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Up the mountains to the the land of mountain gorillas

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Lobelia Tours and Travel

For anyone wishing to visit East Africa and Rwanda as a local, we are the team to contact!

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Up the mountains to the the land of mountain gorillas

A short 5 days and 4 nights in country tour led by a private guide, focusing purely on the stunning Volcanoes National Park. The key objective is to track the agile golden monkeys and spending a morning tracking the famous mountain gorillas (more than half of the world's population live here) and the golden monkeys living in the volcanoes park.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL -DRIVE TO MUSANZE

Your private guide, with his/her 4WD vehicle, meets you on arrival at Kigali Airport, either off an international flight, or after a safari elsewhere in Africa. Leaving the lively capital, you drive northwest through lush hills and bustling market towns for approximately 2 hours, to the stunning Volcanoes National Park – well known as the venue for Dian Fossey's pioneering studies of the mountain gorillas. Read more

Musanze/Kinigi
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DAY 2

NKOTSI VILLAGE VISIT

Upon meeting you at your hotel on your second day in Rwanda as a way of acclimatization to the local weather, you will be taken to the famous Nkotsi village ( also known as Muko) 7kms southwest of Musanze. It is in this location where the Red Rocks camping and Hostel is found. At this village, you will be given an opportunity to work together with the locals on different activities such as beekeeping, banana beer production, basket weaving and traditional medicine crafting. In the afternoon if time allows it, you may go to visit the Musanze caves with bats as its major feature or decide to stay at your Hotel for relaxation . Either way, the vehicle and the driver are at your entire disposal. You may use them to get around and try your bargaining skills at the local markets. Read more

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DAY 3

GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING

Start early on your first morning for a trip to track the golden monkeys. These primates are beautiful, endangered and more agile than the mountain gorillas. They live in bamboo thickets on the lower slopes of the mountains – and tracking them acclimatizes you perfectly to the slight altitude, before heading higher to the gorillas. Read more

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DAY 4

GORILLA TREKKING

Early in the morning, meet at the park headquarters for a briefing, and then hike up into the rainforest to a troop of magnificent mountain gorillas. Each troop has its own 24-hour guard, so their location is known. You usually have an hour with them, time to sit and observe them at very close quarters indeed. Because of the very close contact between gorillas and visitors (often as little as 7m), and the risk of passing on infections which are fatal for them, travelers who are ill will not be allowed on gorilla tracking trips. Afternoon drive back to Kigali. Read more

Kigali
DAY 5

KIGALI CITY TOUR

This tour will take you to the old “Quartier commercial” then to the Nyabugogo valley which is the main taxi park serving all four corners of the country. From Nyabugogo, this journey will continue to Nyamirambo famous for its various informal businesses. Turning on KN2 Ave you will drive to the once a small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. This house turned museum is the first modern building which marked in 1907 the Kigali City foundation. After the museum, your drive will take east on the way to the Presidential Palace Museum. The museum is a short way east of the airport a short while passed the Kanombe Military Hospital. This former presidential palace is located on the eastern outskirts of the city and is worth visiting given its “secret” rooms with a very strange presidential nightclub. The wreckage of the presidential plane where it fell down after being shot are still there – over the garden wall! Later in the afternoon, your guide will drive you to the Kigali Genocide Memorial centre. It is estimated that more than 250,000 victims are buried in this Memorial. Audio-guided, you will be led in different areas of the Memorial. You will also have the chance to visit the colorful Kimironko market and en route your driver/guide will make you visit the majestic Kigali Convention Centre. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at the airport for your outbound flight back home or to your next destination. Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 4
Location Kigali
Hotel Hotel T 2000
Day 1
Location Musanze
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Musanze
Day 4
Location Kigali
Hotel Radisson Blu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation on FB basis
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Information services
  • Park Entrance fees
  • All meals
  • All park permits and parking fees
  • Bottled water
  • Fuel
  • government taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips and souvenirs
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Excess luggage
  • international travel insurance cost

More information

  • Gorilla permits are subject to availability. To be guaranteed, early bookings are highly recommended
  • Early room and activity booking is vital especially during high season for people who wish to visit mountain gorillas
  • Nkotsi village activities are also subject to place availability and can thus be substitued with IbyIwacu Cultural Village actiivities
  • Our company is a bonded one therefore quality service is guaranteed
  • Part of our proceeds goes back to local communities

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Prosper Ishimwe, United States

Getting that closer to a gorilla is the best experience that ever ​ happened to me. Lobelia Tours guides are the best. The outstanding ​ service is commendable. See you again in in two years time!

Viviane Nkuza, Belgium

We loved the gorilla trek experience in the volcanoes. Thanks Lobelia ​ Tours and Travel Agency, my husband and I had great moments in Rwanda. ​ Your attention to details is incredible. We will surely come back!

Olivier Heinen, Germany

I have travelled to Rwanda a couple of times and know the country quite ​ well - yet there are situations where I like to benefit from Lobelia ​ Tours' great experience and excellent network. Most of all when it comes ​ to the question of transportation in some more remote areas, which can ​ be difficult to reach if you are traveling individually and without your ​ own vehicle. If you need a Mototaxi to pick you up at an appointed time ​ in the middle of nowhere, these guys are going to arrange it for you ​ (and much more)! Their office is located centrally in Kigali and ​ dropping in while planning your next trip is never a waste of time! Read more

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