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From Kigali, depart by private 4X4 Land cruiser to the Musanze, with scenic drive showcasing the magnificent views of the Volcanoes National Park and the terraced hills of Rwanda
Welcome to the Volcanoes National Park!
Situated in the far northwest corner of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) protects the steep rainforested slopes of the magnificent Virungas mountain range.
Rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys reside on the slopes of Rwanda’s Virungas, just a three hour drive from Kigali International Airport. The lush slopes of these volcanoes provide a dramatic natural setting for one of the most thrilling and memorable wildlife experiences – seeing the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas is resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas
Lunch at the lodge
After lunch, you will transfer for a special experience at the Iby'iwacu Cultural Village /Gorilla Guardians Cultural Village in Kinigi, Musanze to learn more about the culture of Rwanda and its people through cultural and traditional performances from the natives and some who were formerly staying in Volcanoes park but rehabilitated through this project
Return to the lodge
Dinner at the lodge
Breakfast at the lodge
07:30 Meet at the ORTPN Office for registration and briefing thereafter drive to the Volcanoes National Park for the Golden Monkeys trek.
Golden monkeys are one of the rarest primates in Africa. It is now believed that the only feasible population of these monkeys is left in the Virunga Volcanoes National park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
A smaller population may continue living in the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Southern Rwanda but this has yet to be confirmed. The golden monkey is a disparate species of guenon – Cercopithecus Kandti and is ubiquitous to the Albertine Rift.
You will spend an hour watching them in their stunning natural setting as they climb trees, feed on bamboo shoots, and play happily in front of you and the entire trek takes between 3 to 4 hours.
Later, return to your lodge for Lunch
Rest of the afternoon at leisure OR you can opt for a visit to Explore the Twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhonda located about 40 Minutes’ drive from the lodge near the Boarder of Uganda and Rwanda. These are beautiful lakes created as result of volcanic activities and are good for scenic viewing and bird watching and this can take 1 hour before you return back to your lodge
Dinner at the lodge
Breakfast at the lodge
Meet your English Speaking Guide and head to the graves of the late famous American zoologist – Dian Fossey
Volcanoes National Park was the pedestal for the famous naturalist Dian Fossey who carried out her research into the gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and established the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. Since then, she spent most of her time in the park. She is significantly credited for saving the gorillas from extinction by passing on their quandary to the notice of the international community. Dian Fossey’s vitality research was later revealed in the movie Gorillas in the Mist, marked after her memoirs. She was buried in the volcanoes National park in a grave close to her research center amongst the gorillas which became her life
After your hike around 11.30am, you will transfer back to your lodge for Lunch.
After lunch, transfer back to Kigali.
The three-hour overland journey travels down from the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes through to the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape.
Arrival in Kigali, depending on your outbound flight time, you will privately transfer with your driver/guide to the Kigali Airport in time for check in for your flight to your next destination OR for an overnight stay in Kigali
Breakfast at the lodge
Meet your English Speaking Guide and depart for your visit to Iby’iwacu village
Iby’iwacu cultural village is located 15 minutes drive from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and is an interesting cultural excursion. The village convinced ex poachers to turn their back on poaching and instead perform for visitors.
Visiting the village, you can discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performed by people from the local area.
The guided walk of the village takes around an hour and you can freely take photographs.
Depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
End of services.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Accommodation as indicated in the Itinerary
• All airport transfers (Private)
• Services of a professional English speaking guide
• An Executive Private Land cruiser vehicle (4x4) plus fuel for the whole trip
• Mentioned park/entrance fees
• Golden Monkey Permit per person in Volcanoes
• Diana Fossey Tomb Hike
• Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
• Twin Lake Tour
• Community Conservation fees
• Drinking water daily while on safari
• All government taxes and levies
• EMS Evacuation Insurance Cover
International Flights and Airport Taxes
Visa Fees (if applicable)
Medical & Travel Insurance
Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff
Gratuity to tour driver/guide
All expenses of personal nature
Any entrance fees and guided excursions not included in the above itinerary
Early Check In & Late Check Out
Internal & Domestic Flights (priced separately)
Volcanoes National Park
One & Only Gorillas Nest (Full Board Basis - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) King Room - Luxury
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Full Board Basis - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Standard Room - Mid-range
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Full Board Basis - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Standard Room - Budget
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