Tour overview

The tour starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda, it includes a gorilla permit worth $ 750 per person in the final costing. You will also enjoy gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park as well as chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National park. You will also enjoy a city tour with in Kigali and you will visit the genocide memorial site and many more sites.

mountain gorilla family

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport

Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking & a canopy walk

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National park

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in the park

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Day 8: Drive to Rwanda, Kigali city & enjoy a city tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport

On your arrival at Kanombe Airport in Kigali and you will be received by your guide who will then transfer you to your booked accommodation facility in Kigali.

Overnight at Lemingo Hotel/ Hotel Gorillas / Serena Hotel

Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe National Park

Have breakfast and then go to Nyungwe Forest, as you travel, you will visit the Rwanda National Museum in Butare, Murambi genocide memorial site. You will enjoy lunch in Butare and then go on with the journey. Reach the park in the evening and then take dinner and your overnight at Nyungwe forest Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House.

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking & a canopy walk

Have breakfast in the morning and head proceed to the headquarters for briefing and after go with the game rangers and start your Chimpanzee trekking. You will view many primates like the Angolan Colobus monkeys, Red tailed, golden monkeys, and blue monkeys. This trek will take 3-5 hours. Immediately after the trek, you go for lunch and ten relax or some hours. Later in the evening, you will go for a canopy walk in the forest. This is also a good time for the birders in order to enjoy the tour. This forest is also home to many bird species like the white and black casqued hornbill and Rwenzori Turraco etc.

Dinner and overnight at Nungwe Forest Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National park

Have breakfast and after drive to Volcanoes National park. This is also a long day drive to the northern Rwanda and towards the foothills of the volcanoes National park. You will sleep at Gorillas Nest, or the Virunga Lodge which is also of quality with beautiful views over both the Volcanoes as well as Lake Burera and Ruhondo. The other options include Kinigi Guest House or the Sabinyo Silverback Lodge.

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in the park

Have your morning breakfast and then be taken to the park offices. The rangers will then brief you about the dos and don’ts of trekking the mountain gorillas before heading out for gorilla trekking in the forest. There is no real time known for the exciting exercise but coming face to face with the gorillas in Rwanda is a moment worth taking. Immediately after trekking, return to the lodge where you will have lunch. You can also use the last hours of the day for a tour to view the eye catching Lake Bulera and Ruhongo, you will then relax for the overnight and dinner.

Dinner and overnight at mountain gorilla view lodge/ La palme hotel/ Muhabura

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National park

Have breakfast and then begin your journey to the southern Bwindi National park, which is home to mountain gorillas, you will reach and then check in and take lunch as you prepare for a nature walk to the caves, Lake Mutanda as well as the pygmies.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge/ Nkuringo gorilla camp/ Eco safari Camp

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Have breakfast and after continue to the park offices with your packed lunch for briefing about the dos and don’ts as regards gorilla trekking. The trek usually takes 2-8 hours and this depends on the movement of these days on a particular day. The trek involves walking up the steep hills in the thick forests before coming face to face with the gorillas. You will stay with these gorillas for 1 hour as you observe and also photography. You will also relax in the evening after trekking the gorillas as you wait for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge/ Nkuringo gorilla camp/ Eco safari Camp

Day 8: Drive to Rwanda, Kigali city & enjoy a city tour.

You will wake up so early in the morning and have breakfast before starting the drive back to Kigali which will take 3 to 4 hours , as you are in Kigali, you will take a city tour to Gisozi Genocide memorial museum, the local art and the craft shops , local markets as well as the souvenir shopping. You will then be dropped at the airport for your departure flight.

END OF THE TOUR

Tour inclusions

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kigali hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional activities in the itinerary