Rwanda Primates Encounter & Lake Kivu

5 Days

Kigali ⇾ Volcano National Park ⇾ Lake Kivu ⇾ Kigali


    • Arrival into Kigali International Airport. Meet & Greet Services, followed by transfer to your Kigali hotel.

    • Morning, orientation tour of Kigali City, including a visit of the Genocide Memorial Museum.
    • Lunch at the Hotel Mille Collines – featured in the film “Hotel Rwanda”, regarding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide Against the Tutsis.
    • Afternoon, drive to the Volcanoes Mountains – home to the Mountain Gorillas & Golden Monkeys, for overnight. 94km, 2.5hrs

    • Morning, undertake the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime thrilling adventure – Mountain Gorillas Trek, in the volcanoes forest.
    • After your one-hour audience with your gorilla family, drive back to your lodge – for freshening up and lunch.
    • After lunch, relax at the lodge – as you re-live the fresh memories of your close encounter with the gorillas.
    • Late afternoon, visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village (Gorillas Guardians) – for some insights into the transformed lifestyle of these families of former gorilla poachers.

    • Another morning in the volcanoes forest, for the Golden Monkeys Trek – trekking the only other member of the primate species, residing in the volcanoes forest.
    • Freshening up and lunch at the lodge, followed by check-out – ready for your drive to the shores of north Lake Kivu.
    • But, before exiting the Volcanoes Mountains base town of Musanze, a brief stop-over visit of the DIAN FOSSEY MUSEUM.
    • Shortly after, bid farewell to the volcanoes mountains region and drive west – to the shores of north Lake Kivu – Gisenyi region. 65km, 1.5hrs.

    • Early morning, optional activity, such as Boat Ride; Swimming in the lake; Water sports, such as Kayaking/Paddle Biking/Windsurf/Mountain Biking; Orientation drive along the lakeshore.
    • Mid-morning, depart north Lake Kivu and take the Kivu Belt Road, which gives you scenic photo opportunities, as you drive to central Lake Kivu.
    • Upon arrival, drive through the Kibuye Town and proceed to the lake-shore Cormoran Lodge for lunch, and a photo opportunity. 110km, 1.5hrs.
    • Then, bid farewell to the Lake Kivu shores and drive back to Kigali, arriving in the late afternoon – with onward transfer to the Kigali International Airport for your evening outbound flight.

Important to Know:

  • Volcanoes Mountains is a high-altitude area of over 2,400 meters above sea level.
  • It is extremely chilly in the early mornings and evenings – warm clothing is therefore necessary.
  • The age limit for Gorilla trekking is 15yrs. (Below 15yrs are not allowed to trek)
  • While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly:
      • Water-proof clothing (jacket, with hood + trousers)
      • Waterproof Zip-Lock bags for Cameras/Film/Passports/Money, e.t.c.
      • Hand Gloves (warm and water-proof), to keep hands warm and dry, as well as protect from stinging nettles.
      • Hiking boots – with good mud grip are most appropriate, especially in wet weather.
      • Gaiters – to protect your trek trouser legs and boots against mud/wetness.
      • Small hand/face towel, to wipe the sweat off your face during the trek.
      • 1 gorilla trek permit is US$ 1,500. – Each. NOTE: Once permits are purchased they are non-refundable.

ⓘ The Rates For 2024 Are Being Updated.

Mid-range (Park inn by Radisson Kigali + Mountain Gorilla View Lodge ) 

Season 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
All year  $ 4500 $ 3720 $ 3450 $ 3320 $ 3240 $ 3200


 Luxury (Kigali Serena Hotel + Sabinyo Silverback Lodge )

Season 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax

High Season

(Jan -March / Jun-Oct / 16th -31st Dec)

$ 7150 $ 6360 $ 6100 $ 5870 $ 5840 $ 5830

Mid Season

(1st Nov – 15th Dec)

$ 6530 $ 5740 $ 5470 $ 5350 $ 5260 $ 5230

Low Season

(1st April – 31st May)

$ 5800 $ 5000 $ 4740 $ 4600 $ 4530 $ 4480



  • This tour is offered by Mufasa Tours and Travels.
  • This operator reserves the right to change the rates as advertised.
  • If you request changes to this tour, the advertised rates will likely change.
  • If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest comparable alternative options.
  • The exact order, contents, and rates of this tour are subject to availability.
  • This tour is subject to the terms & conditions of Mufasa Tours and Travels.

    • Kigali airport arrival/departure transfers + assistance; (VIP Meet & Assist Facilitation in the airport, available on request)
    • 1-Night Accommodation in Kigali, on Bed & Breakfast basis.
    • Kigali City Tour + lunch on Day 02(Inclusive of applicable Genocide Museum Hall Audio Guide fee)
    • 3-Night Accommodation at the volcanoes, on a Full-board basis.
    • Gorilla Trek Permits – US$1,500.00 Per Person Per Trek.
    • Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Trek Permits – US$100.00 Per Person Per Trek.
    • Private Transport in 4×4 Safari Land-cruiser + Services of English-Speaking Driver-Guide.
    • Emergency Air Evacuation Cover (excludes hospitalization and medical bills).
    • Bottled Drinking Water during the safari (in the vehicle) and while trekking.
    • All taxes on the services quoted above.

    • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
    • Any other sight-seeing activities or accommodation, other than indicated on the program.
    • International/Regional airfares & Passport/Visa fees;• Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
    • Gratuities – Driver-guide/Park Guide/Porters/Hotel Staff, and other conveyance attendants.
    • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, e.t.c.
    • Personal and Baggage Insurance.
    • Costs for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above, or requested for.

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