Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour – 11 Days
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your guide then transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 2 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Akagera National Park on Your Rwanda Wildlife Safari
After breakfast, we transfer to Akagera National Park. The park lies largely in the Mubari–Migongo subregion which is in the north-east of Rwanda, on the Tanzanian and Ugandan borders. The topography of the park is characterized by rolling sandstone hills in the west, cut in places by deep, narrow valleys. In the east, flood-plains and swamps are predominant. To the south of the Buganza, the Gisaka subregion is wetter. And to the north of Akagera is the Mutara subregion where the vegetation is dominated by open grasslands in which Themeda, Hyparrhenia and Cymbopogon predominate, grasses characteristic of traditional pastoralism and repeated bushfires.
Over 50 species of mammals are known to occur at the site among which include the African Elephant which was introduced to the park in 1975.
Day 3 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise on Your Rwanda Tour
Early in the morning, we set out for the early risers. We look out for the African Lions, some antelope species, African Elephant, Giraffe, Birds and much more.
We return to the Lodge for lunch, and in the afternoon, we go for a Launch Cruise on Lake Ihema for game viewing at close quarters. The cruise usually breeds numbers of the Nile crocodile, Hippopotamus, grassland game as they come to drink by the shores, Waterfowl and much more.
Day 4 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park for Chimps and other Primates Viewing
Have breakfast then transfer to Nyungwe Forest as the home of primates; we pass by Murambi Rwanda Genocide Memorial Museum and Rwanda National Museum.
Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is divided north-south by a line of mountains that reach 2,600–2,900 m and which form part of the Congo–Nile watershed. As a result, Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity.
Day 5 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Rwanda Chimpanzee Tracking and Primate Walk Tour – Safari Rwanda
We spend the morning session tracking man’s closest relative the Chimpanzee and the other moments of the day be spent looking for the other 12 species of primates namely; L’Hoest’s Monkey, Owl-faced Monkey, Mona Monkey, Blue Monkey, Golden Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Black and White Colobus, Eastern Needle-Clawed Galago, Greater Bushbaby, Dwarf Galago, and Olive Baboon. Other mammals expected to nail include; Giant Forest Squirrel, Mountain Sun Squirrel, Boem’s Squirrel, Lord Darby’s Flying Squirrel, Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pig, Tree Hyrax, Lestrade’s Duiker, Black-fronted Duiker, Yellow-backed Duiker, Leopard, Golden Cat, Serval Cat, Wild Cat, Side-striped Jackal, African Civet, Two-spotted Palm Civet, Genet Servaline, Large-spotted Genet, Slender Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, Ichneumon Mongoose, Congo Clawless Otter and many more.
Day 6 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk on a Rwanda Primate Tour
The canopy walk produces spectacular views, view waterfalls, Avifauna, Primates, Forest Cover and much more.
Day 7 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Rwanda Wildlife Tour to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, we transfer to the home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is located in north-west Rwanda, on the joint border with Uganda and DR Congo, where it is contiguous with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda) and Virunga National Park (the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
The park is best known for Mountain Gorilla Gorilla gorilla beringei and famous for being the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the Mountain Gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park and is widely credited with saving the Mountain Gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. Unknown assailants murdered her at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. Fossey’s life later was portrayed on the big screen in the famous film “Gorillas in the Mist”, named after her autobiography. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research centre, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.
Day 8 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Tour at Volcanoes National Park
The main activity today will be Mountain Gorilla Tracking. Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world’s most endangered apes with an estimated population of less than 880 left in the wild of the whole world and none in zoos. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), was not yet known to the scientist until 1902. They are the next closest living relatives to human beings after the two chimpanzee species, sharing 97% DNA with us. After tracking, do an optional leisure village walk to the locals.
Day 9 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Dian Fossey Hike at Karisoke Research Centre.
After the hike, we transfer to Lake Kivu for freshwater breezes as you chill on the beach.
Day 10 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Boat Trip on Lake Kivu and Transfer to Kigali
Have breakfast then jump on the boat, we visit the coffee island, and also explore the wildlife on the waters as well as the island. In the afternoon, we transfer to Kigali for the last night.
Day 11 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour: End of Rwanda General Wildlife – Transfer to the Airport for Departure
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