The three-day trek offered by Bamboo Ecotours takes you to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo to encounter the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The trek is planned to start in Kigali, Rwanda, on day one and end in Kigali on day three. If you prefer a different start location, let us know and adjust the pickup location accordingly.
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali, Rwanda to Virunga National Park
Our representative will pick you up in Kigali at 6 am and drive to the DR Congo Grande Barriere at Goma. You will clear with both Rwanda and DRC Immigration; after that, check in with the Virunga National Park tourism office. Here you will receive your gorilla trekking permits. The Bamboo Ecotours vehicle will park at the Grande Barriere, and guests will then be driven in the Virunga National Park vehicle. You will stay the first night at Kibumba Tented Camp.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park
You will start the day with an early morning breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp. After breakfast, you will join the park rangers for a short briefing. The briefing will be conducted by the national park guide and will cover the basics of what to expect during the trek. It is at this point that you will be told which gorilla family to trek. The gorilla trek can take from 1.2.5 hours each way of the hike, depending on the gorillas' location within the forest. After the gorilla trek, you will walk back to Kibumba Tented Camp for a late lunch. Take the afternoon to relax, read, or join local activities such as bird watching, community visits, and bird watching.
Day 3: Drive back to Kigali
On day three, you will depart Kibumba Tented Camp and drive to Goma Grande Barriere, where you will meet a Bamboo Ecotours driver. We will immediately clear with both the DRC and Rwanda immigration and drive back to Kigali for overnight.
The quotation for the 3-day gorilla trek typically covers the following:
Excluded in the quote: