Day 1: Arrive Kigali And Travel To Ruhengeri
You will be met by an Amahoro driver/guide at the Kigali International airport and stop for lunch in the city before being transferred to the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo; These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. These twin lakes are great spots to be visited and used to be referred to as neglected gems but things have changed and Bulera and Ruhondo are a place not worth missing out on. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop.
Get to the view point then drive to the Ruhengeri area, the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The virungas. Arrive in time for dinner and spend the night at your hotel.
Driving time: 2 hours
Activities: Twin Lakes Visit
Overnight: Home Inn/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi – to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we will embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if cannot trek far. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later dinner and the night.
Driving time: 15 minutes
Activities: 1 Gorilla Trek
Overnight: Home Inn/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 3: City Tour And Shopping + Depart
After breakfast you will bid your host good bye and depart for Kigali. Take a complimentary city tour to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Also engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.
Driving time: 2 Hours
Activities: City Tour