3 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey Tomb Hike

Trek the critically endangered mountain gorillas and hike to the Dian Fossey’s Tomb in Karisoke Researcher center located in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park on the 3-day Gorilla Trekking and Dian Fossey Hike. Without a question, the most visit of Rwanda’s national parks is Volcanoes National park. The famous primatologist Dian Fossey made her home in the park to study about the mountain gorillas. Dian Fossey spent most of her adult life studying Mountain gorillas and fighting to keep them safe from cruel humans who used them as a commodity.

Rwanda double (twice) gorilla trek 6 day and Dian Fossey graveyard hike in volcanoes park

Dian Fossey was the first person to learn a great deal about mountain gorillas, including how to habituated them and get them more used to people. She learnt that she needed to win over the group’s dominant silverback before she could earn everyone’s approval in the family. Dian Fossey said that she was able to gain the gorillas’ confidence by replicating their calls and grunts. Later, she shifted her attention from research to protecting gorillas in Africa after the death of her best friend Digit who was the dominant silverback of the group she had habituated, Digit was killed by poachers and traffickers who target infant gorillas.

As a result of Dian fossey’s fight against the poachers and traffikers, she had a lot of people against her, some of whom may have conspired to have her killed. Someone hired by poachers or traffickers or one of the trafikkers or poachers is suspected of brutally murdering Dian Fossey in the hut she had constructed between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke which named Karisoke Research Center.\

Detailed Itinerary: Gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey Tomb Hike

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

You may choose your pick up to be from Kigali at the airport or from your hotel by one of our trusted tour companys. Your tour guide will give you a brief introduction about your 3 days safari and what to anticipate during your time together. You driver guide can give you recommendations on where to shop for just about everything you could need in Rwanda. After the introduction, your driver guide will take you around Kigali for a full day city tour. You will visit the city’s major marketplaces and souvenir stores as well as the Gisozi genocide memorial. You will then enjoy lunch at one of Kigali’s fine dining establishments or hotels.

The drive to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park will begin after your delicious lunch, with your driver guide taking the wheel. You should be at the lodge by 4 o’clock in the afternoon to check in and have some refreshments, since the road trip takes about 2 hours. Before supper, you may have the Guide take you around Musanze town.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Botique Hotel/Davinci Gorilla Lodge.

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

The Silverback Gorilla affection

The Silverback Gorilla affection

After the early morning breakfast, you will be transferred from the lodge to the park headquarters in Kinigi where you will get a briefing from the park warden or the ranger in charge about the critically endangered mountain gorillas. After the briefing, your driver will drop you off at the beginning of the trailhead for your hike to see the mountain gorillas with the ranger guides, along with all of your hiking

gears, water, and packed lunch. Depending on how active the gorillas are, the hunt might take anywhere from one to eight hour however, meeting them is quite fulfilling and rewarding, and you will spend no more than an hour with them, including time spent photographing and filming.

After the trek you will return to the park’s main building where you’ll find your driver and link back to your accommodation in time for a rest after your exciting encounter with the mountain gorillas. After lunch, if you have time, you can go on a cultural visit to Iby’iwachu Cultural Village, which is part of a larger non-profit organisation with the goal of helping the people living near Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park who have renounced poaching by providing conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development, and implementing livelihood-based projects. Enjoy the Intore dance, traditional rituals, and a guided stroll around the town as your tour guide introduces you to the fascinating history and culture of the Kinyarwanda people. After the cultural visit you will go back to your hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Botique Hotel/Davinci Gorilla Lodge.

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

Dian Fossey Grave Hike

Dian Fossey Grave Hike

You will get up early as usual and have breakfast while you wait for the Guide to pick you up for the second briefing which will take place at the park headquaters. After that, you’ll travel up to the mountains and walk to the same trail that Dian Fossey took many times back in the 1960s. The rangers will fill you with Dian Fossey, her gorilla research, her foundation, and her legacy as you walk to wards her research center. You’ll get to meet a few of the porters who worked for her back in the day and get their thoughts on what it was like to serve under her. Dian Fossey is resting in the same cemetery as Digit who is the gorilla she befriended. You will also see her old desk and the now-a-little-run-down Karisoke Research Centre.

When you reach the bottom of the hill leading to Dian Fossey’s tomb, your guide will be waiting to drive you back to the hotel so you can check out and continue on to Kigali for your departure.

End of the 3 days Gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey Tomb Hike