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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking: The Ultimate Experience

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking: The Ultimate Experience



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This is the ultimate Rwanda safari experience, combining gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park with game viewing in Akagera National Park and relaxing on the shores of Lake Kivu. On this tour you will visit Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Akagera National Park which is Rwanda's largest national park and is home to a variety of wildlife, the Volcanoes National Park is home to the world's largest population of mountain gorillas, and Lake Kivu which is a beautiful lake that is located in western Rwanda. You will enjoy the best of Rwanda while staying in luxurious accommodations with delicious food. 

Book your Rwanda safari today and experience the ultimate African adventure!

Tour Features

Tour type

Mid-range Tour

This is mid-range tour uses 4-3 stars hotels & Lodges

Private Tour

Private Tour

This is a private tour with a private guide, designed exclusive for you.

Customizable Tour

Customizable Tour

This tour can be customized to fit your preferences and your needs

Departure Guaranteed

Departure Guaranteed

This tour can start any day, and it is available troughout the year.

2024/2025 Rates Per Person

Dates 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6 pax
1 Jun to 31 Oct $7,080 $6,999 $6,890
22 Dec to 31 Mar $6,970 $6,844 $6,773
1 Nov to 21 Dec $6,866 $6,720 $6,879
1 Apr to 31 May $6,672 $6,455 $6,277

Trip Summary

Day 1

Arrival to Kigali Airport

  RADISSON BLU HOTEL

Day 2

KIGALI- AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

  MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE

Day 3

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

  MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE

Day 4

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK – KIGALI

  MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 5

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Golden monkey/culture

  MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 6

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (Gorillas)

  MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 7

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/ GISENYI

  PARADISE KIVU RESORT

Day 8

GISENYI / LAKE KIVU - NAIROBI (04h00 drive)DEPART

Day 1
Tour activity

Arrival to Kigali Airport

Arrive on your flight to Kigali International Airport. Meet and greet assistance by Akagera Aviation. (Covid protocols will be observed). You will take another covid test (PCR) at the airport. Once done, you will be handed over to and warmly welcomed by our representative outside the customs and immigration hall. Transfer to your hotel in the city.  Arrive and check-in assistance. Tour briefing will take place at the lobby. Dinner will follow.  Overnight stay. 

Tour activity

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

Day 2
Tour activity

KIGALI- AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the hotel. 09h00:  Our driver will pick you up and begin your city tour, including visiting the Kigali Genocide memorial and the Choose Kigali arts gallery.

Highlight; Perhaps the city’s best-known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Have lunch at La Terrace, Choose Kigali.

14h00: Set off for Akagera National Park.

17h00: Arrive at the park offices in time for a briefing by the wardens about the park itself and the wildlife. You will then proceed to the lodge for check-in

Tour activity

MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE

Day 3
Tour activity

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Today after your breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive, followed by a boat excursion on Lake Ihema (10h00 to 11h00).

Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork - the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds.

After this, continue with game drive until 13h30. Have lunch at your lodge. Depart for another game drive in the park. 

The game drive in Akagera National Park provides you with the opportunity to view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. You will visit the Giraffe area in the south and the lakes road up towards Birengero. Akagera National park is a home for animals like elephant buffalo, Giraffe, zebra and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.

Return to the lodge before sunset for dinner and overnight stay. (it is possible to have a picnic lunch instead of having hot lunch at the lodge)

MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE – FB(Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Basis)    

Tour activity

MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE

Day 4
Tour activity

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK – KIGALI

06h30: Have an early breakfast at the lodge and check out. Set off for Kigali by 07h30 with a game drive as you exit.

Arrive at 12h00. Test for covid to enable you to trek on the next day. Have lunch at the Hotel de Mille collines (This is the hotel that was featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda).

15h00: Have a leisurely drive to Musanze & Volcanoes National Park region.

17h30: Arrive at your lodge and check-in. Evening at leisure to rest for the long day. Dinner and overnight stay.

