3 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey Tomb Hike

You can take a 3-day safari in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to go to Dian Fossey’s Tomb at the Karisoke Research Center and trek beside the critically endangered mountain gorilla population. The most well-known national park in Rwanda is without a question is Volcanoes National Park. This is where the prominent primatologist Dian Fossey studied mountain gorillas. The adult life of Dian Fossey was spent researching mountain gorillas and fighting against those who wanted to take advantage of them for their flesh.
The method of habituating mountain gorillas—which teaches them to become used to human presence and feel comfortable in presence of humans was initially developed by Dian Fossey. She realized that she needed to win the respect of the group’s dominating silverback before she could get the family’s approval. The gorillas gave Dian Fossey their confidence by imitating their vocalizations, she said. She decided to give up academic study and focus more on aggressively opposing the illegal killing of young gorillas in Africa after the sad passing of her closest friend Digit, the dominating male of the gorilla family she had become accustomed to.
Dian Fossey’s resistance of poachers and traffickers brought her opposition from many quarters. Perhaps some of these people planned her murder. Between Mounts Karisimbi and Bisoke, at the Karisoke Research Center, Dian Fossey died violently in the hut she had built. The offender might have been hired by traffickers or poachers or connected to their group.

Top Activities in this 4 day Rwanda Gorilla Trek and Dian Fossey Tomb Hike.

  • Kigali City tour.
  • A visit to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial.
  • Musanze City tour.
  • Dian Fossey Hike
  • Gorilla Trekking.
  • Visit the Gorilla Guardian’s Village.

The 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Dian Fossey Hike Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the airport and Transfer to Volcanoes National park

Our dependable and destination expert tour guide may set up pickups from your lodge or at the Kigali airport. An outline of your 3-day Rwanda gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike and what to expect during your stay will be given to you by your tour leader. Almost anything you would possibly need while in Rwanda can be obtained at one of the stores your driver guide recommends.

After the introduction, your driver guide will spend the whole day escorting you around Kigali. Apart from the Gisozi genocide memorial, you will get to know the main bazaars and gift shops of the city. Then you’ll eat lunch in a Kigali hotel or restaurant.
After a filling lunch, your guide will take the wheel and drive you to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. After the about two-hour trip, you ought to be checked into the lodge and enjoying some refreshments by four o’clock. Ask the guide to tour you around Musanze town before supper if you would like.

Day 2: Go Gorilla Trekking and visit the Gorilla Guardians village.

Following an early morning meal, the park warden or the head ranger will inform you about the critically endangered mountain gorillas before transporting you from the lodge to the park headquarters in Kinigi. Following the briefing, your car will drop you off at the trailhead for your mountain gorilla trek, along with your ranger guides, water, and a packed lunch. You’ll then start your climb to see the gorillas. The hunt can last one to eight hours, depending on the gorillas’ activity level; nevertheless, meeting them is a really exciting and rewarding experience, and you will spend no more than an hour with them (including photo and video breaks).
After your exhilarating encounter with the mountain gorillas, you will be able to find your driver in the park’s main building. He will then transport you back to your lodge, where you can unwind after the excursion. If time allows, following lunch, enjoy a cultural tour to Iby’iwachu Cultural Village.3 days rwanda gorilla trek and dian fossey hike

Iby’iwachu Cultural Village is a small settlement part of a larger foundation that attempts to help reformed poachers living near Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park by providing conservation incentives, community entrepreneurial development, and livelihood-based projects. As your tour guide informs you about the fascinating history and culture of the Kinyarwanda people, you may enjoy the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies, and a guided stroll through the town of Kinigi. After your cultural trip, you will return to your hotel for the overnight and dinner.

Day 3: Hike to Dian Fossey’s tomb and After transfer to the airport in Kigali.

As per your customary routine, you will rise early and enjoy breakfast while you await the arrival of the Guide for the second briefing at the park headquarters. The next step is to ascend to the mountains, where you will retrace Dian Fossey’s steps from the 1960’s. Upon arrival at Dian Fossey’s Karisoke research center, park rangers will educate you about the author, her work with gorillas, her foundation, and her ever lasting impact.

You will have the opportunity to meet some of the former porters who were under her supervision and hear their stories about working under her. Dian Fossey and Digit, the gorilla she befriended, are both laid to rest at the same cemetery. Along with her former workstation, you’ll be able to spot the somewhat dilapidated Karisoke Research Centre.
Upon reaching the base of the slope that leads to Dian Fossey’s tomb, your guide will be ready to return you to the hotel. From there, you can proceed to check out and continue your journey to Kigali, where you will be dropped off for your departure.

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