A 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek and Musanze caves safari involving gorilla trekking, a Rwanda cultural experience at Ibylwacu cultural centre and a visit to the musanze caves.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KIGALI AND TRAVEL TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK.
On the first day of your 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek and Musanze caves safari, your Gorilla Cousins Rwanda tour guide will pick up at the Kigali International Airport and brief you on your upcoming Rwanda safari. . Your journey will begin immediately you are in the vehicle in the parking lot; heading off to Volcanoes National park, a two and a half hour drive. Time permitting, your Gorilla Cousins Rwanda guide will give you a tour of Kigali city; this will include the Genocide Memorial Center, the most famous attraction in the Capital City.
You will then drive the two and a half hours it takes to Volcanoes National Park and check in at your accommodation. Dinner will be served at your lodge.
DAY 2: GORILLA TRACKING AND IBYLWACU CULTURAL CENTER
On the second day of your 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek and Musanze caves safari, you will get up early in the morning, be served a quick breakfast at your lodgings and head off to the Park Headquarters of Volcanoes National Park. Upon arrival at the Park Headquarters, you will be served coffee or tea, while a local cultural group entertain you with a local dance and drumming routine. Shortly thereafter, the final paperwork will be finished, and you will be assigned to one of the 10 families of Mountain Gorillas. A short briefing and talk about park etiquette will be given by your Park Ranger and then you will be ready to head off to the track for your search for the gorillas.
You will then drive to the starting point for your tracking. Because the Mountain Gorillas are forever moving about the forest, it could take anywhere from an hour to 8 hours to meet up with the particular Gorilla Family you have been assigned to. There are rangers in the forest following the trail left by the Gorillas in the early morning; these rangers are in constant contact with your Ranger Guide. When the Gorillas are spotted, your Ranger Guide will then be alerted and you will proceed to the exact location that they are at that moment. We highly suggest you take a few snacks with you and water, should you be in the forest for many hours; these snacks you will have to eat either before or after meeting the Gorillas, as it is not permitted to eat in front of them. When you finally meet up with the Gorilla Family, you will be allowed one hour of observing and photographing.
After the Gorilla Tracking, you will return to your accommodation for lunch and a little rest. There is an opportunity for your Gorilla Cousins Rwanda guide to take you to the Ibyiwacu Cultural Center in Kiningi. Here at the Center you can watch local drummers and dancers perform their native music and dance moves. In addition, the local people put on costumes and recreate a traditional wedding ceremony for their guests, a most interesting drama to watch.
Before night fall, you will be returned to your accommodation for dinner.
DAY 3: MUSANZE CAVES AND RETURN TO KIGALI
After breakfast on the second day of your 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek and Musanze caves safari, you will be taken by your Gorilla Cousins Rwanda guide to the Musanze Caves in Kinigi. These caves were used many years ago as homes for some people in the community. One of the caves is 2 kilometers in length. For a more detailed description of the Musanze Caves, please refer to the Other Activities section on our website.
After viewing the caves, you will start your journey back to Kigali. Your Gorilla Cousins Rwanda guide will take you to a local Rwandese restaurant in Kigali so you can experience some traditional foods. When the time is right, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight. Time permitting, your guide can also take you to a local market and/or handicraft workshop if you are interested in doing some shopping before leaving Rwanda.