Experience the thrill of the Rwanda Luxury Gorilla Safari, a captivating expedition that delves into the lush mist-covered jungles of the Virunga Mountains. Here, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to connect with one of the world’s most enchanting creatures – the enigmatic mountain gorillas.

Commencing from the vibrant capital city, Kigali, where you’ll spend a night immersing yourself in its vibrant culture and surroundings, your journey continues with a scenic four-hour drive northeast to your forest lodge on the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park. This haven of luxury will be your base as you gear up for the forthcoming trekking adventure within the highly recommended Volcanoes National Park.

The pinnacle of the Luxury Gorilla Safari emerges when you find yourself in serene contemplation on the forest floor, mere meters away from the majestic dark-furred great apes. As your gaze meets the gentle eyes of the mountain gorilla, you’ll experience a profound connection that resonates with you long after the journey concludes – a bridge to a realm beyond ordinary comprehension.


Upon your arrival in Kigali, you’ll be greeted with warm hospitality and transferred to your chosen luxury accommodation. Take the opportunity to acclimate to this vibrant city by exploring its cultural treasures. Delve into the heart of Kigali’s bustling markets, visit art galleries showcasing local talent, or indulge in delicious Rwandan cuisine at a renowned restaurant. Learn about the country’s history and progress by visiting important landmarks such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which serves as a poignant reminder of the country’s past. This day sets the tone for an enriching Luxury Gorilla Safari in Rwanda that combines cultural exploration with breathtaking natural encounters.

Accommodation: The Retreat – heavenrwanda.com

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park, home to the magnificent mountain gorillas. Along the way, marvel at the picturesque landscapes and lush greenery that Rwanda is renowned for.

Upon reaching Kinigi and checking into your luxury lodge, visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, where you can engage with the local community and learn about their traditional customs, dances, and crafts. Immerse yourself in their way of life and gain a deeper understanding of the local Rwandan cultures.

Accommodation x3 Nights: Wilderness Bisate, or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, or Bishop’s House

Today marks the pinnacle of your adventure as you set out on an unforgettable gorilla trekking expedition within the breathtaking Volcanoes National Park. Accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, venture into the misty jungles in search of the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas. As you trek through the mist-covered terrain, listen to the sounds of nature and keep an eye out for other wildlife species that inhabit the park, including golden monkeys and various bird species.

When you finally encounter a gorilla family, observe them in their natural habitat, marvel at their sheer strength and gentle demeanor, and capture precious memories through your lens. The encounter with these magnificent creatures is a moment of pure connection with nature’s wonders. As you observe their behaviors and interactions, you’ll gain a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of the ecosystem they inhabit.

Today, expand your knowledge about gorilla conservation efforts by visiting the Ellen Degeneres Gorilla Fund Campus. This renowned organization is dedicated to protecting and preserving gorillas and their habitats. Learn about their groundbreaking research and conservation projects, and witness firsthand the incredible work towards safeguarding these great apes. Engage with passionate conservationists and researchers, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and successes in gorilla conservation.

As your remarkable Luxury Gorilla Safari in Rwanda comes to an end, embark on a scenic drive back to Kigali. Along the way, reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve collected over the past few days. Whether it’s the serene moments spent in nature, the deep connections forged with local cultures, or the awe-inspiring encounters with gorillas, this adventure has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on your soul. Arriving back in Kigali, bid farewell to this remarkable country, carrying with you a newfound appreciation for its diverse landscapes, captivating wildlife, and rich traditions.

Not Included

1. What is included in the cost of the safari?

  • The cost typically includes accommodation, ground transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), park entrance fees, guided activities, and bottled water during transfers and excursions.

2. What is not included in the cost of the safari?

  • Exclusions usually cover international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, optional activities not specified in the itinerary, tips and gratuities, and any medical expenses.

3. What type of accommodation is provided?

  • Accommodation is in comfortable mid-range lodges or tented camps with en-suite facilities, typically offering double or twin rooms.

4. What should I pack for the safari?

  • Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera, binoculars, a warm jacket for cooler mornings and evenings, and any personal medications.

5. Do I need a visa to enter Rwanda?

  • Most travelers require a visa to enter Rwanda. It’s advisable to obtain a visa in advance online through the Rwanda e-Visa portal or upon arrival at the airport.

6. What is the best time of year for a safari in Rwanda?

  • The best time for a safari in Rwanda is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to February, when conditions are ideal for wildlife viewing and trekking.

7. What wildlife can I expect to see?

  • Expect to see a variety of wildlife including mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, and various bird species.

8. What is the gorilla trekking experience like?

  • Gorilla trekking involves hiking through the forest with a guide and trackers to locate a gorilla family. Once found, you will spend about one hour observing them in their natural habitat.

9. Are there age restrictions for gorilla trekking?

  • Yes, the minimum age for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is 15 years.

10. How physically demanding is gorilla trekking?

  • Gorilla trekking can be physically demanding, involving hiking through dense forests and uneven terrain. A moderate to high level of fitness is recommended.

11. How close can I get to the gorillas?

  • Visitors are allowed to get as close as 7 meters (about 23 feet) to the gorillas to minimize disturbance and the risk of disease transmission.

12. What other activities are included in the safari?

  • Activities may include game drives, visits to national parks such as Akagera and Nyungwe, boat trips, cultural visits to local communities, and trekking to see golden monkeys or chimpanzees.

13. Is it safe to drink the water in Rwanda?

  • It is recommended to drink bottled or filtered water. Bottled water is provided during transfers and excursions.

14. Can dietary requirements be accommodated?

  • Yes, most lodges and camps can accommodate special dietary requirements if notified in advance.

15. How much should I tip the guides and staff?

  • Tipping is at your discretion, but a general guideline is $10-20 per day for your guide and $5-10 per day for lodge or camp staff.

16. Are vaccinations required for travel to Rwanda?

  • It’s recommended to be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Consult with a travel doctor about vaccinations for yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and malaria prophylaxis.

17. What type of transportation is used during the safari?

  • Transportation is typically in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle equipped with a pop-up roof for optimal game viewing.

18. What should I expect during a cultural visit?

  • During cultural visits, you will have the opportunity to interact with local communities, learn about their traditions and daily life, participate in cultural activities, and possibly visit local schools or markets.

19. Is Wi-Fi available during the safari?

      • Wi-Fi is often available at lodges and camps, though connectivity may be limited or slower in remote areas.
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