Rwanda Gorilla Trek

A close encounter with a mountain gorilla is a heart-stopping experience that will stay with you long after you have left this magical land.

The Parc des National Volcans in Rwanda is home to half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, and it’s here that you can see the most famous gorillas in the world, the Susa group studied by Dian Fossey. 

Our trekking adventure is designed to give you the best chance to see these incredible creatures go about their day-to-day lives playing, feeding and resting. A maximum of eight visitors is allowed per gorilla family so it makes for a very intimate experience. 

Each morning you will meet your guide and be assigned a gorilla family to visit. The treks normally last between two and five hours and start in the cultivated land at the base of the volcanoes before you are guided up into the beautiful, dense misty forests.  

Once you reach the gorillas you are permitted to stay for one hour to view themYou will likely see an imposing Silverback and a baby or two. While gorilla sightings and encounters are very reliable, viewing is dependent on variables such as weather and tracking conditions. 

To witness these amazing creatures at such close proximity can be quite overwhelming so we ensure you get trek twice on your trip – it gives you a chance to sit back and truly take in the experience.  

Price: On Application

Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 1&2 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 1 / Training/Preparation 3

Best Season: Best Season – All Year Round.  Peak season is mid-December to early February and from June to September

Country Visited: Rwanda

Trip Start: Kigali

Trip Ends: Kigali

Trip Style: Guided Trekking

Activity: Trekking

Day 01  Arrive in Kigali
Day 02 Road transfer from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
Day 03 Gorilla Trek
Day 04 Gorilla Trek
Day 05 Road transfer Parc National des Volcans to Kigali Airport

Day 1 – Pre-Trek

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative, who will guide you to the VIP lounge for immigration clearance and then transfer you to Radisson Blu. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at Radisson Blu
Breakfast Included

Day 2

Meet your guide in the lobby where you will be taken on a Kigali City Tour which includes the Genocide memorial and the craft markets. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Park National des Volcans. The drive is about 2.5hrs. After check-in, you can choose a variety of activities or simply enjoy sundowners with stunning views of the volcanoes. 

Activities at the lodge include: Gorilla trekking, Dian Fossey Memorial, village walk, golden monkey trekking and forest walks.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3

After an early wake up, prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience! You will be transferred to your departure point for the gorilla trekking.

During your trek, you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young. You can spend an hour with the gorillas.

The trekking can take from 1 to 5 hours but sometimes it might take longer, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. At times, the terrain is rough and muddy. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthwhile.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4
Enjoy a second day of your unforgettable experience! After an early breakfast you will be transferred back to the starting location for another day of gorilla trekking. Although visiting and finding the gorilla’s is never guaranteed, a second day of trekking provides an opportunity not to miss out on this unforgettable experience. It can also allow more time to spend with these incredible animals and the experience from one day to the next is always very different.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5
After your morning breakfast you will be transferred back to Kigali for your connecting flight or for your onward journey.

Breakfast Included

Please contact us for further information and upcoming departure dates.

Cost Includes

Fully escorted
All ground transfers
Kigali Accommodation – Hotel
Trek – Accommodation in safari lodge
Meals as indicated
Detailed Risk Management Plan
Public Liability Insurance

Cost Does not Include

International and domestic flights
Passport & Visa costs
Travel insurance
All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Please contact us for further information and a comprehensive equipment list.

How do I get to Rwanda?

Kigali international airport is reached from Kenya, Tanzania, Middle East or Southern Africa. Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation and guided excursions will ensure a seamless adventure in Rwanda.

How long should I spend in Rwanda?

When travelling in Rwanda allow 5-7 days for gorilla trekking and for those more adventurous travellers, add a further 5 days and head to Nyungwe Forest National Park for the chance to hike through the equatorial rainforest to find Chimpanzees. Many visitors to Rwanda also add a safari experience for the great migration in Tanzania and Kenya to complete their wildlife adventure.

Are there any health considerations I need to prepare for?

Anti-malarial’s are required as well as Hepatitis A and Typhoid. We recommend visiting your travel doctor for the latest information on travel vaccinations.

Will I need to get a Visa before travelling to Rwanda?

Australian citizens require an entry visa for Rwanda. You can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival at the port of entry upon payment of the visa fee of US$30. Also available is the East Africa tourist visa for US$100, valid for 90 days, which will give you entry to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

What languages are spoken in Rwanda

English is an official language in Rwanda and you will find it widely spoken along with French and Kinyarwanda.

What attractions and experiences can I find in Rwanda?

Virunga Mountains, Lake Kivu, Kigali Genocide Memorial, Nyungwe National Park, Nyungwe Forest, gorilla trekking, a deep history.