Visit the Gorillas and the Golden Monkeys in the Virunga Volcanoes

The Gorillas are Unique and the Golden Monkeys are also special.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1450 - $2850
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
3 days
Best months:
January June - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
Self-drive safaris Self-drive
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Day1: Meet at Kigali airport - Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park.
Day2: Gorilla Trekking - afternoon at leisure
Day3: Golden Monkey trekking - Transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

3 DAYS Rwanda Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tour

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport – Transfer to the Volcano NP

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to the volcanoes National Park in the northwest part of this country.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Arrive at your lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Overnight: Luxury, Mid Range to Budget Facilities

Meals Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park

Wake up for an early morning breakfast and at around 6:30AM, we head to the Kinigi park Head quarter.

Today, your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. We will be at the Kinigi ranger station by 7am, where we are allocated guides and briefed before heading into the forest. We will track one of the eight habituated Gorilla groups in Rwanda. Move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Only eight people are able to track each habituated group. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups as their territory can range up to 40km. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. Once the gorilla group is located you will spend an hour with them as they feed, rest and play.

Habituation of a gorilla group takes a minimum of two years, with daily visits to allow the gorilla group to tolerate human presence. It is only when the gorillas are completely comfortable with human presence that tourists are allowed to share the daily hour of contact with them.

Sitting with the mountain gorilla is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you will ever have. A dominant male silverback can weigh over 200 kilos and is the largest living primate. He will control our meeting as well as deciding when his group will eat, sleep and move on. His females care for their young with affection and playfulness but also with discipline. They are very curious, and are capable of making over 25 different vocalizations, including chuckling and purring. Communication also includes posturing, chest beating and if all else fails - the charge! The privilege of spending an hour with this family group is an experience that will never leave you. After your hour is up, you wind your way slowly out of the forest and back to the camp to swap stories about your amazing experience.

For the gorilla trek please bring walking boots, or waterproof trainers and socks. You need to wear long pants whilst walking in the bush due to stinging nettles. Layers are best, as conditions in the tropical rain forest can change from hot to wet and cold in an instant. Start with a long sleeved t-shirt and long pants thick socks and boots, add a fleece and rainproof jacket and you should be right for all conditions. Volcanoes National Park where the gorillas reside is a high altitude rainforest so come prepared for all conditions.

Overnight: Luxury, Mid Range to Budget Facilities

Meals Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking – Check Out

After a morning breakfast, report to the park headquarter for your second experience with different endangered species in the volcanoes “ the Golden Monkeys” It is normally an easy trek which might take between 45 Min – 2 hours.

The Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park, entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkey’s that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

After the trekking - transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

Meals Plan: Half Board.

End of the Tour – Welcome back.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge ( High End)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge ( High Mid Range)
  • La Palme Hotel ( Mid Range)
  • Muhabura Hotel ( High Budget)

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Umubano Tours

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Since: Nov 2004

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Mountain gorilla
Mountain gorilla

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Bird watching
Cultural / Tribal visits
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