3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Even without enough time to explore the Volcanoes National Park and what the park has to be explored, our 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari experience is a great highlight for your time in Rwanda.  The tour is a combination of Gorilla trekking, Ibwachu Cultural Village and Golden Monkey tracking. Pre and post accommodation options can be provided on request should there be changes in the original plans.

The 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari starts in Kigali with a city tour visiting, the local food and craft markets, the Kigali Genocide Memorial that was built in the memory of the more that one million people that were killed in 1994.  We have lunch in Kigali before heading to Volcanoes national park the park that is famous for its Gorillas and the Golden Monkeys.

The Park is a home to 12 habituated gorilla families – known as Bwenge, Hirwa,Ugyenda Sabyinyo, Umubano Karisimbi, Susa, Amahoro, Agashya, Kwitonda, and Igisha, Muhoza. These can be visited by a maximum of 96 people at any single day that means you need to book your tracking permit early enough to guarantee your visit.

The process of Gorilla tracking starts at 07.00am local time with briefing from the park authorities at Kinigi park headquarters before the hiking starts, the time taken will depend of the family you are allocated to ranging between 30 minutes to 5 hours with altitude ranging from 2500m to 4000m, after meeting the gorillas you will be allowed to stay with them for a maximum of one hour. Hiring porters is so helpful on top of reliving you of the extra baggage on your hike its also another way of supporting the local community.

At Volcanoes National Park there are 2 habituated Golden Monkey groups that can be tracked on the slopes of Karisimbi and on Mount Sabinyo just like Gorilla tracking Golden Monkey also starts at 07.00am at Kinigi for briefing.

The trip also offers you an opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of the local community with a visit to Ibyachu cultural village where you will be involved in traditional music performances, community walks, banana brewing among other activities.
For a more details and ideas on what else to do and to stay, please get in touch with us.

Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Kigali City tour
  • Scenic views
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Ibwachu Cultural village experience

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Early morning pick up at your Hotel in Kigali or at the Airport by our experienced driver guide and set out for the half day Kigali city tour. The tour is inclusive of a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site and Museum to learn more about the 1994 genocide era, Nyamata genocide Church, local markets and so on. Later have Lunch and then depart for Volcanoes National Park track the gentle primates on your 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari package. the journey will offer you with beautiful mountainous and green countryside from which the name of “The Land of a thousand hills” was depicted. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

Accommodation Options:

  • Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Davinci Lodge (Budget)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Lodge/ Ingagi Park View Lodge (Midrange)
  • Bisate Lodge/ One & Only Gorilla Nest/ Bishop’s House/Virunga Lodge/Sabinyo Lodge (Upmarket or Luxury)


Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Community walk

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from your lodge to the park headquarters for the days’ briefing about Gorilla trekking activity. Its advisable to park your lunch, drinking water and hire porters as the time taken in the jungle is unpredictable. After the briefing from the Park rangers, you will be allocated your Gorilla family and then head into the forest to search for the gentle jungle giants. Tracking the Gorillas may take a few hrs. to a full day to hike up and down the mountain as this always depend on where they were last seen the previous night. Physical Fitness is highly recommended but also those who are not fit enough, they have the chance to hire Human helicopters (Sedan chair). Upon seeing the gorillas, you will be allowed to stay with them for one hour maximum (Take videos and Photographs). Then later return back to your Lodge and evening visit the Ibwachu Cultural Village (Also known as the ex-poacher’s village) for entertainment and cultural experience. Dinner and overnight stay at your Lodge. Full Board.

Accommodation Options:

  • Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Davinci Lodge (Budget)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Lodge/ Ingagi Park View Lodge (Midrange)
  • Bisate Lodge/ One & Only Gorilla Nest/ Bishop’s House/Virunga Lodge/Sabinyo Lodge (Upmarket or Luxury)

Day 3: Golden monkey tracking and transfer to Kigali

After morning breakfast, you will head back to the Park offices for your briefing about the morning activity. This time it will be Golden Monkey tracking. These endangered monkey species are found within the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Unlike the Gorillas, Golden monkey trekking will not take long and are easily located. Return to the lodge for early lunch and afternoon transfer to Kigali and then transfer to Kigali Airport to end your 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari. Breakfast and Lunch.

What is Included

  • Accommodation and full board basis
  • One Gorilla Permit per person
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Internal local flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

What is excluded

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa

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