Experience the thrill of tracking gorillas on this 4-day Rwandan gorilla safari which starts and finishes in Kigali. Enjoy a few days on the misty Virunga volcanoes in the Parc National des Volcans where about 350 mountain gorillas make their home.

Track one of the four habituated gorilla families here, climb a volcano, visit Dian Fossey's famous Karisoke Research Centre, or go for walks around the picturesque villages near the camp.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Encountering mountain gorillas
  • Enjoy views of lakes & volcanoes
  • Learn about Dian Fossey’s research 
  • Massages available
  • Optional return helicopter transfer

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your adventure in Kigali

Arrive in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and transfer into the town centre for a delicious lunch before setting off through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda's landscape. Make your way to the base of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Volcanoes Virungas Lodge. You can also opt to make the return journey by private helicopter.

Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the lodge, go for a short hike around the property, or visit the famous conservationist Dian Fossey's grave.

Day 2

Go gorilla trekking

An early start takes you to the district of Kinigi to track the impressive mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans. The journey north goes through the fertile landscape of the park as you gradually climb to the base of the towering volcanoes.

Tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina, sometimes walking for a few hours in the mud and wet, but the effort is well rewarded when you come across these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.

Day 3

Explore the volcanoes

This morning, head out on another gorilla tracking excursion in the Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking), climb the Visoke Volcano, trek to Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre, or simply relax at camp.

Day 4

Return to Kigali

Say goodbye to the Parc National des Volcans as you leave for Kigali. Choose to experience a tour of the city, including a visit to the market, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre, and the genocide memorial, before transferring to the airport for your outbound flight.


  • An expert driver/guide and vehicle
  • 3 Nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Park fees, nature and community walk fees
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • One complimentary massage
  • One chimpanzee and one gorilla permit


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"This is definitely my favourite Rwandan Gorilla experience, spending 3 nights in this stunning part of the Volcanoes National Park will leave you wanting to stay longer! The view from Virunga Lodge is worth the extra drive to start your Gorilla trek. Great option!"

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