6 days Rwanda volcano hiking and bwindi gorilla tour

This 6 days volcano hiking and gorilla trekking tour will give you the ultimate mountain and jungle adventure experience. You will go on a 2 day hike in the Virunga Mountains, taking on Mt. Karisimbi from Rwanda. Mt. Karisimbi is the highest volcano in the Virunga ranges. After an incredible volcano hiking experience in Rwanda you shall cross over into Uganda for the gorilla trekking adventure in the thick “impenetrable” jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 – pick up and drive to Musanze – canoe ride

At 8am you will depart from Kigali and drive to Musanze in the north of Rwanda. It is a 2 hours journey along a paved road that winds through the rolling highlands treating you to wonderful views of the lush landscape.

You will check into your lodge for lunch.

At 2pm you shall go for the Mukungwa river canoe ride. This is a 3 hours ride and it is lovely adventure through the lush countryside.

canoe ride on River Mukungwa in Musanze

Day 2 – Hiking Mount Karisimbi in Volcanoes National Park

You shall have breakfast by 7am and transfer to the park office in Kinigi for briefing and then continue to Volcanoes National Park and start your hike up Mt. Karisimbi. Mt. Karisimbi is shared on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. You shall overnight at altitude 3700m in tents.


Day 3 – Climb down from mountain Karisimbi

You shall be up early for breakfast and set off to summit Mt. Karisimbi. Return to the camp for early lunch and continue down the mountain, and transfer to your lodge and relax away the rest of the day

Day 4 – Transfer to Bwindi national park in Uganda

Today you shall transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda

Optional activity:

  • Golden monkeys trek: Today you can do the golden monkey trek in Volcanoes National Park before continuing to Bwindi. The golden monkeys are incredibly beautiful monkeys and they are found only in the Virunga mountains inhabiting bamboo forests in the base of the mountains. This is a light activity since the monkeys are in the lower zone and are easy to find with about 1 hour of trekking and you spend 1 hour with them.

Day 5 – gorilla tracking in Bwindi national park

You shall transfer to Bwindi forest for the gorilla trekking adventure. The park is aptly named “impenetrable” due to the thick forest that is hard to penetrable that the park guides have to create a path with machetes. If you love to trek in a beautiful lush jungle then Bwindi is the place.

gorilla in uganda's bwindi national park

Day 6 – departure

Today you shall travel back to Kigali

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