Trek twice the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and explore Lake Kivu! The Park is one of the best places to observe and to photograph the mountain gorilla. Travel afterwards to Gisenyi and have overnight on the shores of tranquil Lake Kivu! You can explore at your ease Gisenyi and if wished (option) have an excursion to Goma (DRC)!
- Ref Safari: RWA012
- Price inquiries: use the inquiry form on this page! Our Sales Desk will respond within 24 hours!
- Min. 2 participants. For Gorillas the min. age is 15 years.
- Different hotel categories are available: Budget, Standard and Exclusive accommodation. See our recommended Hotels/Lodges in the day by day program. Open the link of the itinerary on this page!
- Only the Park Authorities will assign you a gorilla group. Communicate your wishes to our driver-guide he will make some arrangements for you! The Sussa group leaves at the Karisimbi volcano and is more challenging with much longer hiking times!
- Flash photograpy is not permitted when tracking the gorillas.
- Tipping: $ 10$ per participant per gorilla trek for the Ranger guides.
- Porters are available ($ 10) and assist participants during the hike, they are very useful for your comfort! At the same time you will support the local community!
- What is included?
Tour Includes: Airport transfers,accommodation, all meals, plenty of mineral water, the services of a driver-guide, all park and entry fees, all activities as per programme: visit of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, 2 gorilla treks, relaxing on Lake Kivu, visit of the Iby'Iwacu traditional village. Excludes: Airline ticket, beverages, tips, visas and personal expenses.
What to bring with you?
Money for your personal expenses (average of $ 100 p.p.), outfit with adapted colours for wildlife observation, good hiking shoes, raingear, a few long-sleeve shirts, slippers, sweater for cool evenings, sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sun cream, video/photo camera, a 200 mm or longer telepholens is very usefull, reserve batteries, films and a torch
Flights to and from Kenya/Uganda/Tanzania: We are the booking Agent of Kenya Airways, Rwandairexpress (Kilimanjaro/Entebbe) and Coastal Aviation (charter flights to Arusha, Serengeti, Lake Manyara).
WARNING: Gorilla permits are in high demand and need to be booked and paid in advance! Book your gorilla safari accordingly and avoid disappointment!
Duration : 5 Days
Travelstyles : Tailor-made, Road Safaris, Lodge Safaris
Activities : Gorilla Trekking, Guided Nature Walks & Hikes.
Parks & places : Genocide Memorial Centre - Gisozi & others, Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village - Volcanoes NP, Volcanoes National Park
Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to Kinigi (Volcanoes NP)
Murakaza neza mu Rwanda! (Welcome to Rwanda!) Meet and greet at the Kigali International Airport by your Magic safari driver-guide. Depending on your arrival time, your driver-guide may propose you a visit of Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi. Transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes, the trip will take max. 2 hours. Hotel accommodation at your choice. (L-D)
Flights: There are daily flights to Kigali out of Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express. Furthermore there are 4 flights a week Kigali-Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)-Kigali with Rwandair Express and daily charters flights can be organized with Coastal Aviation from/to most Tanzanian National Parks. This makes it easy to combine your short gorilla safari with another East-African safari!
Ask us for prices, we issue your tickets!
Parks & places : Volcanoes National Park
Day 2 : Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast, you will depart for the Headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!
Magic Safaris will drive you to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes for your trekking. After the trekking, if time allows lunch at Ruhengeri and an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera & Ruhondo). Overnight at Kinigi. Your guide will make the necessary arrangements for the next day. (B-L-D)Accommodation : Gorillas Volcanoes (***), Hotel La Palme (**), MGV Lodge(***), Sabyinyo Lodge (****), St Anne Hotel (*), Virunga Lodge (****)
Activities : Gorilla Trekking
Parks & places : Volcanoes National Park
Day 3 : Second Gorilla trekking
After breakfast, you will report to the headquarters for your second trek to a different gorilla group.
After the trekking, visit of the Iby'Iwacu traditional village (a community based tourism project where the local community displays the traditional ways of living). After the trekking, lunch and in the afternoon you travel to Gisenyi on thes shores of Lake Kivu. The trip takes only 1h20. Enjoy the wonderful Lake Kivu! (B-L-D)Accommodation : Gorillas Volcanoes (***), Lake Kivu Serena (****), MGV Lodge(***), St Anne Hotel (*), Stipp Hotel Gisenyi (**)
Activities : Gorilla Trekking
Parks & places : Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village - Volcanoes NP, Volcanoes National Park
Day 4 : Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) - transfer to Kigali
From Gisenyi to Kigali the distance of 187 Km on a tarmac road can be covered in only 3 hours but no rush.
You can do as much and as little you want. You can stay on the private beach of your hotel and enjoy the peaceful lake! If you are interested we shall take time to visit some splendid sites on our way: Nyundo with multiple craft-shops, Imbabazi Orphanage at Mugongo. Overnight at your hotel in Kigali. (B-L-D)
Nyundo is one the very earlier Catholic centres in Rwanda (beginning of 20th century) and has among others the only secondary school of arts.
Imbabazi Orphanage was founded by Mrs Rosamond Halsey Carr in late 1994 at Mugongo to care for the genocide orphans. Rosamond Halsey was a young American fashion illustrator when she married an adventurous hunter-explorer, Kenneth Carr. Together they journeyed to then "Congo Belge" DRC now in 1949 where they came to divorce. Kenneth left but Rosamond stayed in Congo until 1955. From there on she moved to northwest Rwanda where she stayed for the next 50 years. She witnessed all Rwanda's historical events since then and among them the last was the 1994 genocide. She is the author of Land of a Thousand Hills: my life in Rwanda.Accommodation : Hotel Chez Lando (***), Laico Umubano (***), Milles Collines (****), Ninzi Hotel (**), Serena - Kigali (*****)
Activities : Guided Nature Walks & Hikes.
Day 5 : Kigali Visit and Departure
Pick up at your hotel, depending on you departure time and if you missed the opportunity on the first day, you will have Kigali city trip including the visit of the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gizozi. Transfer to the Airport for your departure. (B)
Genocide Memorials: In Rwanda you will find all over the country Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.