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4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

  • Kigali, Rwanda

Thrilling Safari in Rwanda

Discover all the beauty that Rwanda has to offer in this fantastic safari. You will start off in Kigali where you will have the opportunity to explore the historic city. From Kigali, you will be transported to the Volcanoes National Park where you will end your safari with an incredible gorilla trekking. If you are ready to explore picturesque Rwanda and see up close gentle gorillas, then this holiday package is for you.

Highlights

  • Tour the city of Kigali
  • Visit the Kandt museum
  • Gorilla tracking at Volcanoes National Park
  • Professional driver and guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Delicious daily meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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You will stay at Flame Tree Village and Best View Hotel.

Flame Tree Village

Flame Tree Village is strategically located in the quiet suburb of Nyarutarama in Kigali. Flame Tree Village boasts a total of 15 spacious villas that are not only comfortable but provide a tranquil, homely experience. It provides free Wi-fi internet connection as well as a well-stocked pool bar. The residence has a pool as well as an indoor restaurant and an outdoor sitting area.

The residence is located within easy access of major facilities and amenities such as the Kigali International Airport (KGL) which is less than 10 minutes drive and the Kigali Central Business District, also a mere 10-minute drive. Within the area are major shopping centers such as MTN Center Nyarutarama and the Nyarutarama Golf Club.

Day 1 - Arrival

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be met by a tours representative outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel. You may then choose to explore your surroundings or simply relax in preparation for the next day's activities.

Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy a city tour of Kigali (included in the price). For 100 years, Kigali has been a part of the history of Rwanda, which dates back centuries. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site.

Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide, how it has dealt with that past, and other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda whose recovery has been incredible and a testament to humankind’s resilience. Take your lunch in Kigali. Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. After two and a half hours, arrive in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park.

Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your first day of trekking at 06:20. You will be briefed by your trackers at 07:00 then drive to the trailhead for the start of your amazing gorilla tracking adventure. Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s, offering stirring views in all directions.

Upon entering the national park, you will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, and fresh spoor of the mountain's elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks, which are among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

After the trek, rejoin your driver and guide for a transfer to your lodge or hotel for lunch. Spend afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost. You may choose to visit Iby’iwacu village at an extra cost. You will have your dinner at the lodge.

Day 4 - Volcanoes National Park and departure

Registration for the gorilla trekking will start at 07:00. The registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s lead guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do,’s and don'ts” while in the presence of gorillas.

After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. After the trek, rejoin your driver and guide for a transfer to your lodge or hotel for lunch. After lunch, depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea, and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali.

This trip takes place at Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

Volcanoes National Park

Spanning on a 160 square kilometers area in the northern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is the oldest national park in Africa. It was initially a small area around Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke volcanoes which was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching.

Volcanoes national park is home to mountain gorilla (gorilla beringei beringei), golden monkeys (cercopithecus mitis kandti), spotted hyena (crocuta crocuta), buffaloes (syncerus caffer), elephants , black-fronted duiker (cephalophus niger), and bushbuck (tragelaphus scriptus). The park also harbors 178 bird species including at least 29 endemics to Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas.

Three breakfast, three lunches, and two dinners are included in the price.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All activities in the itinerary
  • All taxes and VAT
  • All transportation
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • Gorilla permits
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Professional driver and guide
  • Transfers from and to Kigali International Airport (KGL)
  • Additional accommodation before and after the tour
  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Suzie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great experience with East Cape Tours, Karen was so friendly & helpful getting it all organised. We would recommend them to others & use them again if we are back in SA"

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  • Review by Virginia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "An amazing experience with really helpful staff. When we got caught up in unexpected traffic our driver went above and beyond to ensure we made our flight. We were so grateful. We hope to come to SA again and will definitely use you guys."

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  • Review by Jacque from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hey Lyn. We returned from our fabulous Southern Africa trip and want to thank you for your help in arranging our stay at the African Rock and And Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. African Rock was so very welcoming and the perfect place to begin our visit to Africa. We loved the people and our dinner was one of the best we had in all of Africa. Ngala was amazing! We saw it all and loved the people there as well."

    "Again thank you and the Wares and the Bells will call on you again. Enjoying the news letter."

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  • Review by John from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lyn , thanks for helping us out -very happy with East Cape Tours. Pumba fantastic and Andre seems almost part of the family."

