Gorillas in the Village – 4 Days
Mountain gorillas do not survive in captivity, which is why they are not seen in zoos and meeting them in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. Quietly chewing away at their vegetarian delicacies, they seem like a marooned human family. The tender grooming and firm disciplining of their offspring seems all too familiar. The gorilla family cast a wary glance at the sudden human intrusion into their private world, but is comforted by the clucking made by the trackers. When provoked, the noisy but harmless silverback grunts, screeches, bares his fangs and beats his chest, before slithering off with attendant females, offspring and other mature males.
- You’ll go to Rwanda
- This tour starts and ends at Kigali International airport – Getting there & away
- You’ll visit Kinigi, Virunga, Gisozi genocide memorial site, Kigali museum
- Activities: mountain gorilla tracking, bird watching, game drive, drives and walks, City Tour and Shopping, Canopy Walk
- Getting around: comfortable vehicles
- Good hotels
- Varied menu, cold lunches and hot diners.
- Equatorial climate (25 – 30°C). Nights can be fresh, mostly at high altitudes. High risk of rain in the Virunga region.
- Experienced English-speaking guide during the whole safari.
Airport – Musanze
You will be met by Redrocks driver/guide at the Kigali International airport and stop for lunch in the city before being transferred to Redrocks Intercultural exchange centre for some local community activities that include Banana Beer production, Banana plant is Rwanda’s most important crop, with variety of uses and symbolic as a celebration in many homes. One of its uses is making the banana beer or as locals call it “Ugwagwa” the banana beer production takes several days to complete but you get to learn practically how the banana are pounded to become beer. You’ll learn the culture are bananas and its important in Rwanda. Other activities will be Basket weaving, Community Village walk, traditional cow milking, bee keeping and art & craft as practiced by the locals. Lunch, Dinner and overnight will be at Redrocks Rwanda.
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences
on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We‟ve had people as old as 70years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far) It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to Redrocks for lunch and later dinner and overnight.
Second Gorilla Trek and Travel to Kigali
Today after an early breakfast, you will be driven to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day for your second gorilla trekking experience. Mountain gorillas do not survive in captivity, which is why they are not seen in zoos and meeting them in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. Quietly chewing away at their vegetarian delicacies, they seem like a marooned human family. The tender grooming and firm disciplining of their offspring seems all too familiar. The gorilla family cast a wary glance at the sudden human intrusion into their private world, but is comforted by the clucking made by the trackers. When provoked, the noisy but harmless silverback grunts, screeches, bares his fangs and beats his chest, before slithering off with attendant females, offspring and other mature males. Later return to your hotel to freshen up then have lunch. You will then be transferred to Kigali town in the afternoon for overnight at Yambi guest House on bed and breakfast basis.
City Tour and Shopping + Depart
After breakfast; today you will visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site, Kigali museum, and also engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.
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- Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Meals as per the program
- One gorilla permit
- All guide fees
- International flight and Entry Visa for Rwanda
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and dinning room tips
- Telephone bills, laundry and any itemof personal nature
- Activities not mentioned in the program