5 days from $4,730 per person*
  • Trek through steamy jungles of Central Africa in search of mountain gorillas.
  • Watch golden monkeys playfully leap from tree to tree in Volcanoes National Park.
  • Discover the heart aching past of Rwanda at Kigali’s Genocide Museum.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels and lodges.
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Venture deep into the heart of Africa to come face to face with some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas. Their sheer size, beauty and humanlike interactions will leave you spellbound.

Rwanda is covered with a lush carpet of dense rainforests, and its endless green hills are dotted with bougainvillea and frangipani flowers. Here, deep in the tropical jungle, you will encounter your first mountain gorilla in the wild. Start your journey in Kigali; visit its lively marketplaces where the vendors are as vibrant as the local produce, then continue on to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center built on the site where an estimated 250,000 victims were buried. Continue on to the pristine Volcanoes National Park, home to some of the last surviving mountain gorilla populations. Trek among dormant volcanoes with your expert guide in search of these immense and rare primates. The mountain gorillas of Rwanda share 98 percent of our DNA and you will get an unparalleled opportunity to get within feet of them. It is an electrifying experience you will never forget. In the evenings, relax in charming accommodations set amid spectacular natural scenery.

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NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with your trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference.
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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Kigali
    Kigali
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Local Insurance
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
    Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
    • Activity - 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Transfer - Kigali - Volcanoes National Park [3 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Volcanoes National Park
    Volcanoes National Park
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Volcanoes National Park to Kigali
    Volcanoes National Park to Kigali
    • Activity - Golden Monkey - Permit
    • Private Transfer - Volcanoes National Park - Kigali [3 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    Kigali Serena (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 5 Kigali
    Kigali
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Kigali

A private transfer between the airport and your accommodation in Kigali is provided. 

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all clients are covered by “Akagera Aviation EMS” Evacuation Service. This is mandatory for anyone traveling to Rwanda. The policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Kigali for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rwanda Kigali
Rwanda Kigali
Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali. Begin your day by visiting the city's lively market places to view and purchase some of the local products. Next, travel to a location stained with Rwanda's heartbreaking history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honor those who lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The center was built on the site where an estimated 250 000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones and to provide educational information regarding the genocide for the future generations. Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative, it is extremely important that the younger citizens of Rwanda fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Center features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial showcasing the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

A private transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge that is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that makes up a part of the Virunga Massif. The stone and thatch cottages each have en suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place, and a private veranda. The cottages are sizable and are positioned to provide each cottage with space for privacy. There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals are served using local produce. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money with the luxury of great views and easy access to Parc National des Volcans.

Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kigali Memorial Centre
Kigali Memorial Centre
Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Rwanda Parc National des Volcans

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park

The Volcanoes National Park is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of the country. This area is home to the world’s last surviving mountain Gorilla populations, currently a mere 700 individuals. After breakfast, you will depart the lodge and drive for approximately 1 hour to the Park Headquarters where you will meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will provide an informative session on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. After the session, the hike into the forest begins.

A full day trek with your guide through the park is a reasonably strenuous activity which can last the morning or all day as you seek out the gorilla families. The guide will take you to where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin to track them from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and may involve a climb to altitudes, not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times quite muddy. Once the gorillas are located all the aches and fatigue of the trek are forgotten, as the experience is often described as finding a hidden natural treasure in the mist. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 participants are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 meters (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of storage space are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is advised for you, as well as relevant protection for your camera equipment. Please note that plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Children under age 15, or people sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, are not allowed to visit the gorillas.


PERMITS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF CONFIRMATION AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge
Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

Spend the morning hiking through the dense rainforest of Volcanoes National Park is search of the golden monkeys. These beautiful, playful primates are a species endemic to the Albertine rift, with Rwanda being one of the only places on Earth where humans can observe them in their natural habitat. After a pre-trek briefing at the park headquarters, the guides lead you through the jungle to the area where the monkeys can be spotted. There are currently two groups of golden monkeys in this part of the country and they can usually be found at the foot of Mt. Sabyinyo. The golden monkeys are very inquisitive primates that are used to human presence and will usually act up in front of visitors, leaping from tree to tree as they feed on the bamboo shoots. Enjoy a rare treat watching these unique animals play and perform in the forest. The encounters are approximately one hour in duration.

A private transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

Accommodation: Kigali Serena (B) (Deluxe)

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Golden Monkeys
Golden Monkeys

Day 5: Kigali

A private transfer between the airport and your accommodation in Kigali is provided. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kigali Serena: Kigali

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Mountain View Lodge: Volcanoes National Park

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge that is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that makes up a part of the Virunga Massif. The stone and thatch cottages each have en suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place, and a private veranda. The cottages are sizable and are positioned to provide each cottage with space for privacy. There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals are served using local produce. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money with the luxury of great views and easy access to Parc National des Volcans.

Rwanda Gorillas Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mountain View Lodge - Chalet
Mountain View Lodge - Chalet

Kigali Serena (B) (Deluxe): Kigali

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Angelia M — June 22, 2019 — Africa

    My Kenya trip was seriously the best trip of my life, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It was my dream vacation and the reality far exceeded the dream. Catherine, my trip consultant, answered all of my many questions and made sure everything went super smoothly. Daniel, my guide, was so fun, interesting, and informative. He went out of his way to make sure my trip was special. I really can't put into words how much I loved it other than I'm already thinking about another trip to Africa. I will definitely be using Kensington Tours again!

  • Chris S — May 17, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Elisha was absolutely incredible! He was friendly, helpful, funny, and remarkably knowledgeable about the area, the animals, and especially the birds! The accommodations were excellent and the staff at those places was wonderful. The Kubu Kubu tent camp in Serengeti was particularly special, and we felt truly appreciated and pampered by the staff. With their smiling help, we even learned some Swahili! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Paul E — May 01, 2019 — Africa

    We had no idea what to expect on this trip but exceeded even our wildest imagination. Daniel, with Kensington, laid out a wonderful plan. The upfront quality and detail on the proposal really sold us. The guides and local support crews on the trip, were on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Shamiel with Ilios Travel in Cape Town. He was joy and clearly loved sharing Cape Town with us.

  • Thomas S — June 14, 2019 — Africa

    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

  • Donna M — June 02, 2019 — Africa

    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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