5 Day Virunga Gorilla Trek & Karisimbi Volcano Hike

safari overview 

This  5 Day  Virunga Gorilla Trek & Karisimbi Volcano Hike covers two aspects which is gorilla tracking at virunga national park and mountain karisimbi hike . Later if time permits kigali city tours is also undertaken.


ITINERARY

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL IN KIGALI & VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK:

You will be met at Kigali International Airport by your Jewel Safaris guide, who will give you a brief tour of Kigali City before beginning your drive to the Virunga National Park. The main focus of the tour will be to visit the Genocide Memorial Center at Gisozi.

Lunch in Kigali at a local restaurant, to give you the opportunity to taste some Rwandese food.  In Kigali, there are also local markets for you to explore if you are interested.  Your guide will introduce these options to you.

After lunch you will proceed to Kinigi in the Virunga National Park you will be taken to the main gate of the Park for an afternoon Gorilla Trek in search of the Silver backs and their families.  . The drive from Kigali to the Park Gate is 2 hours.

After the Gorilla Trek, you will be taken to your hotel for a rest or if you prefer, a short visit to a local community to meet the indigenous people in the area.

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

 

DAY 2: GORILLA TRACKING – VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will be taken to the Virunga National Park headquarters where you will meet your Ranger-Guide who will lead you on a different Gorilla Track than yesterday.  It could take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours to spot the Gorillas, depending on where they are on that day.

After trekking, if time permits, you will be taken to Ruthengeri for lunch and a tour of the beautiful lakes in the region.

In the late afternoon, you will be taken to your accommodation for a rest, or your guide is available to take you to a local community to encounter the indigenous people in the area.

Dinner at your accommodation.

 

DAY 3: HIKING THE KARISIMBI MOUNTAIN VOLCANO 

After an early breakfast you will be taken to the base camp of the volcano on Karisimbi Mountain for a briefing, and then taken to the start point for the 2-day climb.  The first day, the climb will take some 6 hours; the first overnight will be at a camp at elevation 3,700 meters.

You will be accompanied by a guide, as well as porters who will carry your luggage and prepare food on the mountain.

Overnight at the mountain camp..

 

DAY 4:  CONTINUE TO KARISIMBI PEAK:

After an early morning breakfast in the camp, you will continue climbing to the top of Karisimbi Mountain.This will take about 4 hours to reach the summit.  The fascinatingly unusual vegetation and the magnificent scenery will make the hard climb well worth it.

After reaching the summit, you will then descend the mountain; greeted at the base camp by the Jewel Safari guide, who will then transport you to Kigale. En route to Kigale, you are welcome to make a stop or two at a local market or handicraft shop.  Your guide will give you all the options.

Lunch will be en route at a local restaurant to give you the opportunity to taste some Rwandese cooking.

Dinner in your hotel in Kigali.

 

DAY 5:  KIGALI TOUR & AIRPORT:

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and given a further tour of Kigali and its environs,  There are many sites to see in Kigali City, and depending on how much time you have, will determine how many of these attractions you will be able to see.  In addition, there are local markets, handicraft workshops and artists centers.

Lunch will be at a local Rwandese restaurant and whenever it is time to catch you flight, your Jewel Safaris guide will escort you to the airport.to cattch your flight.

 

ACCOMMODATION

KIGALI

KIGALI SERENA HOTEL

The Kigali Serena Hotel is centrally located in the city; the hotel has become Kigali’s natural business hub.   This is a luxury property with all modern conveniences.  There is inside and outside dining options, swimming pool and a lounge and bar that opens onto a wide sundeck with awesome views of Kigali’s many green hills.

Features:

  • Business Center
  • Air Conditioning
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry service
  • Elevator
  • Fitness center
  • Free Parking
  • Wifi
  • Satelite TV
  • Spa services

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VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

VIRUNGA LODGE

‘The Virunga Lodge sits on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda.  The accommodation is a number of Bandas, each with a terrace, with breathtaking views as well.  The property is powered by Solar; there are stone fireplaces, open living rooms and private terraces in all the Bandas.

Features:

  • Wifi,
  • Gift Shop
  • Complimentary Massage
  • Laundry service

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GORILLA NEST LODGE

The Gorilla Nest Lodge offers you accommodation in a magical spot, where you feel you are sharing the Mountain Gorilla’s family space.  There are breathtaking views from the lodge’s many terraces; the lodge is situated on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range.  The surrounding Eucalyptus forest offers extraordianry solitude.

Facilities

  • Close to Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Camp
  • Restaurant with authentic African cuisine

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