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Gorilla Tracking at Virunga Lodge

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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 the Virunga 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. 
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  • 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
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Kigali

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.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours

Please book flights arriving no later than midday

Day 2: Parc National des Volcans

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3: Free Day

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
Your safari ends with your journey from Virunga Lodge back to the capital of 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.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours

Please book return flights departing after 5pm


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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 1 Gorilla Tracking Permit
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Optional Excursions - Additional Gorilla Tracking Permit in PNV
  • Passengers must ensure that their purchased insurance includes cruise travel in the polar regions and has evacuation and repatriation coverage of no less than 200,000 USD per person, both for Arctic and Antarctica cruises.

    For non-polar trips with Poseidon, please be sure to check their insurance requirements, see HERE for more info.


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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