Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Volcanoes National Park

A chance to look into the eyes of our closest relatives in the heart of Africa. With very restricted and controlled access these tours should be booked well in advance and with high permit fees, this is an expensive add on to an East African safari, but as one guest put it: It is worth it!

This trip takes you into the forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park (Parc Nacional des Volcans) is the refuge of the last mountain gorillas and only a few habituated families are allowed to be visited. You take the opportunity to hike and spend a magical hour with these amazing animals for 2 days. A unique and rare experience!

Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. 8 habituated groups open to tourists, allowing for a total of 64 permits per day. Tourists spend an hour with the gorillas. Volcanoes NP is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The area covers 130 square kms and gets into altitudes of between 2,400m – 4,507m.

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Volcanoes National Park Itinerary


Day 1 / KIGALI
Upon arrival into Kigali airport you are met and transferred to your well-appointed hotel in Kigali.

Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel (Dinner)

You head to the Genocide Museum for a historical tour of Rwanda’s past and a look into how other societies have coped with similar situations. (This is a well done exhibition) From here you head towards Ruhengeri passing coffee, tea, and banana plantations. You get stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and arrive at your lodge in time for a late lunch (or lunch is taken en route at a restaurant). You take the afternoon at leisure and enjoy a nice dinner. Your lodge offers splendid views of the Volcanoes!

Overnight Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

You awake early and have some breakfast before heading off to the Volcanoes National Park gate by 700hrs. You are allotted a gorilla group to go track based on your level of fitness, generally categorized by easy hiking, moderate hiking, and difficult hiking. Each gorilla family spends its days in different regions and trackers know where they are, and so groups can spend various amount of times hiking to see the habituated families. Each group consists of 8 members to see one gorilla family. You are given a comprehensive briefing by the park ranger about how to behave and gorilla interactions. You set out on your hike and get to spend one magical hour with the last remaining mountain gorillas in the misty slopes of the Virungas. After your gorilla tracking experience you hike back out of the area and drive back to your lodge for lunch and dinner.

Overnight Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today you awake for another great day to see the gorillas. You have the option to see the same family or choose a different family for a more rounded experience. After your lunch at the lodge, you then head to Kigali for a night’s rest and dinner.

Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 / DEPART
After a late breakfast you are transferred to Kigali airport for departures (Breakfast)


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