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Highlights

  • Relaxing at a luxurious hotel in Kigali
  • Guided city tour of Kigali
  • Spend time with endangered gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • See rare golden monkeys and a variety of forest birds

Overview

If you have limited time, then Rwanda is where to go gorilla trekking in Africa. You can simply spend a night in Kigali, be driven to your lodge in about three hours and start trekking in lush rainforest. This affordable gorilla safari in Rwanda gives you the opportunity to wrap up your once-in-a-lifetime experience in just four days.

You'll have time to recharge after a long flight at a luxurious hotel set along one of Kigali's most charming boulevards. Enjoy Kigali Serena Hotel's relaxed and welcoming atmosphere before heading out for a guided city tour of Rwanda's economic, cultural, and transport hub. You'll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a poignant place of remembrance and learning.

Next stop: the foothills of Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. Your base for this affordable gorilla safari in Rwanda is Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, located about a ten-minute drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park - home to about half of the mountain gorillas left on Earth. Why go gorilla trekking? Well, hiking into their native forests is the only way to see these critically endangered gorillas, as they cannot survive in captivity. This affordable gorilla safari in Rwanda gives you the rare privilege of observing the everyday interactions of these vulnerable primates – arguably one of Africa's most profound wildlife encounters.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 4 Days

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Kigali Serena Hotel room
Kigali Serena Hotel room

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda | 1 Night

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After touching down at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide who will transfer you to Kigali Serena Hotel. Conveniently located in the heart of the capital, Serena boasts a seamless blend of rich Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5-star comfort. The perfect place to recharge after a long flight.

Kigali Serena Hotel room
Kigali Serena Hotel room

Days 2-4: Spend time with endangered gorillas | 2 Nights

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After breakfast, you'll embark on a guided city tour of Kigali and visit the Genocide Memorial for a sense of Rwanda's tumultuous history, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. You will then be transferred to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, located in the foothills of a volcanic mountain and a short drive from the main entrance of Volcanoes National Park.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is the base from which you'll revel in the rare opportunity to observe rare mountain gorillas on this affordable gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You’ll be guided by an experienced gorilla tracker through the park’s towering African redwoods and bamboo, weaving vines, and flowering lobelias to experience a soul-stirring, face-to-face encounter with one of mankind’s closest living relatives. Back at the lodge, you'll enjoy the comfort of your chalet's sitting area while reflecting on your once-in-a-lifetime experience in front of a crackling fireplace.

On your last day of this affordable gorilla safari in Rwanda, you'll have the option to go on another gorilla trek or to observe endangered golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. After your excursion you'll enjoy lunch at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, freshen up and take a very scenic drive back to Kigali for your flight to your next destination.

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge - Sensational views
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Inclusions

  • Intercamp transfers
  • Scheduled activities
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Exclusions

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