Gorillas and Community

Unforgettable Encounters with Mountain Gorillas on this Rwanda safari 

While you may be intrigued by the notion of a classic safari in Kenya or Tanzania, we can tell you right now that you can’t go to Africa without spending time in Volcanoes National Park and trekking for mountain gorillas. Although their number is steadily increasing thanks to conservation efforts, there are still only around 1,000 of these magnificent primates left in the wild, and watching them in their natural habitat is an exhilarating Rwanda safari experience.

This itinerary can be added before or after your safari, and includes two days with the gorillas, with the option of spending the second day with golden monkeys instead, and a stay at Rwanda’s first community-owned lodge.

Rwanda safari: 5 days / 4 nights

DAY 1:

Arrival Kigali, Kigali Serena

DAYS 2, 3 & 4:

Drive to Volcanoes National Park, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

DAY 5:

Drive to Kigali, depart

Highlights of Rwanda safari

  • This 5-day fly-in Rwanda safari extension begins with an overnight stay at Kigali Serena in Kigali
  • The next day, you’ll be met by your private driver guide and taken on a tour of the city. This includes a visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial to get a better understanding of the country's turbulent history and the positive achievements that have been attained over the past 25 years
  • Enjoy lunch in the city before a three-hour winding drive through the countryside to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, in the foothills of the spectacular Virunga Mountains. This lodge is the first in Rwanda to be owned by the local community, and supports gorilla conservation and community projects
  • Early the following morning, you’ll set off to trek the mountain gorilla, hiking through the forest for anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, depending on the location of the specific gorilla family you’re tracking. Once sighted, you’ll have the opportunity to spend an hour observing these fascinating primates, watching them interacting, playing, and feeding while under the watchful eye of the silverback 
  • The following morning, you’ll have the opportunity to do a second gorilla trek with a different family group, or to look for golden monkeys. As with the gorillas, you’re permitted to spend one hour with a group that have been habituated to human presence. Spend the afternoon soaking in the views from your cottage or head into the village to visit the thriving community who own the lodge

Price

$3,243-$4,996 per person sharing plus gorilla or golden monkey trekking permits

Note that the minimum age for trekking is 15 years.

Easy extensions

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda combines seamlessly with a safari in Tanzania (flights available from Kigali directly to the Serengeti) or Kenya. With a bit more flying, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana are within a day's reach.

Itinerary Map

Kigali Serena

See more

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

See more

Explore Other Itineraries

seba camp game drive with guests observing a leopard in a tree on the best botswana safari
  • Itinerary

Exploring Zambia: Walking and Waterways

Explore two of Zambia's Iconic Parks and Diverse Activities

12 Days | $9,500 per person
five samburu tribe members walking in line
  • Itinerary

9-Day Fly-in Safari in Kenya

Incredible Game, Conservation, and Community Upliftment

9 Days | $5,200 per person
cheetah in a grassy plain looking at herd
  • Itinerary

Explore Northern Tanzania

Breathtaking Scenery and a Mobile Camp in the Serengeti

9 Days | $6,500 per person

Let's talk

Give us a call and talk with one of our travel experts or fill in your details below and we will send you a link to your full itinerary.

Connect with your personal expert

Let us help you start planning a safari customized for you.

Get in Touch

image Pearl Jurist-Schoen