4 Days Rwanda Gorilla tour and Lake Kivu expedition

This 4 Days Gorilla Tour and visiting Lake Kivu package includes several interesting activities. The main highlight of the tour is a gorilla safari and golden monkey tracking at the volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Our silverback gorilla tours also include an opportunity to visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village to experience and learn about the culture of the people of Rwanda. Then their is a boat ride and tour of the Lake Kivu and its beautiful islands. Did I forget to mention visiting the small but relatively organized Kigali city. This gorilla tour package should help you appreciate the natural beauty of Rwanda.

Day 1: City tour of Kigali – Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Our guide will come and pick you from your hotel in the morning to start the safari. You will start by being taken for a tour of the small but relatively neat and organized city of Kigali. You will also visit the Gisozi genocide war memorial site where you will learn about what happened during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. You should also visit the Kings palace, local craft shops and markets before lunch in the city. After lunch, you will begin the 2-3 hours journey to the volcanoes national park. The way to the volcanoes national park is full of beautiful scenery. You will find out for yourself why Rwanda is referred to as “The land of a thousand hills”. Once you arrive at the Volcanoes national park, rest and prepare for the next day of gorilla trekking.

Dinner and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).

Day 2: Visit Rwanda Gorillas – Tour the Iby’iwacu cultural village

After early morning breakfast, head out to the park offices at 7:00 am to attend briefing on gorilla trekking. The head park guide in the Kinigi headquarters Musanze will share with you some of the important information related to gorilla trekking. Briefing on gorilla tracking is a must attend activity in order to learn about how to act while with the gorilla families. A gorilla safari to Rwanda involves selecting a gorilla family for tracking from 10 habituated gorilla families. We recommend that you select one based on your overall fitness.  Then you will also need to hire a porter to help with your backpack. Gorilla trekking  can be challenging but the excitement that comes with finally being about to see and watch the gorilla family makes is a worthwhile venture.

While with the gorilla family, listen to instructions from the head p-ark guide and avoid doing things that might provoke the gorillas. Gorilla watching is a one hour activity after which you shall return to the starting poin. Go back to the lodge, have lunch and rest as you wait for the evening activity after gorilla trekking.  The driver/guide will take you to visit the Ibyiwacu cultural village which is located near the volcanoes national park in Musanze. You will be entertained by local cultural dancer and learn more about the traditional culture of Rwanda.

Dinner and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi

After the tiring gorilla tracking adventure yesterday, you should wake up at your own time and take late breakfast. Afterwards, checkout of the lodge and get ready to leave the volcanoes national park for Lake Kivu in Gisenyi. Lake Kivu is the largest fresh water lake in Rwanda and contains boiling gasses beneath. The lake spreads all the way to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Once you arrive, you will have lunch overlooking the lake and go for a boat ride while hoping between the different islands found in the lake.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury), Paradise Marahide (Mid-range) and Palm Resort Gardens (Budget).

Day 4: Transfer to back Kigali

Wake up at your own time and take breakfast before preparing for the journey back to Kigali. In case you missed touring the city of Kigali on the first day because of your arrival time, this will be the day when you will visit the different sites in the city. Afterwards, the guide will take you to the airport for departure or to your hotel in Kigali.

End of Tour

Safari Quote Includes

  • A private 4X4 safari vehicle
  • A private Driver/Guide
  • Fuel the whole tour
  • Gorilla tracking permits
  • Drinking water throughout the trip
  • Golden monkey tracking permits
  • Pickup and drop-off  in Kigali
  • Boat ride in Lake Kivu
  • Cultural visit
  • Tour of Kigali city

Safari Excludes
International flights, visas, personal expenses and personal Insurance.