Short Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda

Two opportunities to track the mountain gorillas of Rwanda from the cosy Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, set in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Duration 4 Days
Price From $1,825
When Year Round
Destination Rwanda

Safari Overview

This safari is perfect for anyone who is limited on their time in Rwanda, or as a combined safari with another East African destination. Head straight to Volcanoes National Park where you will have two days to track the magnificent mountain gorillas whilst staying at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel. On heading back to Kigali, take some time to visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before relaxing in preparation for your flight home.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Track the mountain gorillas of Rwanda twice, spending up to an hour with them each time.
  • Scenic drives to Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo.
  • City tour of Kigali and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre for those that wish.
  • Great experiences in a short amount of time.

A great safari for those on limited time. Track the gorillas twice in a safari that lasts just 4 days!

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Day by day

Day 1

Kigali - Volcanoes

Today you arrive in Rwanda, where you are met at the Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, and taken to a nearby hotel for welcome drinks and a briefing. After lunch, you travel north to Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park. This two hour drive undulates over Rwanda’s extremely hilly and picturesque countryside, and as you near the end of your journey, you will (weather permitting!) begin to catch glimpses of the Virungas - a chain of 9 impossibly steep and lofty volcanoes straddling the western branch of the Rift Valley from east to west.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel D

Days 2-3

Volcanoes National Park

The next two days activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging you have undertaken. The Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are part of a worldwide population of just 790 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of seven habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. An early breakfast and you're off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of on your gorilla safari...

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel B, L, D

Day 4

Depart Kigali

This morning you take a city tour of Kigali, and for those who wish to, there is the opportunity to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The Centre in Kigali was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It contains a permanent and extremely moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and an exhibition of other genocides around the world. You then relax for the rest of the day to prepare for your flight out.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This safari is tailor-made and can be changed to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget. It has been designed for those with limited time in Rwanda, however it can easily be extended or preceded with some beach time or a wildlife safari in Kenya or Tanzania. Please note that the cost of this safari does not include gorilla permits, which are priced at £2,400 for two permits.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you.


We currently offer short 4-day or 5-day gorilla tracking safaris in four destinations: Rwanda, Uganda, the DRC and the Republic of Congo. To find out which trip is the one for you, click here to view our detailed guide that outlines the different experiences offered by each safari.

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