Trek the gorillas and climb the Karisimbi! The Virunga volcanoes are a range of six extinct volcanoes and two active volcanoes (Congo). The Virunga volcanoes, with their altitudinal vegatation zones are probably one of the most beautiful mountains of the world. They are a paradise for hikers. Rwanda has 5 volcanoes, and the Karisimbi (4.507 m) is a the highest and probably the most beautiful of the Rwanda volcanoes.
Day 1: Kigali International airport – Kinigi
Murakaza neza mu Rwanda! (Welcome to Rwanda) Meet and greet at the Kigali International Airport by your driver-guide. Depending on your arrival time, your driver-guide may propose you a visit of Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi. Transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes, the trip will take maximum 2 hours. Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Hotel accommodation at your choice. (L-D).
Day 2: Virunga volcanoes for your trekking
After breakfast, you will depart for the Headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever! Your driver guide will drive you to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking.
After the trekking, if time allows lunch at Ruhengeri and an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera & Ruhondo) or visit of the Iby’Iwacu traditional village (a community based tourism project where the local community displays the traditional ways of living). Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Day 3: Karisimbi Mountain
Its name in Kinyarwanda means “white shell”, which refers to its often white-capped summit. The Karisimbi is the fifth highest mountain of Africa. The climb will start early in the morning and takes 6 hours. You will climb further via the Bisoke side, before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3.700 m for overnight (camping).
The best months to climb the Karisimbi are: January, February, March and July, August, September.
Hotel accommodation at your choice. (B-L-D). Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Day 4: Summit of the volcano
Early morning breakfast and you continue climbing up to the top. It will take about 4 hours to reach the summit of the volcano. Expect stunning sceenery and fascinating vegetation. Descent of the volcano will take approximately 6 hours. Your guide will be waiting for you at the foothill and transfer you to Kigali for overnight at the hotel of your choice.
On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country of the thousand hills!Hotel accommodation at your choice. (B-L-D). Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Day 5: Departure
Pick up at your hotel, depending on you departure time and if you missed the opportunity on the first day, you will have Kigali city trip including the visit of the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gizozi. Transfer to the Airport for your departure. (B).
Important to know
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- Park fees (for non-residents)
- Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
- Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees