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Rwanda: Gorilla Tracking                               



Date: Your choice (let us help you choose the best time)
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: From US$ 6,075 per person
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED



This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. 

Rwanda is a small and very beautiful country. A visit to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas is often part of a trip that also includes a safari component in Kenya; a favorite combination links a safari in the Masai Mara with gorilla tracking in Rwanda.

In this 5-day Rwanda itinerary, we connect you with our long-time Rwandan affiliates who have excellent vehicles and top guides. You will be met at the airport on Day 1 by your guide who will be with you until you leave the country. The main highlight is being able to spend time with the mountain gorillas, and we include two gorilla permits so you can really embrace the experience. We have chosen more moderate properties, including a lodge with one of the best locations in Volcanoes National Park. This sample trip offers culture, mountain scenery and wildlife viewing.

Many of our clients have had the privilege of spending time with the mountain gorillas over the years. Here's what some of them have said:

  • "Being close to the gorillas was a dream come true for me".
  • "The local guides were all fantastic, without exception".
  • "It was a great trip; more than we could of ever anticipated. Amazing experience".
  • "Gorilla trekking was amazing."


Questions? Please contact any of our expert team at or just call us at 403-205-4120 in Calgary, 1-800-688-1804 from anywhere in North America.

Sample Itinerary

Click on a day below to view the itinerary in brief then please CONTACT US for a detailed trip outline:

Day 1 - Kigali

Day 1 - Kigali

Land at Kigali's airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel which is just 10 minutes from the airport. (1 night Kigali, D)

Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcan or PNV)

Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park (PNV)

Your guide will meet you in a private vehicle. You'll have time to visit Kigali's craft market and the Genocide Museum before driving to PNV and your lodge. (3 nights near PNV, B, L, D daily)

Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park (PNV)

Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park (PNV)

Your first opportunity to go gorilla tracking (2 tracking permits are included). You'll be driven into PNV by your guide and from there you'll join a small group (max. 8 people) who are led by an experienced team of mountain guides/trackers. Some gorilla troups are fairly close, others further away. On most occasions you'll be back at your lodge in time for lunch. You'll have one hour to spend with the gorillas.  (2nd night near PNV, B, L, D daily)

Day 4 - Volcanoes National Park (PNV)

Day 4 - Volcanoes National Park (PNV

Your second opportunity to spend time with mountain gorillas with time in the afternoon to relax or explore the area.  (3rd night near PNV, B, L, D daily)

Day 5 - Kigali & Depart

Day 5 - Kigali & Depart

Timing today will be coordinated with your ongoing plans. Have breakfast, then drive back to Kigali. Lunch is included in Kigali. You'll be transferred to the airport.  (B, L)

More Time?

More Time?

there are other areas of interest in Rwanda itself, including Lake Kivu and Nyungwe forest. You may also fly into Nairobi and consider a safari in Kenya, or possibly Tanzania. We have years of experience coordinating travel in East Africa and we'd be pleased to help you with your plans.


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Any prices we list are approximate; they can change with exchange rate flucuations or due to any change you might make as you customize this program. Prices will vary based on the time of year and level of experience you are looking for. Please contact us for more information.

Suggested time of year: It can rain in the Virunga mountains throughout the year, but it will help if you target the "dry seasons" (approx. mid-December to early February and June to September). You should still be prepared for muddy trails, so good walking/hiking boots are suggested.

Sample cost: US$ 6,075 person (twin share) including moderate properties, all touring, transfers, park fees, 2 gorilla permits, and meals as listed in the detailed itinerary.

(Updated Apr. 13 '18)

Gorilla tracking permits have doubled in price since 2016 so this cost has been incorporated in the rate shown. Gorilla tracking is also available in Uganda, one of our Civilized Adventures tours can be found here.

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