1 Day Express Rwanda Gorilla Safari is the most short gorilla safari that you can undertake in Rwanda. It is very ideal for traveller with limited time most especially those who are residing in Rwanda who can undertake it as an excursion. It involves waking up early if you are staying in Kigali city and it would be much easier if you are staying in Ruhengeri.
Wake up very early in the morning at 5:00am to embark on the 116km transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the north west of Rwanda. You will drive through the country side landscapes in surprise of the rural Rwandese who will already be out embarking on their daily activities. The drive which about 2 ½ hours’ drive will see you arrive at Kinigi before 8am where you catch up with the briefing exercise by the park rangers about the gorilla trekking conduct. In this session, you will be allocated a specific gorilla family that you are going to track and in case of special concern such as mobility issues, you can notify the responsible personnel to allocate you a suitable family. For the sake of the adventurous ones, you can also notify the responsible personnel to allocate you a more strenuous and challenging gorilla family to track. After this encounter you head to the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes where the Park is located in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas which only thrive in the Virunga Massif and the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the neighboring Uganda. The activity which may last between 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements will involve a 1 hour of direct encounter with gorillas coupled with unlimited opportunity to take as many photos as you wish after which you will descend back to the gorilla trekking point. The gorilla trekking in Rwanda is most times brief as the gorilla families tend to be closer to the starting point. After returning, embark on the drive back to Kigali city now enjoying the clear countryside scenic views. Upon reaching in Kigali, if time allows, you can visit the Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the population of Rwandese that was massacred during the bloody genocide that befell the country in the year 1994.