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5-Days Volcanoes Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

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5-Days Volcanoes Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

The 5-day safari takes you east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to Akagera National Park, which is on Rwanda’s frontier. Many major plains game species, as well as species confined to papyrus swamps, such as the Sitatunga and the highly sought-after Shoebill, can be found in the park.

Elephants, buffaloes, Zebras, roan antelope, and eland are only a few of the animals that can be found in the plains. It will then take you to the 160-square-kilometer Volcanoes National Park in the north, where you will go gorilla tracking, before concluding with a city tour of Kigali.


  • Arrival in Kigali
  • game viewing
  • boat ride at Lake Ihema
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Departure

Summarized Itinerary

Day Destination Hour  Kilometers
1 Move from the airport to Akagera National Park.  1-2 98
2 Game drive in the morning and a boat ride on Lake Ihema in the 3-6 180
3 Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and a nature walk. 6-7 434
4 gorilla trekking 2-3 112.1
5 Travel to Kigali and take a half-day city tour before departing. 2-3 104

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Move from the airport to Akagera National Park.

When you arrive at the airport, our driver-guide will greet you and take you to Akagera National Park, which is located about 3 hours east of Kigali. The Akagera River, which runs along the park’s eastern border and feeds into a maze of reservoirs, the largest of which is Lake Ihema, is named after it. For dinner and the night, check into your lodge.

Day 2: Game drive in Akagera in the morning and a boat ride on Lake Ihema in the afternoon

Early risers such as the leopard, hyena, and striped Jackal can be seen on the morning game drive. Join your guide and ranger on a half-day game drive to see topi, zebras, and bushbucks, among other wildlife. After the trip, you’ll go back to the lodge for lunch.



Take a boat ride on L. Ihema, the park’s largest pool. The cruise will get you up close to marine animals in the area, such as hippos, crocodiles, and several birdlife (525 species registered in the park), such as African fish Eagles, African Jacanas, and Kingfishers.

Day 3: Move to the National Park of Volcanoes and a nature walk in the afternoon.

Link from Akagera National Park to Volcanoes National Park (216km). Five of the Virunga range’s volcanoes are included in Volcanoes National Park, which is regarded as a sanctuary for mountain gorillas. Zoologist Diane Forsey made her home in the park. Check-in at your lodge for a drink and a meal when you arrive. After lunch, go for a stroll through the surrounding woods to nearby crater lakes for scenic views, bird watching, and volcano photography.

Day 4: Gorilla trekking  

Early breakfast at the cabin, then move to the park headquarters, where a park ranger can brief you about how to conduct gorilla monitoring. Hiking with nettles on the slick and muddy Volcanoes slopes is difficult. The meeting with mountain gorillas, on the other hand, erases many of the hike’s difficulties. You would be able to spend an hour with these gentle giants to observe and capture them. (Flashlights are not permitted during photography.

A Silverback Gorilla in Volcanoes

A Silverback Gorilla in Volcanoes

Visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in the evening. Dinner and folk tales by the flames await you as you return to your lodge.

Day 5: Travel to Kigali and take a half-day city tour before departing.

Breakfast at the lodge in the morning, then travel to Kigali for around 2 hours and 30 minutes. In Kigali, you can take a city tour. Visit Mt. Kigali for views of the city and farmland, then visit the neighborhood market before concluding with a trip to the Genocide Memorial Site.

The driver guide will drop you off at the airport for your flight after lunch. This will bring your 5-day safari to a close.

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Prices / included services.

Pricing for 5-Days Volcanoes Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda
Persons 1 Person 2-3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6 Persons and more
Budget $3980 $ 3240 $2980 $2670
Midrange $4940 $ 4610 $ 4450 $ 4100
Luxury $ 5800 $ 5510 $ 5300 $ 5100

Included in this safari:

  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop–up roof
  • A professional Driver guide.
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities/services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International airfares
  • Activities/services not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks/wines, Laundry, and any other service of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance and other activities

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