5 Days Lake Kivu & Volcanoes

5 Days

Gorilla Tracking

  • Gorilla Tracking permits are pre-bought and booked in advance
  • Moderate Fitness is required
  • 15
  • 80


On this tour, you will visit the famous Volcanoes National Park and go for  gorilla tracking  and Golden Monkey tracking. The national park is known as a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys.  You will finish the tour with a relaxing visit at Lake Kivu with a boat ride.


  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Lake Kivu


Upon arrival at Kigali International airport, you will meet and greet with your guide and thereafter transfer to your accommodation in Kigali

After breakfast, go for the Kigali city tour including the local markets and genocide memorial and thereafter transfer to Volcanoes Park, have lunch and relax at the lodge for the evening..

Today, you will go for gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. The tracking can be relatively short to 4 hours or longer to last a full day.

This morning, you will go for yet another highlight of your tour to track golden Monkeys. Usually, they do stay far high up and would require good fitness levels like for the tracking.
Thereafter, you will be transfer to Lake Kivu for overnight

Today, you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Kivu. Spend the day at leisure. In the afternoon, you will drive to Kigali for your departure flight out.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • This tour is tailor-made, guest inclusions vary depending on preferences.


  • This tour is tailormade, so exclusions depend on client preferences


Alternative Activities in Volcanoes National Park

Golden Monkey tracking, Bisoke Volcano Hike ( 1 day hike), Karisimbi Volcanoe Hike (2day hike), Musanze Caves Visit, Hike Diana Fossey Tomb, Guided Nature Walk

Gorilla Tracking Policies & Advice

  • A small, lightweight, frameless, waterproof back/day pack
  • Light, waterproof hiking or walking boots or shoes with treaded soles.
  • Thick socks.
  • High speed film 400 ASA minimum, 800 ASA recommended (no flash photography allowed on the track), fast film, binoculars,
  • Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long sleeved shirt
  • Leather or heavy canvas (gardening-style) gloves to grip vegetation (gardening gloves may be advised).
  • Waterproof rain pants, a rain suit or poncho with hood.
  • Moisture wicking undergarments, lightweight wool socks, long-sleeved shirt,
  • sturdy trousers, sunglasses,
  • sun screen, a sun hat, a breathable lightweight rain poncho or parka with a rain hat,
  • Thick sweaters not necessary on the track, as it gets very hot during tracking. Best to have layers of clothing as temperatures tend to change.
  • Light raincoat
  • A waterproof, squash-able hat.
  • Drinking water. You may ask for a walking stick if needed

Clothing Guide

Clothing (essential)

  • Summer shirt/s and shorts – for walking in the heat at the start of the trek
  • Warm long-sleeved shirt – for when it gets cold
  • Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)
  • Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) – for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy
  • Thermal underwear
  • Good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)
  • Cheap plastic poncho
  • Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)
  • Wool Hat/Balaclava
  • Gloves – 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer, waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.


  • Mountain boots – essential (good quality well- worn in)
  • Walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes / trainers for the start of the climb)
  • Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into)
  • Have a limited but useful role in preventing scree, snow and mud (at the start of the climb) from getting into your boots. Rubber boots can work out more.

Weather in Rwanda

Rwanda is near the Equator which explains its weather, it only shines or rains. Rwanda is near the Equator. Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures that are typical for equatorial countries because of its high elevation. There are two rainy seasons in the year; the first runs from February to June and the second from September to December. These are separated by two dry seasons: the major one from June to September, during which there is often no rain at all, and shorter and less severe one from December to February.  The temperature on the plains tend to be between 21°C and 30°C and in the mountainous areas they can go down to 10°C in certain months, especially November.


Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) may be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination.

Make sure your Yellow Fever vaccination is up to date before arriving in Rwanda. Air travellers who only pass through the airports of such a zone are exempt from the requirement. It is also advised that all travellers be vaccinated against Meningitis, Typhoid and Hepatitis.

As this is a malaria zone, visitors should also take prophylactics against malaria although the best way to avoid catching malaria is to avoid bites by using mosquito repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. For your own comfort take a mosquito repellent. Mosquito nets are provided in most hotels, lodges and camps. Precautions should be taken against malaria both when visitors are in the country, and when they return home. It is advisable to drink only bottled water and avoid swimming in ponds and still water pools. Desist from taking tap water.

Visa & Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard are the two most widely accepted credit cards in Africa, while Diners and American Express may not always be accepted. Cards should have a chip and pin if you plan to use them to withdraw money from ATMs.

Please be sure to advise your bank before you travel that you will be using your card in a different country as they may block access to your card if they do not know that you are travelling.

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5 Days Lake Kivu & Volcanoes

Gorilla Tracking

  • Gorilla Tracking permits are pre-bought and booked in advance
  • Moderate Fitness is required
  • 15
  • 80
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