Gorilla Trekking, Lakes, Chimpanzee's and Cultural Village ~ 5 Nights/6 Days

Staff Travel Discounted Rates

This 6 day tour package shows off the best Rwanda has to offer.

/_assets/bEtRVllqbHRtMDQ9

Enjoy of an action packed tour including chimpanzees tracking in Nyungwe forest, a boat ride on Lake Kivu, and of course gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. 

Educational Rates for Travel Industry Staff

Highlights

The trip highlight is of course the unforgettable experience of tracking Rwanda’s gorillas. Get up close and personal with this critically endangered species and observe them in their natural habitat. With an estimated 880 of these beautiful animals left in the world, gorilla trekking offers a unique and privileged experience like no other.

The tour also includes a visit to the beautiful twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo, as well as a boat ride on lake Kivu. Visit local villages and markets in PNV and get up close and personal with the rich Rwandan culture.

Track the chimpanzees in Nyungwe, and watch them play and interact up close. Then visit the golden monkeys in the PNV, and photograph these striking primates.

Discover the King’s Palace in Nyanza and explore the National Museum. Sample a local brew at a coffee plantation and explore Kigali with a guided city tour.

Day 1 Arrival to Kigali

Upon arrival in Kigali you will be met by your driver and guide who will brief you on all necessary details. Day one then kicks off with the Kigali city tour. You will then head to Nyungwe with a lunch stop-over in Butare to visit the Nyanza Palace and National Museum. Accommodation is at Gisakura Guest House on a BB basis.

Day 2 Nyungwe-Chimp tracking

Day 2 starts of with early morning chimp tracking. In the evening you will take a boat ride on Lake Kivu and stay at the Bethanie Guest House on a BB basis.

Day 3 Transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

After breakfast the tour heads back to Lake Kivu, followed by a visit to some of the local plantations. In the afternoon take a load off and relax on the shores of lake Kivu. Accommodation is at Paradis Malahide Hotel/Inzu Lodge on a BB basis.

Day 4 Lake Kivu

Day 4 kicks off after breakfast with some exploration of the Gisenyi Lake Kivu area. This includes a visit to a local coffee plantation. In the afternoon you will make your way to Volcanoes National Park. The journey includes a visit to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo. Accommodation is at Kinigi Guest House on a BB basis.

Day 5 Gorilla trekking

Day 5 is all about gorilla trekking and starts with registration at park headquarters followed by a briefing on the days activities. Visitors are assigned in groups of 8 to the various gorilla groups and proceed to gorilla trekking trailheads. Expert guides then track the gorillas and you will get to observe them for an hour before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will be free to explore the greater Virunga area at your leisure. Accommodation is at Kinigi Guest House OR /Muhabura Hotel on a BB basis.

Day 6 Golden Monkeys trekking

Day 6 starts with tracking of 2 habituated groups of golden monkeys. You will then return to the lodge for lunch and then start the 2 hour drive back to Kigali. If time permits, shopping for crafts at Kimironko market will be arranged. You will then be delivered to Kigali airport for your outbound flight.

Transportation: Compact 4x4.

/_assets/T2xvbHNSRm0zMDA9

There are 10 groups of Gorillas in the PNV (Rwanda side). Each group has between 10-20 Gorillas. There is a maximum number of 8 visitors per trek per day, meaning a maximum number of 80 visitors per day. This is to protect the Gorillas and enable them to live happily undisturbed. The Gorillas are used to the occasional onlooker and are very content. There is no danger to visitors or the Gorillas. The major cost element to Gorilla trekking is the Gorilla permit. This is in place to enable the government to properly structure the visits and ensure the protection of the Gorillas and the Park.   Amongst other things, it also pays for a 24-hour guard for each gorilla group (armed teams constantly track each habituated group – like royal bodyguards!).

Inevitably, securing permits for trekking gorillas over these popular periods can be difficult at short notice, so you should plan well ahead if you can. Our exclusive agent Karibu Rwanda will make all the arrangements for obtaining  your permits. The permit costs usd $1.500,00 per person per day and is built into your tour price. It includes your guide and there is nothing else compulsory to pay in the PNV. All Accommodation, vehicles, guides and all other aspects of a holiday to Rwanda are in-expensive in international terms. 

Photo Gallery

Click on any picture to enter the full photo gallery

/_assets/UytZTmdUTkdsbVE9

/_assets/QmliUUZocW8vWW89

View our Super Specials here! This website is best viewed on computer/ipad.