To drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park, take the RN4 (NW Kigali) North to Ruhengeri. While self-driving may seem rather questionable, road quality is generally very good, driving is low pressure, and it is a wonderful opportunity to explore the "Land of a Thousand Hills" at your own pace and enjoy the exquisite scenery at leisure.
DAY 13 & 14 - Leaving Uganda behind, we will cross the border entering Rwanda and then travel toward the Ruhengeri, approx. 220Kms, the gateway to the Volcanoes National Park. We will travel via the capital city of Kigali where we will organise a visit to the very moving genocide memorial. Ruhengeri will be our base for the next two nights. Whilst in Ruhengeri we will stay in dormitories at a local church mission, if we overnight in Kigali on the third night, we will be camping in the grounds of a hostel. When visiting the Gorillas you will be assigned a trekking group/time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day. This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than eight per day can visit any one habituated family and visits are strictly controlled to minimize the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid, but the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male Silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours - up and down hill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself. Your visit with the gorillas will last one unforgettable hour!
On the second day after touring Kigali, and after lunch, you will depart for Ruhengeri. The two-hour drive through the rolling hills of Rwanda takes you to the base of the magnificent volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range especially the extinct volcano Mount Sabyinyo. This excursion should have you back to your lodge by the evening.