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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

from US$ 2,630 per person sharing


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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

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Indication Price (from): US$ 2,630 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 3 days

Group Size: 1 - 6

Location: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Departure Dates: To suit you


Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


Our fee for compiling your dream safari is included in the price that you pay.

Rwanda is Africa’s mecca for ‘convenient’ mountain gorilla trekking – gorillas can be seen within hours of arrival in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park in northwest Rwanda is prime mountain gorilla territory. The national park is a haven for mountain gorilla families and ideal for close encounters and wonderful photo moments with these gentle giants.

Your gorilla trekking adventure will take you through pristine afro-montane forests. In so doing you will likely come across other wonderful species such as golden monkeys, colourful Rwenzori turacos and prehistoric three-horned chameleons. Eventually, your effort will be duly rewarded as you come face to face with your first mountain gorilla silverback and his family in the mystic depths of their lush stronghold.

Described by many as a life-changing experience, this is certainly one of Africa’s bucket-list experiences. But perhaps more importantly, gorilla trekking has become an experience that powers up a vital financial lifeline for the conservation of the last remaining mountain gorillas in Africa, their ‘lofty’ highland habitat, the salaries and livelihoods of many people and communities, and a sizeable chunk of Rwanda’s economy.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

On arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport you will be met by an Africa Geographic representative and whisked off to visit some of Kigali’s main attractions. Depending on your arrival time we could incorporate the following into your visit: The Caplaki Handicrafts market (the perfect place to browse for Rwandan souvenirs), the Kimironko City Market where all types of colourful and tasty food is sold, or the Gisozi Genocide Memorial & Education Centre, the site that houses over 250 000 victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group and which stands as a vivid living testimony to the events that took place and the incredible renewal process that this country has been through.

After a light lunch at a cozy Kigali restaurant you will drive north towards Ruhengeri and on arrival at Volcanoes National Park you will settle in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Here you will have the chance to freshen up, explore your surroundings and later indulge in a delicious home-cooked dinner at the lodge’s restaurant.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking

After breakfast you will take a short drive to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters and meet with the excellent local gorilla trekking guides and trackers who will lead you up into the Virunga Mountains for your first trek with gorillas. First though you will be given an informative talk on gorilla trekking etiquette, and assigned to your gorilla family group.

Your gorilla trek commences in the general direction of the last sighting of your assigned family group. The trekking can take between 1 and 6 hours and you could climb to altitudes above 7 500 feet / 2 300 metres. The terrain in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park can at times be muddy and slippery but your experienced trackers, rangers and porters will ensure that the group progresses at a pace that is comfortable for everyone, with frequent stops and opportunities to take in the views and take photographs.

Although the gorilla trekking experience can be physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery always makes trekking a worthwhile experience. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten – replaced by joy and amazement of watching the gorillas go about their daily routine. The gorilla group is likely to be chilled out and eating wild celery, indulging in grooming, or involved in some other primal social activity.

Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the gorillas is surely the most profound and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has on offer.

After the quickest 45 minutes of your life you will return from your gorilla trek to the lodge for a shower, a change of clothes and some lunch before taking a slow drive back to Kigali for an overnight stay.

On arrival you will have time to settle into your room before a well-deserved dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight at Flame Tree Village

Day 3: Departure Day

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departing flight back home, or connection to your next destination.

Indication Price (from): US$ 2,630 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relevant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

2023 Rates
Number of travellers Cost per person sharing
1 US$ 3,980
2 US$ 3,080
4 US$ 2,740
6 US$ 2,630

Price includes:
Transfer to and from the airport in Kigali on arrival and departure days. Two nights’ accommodation in Rwanda on full board. All meals mentioned in the itinerary (starting with lunch on arrival day to breakfast on departure day). A single entry gorilla trekking permit. All ground transportation in a 4×4 WD vehicle. English speaking driver guide. Park fees and driver guide fees. Iby’lwacu village visit. 24/7 office support.

Price excludes:
International or local airfare and departure taxes. Excess baggage charges. Visas. Travel and medical insurance. Internet services. Items of a personal nature. Telephone calls. Laundry. Beverages. Tips/gratuities. Any activities not specified in the itinerary.


Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

  1. There is currently a countrywide curfew from 9 pm to 5 am. However, if your flight arrives or departs within curfew times, fear not, we can apply for a police pass to arrange for after-curfew pick-ups and drop-offs if required.
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  1. Please familiarize yourself with the NEW Covid-19 regulations for Gorilla trekking in Volcans NP.
Additional Information
  • Accommodation:
    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge:
    This lovely mid range hotel is dedicated to catering for mountain gorilla, golden monkey and volcano treks. It is 10 minutes drive away from the headquarter offices of Volcanoes NP – the gathering place for all treks.  Rooms are massive, charming, cozy and well looked after.  Meals are buffet-style – a tasty affair. You will be staying in an en-suite room with warm shower, wifi and satellite TV.
    Flame Tree Village is strategically located in the quiet suburb of Nyarutarama in Kigali. It boasts a total of 20 spacious villas that are not only comfortable but provide a tranquil, homely experience. The hotel provides a free wifi internet connection as well as a well-stocked bar. The residence has a pool as well as an indoor restaurant and an outdoor sitting garden area by the pool with lovely views over Kigali..The residence is located within easy access of several major facilities – the Kigali International Airport and Kigali Central Business District are a mere 10-minute drive. It is also within striking distance of major shopping centers such as MTN Center Nyarutarama and the Nyarutarama Golf Club.
  • Climate:
    Temperatures typically vary from 15°C to 29°C and are rarely below 14°C or above 31°C.
  • Difficulty:
    Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes of 3 000 meters above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. The slowest member will determine the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty of stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.
  • Flight Details:
    The cost of return flights to Kigali (Rwanda) is not included. Should you wish to book with us we will do our utmost to secure your booking at the best possible rate. Should you wish to extend your stay/ do a pre-trip leading up to this tour please contact us for details.
  • Booking and payment details:
    Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc.
  • Recommended Reading:
    For the most authoritative and up to date information about Rwanda as a travel destination we recommend Wild Rwanda. Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated this book contains everything you would like to know about Rwanda’s habitats, reserves and national parks and where, and how to find its most iconic birds, primates and fascinating wildlife. Contact us to purchase your copy.
Testimonials and Trip Reports

January 2016 – Family Gorilla trekking – Click here

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