3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari
This 3 day Rwanda gorilla safari is designed to suit the time constrained travellers who limit themselves to visiting only the Volcanoes National Park to track the Mountain Gorillas and depart. The Rwanda gorilla Safari also gives you the opportunity to visit the memorial sites in Kigali city.
Mind blowing encounter with Rwanda’s gorillas
So often adventure holidays don’t match up to either your expectations or their hype. On whitewater rafting trips, when you are encased in lifejackets, you can look like the Michelin man. And on jungle explorations, the pathway can be so flat that it puts the pavement outside your house to shame.
Set off on this gorilla safari to see the mountain gorillas of northern Rwanda, made famous by naturalist Dian Fossey and immortalised by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas In The Mist.
The Rwanda Gorilla Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
You will be met at the Airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to the Hotel booked for you in Ruhengeri near the Volcanoes National Park. You will have lunch and in the afternoon be taken for a scenic drive in the park for 2 – 3 hours to view the splendid volcanic mountain landscapes after which you will be retire to your Hotel for Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Rwanda Gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National Park
You will have an early breakfast after which the Rwanda Gorilla trekking adventure begins – we will be driven to the Park headquarters for a briefing at 8:30am on the rules to be observed during Gorilla tracking. You will be allocated a Gorilla family to track and guides to lead you to the Gorillas. The tracking will be a 2-5 hour exercise after which you drive to Kigali for dinner and overnight at the hotel booked for you.
Day 3: Kigali city excursion and departure
After breakfast you will visit the Genocide memorial site where thousands of innocent people lost their lives during the genocide of the mid 1990s in Rwanda and listen to the touching narratives of how people were cruelly put to death. You will have lunch and later transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
When to go
The dry(ish) seasons, December to February, June to September – though note that it can rain at any time.
Where to stay
In Kigali, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is conveniently located (15-30 min from airport), with double b&b. It has a sister hotel at Gisenyi, on Lake Kivu; double b&b, which can be used as a base for gorilla trekking (90 min to park entrance). Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is more convenient (40 min to 1hr) and has a good reputation but you pay for the spectacular location, which includes all meals and drinks. We can also offer you a variety of other places to stay near the park.
Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Permits
Rwanda Gorilla Permits (US$1,500 for foreign residents) are booked through the Tourism and Conservation Reservation Office of the Rwanda Development Board (Included in the price of the safari and we process them for you). Numbers are limited and permits get snapped up well in advance.
What to take
Dress carefully for the trek: trekking trousers (carry waterproof trousers), layered shirts with long sleeves, waterproof top, walking boots, gloves (gardening gloves are ideal) for grasping stinging nettles, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect spray, camera. Porters to carry your backpack and give you a push/pull on steep bits (worth hiring, for £6.50, even if you don’t think you need one) will provide a walking stick, or you may prefer to bring your own pole.