2-day gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park:

Day 1: Arrival and Preparation

  • Morning:
    • Arrive in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. If you’re already in Rwanda, plan to reach Kigali by early morning.
    • Transfer to Volcanoes National Park, which is approximately a 2 to 3-hour drive from Kigali. I recommend using a 4×4 vehicle due to the terrain.
    • Check into your accommodation near the park. Options range from luxury lodges to budget-friendly guest houses.
  • Afternoon:
    • Use the rest of the day to explore the nearby area or relax at your lodge. Consider visiting the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for a glimpse into local culture.
  • Evening:
    • Prepare your trekking gear. Be sure to have hiking boots, rain gear, and enough water. Early nights are recommended to be well-rested for the early morning start.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Experience

  • Early Morning:
    • Have an early breakfast and head to the park headquarters by 7:00 AM.
    • Attend a briefing at the park headquarters. You’ll receive important information about gorilla trekking rules, safety guidelines, and what to expect during the trek.
    • Join one of the trekking groups, which are typically limited to 8 people each. You’ll be assigned a group based on fitness levels and gorilla family location.
  • Morning to Afternoon:
    • Start your trek into the forest. The duration of the trek varies widely, from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the gorillas’ location.
    • Spend an hour with the gorilla family, observing their behavior and interactions under the guidance of your park ranger.
  • Late Afternoon:
    • Return to your accommodation to rest and freshen up.
    • You can choose to stay another night near the park or proceed to your next destination.

This itinerary offers a compact yet fulfilling experience of gorilla trekking in Rwanda, making the most of your short time while ensuring a responsible and memorable encounter with these magnificent creatures.

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