Essence of Rwanda Gorilla & Akagira Safari

Essence of Rwanda is a private guided safari with chimpanzee treks, gorilla tracking, golden monkeys, rainforest walks, scenic drives, cultural visits and lake adventures. All the best of Rwanda's treasures in an exciting 8 to 9 night safari.
DURATION

8 Nights

PRICING FROM

$ 3,620 (PPS)

Overview

Our Essence of Rwanda Gorilla & Akagera Safari is a wonderful private safari throughout Rwanda with many highlights including tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe, gorilla trekking in the highlands of the Volcanoes National park, golden monkeys, game-viewing in Akagera and Lake Kivu. On this tour you pack in many of Rwanda's treasures in an exciting 8 night safari.

If you have time we recommend adding another night in or near the Nyungwe Forest so that you can spend more time there.

On arrival in Kigali, you immediately head to Akagera National Park, a very scenic national park with a wide range of plains game and predators. Afterwards you return to the Kigali area where you enjoy on a city tour which includes the impactful Genocide Museum.

Then you head to Nyungwe National Park where you spend 2 nights at a nearby resort on Lake Kivu. Here you enjoy chimpanzee trekking and a canopy walk through the forest. On Day 4, you head along the shores of the scenic Lake Kivu to overnight at Comoran Lodge.

Then you head to the base for gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National park). This is a scenic journey through the lush terraced landscape of rural Rwanda. You will stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, though we can easily change your accommodation to Bishops House, Virunga Lodge or  Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

On the following day you start early for your gorilla trek. You are given a full briefing, assessed and put into small groups for the gorilla trek. This can take between two and six hours depending on the movements of the gorillas. And the number of rests and photo stops that you may need. After the trek you return to the lodge where you spend another night.  There is time on the following day to do a second gorilla trek or the very popular Golden Monkeys trek or an alternative excursion. You return to Kigali in the afternoon for your onward flight in the evening.

Lower prices for 3 to 6 people

The main itinerary shows per person prices based on 2 people for the Base option. However prices decrease by approx 25% to 40% if you are a larger party, depending on which itinerary you choose and the number of people. Contact us for a tailored quote.

Our Pared Back option here shows the price if you are travelling as a party of 4 people.

Add the Gorilla permit

We have excluded the gorilla permit which is $1500 per person for one day, and also the golden monkey permit which is $100. These are added on at time of quoting for your specific trip. This is because some people like to purchase two permits so that they can visit twice. Or if you add on a visit to Akagera/Nyungwe outside of the peak season (June to October) then the permit price decreases down to $1050 per person.

Tailor-make this safari

We can use a variety of accommodation on this safari. Our Red Carpet option swaps out Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for Bishops House. Or you can upgrade even further to Virunga Lodge or  Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, You can also add on an extra night in Kigali at the end, depending on your flight connections.

Single supplements for 3rd or 5th person in a group are also available, as are Single tours. Contact us for a tailormade quote.

 

 

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking at Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden monkey tracking at Volcanoes National Park
  • Chimpanzee tracking at Nyungwe forest
  • Game viewing at Akagera National Park

Essence of Rwanda Gorilla & Akagira Safari at a glance

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PRICE FROM $ 3,620 (PPS)

Gloria Darvall

Africa Travel Specialist

Hi I'm Gloria, I'm here to help you plan your ideal holiday experience

An idea of price

All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.

It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.

Pared Back
if you need to save
Average Of
$ 3,785
/PPS
This is the same itinerary but based on four people travelling
This Itinerary
as outlined above
Average Of
$ 4,830
/PPS
Red Carpet
all the bells & whistles
Average Of
$ 5,625
/PPS
This option includes Bishops House in the Volcanoes Region. Further upgrades are possible aswell.
Pared Back
if you need to save
Average Of
$ 3,620
/PPS
This is the same itinerary but based on four people travelling
This Itinerary
as outlined above
Average Of
$ 4,705
/PPS
Red Carpet
all the bells & whistles
Average Of
$ 5,495
/PPS
This option includes Bishops House in the Volcanoes Region. Further upgrades are possible aswell.

Includes:

Accommodation with breakfast in Kigali, full board on safari, 4x4 safari vehicle, bottled water in the vehicle and while on trek, chimpanzee trekking permit, other excursions as detailed

Excludes:

Gorilla tracking permits ($1500), gratuities