Overview

Guests who’ve gone gorilla trekking in Rwanda with Cregor Adventures report that it truly is a life-changing experience.

The chance to see one of these noble primates — of which an estimated 900 remain in the wild — in their natural environment is humbling, awe-inspiring and for many, once-in-a-lifetime. Our Rwanda trek, limited to just eight participants at a time, takes you deep into the African cloud forest for an intimate look at these gentle giants.

Custom Adventures Available

We offer both fixed-itinerary gorilla treks in Rwanda as well as custom tours tailored to our clients’ interests. Cregor Adventures has run tours in Africa for years and can help you plan a truly unique experience your whole family will enjoy. Contact us and let us help you make your dream vacation a reality!

We’ve gone out of our way to ensure our Rwanda mountain gorilla treks adhere to the highest standards of ethical tourism. As the mountain gorilla is an endangered species, respect for its habitat is crucial. That’s why we’ve partnered with a local tour operator with over 14 years of experience. As the only tour operator to sign the Kinshasa Declaration on Great Apes, our partner is committed to delivering adventures that don’t hinder the gorilla’s recovery.

Book Your Rwanda Gorilla Trek Today!

We are extremely limited in the number of Rwanda mountain gorilla treks we can offer each year, so be sure to book your adventure early. Contact Cregor Adventures today for dates, detailed itineraries and pricing information.

A personal note from Peggy Cregor: 

I have always been fascinated and enchanted by mountain gorillas. I have waited many years for the opportunity and the privilege to sit amongst these magical creatures. Two years ago it was finally MY time. And it did not disappoint. In fact, it was even more magical than I could have ever imagined. If this is finally YOUR time, please call us with any questions about this “once in a lifetime adventure!”

 

Sample Itinerary

Day One: Arrive in Kigali
You’ll be met at the Kigali Internationa lAirport – or another location of your choosing – by your guide, who will be with you throughout the duration of your trip. From there, you’ll immediately begin the three hour drive to the Virunga Lodge, located in the Parc National des Volcans – Rwanda’s premier destination for gorilla tracking. The journey itself is remarkable – you’ll travel through the terraced foothills of the Virunga Mountains, reaching your destination in time for an afternoon cocktail on the Lodge’s scenic terrace.

Day Two: Gorilla Tracking in the Parc National des Volcans
There’s no better way to spend your first day at the lodge than gorilla tracking through the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. Your guide will lead you to the best spots to see these shy, retiring creatures up close. You’ll reach the gorillas early and be able to spend up to a full hour among them.

Day Three: Explore the Virunga Mountains
Because access to the gorillas is limited by the Rwandan government, we are not able to guarantee a second day of gorilla tracking on our four day tours. If additional permits are available, your guide can arrange a second trip into the mountains. Alternately, the following activities are available:

  • tracking the rare, endangered golden monkey.
  • visiting the gravesite of renowned naturalist Dian Fossey.
  • relaxing on the shores of nearby Lake Kivu, one of the best inland beaches in Africa.
  • seeing community development in action in one of the many sustainability projects sponsored in part by our local tour operator.
  • experiencing life in the nearby villages with a guided walk to Lake Bulera and its surrounding communities.

Day Four: Return to Kigali
On the last day of the tour, you’ll return to Kigali by the same breathtaking path you arrived at the lodge. Be sure to have your camera handy for any last-minute photographs. In Kigali, time permitting, you will have the option to tour the city or visit the Rwandan genocide memorial – a stirring tribute to the horrors of the past and the persevering spirit of the Rwandan people.

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Dates/Pricing

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Per person sharing a twin room $ 3,797 $ 3,417
Private Departure
Package High Season Low Season
Based on 2 $ 4,521 $ 3,617
Based on 3 $ 4,219 $ 3,375
Based on 4 $ 4,067 $ 3,254
Based on 5 $ 3,977 $ 3,182
** Prices are based on a minimum of two people traveling on a private safari.
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Accommodations

For the duration of your tour of Rwanda with Cregor Adventures, you’ll stay in the internationally renowned Virunga Lodge overlooking Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera in the Virunga Mountains. For years, the Virunga Lodge has remained the premier destination for gorilla tracking in Rwanda, offering upscale accommodations in a true eco-lodge setting. You’ll stay in one of eight private, clean and comfortable bandas, each of which offers a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.

