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Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing”.
This Rwanda vacation package explores the area of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi. The package includes trekking on the Congo Nile Trail, a boat ride on the lake, as well as a trip to the beach. The tour begins with the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Park of Rwanda.
Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where mountain gorillas are found today. With a total population estimated at just 880, seeing these creatures in their natural habitat is truly a privileged experience and one that might not be possible for future generations.
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Day one begins in Kigali, Rwanda with a 2 hour tour of the city led by your driver and guide. The tour includes a visit to the genocide memorial in Gisozi. Later travel from Kigali to Virunga Volcanoes National Park arriving in time for dinner.
Overnight accommodation: Kinigi Guest House/Muhabura Hotel on BB basis
On day 2 you will trek to see gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Lake Kivu resort town of Gisenyi.
Overnight accommodation: Paradis Malahide Resort on BB basis.
Day 3 starts with breakfast and then a boat ride on Lake Kivu. In the afternoon you will be taken back to Kigali and if time permits a visit to the Kimironko local market can be arranged. You will then be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.
Gorila Trekking: Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. When you trek to see them you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas. Stay an observe them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.
Gorilla Families: There are seven families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and can be visited by the public (other families are habituated for scientific research purposes only). Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many as four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.
Lake Kivu: If you're surprised that Rwanda has a beach, you’re not alone. Gisenyi (also known as Rubavu) is a waterfront town located on the shores of Lake Kivu, one of Africa's great bodies of water. Just an hour away from Volcanoes National Park, Gisenyi is a great way to unwind after a long trek.
Congo Nile Trail: Gisenyi marks the beginning of the Congo Nile Trail, which extends 227 km to Rusizi, and has plenty of excellent biking and hiking trails. Gisenyi is also known for its agri-tourism, with many tea and coffee plantations nearby.
There are 10 groups of Gorillas in the PNV (Rwanda side). Each group has between 10-20 Gorillas. There is a maximum number of 8 visitors per trek per day, meaning a maximum number of 80 visitors per day. This is to protect the Gorillas and enable them to live happily undisturbed. The Gorillas are used to the occasional onlooker and are very content. There is no danger to visitors or the Gorillas. The major cost element to Gorilla trekking is the Gorilla permit. This is in place to enable the government to properly structure the visits and ensure the protection of the Gorillas and the Park. Amongst other things, it also pays for a 24-hour guard for each gorilla group (armed teams constantly track each habituated group – like royal bodyguards!).
Inevitably, securing permits for trekking gorillas over these popular periods can be difficult at short notice, so you should plan well ahead if you can. Our exclusive agent Karibu Rwanda will make all the arrangements for obtaining your permits. The permit costs usd $1.500,00 per person per day and is built into your tour price. It includes your guide and there is nothing else compulsory to pay in the PNV. All Accommodation, vehicles, guides and all other aspects of a holiday to Rwanda are in-expensive in international terms.