The virungas conservation area is where three national frontiers converge on the dormant volcanoes where the mountain gorillas live on the edge of the Rift Valley: Rwanda, Uganda and The Congo. This is the place where the deep, dark forests of the Congo Basin meet the wide, open grasslands of east Africa: the line of contact between the two is an abrupt volcanic mountain range known as the Virunga that continues north into the Mountains of The Moon, or Ruwenzori range. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virunga Mountains which when combined forms the 435 Km² Virunga Conservation Area. This Gorilla Safari Will be looking at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Gorilla Park in Uganda
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to Kigali city. After lunch, depart for the Parc National des Volcans (PNV) around 2pm. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorilla Hotel. (L,D)
Spend the day gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the lush forested slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky, you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families, however, are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when the forest is wet and muddy. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorilla Hotel. (B,L,D)
Today, you will have a number of different options. Either enjoy another day of gorilla tracking, again in Parc National des Volcans, visit the golden monkeys, climb the Visoke volcano, or trek to the remains of Old Karisoke. You may also visit local communities or simply relax around the gorilla Lodge lodge. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorilla Hotel. (B,L,D)
Drive to Mgahinga through the “Switzerland of Africa,” on the road winding through many hills and valleys, with distant views of the volcanoes and lakes. Time permitting; go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies, and monkeys. Alternatively, look for monkeys and birds near the river below the lodge. Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel. (B,L,D)
This morning the gorilla guide will lead you through the gorillas’ world, surrounded by wild forest and impressive bird life as he explains the behaviors of the goillas along the way, always do not be afraid to ask about other wildlife that you come across, these rangers are not only informed about gorilla but also the rest of the park plus the people surrounding it.
Gorilla Tracking excursions normally leave from Ntebeko Entrance Gate at 8am daily and can last between two and four hours depending on the luck of the day and how the gorillas are interacting with the invirons. Visitors should please not that the Nyakagezi gorilla group moves frequently into the adjacent forests in Rwanda and DR Congo, but may only be tracked when they are in Uganda.Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel. (B,L,D)
End of our 6 days gorilla trekking safari in the Virungas conservation area