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The easiest way to see gorillas in Rwanda

This privately guided gorilla safari explores the Rwandan habitat of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys within a chain of 5 volcanoes, just north of Kigali near the border with Uganda.

  • Kigali
  • Parc de National Virunga, Rwanda
  • 4 days/3 nights

Highlights of the Rwanda gorilla safaris

This safari starts in Kigali. A garden city and the capital of Rwanda and one of the safest cities in Africa. Kigali is the cultural hub and has many bustling markets, an atmospheric Muslim quarter and excellent restaurants.  You’ll stay one night at the Lemigo Hotel, simple, traditional and luxurious. You’ll have the opportunity to go on a city tour before heading into the Volcanoes National Park.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is your next port of call. This delightful lodge consists of 30 cottages set in 4 acres across the slopes of Mount Sabinyo.

Best time to see gorillas in Rwanda

  • June to August are the driest months and theoretically easiest trekking time
  • March to May the wettest and therefore usually the hardest treks.

ItineraryFrom $1780

Day 1 - Arrive Kigali Day 1 - Arrive Kigali View More

You'll be met on arrival at Kigali International Airport for transfer to Lemigo Hotel in the Kimihurura area, just 10 mins from the airport.

Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park View More

Our guide will meet you at the hotel for an optional city tour/visit to Memorial/crafts centre before driving to Ruhengeri in the foothills of the Virungas for check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park HQ Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park HQ View More

Breakfast then off to the HQ where you'll join a Gorilla Tracking Group for briefing. Drive to the trail start for your amazing Gorilla adventure.

Day 4 - Depart Day 4 - Depart View More

Breakfast then transfer to the airport for your flight.

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How to get there

The safari starts and finishes at Kigali Airport in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. You’ll drive from Kigali through the Rwandan countryside to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virungas to experience both primate treks before returning once again to Kigali.

Flight connections are available to Rwanda from within Africa and from Europe. Speak to us if you require assistance with arranging your flights to Rwanda.

Tips and notes

US$1780 per person sharing in a twin/double room – based on 4 persons sharing a 4WD vehicle

Includes:

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation at Lemigo Hotel and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meals as shown (BB – Bed & Breakfast, FB – Full-Board),
  • Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle; Mineral water in the vehicle
  • Services of a specialist driver/guide
  • One mountain gorilla tracking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Professional trackers whilst tracking

Excludes:

  • Airline tickets and travel insurance

All gorilla permits must be pre-booked and each permit costs US$500 per person per day. This cost is NOT INCLUDED in the overall cost of this safari.

All golden monkey permits are pre-booked and each permit costs US$100 per person per day. This cost is NOT INCLUDED in the overall cost of this safari.

The annual average temperature is 7-20 degrees C. It’s usually cold in the early morning and at night; the coolest time of year is generally June and July. Short rains arrive from March to May and heavy rains in September to November. June to August tends to be the driest but expect soft rain at any time of year and bring wet weather gear.

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