4 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Lake Kivu & Golden Monkeys


The 4 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Lake Kivu Safari combines gorilla trekking in Rwanda, a Lake Kivu tour, and Golden Monkey trekking into a single itinerary. Lake Kivu is a picturesque lake located within Rwanda’s Virunga hills; the fresh rift valley water lake is submerged in the engrossment of trees lining up the western arm of the huge African rift valley. Idjwi Island, the world’s tenth biggest island, is located in Lake Kivu. The three major towns of Lake Kivu—Gisenyi, Kibuye, and Cyangugu—are spaced apart by about three to four hours. However, during our most recent visit, lengthy road construction projects were lengthening the commutes.

Volcanoes national park is situated in Northwestern Rwanda and shares borders with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The park’s abundance of plant and animal life has earned it the title of one of the world’s most diverse biosphere reserves. In addition to its highland rainforest, Volcanoes National Park has evergreen and bamboo forests, wetlands, and opens grassland. It serves as a sanctuary for a wide range of other wildlife species, including two habituated golden monkey tribes. Daily trekking expeditions to see golden monkeys starts from the headquarters in Kinigi.

Tour highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Boat Ride

Itinary in details

When you arrive at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your driver guide who will transfer you to Ruhengeri. But with a stop at the Kigali genocide memorial, driven to Ruhengeri with lunch along route, reaching at the park in later evening for dinner and night stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner


After breakfast, go to the park headquarters for a briefing on the gorillas trekking. then proceed to the volcanoes’ jungle to hike primates, and when you see gorillas, take stunning pictures and films. Return to the park office to obtain your gorilla trekking certificate before driving back to your accommodation to unwind. Visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village in the evening to see performances by Rwandan artists, browse the handicrafts, and then head back to your lodge for dinner and the night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner


After breakfast, make your way back to the park offices for a briefing before entering the jungle to search for various primates, including the endangered golden monkey, as well as birds and butterflies. Have lunch, and then board the safari vehicle for the trip to Lake Kivu where you’ll spend the evening and night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner


After breakfast, take a boat ride over Lake Kivu for an amazing experience. While on this voyage, you will get a panoramic view of Mount Nyiragongo and visit various fishing communities. After lunch, board the safari vehicle and be driven back to the airport in Kigali to catch your next flight.

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