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Rwanda Gorilla Trek

Rolling hill after rolling hill covered with agri-land or tea farms that made way for dense forests, lakes, and massive volcanic mountains. One of the greenest places you will see... that's Rwanda for you!!

  1. Kigali - The capital city is a green oasis with dark past peppered now with luxury hotels, international restaurants that cast their own spell. Should Visit the old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site. Lot to learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide. Witness the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

  2. Ruhengeri - the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from Uganda boarder and approximately 2.5 Hours from Kigali City. It is relatively a small town of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

Itinerary Details

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Rwanda Gorilla Trek Itinerary
  • Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tour’s representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel for stay on bed & breakfast basis. (B&B)

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. Lunch at Kigali. Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. Approximately 2.5hrs arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National park for overnight stay. (B, L, D)

  • Early breakfast at the lodge at 0630hrs. Depart from your lodge with your guide to the National Park headquarters. Short briefing from your designated “Golden Monkey guide” from the Volcanoes National Park authority. Porters can be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is 10 USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service. Return from the Golden Monkey trek and drive back to your lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon, interact with culture and history with a visit to the Gorilla Guardians’ village. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)

  • Early breakfast at the lodge at 0630Hrs: Transfer from your lodge to the park headquarters for your Gorilla Trekking adventure. At 0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is 10 USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service. There is a total of 96 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group. Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. After the trek, meet your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch. Then depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5hrs). Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Recommended Flights after 1700Hrs.


  1. Kigali City Tour

  2. Gorilla Trek

  3. Golden Monkey Trek

  4. Visit to Gorilla Guardians’ Village

Possible Extensions

  1. Nature Walk

  2. Visit to Musanze caves

What’s Included

  1. Airport transfers and assistance.

  2. Accommodations in Kigali on bed and breakfast basis.

  3. Accommodation at the lodge on full board basis.

  4. Private transport in a 4x4 Land cruiser.

  5. City tour of Kigali.

  6. Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.

  7. One Gorilla Trek Permit per person (Cost offered separate from per person cost).

  8. Iby’iwacu cultural village

  9. Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle

Things to Carry

  1. A small, lightweight, frameless, waterproof back/day pack.

  2. Light, waterproof hiking or walking boots or shoes with treadled soles & thick, high socks.

  3. High speed film 400ASA minimum, 800ASA recommended (no flash photos allowed), fast film & binoculars.

  4. Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long-sleeved shirt.

  5. Leather or heavy canvas gloves to grip vegetation (gardening gloves advised).

  6. Waterproof rain pants, a rain suit or poncho with hood.

  7. Moisture wicking undergarments, lightweight wool socks, long-sleeved shirt.

  8. A waterproof, squash-able hat.

  9. Sunscreen, a sun hat, a breathable lightweight rain poncho or parka with a rain hat.


Thanks for your support in arranging booking to Ol Pajeta on such a short notice. It was a pleasant stay rather I will say one of the best so far in Kenya and my family can remember it for entire lifetime. We didn’t face any issues during our stay. I would like to share my experience of Ol Pajeta with this post.... Serena tented camps are placed very well inside the conservancy. We reached Ol Pajeta at 1:00 pm and on the first day while having lunch we spotted African Bull Elephants (a herd of 15) just 10 feets away from the dining hall near the watering hole. Imagine taking a selfie with African Bull Elephant, I did.. Weather was awesome, clear sky, the temperature here in day rises a bit due to the altitude (6800+ ft from sea level) as compare to Nairobi. We did 3 game safaris and in all of them we spotted Big 4 (only leopard was missing). Just after finishing our dinner, while waiting for our guide to take us to Night game drive we spotted 2 White rhinos near the water hole, close to dining hall. The one white rhino was huge with very big front horn (really big almost 25 to 30 inch) and second rhino was much smaller (might be male and female). What else you want, no need to go for game drive in OL Pajeta animals comes near to your tents and pays back your money worth. Our night game drive started from 9-11 pm and we were the only one in the forest, Just after 10 min we started our game drive a big male bull elephant which was hiding behind the trees came close to our car and threatened us to go away….was a scary event.

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