Rwanda Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes Mountains National Park and Lake Kivu (Luxury) - 5 Days

Rwanda Gorilla Trek - Volcanoes Mountains National Park

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek is a trek to view mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu. Volanoes National Park has the most number of mountain gorillas. Lake Kivu for relaxation after the trek.

Rwanda

Rwanda is a East African landlocked country and for your knowledge, Kigali is its commercial capital. The country is famous for Volcanoes National Park where you can see the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

The size of the country is 26,338 sq kms and the currency you can use is Rwanda francs.

Volcanoes Mountains National Park

Ruhengeri or Musanze is northwest of Rwanda and has Volcanoes National Park. As a result, in this park, you will be able to view mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

Therefore, you should know that the park consists of mount Kirisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. On the outskirts of Musanze town, you can see caves that are filled with bats. On the East, there is Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera.

Additionally, Volcanoes National Park has the most number of mountain gorillas that you can view, living in the Virunga Conservation area.

You can reach the park in around 2 hours and 94 kms away from capital city of Kigali and Kigali International Airport.

Most importantly, you should know Volcanoes National Park is the world’s best gorilla trekking park. The park is 160 sq kms on northern Rwanda.

Initially, you could see a small area that was allocated to protect the Mountain Gorillas. Volcanoes National Park is also part of Virunga Volcano and subsequently Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.

In 1929, Volcanoes national park was extended into Rwanda and Belgian Congo and was named Albert national park. You could see the Belgian Colonial Authorities running and managing it. During the early 1960s, the park was divided as Rwanda and Congo gained their independence. And by the end of that decade, you could see the park was almost half of its original size.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Moreover, you should know that Nyungwe Forest National Park lies in the southwest of Rwanda, partly extending to the border of Burundi. Due to the huge rain forest, you can view many species of chimpanzees, colobus and owl-faced monkeys.

The Canopy Walkway as you can utilize is part of the Igishigishigi Trail. It is a high suspension bridge with views over the valley and surrounding forests. A trail runs to the Kamiranzovu Marsh, where you can see bird life, orchids and waterfall.

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek is a trek in Volcanoes National Park is the world’s best gorilla trekking park. The park is 160 sq kms on northern Rwanda.

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trek is a trek to view mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu. Volanoes National Park has the most number of mountain gorillas. Lake Kivu for relaxation after the trek.

Day 1
Kigali International Airport to Kigali City

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, meet, greet by your driver/ guide and transfer to hotel in Kigali city.

Overnight

Day 2
Kigali City to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, Kigali City tour which includes Genocide Memorial Museum and other sights.

Hot lunch at Hotel Mille Collines -Hotel that was feature in the movie Hotel Rwanda.

Afternoon, proceed to Volcanoes National Park. The drive is around 2.5 hours.

Dinner and overnight

Day 3
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

After breakfast, proceed for morning Rwanda Gorilla Trek to Volcanoes National Park (Gorilla Trek permit required).

Return to the camp for hot lunch. Later, relax at the camp.

Alternatively, perform Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village tour (Gorillas Guardians) – for some insights into the transformed lifestyle of these families of former gorilla poachers.

Dinner and overnight

Day 4
Rwanda Gorilla Trek to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, proceed for one of the activities; Rwanda Gorilla Trek to Volcanoes National Park or Golden Monkeys Trek or Dian Fossey Tomb Hike and Visit of her former research station (Gorilla Trek permit required).

Later, return to the hotel for hot lunch. Later, head to Lake Kivu. While exiting Musanze Town, stop by at Dian Fossey Museum and Foundation (no entrance fee. However, donations are welcome)

Dinner and overnight

• Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning

• The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way

• An eventually, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla families

• Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical one-hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young;

• Coming face to face with a giant silver-back must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

• The Ultimate Experience!!

