After an early breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park Headquarters
to be allocated a gorilla tracking group.
07:00 - Briefing
by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of an amazing
Our exhilarating trek in
the footsteps of the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, the
largest living primate on earth, starts in the cultivated foothills of the
Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national
park, her paths littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and
elephant, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the
rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, butterflies, etc. Through gaps in
the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet
easily accessible, are glimpsed, beckoning an ascent. Mountain Gorillas are
wild animals, and so, sightings cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate
is well over 95%. These massive primates
are extremely rare, only approximately 650 remaining.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical
hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising
their young ones. Coming face to face with a giant silverback is truly one of
the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
Afterwards, you will trek back to base where your drivers will be
waiting to take you back to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch.
In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for you to do a tour to
the nearby ex-poacher’s village.
An award-winning conservation
initiative, former poachers were convinced to renounced their old ways and
become conservation activists. Together with their families, they founded this
little village where they now participate in eco-tourism showcasing Rwandan
culture. Visitors can learn about traditional skills like fire-making, archery,
traditional medicine, traditional architecture (totally unique grass thatched
huts that were used for the kings), traditional medicine, cultural dances, etc.
among other attractions.
Dinner and overnight at Jack Hanna’s