5 Days Gahinga & Virunga Safari
Tour overview for 5 Days Gahinga & Virunga Safari organized by gorilla safari planner
Gahinga & Virunga Safari will take you to Uganda and Rwanda gorilla parks and trek Mountain gorillas which are regarded as endangered species. Uganda and Rwanda are regarded as the leading safari gorilla destination in the world, so visiting these two gorilla parks is regarded as a moment is life unforgettable. The safari Gahinga & Virunga Safari, will begin and end in Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city.
Detailed itinerary for 5 Day Gahinga & Virunga Safari
Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Ruhengeri
Pick up at Kigali international airport/ Hotel by our safari guide who will gets you briefed about the all the safari. Before driving to Ruhengeri, depending on the time available, you will first enjoy a Kigali city tour and visit some of the interesting places such as hand craft shops, genocide memorial site, national museum, after lunch you will continue to northern part of Rwanda in Ruhengeri passing through undulating hills and beautiful landscape, arrive in the evening at the park for relaxation as wait for tomorrow’s incredible adventurous safari activity the following day (gorilla tracking). Dinner and an overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel/ Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
You will get up very early for breakfast, after our safari guide will drive you to the park headquarters in Kinigi to receive short briefings from the park wardens about the all gorilla tracking process and also get you allocated to the gorilla family and the ranger guide. After, head to the thick rainforest to begin the search of our closest relatives the gorillas sharing almost 97% of human make-up. The walks might be difficult so some physical fitness is needed as well as study pair of walking shoes/boots, the trek is unpredictable it can go up to full day, however once the gorillas are met, you are only allowed an hour with them while taking photography and videos with them (flash cameras are not allowed) after this wonderful activity, retire back to the lodge for relaxation. However should the evening be free take a tour to lakes Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and an overnight at Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel/ Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura
Day3: Transfer to Kisolo- Uganda
This morning after an early breakfast on this Gahinga & Virunga Safari, you will be transferred to Cyanika Rwanda-Uganda border passing through stunning scenery and rolling hills. After finalizing with the border crossing requirements, you will cross to Uganda side-kisoro (the crock will go backwards for one hour); from here you will continue to your pre-booked accommodation in Kisoro arrive in time for lunch. if the evening is free go for a guide nature walk and stand a chance to see different species of birds and plants that reside at the park or you will visit lake Mutanda a good looking site surrounded by the volcanoes come back at the lodge for. Dinner and an overnight at: Tourist Hotel Kisolo, Travelers inn Kisoro, Mount Ghahinga Lodge.
Day 4: Mountain gorilla tracking in Mgahinga national park
On this day, wake up early for preparation and have breakfast and then after, you will be driven in time at the park headquarters for another chance to track the gorilla in Mgahinga national park. The park is a home to one gorilla family; you will follow the ranger guide in the forest to begin the search of gorillas. You will pass through the steep terrine and forested hills and sometimes muddy forest until when you come across the gorillas. Once the gorillas are met you will forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you have with the gorillas while taking photography and observing them. Not only gorillas, the park is also a home to very many primate species such as golden moneys, the black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and many species of birds. Retire to the lodge for relaxation and late lunch, if time allows enjoy another activity at the park, visit the Batwa pygmies who have lived in the forest for over 5000 years although they were removed from the forest for conservation process, interact with them and learn more about their life and how they have managed to survive. Dinner and an overnight stay at Tourist Hotel Kisolo, Travelers inn Kisoro, Mount Ghahinga Lodge
Day 5: Drive back to Kigali and departure
On this day after breakfast, you will be transferred back to Uganda- Rwanda border and later to Kigali international airport to meet your departure flight back home if scheduled on this day.
End of 5 days Gahinga & Virunga Safari
The safari includes
- Transportation and fuel in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari as included in the itinerary
- 2 gorilla permit per person
- Community walk
- Full English Speaking driver guide and all his associated expenses. We can also provide any other foreign language speaking guide on request.
- Park entrance fees
- Any other Activity fees as mentioned in the Itinerary
But it exclude,
- Accommodation in Kigali unless is on itinerary
- Visa fees,
- Airport taxes
- Item of personal nature, like bar bills, tipping, Laundry ,Beverages
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extra expenses not included above