5 Day Gorilla & Karisimbi Hike in Volcanoes

This 5 Days Rwanda Safari grants opportunities for a visit to Volcanoes National Park for Mountain gorilla tracking and Karisimbi Hike. This is usually ranked to be one of the most adventurous trips taken while in Rwanda.

Mountain Karisimbi is the highest of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains as recorded, rising to 4.507 m, is a huge dome, now dormant, which dominates the range more in girth than in height as compared.

Karisimbi hike is not a one day excursion but rather takes two days and you have to book the trek at least two weeks before the actual hiking dates.

Day 1: Arrival – Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed and picked from airport by our tour guide who will later transfer you to Volcanoes National park.

This amazing journey from Kigali to the park takes about 2-3 hours of driving depending on speed used, traffic on the way and included stop overs. On reaching the park, check in at your lodge of choice for Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Exciting Mountain Gorilla trekking

After breakfast in the morning, our guide will pick you and drive to the park offices where briefing is conducted by park officials before journey start. After the briefing and getting assigned to a particular gorilla group you are to trek, begin the trekking journey in search of mountain Gorillas within the forest.

The trek can be quite tough that normally it takes a lot of time approximately 2-8 hours of hiking depending on where these apes spent their last night. After locating these apes you are allowed to stay in their presence for only one hour.

After the trekking, if time allows, you can do the Iby’wacu cultural experience visiting the Batwa people for interaction and other activities. Dinner and Overnight at the lodge.

Day 3 and 4: Hiking the Mountain Karisimbi

After breakfast in the morning, you will go for the 2 day volcano hiking excursion on Karisimbi which refers to its often white-capped summit; the hiking journey is associated with en route game viewing.

Dinner and overnight camping at an altitude of 3,800 m. Then second day after the overnight stay at the summit descend back and, return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 5: Kigali City Tour – Departure

After heavy breakfast in the morning you will drive to Kigali with our guide for a city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial, cultural sites and local markets.

After the city tour, you will have lunch and transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home or check in at your booked hotel of residence for overnight stay. End of the five day Rwanda Safari vacation.