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Silverback Gorilla Safari

Fly into Rwanda and you can be trekking to meet a family of mountain gorillas the next morning. An itinerary like this could easily be combined with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.

Silverback Gorilla Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Silverback Gorilla Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Kigali International Airport

Day 1

Kigali to Volcanoes NP by private vehicle

Leaving Kigali Airport in your private 4WD, you'll spend a little time in the Rwandan capital, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial. From here, you'll head north-west for about three hours - though should you wish to stop, perhaps in a local village, do discuss the options with your guide. The drive takes you through lush hills and bustling market towns to the peaks of Volcanoes National Park, where Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains.

Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit
Day 1

Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit

You'll be driven around Kigali to see the highlights of the city, with a main stop at the Genocide Memorial and museum. This will give you a fascinating, though sobering, insight into Rwanda's modern history. It is remarkable to learn just how far Rwanda has come in such a short period of time and it certainly adds a deeper understanding about the Rwandan people. Read all about Kigali Tour & Genocide Memorial Visit

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Days 1-5

Sabyinyo Silverback

4 nights
Full BoardVolcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated in the foothills of the volcanic Virunga Mountains in north-western Rwanda, on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans – known in English as the Volcanoes National Park. It is built at an altitude of 2,515m, with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountains and countryside. The lodge is just a 20-minute drive from the national park headquarters, and is one of the more luxurious lodges in the area.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated in the foothills of the volcanic Virunga Mountains in north-western Rwanda, on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans – known in English as the Volcanoes National Park. It is built at an altitude of 2,515m, with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountains and countryside. The lodge is just a 20-minute drive from the national park headquarters, and is one of the more luxurious lodges in the area.

"Extremely attentive staff! ... and the setting is gorgeous. "

Mr/Mrs EfromWisconsin US

Arrived 6 Jun 2022, 2 nights

Sabyinyo Silverback is a traditional yet luxurious lodge in a stunning location. As well as creature comforts, you’ll find plenty of personal touches here, a friendly and efficient management team, a strong focus on community and conservation initiatives and some very high-quality service. This is a great lodge, both as a base for trekking to the gorillas, and to enjoy the scenery and many other activities on offer. See our full report on Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

96%
24 reviews of Sabyinyo Silverback by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Helicopter

Primate trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking
Day 2

Golden Monkey Trekking

Spend a morning trekking to find the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. These endangered monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift area and are characterised by their golden-orange fur. You’ll be able to enjoy an hour watching them jump through the bamboo and hunker down to chew bamboo leaves, curiously watching you, as you watch them.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Golden Monkey Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 3

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a magical experience, transcending any other wildlife encounter we know. Meeting a gorilla family in their forest home, led by a dominant male silverback and a cluster of females and young, is a natural adventure that fully repays the cost in unforgettable memories and images.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 4

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a magical experience, transcending any other wildlife encounter we know. Meeting a gorilla family in their forest home, led by a dominant male silverback and a cluster of females and young, is a natural adventure that fully repays the cost in unforgettable memories and images.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Day 5

Volcanoes NP to Kigali by 4WD

After four days in the mountains, your drive back to Kigali takes you through the fertile, rolling hills of western Rwanda. It's a fascinating journey of around three hours, depending on any stops you make en route; chat to your driver about the options here. On arrival in Kigali, you'll head straight to the airport in time to make your onward connections.



Day 5

Ends: Kigali International Airport

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Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day - approx. 3 hours on the water

This half-day adventure takes place through lush farmland, on the meandering Mukungwa River near Musanze town. Discovering Rwanda’s countryside in a canoe is great fun: the launch spot is just half an hour from Volcanoes National Park and you'll be guided along the shallow waterway by an expert local canoeist. Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers and introduce you to your canoe group and guide.

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Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

Full day

For something a little different, set out on a one-day hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Discover the beautiful scenery of the Virunga Mountains, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular views from the crater lake.

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Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Two days - overnight on Mt Karisimbi

Set out on a two-day hike to the summit of Mount Karisimbi, which at over 4,507m is one of the highest in Africa. This is a challenge for the adventurous! With a local guide, you’ll traverse bamboo forests and rugged terrain, then camp on the slopes of this dormant volcano before enjoying sunrise from the summit.

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Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Half day, usually five hours

Dian Fossey is best known for her research and conservation work with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She dedicated her life to researching and protecting these ‘gentle giants’ from harm, however she was tragically found murdered at her research camp in 1985. Today visitors can join a local guide to trek through the tropical forest to visit her grave, and learn about the impact of her work.

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