8 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Golden Monkey trekking Tour

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8 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Golden Monkey trekking Tour

Embark on an 8-day adventure in Rwanda, beginning in Kigali. Explore the city's poignant history at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and engage with the Nyamirambo Women's Center. Head to Volcanoes National Park, home to mountain gorillas and various wildlife. Enjoy a serene canoeing experience on the Mukungwa River, observing diverse bird species. Immerse yourself in three days of gorilla trekking, encountering these majestic creatures and learning about their behavior. Visit the tomb of Dian Fossey and the Karisoke research site. Conclude the trip with a golden monkey trek and a farewell dinner in Kigali. This remarkable journey promises wildlife encounters, cultural insights, and breathtaking landscapes.


Destination 8 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Golden Monkey trekking Tour
Service Included
Airport or Hotel transfers as per Itinerary Park Fees A professional Driver/Guide Game Drives Meals as per itinerary Drinking mineral water 4x4 Land Cruisers or Safari Van All taxes and Vat
Service Not Included
International Flights Pre and post-tour accommodations, unless stated otherwise Individual costs: souvenirs, insurance, visa fees, etc. Not specified in the itinerary. International Flights Tips

Tour Plan

Days 1-2-Depart Home/Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda

After your flight to Kigali you will be transfer to your hotel. Take time to get settled, then meet your trip leader for an orientation and a welcome dinner.


Day 3 -Kigali

After breakfast, set out to discover this cosmopolitan city and its compelling

stories of rebirth. Begin with a guided visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial,a

haunting monument to the victims of the 1994 genocide that promotes peace

and reconciliation to prevent future atrocities. Hear the inspiring stories of

survivors and of the country's unflagging efforts to rebuild. Many of the guides

are genocide survivors themselves. Continue to the Nyamirambo Women's

Center which provides education and vocational training to disadvantaged

women and girls. Take a walking tour with a community guide, weaving

through the lively Nyamirambo neighborhood. Stop in at local businesses,

such as a women's hairdressing salon and a popular tailor's shop. Visit a

family compound to try your hand at pounding cassava leaves to make a

traditional stew, and admire views of Kigali's mosques. Cap off the tour with

a traditional Rwandan meal in the home of a woman from the community

project. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before dinner together this evening.


Walking: 4-5 hours, museum visit and afternoon community walking tour, city streets with uneven and variable incline.


Day 4-Volcanoes National Park

Depart Kigali after breakfast and drive north through rippling green hills to Volcanoes National Park. The park is part of the Virunga Mountain range, home to about half of the planet's mountain gorilla population, as well as a host of other wildlife. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at the hotel before embarking on a canoeing adventure with a local guide on the Mukungwa River. This gentle river weaves along a flood plain between the hills, passing stands of papyrus and farming settlements and offering a unique perspective on everyday life in rural Rwanda. Nearly 40 species of birds can be found here, including kingfishers, weavers, spoonbills, painted storks, and crowned cranes. The last portion of the paddle is the liveliest,with a stretch of Class II rapids. Return to the hotel for some time at leisure before gathering for dinner. (B,L,D) Canoeing: 5-6 miles,calm river with short section of Class II rapid.

Ventureto the emerald volcanoes of Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe mountain gorillas up close. Spend three days trekking in Volcanoes National Park with expert guides, tracking gorilla families as well as rare golden monkeys, and witnessing firsthand their fascinating behavior and social interactions. Hike to the tomb and research site of Dian Fossey,and learn about the lasting impact of her 18 years of gorilla research. Along the way, get acquainted with Rwanda's resilient people and their culture, hearing from genocide survivors, sharing lunch and stories with the inspiring women of Kigali's Nyamirambo neighborhood, canoeing past rural farming communities,and sampling local cuisine.


Day 5-Volcanoes National Park

Awaken in the early morning and head into Volcanoes National Park on a gorilla trek. Here, a chain of five conical volcanoes blanketed with dense vegetation harbor numerous mountain gorilla families, or “troops.” With designated guides from the Rwanda National Parks Authority, set out in small groups to locate one of these troops, hiking on trails left by elephants and buffalos. Depending on where the gorillas have moved that day, trek from three to six hours and climb to altitudes up to 8,000 feet. Porters will be available to carry backpacks and offer a hand over difficult parts of the route.

Once you find the gorillas, spend an unforgettable hour sitting quietly among them, observing them as they eat, groom, and play, and learning about their daily routines and social dynamics firsthand. Hike back to the starting point and return to the hotel for lunch. In the early evening, gather on the terrace for a talk by a park warden. Take in views of the magnificient volcanoes as you hear about recent increases in the mountain gorilla population and global as well as local efforts to protect them. Dine together tonight. (B,L,D) Hiking: 3-6 miles (3 to 6 hours) on and off rugged forest trails that may be wet or muddy, steep ascents and descents at elevations up to 8,000 feet.


Day 6- Volcanoes National Park

Rise early again today and return to the park, riding in 4x4s to the trailhead of the Dian Fossey hike. Learn about the work and legacy of this pioneering scientist, who lived among the gorillas for over 18 years, conducting invaluable research into their behavior and social patterns. The hike will bring you along lush slopes, where you might spot forest elephants and forest hogs as well as a variety of primates and birds. Visit Fossey's grave, where she was buried alongside her “beloved Digit,” a silverback she habituated over ten years, and continue to the original Karisoke research site. Alternatively, choose to spend the morning on a second gorilla trek (at an additional charge*). Meet up for lunch in the hotel and enjoy free time this afternoon to take a walk in the gardens or relax. (B,L,D) Hiking: 4 miles (3-4 hours) on rugged, muddy, forest trails; steep ascents and descents at elevations up to 9,000 feet.


Day 7-Volcanoes National Park/Kigali

On your final morning hike in Volcanoes National Park, focus on another endemic primate: the golden monkey. Venture into thick bamboo forests with a guide, looking-and listening-for these active and curious creatures, who often chatter loudly in the treetops. You'll have a full hour to observe their antics as they frolic, feed, and interact among the branches. Unlike the small family clans of the mountain gorilla, these habitatuated troops can number between 20 and 80 members.

After lunch, drive back to Kigali,enjoying the stunning emerald scenery of this“land of a thousand hills.”Toast your gorilla trekking adventure at a farewell dinner of East African specialties at a local restaurant. (B,L,D) Hiking: 2-3 miles, on moderate forest trails with some ascents and descents at elevations up to 8,000 feet.


Day 8-Return Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your wildlife adventure on a post-tour extension to Kenya. (B)

*Please note: If you wish to take a second gorilla trek, please advise your trip specialist once your initial reservation has been made. An additional, non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is required. Subject to availability.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L),Reception (R), Dinner (D)


Pricing Structure


Prices above include:

  • Pickup from Kigali International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
  • Transfer from the hotel to Kigali International Airport when departing.
  • All accommodations.
  • Game drives in the national parks.
  • Park fees for all national parks.
  • Luxurious, private 4×4 safari Jeep with pop-up roof and big windows, designed specifically for high-end safari game drives.
  • Private, English speaking guide for the duration of your safari.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your safari (Full Board).
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps.
  • 24/7 service from our local office in Rwanda.
  • Reservation costs.

Prices above exclude:

  • International flight tickets and visa.
  • Insurances such as a travel- or cancellation insurance or the Flying Doctors insurance.





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