4 Days Safari in Rwanda highlights mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park, and a choice to either do Golden monkey tracking or do Dian Fossey Trekking (Dian Fossey graveyard visit) & the Karisoke research institute in Rwanda.
Day 1: Transfer to Ruhengeri/ Volcanoes national park
Pick up from Kigali and drive about 2½hour to Ruhengeri which is a base town at the Volcanoes national park – home of the endangered mountain gorillas. A short familiarization city tour upon arrival, before retiring in your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
Early in the morning after breakfast, attend a briefing from the ORTPN officials about the park and the tracking. Start the incursion into the forest for the gorilla tracking. The rangers will lead you deep into the forest in search of the gorillas. You will move up and down the rugged terrain until you finally meet these harmonious creatures that will entertain you with performances for about 1 hour.
The activity can take 2-7 hours since the gorillas move up and down. This is an awesome and exciting moment. If lucky, we visit the Karisoke research centre and the graves of Diane Fossey a woman who was murdered because she was protecting these endangered mountain gorillas. Dine and overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Dian Fossey or Golden monkey tracking
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Park Headquarters for registration and briefing about the Golden monkey tracking or Dian Fossey grave trekking.
You will choose one activity.
Option 1: Tracking Golden monkeys. These are rare species of primates in Africa and only a few populations can be sighted only in the Virunga mountains of Volcanoes National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Option 2: Dian Fossey grave Trek, she was an American Zoologist who was murdered in 1985 while on her research about the rare species of Mountain gorillas and other primates in Volcanoes national park. Her graves are close to her research centre. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali
Depart for Kigali after breakfast. Lunch will be served at the Nyirangarama town, giving the opportunity to visit the Urwibutso Ecotourism Project. The project supports local farmers in many viable ways contributing to social and economic development in the region. It provides services like schools, health centres, training farmers and job opportunities created. Arrive in Kigali later in the evening for dinner and overnight.