Thrilling gorilla interactions
Conservation & sustainable tourism focus
Beautiful lodge
Experienced guides
No booking fees

Why is this safari better?

This short & sweet stay offers the opportunity to engage with the endangered mountain gorillas and the local community, and is the perfect addition to any larger Africa itinerary. As the premier luxury destination for trekking with the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Virunga Lodge offers guests unparalleled panoramas, beautiful accommodations, and personalized service.

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Golden monkey tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
  • Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and visit the Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore dance group performance
  • Community visit

Sustainability: Your booking supports local guides and communities through eco-conscious travel and supporting local enterprise through community projects, park fees and purchasing of local crafts. Accommodation featured on this itinerary is also low-impact and feature solar-power, helping the environment every step of the way.

When to travel?

Your vacation time may dictate when you can travel, but any time of the year is a great time to spend with mountain gorillas – trust us! Rwanda is considered to “easier” trekking experience compared to Uganda due to it’s ease of walking to the gorilla. During low season, when rains come, trekking may be slippery underfoot, but equally adventurous. High season may get hot and humid in the forest of Virunga, so come prepared – treks may last between 4-7 hours depending on the location of the gorillas and trekking conditions.

Low Season: 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May
High-Season: 1 June to 30 September and 15 December to 28 February


Day 1: Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire.

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge and has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. The premier luxury destination for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas and one of the best properties in Africa.

Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours
Please book flights arriving no later than 10:00am.
O/N Virunga Lodge (L,D)

Day 2: It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. After a gentle climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of these gentle apes before returning to base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

O/N Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Today choose from one of the optional activities:

Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required @ US$1,500 per person)

  • Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas
  • Visit Lake Kivu, location of the finest inland beaches in Africa
  • Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life
  • Tour the former Imbabazi Orphanage and beautiful English cottage gardens

O/N: Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4: Drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before your international flight. A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome (guests to pay/donate entrance fees directly).

Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight (B, L).
Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours

NOTE: your itinerary is flexible and we can tailor-make the number of nights, additional destinations and extensions to your safari to include beach stays (such as Zanzibar) and city stays (such as Cape Town).


Child rates apply; children of 12 – 16 years staying in the same room as their parents pay US $100 per child
per night. The minimum age limit for children is 12 years. Age limit for trekking is 15 years.


Low Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive
High Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive


  • Accommodation
  • Meals, house alcoholic drinks (excluding premium drinks), soft drinks
  • Laundry services
  • Any activities at the lodge
  • One 30-minute complimentary massage per guest per stay (extra massages are available at a cost of USD 50 per person for a 50-minute massage).
  • Pricing in US Dollars based on 2022 rates


  • International airfare
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Single supplements apply
  • Optional extension in Kigali and other countries are available

Let’s talk and plan your exciting safari in Africa.
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