• Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

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5 Days
Year Round
Duration Price When Destination Type
5 Days £10980 Year Round Rwanda Tailor-Made
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Ultimate Mountain Gorillas by Air

Five days staying at the luxurious Bisate Lodge with opportunities to track the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and see the dramatic landscape by air.

This 5-day safari packs a punch, with 2 days tracking the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park alongside scenic helicopter flights to see the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' in its full glory. Staying at the only five-star luxury boutique hotel in Kigali and the opulent Bisate Lodge with views out across Bisoke and Karisimbi, head out by day to spend time with the endearing gorillas, then at night relax in the lodge sitting in the shadow of the dramatic volcanoes.


What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Tracking the world-famous mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park twice!
  • Staying at one of Rwanda's most luxurious safari properties.
  • Visiting the moving Genocide Memorial.
  • Travelling “The Land of a Thousand Hills”
  • Enjoy scenic helicopter flights giving an amazing bird's eye perspective on the beauty of Rwanda.

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A 5 day gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park 
from $12,847 per person, excluding international flights and gorilla permits

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Kigali - The Retreat

Upon arrival you will be met by your private guide and driven to The Retreat. The rest of the day is yours to settle in and start thinking about the adventures that lay before you. If you have time you may wish to explore the markets or visit the Genocide Museum.

Overnight accommodation: The Retreat

Day 2

Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

This morning, you have the chance to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. It contains a permanent and extremely moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide. After lunch you will be transferred to the airport for your private scenic helicopter flight to Musanze, the gateway to the Volcanoes National Park. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and driven to Bisate.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3

First Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park

Today will be spent tracking the world-famous mountain gorillas. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. 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 your gorilla safari.

The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Final Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park

Your final day of gorilla tracking! An early start to make your way to the park headquarters where you are assigned a ranger and a gorilla group. Tracking the gorillas can take anything from 4-8 hours in lush green, steep, muddy, terrain! It is, however, the experience of a lifetime... coming across these amiable primates in their natural surroundings is quite awe-inspiring as you watch them go about their daily lives, playing, grooming and eating! Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to relax, have a hot shower or massage and reflect on the day’s activities.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

Volcanoes National Park - Depart Kigali

You will be able to spend this morning at leisure and after lunch you will be transferred to Musanze for your scenic helicopter flight back to Kigali Airport from where you will connect onto your departing flight.

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