3 Days Trip 2 Nights

3 Days Karisimbi Hiking and Gorilla Trekking

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Rwanda to encounter mountain gorillas in the wild. Track gorillas in the forests of Volcanoes National Park. Wake up very early in the morning and transfer to the Volcanoes National park, where you will prepare with your guide for the thrilling experience of gorilla trekking.

What you'll do

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Rwanda to encounter mountain gorillas in the wild. Track gorillas in the forests of Volcanoes National Park. Wake up very early in the morning and transfer to the Volcanoes National park, where you will prepare with your guide for the thrilling experience of gorilla trekking. We head to the Headquarters of Kinigi with a packed lunch, snacks, water plus a light rain jacket for a briefing about the gorilla trekking escapade. Along with your trekking gear and drinking water, the driver will drop you off at the starting point to begin your trek to meet the gorilla families together with your ranger guides. This activity will take between 2-7 hours searching for the gorillas depending on their movement. Once we discover our family you will spend a maximum of 1 hour as you take time studying them in their natural habitat and taking pictures and videos. After spending your time with the fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base and meet your driver and a transfer for lunch. After lunch you will go to the Ibyiwacu cultural village (Optional extra activity upon availability) to learn about the Rwandan culture and traditions, and the opportunity to purchase local crafts. Afterwards you will be dropped to your hotel in Musanze.

Morning, after breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for a briefing about as early as 7am so we can get a great start to the day. There you will be allocated to a ranger guide and porters who will help you carry your bags and food. You will then drive to the hiking point. Karisimbi volcano is the highest of the 8 mountain peaks of Virunga conservation region (Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes). The hike is strenuous and challenging so you need to be physically fit to do this hike. This is a 6 hours hike with great views, different bird species and primates. Upon reaching an altitude of about 3700m, you will stop at the first camping site where you will spend a night.

After early breakfast, embark on an hour’s hike to the summit. At this level the hike is a very steep climb going through trials of thick jungles surrounded by stunning scenery. Upon reaching the summit, enjoy amazing views of the surrounding areas like Mount Muhabura. After enjoying your time at the summit descend to the starting point where you will meet your driver readily waiting to receive you and connect for late lunch (Self sponsored), Later embark on your journey back to Kigali city.

What is in the package

  • Transportation
  • All park fees (the ones included)
  • Driver / guide fees
  • Meals
  • All accommodation as per above itinerary
  • Boat ride on lake ihema
  • Water
  • All vat taxes
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Alcoholic drinks/spirits
  • Laundry

Personal Insurance

Where to stay

Amarembo village lodge, Virunga Inn resort, Muhabura etc

Accommodation Category: 4 star

Number of clients: 1 (one)

Quote List: Full board

Price: $4,800/ Person | Internationals

Price: $4,200/ Person African Residents

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