6 days 5 nights gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking safari in Rwanda
is available 365 days with daily departures from Kigali.
Its a popular safari for those interested in seeing gorillas
in their natural habitat and learn more about Rwanda.
It can be
organized from any corner of the world. Connecting
flights are available from Los Angeles, New York, Boston,
Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels,
Sydney, Dubai. Flights connect via Johannesburg in
South Africa, Nairobi Kenya and Kilimanjaro Tanzania.
Highlights:-Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park,
chimpanzees in Nyungwe ForestThe
local Markets, The Genocide Memorial of Gisozi, the twin
lakes Burela and Ruhondo and Gisenyi on shores of Lake Kivu
accommodation options are available-
Luxury at Sabyinyo
Lodge, Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Mid Range at Mt Gorilla Vew
Lodge/ Gorilla Nest Lodge/ Nyungwe Forest View Lodge,
Budget at La Palme Hotel,
Full board Accommodation, 2 Gorilla permits per person,
Rangers and Guides, Transportation in a 4x4 car. See
below for more details
6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS RWANDA PRIMATES TOUR
2013 Kigali to Kinigi
pick you from your hotel in the morning and drive to Nyungwe forest
National Park. Nyungwe is famous for its primates- 13 species in
total. On the way tour Nyanza King’s Palace. Have lunch at Butare and
proceed to Nyungwe forest. Overnight Gisakura Guest House/ Nyungwe
Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe Forest view Lodge B/L/D
Attractions along the way include the cathedrals of Kabugayi and Butare,
Kamageri’s Rock. Note that the tour of King’s palace at Nyanza and
Butre Museum is optional. This is because normally it will cost you
very little money to enter like say USD 20.)
Day2/ 2013 Tracking Chimps
in the morning drive to Uwinka to track chimps. After tracking drive
back to Gisakura for lunch. In Afternoon you are free. You can tour the
tea factory, go for a canopy walk or tour Cyangugu in Lake Kivu.
Overnight- Gisakura Guest House/ Nyungwe Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe View
( Visits to tea factory and tour of Cyangugu are free. A fee is required for canopy walk. This is optional
and you can decide to have it or not. In that case you will pay
directly if you decide for canopy walk)
Day3/ 2013 Drive to Ruhengeri
Breakfast and drive to Ruhengeri via Butare, Gitarama, Ngororero and
Mukamira. Have a brief tour of genocide memorial of Murambi just
outside Nyungwe forest. This is a very beautiful road with lots of
photography opportunities. On the way you will be shown the home of
former President Habyirimana who died on plane crash triggering the
genocide. Overnight at La Palmes/ Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabyinyo
Day4/ 2013 Gorilla Tracking 1
early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park
headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed
by a drive to the trailheads and hike and trek up the hills to the
bamboo zone, the natural habitat of Mountain Gorillas. Hiking and
tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours. Sight and stay with the Gorillas
for a mandatory one hour and return to the hotel for lunch. In the
afternoon, visit lakes Burela and Ruhondo or visit the local traditional
healer. Overnight at La Palmes/ Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabyinyo Lodge
Day5/ 2013 Gorilla Tracking 2
breakfast and drive to park headquarters for briefing and guide
allocation. Drive to trail heads and trek up the mountain for another
memorable experience with gorillas. Return to the base hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi (Rubavu) on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Overnight Garden Palms Hotel/ Lake Kivu Serena (B/L/D)
Day6 / 2013
Drive to Kigali. Have a city tour. Tour the markets, the curio shops
and have lunch. In the afternoon tour the genocide memorial of Gisozi.
In the evening transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.
Total Costs? How
much will it cost?
Taking an example
of two people sharing accommodation wishing to go on a mid range
safari, the total cost is USD 3030x2 =6060.00. This
price is all inclusive of meals, sightseeing, transport guides etc.
If 4 people wish to use Midrange, the total cost is USD 3030x4=
If you have an
questions regarding prices and pricing feel free to contact us @
Range FB pp
USD 4029.00 pp
USD 4007.00 pp
USD 3780.00 pp
OF BUDGET, MID RANGE AND LUXURY
(1) Budget=2 Nights La Palme, 1 Night Impala and 2Gisakura
Mid Range= 2 Nights Nyungwe view Lodge, 2 Nights Gorilla Nest +
1 Night Kivu Serena
(3) Luxury =2 Nights Sabyinyo Silverback , 2Nyungwe Forest Lodge+1 Night
Kivu Serena Hotel
prices are on full board basis.
