3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
Short 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Itinerary with Memorial Hike to Dian Fossey Grave
Itinerary Overview: 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
Book a 3 Days Gorilla trekking Rwanda safari customized with a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave for a memorial visit. It is a 3 days 2 nights Rwanda Gorilla trekking tour and hike to visit the grave of the famous primatologist Dian Fossey who lost her life to poachers in the park while conserving Mountain Gorillas.
Taking time to visit her grave doesn’t only offer a great hiking experience but is a good time to learn about Mountain Gorilla conservation. She was buried within Volcanoes National Park as she wanted to, just close to the grave of her favorite Gorilla.
This 3 Days Gorilla trek Rwanda is a short Gorilla safari well customized to suit all kinds of tourists including budget, mid-range and Luxury interested tourists. The tour is favorable for tourists who are coming in with international flights to the country or those coming from neighboring countries.
For tourists arriving at Kigali International Airport your driver guide will ensure pick up and drop off at the airport. This tour is available all year round and can be customized to suit any number of travelers.
But wait, let me tell you something:
- Safari starts and ends in Kigali city or Kigali International Airport
- Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- A maximum 1 hour will be spent with the Mountain Gorillas
- Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave
- Transfers by a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Accommodation before and after trip in Kigali can be arranged on request at an extra cost
What you need to know
- Accommodation is provided as included
- Tour is available all year round
- Minimum age for tour is 15 years
- Gorilla permit is included in the cost (US$ 1500)
- Trip can be customized (personalized)
Itinerary Highlights: 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
- Day 1: Transfer/drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park.
- Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- Day 3: Hike to Dian Fossey tomb and transfer back to Kigali city/Kigali International Airport for a departure flight
What’s the real story?:
Itinerary by day: 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
Day 1: Transfer/drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park.
Your 3 Days Gorilla tour in Rwanda will start with a pick up from your place of residence/ hotel or upon arrival at Kigali International Airport. After meeting and greeting, you then take the drive to Volcanoes National Park.
Depending on the time of arrival you may visit a few historical and traditional sites on a short Kigali city tour with a visit to places like the Kigali Genocide Memorial. After the city tour you have lunch and then embark on the drive North West of Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park.
If you are coming in from the neighboring countries on a road drive, you will drive to the park directly. The drive lasts about 2 hours as you go past the picturesque backdrop of Rwanda’s thousands of hills. By evening, you arrive at the park and check in to a booked lodging facility.
Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla Solution Lodge
Budget: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
On day two after breakfast at your hotel, your allocated driver guide picks you up for a drive to the Volcanoes park headquarters. On arrival at the park headquarters you start with a Gorilla trekking briefing by the park rangers on the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
During briefing, you are allocated a Gorilla family that you track with 7 other individuals alongside park guides. From the park headquarters, you go through the bamboo forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas.
Gorilla trekking may take about 2-4 hours to and from depending on where the Gorillas spent their previous night. However, only 1 hour (60 minutes) can be spent in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.
After 1 hour in the presence of a Gorilla family, you trek back to the park headquarters where you meet the tour guide for a transfer to your hotel or lodge where you relax and spend the night where you spent the night the previous day.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Hike to Dian Fossey tomb and transfer back to Kigali city/Kigali International Airport for a departure flight
Wake up early at the hotel, have breakfast and be ready to go for the hike to the Dian Fossey tomb. The hike through the trails to visit the Dian Fossey tomb for a memorial visit. This takes about 2 hours on a kind of memorial visit to Dian Fossey who was the first primatologist to focus on mountain gorillas. Her works are the basis of the conservation activities and possibility of the mountain gorilla trekking experience in the country.
After the hike, you return to the park headquarters for a transfer to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
End of 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
- English speaking driver guide
- Entry fees and taxes including Gorilla permit
- Safari van
- Meals as indicated
- Water on board
- Accommodation as indicated
- Any purchases of personal kind
- Any changes to the itinerary
- International flights and visas
- 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
- 4×4 safari van for budget travelers
Safari Route: 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Dian Fossey Memorial Hike
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