Book your car from self-drive Kigali online and save money. Find out where you can collect your car rental, it can be in Kigali or other cities. Nothing can compose you for it. The moment you encounter a mountain gorilla in the wild. As you close in quietly to see a mother protecting her baby, just meters away from you in the legendary mist-Virunga Mountains, there’s a noticeable sense of connection.
From the land, to the wildlife, to the people, you can rent a 4×4 car with self-drive Kigali and go gorilla trekking, and meet the Batwa people and their culture. Everything is seamlessly woven into every level of the ecosystem. And the ripple effects are seen everywhere.
A tour in Rwanda takes you to Volcanoes National Park home to mountain gorillas. This 10-day self-drive gorilla trekking safari with golden monkey trekking will take you to the Northern part Rwanda – Musanze. It will introduce you to Rwanda’s tropical rain forest that cover the Volcanoes which stretch from Congo to Uganda. This is Rwanda’s most visited area and the conservation area popular for its mountain gorillas where you will trek them in their natural habitat.
Volcanoes National Park is home to a population of mountain gorillas which are Rwanda’s biggest star attraction. You can start with a city tour and visit to the Genocide Memorial and other areas in Kigali like the Kimironko Market before you proceed driving with breaks for lunch and refreshments. Arrive, check in and tour around.
You as well visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, for an insight on gorilla conservation and if you still have time visit the gorilla guardians’ village for an insight on Rwanda culture and performances.
Gorilla tour day. Today your gorilla experience will begin in the morning after a hearty breakfast. Your will self-drive and take yourself to the park headquarters where you will meet the park ranger-guide who will first take you through a briefing about the dos and don’ts while trekking. He will then lead you to the forest to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.
The trekking lasts from an hour to 8 hours, depending on where the gorilla family will be spotted because they keep moving to look for food. The trek isn’t a boring one, not because the focus is on gorillas that you walk straight to them. There is a lot the forest has to offer from birds, plants, insects and other mammals at the park before you meet the gorillas. Meet a close relative, an unrivalled wildlife encounter. Hike Rwanda’s lush Volcanoes National Park for some of the most accessible mountain gorilla trekking in Central-East Africa.
For one precious hour, enter the lives of these remarkable creatures. Infants playing, just as you’d expect a toddler to, adults foraging, completely unconcerned. If you’re lucky, an encounter with a mighty silver back, heart-racing and never-to-be-forgotten. With the one hour, you are allowed to watch and photograph before you leave the family alone. After the trek return to the lodge and after in the afternoon, visit the Musanze caves.
The next morning you will be going for golden monkey trekking experience. Like the previous day, your drive guide will drive to the park headquarters where you will meet the park ranger-guide who will first take you through a briefing about the dos and don’ts while trekking. He will then lead you to the forest to trek the monkeys.
The golden monkey lives in the bamboo area of the park, thus the walk is not long and hectic like the gorillas. It can last 2-3 hours depend on how first you find the monkeys. After a successful trek, embark on your journey back to Kigali, arriving in time for your connecting flight.