DAY 1- Arrival at Kigali
On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative for your transfer to your hotel for overnight. You will be briefed about your upcoming journey.
DAY 2- City Tour - -Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and start a city tour. Kigali City was established in 1907 as a colonial out-post by Dr. Richard Kandt, who was the very first resident German colonialist in Rwanda. He set his base at the foothills of Mt. Jali and Mt.Kigali and today his home is a Natural History Museum.
A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is worth it, The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi. This tribute to victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide includes exhibits, graves & a garden. Also craft markets and art exhibitions are available. After lunch, you will transfer to Volcanoes National park.
DAY 3- Hike to Diana Fossey Tomb or Bisoke Crater
After an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for orientation. Dian Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her 1985 murder. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. Fossey is buried at Karisoke in a site that she herself had constructed for her deceased gorilla friends. She was buried in the gorilla graveyard next to Digit, and near many gorillas killed by poachers. Mt Bisoke is 3711 m high and straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the summit is located in Rwanda. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rainforest and alpine meadows. The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Bisoke is one of the mountains considered a habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is in the valley to the west.
DAY 4- Golden Monkeys - Departure
Return to the park Headquarters after breakfast to begin the second most magnificent trek in Rwanda, the Golden Monkeys. This is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches. Drive back to Kigali for your flight.
END OF TOUR