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4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Ruhengeri - Kigali Serena, Kigali

Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda

Sir Michaels Safaris invites you to join them for a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda. You will come face to face with giant silverback gorillas in this amazing safari. Get the opportunity of a lifetime to observe their daily life - feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young. Not only that, immerse yourself with the breathtaking view of the volcanoes surrounding the Volcanoes National Park. It will be an unforgettable tour you'll ever experience!

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Covers gorilla trekking permits
  • Private transport in a 4x4 land cruiser
  • 1 historic city tour of Kigali town
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Daily meals during trekking
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will spend the first two night at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and one night at Kigali Serena Hotel.

Program

Day 1: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be greeted with Sir Michaels Safaris representative, outside the airport arrivals section. After a briefing, you will depart on a scenic drive North West through the beautiful terraced hillsides that display Rwanda’s landscape.

You will arrive at Ruhengeri, the base for gorilla trekking at the Volcanoes National Park. The town is located only 25 kilometers away from Uganda border. It is relatively a small city that occupied by around 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable here.

The town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly and as a former Belgian colony, people speak French here. However, there are many people who can speak English too. You will stay overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast will be included.

Day 2: Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla trek

You will have early breakfast. At 6:20 a.m., you will transfer to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your first day of trekking. At 7:00 a.m., there will be a briefing by your trackers. After the briefing, you will drive to the trail head to start your amazing gorilla tracking adventure. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is 10 USD per person per day. Sir Michaels Safaris advise that you utilize this service.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s, offering stirring views in all directions. When you enters the national park, you will be immersed with the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, that alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees, and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, Sir Michaels Safaris experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, will bring you up close with one of the gorilla families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must be a truly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, you will rejoin your driver guide for a transfer to your lodge for a lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the twin lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. You will stay overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast will be included.

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park to Kigali

You will have your breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, you will depart for the second gorilla trek where you will be allocated to a different group. After the trekking, you will then depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea, and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly land of a thousand fertile green hills. You will stay overnight at Kigali Serena.

Day 4: Kigali and departure day

You will have your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Kigali. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali, and the craft centers. You will have the chance to visit the genocide memorial site.

Here, you will learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide, learn about other genocides in the world, and how this country has dealt with that past. After this tour, you will tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda - the recovery of the town has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. Lunch in will be at Kigali. After lunch, you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport (KGL) for your scheduled departure flight.

Location

This safari will take place in Ruhengeri and Kigali, Rwanda. Ruhengeri town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly and as a former Belgian colony, people speak French here. However, there are many people who can speak English too.

Kigali has been a part of it Rwanda for 100 years now. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become Rwanda's capital until Rwanda’s achieve its independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Food

During your stay at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, lunch, dinner, and breakfast will be included. While in Kigali Serena, only breakfast and lunch on the last day before departure are included. Other meals than specified in itinerary will be at your own expense. Bottled drinking water during trekking and in the vehicle will be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 breakfast at Kigali Serena hotel
  • 1 city tour of Kigali
  • 2 Lunch, dinner, and breakfast at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • 2 gorilla permits (1500 USD per person)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers and assistance
  • All taxes on the services
  • Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Private transport in a 4x4 land cruiser

What's not included

  • Airport taxes
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
  • Gratuities to driver or guides and other conveyance attendants
  • Insurance coverage for baggage, accident and trip cancellation or interruption (available at a special low cost group rates)
  • International, regional, and local Airfares
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified
  • Passport, visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visas
  • Personal and baggage insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Sir Michaels Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Kigali International Airport Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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The prices below include two gorilla permits priced 1500 USD per person. Please note that the gorilla permits may be subject to change.

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