4-Day Rwanda Gorillas and Golden Monkey Trek

A Full Day of Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Learn About & Visit Local Communities

Explore the Country of a 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 Rwanda trekking tour through the rainforest with experienced local guides

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

Enjoy the trekking experience of Golden Monkeys of Volcanoes National Park

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


Adults (15-80): $3,120

Please inquire for the midrange accommodation price, this is our budget accommodation tour

2 persons or more: $2,690 per person
3 persons or more: $2,546 per person
4 persons or more: $2,440 per person

Departure Time

Anytime between 7:00 am to 11:00 am (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


Monday to Sunday, year-round


4 days

Difficulty Level

Moderate – uphill trekking

Group size

1 to 4 persons


  • Meals: 3 x breakfasts, 3 x dinner, 3 x lunches
  • Accommodation for three nights in a budget lodge
  • One gorilla trekking permit per person (value of $1,500 USD)
  • Golden monkey trekking permits
  • 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 the lodge to relax, eat dinner, and to enjoy well-earned night’s rest.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We will start the day with a golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes National Park. This primate is native to the high-altitude forests of the park. Once we have seen their playful interactions, we will head out of the park and drive back to the hotel for an afternoon of resting or choose an extra optional activity.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This will be the last day of the 4-day Rwanda Gorilla & Golden Monkey Trek. We will drive from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali for about 3 hours. If you are flying from Kigali Airport on Day 4, we will drop you off at Kigali International Airport.


Lodges & Accommodation

We will choose from one of these lodges according to the availability

Optional Activities

  • Visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village (Gorilla Guardians Village) – $20 USD
  • Visit the Ellen DeGeneres Dian Fossey Conservation Centre – $20 USD
  • Banana Beer Making Experience at Red Rocks Rwanda – $30 USD
  • Canoeing at the Twin Lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo – $30 USD

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

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