4 Days Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in Rwanda

4 Days Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in Rwanda

Embark on this unforgettable 4 Days gorillas and golden monkey tour in Rwanda; explore the wonders of Volcanoes National Park. This trip plan entirely includes on-foot walking experiences – gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking.

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Get ready for the most thrilling encounter with special Great Apes in the world from mountain gorillas to golden monkeys. Embark on this unforgettable 4 Days gorillas and golden monkey tour in Rwanda; explore the wonders of Volcanoes National Park.

This trip plan entirely includes on-foot walking experiences – gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking.

Gorilla trekking entirely takes you on a search for habituated mountain gorilla group in the wild and golden monkey trek is all about exploring the strikingly beautiful golden monkeys. All these unique apes will be spotted in their natural habitat in Volcanoes National Park, located in northwestern Rwanda.

  • Day 1: Pick up from Kigali city, transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2: Go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes NP
  • Day 3: Rwanda Golden monkey trekking & visit Iby’iwacu village
  • Day 4: Depart for Kigali, city tour & airport transfer
  • End of Tour

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali city, transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Get a warm welcome from our expert who also will brief you on your unforgettable 4-day trip to see golden monkeys and mountain gorillas in the same habitat. Set off from the hotel or Kigali airport upon arrival in the morning. Head off to Volcanoes National Park, northwest of Rwanda and this is 2-3 hours’ drive. In the countryside, get remarkable treat to spectacularly rolling hills and arrive at the park to check in at your respective lodges.

Volcanoes National Park, created in 1925 is Rwanda’s 3rd biggest National Park with land area coverage of 160sq.km. The park protects diversity of animals and birds which include mountain gorillas, buffaloes, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, golden monkeys, forest elephants, and birds, especially the Albertine rift endemics.

Day 2: Go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes NP

After breakfast, today is a special day to go search for your favorite primates –the endangered mountain gorillas but with company of an experienced park guide. First, get briefed at the park offices (Kinigi); know the dos and don’ts to be observed while trekking with mountain gorillas.

The entire gorilla trekking excursion isn’t predictable and may go for 2-6 hours which includes one hour of up close and personal with family of mountain gorillas in the wild. Once you return, have good moments at lodge with your colleagues as you share stories of the day.

Day 3: Rwanda Golden monkey trekking & visit Iby’iwacu village

Your safari lodge staff will offer a delicious breakfast in the morning and after, join other guests for briefing at Kinigi. Learn the set golden monkey trekking regulations and safety procedures. The park guide will be assigned to lead you through the memorable golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes NP and this is expect to run for about 2-4 hours but inclusive of one hour for taking pictures and observing the daily behaviors of golden monkeys.

When you return to the lodge, spend some time relaxing and enjoying some refreshments. In the evening, you will be accompanied to the Iby’Iwacu village to explore unique cultures and traditions of Rwandese.

Day 4: Depart for Kigali, city tour & airport transfer

Take your breakfast at leisure and later, check out of the lodge, meet your driver guide for transfer back to Kigali capital. While in Kigali, enjoy a short city excursion and this includes exploring the Kigali genocide site in Gisozi with the local expert guide, then get dropped off at the airport for departure.

End of safari

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 3 Night Accommodation
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per Person.
  • 1 Golden Monkey Permit per person
  • City Tour
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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