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  • Review by Wendy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Chelse- just a note to tell you what a fabulous time we had at Pumba. Thanks so much for your help! PS- one more thing… Do you know the type of coffee makers they have in the chalets? I think it made a great cup of coffee and would like to get one for my home."

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  • Review by Natasha from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lynn"

    "Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! We had such an amazing time – I’ve been recommending South Africa and East Cape Tours to everyone I know! Your recommendations were spot on and everything went really well. Everyone we met and interacted with was entirely gracious, friendly and helpful and our hosts gave us great recommendations for restaurants and things to do, particularly Sharon at Redbourne Hilldrop. We couldn’t be happier with our once-in-a-lifetime safari vacation and we’re already dreaming about visiting beautiful SA again in the future."

    "The only change I would have made is to our reservation at Woodall. The properly was lovely as was the service, however the dinner was a fixed menu and very expensive in comparison to elsewhere (for a nice meal but not the best we had given price). The transfers to/from Addo were also very expensive and not divulged to us ahead of time by the hotel so it was a surprise come checkout time (I think we paid close to R800 for a round-trip to Addo which was only a 15 minute drive). Unfortunately because we had already returned the car we didn’t have another option for transportation and were not able to go to another restaurant so we felt a bit stranded. Something you may want to consider for future guests you book into the hotel."

    "That being said the rest of our trip was very reasonable given the fantastic quality in food, atmosphere and service we experienced and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip overall. I tagged East Cape in some Instagram photos and I hear they may be used in your next newsletter! Thanks again for all of your help."

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  • Review by Joan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to send you a note to thank you and your team so much for making our trip the East Cape in October so completely magical. After having taken that incredible trip with our Aussie friends in 2015, was expecting that our shorter trip booked “last minute” would not have the same level of “adventure” or expansiveness. It ended up being a wonderful trip and completely exceeded expectations. Wanted to give you my thoughts on the itinerary and the lodges we visited."

    "We started at Pumba, then moved to Kichaka and ended up at Addo reserve at Camp Figtree. All of these lodges were wonderful. Great accommodations, excellent food, friendly staff and lots of animals. If I was scheduling this again, I would have done Addo first. While we were able to see quite a few elephants and they had a great water hole, after the other two camps, the game viewing was less exciting. It would have made a perfect first camp! Camp Figtree was really a treat, loved being up in the mountains and the lodge was really interesting, having a few less amenities because of its location gave it a charm and feeling of days gone by! Good for a couple of nights though a longer stay may not have been as good as you are really fairly isolated up there!"

    "Pumba was a wonderful camp, I believe we were originally scheduled to be the Water Lodge but were changed last minute to the Bush Lodge. I thought the Bush Lodge was great but if I was staying again I would request the Water Lodge. One of the things I missed from our last safari was the ability to sit around the campfire at night or early in the morning and the water lodge had the nice fire pit which I think made it a little more social! We did go over there one afternoon for the spa which was wonderful. The monkeys were just little devils at the Bush Lodge!! But very fun to watch! The animals were very good at Pumba. We had some great experiences with the lions (the white ones were beautiful) and we were able to get very close to these three Cheetah brothers as they walked down the road, feasted on a kill etc. The landscape there was really interesting as well with hills and plains and there was lots to see."

    "Kichaka was next and I think both Adrianne and I felt it was absolutely our favorite experience of the three. Loved the cabins, feeling like we were in the tree tops, the main lodge was very inviting right on the water hole. Great good. Best food for trying local game (they had Ostrich Wellington!). What we liked the best were the game drives. Our ranger took us out literally for 3/12 to 4 hours twice a day. There weren’t quite as many animals as Pumba and the terrain was different but we were able to go off road whenever it made sense so we could actually get close to things. Saw some amazing things. It felt more like we were tracking animals, looking at prints and doing more seeking out versus just driving on a path and seeing what was there to see."

    "All three were fabulous in their own way! Really appreciate the great service from your team and so nice to be picked up and taken from one destination to another and to the airport. Took all of that anxiety of transportation away and let us just enjoy the adventure!"

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  • Review by Wendy from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had a fantastic trip. I really would like to thank you for all your wonderful help along the way. It was invaluable and nothing was too much trouble. This resulted in a wonderful self-drive trip through South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe before heading onto Botswana. With your help we were well prepared and had an amazing experience. I really appreciated your prompt response to all my questions and the numerous changes we made along the way. Once again thank you so much. We would definitely seek out your help again and have no hesitation to recommend you to anyone."

