Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
With only a few hundred mountain gorillas left on the planet, it is little wonder that impassioned adventure seekers are heading to Africa to visit them. Rwanda is one of the only three countries in the world where you can go gorilla trekking and visit these magnificent, human-like animals.
This 4-day itinerary includes a city tour and overnight stay in Kigali. Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. A great place to begin or end any Rwanda itinerary.
Your journey then takes you onwards to Bisate Eco Lodge, for gorilla trekking. Bisate Lodge first opened its doors in June 2017 and offers a new level of luxury and conservation tourism to the country. Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park.
Bisate Eco Lodge is perfect for gorilla trekking because it is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where the gorilla treks depart daily. Hike up the mountain to the bamboo forest, where you will come face to face with the mountain gorillas and spend what will seem like the shortest hour of your life in their overwhelming presence.
Gorilla trekking from Bisate Lodge is an experience that you won’t forget in a hurry!
Day 1 – Kigali
On arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.
Situated in Central Kigali, the ambassadorial and commercial heart of Rwanda and the city’s pre-eminent meeting place for diplomats and business people. The hotel is situated only 10 km from Kigali International Airport. The accommodation comprises of 104 air-conditioned rooms from the Presidential suite, luxury suites to deluxe rooms. The elegant Diplomat Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while The Lounge Bar offers a choice of three purpose designed areas: the bar, the lounge and the terrace.
Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park
This morning after breakfast you will be met at your hotel for your Kigali City Tour, before driving to You will then depart for Gorilla Country. (BLD)
Bisate Lodge, in Rwanda opened their doors in June 2017. It is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park.
Six luxurious en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.
Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily.
The lodge is said to be based on the principle that “Purpose is the new Luxury”. The approach and construction of the lodge has been well thought out with every conceivable effort being made to ensure that they honoured the local environment and culture.
Bisate is a world-class ecotourism venture making a far-reaching positive impact on more than ‘just’ the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla. It not only offers guests something completely unique to the Rwandan landscape but a lodge that is steeped in local design, culture and traditional architecture.
Day 3 - Volcanoes National Park
Depart after an early breakfast to Park Headquarters for the gorilla trekking formalities and briefing (Gorilla Permit costed separately). The group (maximum 8 people), travel to the forest edge and commence trekking through the thick forest to see these magnificent creatures. The walking is quite steep but not overly strenuous. (BLD)
Day 4 - End of Gorilla Tour
Today after lunch you will depart your lodge and travel back to Kigali Airport for your onward flight. (BL)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Price excludes Gorilla permit US$1500 pp per trek and is subject to change.
Trekking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, viewing success rates are over 95%. Minimum age 15 years.