3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour and Dian Fossey tomb Hike


Our three-day gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike in Rwanda takes you to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas and to the mausoleum of Dian Fossey. Without a question, the Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda’s most popular national park. The park harbors the second-largest mountain gorilla population in the world and is where renowned primatologist Dian Fossey set up camp to research mountain gorillas. The majority of Dian Fossey’s adult life was devoted to studying primates and defending them against poachers and animal smugglers.

The park now has ten habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to tourists all year long. Much of the facts concerning mountain gorillas and techniques for easing them into human presence were first learned by Dian Fossey. She discovered that it was crucial to first defeat the dominating silverback in order to acquire the support of all the group members. By imitating the various gorilla sounds and grunts, according to Fossey, they gradually started to trust a person. She eventually shifted her attention from merely conducting research to working to protect gorillas in Africa, particularly by battling poachers and baby gorilla traffickers. This ultimately garnered her many opponents, who are thought to have planned her murder, in her lodge between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke, Dian Fossey was discovered brutally murdered by a person thought to have been paid by poachers or traffickers.

Tour highlights

  • Pickup from Kigali – City Tour – Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park
  • Gorilla trekking – Visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village
  • Visit Dian Fossey Tomb and former Karisoke Research Centre – Departure to Kigali

    Price Includes:

  • Rwanda Gorilla permits.
  • Frequent English speaking guide
  • A 4×4 safari Vehicle

    Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses like Laundry, Cigars, Alcohol
  • Tips to the Hotel staff or Guides

Itinary in details

The driver/guide will pick you up at the airport or your Kigali hotel. The Tour Guide will give you an overview of the itinerary. In case you need something he will provide you the greatest recommendations on where to go to buy it. Following the briefing, the driver will take you on a half-day city tour of Kigali. You will go to the genocide memorial site, the former presidential palace, the main city markets, and some gift shops during this tour. After that, you will enjoy lunch at one of Kigali’s top restaurants or hotels. The driver/guide will begin the trip to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park after lunch. You should arrive at the resort by 4 pm for check-in and refreshments as this journey take two hours. Before returning for supper, you might ask the guide to take you on a tour to Lake Ruhondo, Burera, or the town of Musanze.

Dinner and accommodations will be at Muhabura Guest House, Hotel La Palme (mid-range), and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (luxury) (Budget).

Have breakfast and get ready to be brought to the park headquarters for a briefing by getting up early enough. If you think you might need some light snacks while searching for gorillas, ask your hotel staff to provide them for you. The majority of the other park officials, park rangers, park wardens, and several visitors who are there for various activities will be present when you visit the park headquarters. The park staff will give you a briefing on the activity and tell you about mountain gorillas, what to anticipate, and how to behave while out tracking. Depending on your general health, availability, and preferences, you will be allocated a gorilla family after the briefing.

Depending on the gorilla troop you are given and their location or feeding place, gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park might last anywhere from one to six hours. Rwanda can be challenging, particularly if you’re not in great shape. Before coming across the primates, you will travel through dense bamboo forests, thickets, unforgiving terrain, hills, and valleys. Especially when working with primates, always heed the rangers’ directions. Never eat when close to the gorillas, and maintain a set distance. Never encircle the primates when in a group to prevent upsetting them. Flash photography should be avoided when around gorillas to prevent arousing their curiosity or alarming them. Once you locate the gorillas, your time is limited to one hour. It’s time to go after having observed the family playing, grooming, and feeding. Our driver will be waiting for you when you return to the starting location, and you’ll then be driven to the park offices for some downtime. The Driver/Guide will drive you to the Gorilla Guardian Village later in the evening. The Institute, formerly known as the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, offers a comprehensive look at the three Rwandan tribes’ respective cultures. A chance to purchase gifts for your friends and family back home will also be provided. Don’t forget to consult the neighborhood medicine man to understand how typical illnesses were treated before to the development of modern medicine.

Dinner and accommodations will be at Muhabura Guest House, Hotel La Palme (mid-range), and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (luxury) (Budget).

Get up early as usual, eat breakfast, and then wait for the guide to take you to the park headquarters for another briefing. After that, you will go along the same route that Dian Fossey took on her gorilla tour and walk out to the mountain slopes. The rangers will inform you of everything you need to know regarding Dian Fossey, her work with the gorilla, her foundation, and her legacy during the trip. You will get to meet a few of the porters that supported her at the time so they can describe it from their own perspectives. Her beloved gorilla, Digit, is interred close by Dian Fossey. Moreover, you will see her previous work space and the somewhat run-down former Karisoke Research Centre. After finishing the hike to Dian Fossey’s tomb, you should descend and meet the guide, who will drive you back to the hotel so you can check out and start the trip back to Kigali.

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