Rwanda Gorilla Extension

Encounter gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife while exploring the light forest of the Virunga Volcanoes, made famous by the classic film Gorillas in the Mist. Visit the grave of primatologist Dian Fossey, a local orphanage, and Lake Kivu on this four day Africa Safari in Rwanda.

Day 1

Arrive Kigali

After making your way through customs at the Kigali International Airport, meet your expert guide who will transfer you to the helipad for your helicopter flight to Virunga. Helicopter flights are weather dependant and will leave Kigali latest by 3:00 pm.

Upon arrival at the lodge’s helipad you will be greeted by the lodge staff as your guide makes his way to the lodge by vehicle. Once you reach the lodge that afternoon you can relax, have a complimentary massage, take a walk to Lake Bulera or visit Mwiko School.

Day 2

Parc National des Volcans

Through the mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range you track gorillas. Once you locate the troop, you will have one hour to spend with these amazing primates. Usually, you return to camp in time for a late lunch, however, some of the gorilla families are elusive, and tracking can take a full day. Depending on the weather, you may get muddy.

Day 3

Free Day

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.

Day 4

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Rwanda

Transfer to the helipad for your return flight to Kigali airport. Helicopter flights are weather dependent and will leave Virunga Lodge at the latest by 3:00 pm. If need be the vehicle and driver will meet you at the airport to deliver your luggage.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 hour

Note: Flights must depart after 8 PM. Earlier flight times will require an overnight in Kigali.

Tour Cost
Total Cost (USD)


$419.00 single supplement

Rates based on high season departures


  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • 1 Gorilla Tracking Permit


  • International Flights
  • Required Travel Insurance

Recommended Budgeting

  • $30 Airport Departure Tax
  • $750 Optional Excursions
    • Additional Gorilla Tracking Permits in PNV
  • $30 Required Visas