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  • Review by Helen from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Everything went smoothly with our complicated booking when we were dealing sith Karen Engelbrecht, who was amazingly helpful. She even returned one of my calls while she was out of the office on Family leave. The only problem occurred when the travel vouchers were issued as they were incorrect. This problem was resolved by my phoning the office in PE and having the correct vouchers issued. I would be happy to deal with East Cape Tours again."

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  • Review by Cris and Erik from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "We won’t hesitate to give 5 stars to East Cape Tours, you’ve certainly earned them. We arranged our own tour from Denmark to Cape Town, before we contacted East Cape Tours for a short safari. You responded quickly, and make quick adjustments to our special wishes. Everything was taken care of; flights, airport shuttles, accomodation; and I learned that you could have handled the whole tour from Denmark and back; but I’ll remember that for later! It’s no problem being the family’s tour guide, with you as supporters!"

    "If (when) we visit South Africa again, you will certainly hear from us!"

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  • Review by Troy and Kashaan
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to write to you to say thank you to your team for the most amazing three-week holiday that was organized for us. Firstly, Helga created a perfect itinerary. Everything went smoothly, every small detail was organized and waiting for us, each accommodation destination was unique and the service and standard could not be faulted. We would never have been able to pick such amazing accommodation and experiences ourselves. It didn’t stop there, though. Once we arrived in South Africa, Shannon made contact with us to advise us she was our new contact. We had a few questions and bits and pieces that we needed assistance with along the way and nothing was ever a hassle. She was prompt and sorted everything for us. It gave us such peace of mind to have that local support while we were in the country. The whole trip was a highlight but if we had to pick our two favorites it would be Cape Town and our stunning accommodation in De Waterkant Village and our stay at Pumba Water Lodge. My husband, two kids (seven and 12) and I have returned home with a smile on our face and the best experience of such a beautiful country and it would not have been possible without the foundation that was laid by East Cape Tours. We still have so much to see and explore the stunning country of South Africa. We will be back and we will be booking with East Cape Tours!"

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  • Review by John
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to thank you for arranging our trip to Amakhala. We had a great time. The lodge and the rooms were excellent, the food was good without being exceptional and the game ranger, Christi was learning her trade and actually we thought not up to standard."

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  • Review by Tony
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank you both for this unforgettable vacation. The stay in luxury apartments, Cape Town, was amazing. excellent place and location. as for the other hotels on our way to the reserve, each one of them has, it’s own charm and yet all of them had great service, welcoming staff and tasty food. But the best was for last with Pumba game reserve. We had the best days of our lives, good mood, and good food. My family and I, we appreciate everything you did for us to make our vacation in South Africa unforgettable. I would definitely go back and for sure recommend you to everyone I know who wants to visit your beautiful country. Just one more thing, concerning the white shark dive, it didn’t happen due to bad weather and I was wondering how the refund will be done."

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  • Review by Wayne
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all your help everything turned out perfect. Ebrahim was super I’d highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Cape Town. Ismail was also excellent. We met Robert More at The More Quarters one morning he was extremely nice thought he might be at Lion Sands when we were there but left us a special message because he left the day we arrived and a book signed by him his great grandfather wrote.The staff at More Quarters were so friendly we loved our room and the hotel itself. Mont Rochelle is probably the most beautiful place we have ever been. Loved Franschhoek, The vineyards, and wineries were magnificent. Could have spent more time there. The Lion Sands River Lodge was absolutely beautiful the staff was great and we had the best range in Neil and tracker Albert. Made friends with two couples we did our safaris with. Trip of a lifetime all we can do is pray we can go back some day. If we know anyone who is interested we will definitely refer you. Thank you again."

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  • Review by Caroline
    10 out of 10

    "We have just returned from our travels in Africa. Shamwari was brilliant! Beautiful place and we were fortunate to have Jessica as our ranger and her knowledge of animals, birds, plants and the environment was amazing! We have had quite a few very good rangers take us on game drives on this trip and our previous trips, but Jessica stands out as the best! The highlight of our two months in Africa was Christmas day at Shamwari where we were able to experience a private escorted walk around the outside of the enclosures of the Born Free lions and lionesses, leopards, and cheetahs! As a Born Free Foundation supporter for many years it was the perfect Christmas present on the best Christmas day ever!"

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  • Review by Ash
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from our South Africa and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful recommendation and stay at Kapama Karula. We all had a fantastic stay and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Will certainly refer your services to anyone who is considering visiting South Africa."

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