The 3 Days Virunga gorilla trekking Safari brings you close to the wonders of Africa’s oldest national park; located in the east of D.R. Congo, near the border with Uganda and Rwanda. The trip exposes one to the world’s most thrilling encounter with the most endangered primates on earth. The 3 Days Virunga gorilla safari starts and ends in Kigali, and avails a lifetime opportunity to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga as well as great views of Nyiragongo Mountain, a spectacular and most active volcano within the Virunga massif.
3 Days Virunga Gorilla Trekking Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Virunga National Park
Leaving Kigali city early after breakfast, it’s roughly 6 hours’ drive through the beautiful Rwandan countryside to the ancient rainforests of Virunga National Park in eastern D.R. Congo. On the way, circumnavigate the northern shores of Lake Kivu, and admire the mountainous north -western region of Rwanda through terraced hillsides dotted with traditional settlements. Arrive at the picturesque accommodation on the outskirts of the forest in late afternoon or have an overnight in Goma city. Dinner and overnight at Camp/Lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park
As early as 6:00am, you will have breakfast. With packed lunch, bottled water join your guide and drive to Virunga national park headquarters for pre- gorilla trek briefing. This is conducted by the park rangers, and they categorically inform you about the entire national park, resident gorilla families, trekking etiquette and allocation of respective gorilla families to track. By 8:30am, you proceed to the starting point of gorilla trek. From here, the hike into the forest begins; with a porter, ranger guide and tracker, the search for the allocated mountain gorilla family commences.
Gorilla trekking duration is highly unpredictable, however it usually takes between one to six hours, but dependent on the movement and location of the gorilla family you’re tracking. Some gorilla families stay very deep into the forest, while others can be easily found, so endeavor to inquire about the movements of gorilla families during briefing, and the ranger can allocate accordingly. Associated with challenging jungles, slippery, rough and steep slopes, meeting and sighting these gentle giants brings back all the joy and it is worth every step of the hike taken.
Other than gorilla trekking, Virunga national park offers chances of encountering other forest animals, such as buffaloes, elephants, bush pigs and numerous primates. Upon meeting the mountain gorillas, spend one hour photographing and observing their human-like behaviors, view mothers grooming their babies and Silverback offering utmost protection. Trek back to the starting point, find your driver and transfer to your lodge. Spend the entire afternoon relaxing at the edge of Virunga legendary forest, listening to the birds singing, monkeys chattering, snakes hissing and enjoy the serenity and cool breeze typical of Virunga region.
Day 3: Transfer to Kigali
Wake up to a leisurely breakfast on the edge of Virunga forests, check out from the lodge and begin your drive returning to Kigali. Have an en-route lunch from Gisenyi and continue to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.