10 Day Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, Dian Fossey centre and Golden Monkey

sleeping gorilla

Day one:                 Day of arrival into Rwanda, where the flight lands at the Kigali International Airport. Met on arrival by your English speaking driver guide, who will transfer to your overnight Lodgings in Kigali. You will check in at the Kigali Serena Hotel for the night. Hotel is booked on a bed and breakfast basis.


Day two:                 Morning breakfast at the Hotel, as your driver guide waits for you prior to the start of the morning tour of Rwanda’s Kigali City, and getting to visit the genocide memorial. Scores of unarmed Rwandans where massacred by the thousands at some of these sites, and you will be able to get to hear their stories from the some of the survivors, who act as guides at these museums. Some of these people, still bear physical and traumatic scars from events of 1994. In the early afternoon, your will transfer to the Mountain gorilla sanctuaries, established by Dian Fossey in the 1960s. The 2 nour road transit gets you arriving at the gorilla trekking base in Kinigi, where you arrive for lunch. The entire afternoon is spent at the Jack Hanna House in the vicinity of the Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge enjoying the 5 star services, as you acclimatize for the next day’s gorilla trek at the Volcanoes Gorilla park. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge on the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo.


Day Three:            Your first African safari on the two of the gorilla treks planned for your stay in Rwanda. After, breakfast at the Lodge, prepared by your own private chef in the privacy of the cottage. You will transfer to the park gate by your safari guide to attend a morning gorilla trek briefing by the rangers of the Rwandan Parks. Later, the gorilla groups are assigned, before starting the morning gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National park. Please note that on the gorilla trek, you are required to wear protective gear, as the mountain gorillas usually feed in areas of stinging nettles. The gorilla trackers ahead of the 8 visitors will lead the way, as they track for signs of the gorillas. These include bits of bamboo stems and leaves, strands of hair from the gorillas, as they move through the bush, droppings and the gorilla nests where the gorillas will have sent the previous night into. Viewing the mountain gorillas takes approximately one hour, before the guides ending the gorilla trip for the day. You walk back the park boundaries where the waiting safari vehicle will transfer to the base at Kinigi where a certificate of gorilla trekking will be presented for the achievement. Return to the privacy of your accommodations for dinner and overnight at the jack Hanna House.


Day Four:              The Jack Hanna House was built by one of USA’s Television personality, who fell in love with Rwanda’s Gorillas. He decided to build a house in a private location, overlooking the Volcanoes and the Virungas of the neighboring vicinity. The house has been recently been upgraded to a 5 star standard to cater for the privacy and more luxurious traveler who needs to combine the gorilla trekking experience and the comforts in the wildest part of Africa.
This day, you will take a breather, and have a lazy wake up to breakfast and an early lunch, as you recover from the strenuous gorilla trekking of the previous day. Later, your driver guide will transfer you to the picturesque Lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo where the Magnificent Mountain Tarn Lakes are accessible on a 45 minutes drive from your Lodge. You will need to pack a couple of drinks for the evening picnic as you enjoy the most scenic vistas in Rwanda. The Crater Lakes are nourished by waters of Lake Bunyonyi, while the fishing villages, a waterfall with muddy earth tainted waters and the local terraced farmlands are a joy to see. We return to the Mountain gorilla Nest lodge before proceeding to the Jack Hanna House for your dinner and a cozy evening by the fireplace before retiring for the night.


Day Five:               The second day of gorilla trekking starts with an early breakfast and group allocation for the trek. You are welcome to choose a gorilla group of your choice depending on how energetic you would feel. Later, follow the gorilla guide on the walk through the Bamboo forests and some magnificent mountain vegetation that the gorilla feeds on. Tracking the gorillas to the base of the volcanoes gets you face to face with the domineering Silverback with his family of black backs, sub-adults and babies in a feeding area on the mountain side. Gorilla viewing for this day will again be timed at about one hour, before returning to your overnight accommodations for an early lunch, or picnic lunch. Teas and pastries, before your private dinner and overnight will be served at the lodge before overnight at the Jack Hanna House.


Day Six:                 Morning breakfast at the lodge and start the golden monkey trek to locate a troop of about 80 habituated monkeys that inhabit the lower slopes of the Mount Sabyinyo Volcanoes. This endangered troop of Golden monkeys can be observed from a close quarters as they play, feed on the bamboo, fight and groom. The viewing begins as soon as the monkeys leave their shared sleeping nests in the Bamboo forests to begin the daily routine. The golden monkeys are believed to be a subspecies of the rare Blue Monkey and are characterized by a golden reddish brown patch on the back and the arms. An hour is allotted for the golden monkey trek before returning to the lodge for meals and overnight at the Jack Hanna Cottage.


Day Seven:          Morning breakfast and begin the hike to the Karisoke Research Centre in an area between the Karisimbi and Visoke Mountains. This is a whole day’s program where we will be reliving the life of Dian Fossey, who in 1967 established the first scientific headquarters of Mountain Gorilla Tourism. She lived at this point from then on with her team of visiting gorilla researchers from all over the world as she went about with the conservation of the African gorillas of the Volcanoes. You will visit the work station, as well as the graves of her famous Mountain Gorilla, Digit which is next to hers. Later, you will head back to the Lodge in the evening. Meals and overnight at the Jack Hanna House.


Day Eight:         After a morning breakfast, depart from the gorilla sanctuary, proceeding through the winding roads, into the Lake Kivu area arriving for a relaxing afternoon at the private Beach in with a tropical garden setting of the Hotel. Meals and overnight at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.


Day Nine:          Breakfast and meals at the Beach or Hotel premises. You could spend the day relaxing by the lovely pool, or having a spa experience of the Maisha Club with the massages, facials, pedicures steam and sauna. Other activities on Lake Kivu are nature walks, water skis or simply relaxing by the beach to take in the sun. Overnight at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel with meals.

Day Ten:            The gorilla trekking safari of Rwanda ends with a transfer to Kigali through the one thousand Hills to check in for your departure flight out of Kigali International Airport.


Pricing per person is based on the level of accommodation chosen.


Tour price is inclusive of: Airport transfers from Kigali International Airport and back, accommodation and meals as listed, national park fees, gorilla treks at a cost of US$750 per trekking experience, golden monkey tracking tour, Lake Bulera and Ruhondo excursion, tour to the Dian Fossey Karisoke research centre, Rwanda holiday relaxing at the Beach at Lake Kivu and private transportation in a safari vehicle with an English speaking safari guide.