This exciting 4 day tour visits Rwanda’s most scenic region – the Parc National des Volcans – with high quality all-inclusive accommodation at the renowned Virunga Lodge.
Surrounded by folding hills, the lodge has unsurpassed panoramic views of Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes and the shimmering volcanic lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo.
Private Departures offer flexibility or the Scheduled Departures bring great value for money.
Prices include meals, drinks and a complimentary massage. One Gorilla Permit per person is included as are other optional excursions. Or, a second Gorilla Permit can be added if required.
- Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
- Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
- Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke Research Centre
- Intore Dance Performances at the Lodge
- Mwiko Primary School Community Support Project
Morning pick up from Kigali Airport. Take a scenic drive through the spectacular volcanic landscape, arriving at Virunga Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon either relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery or take an optional excursion from the lodge (such as a walk to Lake Bulera or a visit to Mwiko School). Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (LD).
An early start heading to the Parc National des Volcans and to the base in the foothills where you will be joined by trackers, army rangers and porters who accompany the trek in search of Mountain Gorillas. Later return to Virunga Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure – take a complimentary massage. In the evening enjoy a performance by a local dance troupe. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).
Either enjoy an excursion from the lodge or take another trek into the volcanic landscape to see the gorillas in their natural habitat (extra Gorilla Permit payable). Afternoon walk or at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).
* Excursion choices include:
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
- Hike a Volcano
- Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu
- Community and Nature Walks
Return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Museum (time permitting) for a fascinating insight into the country’s social history. Transfer to Kigali Airport (B).
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In order to protect the gorillas the Rwandan government issues Gorilla Permits – ensuring that a limited number of tourists can track them each day. These permits are in high demand, so do book early to secure your chosen date/s.
Tracking gorillas in Rwanda can be testing and requires a moderate to good level of fitness (though it is deemed easier than from Uganda where the trails are steeper and less accessible).
Treks are often 2 to 3 hours each way (but can be more) and involve hiking through dense forest and traversing steep ravines and mountainsides, often in damp conditions. However, all this adventure is worthwhile for a glimpse of one of nature’s finest spectacles.
(There is a minimum age of 15 years on gorilla treks).