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4 Days Rwanda Safari Trip- Gorilla Trekking & Dian Fossey Hike In Volcanoes Park

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4 Days Rwanda Safari – SAFARI OVERVIEW

4 Rwanda safari is a Rwanda safari itinerary that takes you on a unique gorilla trekking in Rwanda with the historical Dian Fossey hike in Volcanoes National Park, and Twin Lakes Tour starting and ending at Kigali International Airport.

This 4 days Rwanda safari trip begins and ends in Kigali and takes you to the stunning Volcanoes National Park in the volcanic Virunga Mountains, where 604 of the world’s 1063 endangered Mountain Gorillas live. Here, you will trek deep into the jungle through volcano forests alongside an expert local guide and spend time with a family of these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

You will also get to learn about ongoing conservation efforts and hike to the grave site of Dian Fossey, an American woman who brought Mountain gorilla trekking to light and had her life taken while protecting them. On this 4 days Rwanda safari, you’ll as well tour the beautiful Twin Lakes to explore the scenic views of Lake Ruhondo and Lake Bulera and the local fishing activity.

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  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Hike the Dian Fossey tomb for an insight into her life and work
  • Tour the beautiful Twin Lakes: Bulera and Ruhondo
  • The scenic drive from Kigali to the stunning Virunga mountains
  • Optional Golden monkey tracking or a visit to Ibywachu Cultural Village
  • Optional Kigali city tour and genocide memorial visit
  • Optional Lake Kivu – Gisenyi beach relaxation


Day 1: Volcanoes National Park & Twin lakes

Day 4: Kigali – Depart

4 Days Rwanda Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking and an evening nature walk to the Twin lakes

Day 3: Hike Dian Fossey’s Gravesite & relax at the lodge.

Day 4: Drive back to Kigali for your return flight home.


Day 1: Arrive At Kigali International Airport & Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will meet one of our professional driver guides with a very comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle. He will brief you about the destination Rwanda and this 4 days Rwanda safari in particular.

If your flight arrives early enough in the day, then your guide can take you on the Kigali city tour. Kigali is rated as one of the greenest and cleanest cities in the world, featuring a car-free zone in its central business district.

From Kigali, you take a 2-3 hour drive northwest through the beautiful, terraced hillsides to Volcanoes National Park. This stunning park of 160km2 is home to around 300 highly endangered mountain gorillas.

It is also the location where the famous American primatologist, Dian Fossey, spent 18 years of her life studying and protecting the magnificent gorilla families – a lifetime of work that would inspire the popular Hollywood Movie, Gorillas in the Mist. Tonight you relax and prepare for our unforgettable gorilla trek tomorrow.

The highlight of the Day: – Driving through Rwanda’s beautiful, terraced hillsides


Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: – 116km/2-3 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Volcanoes

Optional Activity: –

  • Kigali city tour

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Evening Visit to the Twin Lakes

Set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters for a briefing from your excellent local guides. At 8 am, embark on a trek in search of rare Mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy, and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be relatively tiresome and often humid, but the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated family of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty.

You need to be reasonably fit to walk up to 6 hours – up and downhill, as it may take anything between 30 mins and 6 hours to reach your designated gorilla family. The trackers have already set out and located the gorilla family by the time you start your trek, so your actual time of walking can usually be predicted when you set off.

You can get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself. Your visit with the gorillas will last one unforgettable hour. Return to the lodge for a late lunch and relaxation.

In the evening, tour the beautiful twin lakes: Bulera and Ruhondo. Explore the scenic views and the local fishing activity. Retire for dinner and overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – Trekking rare Mountain Gorillas


Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Tour the Twin Lakes

Optional Activity:-

  • Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village tour

Day 3: Hike Dian Fossey’s Grave Site & Relax At the Lodge.

Day three of your 4 days Rwanda safari is dedicated to the Dian Fossey hike. Enjoy breakfast at 6 am and then transfer to the park headquarters to meet your experienced local park guides for a briefing at 7 am.

Then take a scenic hike to Dian Fossey’s grave site. The trek requires relative fitness levels and takes 3-4 hours. You have another opportunity to spot Forest hogs, buffalo, elephants, duiker, birds, golden monkeys, and even gorillas in addition to enjoying the breathtaking natural beauty of this Rwandan reserve.

Your guide will give plenty of information on Dian Fossey and her work in saving the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla from extinction.

On reaching the site, you’ll be able to see the ruins of her house and of course pay a visit to her grave. Lying next to her is the grave of her favorite gorilla, Digit, along with 20 other gorillas killed by poachers. After this moving experience, trek back to the start of the trail and return to your lodge. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

The highlight of the Day: – Insight into Dian Fossey’s life & work


Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Dian Fossey hike

Optional Activities:-

  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Mount Bisoke hike
  • Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour
  • Relaxation at Lake Kivu – Gisenyi beach

Day 4: Drive Back To Kigali for Your Return Flight Home.

Your final day of the 4 days Rwanda safari starts with a relaxed breakfast. You then stretch your legs among the brightly colored shops of Musanze town.

Later this morning depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – the land of a thousand fertile green hills.

After driving for 2-3 hours, you will arrive in Kigali city. Depending on time, you have the option of touring Kigali city and the Genocide Museum, before heading to the airport for your scheduled departure flight.

The highlight of the Day: – Driving through Rwanda’s beautiful landscapes

Meal Plan: – Breakfast

Drive Distance & Time: – 116km/2-3 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer back to Kigali
  • Drop off at the airport

Optional Activities:-

  • Morning Golden monkey tracking
  • Kigali city tour

End of the 4 Days Rwanda Safari Tour

4 Days Rwanda Safari − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)

4 Days Rwanda Safari − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

Volcanoes National Park formed in 1925 stands as the oldest National Park in Africa and the historical Dian Fossey arrived in 1967 dedicating her entire life to mountain gorilla conservation a cause that she died for in 1985.

Exploring her tomb at Karisoke is a moment of tribute-paying and an ethical encounter incorporated in this 4 days Rwanda safari trip.

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