Extend your African vacation with our 4 day Rwanda gorilla extension. Once you arrive in Kigali travel through terraced hills to the base of the Virgunga range where your lodge is situated. Track gorilla families through the light mountain forest and spend an hour observing them in their natural habitat. Before departing Rwanda tour Kigali's highlights and visit the genocide memorial, a testimony to the country's past.
Day 1 : Arrive Kigali Day 2 : Parc National des Volcans Day 3 : Free Day Day 4 : Depart Rwanda
Track elusive gorilla families in Parc National des Volcans
Tour the highlights of Kigali including the genocide memorial
Safari through Rwanda's terraced hills to the base of the Virunga range
Departing from Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape. Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside, you arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.
Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them and be back at 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.
Today is yours to spend as you wish! Track the Gorillas of the PNV again (fees apply) or opt to participate in any of the other activities offered at Virunga Lodge. There is much to explore:
Track the endangered golden monkeys.
Trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit.
Visit Lake Kivu, home to some of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience local village life.
Tour the ex Imbabazi Orphanage and flower plantation; have tea or lunch with staff and volunteers to learn more about founder Ros Carr and the Orphanage history.
Day 4 Depart Rwanda
Your safari ends with your journey to Kigali. Before transferring to the airport, there maybe time to tour the city and visit the genocide memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.