Gorilla Permits: In theory,
gorilla permits are non transferable and non refundable.
However we do transfer permits and refund permit amounts to
our guests. We guarantee this.
Validity of the price: The above price is valid for Bookings made between today-30
for Sabyinyo Lodge falls between 01 April-31 May when prices
are lower than above.
To enquire and book a gorilla safari in Rwanda:
/ Cost include the following:
Accommodation cost per
person sharing on full board basis.
All Meals at hotel-
Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner
Transportation on 4WD fully
fuelled and chauffeured
permits per person
Chimpanzee Tracking PP
Park Entrance fee
Use of ranger guides while
Complementary tour of
All government taxes
Complimentary tour of
Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.
Plenty of mineral water
during your tour.
Evacuation cover- This
cover by AAR
It covers you for 15 days while
in East Africa-
Rwanda , and
The price does not
include the following
Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff
, Air fares
Guests are advised to take a comprehensive travel
insurance prior to arrival
of Museums-King's palace and Butare Musem.
walk in Nyungwe
Colobus tracking in Nyungwe
RWANDA REQUIREMENTS-WHAT TO BRING
Please remember to bring the following with you
for Gorilla Trekking, Hiking & tracking safari
Hiking boots-not mountain climbers-anything hardy above the ankle
Water proof container for your camera
A warm cardigan
If you desire to wear a headgear, a base ball cap is recommended
Long trousers and long sleeves are ideal
Optional activities while tracking gorillas
Bisoke 1 day
Karisimbi 2 days
Lake Burela & Ruhondo 1/2 day
lake Kivu 1/2 day
Dian Fossey Grave
tracking, Visit to Diana grave Hiking Bisoke and Climbing
Karisimbi starts at 07:00 Hrs at Kinigi Park Headquarters.
The activities will require an extra day. Please book
with us in advance.
are seven(7) tourist groups-Susa, Sabyinyo, Amahoro,
Kwitonda, Group 13(Agashya), Umubano and
Encounter with Rwanda gorillas and tracking tips
Gorilla tracking is a clean practice (eco friendly) which
ensures minimal impact to the local community, the environment and
Gorilla Tracking rules and regulations have been put in place
for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse
environmental impacts. Besides these
rules and regulations
guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that
is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas.
1. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
When you encounter gorillas, you are required to portray total
Do not look at them straight in the eyes and avoid standing over
If the male gorilla charge at you, crouch down. Gorillas have
freedom of way. Do not drum your chest.
Rwanda Gorilla Tracking/ Gorilla
Flash photography is prohibited.
Tourists are allowed normal photography and filming for domestic
use. Special Photographic and filming safaris may be organized
for particular gorilla
tracking groups or families. These will include those who want
to film specifically for commercial use and documentaries.
These will require accreditation cards unlike normal tourists.
3. Health of the Gorillas
are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild.
Thus these animals are classified as endangered species.
Gorilla tracking if unchecked
can endanger the life of gorillas.
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is
restricted to 8 persons per day per group. That makes a
total of 56 permits per day. Read additional rules at
Rwanda gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations,
Avoid tracking gorillas if you suffer from contagious disease.
In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be
fully refunded if you make this known in advance. However if you
attempt to track and
fail for whatever reason, or if the guides discover that you
cannot track due to disease, you do not
qualify for any refund.
Do not sneeze towards them
Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly. If you
need to the guides will help you with a machete to dig a hole to
bury your waste.
4. Environmental consciousness
Gorilla tracking is a clean
activity. Leave only your steps in the national park.
Do not litter and if you spot any litter, collect it and take it
down with you. Read more on rules @
Gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations
Tracking gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda-
Gorilla Hiking and Trekking facts
How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Rwanda?
The facts below will help you to answer this question.
takes place at altitudes of 3000
metres-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is
what is necessary and not athletic fitness.
Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified and
knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural
history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour
Trekking hiking and tracking is conducted at a moderate pace
of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc.
Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides,
and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the
gorillas and back to the base.
Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker
will determine the pace of the trek.
6. Eating while tracking gorillas
You can carry your picnic but do not eat in the vicinity of the
7. Chest beating
Please do not imitate the male gorilla chest beating. It may take
that as a challenge and charge after you which can result in severe
8. Age Limit: Only people of 15 years and above can
Hiking, Trekking & Tracking Safaris In Rwanda