Met on arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari. After lunch, depart for PNV at 2pm. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. O/N: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [FB].
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [FB].
Either go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [FB].
In the morning either relax or walk near the Lodge, visit the golden monkeys or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave. After lunch transfer to Uganda [Clocks go forward one hour]. O/N: O/N Bwindi Jungle Lodge. [FB]. 2 hrs Drive.
Either go gorilla tracking again, this time in Mgahinga/Nkuringo (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or go Birdwatching. O/N Bwindi Jungle Lodge [FB].
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda. [Clocks go back one hour]. Time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport [HB]. 3.5 to 4 hrs drive