Volcanoes National Park
This morning you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for your gorilla trek.
Here you will meet your National Park guides and be assigned to one of the habituated gorilla families in the park. Each family is different, with varying numbers of gorillas. You will be trekking with others in a group and the trek to find gorillas can be short or long, but on most days an hour or two of rough hiking each way is necessary.
Your climb begins through the lush terraced farmland of the lower volcanic slopes. As the slopes become steeper and rockier, the vegetation becomes thick and the guides must use their machetes to help clear a path. Huge trees, clinging vines and undergrowth add to the challenge.
Usually at around 8,000 ft., signs of the huge animals become apparent. Damage to the bamboo trees is an obvious sign as the gorillas relish the young tender shoots and break older stems to suck the sap. The smell of gorilla may waft by in the stray breeze, and as you near, you will hear their sounds, which can be loud crashes or dull reverberating thuds. Once you find the gorillas visitors are strictly limited to a one hour visit before your trek back to the park headquarters. Note that your permit fees go directly toward protecting the gorillas and their habitat.
Following your trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. Visit the local village, enjoy a snack, or perhaps wander down to the nursery to learn about the reforestation project, stroll through the rows of trees and enjoy a cup of tea.
Singita Kwitonda Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner