5-Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Adventure


Embark on a captivating 5-Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Adventure. Rwanda, known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” offers a unique blend of adventure and cultural experiences. This 5-day itinerary includes gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, visits to local communities, cultural experiences, and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Rwanda. The trip combines wildlife encounters with cultural immersion, offering a comprehensive experience of this remarkable country. From the bustling city of Kigali to the serene and lush environments of the national parks, you will experience the best that Rwanda has to offer, leaving you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for this beautiful nation.

5-Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Adventure
Rwanda’s cultural dance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. After check-in and some rest, embark on a city tour of Kigali. This tour includes a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where you will learn about the tragic history of the Rwandan Genocide and the country’s remarkable recovery. Explore the local markets and crafts centers, where you can purchase handmade souvenirs and get a sense of the vibrant local culture. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel, sampling local cuisine and preparing for the adventures ahead.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Heaven Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, depart Kigali and drive to Musanze, the gateway to Volcanoes National Park. En route, enjoy the scenic views of Rwanda’s rolling hills and lush landscapes. Upon arrival, check into your lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, where you will have the opportunity to interact with local people and learn about their traditions, dance, and music. This cultural visit provides an immersive experience and a deeper understanding of the Rwandan way of life. Return to your lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Driving Plan: Kigali to Musanze (2-3 hours)

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Rise early for a hearty breakfast before heading to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking. Trek through the dense forest, guided by experienced trackers, to find a gorilla family. This trek can be challenging but incredibly rewarding, as you spend an unforgettable hour observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Watch the gorillas interact, play, and feed in the wild. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, reflecting on this extraordinary experience and enjoying the lodge’s amenities.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking and Visit to Twin Lakes

After breakfast, return to Volcanoes National Park for a golden monkey trekking experience. These lively and curious primates are a joy to watch as they leap through the trees and forage in the forest. After the trek, have lunch at the lodge before visiting the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in the afternoon. The lakes offer a serene environment and stunning landscapes, perfect for relaxation and photography. Enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the lakes, taking in the breathtaking scenery and perhaps spotting some local birdlife. Return to the lodge for dinner and a restful night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Driving Plan: Short drive to park headquarters (15-30 minutes); visit to Twin Lakes (1 hour)

Day 5: Return to Kigali and Departure

After breakfast, check out of your lodge and drive back to Kigali. Depending on your flight schedule, you might have time for some last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing in Kigali. Perhaps visit the Caplaki Crafts Village for some souvenirs or explore more of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Your guide will then transfer you to the airport for your departure flight, marking the end of a memorable journey through Rwanda’s natural beauty and rich culture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: None (Departure Day)
  • Driving Plan: Musanze to Kigali (2-3 hours)


  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)


  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks

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