Two days isn’t really enough to explore Rwanda, but our 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari is certainly enough to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, one of their natural habitats.
2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari is a cheap gorilla trekking safari to Volcanoes National Park, the only place to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
This 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari is designed for all travelers interested in encountering the rare mountain gorillas but have limited time and money.
Your 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking. Volcanoes National Park is in northwestern Rwanda.
It is a home to a section of 1004 mountain gorillas that today remain on earth and only exist in Rwanda, Uganda and the DR Congo. Your journey will commence and end in Kigali.
Activities to do on 2 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari
- Mountain Gorilla Trekking
- Kigali City Tour
- or, Community Visit
- Day 1: Travel from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
- Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and return to Kigali
Detailed itinerary for 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari
Day 1: Travel from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Arrive early enough and meet your driver guide at Kigali airport or after breakfast at a hotel in Kigali. He will brief you on what your 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari is about then you begin your 2 to 3 hours’ journey to Volcanoes National Park in the northwest.
Accommodation choices at Volcanoes National Park
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Moderate) or Kinigi Guesthouse (Budget)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and return to Kigali
Assemble at Kinigi park headquarters for briefing on the set rules and regulations for gorilla trekking. You will need some packed lunch/snacks and bottled water and be equipped with water proof hiking boots, day pack, camera with no flashlight, long sleeved shirts or t-shirts, trousers, walking stick and others.
You will be put in a group of 8 visitors to track 1 habituated family and your adventure will last you about 4 to 8 hours depending on your hiking speed, nature of habitat and location of these creatures. After, drive back to Kigali and this will mark the end of your 2 days gorilla safari in Rwanda.
End of 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari
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2 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Prices Includes
- Gorilla trekking permit ($1500 per person)
- Transport in a 4×4 drive safari car
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- Bottled water
- Accommodation and meals
2 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Cost Excludes
- Expenses such as tips, beverages, activities and accommodation outside travel plan, laundry services and others.
About Volcanoes National Park | Rwanda Gorilla Safari Park
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans ) – In view of the fact that the permit holders are required to check in at the park headquarters in the nearby Kinigi at 7am on the day of tracking, staying in Musanze (Ruhengeri) is a much safer option than leaving Kigali at the crack of dawn. Nothing can prepare you for an encounter with mountain gorillas in the mist especially if you have never been to a forest before.
Despite their intimidating size, they are surprisingly non-aggressive animals and you will find your stay around them very welcoming. Please note that gorilla trekking is no bliss ride; it involves a lot of strenuous effort through the dense forest, steep and muddy hillsides. But coming up close the gorillas at last after all the effort will be worth your input.
While most of the tourists to the park are understandably driven by the desire to have a face to face encounter with the gorillas in the mist, there is a good reason to stay in the park areas once the tracking is finished. The mountain gorillas share the park with a troop of rare golden monkeys, which are being slowly habituated to human contact.
Mountain Gorilla Families in Volcanoes
There are 7 gorilla groups noted to reside in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda including the Susa group which consists of 35 and more members that most visitors are always interested in visiting, although it is the hardest to reach.
- Susa group the largest gorilla group with presently 42 members including 3 silver backs
- Amahoro group
- Sabinyo group
- Umubano group
- Kwitonda group
- Hirwa group
- Group 13
- Note; These gorilla group may increase or decrease at any time
Where to Stay while on 2 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari – Best Lodges in Volcanoes National Park
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
This is a luxury property that will offer you first class stay for your gorilla trip. Enjoy all luxurious services this lodge offers and you will find your stay very awesome. Enjoy the mouth watering 3 course meals with a warm service from the staff.
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Enjoy your stay at Le bambou gorilla lodge, there is none second to the beauty of this facility, mid-range and affordable yet offers luxury services. Situated in Kinigi the commencement point for all the gorilla tracking, Le bambou gorilla lodge is a home away from home.
This is a clean budget accommodation very affordable and very close to the park headquarters for early morning briefing. Enjoy your gorilla trip at Kinigi guesthouse with spacious rooms all well equipped with cold and hot running water. This is the gateway to the majestic volcanoes.
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