2-Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Budget Safari

A Full Day of Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Learn About & Visit Local Communities

Explore the Country of Thousand Hills

Visit the kingdom of mountain gorillas! This spectacular national park is the proud home of roughly half the world’s gorilla population, proving why gorilla safaris in Rwanda are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn about and see these rock stars of the forest in their natural habitat, explore the traditions and culture of the local people. This trip is the perfect addition to Rwanda and Uganda safaris.

Tour Highlights

Glimpse these rare creatures in the wild and observe their human-like interactions up close

Learn the meaning of adventure on this Uganda trekking tour through the rainforest with experienced local guides

Explore the green expanse of ancient rainforest and its abundance of wildlife

Explore Kigali city and visit the Kigali and the Rwanda culture

Learn about the local community with visits to their villages and the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Museum

Make the most of your time with short (but scenic) connections from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

Adults (15-80): $2,118

Please inquire for the midrange accommodation price, this is our mid-range accommodation tour

2 persons or more: $1,950 per person
3 persons or more: $1,895 per person
4 persons or more: $1,856 per person


Departure Time

Anytime between 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (Kigali, Rwanda timezone)


Meeting Point

We offer pick-up from the following places for this experience:

  • Kigali International Airport (on day 1), Rwanda
  • Your guesthouse in downtown Kigali, Rwanda
  • Please inquire for information on a custom pick up

Availability

Monday to Sunday, year-round


Duration

2 days


Difficulty Level

Moderate – uphill trekking


Group size

1 to 4 persons


Included

  • Meals: 1 x breakfast, 1 x dinner, 2 x lunches
  • Accommodation for one night in a budget lodge
  • One gorilla trekking permit per person (value of $1,500 USD)
  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle and fuel
  • Admission to Volcanoes National Park

Not Included

  • Optional activities (see tab 4)
  • Visas and other costs of personal nature
  • Porter fees, gratuities, travel insurance, and medical expenses
  • Any other costs not listed in the itinerary
  • Admission to Gorilla Guardian’s Village – $20 USD

What to Bring

  • Hiking boots
  • Garden gloves
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Cameras and extra batteries
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites

Participation Requirements

  • Age restriction: 15-80 years old
  • A valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • We advise against people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions participating on this tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Good to Know

We recommend reserving gorilla trekking permits way in advance.

What You’ll Do

We will pick you up at Kigali Airport or downtown Kigali and drive you to Volcanoes National Park. The scenic drive to northern Rwanda will go through Rwanda’s northwestern town of Ruhengeri (also known as Musanze) and finally arrive at Volcanoes National Park. If time allows and you are interested, visit the Kigali Genocide Museum or on a complimentary Kigali city tour before driving to Musanze/Ruhengeri.

Meal plan: Dinner

Today is the main event, our Rwanda gorilla trek! You will embark on a full-day adventure to track the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. This national park is home to a large population of mountain gorillas, making it THE destination for tracking. The trek will commence with a short briefing on gorilla trekking rules to ensure the safety of guests and the protection of these animals in their natural habitat. You will then start the trek into the impenetrable forest to encounter the gentle giants of Volcanoes National Park.​ This is a true adventure and part of the excitement is finding the gorillas. Follow the guides as they make paths through the thick vegetation until the special moment that you encounter these majestic creatures. It is a truly unique experience and will surely be one of the standout moments of your trip. After the gorilla trek, head back downhill and return to Kigali over a drive for about 2hrs.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Lodges & Accommodation

We will choose from one of these lodges according to availability

Optional Activities

  • Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $100 USD
  • The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $80 USD
  • Visit the Batwa Community in the Village – $30 USD
  • Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda – $30 USD
  • Coffee-Making Experience – $30 USD
  • Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro – $30 USD

See our Local Experiences(opens in a new tab) page for more information on each activity.

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