5 days - Five Day Gorilla & Golden Monkey Tracking

Destination: Rwanda


5 Days 4 Nights


680 USD


Parc National de Volcans or Volcanoes National park was first gazetted in 1925. Decades later, this park assumed international recognitions when, in 1967, Diana Fossey an American naturalist arrive and set-up the Karisoke Research Centre. Diana’s research and exposure of the plight of the endangered gorillas decorates her legacy over three decades since her demise. Diana’s life is portrayed in the Movie, “Gorillas in the Mist”!

With 8 ancient volcanoes shared by Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda, the park is endowed with a vast altitudinal range thus vegetation varies considerably! There is lower montane forest and between 2500 to 3200m, bamboo forest occupies the section of the park. Lobelia, meadows, marshes, swamps and small lakes cover the land at height of between 3600 – 4500m.

The fauna is rich and incredibly popular with the Great Gentle Apes; the Mountain Gorillas. In addition, golden monkeys, black fronted duikers, buffaloes, spotted heyna and bushbuck are residents in the park. Avid bird watchers have a total of 178 recorded bird species to look out for; 13 bird-species and 16 subspecies are endemic to the great Albertine Rift Biodiversity area that also covers the Virunga Conservation area.

The capital of Rwanda’s Conservation, Parc National des Volcans is situated about 2hrs from Kigali (the Capital of Rwanda). Gorilla tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, Volcano Hikes and the Hike to Diana Fossey’ Grave (the Iconic scientist buried in the park) are the major tourist activities.

Upon Confirmation, kindly provide the following information:

1. Full Name as it is in the passport

2. Passport Number

3. Date of Birth

4. Passport Number.

Notes on Gorilla Tracking:

Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.

Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.

While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves from your home town. Still Cameras and Video Cameras are allowed, but bring their respective accessories.

Day 1: Arrive & Transfer to Kinigi

Meet and assist upon arrival at Kanombe – Kayibanda International airport in Kigali and transfer to City Blue Hotel in Kigali City. Superb comfort, dinner and overnight at City Blue. 

Day 2: Kigali City Tour – Transfar to Parc National de Volcans

Dawn breaks on Hilly and Panoramic Kigali City, wake up, have breakfast and embark on a Kigali City Tour! You will be privileged to witness the apex of human misery at the Gisozi Genocide Museum where the earth speaks of hatred and horrible brutality! The museum also serves a platform to learn more about other Genocides in the history of mankind. Break for lunch and transfer to Kinigi – Ruhengeri near Parc National de Volcans. Transit time is approximately 3hrs. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing at Le Bambou Lodge. 

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking & Cultural Performance

Today is the long awaited day!! Early morning preparations for the activity, pack lunch, attend briefing by the Ranger-guide, get hold of a walking stick and follow the Ranger to the Sanctuary. It is imperative to respect and abide by the conservation rules therefore leave nothing but a footprint and take nothing but memories and photographs. Maximum time allowed with the fascination Gorillas is 1 hour. After gorilla tracking, return to Kinigi and attend a cultural dance performance. You may participate in the famous “Intore Dance”. Return to Le Bambou Lodge for the rest of the evening. 

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking & Cultural Performance

Today offers a new dawn of a unique experience with Golden Monkeys! After an early breakfast, get hold of your packed lunch and undergo briefing. The Great Virunga Conservation in which Parc National des Volcans shares a significant portion, is where Golden Monkeys have a natural habitat. You will be privileged to have a rendezvous with the Old-World Golden Monkey. After this exhilarating experience with golden-apes, transfer to Kigali town and settle-in at City Blue Hotel.

Day 5: Free Morning – Fly Out.

Morning at leisure in Kigali, you may sit-back and relax after breakfast or take a ride around to buy curio items/souvenirs. Depending on your flight arrangements, we shall conduct your airport drop-off and see you through to check-in for your final departure.

  1. Ground Transport throughout the trip.
  2. A gorilla tracking permit.
  3. Meals and per choice of lodging category.
  4. English-speaking driver/guide.
  5.  A litter of bottled water per day.
  6. Accommodation in upscale accommodation as indicated above.
  7. Kigali City Tour
  8. Cultural Performance after gorilla trekking.
  9. Golden Monkey Tracking
  1. Visas/Entry Permit for Rwanda if required.
  2. Pre Tour Accommodation in Kigali
  3. Personal Insurance Covers.
  4. Tips, Beverages and Souvenirs
  5. All items of personal nature
  1. Warm and light clothes
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Insect repellent
  4. Some cash to cover personal expenses like soft and alcoholic drinks
  5. Walking/hiking shoes
  6. You may carry cameras and binoculars if you possess them.
  7. Enough dose for those who may be on medication.
  8. An extra pair of glasses for those with eye defects.
  9. Sun glasses and hat/cap.
  10. Basic personal items in general.

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