Detailed Itineraries

Gorilla trekking to Rwanda 4 days 3 nights:

DAY 1:

 Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park Meet and greet at the Airport by the local guide. Depending on arrival time, visit Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial at Gisozi.

Transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park (Kinigi) for dinner and overnight. (L-D)

Genocide Memorials: In Rwanda, there are Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994 all over the country. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.

DAY 2:

Gorilla trekking, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

After breakfast, depart for the headquarters of the Park where the guide will accomplish the necessary formalities. Meet the ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever. Drive to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes for gorilla trekking.

After the trekking, if time allows, lunch at Ruhengeri and in the afternoon an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera and Ruhondo). (B-L-D)

DAY 3: Optional Activities

OPTION #1: Visit of the Dian Fossey grave (Bisoke)

OPTION #2: Visit of the Golden Monkeys (Virunga)

OPTION #3: Second day of gorilla tracking (add $515/person)

Afternoon drive to Kigali, overnight at hotel.

Dian Fossey’s grave is at the Karisoke Research Centre on the slopes of the Bisoke Volcano where she carried out her studies on the mountain gorillas for 18 years. She was murdered on the 27th of December 1985  at the Karisoke Research Centre and buried near Digit, her favorite gorilla. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!

The golden monkeys live only in the Virunga Conservation Area. They have been well habituated and there are 2 troups. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi and has a much longer walking distance. Another experience with excellent photo opportunities!

DAY 4: Kigali visit and Departure

Pick up from the hotel, and depending on the departure time, there will be a Kigali city trip including the visit of the Genocide Memorial centre at Gizozi. Transfer to the Airport for departure. (B-L)

Pricing

Tour price per person in U.S. dollars land only:

Lodging Price per person Single Occupancy
Budget (2-star): $1330 $70
Standard  (4-star): $2585 $425
Viruga  (3-star): $1765 $205
Sabyiyo  (5-star): $3805 $675

ADD $515/PERSON/DAY FOR THE GORILLA PERMIT

Minimum 2 people

Tour Includes: Airport transfers, accommodation, all meals, plenty of mineral water, the services of a driver-guide, all park and entry fees, all activities as per itinerary.

Excludes: Airline ticket, beverages, tips for your gorilla guide ($10 local currency), tips for your driver/guide, visas, porters to help carry gear ($10 local currency), and personal expenses.

Low Season:
10% off March, April, May, and November for Budget, Standard, and Virunga hotels.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge:

Priced for high season (December 15-31 and July 16-October 31)
Contact us for mid-season and low-season discounts.