Gorilla and Monkey Trekking in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla and Monkey Trekking in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park

5,775.00

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

Thanks to its position just a few degrees below the equator, this lush and mountainous country boasts the world renowned Volcanoes National Park—home to populations of endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys.

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GORILLA AND MONKEY TREKKING IN RWANDA'S VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

KIGALI | VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Small but mighty, Rwanda is sometimes referred to as the beating heart of Africa, and its easy to see why.  

 

Thanks to its position just a few degrees below the equator, this lush and mountainous country boasts the world renowned Volcanoes National Park—home to populations of endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys.

This bamboo wonderland might only be 60 square miles, but within its borders sit five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. With such dense vegetation it requires slow and deliberate exploration, which is exactly what you’ll do on this five-day itinerary with expert guides as you search for primates of all shapes and sizes (as well as the odd elephant, buffalo, hyena, and bushbuck). 

With three exceptional mountain lodges to select from, this is the ultimate customizable GO safari. Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, and Bisate Lodge all offer a unique vantage point from which to enjoy your time in the green hillsides of Rwanda. Can't decide? We would be happy to recommend the right choice for you and your traveling companions.

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Days 1, 2

ARRIVAL IN KIGALI AND ONWARDS TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

KIGALI SERENA & LODGE OF CHOICE

 
 

You’ll arrive on day one, most likely in the evening if you’ve traveled from North America or Europe, and get situated in a local hotel in Kigali. This is the capital of Rwanda, and will be your brief home-base for the first night and following morning. If you have the energy, enjoy a bit of nightlife downtown in the thriving center of one of Africa’s cleanest and most forward-looking cities.

The next morning, you’ll join a guide for a tour of the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. Rwanda suffered a gruesome genocide in the early 90’s, and this memorial serves as a way to understand the country’s past as well as their plan for the future. It’s truly a cultural must for any visitor to the country!

Afterwards, climb into a car for a beautiful journey to your lodging for the next three nights (Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or Bisate Lodge). You’ll journey up into the mountains of Volcanoes National Park soaking up a large part of Rwanda along the way. Spend the evening as you wish getting settled into your outpost of choice. Hike the perimeter of the property listening to the cacophony of birds or perhaps visit a local village to get a real taste of the history and culture of the place. That evening you’ll be treated to authentic Rwandan fare and perhaps even a glass of urwagwa—an unusual beer made from the juice of bananas.

 
 
 
 

Day 3

EMBARK ON THE GORILLA TREK OF A LIFETIME

LODGE OF CHOICE: VIRUNGA, SABYINYO, OR BISATE

 
 

On the third day of your safari, the adventure truly begins. You’ll set off into the park for a day of gorilla tracking. Along with a small group of other like-minded travelers, your guide will aim to take you to a specific group of ‘habituated’ mountain gorillas who are used to human visitors.

Although sightings are not guaranteed, the guides work closely with trackers who can help ascertain the whereabouts of the gorillas on any given day. Your hike might last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on where they’re located.

Most first-timers are a little apprehensive (a large silverback male gorilla can weigh up to 450 pounds, or three times the weight of the average man), but this usually vanishes when you first set eyes on the group. Often the gorillas will be spread around a small area of dense vegetation. They’ll continue with their feeding and interactions, nonchalant about their visitors, though watching you with interest. Occasionally one, often a playful youngster, will approach you with curiosity—sometimes coming so close that you’ll have to move away! More than one GO traveler has described this experience as life-changing, and we hope you’ll agree.

 
 
 
 

Days 4

GO OFF IN SEARCH OF GOLDEN MONKEYS

LODGE OF CHOICE: VIRUNGA, SABYINYO, OR BISATE

 
 

The following day involves more primate trekking, but this time for Golden Monkeys. These smaller, decidedly more colorful primates are found only in the Virunga Mountains of Central Africa. They are also listed as endangered as they rely solely on bamboo and fruit to sustain themselves—an ecosystem threatened by Rwanda’s past as well as deforestation today. You’ll be visiting one of two habituated groups—one of which is nearly 100 strong! The scenery around the base of Mount Sabyinyo is spectacular and no matter how long it takes to track down these playful creatures, you’ll be happily immersed in the Rwandan wilderness all the while. After your trek you’ll wind down at your lodge in the afternoon. 

 
 
 
 

Day 5

ONWARDS TO YOUR NEXT DESTINATION

 
 

The final morning, you’ll enjoy one last breakfast at your lodge before driving back to Kigali. Depart that evening either to home or, might we suggest, another destination in Africa? 

 
 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Explore the historical and forward-thinking hub of Kigali, Rwanda's capital
  • Journey to Volcanoes National Park on a three-hour road trip
  • Go trekking for endangered mountain gorillas with an expert guide and tracker
  • Find a group of up to 100 golden monkeys deep in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains
 
 

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