Live Chat

4 Day Gorilla Safari

Mountain Gorilla Safaris

Stay at either Virunga Lodge, Rwanda, or Bwindi Lodge or Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda and trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

As well as trek the gorillas, you can see the rare golden monkey or hike to Dian Fossey’s grave in the park in Rwanda, or experience the ancient Batwa culture and Bwindi Bar in Uganda.

Highlights

Depending on the location of your gorilla safari, you will experience:

Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Golden monkey tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV) or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and visit the original Karisoke Research Centre in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)

Intore dance group performance at Virunga Lodge

Visit the Gahinga Batwa Village at Mount Gahinga Lodge

Try a traditional Uganda ‘rolex’ wrap and Gorillini Cocktail at the award-winning Bwindi Bar

Participate in local community and conservation projects at each lodge run by Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust

gorillas1

Lodges

Aerial photo of Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge
The Original Gorilla Experience
Rwanda
Aerial photo of Volcanoes Safaris Mount Gahinga Lodge
The Batwa Culture and Gorilla Lodge
Uganda
Aerial photo of Volcanoes Safari Bwindi Lodge
The Jungle Gorilla Lodge
Uganda
Aerial photo of Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Lodge
The Chimpanzee and Wildlife Lodge
Uganda

Booking Enquiry

To make a booking, please complete this form or click here to chat to one of our sales consultants via our live chat. Alternatively, send us an email on enquiries@volcanoessafaris.com.

Safari Itinerary

4 Day Gorilla Safari

  • Virunga Lodge
  • Bwindi Lodge
  • Mount Gahinga Lodge

Day 1

Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert safari guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for Virunga Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails on the western terrace with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the cosy fire.

Driving time approximately 3 hours. Helicopter flight approximately 45 minutes.

Please book flights arriving into Kigali no later than 10:00am.

Overnight at Virunga Lodge (lunch, dinner).

Day 2

Wake up early and have breakfast before setting off for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Hike through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. After a climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of the majestic and gentle mountain gorillas before returning to the lodge in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

Overnight at Virunga Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 3

Choose from one of the optional activities:

  • Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required).
  • Trek the endangered and rare golden monkey.
  • Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of some of her favorite gorillas.
  • Visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, near Kinigi.
  • Take a guided birding and community walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life.

Overnight at Virunga Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 4

Leave Virunga Lodge and drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome (guests to pay/donate entrance fees directly).

Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.

(breakfast, lunch)

Driving time approximately 3 hours. Helicopter flight approximately 45 minutes.

Day 1

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda where a staff representative will assist you with the transfer to your domestic flight to Kihihi. At Kihihi you will be welcomed by your expert safari guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey.

Transfer to Bwindi Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails on the veranda overlooking the dramatic Bwindi Forest with the calls of more than 150 bird species echoing in the distance.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 to 2 hours; Driving 2 hours

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge (lunch, dinner)

Day 2

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest can be steep and requires stamina as some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.

Visit the award-winning Bwindi Bar on the way back to the lodge after your gorilla trek and celebrate with the signature Gorillini cocktail! Bwindi Bar provides hospitality training to young disadvantaged youth from the neighbouring communities. 

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 3

Either go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required, upon payment of supplement and subject to availability), choose from one of the following community and conservation activities:

  • Take a guided walk in the rainforest to a beautiful waterfall.
  • Visit a local village and learn about community life.
  • Visit the Bwindi Community Hospital.
  • Visit Conservation Through Public Health to learn about their gorilla conservation programs.
  • Enjoy a demonstration of our local tea processing cooperation at Bwindi Lodge.
  • Enjoy a guided birding walk along the Munyanga River Trail

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 4

Transfer from Bwindi lodge to Kihihi airstrip for your morning or afternoon return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your international flight.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 to 2 hours; Driving 2 hours

Please book international flights departing after 8pm

(Breakfast at the lodge)

Day 1

Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert Volcanoes Safaris guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for Mount Gahinga Lodge and cross the border into Uganda. (Be sure to turn your clocks one hour ahead). The lodge is located at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes and on the edge of Mgahinga National Park. Enjoy your pre-dinner cocktails on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the cosy fire.

Driving time approximately 5 hours from Kigali.

Please book flights arriving in Kigali no later than 10.00am.

Alternatively you can arrive in Entebbe International Airport, Uganda and fly to Kisoro airstrip before transferring to the lodge. Flight time 1 to 1.5 hours and driving time 1 to 2 hours. 

Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (lunch, dinner).

Day 2 – Gorilla Trekking

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. 

After a climb of between one and three hours the moment you find the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged one. You will spend one hour in the company of the majestic and gentle mountain gorillas before returning to the lodge in time for a late lunch. 

Gorilla trekking requires stamina and can sometimes take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy

Later in the afternoon visit the Gahinga Batwa Village and experience the culture and history of one of Africa’s oldest tribes. On your tour, you will visit their new village and community centre and will participate to the Batwa Heritage Tour to gain insight into their traditional life as hunter gatherers in the forest. 

Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 3 – Golden Monkey Trekking

A relaxed morning during which you can track the rare golden monkeys through the bamboo forests of the mountains. The monkeys travel in large groups and are as energetic as they are photogenic, often seen playing in the high branches or foraging on the ground for bamboo shoots.

Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 4

Mid-morning transfer by road across the border into Rwanda (clocks go back an hour) and transfer to Kigali, enjoy a city tour and a visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial before transferring to Kigali International Airport for your return flight. Driving time approximately 5 hours to Kigali.

If departing from Entebbe, you will leave the lodge in time for a morning flight from Kisoro airstrip to Entebbe and then connect in time for your international flight. Flight time 1 to 2 hours and driving time 2 hours.

Please book international flights departing after 8pm.

(breakfast and lunch)

Gorilla

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla

Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day, and to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 10m from the gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness; however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

ML Golden Monkey

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Golden Monkey Tracking

ML Golden Monkey

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes, to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

Dian Fossey Digit

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Visit Dian Fossey's Grave

Dian Fossey Digit

Located in a beautiful meadow nestled between the Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes are the graves of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved research gorillas. For anyone interested in gorilla conservation in Rwanda, or interested in Fossey’s personal story, the trek to her grave is highly recommended. This trek starts early in the morning, can take 6-8 hours and is operated by the National Park.

Bwindi Lodge

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Waterfall Walk

Bwindi Lodge
This walk takes you through a beautiful part of the rainforest, passing between ferns and orchids before emerging to see three pristine waterfalls.

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Lake Bulera Village Walk

On a free afternoon at Virunga Lodge we recommend taking advantage of the lodge’s unique position by meandering down the mountain slope, through local villages, and to Lake Bulera, which sits at its foot. Passing through the local communities offers a colorful peek into village life and opportunities to visit local schools and a community library.

4 Day Gorilla Safari: Safari Activities

Hike the Kisozi Caldera

Located less than a kilometer from Mount Gahinga Lodge, the Kisozi Caldera is an easy to moderate hike to the top of a small hill where the caldera sweeps from corner to corner. A caldera is formed by volcanic eruptions, and many dot the stunning landscape of this volcanic region.

PLEASE NOTE: The Volcanoes Safaris management team’s emails have been unavailable since 9.00am Friday 2 December, due to the host server being temporarily down. We are working with our email provider to resolve the issue as soon as possible. All other Volcanoes Safaris emails are operating normally. Thank you for your patience as we try to resolve this.
We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, analyse site traffic and personalise content. Read about how we use cookies and how you can control them by checking our privacy policy. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies.