This 2 week tailor made, affordable trip allows you to volunteer in Rwandan communities, learning about the culture and history before setting off on a safari with gorilla trekking. This is a very rewarding experience which will provide you with memories you will never forget. The volunteering experience can include; working with genocide survivors, orphans and community groups.
In 1994 the world turned away while over one million people died in the worst genocide in modern history. Msafiri tours provides visitors from USA, UK, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world an opportunity to understand the factors that led to the deaths of so many Rwandan citizens, but you learn this by volunteering with the Rwandese people, living with them, working with them , sharing their stories and your skills.
We work closely with victims on both sides of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. We need volunteers to help it promote peace, reconciliation, and environmental education through tourism.
By involving the local communities in the community-based tourism in Rwanda, we enable them to benefit and have a way to move forward in their lives since the genocide. Volunteers are a key part because they bring skills, abilities, and knowledge to help develop the communities where we work.
We have volunteer projects in Kigali and other major Rwanda towns, but we also work in the countryside with volunteering projects ranging from:
- Adult education (teaching English)
- Cultural villages,
- Volunteer with genocide survivors
- Women development groups- basket weaving associations,
- Youth and community crafting and painting,
- Community-conservation outreach programs,
- Energy and water projects
Day 01: Depart for Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 02: On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by a Msafiri tours team member, you will then transfer to the Hotel in Kigali. In the afternoon you will go to the city and then go for a swim/rest and for lunch returning to the hotel late evening for supper and overnight stay.
Day 03: Today we start very early in the morning to travel to the village where we will spend the next few days working with the community.
Day 04: As usual, morning breakfast and then you will be taken to the project. You will be introduced and shown around and then you will get stuck right in.
Day 05: We shall have early breakfast, then back to work on the project.
Day 06: We shall have an early breakfast, and then back to work on the project.
Day 07: After breakfast, go for Sunday services at the local church if you wish and the rest of the day will be for resting.
Day 08: We shall have early breakfast, then back to work on the project.
Day 09: After breakfast we go back to work on the project. This is our final day so make the most of it and in the evening we say our goodbyes then travel back to Kigali.
Day 10: You are about to experience Rwanda in its element as we head off to safari. After breakfast, start your drive to Volcanoes National Park to start you gorilla trekking adventure. On the way, enjoy a scenic view of the Virungas, a chain of five impossibly steep and lofty volcanoes straddling the western branch of the Rift Valley from east to west. Each mountain possesses its own unique character and silhouette, but together they form one of the most isolated and visually dramatic ecosystems in the world.
When you arrive you will be met by the staff of the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, one of the most breathtaking accommodations in Rwanda. The lodge, situated in the foothills of the Virungas, affords incredible views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. It is owned by a community trust, which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.
Day 11: Bright and early you will drive to your trekking starting point to track gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are part of a worldwide population of just 790 individuals. The gorillas you are allowed to track belong to either one of 10 habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals.
Experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla trekking, many of who have been involved with the habituation process themselves. Using their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day, the guides will locate the group’s whereabouts. The time taken to locate the gorillas varies enormously from half an hour to nine hours before one returns to camp. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world’s truly memorable experiences.
Day 12: This morning, track golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. After tracking, drive three hours to Kigali in time to check in for your international departure flight.
Day 13: Depending on your flight times, our guide will take you through the sights and sounds of Kigali on a quick city tour and pick up some souvenirs. A Msafiri tours representative will then drop you at the airport in time for your flight back home