Day 2: Volcanoes national park
Depart early in the morning and drive to National Park headquarters to meet the Gorilla tracker/guide for orientation (with picnic breakfast). You will be put in groups of 8 people and later you will embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. There are several gorilla families that are open to visits; Susa, Guhonda, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Umubano, Group 13, and Sabyinyo. People say life just isn’t the same after seeing them.
After your trek, you will head back and have lunch before visiting a cultural village “Iby’Iwacu” (literary means, treasures of our home, our heritage). This is an initiative to support community projects around national parks aimed at enriching local people through providing linkages and incentives for conservation around national parks in particular around the gorilla’s Parc National des Volcans, in different aspects. This project aims at poachers to curb down poaching acts in the park, provide alternatives ways of alleviating poverty which is a root cause for poaching to improving community livelihood and increasing conservation education, awareness, and involvement within the community. All meals and overnight will be at Mountain Gorilla view lodge.