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3-day Exclusive Gorilla Tracking Rwanda

Primates & Nature


Our 3-day tour to see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda is perfect for those short on time but eager to catch a glimpse of these rare primates in their natural habitat. This tour is easy to tack on to your safari trip in East Africa or as an extension to your travels through Rwanda.

  • Transfers between Kigali & Volcanoes NP
  • Gorilla tracking permit included!
  • Stay at luxurious lodge
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Day by day: 3-day Exclusive Gorilla Tracking Rwanda


Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes NP

A representative of your lodge will pick you up from Kigali today and take you on a scenic drive to the Virunga Mountain range, home of the Mountain Gorilla.

Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills, and on this drive you will soon see why. On your way to Volcanoes National Park you will be passing over beautiful rolling green hills as far as your eye can see.

Journey Time: 2,5 hours
Accommodation: Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Optional lodge upgrade: Bisate Lodge
Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes. It is one of Rwanda's first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari lodges. Prices available on request. Let your Travel Consultant know if you are interested in this lodge upgrade.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes NP

Encountering the rare and endangered mountain gorillas is an experience of a lifetime.

In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the habituated family groups who live in the park and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. 

Your gorilla tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (sometimes muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. 


En-route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 1 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas have been located, settle in to the environment and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.

Encountering the mountain gorillas in the wild is a truly humbling and emotional experience, one that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life.

Journey Time:  15-30 minutes each way
Accommodation: Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Return to Kigali

Enjoy your last morning in the rainforest today before a representative of the lodge drives you back to Kigali for your departure flight. Please make sure your international flight departure is after 3 pm. For flights departing before 3 pm we will arrange a night in Kigali for you at an additional cost.

Journey Time: 2,5 hours  
Accommodation:      Not included today
Meal Plan: Breakfast

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Not ready to leave this beautiful spot? 
No problem. Add an extra day and explore more of what Volcanoes NP has to offer. Gorilla Tracking is the main highlight of a visit to this park, but you are also in the perfect place for volcano hikes, canoeing, nature walks, other primate tracking excursions and a visit to Dian Fossey’s tomb and research center. Talk to your Travel Consultant to add an extra night to your program.

This is the end of your trip to Rwanda with Matoke Tours!

Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list for Rwanda? 

If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch with your personal Travel Consultant to create your personalized program.

Don't want the fun to end?

Why not combine this tour with an extended tour of Rwanda, or go on a safari to the famous Serengeti in Tanzania? We take care of everything from flights to transfers and accommodation so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Explore our other destinations or speak with your personal Travel Consultant for some expert advice on suitable combinations


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3-day Exclusive Gorilla Tracking Rwanda