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4 Day – Volcanoes Gorilla Treks & Mt Bisoke Hike

Safari over view.

In your trip to rwanda , you will visit volcanoes national  park .its not only the home to the mountain gorillas, but also golden monkeys, spotted hyenas,buffaloes, elephants,black-fronted duikers and bush backs. There  are also 178 bird species, including 29 endemics from Rwenzori and virunga.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

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VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

Virunga National Park is Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area.  The Park is 7,800 square kilometers in size and includes forest, savannas, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, active volcanoes and the glaciated peaks of the Rwenzori mountains.

In addition to being the home of a quarter of the world’s Mountain Gorillas, Virunga National Park also has two other Great Ape species, the eastern lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. Another interesting inhabitant of the park is the Okapi; an endangered specie that resembles a zebra but is more closely related to the giraffe.  There are lots of hippo, forest and savanna elephants, lions and many rare bird species.

Mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback in Susa group, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda


BISOKE VOLCANO

The top of Bisoke Volcano has a spectacular crater lake, which makes it a particularly popular activity for tourists to Rwanda.  The climb takes from 3 to 6 hours depending on your abilities; and 1 – 2 hours to descend.  The hikes begin at 7 am with a briefing, and set off around 8. Porters are assigned to carry your luggage.boske edited


ITINERARY

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL IN KIGALI & VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK:

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

Lunch in Kigali.

After lunch you will proceed to Kinigi in the Volcanoes National Park you will be taken to the main gate of the Park for an afternoon Gorilla Trek. The drive from Kigali to the Park Gate is 2 hours.

After the Gorilla Trek, you will be taken to your hotel.

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

DAY 2: GORILLA TRACKING – VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will be taken to the volcanoes national park headquarters where you will meet your Ranger-Guide who will lead you on the Gorilla Tracking Tour.  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.

Dinner at your accommodation.

 

DAY 3: HIKING THE BISOKE VOLCANO (3.711 m)

After an early breakfast you will be taken to the basecamp of the volcano for a briefing, and then taken to the start point for the climb.

After the climb, you will be driven back to Kigali; check into your hotel.

Dinner at your hotel.

DAY 4:  KIGALI TOUR & AIRPORT:

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and given a further tour of Kigali and its environs, after which you will be taken to the airport to catch 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 servicesserena hotel kigali

VOLCANOES AND VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARKS

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 Mara-Explorer-Camp5 (1)

  • 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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