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Get ready for the ultimate safari adventure with our 3-day gorilla and golden monkey tracking tour in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park! This tour offers two of the most sought-after safari activities in Africa: gorilla tracking and golden monkey tracking. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the rich Rwandan culture by visiting a cultural village after your gorilla experience.
For many people, watching mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is a dream come true. Volcanoes National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. As you embark on this 3-day tour, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants that live in communal families, led by the dominant silverback.
During your gorilla trekking, you might encounter more than one silverback, which is a sign that they’ve submitted to the alpha gorilla. It’s an incredible experience to witness the hierarchy of these social animals firsthand.
Volcanoes National Park is only a 2-hour drive from Kigali, and as you travel, you’ll be able to admire the stunning scenery of “the thousand hills.” Your ranger guide, in communication with the trackers who leave early in the morning, will lead you through the deep jungles to find the gorillas.
Once you locate the gorillas, the park authorities allow you to spend up to one hour with them and get within five feet of a gorilla. It’s not uncommon for the young gorillas to come closer to you or even touch you out of curiosity.
This 3-day tour is also perfect for bleisure travelers who seek a balance between business and leisure while exploring a new destination. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the majestic mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in their natural habitat, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Rwandan culture.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Kigali and embark on a thrilling three-hour drive through the lush green countryside to reach the park. As you approach, the towering volcanoes in the distance will take your breath away. You'll stay at a hotel of your choice and prepare for the heart-pumping adventure that awaits you.
Stay at a hotel of your choice. Spend the evening relaxing and preparing for the gorilla tracking the next morning.
Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
You'll wake up at sunrise and head to the park headquarters for a briefing, meet your friendly porters, and grab some tea and coffee before embarking on the gorilla tracking adventure.
A local guide will lead you through the forest to find these gentle giants, and the experience can last anywhere from 90 minutes to the whole morning.
You'll have the opportunity to spend one hour with the gorillas, moving around to stay with them or following them for the best views and photo opportunities.
Your guide will ensure that you're in the best spots to capture the most beautiful moments of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Golden Monkey Tracking and Return to Kigali
On Day 3, you'll embark on an adventurous hike through the forest to see the smaller and nimbler golden monkeys. These indigenous monkeys have bright orange bodies and are more elusive than the gorillas, keeping you on your toes throughout the trek.
After the golden monkey tracking, you'll return to your hotel to freshen up before transferring back to Kigali in the afternoon.
More about Rwanda
Rwanda is a small, yet enchanting country located in East Africa. Known as the "Land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a destination like no other, offering visitors a unique blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty.Mountain Gorillas:
One of the main attractions in Rwanda is the opportunity to see the majestic mountain gorillas up close and personal. Trekking through the lush rainforests of the Virunga Mountains to observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat is an experience that will leave you awe-inspired and humbled.Vast Wildlife:
In addition to gorilla trekking, Rwanda is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including golden monkeys, chimpanzees, lions, leopards, and many more. Visitors can explore the country's national parks and reserves, such as Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park, to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitats.Rich Cultural Heritage:
But Rwanda is more than just wildlife. It is a country rich in culture, with a proud and vibrant history. Visitors can explore the country's cultural heritage by visiting museums, such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, and traditional villages to learn about the customs and traditions of the local people.Striking Scenery:
One of the highlights of Rwanda is its breathtaking scenery. From the rolling hills of the countryside to the sparkling lakes and waterfalls, the country's natural beauty is truly spectacular. Visitors can take in the stunning views by hiking, cycling, or simply relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.Pure Adventure:
For adventure seekers, Rwanda offers a range of activities, such as white-water rafting, kayaking, and zip-lining.Monumental History:
And for those interested in history, the country has a rich and complex past, including the tragic events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Visitors can gain a deeper understanding of Rwanda's history by visiting historical sites, such as the Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide Memorials.Friendly People:
But perhaps one of the greatest treasures of Rwanda is its people. Known for their warmth, friendliness, and hospitality, the people of Rwanda will welcome you with open arms and make you feel right at home. Visitors can interact with locals, learn about their way of life, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine, which includes traditional dishes such as ugali, beans, and plantains.In conclusion, Rwanda is a destination that offers something for everyone. From the incredible wildlife to the stunning scenery and rich cultural heritage, this country is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. So come and experience the beauty and warmth of Rwanda, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
More about this tour
This itinerary offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, allowing you to witness the majestic gorillas and elusive golden monkeys in their natural habitats. Don't miss out on this incredible safari experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories of Rwanda.
What To Bring
- Wear long trousers and long-sleeved tops
- Insect repellent
- Garden gloves
- Sun Hut
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof hiking shoes
Gorilla Tracking Tips
- Warm clothing is advised especially the evenings and morning are chilly.
- Bring water along on your track, eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated by your ranger guide.
- Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash.
- Porters are available to help you carry your daypack for a small charge.
- Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly and drink plenty of water.