• Kigali


    Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains...
  • Volcanoes National Park

    Volcanoes National Park

    The home of Rwanda's mountain gorillas
    Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda and named for the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), Volcanoes National Park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys and more than 200 bird species...

Begin your trip in Rwanda’s scenic capital of Kigali, taking in its colourful markets, flower-scented boulevards and the sobering Kigali Genocide Centre. From here, travel to the vast Volcanoes National Park for a chance to see the region’s rare mountain gorilla. You’ll spend a magical, memorable hour with these amazing animals, but there’s plenty more to see and do. Visit the tomb of world-famous primatologist Dian Fossey, learn more about gorilla conservation efforts and explore the Park’s network of scenic hiking trails and dormant volcanoes before returning to Kigali.

Key information

Destinations Kigali, Volcanoes National Park
Activity Safari, Nature & Wildlife, Responsible Travel
Physical Level Mild
Season Season January - December

This itinerary costs between $3,650 and $7,400 per person with our Rwanda specialist.

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City tour of Kigali

City tour of Kigali

Day 1 in Kigali

Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains. This surprisingly attractive city has been the centre of Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since the horrors of 1994’s genocide, and now offers luxury hotels, fine dining and safe streets. Look out for its atmospheric markets, colourful craft shops and the sobering Kigali Genocide Centre.

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Experience contemporary Kigali

Experience contemporary Kigali

Spend time in bustling Kigali to experience its markets and nightlife. For a more sober experience, visit the Genocide Museum and Memorials just outside the city.

Up close with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Up close with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Day 2–3 in Volcanoes National Park

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda and named for the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), Volcanoes National Park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys and more than 200 bird species.

The park also offers scenic hiking trails – look out for the tomb dedicated to primatologist Dian Fossey – canoeing and mountain biking.

Rwanda’s 12 habituated gorilla families reside in Volcanoes National Park (VNP), which is just a two-hour drive on good roads from Kigali International Airport.

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is generally easier-going than in Uganda, the terrain is gentler and the forest is less dense. VNP’s accessibility makes Rwanda a popular choice for those on limited time. Gorilla tracking permits and many accommodations are considerably more expensive than in Uganda, and the tourism industry here caters for higher-end and more luxurious experiences.

Plan to stay at least two nights in the vicinity of Volcanoes National Park. This will allow you to spend one-night acclimatising and another recuperating after your trek. It is possible to fly in and out on a one-day trek, but we don’t recommend it. There’s much more to the country than one hour with the gorillas!

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Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Spend a magical hour in the company of the world's largest living primate at Volcanoes National Park. Your guided trek will take you through the rainforest where you can watch these magical creatures eat, socialise and interact in their natural habitat.

Where to stay


The Bishops House

Bishops House is a newly renovated accommodation a convenient 30 minutes from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The hotel offers fine accommodation at a competitive price with the atmosphere of a colonial manor house. Bishops House has nine rooms - six standard and two junior suites, as well as a presidential suite. All rooms offer television, mini bar, and en-suite bathrooms. On the grounds, visitors will find a spacious lounge and terrace, as well as a small library, a smart dining area, and a gorgeous, walled garden with tropical trees and flowers.


Virunga Lodge

The Virunga Lodge is one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. Perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, the lodge offers fine views, uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food and exceptional and personalised service.


Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The lodge is only minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla – perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms.


Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone and has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six luxurious en-suite villas maximise comfort and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of rural Rwanda. Each guest contributes to Bisate’s biodiversity conservation and local community projects – making a far-reaching impact on an iconic Critically Endangered species: the mountain gorilla.


Singita Kwitonda Lodge

Boasting breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high-altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any of Singita’s other destinations. With its exceptional natural beauty, environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa – Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $3,650 and $7,400pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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