4-Day Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour

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Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour

  • PriceTailored (Enquire now)
  • Duration 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • Location Rwanda
  • Departure CityKigali
  • End CityKigali
  • Contact nameCatherine
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

We best recommend the 4-Day Rwanda Gorilla & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour for a business traveler or solo traveler who wants a short guided Rwanda Safari or a self planner to add it to their Kenya savanna safari. It’s also a great addition to the great migrations safari in Serengeti and the nearby small Uganda savanna safari destinations.

This tailor-made jungle safari will take you into the misty bamboo jungles of the Virunga Mountains, in Volcanoes National Park, on an excursion to trek and spend enchanting moments with a family of habituated patriarchal mountain gorillas. You’ll be allowed to spend one hour with the gentle giants under strict guidelines not to make contact. In the same jungle, you’ll also take on the challenge of tracking the endangered cute little golden monkeys to see rare birds and other primates within the forest canopy.

The mystical jungle floor will take a piece of your emotions and physical energy, so be prepared to store some unforgettable memories on the Rwanda Safari adventure.

We are concerned for your and our health in unfamiliar times, and to keep you healthy, we’ll apply WHO, Rwanda government, and our Covid Safari Standards of Operation. Please make sure you have read and understand what you need to take this spectacular Rwanda Safari.

Safari Highlights

  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial or take a city excursion around Kigali city and experience the African cultures.
  • The road drive across Rwanda’s countryside will reveal the most stunning natural setting of this tiny East African country.
  • Tracking the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes may appear third on this bullet, but just because we wanted to squeeze the best in here. This is the top highlight of this trip and a bucket-list Africa Safari item.
  • Track the endangered cute little golden monkeys in the same Rwanda jungle.
  • After the gorilla trek, activities around the lodge like Rwanda cultural tales, music, and dance will impress your travel lust.

Know before you go

  • The 4-Days Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour is physically demanding, which means you’ll be hiking moderately steep slopes searching for the mountain giants and high altitudes between 2400 and 4507 meters. There are strict rules to going in these places and meeting the gorillas, and you’ll be escorted by a tracker, rangers, and a guide with a group of seven other trekking travelers.
  • The Vehicle that transfers you from and to the gorilla sanctuary is only allowed to carry up to 6 people, and Covid-19 guidelines of Rwanda will strictly be applied to keep you and our team protected from the scourge.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla Permit ($1500)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Covid-19 Tests
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings canceled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of the tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed. Reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit payment. Should any quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute them with a suitable alternative option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance and travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice. However, every effort will be made to maintain them. If any change of Government taxes or operating conditions affects the rates, we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$1500 per person) since we need to immediately pay UDB Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

One and Only Gorilla's Nest Rwanda
one only gorillas nest rwanda

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (Luxury)

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range in Rwanda, has been included on Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2020. This is the definitive list of the best new hotels in the world, as chosen by Conde Nast Traveller’s expert team of writers and editors across the globe.

From the moment you arrive, fragrant fauna and flora greet you. A hidden garden atop the volcanic mountains where a world of roses and eucalyptus trees grow all year round in the fertile Rwandan soil.

Individual free-standing lodges and suites sit suspended over sprawling gardens at eye level with the tall eucalyptus trees and volcanic surroundings. Feel the call of the trees from your secluded sanctuary where binoculars, a library of books and local Imigongo art await.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Arrive in Kigali and process your immigration and entry requirements (e.e., you maybe need to show your Covid-19 negative test certificate to Vaccine Certificate). Your private Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meet and greet by your private tour driver/guide. After a briefing session, drive North of Kigali to Kinigi at the foot of Volcanoes National Park, through Rwanda’s most beautiful countryside, and immerse your imagination in nature’s own tranquility.

Drive time is about 3 hours with great drive speed to allow you to enjoy the scenery. Check into the lodge and later enjoy dinner surrounded by the evergreen tropical forest.

Accommodation and meals
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (luxury); Dinner


Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes NP Jungle

With an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing (45 minutes). This is the Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour major highlight that brought you to these jungles, so take a breath, collect all your intrinsic emotions and excitement and get ready to be wowed. Make sure your expectations are floating; we don’t want to drown in too much of less or more than we bargained for.

When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes, and a walking stick is a must before. The time spent gorilla tracking is unpredictable, and it varies from 2-8 hours before encountering the family of these great gentle apes of Africa. The location of each gorilla family depends on temperature, their feeding range, and movement of the previous day with the trackers ahead of your tracking group. Strict guidelines will be issued at the trailhead briefing point; make sure you remember the most important ones.

After trekking the montane woods, you’ll find the great apes and spend strictly one hour observing their peculiar habits, including feeding, grooming, socializing, and family squabbles. The sight of these incredible creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation and meals
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (luxury); Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, and drinking water


Day 3: Tracking the Golden Monkey & Visiting Dian Fossey’s Resting Home

Take an early breakfast and join your Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking Tour driver for a quick drive to the trailhead. Of course, you’ll carry your packed lunches because we don’t expect a quickie on this one, right!

You’ll be briefed by the park rangers and then escorted into the misty jungles to find your nemesis. These fragile cute little golden monkeys light up the jungle and alter all your perceptions about wild creatures that occupy jungles across the world. It’s a moment you want to keep forever, so make sure you’re ready to be rewarded for your courage to come to Africa. You will not stay with them for more than one hour; the intelligent guys think you may agitate their inner beings and maybe transfer some diseases (you know) if you stay longer.

After those heartfelt moments with the golden monkeys, the guides will lead you through the forest path to the legend that made all that trip possible from back in 1962, the legendary primatologist Dian Fossey’s grave. That little lady took all the guts to protect the mountain gorillas from savages and let the world know about the treasure we had berried deep in our African jungle, so a visit to her grave is warranted; take a knee!

Later retire at the lodge to meditate about your encounters this day and the previous; these are days you want to talk about and hold on to forever because they’re hard and not cheap to come by. Relax at the lodge, share your experience, put together your photo slideshow, and take in the African air.

Accommodation and meals
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (luxury); Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, and drinking water


Day 4: Transfer to Kigali with Optional Activities Enroute

With an early sumptuous breakfast, drive lazily back into Kigali. Take a city excursion or Kigali Genocide memorial in Gisozi and the Rwanda National Museum visit; the time spent in these places depends on your departure flight.

Alternatively, this can also be done at the beginning of the Rwanda Gorilla Safari before we head into the volcanoes NP. Besides, what can top the experience you just had in the jungle, right?

No accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch, and drinking water

Private/Tailor-made Safaris

What is a tailor-made safari?: A Tailor-made safari or private safari is a vacation trip in Africa that is crafted around the traveller’s preferences—likes, expectations, recommendations and travel style—with the guidance of an expert safari consultant. The trips listed above can all be customized to each individual for a perfect safari holiday.

With a wide range of experiences, attractions and great expectations to choose from, putting together a perfect Africa safari vacation can be a daunting task, especially when it’s your first time visiting Africa. And buying a pre-planned Africa safari package may not cut it.

Nkuringo Safaris consultants will listen and learn about your dream of Africa, what type of traveller you are, what moves your emotions, makes you smile and what lasting memories you expect. We’ll then—with you—craft an Africa safari holiday, take care of all the ground handling and take you to your dream with little or no hustle on your part.