rwanda gorilla trekking

Trip Overview

Book a 5 Days Rwanda gorillas & wildlife tailored by Lets Go Tours Rwanda. The 5 Days tour takes you to Akagera National Park located in Eastern Rwanda for exceptional game viewing and boat cruise experience at Lake Ihema. Being the only savanna park in the whole of Rwanda, Akagera park is the best place for game viewing. The park shelters a number of wild animals which include Elephants, Lions, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Rhinos, Waterbucks, Impalas, Dikdiks, Gazelles and Hyenas among others. The boat cruise offers best bird watching and scenic viewing experience plus cold fresh breeze. From Akagera, drive north westwards to Volcanoes National park home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the number one travel activity to Volcanoes Park with 10 gorilla families habituated for travelers to visit. Each gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 which make it a luxury gorilla tours destination but worth it. The visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural tour is an opportunity to learn the traditions, norms, customs and traditions of Rwanda local people. Lets Go Tours Rwanda is your reliable travel agency for this 5 Days Rwanda safari starting and ending in Kigali city

Trip Summary

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Day 2: Morning Game Drive and Launch Cruise
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes NP
Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Iby’wacu Cultural Center
Day 5: Return to Kigali and Departure

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park

You will be picked up by our company representative early morning from either a hotel or Kigali International Airport for a road trip to Akagera NP; driving East of Rwanda (3hours drive). In the afternoon, you will head out for an amazing canoe ride on Lake Ihema and here, expect to view various aquatic wildlife species like hippopotami and crocodiles among others. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 2: Morning Game Drive and Launch Cruise

5 Days Rwanda wildlife safariRise a bit early (6:00am) and with your morning cup of coffee, set off for a wonderful morning game drive through the savannah woodlands to have clear glimpse of various wildlife species among which include the hyenas, lions, Impalas, buffaloes, elephants and zebras etc. Return to your lodge midmorning, relax and in the afternoon, step out for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema for acquatic wildlife viewing like the hippopotami, crocodiles etc.Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Have breakfast and proceed with a road trip to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze province. En route; enjoy the beautiful views of the rolling hills and green vegetation. Dinner and overnight at The Garden Place (Budget), Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Midrange), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).

Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Iby’wacu Cultural Center

Lets Go Tours RwandaEnjoy an early morning breakfast and assemble at the Kinigi park head offices by 7:00am for morning briefing on the trekking guidelines before taking onto your adventurous expedition. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes to several hours to encounter the mountain gorillas; but once got, enjoy an hour with them before retrieving to the starting point (for Certificates of Participation) before retrieving your lodge. Later in the afternoon, head out for the Iby’wacu Cultural tour for a clearer understanding of the Rwandese Culture. Dinner and overnight at The Garden Place (Budget), Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Midrange), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).

Day 5: Return to Kigali and Departure

After morning breakfast; hit the road for your return trip to Kigali and with an early arrival engage in an amazing Kigali City Tour; visiting the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, National Museum and many other exceptional tourist centers within the city before drop off at either a hotel or airport for departure flight.


What is included

– Our Quotes offered in USD
– Full Board Accommodation
– Bottled Mineral water
– All meals on safari
– Gorilla Permits
– Boat Ride along Lake Kivu
– 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide
– Park Entrance fees
– Genocide memorial site tour

What is excluded

– Visas
– International / domestic Flights
– Alcoholic beverages
– Tipping
– Laundry

Rwanda Safaris

Rwanda is one of the most rewarding spots to explore while visiting Africa mostly because of her popular sought after mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes national park. Rwanda tours
The country offers you a guarantee to come face-to-face with families of man’s closest relative sharing 98% DNA
The country is one of Africa’s fast growing economies, making bold decisions and ambitious plans to transform its self into a hotspot destination in Africa.

Apart from gorilla tours, Rwanda offers chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park – one of the largest unspoiled montane rainforest in Africa, visit Kigali’s bustling markets, Gisozi genocide museum – a wealth of history, savannah wildlife viewing in Akagera national park and finally relax at the shores of lake Kivu after your gorilla trek.

Rwanda has a generally pleasant whether all year-round owing to her altitude. The country has two dry seasons between June-September and December-February are said to be the best times to travel there, but the two rainy seasons — March-May and October-November are also pleasant and green
How to Prepare for your gorilla tour

Carry plenty of water since you will be hiking on high altitudes have about 4 liters at least, snacks, bug spray like Deet 30, a light rain jacket, and go for the walking stick given at the briefing point.

Dress in long socks to tuck in your pants
Hire a porters to help carry your pack as well as a way to support the local community
Carry some shall bills and id possible some local currency (shillings) for tipping / gratitude. Carry recent dollars from 2013 and in good conditions without rips or old edges
Porters, rangers, guards and the rest of other staff are usually tipped $5 – $15 Per Person

For visitors very unfit, you have an option to be carried unto the gorillas and can negotiate the rates with the porters going to carry you. In addition, you can inform your tour operator to inform the park about your situated and they organize accordingly.
Please note, to trek gorillas successfully, you need to be fit, or an active person and not necessarily very fit.
Facts about Mountain Gorillas

As their name defines, mountain gorillas live high in the steep mountain forests. gorilla trek BwindiAs their name defines, mountain gorillas live high in the steep mountain forests. They live at elevations of up to 8,000 to 13,000 feet (1,500m- 4000m).
They live at elevations of up to 8,000 to 13,000 feet (1,500m- 4000m).
Please note that, In all 3 different national parks where gorillas are located, there are families which live on the lower elevation and those found in the middle and those located much higher.
This gives opportunity to all all types of travelers to fulfill a life long dream of trekking mount gorillas and meeting our relatives.

Mountain gorilla live in families/ groups/ tribes of 10 and above members headed by a silverback gorilla which is a oldest male gorilla in the gorilla with a silverback.

Over 950 mountain gorillas are surviving in central and East Africa gorilla trek Bwindi in Uganda – Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national parks, Rwanda – Volcanoes national park and Democratic Republic of Congo – Virunga national park
With each year, the numbers are growing thanks to the dedicated conservation team, and the tourists who fund the conservation projects through purchase of gorilla permits

Gorillas are identifies apart by their nose prints. For trackers who watch over them each day, they easily identify them and give them names.

All gorilla tours are guided by well trained professional park guides, ready to answer all your questions! All groups of 8 tourists who set out to trek for a gorilla family are escorted.