Gorilla and Safari Adventure
- Hike to rare mountain gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park
- Visit endangered Golden Monkeys in their natural habitat
- Cultural immersion and a performance by traditional Intore dancers
- Safari game drives in Akagera National Park
- Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride on Lake Ihema
Spot Africa’s Big 5 and meet Rwanda’s mountain gorillas
Gorilla And Safari Adventure Itinerary
Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Your guide will meet you in Kigali and drive you 2 hours to Kinigi which is located at the base of Volcanoes National Park.
During the afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the newly built Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund where you can learn more about endangered mountain gorillas and their habitats, walk interpretive trails, and even read Dian Fossey’s original letters written in her research station.
You will overnight in a beautiful lodge just outside park headquarters in Kinigi.
After a hearty breakfast and fresh cup of Rwandan coffee, you will go to Volcanoes National Park headquarters where you will be briefed by park rangers before setting out on your hike to a gorilla family. Rangers make a best effort to match you with a gorilla family that suits your level of fitness and preference. Several gorilla families are typically within 45 minutes walking from the trailhead.
Once you reach the gorilla family, you will have an hour to observe them in their natural habitat. The gorilla experience is nearly unimaginable as you walk among these majestic animals.
After your trek to the gorillas you will visit a cultural village in Kinigi and attend a traditional dance performance by Intore dancers. This “Dance of Heroes” is certain to delight with their brightly colored clothes and flowing white hairpieces.
You will overnight again at the same lodge in Kinigi.
kinigi to Akagera
In the morning, you have the opportunity to visit another endangered animal in Volcanoes National Park – the Golden Monkeys. This trek is typically 30 minutes from the start of the trailhead which takes you to bamboo forests where you can see the Golden Monkeys as they swing from branches and run right past you.
After lunch, you will depart and drive to Akagera National Park in time to have a swim or just relax by the lodge pool.
game drive & Sunset cruise
Akagera National Park is Central Africa’s largest wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. It is common to see elephants, zebras, numerous antelope, buffalo, and diverse bird species. With the knowledge of your guides and some luck you may be fortunate to see lions, rhinoceros, and leopards.
Following an early breakfast, you will set out on a morning game drive to spot Africa’s Big 5 as well as many other safari animals. This game drive will last several hours as you explore the many areas of the park. This game drive will last several hours as you explore the many areas of the park. Akagera National Park offers stunning scenery, with rolling hills, savannas, wetlands, and acacia woodlands. The park’s landscapes are beautiful and provide a serene backdrop for your safari adventures.
Big 5 & back to kigali
Following an early breakfast, you will set out on a morning game drive to spot Africa’s Big 5 as well as many other safari animals. This game drive will last several hours as you explore the many areas of the park.
In the afternoon you will return to Kigali for dinner. Following dinner your guide will take you to the airport for your evening departure.
- 4 nights in upscale lodge/hotels (international standard)
- All meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Knowledgeable drivers & guides, and safe vehicles
- Gorilla trekking permit ($1500), Golden Monkey visitation permit
- All Akagera National Park visitation and game fees
- All taxes (18% VAT)
USD – $4799 1 person; $4199 per person for 2 or more people. Upgraded dining and accommodation can be arranged, as well as additional experiences at the National Parks including hikes in Volcanoes and viewing the vast Akagera National Park by hot air balloon.