2 Day Rwanda Gorilla trekking and Mount Bisoke Hiking
This package is designed for those who are interested in a 2 Days safari in Rwanda to track mountain gorillas at the volcanoes national park as well as go hikiking up mount Bisoke. Hiking Mount Bisoke takes you up to the top of the volcano were you will have a great view of the magnificent cater lake. This silverback gorilla tour starts from Kigali and involves a tour of Kigali city and a visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial site either at the beginning of the tour or at the end.
Day 1: Arrival from Kigali and Transfer to Kinigi – One day Bisoke hike
Our guide from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you up from your room/hotel by 5:00 am and brief you about the tour before starting the journey to the volcanoes national park. The journey takes between 2-3 hours while passing through a stunning mountainous country side – The reason why Rwanda is refereed to as “the Land of a thousand hills”.
You will arrive at the Kinigi offices by 7:30 am in time for briefing. Hiking Mount Bisoke takes 4-6 hours and usual starts at 8:00 am. You will be driven away from the Kinigi park offices to the Bisoke head trail. We recommend that you hire a porter to help with extra luggage and equipment like your hiking stick and your backpack. After viewing the great crater lake and surrounding beautiful scenery, you will descend back to the starting point where our guide will be waiting to take you back to your lodge for lunch and a rest. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking at the volcanoes national park – Departure.
After yesterdays mountain hike, you should have rested in time for this days activity. Wake up early and take breakfast before going for briefing on gorilla trekking at 7:00 am. The head guide will share with you information about gorilla trekking in Rwanda, what to expect and how to act around the gorilla group. You will be assigned a gorilla group at the end of the briefing as well as given a chance to hire a porter. There are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda in Rwanda – select one based on your overall fitness. Some live near the park offices while others go deeper into the forest requiring more time tracking. Mountain gorilla tracking is challenging but nothing beats the satisfaction and experience of finally being able to observe a gorilla family up-close. The one hour you will spent with the gorilla family will be one of your memorable lifetime experiences. Mountain gorillas are very calm and peaceful but also playful and will come close to you out of curiosity. Follow instructions from your guide and always remain calm. Never make sudden movements that might irritate the gorilla family.
After spending one hour with the gorilla family, you will go back to the starting point where you will meet our guide from Mission Africa Safaris to take you back to your hotel for lunch and later start the journey back to Kigali for departure or drop off at your hotel. In case you didn’t have the opportunity to tour the city of Kigali or visit the Gisozi genocide war memorial site, this will be the day to do so.
End of Tour
Gear for mountain gorilla trekking
- Good hiking boots,
- Thick cotton gloves
- A raincoat
- Light snack
- Mineral water.
- A porter to carry your extra bags and equipment.
For the best gorilla tracking adventure
- Be fit for the activity
- Wear proper tracking footwear
- Have a plan for the rain
- Go along with enough drinking water and packed food
- Reserve some tip for the guides and rangers. The Tip is usually 10USD or its equivalent in the local currency.
– This itinerary does not include accommodation and dinner on arrival (but can be included)
– The minimum age for tracking mountain gorillas is 15 years
– Visitors should check the visa and inoculation requirements including at all transit points.
– You are required to have a yellow fever immunization card to enter Rwanda.
– You need to apply online for your visa before you travel – This depends on your nationality.
Safari Quote Includes
– A Full time safari vehicle
– An English speaking Driver/Guide
– Fuel for your entire tour
– Gorilla Permit (1,500USD)
– Drinking water every day
– Hiking fees
– Pickup and drop-off from Kigali
– Administrative services
– Tour of Kigali
International flights, visas, personal costs expenses like tips, beverages, wines and Personal Insurance.