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4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey , Your 4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour is an amazing mountain gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey tomb site exploration in Volcanoes National Park. It combines magical encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild and deep insight into the gorilla conservation story at Dian Fossey graveyard at Karisoke Research Centre along the slopes of Mount Bisoke.

Volcanoes National Park lies in Western Rwanda and your trip begins and ends in Kigali capital city. This is 2 and half hours’ drive road trip and gorilla treks will be done in anyone of the 10 habituated gorilla families. It also includes Kigali city tour to Kigali genocide site and cultural tour at Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village.

Activities to do on 4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Dian Fossey tomb hike
  • Bird sighting
  • Visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village

Summary of your 4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 3: Dian Fossey hike

Day 4: Drive back to Kigali

Detailed itinerary of the 4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Meet and greet your Rwanda tour guide upon early arrival at Kigali Airport. You will be transferred to a gorilla safari lodge you booked at Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri area about 2 and half hours’ drive. Enjoy the beauty of countryside rolling hills en-route. Dinner and overnight at your respective Rwanda gorilla safari lodge.

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge
  • Mid-range: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy your breakfast and after, assemble at Kinigi offices for briefing on gorilla trekking rules and regulations. You will be expected at Kinigi early with your snacks and bottled water since briefing starts at 7:00am. At 8:00am, the park official would have finished assigning you a gorilla family to trek and park ranger guide to escort you.

It may take you 2-6 hours to make a complete hike and this covers one hour spotting mountain gorillas face to face, photography, learning about their feeding habits, socialization and a lot more.

Get back to the lodge after one hour of magical interaction and in the evening, you may opt to take a walk to the Twin Lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight stay at gorilla safari lodge.

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge
  • Mid-range: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse

Day 3: Dian Fossey hike

Today, your third day of your Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour commences with an early morning breakfast at your respective gorilla safari lodge and later, gather at Kinigi offices once again for briefing. Later, start your hike to Dian Fossey tomb site at Karisoke Research Centre. There are some mammals to expect to sight along the way.

On arrival at the tomb site, you will have incredible insight on gorilla conservation story of Dian Fossey. She was one of the greatest conservationists, primatologists who carried out research on gorillas for 18 years but unfortunately, she was mysteriously murdered in 1985 and buried next to Digit her lovely silverback gorilla.

Day 4: Drive back to Kigali

The last day of your 4 days Rwanda gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour starts with breakfast. After, check out of the gorilla safari lodge ready to return to Kigali about 2 and half hours’ drive. Arrive early then go for Kigali city tour which allows you pay a visit to Gisozi genocide site in Kigali plus nearby markets. Drive to the hotel for lunch and later, connect to Kigali Airport for departure.

End of your 4 days gorilla and Dian Fossey hike tour

Safari Inclusions

  •  Gorilla trekking permit
  •  Airport transfers
  •  Bottled drinking water
  •  Travel in 4×4 safari vehicle
  •  Fulltime English-speaking driver
  •  All relevant government taxes
  •  Activities in the travel plan but not the optional ones
  •  Game drives
  •  Boat cruise
  •  Park entry fees

Safari Exclusions

  •  International Flight fares
  •  Personal insurance
  •  Tipping
  •  Telephone calls
  •  Additional/optional activities
  •  Hotel fees before and after the trip
  •  Laundry services
  •  Beverages of personal interest
  •  Visa fees
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