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Rwanda: 3-Day Gorilla Trekking, Big 5 & Big Cats Safaris

Rwanda: 3-Day Gorilla Trekking, Big 5 & Big Cats Safaris

From US$ 3,496 per person

Spend 3 days exploring the wildlife, history, and stunning natural beauty of Rwanda. Take a game drive and boat cruise in Akagera National Park. Visit the Volcanoes National Park and track endangered mountain gorillas during an exclusive jungle trek.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Kigali
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Experience gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Spot the Big 5 and other big cats in Akagera National Park
  • Enjoy a scenic birdwatching boat cruise on Lake Ihema
  • Admire the picturesque Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo
  • Visit the Genocide Memorial Center in Kigali
Full description
Day 1:  After breakfast in the morning, meet your driver/guide at your hotel in Kigali and set off for Akagera National Park. Drive for around 2.5 hours admiring the beautiful scenery during the journey. Feel free to ask the guide to make a stopover at any point to take photos. When you arrive at the park, take a short game drive then proceed to your accommodation to check-in. After lunch,  take a boat trip on Lake Ihema to watch hippos and crocodiles basking in the water or by the shores. Stay overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.  Day 2: After breakfast at the lodge, bid Akagera National Park farewell and return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Memorial Center - the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi. After lunch, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park - located 80 km from Kigali and approximately a 2-hour drive away. When you arrive, visit the Twin Lakes which flow into one another with plenty of bird watching opportunities and spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes. Stay overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.  Day 3: Wake up for an early morning breakfast and get ready to leave your lodge at 6:30 AM for the gorilla trekking. First, read to the park headquarters where you will be allocated a guide and briefed before heading into the forest. Trek to 1 of the 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda on this exclusive tour; only 8 people are able to trek each gorilla family. Travel through the forest in the company of your experienced ranger while searching for the mountain gorillas. It may take between 2 to 6 hours to locate these great apes, depending on their movement across up to 40 km of territory. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. Once a gorilla group is located, spend an hour with them as they move, feed, play and rest. Experience sitting with the animals - one of the most amazing and unique wildlife encounters you will ever have. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in Kigali where your tour concludes.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kigali
  • Transportation
  • Full board accommodation for 2 nights
  • Gorilla permits
  • Game drives in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Lake Ihema boat trip
  • Water
  • Guide
  • Park fees
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Visa fees
Not suitable for
  • Children under 15 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • A good level of fitness is required and participants must be used to walking
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 15 years old
  • For the gorilla trekking, you will need long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hiking boots or sports shoes, gaiters and a rain jacket

Product ID: 371031