The highlight of your journey awaits on this day-Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. After breakfast at 06:30 am, head to the headquarters and meet with excellent and well-informed local park guides, who will share with you the etiquette of Mountain Gorillas tracking, based on their experience with Gorillas.
After that, board your safari vehicle and drive to the trailhead of your first Gorilla Trekking experience. Hike into the forest to where the Gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point with the communication of the advance group of trackers. The trek can take from 1 to 8 hours and climb to an altitude not in excess of 7,500 feet.
The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthy. Once the Gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as ‘one of the most thrilling and meaningful wildlife encounters on earth’. When your one-hour time with the Gorillas group ends, return to the starting point where your driver guide will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon at leisure, reflecting on your life changing experience with Gorillas. Dinner and overnight stay.
Lodging: Singita Kwitonda Lodge (Luxury), Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Midrange) or Ingagi Park View Lodge (Budget)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner