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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

A Gorilla family at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda Gorilla Trek Overview

This 3 night, 4 day Rwanda Gorilla Expedition provides two opportunities to view gorillas in the wild.



Mid Price Option

Accommodation is in 2 hotels/lodges; staying first at the Casablanca Hotel in Kigali, followed by Mountain Gorilla View Lodge at Volcanoes National Park.


Budget Price Option

Accommodation is in 2 hotels/lodges; staying first at the Diplomat Hotel in Kigali, followed by Home Inn at Volcanoes National Park.


A Luxury option is available, staying at the Kigali Serena in Kigali and Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge at Volcanoes National Park.  Please ask for prices.

Rwanda Gorilla Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (Kigali)

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our Representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Kigali Serena / Casablanca / Diplomat Hotel - Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast


Day 2 - Kigali / Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali at no extra cost.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries and 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.

Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site.  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.

Lunch in Kigali.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri.  Approximately 2.5 hrs arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park.

In the evenings, Optional “Intore”, Cultural Dancers troupe will spice your stay with memorable Rwandan dances. (At an extra cost per person).

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Home Inn - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park

Early breakfast.

06:20: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for your first day of trekking.

07:00: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.

Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.  The cost is ten USD per person/per day.  We advise that you utilize this service.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions.  When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colourful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant.  Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young.  Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver guide for a transfer to your lodge/hotel for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure or enjoy the optional activities offered at an extra cost, such as a visit to Iby’iwacu village.

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Home Inn - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 4 - Gorilla Trek / Departure

Breakfast at the lodge.

07:00: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit.  The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises 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 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas.  After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles 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 trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.  

After the trek, rejoin your driver guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch, depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali.  Everything and everywhere is sheer green and hanging on hills; Rwanda truly a land of a thousand fertile green hills.  (Approximately 2.5 hrs).

Later, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.



“Safari Njema.  Kwaheri na urudi tena.” – End of Safari.  Goodbye and come back again.

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Please Note

Prices are subject to change without notice, so please ask for an up to date quotation before making commitments.

Confirmation is subject to availability at time of reservation.

In the event that the quoted accommodation is not available at the time of reservation, alternative accommodation of a similar calibre will be provided.

Number in party

2

3

4

5

6

All Year






Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 1,259

US$ 1,018

US$ 897

US$ 819

US$ 770

Single Room Supplement

US$ 248

US$ 248

US$ 248

US$ 248

US$ 248

Gorilla Trek Budget Price Guide (2015) (Diplomat Hotel & Home Inn)

The Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 metres above sea level and is chilly in early morning and evening.  While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is essential, including zip lock bags for cameras and film.  You will also need boots that can cope with some mud.

Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of a deposit.  The balance payable 60 days before trekking date (Non refundable).

Number in party

2

3

4

5

6

All Year






Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 1,530

US$ 1,294

US$ 1,178

US$ 1,110

US$ 1,064

Single Room Supplement

US$ 310

US$ 310

US$ 310

US$ 310

US$ 310

Gorilla Trek Mid Price Guide (2015) (Casablanca & Mountain Gorilla View Lodge)

Please ask for the Luxury Rwanda Gorilla Trek Price Guide (2015) (Kigali Serena & Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge)

Please Note: Gorilla Permits (2 required) are NOT included in the above safari costs and should be added.  Gorilla Permits costs US$ 750 per permit (subject to change).