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Mountain Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda

Mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) are critically endangered and their survival continues to be threatened by extensive habitat loss, poaching and human diseases.  A census in 2004 put their total population at just 380 individuals remaining in 30 social groups.

Populations still remain in the tropical montane forests of Rwanda and Uganda's Virunga mountains.  Rwanda's more easily accessible Parc des Volcans remains the preferred option if your main interest is to go trekking to see these gentle giants.

If you would like to add a Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek to the beginning or end of your Kenya or Tanzania Safari, please contact us.  We recommend 4 to 5 days at the start or end of your safari.

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Mountain Gorilla in the Virunga Mountains
(Gorilla gorilla beringei)


Rwanda Gorilla Trekking - 5 days

Location Lodge* Meals Highlights  
1 Kigali Kigali Hotel   Arrive into Kigali International Airport today.
Transfer to your hotel.
You can relax in the hotel today, or go on an optional city tour, including a visit to the genocide museum.
Prepare for coming days of adventure.
Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda
2 Parc National des Volcans (Virunga Mountains) Virunga Mountains Lodge B, L, D Today you will have your briefing in Kigali before you depart for the home of the gorillas in the Virunga Mountains.
Transfer from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans (PNV), travelling through the terraced, hilly countryside.
Rwanda Gorilla Safari
3 Parc National des Volcans (Virunga Mountains) Virunga Mountains Lodge B, L, D Early start today to go trekking in PNV in search of habituated mountain gorillas.
Time spent tracking to find the gorillas varies from day to day and can be anything from half an hour to several hours.
Enjoy up to an hour with the gorillas, seeing these magnificent giants up close.
Spend time observing their fascinating behaviour, and gentle mannerisms towards each other.
Gorillas - Virunga Mountain Lodge

Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Rwanda Virunga Mountains

4 Parc National des Volcans (Virunga Mountains) Virunga Mountains Lodge B, L, D Today you have the option to go on a second day of trekking to see gorillas.
Alternatively, there are a variety of options available, including seeing the golden monkeys, or a visit to Lake Kivu or a day of hiking in the Visoke/ Muhavura volcanoes.
5 Kigali   B Leisurely breakfast this morning.
Drive back through the terraced countryside to Kigali.
Transfer to Kigali airport for your flight
Prices 2014, US$

  Season Group* Private^
  Low From US$ 2,950

  We've thought of everything... so you don't have to.

  • Includes 1 night at Kigali Serena Hotel, 3 nights' accommodation at Virunga Mountains Lodge, transport with Driver/ Guide, all airport transfers, 1 gorilla trek permit, all house drinks, laundry, 1 complimentary massage, activities around the lodge.
  • ^"Group" price is for set departures, and transportation is shared with other clients.
    ^"Private" price is for a private safari with your own vehicle and Driver/ Guide.
    Note that as per park regulations, all Gorilla treks are shared.

  • Responsible Travel:
    $100 from every Gorilla Safari goes to the Volcanoes Partnership Trust for community & conservation activities.

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