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THE PATH LESS TRAVELLED (4 Days & 5 Nights)

This 4 day hike & gorilla safari will show you from the peak of mt. Kalisimbi the big picture of the Volcanoes National Park in the wider massif that covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. You will be acquainted to its moving history about the worlds greatest primatologist and trek the mountain gorillas which are a living testament to her life's sacrifice.

The Dian Fossey Memorial hike which gets its name from the reknown primatologist Dian Fossey is a good way to acclimatize for the hike ahead. It is not the most demanding of the hikes offered in the park, but it can be a bit strenous for a beginner as the hiking trail's elevation starts at 2,500m to 3,000m. This trail leads to the tomb of the late Dian who fought and rescued the mountain gorillas from their sure extinction at the cost of her own life. Her inspirational life is the main theme of the hike and though the circumstances surrounding her death remain cloaked in mystery, we are certain that she was murdered because of her love for these magnificent apes.

Your secound hike is up mt. Kalisimbi which is the highest of the five volcanoes in the park. It requires that you are physically fit for you to partake as the mountain's elevation starts at 2,500m to 4,510m. You hike through vast bamboo forests and some of the last remaining afro-montane forest habitat on the planet. Further up you will find an almost otherworldly habitat of thick moors with endemic giant lobelia and groundsel. From the peak you have a spectacular aerial view of the entire Virunga range massif that spreads across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the D.R Congo.

With the excitement and curiosity building up after three days of hiking you finally get to trek the mountain gorillas with a deeper understanding of their conservation history, the dangers that they still face today and the sacrifices of the conservation heroes who chose the path less travelled by.

Prices

$4,290 Per person 3,670 Per person sharing transport (2 pax)

$3,360 per person sharing transport (4 pax)

$3,205 per person sharing transport (6 pax)

$3,275 per person sharing transport & Accommodation (2 pax)

$2,965 per person sharing transport & Accommodation (4 pax)

$2,810 per person sharing transport & Accommodation (6 pax)

4 days & 4 nights itinerary

Day 1

6:00 Report to park headquaters where you will be welcomed with tea or coffee acompanied by cultural songs and dance

7:00 Embark on Dian Fossey Mmorial Hike

15:00 Freshen up and have lunch

Day 2

Hiking mt. Kalisimbi day 1

Overnight camoing

Day 3

Kalisimbi hike day 2

16:00 Check in Five Volcanoes or RedRocks for camping

Day 4

6:00 Report at the park headquater for tea or coffe accompanied by cultural entertainment.

7:00 Gorilla Trekking

13:00 Freshen up have lunch

16:00 Overnight at the Five Volcanoes or RedRocks for camping

Day5 (Optional - If you did not depart on day 4)

9:30 Drive back to Kigali.

10:00 Visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum for more on behind the scenes conservation. (Optional/ Free)

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum for more on behind the scenes conservation. (Optional/ Free)

13:00 Have Lunch in Kigali

14:00 Start your Kigali city tour

16:00 Shopping for souvenir at the local market or shopping mall

17:30 Drive to airport for departure

20:00 Departure

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