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  • Track rare mountain gorillas
  • Spectacular lake & volcano views
  • Insight into Dian Fossey’s life & work
  • Excellent hiking & birding


Travel deep into the rainforests of East Africa on this compact but comprehensive gorilla trekking safari for a privileged look into the lives of mountain gorillas. After spending a night in Rwanda’s vibrant capital city of Kigali, you will travel to Volcanoes National Park, known for having some of Africa’s easiest and most accessible gorilla-trekking expeditions.

The park is home to around 300 highly endangered mountain gorillas and is the location where Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying and protecting these gentle creatures – a lifetime of work that would inspire the well-known feature film, Gorillas in the Mist. This itinerary is ideal for adventurers who have limited travel time and who want to experience a pinnacle bucket-list experience in less than a week.

Make a Positive Impact Through Travel

This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Community initiative

When you book this safari Go2Africa will make a donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s local children’s outreach program in Rwanda.


  • Tour Duration: 5 Days

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This is definitely my favourite Rwandan Gorilla experience. Spending 3 nights on top of the world, looking out over the Volcanoes National Park and Crater lakes is any photographer or landscape admirer's dream, and will leave you wishing you had more time here! The views are phenomenal from the eco-friendly Virunga Lodge!
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Day 1: A Slice of Heaven

Kigali, Rwanda
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Day 1: A Slice of Heaven | 1 Night

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Kigali, Rwanda

Amidst the lush, emerald hills of Rwanda, The Retreat by Heaven beckons travelers seeking an enchanting escape into nature's embrace. This luxurious sanctuary, perched on the outskirts of Kigali, seamlessly melds modern opulence with the country's breathtaking natural beauty. As you arrive, you'll be greeted by the warm smiles of the staff, who are not just hosts but true custodians of the Rwandan spirit, ready to guide you on an unforgettable journey.

The Retreat by Heaven offers an unrivaled blend of tranquility and adventure. The elegant cottages, adorned with local artistry and surrounded by fragrant gardens, provide an oasis of calm. Wake up to the melodious symphony of birdsong, indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences that celebrate Rwanda's culinary heritage, and immerse yourself in the soothing waters of the infinity pool that seems to merge seamlessly with the horizon.

Days 2 - 4: From Kigali to the Virunga Volcanoes | 3 Nights

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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

After a leisurely breakfast, you will begin the 3-hour road transfer through picturesque farming villages and terraced hills to the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge set at the foot of the majestic Virunga Volcanos. The afternoon is your own to explore the property, visit the grave of famous gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey, or simply marvel at the spectacular volcano, lake and forest vistas from the tranquil gardens.

On your second day, you will transfer to the Kinigi district for a full-day trek in the Volcanoes National Park in search of rare mountain gorillas. The park protects roughly 300 of these endangered primates, and the family groups that you will be tracking are habituated (or accustomed) to human presence. In the wet, muddy and humid conditions it can be challenging work as you journey north through the dense vegetation and climb to the base of the Virunga Volcanos where the groups are found. On successfully tracking them down, however, you are generously rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of these gentle creatures interacting, playing, eating, grooming and going about their daily lives in their natural habitat.

Choose from a range of extra activities available at the lodge: spend the day searching for golden monkeys and other colourful rainforest inhabitants on guided walks through the park or on a hike to the top of the volcano. Specialised birding safaris can be arranged as well as historical tours and cultural visits to local villages. For those taking it easy, there are plenty of comfortable spaces to relax and appreciate the impressive scenery, and in the evenings there is live music and entertainment around the campfire.

Day 5: Farewell to the Virungas

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Bid farewell to the Virunga Volcanos and depart from the lodge to Kigali on a road transfer or on an optional private helicopter charter. If there is time to spare, a tour of the city can be arranged before your flight departs.

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  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • One gorilla permit
  • One complimentary massage
  • Park fees, nature and community walk fees
  • Return transfers to your hotel and lodge
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


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Dates Price
2023-07-01 — 2023-09-30 $7,210
2023-10-01 — 2023-10-31 $5,265
2023-11-01 — 2023-11-30 $5,240
2023-12-01 — 2023-12-31 $7,210
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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