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5 Day Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Become one of the privileged few to get an up-close and personal encounter with a group of habituated primates while gorilla trekking in Rwanda. This is also an wonderful opportunity for inspired photographers to get some stunning shots and views of the Virunga Mountains.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1850 - $2000
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: Not specified
Countries visited Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited Volcanoes
Activity level Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Birding
You'll go to Rwanda This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda) You'll visit Musanze (City), Volcanoes NP, Kigali (City) & Kigali Airport Activities: gorilla tracking Getting around: minivan & hiking/walking A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included Accommodation on the day you arrive is included. Additional accommodation at the end can be arranged for extra cost Included Park fees (for non-residents) Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident) All activities (unless labeled as optional) Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section) All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade) Accommodation on the day before the tour departs Roundtrip airport transfer A professional driver/guide All transportation (unless labeled as optional) All Taxes/VAT Excluded Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes Accommodation on the last day International flights (from/to home) Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day) Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.) Drinks

Arrival You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel)

Day 1: Ruhengeri

In arrival at Kigali Airport, you will clear customs and collect your baggage. A representative will be waiting to welcome you and brief you on your safari. Start your journey north that goes through some beautiful terraced hills which are characterized with huge landscape and sometimes as five peaks (Volcanoes) visible. Arriving in Musanze you will be transferred to your hotel which is on the foot of Mountain Sabyinyo at 2000 meters high above the sea level. Upon arrival, your day is at leisure.

  • Main destination: Musanze
  • Accommodation: Jack Hanna's Cottage
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinks not included

Day 2: Ruhengeri

Having taken your early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarter for formalities to trek the Mountain Gorillas. In this park there are 8 habituated families visited by tourists.
The Volcanoes national park, located in the Virunga Mountains, A magnificent chain of dormant Volcanoes in the North of the Country, the Park forms part of the extension of the Congo-Nile divide, separating two of Africa’s Most Important watersheds.
They are also Home of the World’s Last surviving mountain Gorilla population, currently a mere 700 individuals.
Here you have a chance to stay one hour with one of the giant gorilla families.
Depending on the time and how physically fit you will be, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

  • Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
  • Accommodation: Jack Hanna's Guesthouse
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinks not included

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park

After a morning breakfast you will go trekking the Golden Monkey in the Volcano National Park.
Trekking to see the golden monkeys is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor.
There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 – 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. As with treks to see the Mountain Gorillas, treks to see the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are permitted to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys.
After the Golden monkey trekking, go back to your lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

  • Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
  • Accommodation: Jack Hanna's GuesthouseMid-range guest house
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinks not included

Day 4: Kigali

After breakfast drive back to Kigali. On your way to Kigali several stops will be made to admire the scenery. The city tour will include the Kigali Genocide museum, The Art and Craft market for souvenirs, the museum of natural history, etc… depending on clients choice and time.

Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.

After the city tour, you will be dropped at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel des Mille Collines on full board basis.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Hotel Des mille Collines
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinks not included

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Kigali Airport for your home bound flight.

  • Main destination: Kigali International Airport
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & Dinner not included)Drinks not included

End of tour 

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

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

  • Jack Hanna's Cottage
  • Hotel Des Mille Collines
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