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Authentic Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Vacation

Inspirational safari holiday to Rwanda

Satisfy your adventurous side in Rwanda's untameable jungles. Trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and marvel at the antics of the chimpanzees and monkeys in Nyungwe Forest. There is also time to kick off those hiking boots and soak up the sun at Lake Kivu. On a vacation to Rwanda, it is impossible not to be moved and inspired by the rebuilding of the country following the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

There is arguably no wildlife encounter more affecting and life altering than spending time observing our closest cousins idling peacefully in their natural environment. Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park is the ultimate bucket-list experience. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge offers wonderful views of the Virunga volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. After recovering from the gorilla trekking on the shores of Lake Kivu, you will head to Nyungwe Forest National Park for a stay at the ultra-luxurious One and Only Nyungwe House. Here you will be totally immersed in the best-preserved rainforest in Central Africa. Trek the jungle on remarkable animal encounters and discover the intricacies of the tea plantation. Mountain bike through the lush forest terrain or take a helicopter over incredible views.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali
  • 1 night - Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 3 nights - Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
  • 1 night - Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Lake Kivu, Rwanda
  • 3 nights - One and Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
  • Ends - Transfer to Kigali for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Rwanda
  • Nights Icon 8 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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Highlights

  • Dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes
  • Gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National Park
  • See chimpanzees and troops of colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest
  • Relax in a jungle spa with rainforest scents
  • Explore the treetops on a canopy walk at Nyungwe National Park
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali

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Day 1

Arrive at Kigali Airport where a driver will meet you to take you to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Kigali Serena Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
Rwanda

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Day 2 - 5

Take a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park and to your lodge situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga Volcanoes.

  • 3 nights

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
All Inclusive | Cottage
Rwanda

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Lake kivu serena hotel aerial view of the hotel 1280
Lake kivu serena hotel traditional dancers 1280
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Day 5

Today your private driver will take you to Lake Kivu for your overnight at a relaxing lakefront resort.

  • 1 night

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
Rwanda

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Day 6 - 9

It's a +- 6 hour drive today to your lodge at Nyungwe National Park. Your stay includes chimp tracking, a canopy walk and Colobus Monkey Tracking.

  • 3 nights

One and Only Nyungwe House
Full Board | Nyungwe Room
Rwanda

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Day 9

Bid farewell to beautiful Rwanda today as you return by road to Kigali Airport for your international flight home.

We've got you covered

Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person or per family sharing basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • All road transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits (2 Days)
  • Kigali City Tour
  • Golden Monkey Tracking, Chimp Tracking and Colobus Money Tracking
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Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Visa fees
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
  • Additional Gorilla Trekking Permits
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

Our trips offer countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Primate Trekking Icon Primate Trekking
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Kids Club Icon Family Activities
  • Cycling Icon Cycle Tours
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Excursion
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Gorilla
    Gorilla
  • Chimp
    Chimpanzee
  • Colobus Monkey
    Colobus Monkey
  • Bushbuck
    Bushbuck
Sample Itineraries

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