3 Days Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Tracking Tour
Day 1: Arrival for and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your guide then transfer to the the home of the the endangered great apes.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is located in the 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 (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
The park is best known for Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) and popular 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. She was murdered by unknown assailants 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 center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.
Day 2: 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 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, we do an optional leisurely village walk to the locals.
Day 3: Transfer to Kigali for Departure
After breakfast, we transfer to Kigali. Depending on the time of your departure, we may visit the renowned Rwanda genocide museum before heading to the airport.