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It is an exhilarating trek from your home at Wilderness Bisate through the dense foliage of Rwanda’s emerald jungle. You observe the scout clearing a path in front of you with his machete. Following a soft remark from your guide, you notice a flash of dark fur against the background of green. You’ve discovered a group of rare mountain gorillas. The mothers congregate for a friendly chat, the kids run around and play, irking their teenage babysitters, all under the watchful eye of the giant silverback patriarch. They are so much like humans in so many ways. Your hour spent in silence with this extended family must rank among the most profound wildlife encounters in Africa, if not the entire globe.

Put down your camera and sit awhile, just observing their social rituals, the keenness of their relationships, and the depth and range of their emotions. There are only a few hundred of these gentle giants left, and watching them at the brink of potential extinction is, for many, a transformative moment.

This 5-day tour will take you into the heart of the area first brought to the world’s attention by pioneering primatologist Dian Fossey and immerse you in the majesty of Africa’s first gazetted national park that dates back to 1925.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Trek to the Dian Fossey Research Camp
  • Search for mountain gorillas & golden monkeys
  • Visit Buhanga Sacred Forest
  • Climb volcanoes & cruise on lakes
  • Cultural village and market visits
  • Bird-watching walks
  • Massage treatments to refresh after hikes
  • Experience Kwita Izina, the gorilla-naming ceremony (June only)
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Tour Duration: 5 Days
Start: Kigali, Rwanda
End: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited


Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali Serena Hotel
1 Nights

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Wilderness Bisate
3 Nights


Day to day

After landing at Kigali International Airport, a shuttle bus will transfer you to the Kigali Serena Hotel, a modern multi-storey establishment that has everything from a spa and gym to several restaurants and bars. The very comfortable rooms will ensure you have a good night’s sleep after a long-haul flight so that you are well-rested to tackle the slopes and jungles of Volcanoes National Park in search of elusive mountain gorillas.


Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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2024-06-01 - 2024-12-31 $11,730

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Expert Opinion

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Emma Hill

Emma Hill

African Safari Expert

This is certainly the best way to explore the beautiful Virunga’s National Park, trek with Gorillas or Golden Monkeys and soak up the luxury and wonderful hospitality of Bisate Lodge. 3 Nights is the perfect duration to really appreciate this area!

What's Included?

  • Community Fees
  • Golden Monkey Trek (including permit)
  • Gorilla Trek (including permit)
  • Transfers as per the itinerary

What's Excluded?

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

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