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A succinct trip to the emerald slopes of Volcanoes National Park to meet the rare and enchanting Mountain Gorilla and Golden Monkey

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What's Included

  • All accommodation including breakfast (some hotels may include more meals & activities)
  • All tours specified in the example itinerary
  • All private ground transfers
  • One gorilla tracking permit per person
  • One golden monkey tracking permit per person
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At a glance

This five-day tour of Rwanda takes you from the capital of Kigali to the lush Volcanoes National Park for an exceptional and exclusive Mountain Gorilla encounter.

Spend your days meeting these mighty but gravely endangered creatures alongside your specialist guide on an intrepid and intimate trek through the east African rainforest. Then, go on to see the rare and charismatic Golden Monkey for yet another special primate adventure.

Staying in luxury, hand-picked hotels, this exciting itinerary includes private-led tours for animal encounters and other excursions such as visits to Dian Fossey’s research station and the beautiful twin lakes, Burera and Ruhondo.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Kigali

Arrival at Kigali Airport Arrival at Kigali Airport

On arrival at Kigali airport clear Rwanda customs & immigration formalities and proceed to Arrivals where you will be met by your private transfer driver.

Accommodation in Kigali

Overnight in Kigali Overnight in Kigali

Enjoy a night in Kigali, you'll have our list of recommended restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.

Kigali City Tour Kigali City Tour

You will be met with your private guide and explore the city of Kigali, including the Genocide Museum.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private road transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Days 2-5

Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

Four days exploring Volcanoes National Park Four days exploring Volcanoes National Park

Spend your days here in the magnificent Volcanoes National Park tracking the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas with expert guides and trackers. In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. Other activities to enjoy whilst in this magical terrain are; trekking to volcano craters, tracking golden monkeys, cultural tours and the Dian Fossey Hike. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.

Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park

The endangered Golden monkey enjoys a territory of highland forests, especially bamboo, living in groups of up to thirty individuals. A handful of troops in Volcanoes National Park have been habituated and can be tracked in a similar way to the gorillas. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor towards the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

One day of hiking and tracking to observe Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park One day of hiking and tracking to observe Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. For this reason, one group cannot be said to be easier to track than another. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with steep slopes, and dense vegetation. In addition, the altitude means participants do need to be physically fit in order to enjoy the hike.
Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.

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Visit the 'Twin Lakes' of Burera and Ruhondo Visit the 'Twin Lakes' of Burera and Ruhondo

Between Musanze and the Ugandan border are two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. They are fed by rivers and a lake in Uganda. The twin lakes area is very scenic, with steep and intensively farmed hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters. They offer magnificent views over the whole of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali Airport

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