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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Land of 1000 Views: Gorilla Trekking in Style

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

4 Days

Prices Start from

£7,500 ex. flights

Rwanda is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to go gorilla trekking, with accommodation to match. Spend several days at the uniquely designed Bisate Lodge, trekking twice for mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga Massif.

 

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 1

Gorillas

Watch endangered mountain gorillas emerge from the mists of the Virunga Mountains.

Lake View, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 2

Rwandan Landscapes

Soak up the panoramic views over crater lakes and cloud-topped volcanoes.

Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 3

Trek Twice

After the thrill of a first trek, return again with a steadier hand to capture those shots you missed.

Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 4

Unique Architecture

Stay at Bisate Lodge, with its otherworldly thatched design.

Why we like it

There is no escaping that a gorilla trekking is now a luxury experience. Rather than fight this, we chose to embrace it. This holiday makes the most of your time in Rwanda by spending time in a lodge almost as special as the trekking experience itself – the incomparable Bisate Lodge.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kigali - Volcanoes National Park
  • Days 2-3
    Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 4
    Volcanoes National Park - Kigali
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park

Depart Kigali for a scenic three-hour drive, winding up and over ridges of lush, steeply terraced hills to the world-renowned home of the mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park.

Spectacular and full of drama, the free-standing volcanoes and forested slopes of the national park are home to local snake spirits, active volcanoes and the place where Dian Fossey lived – and died – for mountain gorillas.

With peaks reaching nearly 4,500 metres and a network of rugged trails, this is a park that is as challenging as it is thrilling. Despite its popularity, it remains the best place to see mountain gorillas.

Young mountain gorilla eating, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking

Set off into Volcanoes National Park, climbing steadily in search of the world’s largest primate. Led by knowledgeable guides and park rangers, leave the terraced crop fields behind and enter the dense forest that carpets the lower slopes of these dormant volcanoes.

After several hours of trekking, draw close to the gorilla family. Leaving bags behind, and holding cameras at the ready, creep closer and enter their domain. Spend an hour amongst the mountain gorillas, as they play, groom and eat. Watch as youngsters roll through the lush grass and see the dominant silverback stalk through his relaxed family.

Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Bisate Lodge

Stay at one of the finest lodges in Rwanda. Bisate Lodge sits just outside the park, positioned on a forested hillside, looking out towards the towering volcanoes. Just six unique rooms make up this exclusive lodge.

The entire lodge is themed around a traditional Rwandan palace, with each room formed from thatch, rising to a conical peak on its roof. Inside, beautiful textiles and colourful patterns decorate the interiors. Thatch balconies allow you to step out into the forest, where birdsong mixes with the hum of insects and the occasional howl of monkeys.

Chimpanzee in tree, Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
Chimpanzee, Rwanda

Suggested Extension: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Extend your time in Rwanda with a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park, in the west of the country. This swathe of verdant montane forest is home a colourful array of birdlife, as well as monkeys, frogs and chimpanzees.

One of the chimp families is habituated to humans, meaning there is the chance to trek in search of them. Unlike in Uganda, trekking group numbers are strictly managed here, making for a better experience when you encounter the chimps.

Also head into the forest canopy, along the suspended cable walkway that links a pair of high towers. This provides a beautiful view over the trees around and below, with turacos and L’Hoest’s monkeys spotted from here.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bisate Lodge £££££

  • Rwanda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Bisate is located on the southern edge of Volcanoes National Park. It perches on a reforested hillside, surrounded by lush vegetation, perfectly located for gorilla trekking within the park. The position affords distant views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes. The lodge is made up of six spacious forest villas, each one raised above the forest floor. Resembling thatched domes that rise to a conical point, they are completely unique in their design. Beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished, they claim inspiration from traditional Rwanda palaces – towering, circular, straw-built constructions.

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A note on price

Two gorilla permits are included.

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchase through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £7,500 Per person

When to travel

Rwanda in January

From late December until early February the weather is typically drier, although showers are still very possible. This is the hottest time of year and can feel very tropical. However, the altitude means that temperatures remain manageable and still drop quickly at night.

Rwanda in February

The long rains begin in February and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Rwanda in March

The long rains begin in February and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Rwanda in April

The long rains begin in February and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Rwanda in May

The long rains begin in February and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Rwanda in June

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Rwanda in July

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Rwanda in August

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Rwanda in September

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until December. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Rwanda in October

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until December. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Rwanda in November

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until December. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Rwanda in December

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until December. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

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