Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Special
4 days starting at $3,548.00 per person

Kigali, Rwanda
Arts and Culture, Gorilla Safaris, Gorilla Viewing Safaris, Hiking, Hiking and Trekking Vacations, Historical Travel, History Tours, Lodging, Nature-Wildlife, Rain Forest, Safari, Safari Vacations, Sightseeing, Wild Life

This 4-day Rwanda trip takes you to see the famous mountain gorillas that inhabit the rainforests of this small but beautiful African country. It also offers you a deeper understanding of Rwanda, with a tour of Kigali opening up Rwanda’s sometimes tragic, but always fascinating history.

Meet your safari driver/guide at the airport, and check into your Kigali hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to shake off any jetlag or sightsee, before a safari briefing the following morning. Before you meet Rwanda’s most famous animals, you’ll get to know Kigali, and the warm and friendly people of Rwanda. This includes a visit to some sobering sights commemorating the Tutsi Genocide, including a guided tour of the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. You’ll also dive into Rwanda’s centuries-old pre-colonial past before transferring to Ruhengeri, your base camp for a gorilla trek!

Set out early, bound for Volcanoes National Park. The park staff will help plan a trek to suit your fitness level, and gorilla trekking groups are limited to eight participants to ensure the best possible experience. The day can be unpredictable, since the gorillas move around the park, and in many ways, you are on their schedule! But the reward of finally seeing these creatures interact in the wild is pure Africa magic.

Book by January 13, 2018, and receive up to $1,100 off per couple!

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Itinerary

Day 1
Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, proceed through customs and immigration and you will be met by a local representative outside the baggage hall area, and then will be introduced to your Safari driver / guide. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel where you will have a detailed briefing on your safari.

“The land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. It offers tourists a one-of-a-kind journey – home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserve, resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people.

The magnificent Virunga Mountains are situated in the Northern Province of Rwanda on the border of Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. These mountains consist of six volcanoes, 125 square kilometres of mountain forest, and are home to the famous gorilla families.

The Volcanoes National Park was first gazetted in 1925 as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno Volcanoes, intended to protect the gorillas from poaching. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa.

Day 2
Kigali to Ruhengeri

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a short safari briefing by our Customer Service representative; and then check out. You will then be collected for a Kigali City Tour.

Kigali city is inhabited by one million people and is divided into three districts–Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighborhoods that are changing the face of the city. Kigali is one of the friendliest, cleanest and safest of Africa’s cities attracting numerous visitors and investors to the capital.

Kigali City was founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. His residence at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali in the heart of the city has been converted into the Natural History Museum in honor of Dr. Kandt’s work, and is one of the first stops on the tour.

Along the tour, you will pass by Kigali’s older commercial “quartiers”, business and residential areas, visit historic sites commemorating the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, take a guided tour within the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Lunch will be at the Serena Kigali Hotel. After lunch, you will depart on a scenic drive westwards to Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town itself, located only 25km from the Uganda boarder, is relatively small with a population of about 70,000 people. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes.

Day 3
Ruhengeri – Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred at 06h30 to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters. Registration takes place at 07h00 and the park staff will determine which group of gorillas you will visit.

The park staff will discuss your fitness level and advise you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once you are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide will do a briefing of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, you will return to your vehicle for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow chances to rest and take photos along the way. You will return to the lodge for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure or take an optional visit to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo or the local markets.

Day 4
Depart Kigali

After breakfast at the lodge, we will check out and drive to the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Center for a short visit. Thereafter, we will proceed to the Kigali Airport for check in for our onward flight.

Includes

  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation for duration of stay
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • 1 gorilla permit
  • Kigali city tour
  • All land transportation
  • Services of experienced guides

Terms & Conditions

Price is per person based on twin/double, subject to availability. Pricing reflects discount. Savings listed are the total savings based on two people (twin/double).