7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking package, visitors should expect to explore Nyungwe forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu as well as the active Nyiragongo Mountain in Congo.
Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park
Have breakfast at your hotel and get ready for your transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park. Driving southwest, you will take in the beautiful scenic views of the hilly and ever green country side. The drive from Kigali to Nyungwe forest takes 5 hours. Nyungwe forest is a haven for primate watching in Rwanda rewarding you with clear views of chimps, baboons, colobus and velvert monkeys also a birder’s haven. En route, visit the Butare national museum, Murambi genocide ground and the King’s palace in Nyanza town. You will arrive at Nyungwe Park in the evening; Dine and rest at Nyungwe forest Lodge/Nyungwe top view lodge/Gisakura hotel.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking and Forest nature/ canopy walk
In the morning, have your breakfast and assemble at Nyungwe forest park offices for briefing and guidelines on the chimps tracking exercise, once done, head to the head trail where there hiking starts off from and embark on your hunt for chimps through the woods. On your hunt, look out for other primates like the silver monkeys, baboons, velvert monkeys and various bird species. On meeting the chimps, have an hour interacting with them in their natural vicinity while taking photographs and videos. At the end of this encounter, retrieve to your starting point and return to your hotel. Later, after lunch, engage in either a guided forest nature walk or a canopy walk. Dinner and overnight your lodge.
Day3 Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Wake up early, enjoy your morning coffee and set off for Musanze province – the base for Volcanoes national park. When in Musanze town, engage in an evening walk to neighboring towns, communities and volcanoes Later retire at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (luxury,) Volcanoes Lodge (Super Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / La Palme (Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Basic) for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Iby’wacu Cultural Visit
After morning breakfast, assemble at Kinigi park offices by 7:00 am. Here you’ll be briefed on mountain gorilla trekking rules, guidelines and the code of conduct when within the apes’ vicinity. You should always keep calm, silent and still when with these creatures, always keep away from the gorillas at 7 meters feet even in cases where the baby gorillas may try approaching you, to avoid distracting them and for safety measures. The dominant silverback is the leader of the group and always looking out for its family members. On meeting the gorillas, enjoy an hour observing them and taking photographs. At the end of this remarkable encounter, retrieve to the starting point; meet your guide for your return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, set out for a visit to the Iby’wacu cultural center. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (luxury,) Volcanoes Lodge (Super Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / La Palme (Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Basic) for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu
On your last day at Volcanoes National Park, have breakfast at leisure and later hit the road for your transfer to Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake found in Gisenti province. Driving south west wards, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Murambi Genocide memorial site, Nyanza and Butare King’s palace. Later arrive at the Lake Kivu shores in the evening just in time for dinner and Overnight.at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury) / Palm gardens resort (Deluxe) / Paradise Marahide (Budget
Day 6: Hike to Nyiragongo Mountain
Upon waking up; have breakfast and hit the road to Congo crossing over via the Kibatsi village and start off with the Nyiragongo hike. This usually goes for a day getting to the top of the Crater Lake but once at the top; take in the beautiful scenic views and the active lava lake. Dinner and overnight at Mount Nyiragongo cottages.
Day 7: Return trip to Kigali and Departure
At the crater peak, have breakfast and slope down the Nyiragongo. Once at the base, report at the offices for registration and later hit the road for your return trip to Kigali for departure.
End of Tour