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4 Days Lake Kivu and Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

  • Flame Tree Village, Kigali - Best View Hotel, Volcanoes National Park - Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel, Lake Kivu

Wildlife Tours Rwanda

Embark on an unforgettable journey through some of the most breathtaking areas of Rwanda. During this trip, you will have the opportunity to tour the city of Kigali, which has been part of Rwanda for over 100 years, experience an incredible Gorilla trekking safari, and visit the beautiful Lake Kivu. You will stay in some beautiful accommodations near Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu and immerse yourself in nature.

Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking
  • A professional driver or guide
  • City tour of Kigali including a visit to Kandt Museum
  • All transportation and roundtrip airport transfer
  • Park fees and gorilla permits
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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Best View Hotel

Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout the property, Best View Hotel offers accommodations in Ruhengeri, 300 meters from Rwandan office for tourism and national parks, the Gorilla track pass. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen television with satellite channels. Some units have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

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. They provide 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, there are also major shopping centers such as MTN Center Nyarutarama and the Nyarutarama golf club.

Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel

Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel has executive suites, twin rooms, and deluxe rooms. Each room is an air conditioning room which has a balcony, a terrace, television with satellite channels and cable channels, telephone, safety deposit box, hot tub, desk, seating area, carpeted, tumble dryer , wardrobe or closet, bath, hairdryer, free toiletries, slippers, towels or sheets with extra fees, and linen.

You will go to Rwanda to begin your adventure. This tour will start and end in Kigali, Rwanda. During the trip, you will visit Kigali city, Volcanoes National Park, and Lake Kivu and join a gorilla tracking in an open-sided four-by-four vehicle. Additional accommodations before and at the end of the tour cannot be arranged by East Cape Tours. Rates provided are for mid-range accommodations.

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Arrival at Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be met by the tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel. You will then have the opportunity to explore your surroundings or simply relax in preparation for the next day's activities. Flame Tree Village, budget cottage located in or near Kigali, is the choice for this night. Meals and drinks are not included.

Day 2 - Kigali and Volcanoes National Park

You will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Then you will take a city tour of Kigali. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. 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.

You will visit the Kandt Museum, see old Kigali and the craft centers, then visit the genocide memorial site. You will also learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide, about other genocides in the world, and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda. You will see that the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

You will have lunch in Kigali. Later, you will depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. After approximately two and a half hours arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters, you will come to Best View Hotel for your overnight stay. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3 - Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes and Lake Kivu

You will begin your day with a breakfast at the lodge. At 07:00, registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff will discuss your fitness level and advise you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon your location in the park the previous evening.

Once you are put into groups, each group’s lead guide will brief the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the "do’s and do not's" while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, you will return to your respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. The guides stop frequently to allow you a chance to rest and take photos along the way.

After the trek, you will rejoin your driver guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive to Lake Kivu Serena, arriving in the evening. You will spend your afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4 - Departure from Kigali

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will spend your early morning at leisure to enjoy optional activities. Later, you will depart eastwards past coffee, tea, and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills, Rwanda is a truly land of a thousand fertile green hills where you will spend approximately three hours. Breakfast is included.

Gorilla trek, a city tour of Kigali, and a visit to Kandt Museum are included in the prices.

This tour will take place in Kigali, Rwanda.

All meals as specified in the program section are included in the prices.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • A professional driver or guide
  • All activities unless labeled as optional
  • All taxes and VAT
  • All transportation unless labeled as optional
  • Daily specified meals
  • Gorilla permits for non-resident
  • Park fees for non-residents
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Government imposed increase of taxes or park fees
  • Other meals
  • Personal items such as souvenirs, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Tips

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.

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