Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
4 Day Trekking Tour, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 2-6 per vehicle
Tour Price: 1,850 USD
Single Supplement: 160 USD
This 4 day accommodated trekking tour is perfect for those looking for a truly unique animal observation. The gorillas in Rwanda with their fellows in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the last specimen of their kind. Experience the “gentle giants” on this unforgettable journey in the mountain forest of Rwanda. In close proximity of these majestic animals, you observe how the gorillas live together in their natural habitat.
Day 1-4; Rwanda
- Kigali: City tour
- Parc National des Volcans: Gorilla trekking
Day 1 Individual arrival (always Wednesdays) in Kigali, Rwanda
After your arrival at Kigali Airport you are picked up and taken to your hotel. You will overnight at the Hotel Chez Lando.
Day 2 Kigali, Rwanda - Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After breakfast you do a city tour of Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali. The city as well as the entire country became the focus of the public because of Hutu’s committed genocide at the Tutsi’s. Today’s program includes a visit of the Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide Memorial as well as the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi. In the afternoon you are transferred to the Parc National des Volcans, the renowned national park in which the world-famous gorilla scientist and author Dian Fossey lived, worked and fought for the preservation of the gorillas from 1967 until 1985. The park is formed by a chain of dormant volcanos, the so known Virunga Volcanos. You will overnight at the hotel La Palme.
Day 3 Gorilla Trekking in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
After a hearty breakfast you are picked up in the early morning and transferred to the entrance gate of the park. The park rangers brief you and you are given a short introduction about the logistics of the trekking and which rules will need to observed in order not to unnecessarily disturb the mountain gorillas. At the moment there are seven mountain gorilla groups that can be visited in the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. The number of participants visiting the different groups is limited to 8 people per day. The visiting hours for the different groups are restricted to one hour, starting from the time you have reached the group. The departure points are determined according to which mountain gorilla group is allocated to your group. Accompanied by park rangers you begin your trekking and search for the gorillas. Other rangers that left an hour before you transfer the exact location of the gorilla group you are in search for. Once you have reached the gorillas, you spend one hour at close range of the animals. You observe how these unique animals wander across the forest in a family clan with up to 20 members.
The group is led by the silverback who can easily reach 2 meters in height and 200kg in weight. Observe the leader of the group how he interacts with his females, children and babies, which all always gather around their chief. In close proximity you can experience the way of behaviour and communication among each other. You will notice a resemblance to the human behaviour. This will certainly be one of the most moving moments and experiences on your trip to Africa. After your return to the park entrance gate you are transferred back to your hotel. Once again you will be staying at the Hotel La Palme.
Day 4 Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda - Kigali, Rwanda
Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After breakfast you are picked up at your hotel and taken back to Kigali and depending on your program you either spend another night here or you will get dropped off at the airport.
Important information: Please take note that because of the strict limitation of number of visitors by the Rwandan National Park Authorities, obtaining gorilla permits is very difficult. Booking well in advance is therefore advised!
- Trekking tour according to the itinerary
- 3 nights accommodation in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
- 1 gorilla permit
- National Park fees
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- As per the national park authorities, the minimum age for visiting the gorillas is 15 years. There is no maximum age restriction, but a medical check-up is advisable for people over the age of 60.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- The nights will be spent in hotels.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of 4x4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) or minibuses. All vehicles are equipped with large windows, offering good opportunities for game viewing and photography.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is provided in the vehicle however soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
- Meals are enjoyed at the accommodations. Breakfast is buffet and for dinner you are usually offered a three course menu. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Good, suitable clothing (long trousers and sleeves are recommended for protection against mosquitoes and for the gorilla trekking)
- A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
- Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- Tipping the crew after the tour is common. We recommend 15-20 USD per day/group for the guide. On the gorilla trekking a tip of 15-20 USD per ranger/group is appropriate.
- In addition you should take some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
- Please note that all USD banknotes must be printed after 2004 as any earlier dated notes are not valid and won’t be accepted.
Do I need visa for this safari?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- Visitors of most countries require a visa to enter Rwanda. Applications can be made at the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration or at Rwandan diplomatic mission. To download the visa application form, please click on the following link: http://www.migration.gov.rw/IMG/pdf/New-visa-application.pdf
- Nationals of the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Singapore, Mauritius and South Africa do not require a visa.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this safari?
- The safari starts and ends in Rwanda, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
- Rwanda is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although Rwanda does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.