Rwanda Gorillas Safari

Travel to Rwanda, just one hour’s flight from Nairobi and experience one of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters of a lifetime. The last remaining mountain gorillas live in the Virunga Volcanoes of northern Rwanda. They were made famous by Dian Fossey who dedicated her life to their conservation and immortalised them in the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. To make the most of your trip, we strongly recommend a 3 night stay. For both itinerary options we recommend you arrive in Kigali on a morning flight and drive directly to the Virunga area.

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2 or more nights
Lodges
Departs daily ex Kigali

Highlights:

  • The ultimate wildlife encounter with the last remaining wild mountain gorillas
  • Trek through the stunning Parc National des Volcans
  • Explore Rwanda’s bustling capital, Kigali

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Rwanda Gorillas Safari

Sample Itinerary

2 nights or more

Day 1

Parc National des Volcans
Arrive Kigali on morning flight, city tour followed by lunch and drive 2 hours to your lodge near the Parc National des Volcans for overnight. LD

Day 2

Kigali or Parc National des Volcans
Early breakfast and 6.15 am departure for park HQ for the start of your gorilla trek through thick forest. Once found, a maximum of 1 hour can be spent with the troop. Lunch at your lodge before returning to your Kigali hotel for overnight (3D/2N) or relax at your lodge in the afternoon, dinner and overnight (4D/3N). BLD

Day 3

Tour ends or Kigali
After breakfast transfer to Kigali airport, tour ends (3D/2N). Optional second gorilla trek, lunch, then drive to Kigali for dinner and overnight (4D/3N).

Day 4

Tour ends
Transfer to airport. Tour ends. B

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Rwanda Overview

Why should I travel to Rwanda? Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is one of the best places to see the last remaining mountain gorillas. The majority of habituated family groups in the Virunga Volcanoes can be found in this park. Gorillas treks can also be combined with chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe National Park. The country also has a good tourist infrastructure with some excellent lodges.

When is the best time to visit Rwanda? Rwanda can be visited any time of the year; however during the long dry season between Jun-Sep the ground is drier and dirt roads are more accessible, enabling easier passage to visit the gorillas and chimpanzees.

What is the climate in Rwanda? Although Rwanda is on the equator, the altitude keeps temperatures down (25°-28°C), and the mountain areas where gorillas are found can be cool to cold. Rain falls throughout the year but is heaviest from Mar-May and Oct-Nov.

What can I combine with Rwanda? Gorilla trekking in Rwanda should be combined with a traditional big game wildlife safari in the parks and reserves of neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania.

How to get to Rwanda? Rwanda’s capital Kigali is easily reached by air from Nairobi in Kenya, Entebbe in Uganda, Serengeti or Arusha in Tanzania. From Kigali, you would take a road transfer to the Parc National des Volcans.

Do I need a Visa for Rwanda? Please call us on 1300 363 302

Do I need vaccinations for Rwanda? Please call us on 1300 363 302

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