Day 1: You will be met on arrival at Kigali airport and transfer to Kigali city for accommodation at Hotel des Mille Collines/Hotel Umubano.
Day 2: Have an early start for Kinigi to track Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. Tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina, sometimes walking for a few hours in the mud and wet and finally coming across them in the under-growth is an inspiring moment. Accommodation will be at Gorilla Nest Hotel a newly opened quality lodge located close to the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. It is nestled under a grove of trees, with all the rooms surrounding a large courtyard. On a clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding hills are spectacular. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel.
Day 3: Go for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (with additional payment) or climb the Visoke volcano, or trek to Karisoke Research Centre which Dian Fossey set up, or visit local communities or simply relax at Camp. Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range - home of the rare mountain gorilla - and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel.
Day 4: Relax or walk near the Camp during the morning and later transfer to Uganda after lunch. Visit either the emerald-green Lake Mutanda ringed by the volcanoes and take a walk on the shores and weather permitting take a canoe to Toyo Island Volcanoes’ private island before continuing to Mount Gahinga or, go directly to Mgahinga and do a shamba walk nearby. Later return to Mount Mgahinga Rest Camp that nestles in the shadow of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes, on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Accommodation is in five thatched bandas with private facilities. Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga Rest Camp.
Day 5: Either go for gorilla tracking again (on payment of supplement at time of booking) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or engage in activities shown in the previous day. Located in the southwestern corner of Uganda Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is 33.7 sq km and covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m). The Park is about 10 km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by the Republic of Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virungas home to a large variety of wildlife, including about half the worlds critically endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga Rest Camp.
Day 6: Drive to Bwindi through the Switzerland of Africa, with the road winding through many hills and valleys. Have a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and primates. Check in at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp overlooking the primeval Bwindi Forest with monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees and birds screeching near the stream below. The camp is the perfect place to experience the magic of this impenetrable forest. Dinner and overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.
Day 7: Either go for gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have a walk in this stunning forest. Bwindi Forest is a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – and is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas or. Dinner and overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.
Day 8: Leave for Kigali in Rwanda via Kabale and Katuna, time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and a genocide memorial. Later transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Single Supplement: US$ 500.
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