2 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes National Park: This 2-day Rwanda gorilla safari is intended for those who are interested in seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The northern region of Rwanda is where the Volcanoes National Park is situated. It is a portion of the larger Virunga conservation area, which also includes Mgahinga and Virunga National Parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo border the 160 square kilometer park.
The Volcanoes national park once encompassed the entire territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park lost some of its territory to the Virunga National Park in Congo when the DR Congo gained independence. When Dian Fossey made the park her home in 1967, it became well-known throughout the world. The renowned primatologist established her gorilla research center between Mount Karisimbi and Bisoke after leaving the Congo for security reasons. To safeguard the mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey put in a lot of effort. Although poaching was prevalent in the park, she fought the criminals tenaciously through her campaigns and fundraising efforts.
In 1985, Fossey was assassinated in her bedroom by those who were allegedly making money from poaching. Along with a few of her favorite gorillas, she is interred in a tomb at her former research facility. It is Dian Fossey who is credited with making important discoveries about mountain gorillas. Heavy poaching would likely have killed off mountain gorillas in the absence of her efforts. Fossey figured out how to get the gorillas used to being around people, which opened the door for what is now known as gorilla tourism. Small-scale poaching continued after Fossey’s passing, and the gorillas were still in danger from the 1994 civil conflict. The need to safeguard mountain gorillas was, nevertheless, well known at this point. Here is where you may read more about Dian Fossey.
Visitors may also see golden monkeys, forest elephants, buffaloes, and hyenas in addition to the mountain gorillas. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga mountains are located in the Volcanoes national park. Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke, and Gahinga are a few of them. Therefore, following gorilla trekking, mountain climbing is a very popular pastime. Karisimbi and Bisoke are the volcanoes that hikers visit most frequently. For travelers seeking a more thorough primates safari in Rwanda, golden monkey trekking is also highly well-liked. Gorilla trekking is still the park’s main draw. Even though Rwandan gorilla tours are more expensive, many tourists still pick the park due of its proximity to Kigali, the country’s capital. Reservations for safaris in Rwanda have been reported to be simpler by certain tourists. Some people also assert that Rwanda’s roads are better and that it is simpler to locate gorillas there. The key factor that puts it ahead of the parks in Uganda and the DR Congo may be its ease of accessibility.
The 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari includes a tour of Kigali and a stop at the Gisozi genocide memorial. Tourists love to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda, but reservations are required in order to acquire a gorilla permit. There are ten habituated gorilla families available for you to pick from on Rwanda gorilla tours.
Day 1. Kigali city and genocide memorial site tour – Head to the Volcanoes National Park
Early in the morning, a guide from Discover Africa Safaris Tours will pick you up at your hotel or airport to start your gorilla tour. The first thing to do is take a tour around Kigali. To understand more about the 1994 genocide, you will travel to the well-known Kigali Gisozi genocide war memorial site. The King’s palace and other noteworthy locations will be visited after that. After lunch, begin the two to three hour trip to the volcanoes national park. You will realize that Rwanda is truly “The Land of a Thousand Hills” as you drive through the stunning, rugged, and lush landscape.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking at the Volcanoes national park – Departure.
A brief breakfast should be consumed as you wait for our guide. You will be driven to the Kinigi park’s administrative building for a gorilla trekking orientation. The purpose of this briefing, which starts at 7:00 am, is to inform you on the guidelines and requirements for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. 2 Days Gorilla Trekking in RwandaYou will have the option of hiring a porter and choose one of the 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda. After that is complete, you, your porter, and the park rangers will start tracking the gorilla group. The duration of the activity may range from one hour to five hours, depending on where your specific gorilla group is located. Take as many pictures of the gorilla group as you can once you see them. Follow your guide’s instructions and maintain your composure even if a gorilla family member approaches you.
You will return to the starting point when your hour is up, where our guide will be ready to drive you back to the lodge for lunch and a rest. Later on in the day, the tour guide will transport you to the airport or accommodation in Kigali.
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