Embark on a transformative 4-Day Double gorilla trek in Rwanda that immerses you in the world of mountain gorillas with not one but two exhilarating gorilla treks. This meticulously designed itinerary combines the thrill of gorilla trekking with the opportunity to observe and connect with these majestic creatures on two separate occasions. Below, you’ll find mid-range accommodation options, a detailed day-by-day itinerary, inclusions, exclusions, and essential information on how to embark on this extraordinary journey.
Mid-Range Accommodation Options
- Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge: Nestled amid the lush Volcanoes National Park, Le Bambou offers comfortable rooms with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Its rustic charm and warm hospitality create a welcoming haven for travelers.
- Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: Located near Kinigi, this lodge provides cozy rooms with modern amenities. The lodge’s serene gardens and inviting ambiance offer a peaceful retreat after your outdoor adventures.
Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda
Your adventure begins with your arrival at Kigali International Airport. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted by your guide, who will accompany you on this remarkable journey. A scenic drive will take you to your chosen mid-range lodge, situated near the renowned Volcanoes National Park.
After settling into your comfortable accommodation, you will savor a delightful lunch, surrounded by the tranquility of your surroundings. In the evening, as you prepare for the exciting treks ahead, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge’s restaurant.
Day 2: First Gorilla Trek
An early start to the day ensures you’re fueled with a hearty breakfast before heading to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters. Here, you’ll receive a comprehensive briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette and safety measures.
With the sun rising higher in the sky, you’ll embark on your first gorilla trek into the dense bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains. This thrilling journey will lead you into the heart of the gorillas’ natural habitat. In the presence of these gentle giants, you’ll have the unique opportunity to observe their behaviors and capture cherished memories and photographs.
Returning to your mid-range lodge in the evening, you will share the day’s awe-inspiring experiences with fellow travelers over a sumptuous dinner.
Day 3: Second Gorilla Trek
Another early morning calls for a hearty breakfast as you prepare for your second gorilla trek. This time, you will venture into a different part of the park, offering a fresh perspective and the chance to encounter a different gorilla family.
As you hike through the bamboo forests and revel in the natural beauty of the Virunga Mountains, you’ll experience another captivating interaction with the gorillas. The second trek offers a deeper connection and further insights into these incredible creatures.
In the evening, you will return to your mid-range lodge, where you can reflect on your extraordinary day while enjoying a well-deserved rest and another delightful dinner.
Day 4: Departure
On your final day, after breakfast and check-out, you will embark on a scenic drive back to Kigali International Airport. As you make your way to the airport, you will carry with you the cherished memories of two incredible gorilla treks and the profound connection you forged with these magnificent creatures.
– Accommodation: Three nights in a selected mid-range lodge.
– Meals: All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4.
– Transport: Transfers from the airport to the lodge and back, as well as transportation for activities.
– Permits: Two gorilla trekking permits.
– Guides: Experienced guides for gorilla trekking activities.
– Flights: International flights to and from Kigali, Rwanda.
– Visa: Any necessary visa fees.
– Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended.
– Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, additional activities, and personal expenses.
– Gratuities: Tips for guides, lodge staff, and porters (recommended but discretionary).
How to Get There
To embark on this extraordinary 4-Day Double gorilla trek in Rwanda. Book an international flight to Kigali International Airport in Rwanda. Upon arrival, your tour operator or lodge will welcome you and provide transportation. This will be to your selected mid-range accommodation near Volcanoes National Park. It is approximately a 2-3 hour drive from Kigali. After completing your double gorilla treks, you’ll be transferred back to Kigali International Airport. This will be for your departure, concluding your memorable journey in Rwanda.