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Virungas and Lake Kivu Rwanda tour

Virungas and Lake Kivu Rwanda tour

As a short introduction to the beauty of Rwanda! Start your safari with a unique city walk tour, followed by a traditional lunch. Feel the stunning thousands of hills, come eye to eye with the impressive mountain gorillas and finally unwind at the lovely sandy beaches of Lake Kivu.

    Safari Highlights

  • City tour
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Boat safari
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  • Park fees & A professional driver/guide
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VT & Round trip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • Gorilla trekking permit


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips to porters, site guides and driver/ guide
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa

Detailed Itinerary


Kigali, Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast head for a tour of Kigali the city of Rwanda with a memorable step by step walk. This unique experience will give you a taste of the bustling multi-cultural district Nyamirambo, with all its colors, noises and smells. It is the oldest area in the capital city where you can witness everyday life firsthand.

Visit the local market, a local hair salon and the Muslim quarter with this Arab influence. The tour will be guided by one of the ladies of Nyamirambo Women's Center, a community-based project, and will end with a delicious traditional lunch in the home of your Rwandan hosts.

In the afternoon we will leave the vibrant city behind us and proceed to Volcanoes National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks of the country.

    Meal Plan

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day one accommodation

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National park

Wake up early and have an early breakfast after which we head to the park headquarters (15 min drive) for a detailed briefing. From here we will drive to the point where gorilla tracking will start.

Gorilla tracking takes a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes, in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. Spend a magical hour with these amazing brothers while your guide will give you more information about their habits and behavior.

Return early afternoon and head back to the lodge, with a visit to the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo: two beautiful lakes situated at the base of the Muhabura Volcano.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking Water

Day two accommodation

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu

With a fresh memory from the primates, we head towards one of the great lakes of Africa for a well-deserved rest at the sandy shores of Lake Kivu. En route we will visit Imbabazi Centre, a fascinating community that has become a haven of love and safety for more than 400 lost and orphaned children after the terrible genocide.

Founded by Roz Carr, it is now much more than an orphanage, as it includes a nursery school, farm, and historic gardens. Tour around the former orphanage, hear more about Roz's friendship with Dian Fossey, and enjoy lunch while being entertained by a traditional dance troupe performance.

After this visit we will proceed to Gisenyi and check in at our accommodation right at the shores of Lake Kivu. Enjoy a sundowner and dinner on the lakeside and try out the local specialties such as grilled fish from the lake or goat meat skew.

    Meal Plan

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water

Day three accommodation

Cormoran Lodge Cormoran Lodge

Golden monkey tracking

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before we calmly head back to Kigali. Here you will still have time to visit the Genocide Memorial Centre, reflecting one of the worst crimes against humanity that the world has ever seen.

Another possibility is the Natural History Museum, also known as Kandt House. It was the former residence of Richard Kandt, a German doctor and explorer searching for the source of the river Nile.

Later in the day, you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport in time for your night flight.

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    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinking Water

Day four accommodation

No accommodation

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