On this three-day Rwanda safari, you will encounter the distinctive cultures and wildlife of Rwanda; and the primary highlights of your journey will include gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and a hiking expedition to Bisoke Mountain. Mount Bisoke it is one of the mountains in the Virunga massif and is located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. It last erupted in 1957, and its summit is not snow-capped, but rather fogged. Bisoke was created as a result of the movement of the tectonic rift valley plate, Bisoke features two hiking trails, the most popular of which leads to the summit’s crater and provides a magnificent panoramic view of a crater lake. For those who are interested in mountain climbing, trekking the Mt. Bisoke volcano is not particularly difficult, but the high elevation takes extra strength, making it a potentially difficult hike. Depending on your pace and the number of breaks you take, the journey to the peak might take anything from 6 hours to a full day.
Upon your arrival, you will be picked up by your guide from Dav Safaris at either the Kigali International Airport or your hotel in the city of Kigali. After that, you’ll go on a half-day tour of Kigali, visiting sites like the Kimironko Market, Camp Kigali, the Kigali Genocide Memorial, and Caplaki Craft Village, among others. After lunch, continue on to Volcanoes National Park, stopping at the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. The lakes are well-known for their unsurpassed natural beauty and diverse bird population. As soon as you get to the park in the Ruhengeri district, spend the evening at the lodge unwinding and getting ready for the next day. You could also spend the evening exploring the nearby village settlements. At your lodge, you can have dinner and stay.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park’s headquarters in Kinigi. When you arrive at the Volcanoes National Park; you will be greeted by the park’s chief ranger. who will provide you with information and instructions to follow both when following the gorillas and when you are in their company. Following that, you will be divided into tracking groups, each of which has eight gorilla trekkers. In Volcanoes, gorilla trekking activities start at precisely 8 a.m. You’ll be joined by armed park guards, knowledgeable guides, and porters if you need help carrying bags. On this day, remember to bring a packed lunch because searching for gorillas can take anywhere from 2 to 7 hours during a gorilla hike. You will only get an hour with the mighty giants once the mountain gorillas have been found. Make the most of this opportunity by taking as many pictures as you like, but keep in mind that your camera’s flash is off. You will drive back to your resort after your incredible gorilla trekking adventure to pick up your gorilla trekking certificate from the park’s administrative center.
You will travel to the Iby’iwacu village later in the afternoon to gain a fascinating understanding of the magnificent Rwandan culture. You will be able to converse with the locals, observe how they live their daily lives, and take in dancing performances by the intore dance group. You will discover there how the majority of the Iby’iwacu village’s residents were once poachers who were rehabilitated and now participate in conservation activities in the area.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Have breakfast at your lodge as soon as you awaken. Your tour guide will take you to the park headquarters in Kinigi, where the chief ranger will brief you. Four-hour hikes up Mount Bisoke reward hikers with breathtaking views of Rwanda’s alluring landscape and abundant wildlife, including magnificent bird species that you can spot along your trekking trails. While ascending the mountain, you might be lucky and come across a troop of gorillas. The stunning Crater Lake at Mount Bisoke’s peak will be the high point of your journey. After lunch, get ready to leave the park. After lunch, you’ll make the drive back to Kigali, where your driver/guide can drop you off at the hotel of your choice or at the airport while you wait to catch a flight back home.
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