learn about the bright future ahead of one of Africa’s most exciting and promising cities as you embark on an immersive tour of the history and culture of Kigali. It is utterly inspiring to bear witness to humankind’s resilience. You will undoubtedly leave enriched with a strong impression of the people and land, formed through real experiences.

You will be driven from the city through hues of green to Virunga Lodge located in Volcanoes National Park, near the North-Western border of Rwanda.. The two-hour drive will take you through winding roads and incredible landscapes. Check into your suite at Virunga Lodge – a luxurious base camp that will be a welcome retreat after your days of gorilla trekking. A place to relax, re-energise and reflect on your encounters with the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda.

Experiences

History and cultural tour of Kigali

Connect with the people of Rwanda as you tour the city and learn of it’s rich history.

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Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
*Fully Inclusive

Day three to four

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Spend these days Gorilla trekking through the forest as you search for the Mountain Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. With a trained expert guide, you will hike through the dense forest as your professional guide leads you by following Gorilla tracks and other signs of movement. Traverse over high hills, below branches, over creepers, and around steep and slippery volcano slopes as machete-wielding trackers clear your path in pursuit of one of the most epic experiences on earth – a face to face encounter with a Gorilla.

Embrace a new language as you are briefed on how to communicate with the gorillas. Once you and your guide have tracked down the Gorillas, you will be gifted a single hour with the Gorillas (per day). Being accepted by a wild and powerful family of gorillas is a moment you will never forget – it is the reason you explore the corners of the world.

Return to Virunga Lodge at the end of each day’s trek. Your Adventurist can also organise an exhibition of the traditional Intore Dance Performance at the lodge – the traditional ‘ballet’ of Rwanda that has been refined over centuries in the courts of the Rwandan kings and is yet another experience that will make a lasting impression for years to come.

Experiences

Gorilla Trekking

Track the mountain Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park before spending one hour per day with these incredible creatures.

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Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Day five – departure.

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and exit the mountainous forest leaving behind the gorillas and taking with you a host of powerful memories. Take the road back to Kigali, stopping along the way to admire the scenery, for your onward journey.

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