• A Walking Stick is provided at the start-point – to help steady your trekking;

Porters are also available – to help carry your water bottle/hand luggage and/or even hold hand in slippery/steep sections. (this is at a minimal charge of US$10 per person, payable at the end)

Day 5
Lake Kivu to Kigali

After breakfast, relax at the shores of Lake Kivu with optional activities; Boat Ride; Swimming in the lake; Water sports, such as Kayaking/Windsurf/Biking, or local sight-seeing.

After early lunch, depart for Kigali City or International Airport for your onward flight.

Price Includes:

  • Kigali airport - Arrival & Departure transfers & assistance ;
  • 01Night Accommodation in Kigali, on Bed & Breakfast basis ;
  • Kigali City Tour + lunch on Day 02: Inclusive of applicable entrance/audio fee
  • 02Nights Accommodation at the volcanoes, on Full-board basis;
  • 01Night Accommodation at Lake Kivu, on Full-board basis;
  • Private Transport in 4x4 Safari Land-cruiser;
  • Services of English-Speaking Driver-Guide;
  • Emergency Air Evacuation Cover (excludes hospitalization and medical bills);
  • Bottled Drinking Water during the safari (in the vehicle) and while trekking;
  • All taxes on the services quoted above.

Price Excludes:

  • Meals and beverages, other than specified;
  • Gorilla & Golden Monkeys Trek Permits; Applicable permit fee is shown separate from main quote
  • Cultural Village Visit; Applicable visit fee is shown separate from main quote
  • Any other sight-seeing activities or accommodation, other than indicated;
  • International, regional and local Airfares + Airport taxes;
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas;
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines;
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants;
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls, e.t.c.;
  • Personal and baggage insurance;
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above;

Current rates are based on Low season – 01st April–31st May.

Mid-Season – 01st January–31st March + 01st November-15th December

1 person: USD 1175 only
2-7 persons: USD 665 per person sharing

High Season – 1st June–31st October + 16th–31st December

1 person: USD 1715 only
2-7 persons: USD 1085 per person sharing

Single Room Supplement (SRS)

This is for clients who sleep in a single room as hotels only have single and double rooms.
Low Season – USD 255
Mid Season – USD 695
High Season – USD 800

Important Tips

Volcanoes Mountains is a high altitude area of over 2,400 meters above sea level.
It is extremely chilly in the early mornings and evenings – warm clothing is therefore necessary.
While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly – it is necessary therefore to have:
• Water-proof clothing (jacket, with hood + trousers);
• Waterproof Zip-Lock bags for Cameras/Film/Passports/Money, e.t.c.;
• Hand Gloves (warm and water-proof), to keep hands warm and dry, as well as protect from stinging nettles;
• Hiking boots – with good mud-grip are most appropriate, especially in wet weather;
• Gaiters – to protect your trek trouser legs and boots against mud/wetness;
• Small hand/face towel, to wipe sweat off your face during the trek.

Activity Fee

Gorilla Trek Permits: US$ 1,500.00 Per Person Per Trek (Gorilla Trek Age Limit: 15 years and Above)
Chimps Trek Permits: US$90.00 Per Person Per Trek (Chimp Trek Age Limit: 15 years and Above)
Canopy Adventure Hike Permits: US$60.00 Per Person Per Trek
Colobus Monkeys Trek Permits: US$60.00 Per Person Per Trek
Waterfalls Hike Permits: US$50.00 Per Person Per Trek
Gorilla Trek Permits: US$1,500.00 Per Person Per Trek
Golden Monkeys Trek Permits: US$100.00 Per Person Per Trek
Cultural Village Visit: US$20.00 Per Person Per Visit

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Rwanda Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes Mountains National Park and Lake Kivu (Luxury)
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2 Adults USD 3,215
3 Adults USD 2,900
4 Adults USD 2,635
5 Adults USD 2,565
6 Adults USD 2,520
7 Adults USD 2,485
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Trip Facts

  • 4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • 7
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Volcanoes Mountains National Park, Lake Kivu
  • 5 days
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

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