One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda From Kigali or Ruhengeri

Overview of the One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda

1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda is the shortest Budget One Day Gorilla trek Rwanda starting from Kigali or Musanze, Rwanda lasting just one day. One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda offers one of the most magical Gorillas trekking experiences in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

This One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda is the only possible Gorilla safari day tour created for tourists already in Rwanda. The tour starts with a very early morning pick-up and ends with a late evening drop-off in Kigali town.

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is the only park with Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and the closest habitat to an international airport. It’s just about 2 hours 20 minutes drive to Volcanoes National Park from Kigali via the fastest route. A One Day Gorilla trek Rwanda is designed to suit travelers who do not have much time but want to have a Gorilla trekking safari. This itinerary applies to visitors who are already in Rwanda, especially in Kigali. Though very exhausting the gorilla tour offers a thrilling trekking experience and 1-hour encounter with the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas.

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 Tour Summary

  • Safari starts and ends in Kigali
  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • A maximum 1 hour will be spent with the mountain Gorillas
  • Transfers by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  •  Accommodation before and after trip in Kigali can be arranged on request at an extra cost

What you need to know

  • Be ready to wake up so early and return late, it’s exhausting
  • Accommodation is provided as included 
  • Tour can start any time of the year
  • Minimum age for tour is 15 years 
  • Gorilla permit is included in the cost (US$ 1500)

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Detailed Itinerary of the One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda

The One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda starts very early in the morning as early as 5:00 am local time from Kigali city with a pick up by your Rwanda Safari Guide. Inform your hotel to provide early morning breakfast or organize a packed breakfast for you. From your place of residence, you spend about 2 hours on the drive to the park driving through the picturesque backdrop of Rwanda.  Arriving at the park, you transfer to the park headquarters in Kinigi where you first have a briefing on the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking in Rwanda by the park warden. By 8:30 am, the park ranger guide will transfer you to the trekking starting point for a Rwanda Gorilla trek. You will be allocated a Gorilla family to trek alongside 7 other trekkers making a total of 8 people alongside park rangers. The group will take about 2-6 hours in the jungle trekking through the bamboo forest along with armed ranger guides. However, only 1 hour (60 minutes) is spent watching the Mountain Gorillas go along with their daily lives. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are known to move for shorter distances and therefore trekking lasts a few hours in most cases. After the 1 hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver-guide for the transfer back to Kigali. Drop off at the place of residence in Kigali city. 

End of the One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda

Cost Inclusions

  • English speaking driver guide
  • Entry fees and taxes including Gorilla permit
  • Safari van
  • Lunch 
  • Water on board

Cost Exclusions 

  • Any purchases of personal kind
  • Any changes to the itinerary
  • International flights and visas

Note: Transfers will be by a desired safari vehicle and in accordance to the number of people travelling.


  • 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
  • 4×4 safari van for budget travelers

Safari Route: One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda

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