Venture to raw and beautiful Rwanda for thrilling face-to-face encounters with endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Trek through densely vegetated tropical forests with experienced ranger-guides in search of these gentle giants and wander through bamboo forests on the lookout for charming golden monkeys. Come evening, bask in the comfort of a cozy boutique lodge, perfectly located for forest exploration. Experience Rwanda's delightful capital of Kigali and honor the haunting memory of war with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Stand face to face with mighty mountain gorillas in mist-covered Volcanoes National Park
Track rare golden monkeys, an endangered primate found only in few places in Africa
Explore Kigali — Rwanda's charming capital city — and be moved by an intensely powerful memorial to its sobering history
Welcome to Rwanda! Arrive in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and meet a MT Sobek representative outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, for your transfer to the hotel. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
This morning head out for a guided tour of Kigali and visit the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi. After lunch at Hotel Des Mille Collines (known for its role in Hotel Rwanda), take a drive to Kinigi town at the foot of Virunga Mountains, passing lush hills and mist-shrouded valleys. At the lodge, enjoy an evening presentation by Gorilla Doctors, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of critically endangered mountain gorillas by providing hands-on care in the wild.
After breakfast, take a short drive to the park headquarters and meet with local trackers for a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking, then hike with a guide through misty rainforest to encounter these gentle giants. Trekking can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours, on rough and at times muddy terrain; a reasonable degree of fitness is required. The experience of seeing your first mountain gorilla at close range in the wild is among the most extraordinary nature can provide. Trek back to the lodge for a hot lunch. In the afternoon, choose an optional visit to the vibrant markets of Musanze or the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhonda.
Rise early for another full day of gorilla tracking. Hike through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth and parting thick creepers. Expect to stay with these gentle giants of the African forest for an hour after first encountering them. Volcanoes National Park is renowned for its mountain gorilla population, living in 10 families. Looking deep into their expressive brown eyes is an unparalleled experience. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to visit the fascinating Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum or the Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village.
This morning set out to explore more of Volcanoes National Park, this time in search of the rare golden monkeys. The park's beautiful bamboo forests are among the only places in Africa to see these charming endangered primates in their natural habitat. After lunch back at the lodge, bid farewell to the Volcanoes and head back to Kigali for the farewell dinner this evening.
After breakfast, transfer to Kigali airport for your flight back home.
We pride ourselves in working with the finest safari outfitters in Africa. All wilderness treks are accompanied by expert guides and professional trackers.
This itinerary blends gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park with a stay in Rwanda's charming capital of Kigali.
This is a brand-new Africa itinerary built on MT Sobek's deep experience in the region.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Scenic drives, moderate to strenuous treks and nature walks in search of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
A lodge with modern comforts and great access to Rwanda's raw wilderness, plus a slick city hotel to bookend the trip.
Be prepared for cool or warm, dry or wet weather when gorilla trekking. Most of Rwanda is situated on a plateau above the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, where the weather is pleasant year-round.
Upon seeing the gorillas you will have just one hour with them, so we do two treks. On the second trek, you often feel you can put your camera down and really enjoy.
There are no guarantees, but it is highly likely you will see them. Guides are trained in locating the gorillas and will know where they were the day before, as well as their movement habits.
You will find yourself climbing up steep slopes at high altitudes, scrambling through, over, and under dense undergrowth with nettles, barbed vines, and bamboo thickets on slippery and muddy terrain. It's important to be in good physical condition.
This trip uses durable 4x4 safari vehicles.
No vaccinations are required for entry but a certificate proving you've had the Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever.
Many people believe Rwanda is a dangerous place. However, it's actually one of the safest countries in Africa today. Crime and hostility towards travelers are rare.
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