Today, you have second opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas. If you are up for it, we propose that you visit a different gorilla family located in a different part of the park.
However, the park still has more to offer other than gorillas. On this day, you may choose one of the below activities that will equally give you a thrilling experience:
- The observation of the Golden Monkeys: the Golden Monkey (cercopithecus mitis kandti) is listed as “endangered”, these magnificent primates are habituated in groups of about 30 - 40 individuals on the Rwanda side of the Virunga regions. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance.
A visit to the golden monkeys is very different experience from gorilla-viewing, the monkeys react and interact differntly; they will keep on playing hide-and-seek much to the delight of the visitors.
- An excursion to the grave of Dian Fossey and the former Karisoke Research Centre. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!
Dian Fossey is one of the greatest and most prominent primatologist of the 20th century. She was considered an authority in all issues related to the endangered mountain gorillas from 1967 till her death in 1985.
This is a great way to pay homage to one of the greatest mountain gorilla researchers. You will learn about her work with the mountain gorillas in these remote mountains of Rwanda. While on the hike, you will get to see the beauty of this park: spot rare birds, forest elephants, buffaloes etc.
For those trekking gorillas or visit Dian Fossey’ s tomb, you will go with a packed lunch. On return from the activity, you will join your driver-guide for the drive back to Kigali. Those trekking golden monkeys, you will have a hot lunch at your accommodation and then drive to Kigali.
On arrival in Kigali, you have time to visit the Genocide Memorial Centre. In commemoration of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, this memorial centre serves to educate about how the genocide took shape. It is also a burial ground for 250,000 victims of the genocide.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation