5 Days Volcanoes Primates & Dian Fossey Hike
5 Days Volcanoes Primates & Dian Fossey Hike: 5 days touring the major national park of Rwanda that is Volcanoes national park. Volcanoes national park is a major attraction for the mountain gorilla lovers. Add a golden monkey trek and cultural visit while in the park. Conclude the trip with a relaxing visit to Lake kivu for a boat ride. This Rwanda tour can be booked any day of the week throughout the year
Highlights of the 5 Days Volcanoes Primates & Dian Fossey Hike
- Day 1: Kigali city tour with Dian fossey fund museum visit
- Day 2: Golden monkey trekking with cultural tour in volcanoes national park
- Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park
- Day 4: Transfer to Lake Kivu
- Day 5: Drive back to Kigali
Day 1: Kigali city tour with Dian fossey fund museum visit
Meet up with your driver guide on this day, exchange pleasantries, present your negative PCR test and get a briefing on how the next few days will be going. Set out for your Kigali city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial grounds and the Kimironko market and after drive further to the Dian fossey fund museum for a visit.
You will arrive in Volcanoes national park Rwanda in the evening, check in and settle in as you wait for dinner and spend your first night in Volcanoes national park.
Hotel options in Volcanoes national park
- Hotel Muhabura for budget
- Le Bambou gorilla lodge for midrange
- 5 Volcanoes gorilla lodge for luxury
Day 2: Golden monkey trekking with cultural tour in volcanoes national park
Right after having breakfast on day 2 of the 5 Days Volcanoes Primates & Dian Fossey Hike, you will drive to the park headquarters to attend the morning brief before any activity at the park. Team up with your porters and ranger guides and enter the forest searching for the golden monkeys. Volcanoes national park is one of the parks where gold meets silver; golden monkeys and silverback gorillas stay in the same park.
You will see the monkeys swing from tree branch to tree branch and after exit the park to connect for lunch at your hotel. After lunch when the day has cooled abit, your driver guide will transfer you to the Iby’iwachu cultural center for a cultural treat of and by the Rwandan people. Get back to your hotel in time for dinner and retire anticipating the next day’s activity.
Wake up for an early breakfast served before you set out to the park headquarters as the day before for the briefing before the gorilla trekking. You will enter the forest in search of the mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are less active than the monkeys so you will trek for about 2 to 4 hours and come across the gorilla family of the day.
You will spend an hour with the mountain gorilla family you will have trekked that day at a 6 meters distance and after return to your hotel for a late lunch and spend the evening relaxing and watch the sunset in the Virunga ranges. Dinner will be served and you will spend another night in Volcanoes national park.
Day 4: Transfer to Lake Kivu
Wake up at leisure to have breakfast served at the hotel and check out of your hotel and meet your driver guide who will be waiting to transfer you to your next destination; Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is a 2 hour road drive from volcanoes national park. You will arrive in time for lunch at the shores of Lake Kivu.
You will spend the rest of the day engaging in a few activities at the Lake like take on a boat trip, kayaking, swimming or spend the evening at leisure reading a book at the shores. Connect to check in at your hotel in Lake Kivu where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Hotel options in Lake Kivu
- Paradise Malahide for budget option
- Le Palme beach resort for midrange option
- Lake Kivu Serena hotel for luxury option
Day 5: Drive back to Kigali
Have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and after pack your bags to leave Gisenyi headed back to Kigali. You will enjoy your last moments at the Lake Kivu and head back to Kigali via Musanze. This is a 5 hour transfer. You may take on the Kigali city tour on this day if you were not able to on the first day.
End of the 5 Days Volcanoes Primates & Dian Fossey Hike
Trip quote includes
- Full time fueled safari vehicle
- English speaking driver-guide
- Activities in the itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Bottled water
Trip quote excludes
- PCR/ Covid 19 tests
- Flight fares
- Visa fees
- Personal needs like laundry, airtime, insurance, gratuities