The pride of Rwanda, Kigali is truly unique – regarded as one of Africa’s most safe and lively cities, surrounded by lush green hillsides and meandering avenues. Kigali has a pleasant moderate climate, sheltering visitors from the often intense heat of the surrounding areas. The modern city also boasts impressive shopping malls, boutiques and coffee shops. For an authentic Kigali experience, a visit to its vibrant markets introduces one to the friendly people of Rwanda selling their various locally-made goods. Kigali also houses important historical monuments, such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial where visitors can learn about the country’s trying history and discover more about its promising future. Aside from its obvious charm and offer of a unique African experience, Kigali’s biggest drawcard is its convenient location, close to many popular tourist sites. Its central location also allows visitors to easily visit Rwanda’s famous natural wonders. Kigali is also home to the Kigali International Airport, making it the ideal way to enter and explore the country.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is one of the most moving wildlife experiences in the world.
Known for its breathtaking scenery, Rwanda is often referred to as ‘le pays des mille collines’ (French: “land of a thousand hills”). Rwanda supports impressive diversity and endemism which is conserved by its national parks, including Volcanoes and Akagera national parks. This itinerary encompasses a bucket list gorilla trek where you will enjoy one unforgettable hour with the Mountain Gorillas and a great hike through the forest
Standing in front of a Silverback gorilla and his family, less than 2 meters away from you, is a moment which will be burnt into your memory forever. This is your opportunity to have this experience for yourself.
This offer is available for travel between January – March 2022 and 1 November – 15 December 2022. Contact us for rates during peak season which is between June – October 2022
- Bucket list experience; coming face to face with the mountain gorillas.
- Trekking along forest trails, guided by trackers and a ranger up the slopes of an extinct volcano.
- Incredible birdlife
- A scenic drive in ‘the land of a thousand hills’
- Explore Kigali, Africa’s cleanest and safest city, learn about the genocide and how it has shaped a country.
- Come face-to-face with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
- Moving historical experiences
- Trek with chimpanzees from One&Only Nyungwe House
- Rwandan safari in Akagera National Park
Kigali Marriott Hotel
Timeless elegance surrounds you on arrival to a modern and spacious rooms decorated in warm pastel colors and fitted with the latest in technology.
Our highlights: Lively Markets Central Location Moving historical experience Africa's cleanest and safest city
Parc National des Volcans, or National Volcanoes Park as it is known in English, lies in north western Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park, which spans 13 000 hectares, is renowned as being a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorilla which is threatened by poaching, rapid human settlement development and disease. It is also home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, which are characterised by their blanket of rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey who, through her work, created a conservation strategy for the gorillas and contributed immensely to the protection and survival of the existing gorillas found here today. Hidden amongst the dense, misty forests of these treacherous volcanic slopes you will discover a truly unique African safari experience. A hike on one of the park’s famous mountain gorilla tours can bring you into contact with these highly endangered creatures and allow you to experience one of the most intimate and poignant of African wildlife safari encounters first hand. The film Gorillas in the Mist, the biographical account of Dian Fossey, was set and shot in the park, and it remains one of the few places left to experience an intimate encounter with these amazing creatures by tracking one of the four habituated gorilla families.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Welcome to this beautiful lodge, boasing large sitting areas, fireplaces and stylish en-suite bathrooms only minutes away from the Parc National des Volcans
Our highlights: Gorilla Trekking Hiking Walk in the footsteps of Dian Fossey Over 180 bird species
- VIP Meet and Greet at Kigali International Airport
- Private road transfers with a local guide
- 1 night’s accommodation at Kigali Marriott Hotel in a Deluxe Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
- 3 nights’ accommodation at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge on a full board basis (all meals)
- 1 x Gorilla Trekking permit
- 1 x Golden Monkey Trekking permit
- Half-day Kigali City Tour
- Porterage on Gorilla Trek & Golden Monkey Trek
- Emergency Evacuation fee
Why Rwanda Now?
- Remote and isolated destinations.
- Limited contact with other people.
- Very few other tourists, during the usual peak season.
- The lodges are the best of the best – small, intimate, and private – with a maximum of 10 rooms.
- All service providers are adhering to leading health authorities and international COVID19 health and safety protocols.
- You will leave behind a positive impact on the environment, wildlife, and community.
- You will connect with nature and have a life-changing experience.
- Excellent health care facilities.
Who will love it:
This country welcomes visitors of all ages, although gorilla trekking is limited to 15 years and older. It is a bucket list destination be it for an anniversary or honeymoon celebration.
What you will love:
This small mountainous country has a big heart and is very easy to navigate. Even though it has a turbulent past, you will be heartened by the friendliness of its people and the huge strides they have taken in bringing the country to the forefront of technology and development in Africa. With gorgeous mountain ranges, lush rain forests and open vistas of wilderness parks, you will revel in its geographic diversity.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are aware that travel is looking a little different in the current climate. We want to ensure your trip is not compromised in either safety or enjoyment, and that you are confident that your travel arrangements are as flexible as possible as situations rapidly change in destinations. Our Travel Experts will work with you to provide, wherever possible, flexible booking terms and adjusted payment plans to secure minimal financial exposure. We are as committed as ever to providing you with an unforgettable safari experience. Each of our trips is as unique as the clients travelling on them. Our commitment is to ensure your individual trip is viable and through long-standing relationships with our ground partners we strive to give you the peace of mind that your booking is secure in these changing times.
We inspect all of our suppliers Covid-19 policies to ensure that you will be hosted in a safe environment, without detracting from your holiday experience. Your Travel Expert will talk you through some of the safety measures now in place, and if you wish, how this can be enhanced (eg. private safari vehicle). Alternatively, our Health and Safety Protocol Officer, would be happy to assist you with specific questions you may have. It is each guest’s sole responsibility to ensure that he or she has had all necessary inoculations, immunisations and medications prior to departure. Malaria prophylaxis with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline is recommended for travel in Botswana. All guests must consult their own medical doctor or health authorities regarding the use of anti-malarial tablets prior to departure. It is the guest’s obligation to ensure that he/she is medically fit to participate in travel, as for walking activities at the water properties, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Children aged 15 years and older are allowed on the trek. Please contact your travel manager for rates and further information
We highly recommended with Hollard America – 4 nights / 5 days is from R 450 per person with extra cover if you book within 24hours of first payment (we can send you the link and details for this)
We work with suppliers to negotiate best payment terms and cancellation policies should you not be able to travel as a result of COVID. Details can be found in our Terms & Conditions or just ask your Travel Expert on specific trip terms.