Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour
About the 3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour
You will be trekking mountain gorillas on this 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour. You can optionally go Golden Monkey trekking too here. This Rwanda gorilla safari gives you a possibility to hike the Volcano.
A date with history of the mountain gorillas may not be such a bad idea. This can be done by visiting the grave of Dian Fossey. This is the American conservationist who worked here for 20 years.
This 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour is a short African gorilla safari in Rwanda. It is suited for those with limited time but want to see gorillas. This gorilla tour guarantees you less driving time to the gorillas. You will be accommodated in budget establishments in Ruhengeri.
3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour Highlights
- Rwanda Gorilla trekking
- Kigali City Tour
- Genocide Memorial Tour
- Forest Walk
- Nature Walk
3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Day one of your 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour. This will begin with a meet and greet by our Rwanda safari rep. It will be either at the airport or your budget hotel in Kigali. Enjoy moments of briefing on the 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour.
This will be followed by a Kigali city tour. Kigali town is one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Your city tour visits markets and the genocide memorial center. This center is very important to the people of Rwanda. It is a symbol of national reconciliation after the genocide in 1994. The genocide center gives the untold story of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. This tour will be preceded by an early lunch in Kigali.
It is after feeling your stomach that you will depart for Volcanoes National Park. It is a 3 hours’ drive heading north. You will arrive in the evening with the time spent at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Muhavura Lodge on Full Board Basis.
About Volcanoes National Park
Spanning on a 160sqkm area in the northern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is the oldest national park in Africa. It was initially a small area around Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke volcanoes which was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching.
In 1929, the park was extended into Rwanda and the then Belgian Congo and was named Albert national park managed and run by the Belgian Colonial Authorities. During early 1960s, the park was divided as Rwanda and Congo gained their independence and by the end of that decade, the park was almost half of its original size.
In 1967, the American zoologist Dian Fossey who had been doing research on mountain Gorillas in the forests of Congo fled from insecurity and established her research base at a place between Visoke and Karisimbi volcanoes that was yet to be known as Karisoke research center. She spearheaded the conservation campaign of the mountain gorillas and mobilized resources to fight against poaching in this area, a fight she put up until her murder in 1985. She was buried at the research center next to the grave of her favorite gorilla called Digit.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Your 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour will start early. An early wakeup accords you enough time to prepare very well for your trek. We recommend that you wake up at 0600hrs. This enables you to have breakfast at 0630. You will be transferred to the park headquarters at Kinigi.
A little entertainment normally from a given cultural group may be there. This is to be followed by a briefing on the day’s activity. You will be allocated a group depending on the gorilla family you will be trekking. Voila! It is time to go mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking can take up to three quarters of the day. This often depends on the location of the gorillas as they keep moving from one location to another. You will be allowed one hour once you find your gorilla family. You will then you walk back to the park headquarters.
Here you will receive your gorilla tracking certificate. Return back to your budget accommodation in Volcanoes National Park. You will have your afternoon at rest. Dinner and overnight will be at Muhavura Lodge.
Day 3: Volcanoes – Kigali
Your 3 day Budget Rwanda gorilla tour starts with breakfast. This will be followed by a departure to Kigali. If you have an optional activity you may do it before departure. This includes golden monkey trekking.
You may also opt to climb the Visoke Mountains. All these can be arranged at an extra cost. You will proceed to Kigali International Airport in time for your departure flight.
End of 3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour
3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour Costs
The 3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour cost includes
- Accommodation with meals as per program
- Bottled water
- Customized safari-vehicle
- An English speaking guide
- 1 X Rwanda gorilla permit
- Government taxes
- Lots of fun and African sunshine
The 3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour does not include
- Items of personal use
- All drinks, beverages and alcohol other than what is served at breakfast
- Deviation from the Itinerary
- Tips and porterage
What you carry for your 3 Day Budget Rwanda Gorilla Tour:
- Sun glasses
- Camera gear
- Heavy and light clothes
- Sturdy hiking boots