At 6:20 am, you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park HQ for the first day of trekking. There will be a briefing at 7 am by the trackers after which you are driven to the trailhead for the start of an amazing gorilla tracking adventure.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry all backpacks and gear. The cost is US$10 per person/per day. It is advised to utilize this service.
The trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas, offering stirring views in all directions. When you enter the national park, you will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colourful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountain’s elusive buffalo and elephant.
Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent. Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, the experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring visitors up close with one of the gorilla families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young. Coming face-to-face with a giant silverback is truly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
After the trek, re-join the driver-guide for a transfer back for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy activities available at the lodge.
- Overnight at Tiloreza Volcanoes Eco-lodge
- Dinner, breakfast, and lunch