This is an action packed budget African safari tour in Rwanda to the Volcanoes National Park. The 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip is an expedition that you do not want to miss.
About the 5 day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Trip
This is a 5 day Rwanda budget African gorilla safari trip. The 5 day Rwanda gorilla trip takes you to Volcanoes National Park. This park is popularly known as Parc National Des Volcans.
The main activity on 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip is gorilla tracking in Rwanda. Additionally you have a hike up Visoke Mountain (3700m). On the 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip you will also trek the Golden monkeys.
This is why 5 day Rwanda budget trip is the best action packed Rwanda gorilla safari. Trekking mountain gorilla groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes a few hours. Your 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip itinerary is below
5 Day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Trip Highlights
- Rwanda Gorilla trek
- Kigali City Tour
- Rwanda golden Monkey Tracking
- Mt Bisoke (Visoke) Hike
- Bird Watching
- Forest Walk
- Nature Walk
5 Day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Parc Nationale Des Volcanoes
You will be met by our Rwanda safari rep on arrival. This is either at the airport or your budget hotel in Kigali. Enjoy a briefing on the 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip. This is followed by departure driving to Volcanoes National Park.
It is a fun filled 3 hours’ drive across the mountainous country-side. Enjoy the mountainous scenery that Rwanda is popular for. You will arrive in Parc Nationale Des Volcans in time for lunch. The evening is spent on sightseeing and relaxing around your budget hotel. Your dinner and overnight will be at the Muhavura Lodge.
About Volcanoes National Park
The Volcanoes National Park is a haven for mountain gorilla in the region. This Rwanda National Park is also home to five volcanoes. The volcanoes form part of the nearby Virunga Mountains. This is famous as the location where zoologist Dian Fossey based herself. It is the oldest park in Africa and covers a relatively small area, only around 160km².
The park is mostly covered by a range of different forest types, with bamboo covering a third of it. Volcanoes National Park is set in the mountains. The forests change at different altitudes. The highest points go to around 4500m. Here grasslands, marshes, swamps as well as some small lakes can be found.
Of course, the biggest attraction in the park are the incredible mountain gorillas. You will find these gentle apes roaming the bamboo forests. This population forms part of only 900 such primates found in Africa today.
It is hoped that through extensive conservation efforts, these numbers are increasing. These peaceful animals are around three times the size of a human. They can be encountered on a Rwanda gorilla trekking expedition.
Volcanoes National park is also home to golden monkeys. Here we also have spotted hyena, bushbuck, black fronted duiker and elephants. The elephants and most of the animals named above are quite rare to see.
Over 178 types of birds call the park home. There are 13 bird species and 16 subspecies only found in the region. This is only around the Virunga Mountains.
The main reason to visit Volcanoes National Park is for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Here, experienced guides will take you through the forest. This is to the home of these incredible primates where you can spend an hour with them.
Other attractions include visits to the golden monkey population. You may tourthe lakes and caves in the area. You can also go hiking trails to the volcanoes in the park.
There is a cultural encounter at the village of Iby’wacu and a pilgrimage to the tomb of Dian Fossey.
Day 2: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Your 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip will start early. This will be with an early morning breakfast. After getting your picnic lunch boxes you will proceed to the head office. This is in time for the briefing at 0800hrs.
You will meet your armed ranger and guide. If you need porters, you can get one or two to help you. This is at a cost of course. It is time to tackle the day’s activity. You will venture into the forest trails in search of the apes. Your trek follows the path of the mountain gorillas assigned to you.
The trek can be quite tough due to terrain and time taken. You can take approximately 2-8 hours to undertake the trekking. Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight. This will be at Muhavura Lodge.
Day 3: Golden Monkeys Tracking
Start your 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip early. This will be with breakfast before 0700hrs. Transfer to the park headquarters for briefing. In much smaller groups, you will set off to the forest. This is to track the rare and endangered Golden monkeys.
You will encounter other primate species as vervet monkeys and baboons. There are so many bird species and butterflies available in this forest. Your guide will help you to identify whatever animal, bird or insect you will meet. The guide will be ready to answer your questions about fauna and flora.
Return to your lodge in the afternoon. Your evening in Volcanoes will be at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Muhavura Lodge.
Day 4: Visoke (Bisoke) Hike
Another early start on 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip. You will leave the hotel early in the morning. This will be after breakfast at 0630hours. With the help of your guide, drive to the park entrance. It is from here that you start your hiking of Mount Visoke.
The ascent takes between 1-2 hours depending on your fitness level. The descent is pretty easy ad 1hour does it for many. You will enjoy a drive back to your Volcanoes accommodation for lunch. Afternoon will be spent in relaxation mode. It is good to order for a massage to take away the fatigue. Your dinner and overnight will be at Muhavura Lodge.
Day 5: Volcanoes – Kigali City Tour – Departure
The 5 day Rwanda budget gorilla trip will start with an early breakfast. This is followed by departure to Kigali. On arrival you will embark on a city tour.
The tour includes the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi. You will also visit the colorful markets and craft centers. End your Rwanda gorilla trip with a transfer to the airport.
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5 Day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Trip Costs
The 5 Day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Trip cost includes
- Accommodation with meals as per program
- Bottled water
- Customized safari-vehicle
- An English speaking guide
- 1 X Rwanda gorilla permit
- 1 X Rwanda Golden monkey permit
- Mount Bisoke Hike
- Government taxes
- Lots of fun and African sunshine
The 5 Day Rwanda Budget Gorilla Tour does not include
- Items of personal use
- All drinks, beverages and alcohol other than what is served at breakfast
- Deviation from the Itinerary
- Tips and porterage
What you carry for your 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trip:
- Sun glasses
- Camera gear
- Heavy and light clothes
- Rain Poncho
- Sturdy hiking boots