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Mature male gorillas are called silverbacks

Tracking mountain gorillas in the beautiful, ancient forests where they live is one of the world’s most thrilling wildlife experiences.

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Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1995  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Kigali, Rwanda
Depart: Kigali, Rwanda
Lodging: 3 nights lodge
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 2 days gorilla tracking, hikes of 2-6 hours on steep, muddy trails
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Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Rwanda.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

The ultimate gorilla tracking safari would include Rwanda! Join your ranger-guide for the exhilarating experience of tracking and observing the mountain gorilla clans that reside in the spectacular montane forests of Virunga Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, researcher Dian Fossey’s base for 13 years. The hiking terrain ranges in altitude from 3,800 to 8,500 feet and preserves one of the largest natural forests in East Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Kinigi, Rwanda / Parc National des Volcans

Upon arrival in Kigali, Rwanda, you are met for a morning city tour, including the Genocide Memorial Centre, a moving memorial to those who lost their lives in the genocide of 1994 that split the country apart. Afterward, a spectacular 2.5-hour drive brings you to Kinigi, headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans. The drive brings you through awe-inspiring scenery with the towering green shapes of the 12,000-foot Virunga Volcanoes dominating the landscape. Overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (or upgrade to the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge)...LD

Days 2-3
Gorilla Tracking

After your briefing with a ranger-guide for guidelines on gorilla tracking during the next two days, enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of tracking and quietly observing the mountain gorilla clans that reside in the park’s montane forests, researcher Dian Fossey’s base for 13 years. The hiking terrain ranges in altitude from 3,800 to 8,500 feet and preserves one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. The tracking can be tough—you begin early in the morning and hike through dense forests at moderate altitudes for three to six hours, depending on where we find the gorillas. The hiking is on moderately steep and thickly forested terrain, and the climate is hot and humid. But the rewards are tremendous and the rigors forgotten as soon as you spot a gorilla family and become absorbed in watching these gentle creatures. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge) on Day 2, late afternoon return to Kigali on Day 3, with overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel on Day 3...BLD each day

Day 4
Nairobi / Depart

Transfer to the airport for a midday flight to Nairobi...B

Extension Cost

At Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Prices valid through October 31, 2014

$1995 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$2295 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $440
Solo traveler: $3595
Gorilla Trek Permits: $1500 for two treks (subject to change)

At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Valid for High Season June 16–October 31, 2014 & December 15-31, 2014. Please call for non-peak season prices.

$3395 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$3695 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $590
Solo traveler: $4995
Gorilla Trek Permits: $1500 for two treks (subject to change)

At Virunga Lodge

Valid for High Season June 16–October 31, 2014 & December 15-31, 2014. Please call for non-peak season prices.

$3195 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$3495 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $520
Solo traveler: $4895
Gorilla Trek Permits: $1500 for two treks (subject to change)

All costs subject to change

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Private driver/guide throughout for all transfers
  • Shared naturalist/park ranger for gorilla tracking
  • Bottled water in vehicles

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Permits, gratuities to staff and park rangers, expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, drinks except for bottled water in vehicles, laundry, etc.).

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

This lodge has a great location and it’s an ideal base for gorilla tracking, just a 15-minute drive from park headquarters. The simple bungalows are built in a lovely setting on the lower slopes of Mt. Sabyinyo and offer a private bathroom with hot-water shower, a wood-burning fireplace, and a veranda. Electricity is provided by generator. A special touch: the staff puts a hot water bottle in the guest beds at night to help with the chilly night air.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Optional Upgrade)

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

With a stunning location at 8,000 feet on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, Sabyinyo has stone-built bungalows that each have a bedroom, sitting ...
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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 3 (1 night), Kigali, Rwanda

The Serena is a large, well-appointed business hotel in the commercial heart of Kigali with air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and an excellent ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.