3 days gorillas and golden monkeys trekking tour to volcanoes national park Rwanda

This 3 days tour to volcanoes national park in Rwanda offers the amazing gorilla trek that rewards with the memorable experience of visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in the forests along the stunning Virunga Volcano Mountains. Rwanda is one of the only three countries where the mountain gorillas live and a third of them are found in the Volcanoes National Park.

The tour will also include the golden monkeys trek, another highlight of the volcanoes national park but that is overlooked by visitors who are mostly interested in the gorillas. The incredibly beautiful golden monkeys are unique to the Virunga mountains. They live in the bamboo forests along the bottom of the Volcano Mountains and therefore the hike is much less difficult than the hiking to see the gorillas.

Trip specifications

  • Group size: minimum one traveler
  • There is an age limit to go Gorilla tracking which is 15 years, but no age limit for Golden Monkeys
  • Only 8 travelers can track a single Gorilla group in one day which limits the number of permits which can be issued per day. Due to the high demand, we advise you book your trip well in advance, say 2 months earlier.
  • To reserve your Gorilla permit (s) we need your full names as they appear in your passport, your nationality and passport number
  • We have selected the lodges basing on the proximity to the park headquarters in Kinigi, breathtaking views of the park, level of comfort, high standards of hospitality, and eco-friendliness
  • The itinerary focuses of Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Professional driver/guide and a 4by4 tour vehicle.Itinerary

Itinerary for the 3 days gorillas and golden monkeys tour in Volcanoes National Park

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, the driver shall pick you from your hotel at 7.00am and travel north of Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy the scenic drive through the endless rolling hills, get to Musanze and transfer to your lodge. Have lunch and relax away the day enjoying the magnificent views of the lush Virunga Mountains. Dine and overnight.

* Journey time: 3 hours

* Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

* Accommodation to choose from:

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

baby mountain gorilla rwandaWake up for early breakfast, get packed lunch from the lodge and transfer to the park headquarters in Kinigi by 7.00am. The driver shall present your Gorilla permit details to the office for allocation of a Gorilla group. Meet with the rangers for pre-trek briefing, thereafter get into the cars and transfer to the trailhead at the edge of the park. Porters are available for hire at USD 10 dollars to carry your backpack and offer assistance during the trek. You shall be given a hiking stick and start the trek into the park to find the Gorillas. You shall have one hour with the great apes, thereafter return to the packing area at the trailhead to find your driver, transfer to the headquarters for your Gorilla certificate, then return to the lodge. Have dinner and overnight

* Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park and return to Kigali

a golden monkey in the potato fieldsAfter early breakfast, you shall transfer to the park headquarters by 7.00am. Meet with the rangers for briefing and thereafter transfer to trailhead overlooking Sabinyo Volcano. Hike into the bamboo forest along the base of Mt. Sabinyo to see the Golden Monkeys for one hour. Later return to the lodge for lunch and drive back to Kigali.

* Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour includes:

  • One Gorilla permit (USD 750) per person
  • One Golden Monkey permit per person
  • Transport – tour vehicle, driver guide, fuel
  • Full board accommodation for one night
  • All meals
  • Bottle water

Tour Excludes

  • Port fees
  • Tips
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Souvenirs and other curios shop purchases
  • Visa fees
  • Phone bills, laundry, and other personal expenditures
  • Luxury drinks, e.g beers, soda, wines and spirits

What to bring

  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long trousers & shirt to protect from stinging nettles
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Cap/hut
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