Activities after Gorilla trekking
TOURIST ACTIVITIES TO BE DONE AFTER GORILLA TREKKING – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
Gorilla trekking ranks number one tourist activity in Rwanda. Trekking is done every day starting in the morning and the end is determined by the movement of Gorillas. In volcanoes National park, Gorilla trekking is conducted from morning to afternoon or beyond depending on the movement of Gorilla groups. Gorilla are free to move in their natural habitat and they are not limited so, we cannot guarantee the time trekkers can take while searching for them.
Gorilla trekking is conducted every day, all year round. Currently Rwanda Gorilla trekking permit is sold at US$ 750 to foreign nonresidents, US$ 375 to Foreign East African residents, US$ 300 to East African nonresident, Francs 30,000 for Rwanda residents.
After Gorilla trekking, visitors can take the cultural tour in Iby’wachu cultural village. The cultural village is found near the volcanoes national park so, it is easily accessible after Gorillas.Refresh your self after a strenuous activity – this time you will enjoy music, dance and drama, gain skills in Art and craft, hunting skills among others. The current cost for Iby’iwachu cultural village tour is $ 20 per person.
After Gorilla trekking, you can decide to take afternoon tour to the beautiful twin Lakes: Burera and Buhondo. The scenic tour to the beautiful Lakes enable you view the wonderful sceneries, enjoy canoe ride, take memorable photos among others.
Community tour Musanze town – Musanze is a beautiful town situated amidst Virunga peaks. Visit clubs, theatres, markets, plazas among others.
You can decide to relax at the Lodge or take photographs of the amazing Virunga Mountains. View and take photos of Volcano Karisimbi, Volcano Visoke or Bisoke, MountainBisoke among others.
You can decide to tour the Musanze caves –Musanze caves are amazing to explore. It is more than a kilometer while in the cave. You will be given an helmet and the torch to provide light while in the cave full of darkness. Fear not you will be escorted by armed men/ ranger guides throughout the trip.
View the Virunga Mountains – after Gorilla trekking, visitors can enjoy the view of the beautiful slopes of Mt. Karisimbi, Mt. Visoke, Mt. M’gahinga and Mt. Sabyinyo among others.
Birding in Buhanga Sacred Forest – It is a true hidden gem. Despite its small size (around 31 hectares) the forest is a site of tremendous ecological importance and astonishing beauty. The forest takes on a different dimension depending on the time of day, season of year and weather conditions. Visitors walk beneath the cover of tall majestic trees and are rewarded by the sights of many different birds and colourful butterflies. The patches of open and closed forest provide excellent opportunities for watching the usually secretive birds and enjoying the almost magical atmosphere.
Afternoon walk through the forest rewards visitors the view of a variety of birds when at their most active and the birdsong fills the air. Current park entry fees are USD$ 40 per person (includes the compulsory park’s guide). Visitors are requested to book the trip the day before as permits need to be obtained through the Park’s Headquarters at Kinigi.
Visit the shores of Lake Kivu- it is 1.5hours drive from Volcanoes national park. Relax at the shores while enjoying the drink, take boat trip or interact with the local residents around the shores.
Russumo Falls Trek - And for those looking for a bit more action, there is the option to combine the cruise on the Lake with a hike up to Russumo falls. The trail to get to Russumo falls follows the contours of a deep, peaceful, scenic valley to reach two impressive waterfalls. The hike will normally take between 3 and 4 hours depending on the strength of the participants and the number of stops en route.
The current prices for Russumo falls hike cost of these activities depends on the number of participants. The boat is hired for the cruise and can comfortably take up to eight passengers.
Escorted walks – escorted walks can be arranged around the area. The walk typically takes between one and two hours, is free of charge to guests staying at the lodge and normally takes place in the afternoon.