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Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park

3 Day Rwanda Tour - Mid-range Option

Experience one of the world’s true natural wonders and track one of the iconic mountain gorilla families, on the rainforest slopes of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and unwind at your lodge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes.

From $1,540 PP

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Highlights

- Track a mountain gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park
- Stunning views of the Virunga Volcano chain.
- Visit to Musanze Cave & Intore cultural dance.

* Price includes your gorilla tracking permit!

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes NP & visit Musanze Caves.
Day 2 - Track a mountain gorilla family in Volcanoes NP.
Day 3 - Relax at your lodge or opt for a city tour of Kigali.
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Day 1 - Volcanoes National Park

You’ll be collected from your accommodation in Kigali and driven along winding roads through the ‘Land of a thousand hills’ to reach the foothills of the Virunga Volcano chain which marks the border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On reaching your accommodation you will have views across the volcanoes including the jagged peaks of Mount Sabyinyo, where you can unwind over a lazy lunch. This afternoon you will be taken to explore the Musanze Caves close by to your lodge. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will explain the caves formation and the local history of the caves, which have been used as a refugee in times of war for centuries. On your return to your lodge you will invited to a demonstration of traditional music and Intore dance as the sunsets across the volcanoes before you spend a relaxing evening under the African stars.

The view towards the Virunga Volcanoes from your lodge. Image © Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meet one of the mountain gorilla families. Image © Steffen Schwörer

Day 2 - Meet a Gorilla Family

Experience Rwanda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of the eight habituated gorilla families of Volcanoes NP. Begin with an orientation from wildlife rangers on tracking the gorillas, before they guide you through the rainforest. They’ll identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well the general ecosystem of Volcanoes NP for you. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas have spent the night and can range from 2 – 5 hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree it’s one of the most magical experiences you can have in nature, to see this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess. You will then trek out of the rainforest where your drive will be waiting to take you back to your lodge for an afternoon of relaxation.

Day 3 - Heading Home

Take a slower start to the day after gorilla tracking the previous day. Spend the morning relaxing at your lodge or you can opt to return to Kigali for a city tour (*for an additional cost). After lunch your driver will take back through ‘land of a thousand hills’ to Kigali International Airport in time for your flight home.

If you choose to leave for Kigali in the morning, spend your afternoon on a city tour. Image © William Boase
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This Tour Includes

Full time use of a private vehicle (as per your itinerary)
A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
All Meals (as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 2 nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (single / double or twin room, SC)
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Visit to Musanze Caves (RDB)
- Intore Dance Performance (Independent)
- Gorilla tracking (Volcanoes NP)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Gorilla tracking permit x 1 per person (RDB)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Volcanoes NP x 1 day (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Musanze Cave guide (RDB)
- Gorilla tracking guide (RDB)
A $10 per person donation to the Gorilla Doctors (see CSR Program)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location in Kigali.
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (please refer to your embassy)
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