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Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Extension

Track and Sit Amongst the Endangered Mountain Gorilla, An Experience Like None Other
Day 1: Arrive Kigali - City Tour / Kinigi
Arrive Kigali in the morning (or the previous day). Today we have the opportunity to explore a bit of this fascinating capital city. Our city tour takes us through some of the sites of Rwanda's recent history, including the impressive and evocative genocide museum. We enjoy lunch and continue to the gateway to the Virungas, Kinigi town. We drive on paved roads winding through the hills and valleys of this stunning country. This scenic drive brings the grandiosity of the Virunga Volcano mountain range into perspective as its five peaks rise before us. Our base in Kinigi positions us at the base of Sabinyo Mountain, the namesake of one of the large silverbacks in the area. Overnight at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge.

Day 2 & 3: Virunga Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 15 minutes or an hour to many hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike can be physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided, and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras are recommended. It can rain at a moment’s notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential, as are zip lock bags for cameras. After trekking on Day 3, we depart back to the capital city of Kigali.

Day 2 overnight at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge / Day 3 overnight at Kigali Serena.

Day 4: Kigali / Home
Today, we are transferred to the airport for our departing flights home.

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