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5 Days
Kigali - Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour through Rwanda’s natural wonders and cultural riches. From the misty forests of Volcanoes National Park to thrilling wildlife encounters in Akagera National Park, this adventure offers a perfect blend of exploration, education, and relaxation. Dive into Rwanda’s diverse landscapes and vibrant culture, creating cherished memories in just five unforgettable days.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Cultural Experience
  • Day 4: Game Drive in Akagera National Park
  • Day 5: Departure

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Your Rwanda gorilla safari commences with your arrival at Kigali International Airport. Friendly faces will greet you as you step off the plane, ensuring a seamless arrival. You’ll be introduced to your experienced tour guide, who will accompany you throughout your journey. A comfortable transfer will take you to your chosen accommodation, where you can check in, unwind, and enjoy the warm hospitality Rwanda is known for.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, a somber yet crucial stop to understand Rwanda’s history and the resilience of its people. This moving experience will provide context for the days ahead, as you explore the country’s natural beauty and wildlife. Later, return to your hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner, discussing your excitement for the upcoming encounters with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

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 Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Today, the heart of your Rwanda gorilla safari beats with excitement as you journey to Volcanoes National Park. Following a satisfying breakfast, your day begins with a drive to the park, renowned for its volcanic landscapes and the habitat of Rwanda’s cherished mountain gorillas. Upon reaching the park headquarters, you’ll attend a briefing on gorilla trekking protocols. This orientation ensures the safety of both visitors and gorillas while enriching your understanding of these remarkable creatures.

With your experienced guide and a small group, you’ll embark on a trek through the forest, tracking the gorillas. The adventure may be challenging, but your anticipation keeps you going. The reward is extraordinary: a full hour in the company of a gorilla family, witnessing their behavior and capturing photos. It’s a magical, awe-inspiring experience that underscores the importance of gorilla conservation.

As the day’s adventure concludes, you’ll return to your hotel for a satisfying dinner. The evening is a chance to share your stories with fellow travelers, savoring the unique encounters Rwanda offers. Rest up for the exciting days ahead on your unforgettable journey.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Cultural Experience

Your third day of the Rwanda gorilla safari promises a delightful blend of nature and culture. Following breakfast, you’ll set out for Volcanoes National Park to encounter the enchanting golden monkeys. At the park’s entrance, a briefing will familiarize you with the golden monkey trekking guidelines, ensuring a respectful and responsible interaction. Accompanied by expert trackers, you’ll venture into the forest, guided by the calls and signs of these playful creatures.

An hour spent observing the golden monkeys will be a highlight of your day, capturing their lively antics and unique behaviors. Remember to snap photos while respecting their habitat. Continuing your cultural journey, you’ll visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, offering insights into Rwandan traditions, customs, and vibrant heritage through interactive activities and performances.

Returning to your hotel, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved dinner. Share your day’s experiences with fellow travelers, cherishing the memories of golden monkey encounters and cultural immersion. Prepare for more adventures in Rwanda as you rest for the night.

Day 4: Game Drive in Akagera National Park

On day four, your Rwanda safari takes you to Akagera National Park. After breakfast, depart for the park, a diverse wildlife haven. As you venture into Akagera, enjoy an exciting game drive, where you can spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. Your knowledgeable guide will enhance your wildlife encounter with insights into their behaviors and habitats. A picnic lunch amidst the park’s natural beauty provides a chance to recharge and immerse yourself in the African wilderness. After a day of wildlife excitement, return to your hotel for a delicious dinner and relaxation. Share your safari tales with fellow travelers and prepare for your last day of adventure in Rwanda.

Day 5: Departure

You’ll start the day with a journey back to Kigali, providing an opportunity to soak in the scenic landscapes one more time. Your drive will be filled with reflections on the incredible wildlife encounters, cultural experiences, and breathtaking landscapes that Rwanda has shared with you. Once back in Kigali, you’ll have the chance to explore the bustling local markets, where you can shop for unique souvenirs and gifts. From traditional crafts to vibrant fabrics and local artwork, these markets offer a glimpse into Rwanda’s rich artisanal traditions. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up the mementos of your unforgettable adventure.

Following your shopping excursion, you’ll head to Kigali International Airport for your departure. As you board your flight and soar into the skies, you’ll carry with you not just souvenirs but a treasure trove of memories, experiences, and newfound knowledge about Rwanda’s remarkable wildlife, culture, and history. Your 5-day Rwanda gorilla safari has been an enriching journey, leaving you with a deep appreciation for this beautiful nation and its people. Until your next adventure!

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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