Destinations Destinations
Kigali, Volcanoes National Park
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Conservation, Trekking, Hiking, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
January - December

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.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

City tour of 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.

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

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.

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.

Top experiences

Our recommended activities and highlights

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
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.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe
Nyungwe National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe

Take a guided tour of the Nyungwe National Park rainforest and learn more about the Park’s 500 chimpanzees. You’ll witness these fascinating primates squawking, eating and playing among the trees.

Attend a Kwita Izina
Volcanoes National Park

Attend a Kwita Izina

The annual Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony takes place every September, offering an insight into Rwandan culture and the country’s efforts to promote gorilla conservation.

Visit Dian Fossey’s grave
Karisoke Research Camp

Visit Dian Fossey’s grave

Hike up to the spot where acclaimed primatologist Dian Fossey was buried after her murder in 1985. You can also view her (now-ruined) Karisoke Research Camp.

Experience contemporary Kigali
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.

Remember Rwanda's past
Rwanda

Remember Rwanda's past

Kwibuka, which means “remember” in Kinyarwanda, is a series of events every April in commemoration of the 1994 genocide.

Previous Next

Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our Rwanda experts.

Expand

Classic

These lodges and hotels are typically located outside of the national park, but within a 30 minute drive for easy access to gorilla trekking excursions...

Expand

Superior

Usually within minutes of the national park and typically comprising individual cottages constructed from Rwandese terracotta tile each with their own sitting area, private verandah and beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites...

Expand

Deluxe

These extra special lodges are ideal for honeymoons or a true bucket-list experience...

Previous Next

How to book

All routes can be tailored to your preferences

Price guide

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.

Learn more

Contact us now and we'll connect you with a specialist tour operator with more information on how to tailor and book this itinerary.

Request a custom itinerary

Get a tailored itinerary from one of our specialist tour operators

Your details are safe and will not be used for any other purpose. By clicking 'Send' you agree to our Privacy Policy

Other itineraries you might like

Why Horizon Guides?

Expert travel guide

Expert travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for reliable and impartial travel advice.

Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences

We curate exceptional trips in underrated places, organised by the very best tour operators who live and breathe their destinations and are passionate about authentic, responsible tourism.

Give back to mother nature

Give back to mother nature

We'll plant 50 trees for every trip booked via the Horizon Guides site in partnership with the International Tree Foundation, who carry out sustainable community forestry projects in Africa.