Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National park (Rwanda)
You will be picked from your hotel in Kigali or the airport on arrival by our Driver/guide and drive northwards to Volcanoes national park in Ruhengeri, a home to 360 Mountain Gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorillas view Hotel/ 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)/ Gorilla Solution Lodge, Le Bambou Lodge (midrange)/Muhabura Hotel (Budget)
Day 2: First Gorilla Tracking
In the morning at 7:30am, you will assemble at the park headquarters for a briefing in the morning together with your trekking gears and drinking water and packed lunch. Your driver guide will transfer you to point at which the gorilla trail into the forest begins. It may take between 1 to 8 hours to encounter the gorillas. You will be free to take photographs and remain in their presence for a maximum of an hour. Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. Dedicate your evening to nature walk or visiting the Iby ’iwacu Cultural Village for Rwanda’s cultural heritage and practices. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorillas view Hotel/ 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)/ Gorilla Solution Lodge, Le Bambou Lodge (midrange)/Muhabura Hotel (Budget)
Day 3: Dian Fossey hike and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park (Uganda)
In the morning, you will gather at the park headquarters for briefing. You will hike up to Karisoke Research center, established by Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who dedicated all her life conserving the lives of mountain gorillas until she was killed and is buried there next to Digit, a mountain gorilla. You will learn more about the lives of the mountain gorillas at the research center. On return, you will cross over to Uganda and drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park, home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla lodge (mid-range)/ Chameleon Hill Lodge, Buhoma Community Haven (Luxury).
Day 4: Second gorilla tracking
In the morning, assemble at the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. Proceed for the memorable adventure in the forest, an activity that may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the wild. Meet and stay with the habituated mountain gorillas for at least an hour. As you exit the forest, your tour guide will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for relaxation / lunch. In the evening, you may visit the nearby Batwa community. Dinner and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla lodge (mid-range)/ Chameleon Hill Lodge (luxury) Buhoma Community Haven (Luxury).
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast transfer back to Kigali. You may enjoy a city tour of Kigali (optional) including a visit to the local market, museum, Gisozi genocide memorial center to mention a few if time allows before your flight. Your safari guide will drop you at the airport for a scheduled flight back to your next destination.