3 Day gorilla tour in Rwanda offers you a chance to see mountain gorillas in the jungle for one hour in Volcanoes national park Rwanda. This tour starts in Kigali with genocide site tour, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes, visit to ibyiwacu cultural village and ending back into Kigali.
Day 1: Airport pick up – Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Upon arrival at Kigali airport or pick up from your hotel early morning by our company representative and head for a visit of Kigali city to the genocide memorial site. Later with a lunch transfer to Musanze home of Volcanoes national park for an overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (luxury) / La Palme (mid-range) / Hotel Muhabura (Basic)
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda – Visit Ibyiwacu cultural village
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to the park headquarters at Kinigi for briefing before proceeding for gorilla tracking early morning. Visitors are allowed to stay in the presence of the gorillas for at least an hour. Return to the lodge for relaxation and in the evenning, hadout to visit the Ibyiwacu cultural village where you will learn first hand about the culture of Rwanda.
Day 3: End of the tour
Return to Kigali for a city tour if you missed one on day 1, visiting the Gisozi Genocide memorial Site and the handicrafts shops before being dropped at the airport for your scheduled return flight.
End of Tour
Handy information on Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Despite pre-booking for gorilla tracking permits, a visitor is allocated a gorilla group on the very day of trekking. Below are the fully habituated gorilla families in Rwanda’ Volcanoes national park. There are 56 gorilla permits available for sale every day. This number varies only when some of these gorilla groups cross over to the Virungas in DR Congo.
Susa Group/ Family: Made up of 41 members, Susa group is the largest gorilla family. It consists of 3 silver-backs, several black backs, females and youngsters. The 5 year old twins, Byishimo and Impano exhibiting their antics, make this group a dream for every visitor to Volcanoes. This family roams the slopes of Karisimbi Volcano (4507M).
Sabyinyo Group: With 8 Sabinyo gorilla family led by the most gigantic silverback in the Volcanoes national park called Guhonda, is normally the most accessible of all members.
Amahoro Gorilla Family comprises of 17 members under the leadership of the peaceful Ubumwe. Amahoro is a more strenuous to access compared to Group 13 or Sabyinyo.
Kwitonda Gorilla group: This family migrated from DR Congo and is comprised of 18 members under the leadership of Kwitonda silverback – which is translated as “the most humble one”. The group consists of 2 silverbacks and one black back. The group inhabits the Virunga section of the park. Tracking this group is as difficult as Susa.
Group 13 ( Agashya) consists of 25 members. It was named Agashya sine at the time of habituation, there were only 13 members but have now grown to 25 members.
Umubano Gorilla Family: Consists of 11 members. Umubano split from Amahoro group after the dominant silverback was wrestled down by Charles, the present leading silverback of Umubano.
Hirwa Gorilla Family was formed by members from Group 13 and Sabinyo.