3 Days mountain gorilla trekking and mount Bisoke hike safari
3 days mountain gorilla trekking and mount Bisoke hike safari package is one of the most adventurous safaris offered by Focus East Africa Tours, this safari is relatively short but very rewarding and adventurous. This safari offers three safari activities that is Kigali city tour, mount Bisoke hiking and mountain gorilla trekking. This safari takes you a visit to volcanoes national park which is a known home for 10 habituated mountain gorilla families and Virunga volcanoes include mountain Bisoke which is hiked on this safari. Mount Bisoke stands at the elevation of 3711 with its slopes dominated by a series of green vegetation including bamboo, Hagenia forest and sub alpine, mountain Bisoke consists of 2 crater lakes which are visited while on a hike.
Highlights of the safari
- Day 1: city tour and transfer to volcanoes national park
- Day 2: hiking mount Bisoke
- Day3: mountain gorilla trekking and transfer back to Kigali
Detailed itinerary of the safari
Day 1: city tour and transfer to volcanoes national park
On the first day of the safari you will be picked from your lodge by your safari driver after morning breakfast, your safari driver will give you a short briefing about your 3 days mountain gorilla trekking and mountain Bisoke hike safari. You will checkout of your hotel and drive to Kigali city for a city tour which an opportunity for you to know more about the history of Rwanda most especially the horrific Kigali genocide of 1994, on city tour you will visit Kigali genocide memorial center, Inema Art center, Nyamata church and many more. You will have lunch and then embark on your journey to volcanoes national park in Kinigi, upon your arrival you will check into your lodge and in the evening you will have dinner and in the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight.
Accommodation is got from
Luxury: The 5 volcanoes Lodge
Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Budget: The garden palace hotel
Day 2: hiking mount Bisoke
On the second day of the safari you will wake up early in the morning for breakfast and drive to Kinigi park offices for briefing which starts at exactly 7:30 am, in the briefing rules and regulations concerning hiking experience will be read to you. After the briefing you will drive to Bisoke trail starting point where the hiking starts at exactly 08:00 am, for a great hiking experience it is recommended that you hire a porter to help you with your backpack and a hike stick. The whole hike to and from the summit of Bisoke takes approximately 4-6 hours, on your way to the top of the summit you will pass through a series of vegetation types, enjoy views of the scenic surrounding and many more. At the top of the volcanoes you will be rewarded by view of mist covering the volcano which is an opportunity for a memorable pictures and the Crater Lake, from the summit you will descend back to the starting point. You will meet your safari driver and drive back to your lodge. At the lodge you will have late lunch and then rest, in the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight as you prepare for tomorrow’s mountain gorilla trekking experience.
Day3: mountain gorilla trekking and transfer back to Kigali
On the third day of the safari you will have early morning breakfast and drive to volcanoes national park’s headquarters for briefing about mountain gorilla trekking experience, in the briefing head guide will read to you all the necessary information about mountain gorilla trekking, assign a gorilla family to trek and hire a porter. from the headquarters you hike into the forests in search for mountain gorillas, mountain gorilla trekking experience takes approximately 3-4 hours and when you find the mountain gorillas you are given only 1 hour to be in the presence of the gorillas. mountain gorillas are calm primates but when you over stay in their presence they get irritated which explains the one hour, in this one hour you will enjoy sights of mountain gorillas picking fruits, playing with each other and take pictures as long as your flashlight is off. you will walk back to the park’s headquarters and drive to your lodge, have lunch, checkout then drive back to Kigali city. In Kigali city you will be dropped off either at your hotel or at Kigali international airport for your departure flight back home.
End of safari.
- Full time safari vehicle
- An English speaking driver/Guide
- Fuel for your entire safari
- Mountain gorilla trekking permit
- Bottled drinking water every day
- Hiking permit
- Pickup and drop-off from Kigali
- International flights
- personal expenses like tips, beverages, wines
- Personal Insurance
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- Accommodation not listed by the itinerary