6 Day Gorilla and Lake Kivu Safari

Safari Overview

6 Day Gorilla and Lake Kivu Safari is one of the perfect ways on can explore and discover Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park for an Ultimate gorilla tracking adventure and relaxing beach holiday in the famous Lake Kivu, this trip will give you a little bit more experience of adventuring Rwanda beyond gorillas to the country’s largest Lake.

Where to trek the gorillas in Rwanda?

Rwanda gorilla safaris take place in the country’s northwest in the famous volcanoes national park which was the research station for the late primatologist Dian Fossey who was killed by unknown poachers in the quest to protect by that the endangered mountain gorillas in the volcano based rain forest, the park sits in the 5 volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke respectively, volcanoes national park is also home to over 12 habituated mountain gorilla families living in the 160 km/ square rain forest located at the edge of the Albertine rift valley.

Lake Kivu.

The lake is shared between Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo and the Rwandan part of the lake has some nice resorts where you can have some spectacular views of the lake and view some extraordinary sunsets at the convenience of your balcony.

How to get to Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park is located approximately 120 km northwest of the Rwandan capital Kigali and 50 km from the Uganda Rwanda border via Cyanika.

By Road

By road from Kigali, the national park is about 2-3 hours using a 4×4 safari vehicle via Musanze Gisenyi road and this can take up to 2 hours’ drive.

By Air

Volcanoes national park is also accessible by air from Kigali international airport using a Helicopter which can take about 30 minutes and the helicopter can land near the park boundaries or at the lodge and the clients can transfer to the park headquarters by car.

Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Visiting the Dian Fossey museum
  • Optional Kinigi village walk or Iby’lwacu cultural experience.
  • Luxury accommodation at Sabyinyo silverback lodge or Virunga Lodge
  • Kigali city tour
  • Golden monkey trekking.
  • Dayroom in Kigali
  • Lake Kivu sunset boat cruise.

Detailed Itinerary

This safari package will start from Kigali and takes you to Rwanda’s volcanoes national park where the gorilla trekking takes in the country’s dense rain forest which is home to the endangered golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas that living in only two other countries of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, then you will take a relaxing holiday in the lake shores of Lake Kivu.

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

You will be meeting your safari guide at your location or at the lodge for a briefing after which you will depart the lodge for a short Kigali city tour before driving to volcanoes national park for relaxation at the lodge.

Lunch: Musanze.

Overnight: Sabyinyo silverback lodge or Virunga lodge.

Activities: Dian Fossey museum.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking experience

After early morning breakfast you will be picked up by your guide from the hotel to be ready the park headquarters in Kinigi at 7 am, registering will take place and allocation of gorilla families (done by your guide) as you will be having a cup of coffee and then after you will drive to the trailhead to start your gorilla trekking adventure in the rain forest, this can take from 2 hours to 6 hours depending on how long you take to find the mountain gorillas and after you will spend one hour with the gorillas  upon return you will be transferred to the lodge for relaxation

Lunch: packed lunch or hot lunch depending on the time of return.

Overnight: Sabyinyo silverback lodge or Virunga Lodge.

Activity: Gorilla trekking adventure.

Day 3: Golden monkey trekking experience

After an incredible gorilla trekking adventure, you will be picked up your guide again and transfer to the park station where you have a golden monkey briefing before transferring to the starting point to start trekking into the forest with your ranger guide where you will spend an hour with the monkeys after finding them and later you will return to the lodge for relaxation

Lunch: Packed lunch or hot lunch at the lodge depending on the time of return from the forest.

Overnight: Sabyinyo silverback lodge or Virunga lodge.

Activity: Golden monkey trekking

Day 4: Visit Dian fossey gorilla museum and later drive to Lake kivu

After lazily morning you will be picked up by your guide and transfer to Dian Fossey Museum for a tour and later you will drive to Lake Kivu for relaxation on the lake shores of the lake and this should be perfect after hiking through the rain forest in two consecutive days in search of the mountain gorillas and the Golden monkeys.

Lunch: packed lunch or hot lunch at the lodge depending on the time of arrival.

Overnight: Lake Kivu Serena hotel

Activity: Dian Fossey museum

Day 5: Sunset boat cruise

After lazily morning you might take a walk around Gisenyi town in the morning and later in the evening you take a sunset boat cruise with drinks and snacks as you will sail quietly through the waters of Lake Kivu as you view the fishermen, birds, and the sunset if the weather is perfect

Lunch: Hot lunch at Kivu Serena hotel

Overnight: Kivu Serena hotel.

Activity: sunset boat cruise with drinks and snacks

Day 6:Drive back to Kigali

After an amazing time, you will bid farewell to the hotel staff and start your transfer to Kigali, the departure time will depend on the schedule of the client as it’s only a four-hour drive through smooth roads.

What’s included?

  • 2 Gorilla permits
  • Golden monkey permit
  • Luxury lodge on full board for 4 nights.
  • Transfers to and from Kigali
  • English speaking safari Guide
  • Lunches where Applicable
  • Drinking water
  • Kigali city tour entrance
  • Dian Fossey Museum visit
  • Boat Cruise with snakes

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature like Alcohol
  • Tips
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation (but we can help you book upon request)
  • Optional activities

When to book the safari package?

Clients can book this safari 3 months in advance but can also inquire for short notice safari, this is only difficult by the availability of gorilla permits and golden monkey permits and once permits are available clients are expected to book and pay immediately as it’s the only way to guarantee Rwanda gorilla and Golden monkey permits.

Best Time to Travel

This tour is much easier to book during the low tourism season from March to May and September to November as gorilla permits are available and sometimes lodges put up low season rates for more information contact us.

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As per tour plan Accommodation

1 Pax 2 Pax 4Pax 6Pax
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge 2777 2398 2335 2275
Virunga Lodge 2524 2197 2133 2074

Super Luxury option

1 Pax 2 Pax 4Pax 6Pax
One&only Gorilla Nest 2777 2398 2335 2275
Singita Kwitonda Lodge 2524 2197 2133 2074
Bisate Lodge 2409 2139 2076 2016

Mid-Range option

1 Pax 2 Pax 4Pax 6Pax
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge 2777 2398 2335 2275
Teloreza Eco-Lodge 2524 2197 2133 2074

Budget option

1 Pax 2 Pax 4Pax 6Pax
Hotel Muhavura 2777 2398 2335 2275
La Palme hotel 2524 2197 2133 2074