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4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour, a journey that will immerse you in the breathtaking landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture of this East African gem. From thrilling encounters with mountain gorillas to tranquil moments by Lake Kivu and poignant visits to historical sites in Kigali, this itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with cherished memories of Rwanda’s natural beauty and resilience. Join us as we explore the heart of Africa and witness the magic that awaits at every turn.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Lake Kivu Relaxation
  • Day 4: Return to Kigali and Cultural Exploration

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport

Your 4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour starts at Kigali International Airport, where a guide from your tour company welcomes you. The drive to Volcanoes National Park showcases beautiful scenery. Leaving Kigali, you’ll pass through rolling hills and villages. After a few hours, you’ll reach Volcanoes National Park, famous for mountain gorillas. Check into your lodge and enjoy your first Rwandan meal. After lunch, visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village to experience local culture. Then, explore the twin lakes, Burera and Ruhondo, surrounded by lush hills and perfect for photography. End the day with dinner at the lodge, sharing stories and preparing for Day 2’s gorilla trek.

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 2 begins with breakfast and a briefing for safety and respect during the gorilla trek. Join a small group, led by an expert guide, to find a habituated gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park. The trek can be challenging and vary from 30 minutes to 7 hours. When you meet a gorilla family, you’ll spend an hour observing them and capturing this unique experience. After the trek, visit the Gorilla Guardians Village to learn about conservation efforts. Explore the Diana Fossey Memorial, dedicated to the primatologist. In the evening, return to your lodge for dinner and share your experiences. Prepare for Day 3 of your Rwanda gorilla safari, surrounded by wilderness sounds.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Lake Kivu Relaxation

Start your day with lodge breakfast, then track golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park with your guide and trackers. Golden monkey trekking is less strenuous than gorilla trekking, suitable for various fitness levels. Observe their behavior and conservation needs. Afterward, have lunch at the lodge, then head to Lake Kivu, known for its serenity and beauty. Enjoy various activities at Lake Kivu, like boat rides or kayaking. Relax by the lakeside, taking in the atmosphere. End the day with dinner at the lodge, reflecting on your adventures. Share stories with fellow travelers before your final day of the Rwanda gorilla safari.

Day 4: Return to Kigali and Cultural Exploration

Begin your last day with breakfast by Lake Kivu, soaking in its tranquility. Afterward, you’ll journey back to Kigali, reflecting on your incredible safari experiences. Upon your arrival in Kigali, you’ll have several optional activities to enhance your final day in Rwanda. You can explore the King’s Museum, immersing yourself in the country’s history and its monarchy. Another poignant yet essential visit is the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which serves as a solemn reminder of the country’s tragic past. It’s a place to pay respects to the victims of the 1994 genocide and gain a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s remarkable journey toward reconciliation and unity.

If you’re interested in local culture and shopping, explore Kimironko a bustling marketplace to pick up unique souvenirs and interact with local artisans, allowing you to take a piece of Rwanda’s vibrant culture home with you. As the day winds down, your guide will take you to Kigali International Airport for your departure, concluding your unforgettable Rwanda gorilla safari with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation of this remarkable country.

Important Notes:

– Rwanda Gorilla trekking permits cost USD 1500 and a Rwanda Golden Monkey trekking permit is USD 100 per person per trek. You will need to obtain the permits in advance, which can be purchased through Laba Africa. However, the Rwanda Development Board gives a 30% ($1050) discount on gorilla permits if you are to visit other parks in Rwanda during November and May. Rwanda does not offer discounts on Golden Monkey trekking permits.

– The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry seasons of December to February and June to September, offering comfortable weather and better accessibility to the gorillas. However, during this season there are high visitor numbers hence you will experience a hike in the prices of amenities and services.

– It’s essential to be physically fit and have suitable trekking gear for the expedition. Pack essentials like water, snacks, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. A small fee can be paid to porters to help you carry luggage during the trek hence reducing the burden.

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