Tour activity

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 5
Tour activity

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Golden monkey/culture

Rise early in the morning and breakfast at the lodge. 06h30: Proceed to the Park’s headquarters for briefing about your trek at 07h00. You will then be transferred by vehicle to the start point of the guided walk that begins at 08h00  in search of the Golden Monkeys. (This hotel is a 30 minutes drive from the park headquarters. Clients will be provided with hot coffee on arrival at no charge).

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. 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. The number of visitors is not limited.

After this short memorable experience, you will proceed to the lodge for lunch.

This afternoon at 14h30, you will have a visit to the gorilla guardians' cultural village.  This village is changing the traditional perception of what constitutes tourism by turning fate into fame by sharing various aspects of rural cultures and livelihoods into tourist attractions and creating income-generating activities for rural poor people that have reformed from living on bush meat and poaching for generations.

Return to the lodge in the evening. Leisure.  19h30: Dinner, followed by overnight.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE (FB I.e. Lunch, Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast)

Tour activity

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 6
Tour activity

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (Gorillas)

Early breakfast at the lodge then proceeds to the park headquarters in time for your Gorilla Trek briefing at 07h00.  Your guided walk begins at 08h00.  The largest gorilla group or family ever studied is in Rwanda and was led by Cantsbee (who died in 2017).   This was the oldest known mountain gorilla in the whole world. A gorilla family is led by a silverback. These troops also include several younger males, adult, and juvenile females, and infants. In addition to providing protection to group members, silverbacks maintain order and decide all activities within their troops. They schedule feeding trips, resting time, and travel. They also father the majority of the young in the group. After this exciting experience, return to your lodge in time for lunch.

The afternoon will be at leisure to relax or massage for a supplement or visit the twin lakes. Dinner and overnight stay.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE (FB I.e. Lunch, Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast)

 

Tour activity

MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE

Day 7
Tour activity

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/ GISENYI

Breakfast at the lodge.  08h00: Check out and set off for Gisenyi and Lake Kivu. it is about an hour’s drive. This is a scenic drive and you can actually see smoke from Nyiragongo volcanic mountain route. On arrival, you will tour the small city and also get to see dried lava from the recent eruption. you will also see the barrier between Rwanda and DRC. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and lunch.

14h00: Transfer to Kingfisher journey jetty at Paradis Malahide for briefing before you start your kayaking in Lake Kivu.

Kayak is on a journey of discovery through the African countryside. Travel peacefully along the spectacular coast of one of Africa’s Great Lakes and witness the verdant landscape, vibrant local communities, birds, and wildlife that thrive in the water, on the shores and islands of Lake Kivu. (you will be provided with a snack, water, and a beverage. This tour is guided)

After this wonderful experience, transfer to your hotel for freshening up and change clothes. Dinner will follow. Overnight stay. (It is possible to go and watch fishermen at night as they fish at no cost. This can be arranged with your guide)

PARADISE KIVU RESORT (FB; - Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)

Tour activity

PARADISE KIVU RESORT

Day 8
Tour activity

GISENYI / LAKE KIVU - NAIROBI (04h00 drive)DEPART

08h00:  After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is at leisure. Lunch at the hotel and check out. Proceed to Kigali.

Arrive at the Kigali international airport. Bid farewell to your driver guide and proceed to check-in for your outbound flight.

End of our services, wish you an excellent trip. 

package includes Package Includes

  • Airport and inter-hotel transfers from day 1 to the last day
  • Accommodation in Kigali on half board basis (standard room)
  • Accommodation on full board basis on safari from lunch on day 2 to lunch on the last day
  • Use of a private 4x4 safari vehicle with WI-FI in receptive areas
  • Services of a professional, experienced English-speaking guides
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • park fees at Akagera
  • Golden monkey permit per person @US$ 100
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person (this includes briefing at RDB offices, guide, trek – US$ 1,500)
  • All activities, visits, and extra meals  mentioned in the itinerary

package includes Package Doesn't Include

  • International and domestic airline tickets unless where indicated
  • entry visa fees
  • optional extras whilst in Rwanda
  • drinks throughout the trip
  • tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc.

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