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FROM: USD $4,035

Gorilla Express - 4 days

Head into the lush Rwandan jungle in search of the world’s largest primate - the mountain gorilla. Start the trip with a city tour in Kigali and you’ve got the perfect Rwandan adventure!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Kigali

Upon arrival into Kigali airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Why not begin exploring Kigali or you can simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities before your gorilla adventure begins.
Overnight: Kigali - Lemigo Hotel

Day 2

Ruhengeri

Kigali - Ruhengeri. This morning take a historical city tour of Kigali including the moving Memorial Centre (Genocide Museum) and craft centres. Stop for lunch at one of the city’s many upscale restaurants before travelling on to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virungas, which is our base for the trek to the gorillas. Tonight stay at a lovely lodge where in the evening you’ll be entertained by the Itorero - a local Rwandan cultural dance troop. Lunch, dinner and overnight
Overnight: Ruhengeri - Mountain Gorilla Lodge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Gorilla Trekking

Ruhengeri - Volcanoes National Park - Kigali. It’s an early start this morning for our journey to Volcanoes National Park where we join a gorilla tracking group. After a briefing by the trackers we head into the forest in search of mountain gorillas - the largest living primate on earth. As we weave through the forest’s lush vegetation, the experienced trackers will teach you about how they track them and the behavioural habits of these gentle giants. Once the gorillas have been found we’ll be able to spend an hour with them before it will be time to leave. Coming face to face with a giant silverback is one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth! After an incredible gorilla encounter we head back to the park’s HQ. There will be the opportunity to enjoy a meal before driving back to Kigali for the evening.
Overnight: Kigali  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Kigali

Kigali. Today marks the end of your visit to Rwanda. After breakfast you will be transferred to international airport in time for your flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Person
Single
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Gorilla Express - 4 days
USD $4035
USD $590

Trip Highlights

Kigali - Rwanda’s historical capital - city tour including the Memorial Centre (Genocide Museum)
Volanoes National Park - home to the endangered mountain gorilla.
Ruhengeri - gateway to the Volcanoes National Park

Included

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Airport arrival and departure transfer days 1 and 4
Transportation in a private 4WD vehicle
Services of an experienced local guide/driver and a professional gorilla tracker
3 nights mid range lodges and hotels
Half day city tour of Kigali
Mountain Gorilla tracking permit
Park entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Reviews

Morning Charlie, Just wanted to comment on the truly amazing trip I had. Everything was so well organised and everybody was committed to working together to make sure it was a memorable trek. I chose to have a porter who couldn't be faulted and I would definitely recommend this service. The time with the gorillas was beyond belief. They were so close and relaxed but one roar and you were reminded who was in charge. Thanks Charlie, another striking trip to savour over.

Helen Hayhoe • Submitted 08 Aug 2014

Hi Charlie,

I have just returned from my month working in Kampala and bring back great memories of my Gorillas in the Mist safari. 22nd. june 2011. The trip was amazing, fantastic travelling truck, leader, cook, driver and food. Brilliant camp site ( I upgraded to a cottage) and other trips, Rwanda, orphanage, village trek, canoe trip..... Stunning scenery. And just chilling out. The gorilla trek was awesome, we saw a family of 17 very close to, playing , eating and grooming . A once in a life time experience. Even though most of the group were over 30 years my junior they were a great crowd and we all got on very well. A great holiday

Sylvia Soulsby • Submitted 15 Jul 2011

Hi Kelly

Just thought I would let you know that the Gorillas in the Mist tour was awesome. We travelled into the DRC to see the gorillas and were lucky to see a family of 20 – very active. The truck, guide, driver and cook were all really good. Campsite at Lake Bunyongi was excellent!

Thanks for your help – and will definitely recommend On the Go to other travellers

Donna Williams • Submitted 21 Sep 2010

All crew were great , as was the group from day one. Doing the gorilla trek was excellent, as was the variety of the itinerary, the activities and the value for money. Couldn't fault it!

Dave Johnson • Submitted 24 Nov 2009

Hi Ryan

WOW! Just returned from Gorillas in the Mist and what an amazing tour. It exceeded all expectations. Seeing gorillas in their natural environment was stunning. What a memorable hour! So glad I got to see them and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Willa Heston • Submitted 16 Nov 2009

In Brief

Range
Starts
Kigali
Ends
Kigali
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Mid Range Lodges and Hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes for scheduled sightseeing and gorilla trek
Meals
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Countries
Rwanda, Uganda

Extra Tour Info

Gorilla Trekking
Close encounters with these gentle giants of the jungle

Morning Charlie, Just wanted to comment on the truly amazing trip I had. Everything was so well organised and everybody was committed to working together to make sure it was a memorable trek. I chose to have a porter who couldn't be faulted and I would definitely recommend this service. The time with the gorillas was beyond belief. They were so close and relaxed but one roar and you were reminded who was in charge. Thanks Charlie, another striking trip to savour over.

Helen Hayhoe