3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 3 day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari is recommended as a short guided primate tour in the renowned Volcanoes National Park.Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Volcanoes National Park and witness firsthand the magic of encountering mountain gorillas in their native habitat. Explore the Gorilla Guardian Village at the end of your 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari.

Rwanda offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This unforgettable journey combines thrilling wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes of Rwanda and a visit to the Gorilla Guardians Village. 

What to Pack for Your Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against insects and thorny plants.
  • Rain Gear: Lightweight rain jacket and pants, as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Garden Gloves: For gripping vegetation during the trek.
  • Backpack: Small, waterproof backpack for essentials.
  • Water Bottle and Snacks: Stay hydrated and energized during the trek.
  • Camera: Capture the memorable moments, but remember to respect the gorillas’ space.
  • Sunscreen and Insect Repellent: Protect your skin from the elements and insects.

Tips for a Successful Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

    • Physical Fitness: Prepare for the trek by staying physically active before your trip.
    • Respect Guidelines: Follow the rules provided during the briefing to ensure both your safety and the gorillas’ well-being.
    • Stay Calm: If a gorilla approaches, remain calm and follow your guide’s instructions.
    • Support Conservation: Your visit contributes to the ongoing conservation efforts that protect these magnificent creatures.

This tailor-made jungle safari takes you into the misty bamboo jungles of the Virunga Mountains, where you get to trek and spend time with a gorilla-habituated family spending 1 hour viewing them. 

Best Time to Visit: This 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla trekking Safari is possible year-round, with the dry seasons (June to September and December to February) generally offering clearer views and easier hiking conditions.

12 days Active Adventure in Rwanda

Safari Highlights of the 3 day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Visit the Kimironko Market.
  • Trekking the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes Park
  • Gorilla Guardian’s Village

Discover the Majestic Mountain Gorillas! Join us on a 3 day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari. Encounter the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Tour Itinerary for 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival in Kigali, Rwanda, the company representative will welcome you to embark on your 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari. If time allows, you will visit Kimironko market and experience the colorful handmade arts and crafts market at Caplaki Craft Village.

After lunch, transfer to Volcanoes National Park amidst the forested slopes of the Virungas forming a dramatic setting for the most poignant and memorable wildlife experience of a lifetime: gorilla trekking.

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the endangered mountain gorilla and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

Volcanoes National Park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: Karisimbi – the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant crater lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.

Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / One and Only Gorilla’s Nest

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla


Day 2: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your lodge, your day begins with a journey to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) Headquarters. Here, you’ll meet your experienced gorilla trekking ranger guides and fellow adventurers.

During the informative briefing session, you’ll be grouped with a maximum of 8 trekkers and assigned to a specific gorilla family for your trekking experience.

The trek itself can vary in duration from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the location of the gorillas in the mist-shrouded forest. You’ll traverse diverse landscapes, from open fields and terraced slopes to dense bamboo forests and thick undergrowth that marks the park’s boundaries.

Once you locate the gorilla family, you’ll have an unforgettable hour to observe them in their natural habitat. This limited time ensures minimal disturbance and supports ongoing conservation efforts.

After this remarkable encounter, you’ll return to your lodge to unwind and reflect on your extraordinary day of gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Participating in the 3 day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari not only grants you a unique wildlife experience but also directly contributes to local communities and sustainable tourism initiatives, safeguarding a promising future for both people and wildlife alike.

Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / One and Only Gorilla’s Nest

Gorilla Guardian Village

Day 3: Gorilla Guardians Village – to Kigali – Departure Back Home

After breakfast, take a moment to savor the breathtaking scenery once more before continuing your journey to the Gorilla Guardians Village. Here, you’ll delve into Rwanda’s rich history and culture through a unique cultural exchange. The Gorilla Guardians Village not only offers a fascinating glimpse into local traditions but also plays a vital role in the conservation of mountain gorillas.

By promoting cultural exchanges over poaching, the village community actively supports the protection and preservation of these endangered species. This immersive experience not only enriches your journey but also contributes directly to sustainable conservation efforts in Rwanda.

After that, we calmly transfer back to Kigali arriving in time for lunch at the end of your 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari.  Depending on the time of your international flight you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport or make use of the day room for refreshment.

Included in the 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation,  Meals,  Visit to the Gorilla Guardians Village, Kimironko Market,  all Park Entrance Fees, *Gorilla Trekking USD 1500 per permit and Statutory Taxes.

Excluded in the 3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Rwanda Entry Visa Fees of USD 30 per person; Room service, Beverages, Laundry, Tips, and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and hotel staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla trekking is a wonderful experience, allowing you the opportunity to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. A trekking safari will take place either in Uganda or Rwanda on our 3-day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari. You need not feel that you are exploiting these animals by paying good money to go trek to see them in their natural habitat.

The ever-growing number of tourists keen to see the gorillas proves to be an important factor in their survival. The gorilla permit fees help to set up and finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares.

Gorilla Permit Costs in Rwanda

All permits are booked on a first come first serve basis through the Rwanda Development Board or a Tour agency. Volcanoes National Park has 10 gorilla groups and each group accommodates only 8 people per day for only 1 hour viewing session. The age limit for trekking gorillas is 15 years.

Price of a Rwanda Gorilla Permit

– $1500 – Non-Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents, Rwandan Citizens

– 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May

– 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post-MICE events to see gorillas

– $15,000 for Private gorilla trekking of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service

– US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes).

Travelers Link Africa will book your gorilla permits upon confirming your gorilla tour and making payments for the permit. Please note that availability is never a guarantee, we recommend materializing your travel plans early to avoid missing out on the gorilla permits.

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