Important features of the Virunga Lodge include:

  • gourmet, home-cooked food spotlighting local produce; boxed lunches are available to take with you on day trips.
  • private showers and bathrooms in each of the lodge’s bandas.
  • friendly, attentive staff members that cater to your needs – including complimentary massage services.
  • complimentary water, tea, coffee, wine and beer – perfect for sipping as you relax on the scenic terrace after a long day of gorilla tracking.

Sustainable Tourism at Its Best
Cregor Adventures and its partners are committed to conducting all our tours with respect for the environment and for the lives and livelihoods of local communities. The Virunga Lodge is fully solar powered, and it is actively engaged in development initiatives in nearby villages, including contributing to the ongoing funding of healthcare and education facilities.

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Extensions

The Virunga Lodge – set on a dramatic hilltop near Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans – provides an excellent departure point for a number of unforgettable adventures. With two full days to explore, you’ll have ample time for any of the following activities:

Gorilla tracking: Our most popular activity, gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans is an unforgettable experience. Your guide will lead you through the bush to the find the best spots for respectfully watching these gentle giants in their natural environment. Somewhat more accessible than our tracking destinations in Uganda, Parc National des Volcans is an excellent spot to see gorillas up close.

Golden monkey tracking: The endangered golden monkey can be found in only two spots in Rwanda, one of which is the Virunga mountain area in the Parc National des Volcans. With a guide, you’ll journey into the forest for the rare chance to see these striking creatures in the wild.

Climbing Karisimbi Volcano: Trails to Karisimbi Volcano – the fifth-highest peak in Africa – is accessible from the Virunga Lodge. Our guides lead both day and overnight trips for interested guests; while simply reaching the top is, for many, its own reward, on a clear day you will be treated to spectacular views of the Virunga range and surrounding areas.

Dian Fossey’s gravesite: Take a pilgrimage to the gravesite of legendary naturalist Dian Fossey, who was tragically killed in 1985. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Karisoke Research Center, where Dr. Fossey’s groundbreaking work is continued by an international team of biologists.

Lake Kivu: One of the Great Lakes of Africa, Lake Kivu is widely considered to be the home of some of the finest inland beaches in all of Africa. Swim, tan or relax on the pristine sand after a long day of gorilla tracking – the beaches at Lake Kivu are a welcome change of pace from the mountains of the Parc National des Volcans.

Lake Bulera and nearby villages walk: A three hour trip that gives you a unique look at life in rural Rwanda, the Lake Bulera walk includes stops at points of historical and cultural interest. You’ll stop at several quaint villages, meet local characters and learn many interesting facts. The trail is only 5km round trip but includes some steeper passages on the way back.

Mwiko school and village walk: Another interesting and short (30 minute) walk from the Virunga Lodge, the Mikwo school demonstrates the positive impact eco-tourism has had on the region. The school has over 800 students and is partially supported by our local partners, who have contributed necessities such as a water tank, shoes, backpacks and other supplies.

Intore dancers: Offering an exclusive performance for guests at the Virunga Lodge, the Intore dancers combine authentic traditional choreography with a high-energy performance of what is considered the national dance of Rwanda. Colorful, exciting and interactive, the Intore dancers will transport you back in time to a past where warriors and their heroic deeds formed the basis of myth.

Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village: On the edge of the Parc National des Volcans lies Iby’Iwacu, a place where the traditional Batwa customs and way of life can still be felt. Visit a replica of the King’s House, try your hand at banana beer making or millet grinding, learn how to shoot an arrow the Batwa way, or watch the dances and songs that have been handed down for generations.

Crater View trail: This short trail, located just two minutes from the Lodge, is an excellent spot to view Lake Buhero, Lake Ruhon and the massive volcanic craters (known as calderas) that dot the landscape.

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