Rwanda Gorillas & Climbing the Karisimbi Volcano: 4 nights 5 Days

USD4,150 or 4,550 / Per person Sharing


The Virunga volcanoes, with their altitudinal vegetation zones are probably one of the most beautiful mountains of the world. They are a paradise for hikers.


  1. USD 4,550 per person staying at Kigali Serena & the bishops house.
  2. USD 4,150 per person staying at hotel mille collines & five volcanoes.

The Virunga volcanoes, with their altitudinal vegetation zones are probably one of the most beautiful mountains of the world. They are a paradise for hikers.

Destination:Volcanoes National Park, Karisimbi, Kigali
Departure:Yes Required
Departure Time:0800hrs
Return Time: 
  • Tour in our Standard Customized Pop-top 4WD Toyota Land cruiser Jeep or Tour van.
  • VIP Meet and greet assistance on arrival.
  • Airport and inter-hotel transfers from day 1 to the last day.
  • All activities as highlighted in the itinerary.
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit.
  • 3 Nights at Volcanoes National Park.
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person (this includes briefing at RDB offices, guide, and trek – US$ 1500.-)
  • Hiking Karisimbi Mountain for 2 days.
  • Exclusive use of a private safari land cruiser 4×4 with WI-FI in receptive areas.
  • 1 Night in Kigali Hotel.
  • Services of a professional, experienced English-speaking driver guide.
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during the tour.
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Services.
  • Our assistance.


  • International and domestic airline tickets unless where indicated,
  • All extra activities, visits, entrances, and extra meals/drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entry visa fees,
  • Optional extras whilst in Kigali.
  • Drinks throughout the trip,
  • Tips and gratuities,
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc

Tour Plan

See detailed Safari Itinerary.


Day 1: The Bishops House Rwanda, Musanze


The bustling city of Musanze, also referred to as Ruhengeri, is situated in northwest Rwanda. Musanze is the hub of Rwanda’s gorilla trekking tourism route, offering many cafes, bars, and restaurants. It serves as the gateway to the spectacular Volcanoes National Park and is encircled by a number of attractions including the towering Mount Karisimbi, one of five impressive volcanoes in the park; the bat-filled Musanze Caves; and the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo - set against a spectacular backdrop of rolling green hills. Musanze is known as one of the best places in East Africa to track mountain gorillas and visitors flock here to view these majestic mountain apes.

Day Itinerary

  • 0800: Estimated time of arrival in Kigali.
  • 0815: VIP Meet and greet assistance through immigration.
  • 0900: Transfer to Kigali Genocide Museum.
  • 0905: Visit the Kigali Genocide memorial centre.
  • 1030: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
  • 1300: Arrival at your hotel for your check-in.
  • 1310: Lunch for the day and spend the rest of the afternoon on relaxation.
  • 1500: The rest of the afternoon is for relaxation around the lodge.
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Overnight: The Bishops House Rwanda

    The Bishop’s House is located in the Northern Province of Rwanda in a town called Musanze. All rooms are furnished with large, antique handcrafted four-poster beds on a wooden floor that envelopes the occupant in warmth and grandeur, in the en-suite bathrooms guests will be met with hot showers and bathrobes. The rooms have cable programming, Wi-Fi, minibars and tea and coffee facilities. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning as well as a sumptuous dinner. All meals include the availability of unlimited soft drinks, local beers and house wines with the exclusion of all premium drink.

    Alternate: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengere) located on the road going to Kinigi is a convenient starting point to go for different activities that the Volcanoes National Park is offering. Each of the rooms features hairdryers, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms and mini-bars. The hotel guests will find a restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful garden. 24-hour front desk service is also available as well as massage service.

    Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum

    Located just outside of Kigali City Centre in the Gasabo district, Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. The centre is an extremely moving, challenging, educational and ultimately inspiring as well as a great place to understand the cause, tragedy and successful rebuilding post-genocide. The memorial hosts a tour which is transparent and educational but very sombre and humbling when guests realise that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial.

    Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum

      Meal Plan
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Day 2: The Bishops House Rwanda, Musanze

    Day Itinerary:

  • 0600: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0630: Transfer to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking briefing.
  • 0800: Start the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
  • 1200: Estimated time of returning from the jungle.
  • 1230: Transfer back to the Lodge.
  • 1300: Lunch at the Lodge.
  • 1500: Visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Activities

  • Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park.
  • Twin Lakes Burera & Ruhondo.
  • Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park

    Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park offers visitors the unique opportunity of discovering the 10 families of gorillas that live within the national park. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee before the trek starts and will be separated into groups of 8 depending on their physical abilities. Each group is guided by a guide and two scouts who are well trained in emergency situations. The amount of time set aside per trek is different depending on where the gorilla family is situated. Some trips may take as little as half an hour and some taking the better part of the day.

    Twin Lakes Burera & Ruhondo

    Located at the base of the Volcano Muhabura in northern Rwanda, the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo are picturesque blue water masses surrounded by the virunga high hills and separated by a one kilometre strip of land. Visitors can take canoe or boat trips along the waters to take in the magnificent views. Other activities include gorilla trekking or golden monkey tracking in the neighbouring Volcanoes National Park, taking fascinating cultural tours from Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, or visiting the intriguing, tropical Musanze Caves. The lakes’ Swamp Rugezi is one of the most important birding areas of Rwanda, and provides a photogenic, serene area to see a number of species. The lakes provide a wonderful opportunity to see people fishing along the shorelines with traditional methods, such as using self-made canoes (consisting of a single piece of wood), fishnets, and hooks.

      Meal Plan
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
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    Day 3: The Bishops House Rwanda, Musanze

    Day Itinerary:

  • 0600: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0630: Transfer to the park headquarters for the golden monkey trekking briefing.
  • 0800: Start Hiking Karisimbi Mountain 3.
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay on the mountain.
  • Actitivies Karisimbi Mountain

      Meal Plan
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Day 4: Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali gi, Kigali


    Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across lush undulating hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options. It also offers a collection of restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops. With its interesting architecture, busy streets, meandering boulevards, and green hillsides, Kigali is said to be one of the most attractive cities in Africa and is definitely worth a visit.

    Day Itinerary

  • 0600: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0800: Start the descent back from t mountain
  • 1200: Estimated time of arrival from the Volcanoes.
  • 1300: Lunch at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel.
  • 1500: Transfer back to Kigali.
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
  • Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel

    Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centres on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating. The capital's natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.

    The hotel features 148 rooms. Guests can choose from a selection of 60 Standard Rooms, 37 Superior Rooms, 19 Deluxe Rooms, 18 Junior Suites, 7 Prime Rooms, 6 Executive Suites and a luxury Presidential Suite. In-room facilities include 24 hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, mini fridge, hair dryer, private safe and a flat screen satellite TV.

    Alternate: Hotel des Mille Collines

    This Sabena owned hotel offers a total of 113 rooms including eight suites with a bathtub, balcony, cable TV, phone, mini-bar, Internet access, toiletries, and work desk area, wake up service, and voicemail. Some rooms offer a bathrobe, ceiling fan, connecting rooms, hairdryer, trouser press, and a kitchenette. Non-smoking rooms are also available. The hotel was built in 1972, opened in 1974, and was renovated in 1987 as the leading hotel in Rwanda with large meeting facilities. Facilities included: Business centre, Tennis court, Golf, Swimming pool, Wheel chair access, Fitness facility, Dining, Meeting room, First class, Car rental desk.

      Meal Plan
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Day 5: End of Itinerary

    Day Itinerary

  • 0800: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • TBA: Transfer to Kigali international Airport for your outbound flight.
  • TBA: Departure flight time to be advised.
  • End of service.
    • Meal Plan
    • Breakfast

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