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4 Days Rwanda Vacation – Primate Trekking, Lake Kivu, Kigali City Tour

4 Days Rwanda Vacation: Overview

Embark on a thrilling 4 days Rwanda vacation featuring unforgettable gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park. This four days in Rwanda vacation adventure also includes exploring the historic Musanze caves, relaxing on the pristine beaches of Lake Kivu, and touring Kigali City.

Rwanda Holiday Types

Your 4 days Rwanda vacation journey begins and ends in Kigali, offering an immersive experience in the heart of Rwanda. Trek through the misty slopes of Volcanoes National Park to encounter gorillas and golden monkeys. After these exhilarating activities, unwind on the serene shores of Lake Kivu. Conclude your adventure with a poignant visit to the Kigali City Genocide Memorial Museum, where you’ll learn about Rwanda’s recent history.

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4 Days Rwanda Vacation: Prime Activities

  • Trekking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Exploring the historic Musanze Caves
  • Relaxation on the sandy shores of Lake Kivu
  • Scenic drives through Rwanda’s landscapes
  • Learning about Rwanda’s history at Kigali Genocide Memorial

4 Days Rwanda Vacation: Featured Destinations

  • Day 1 & 2: Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Lake Kivu – Gisenyi Beach
  • Day 4: Kigali Genocide Memorial

4 Days Vacation in Rwanda: Highlights

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and Musanze caves walk

Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking, then travel to Lake Kivu for beach relaxation

Day 4: Drive back to Kigali and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial

4 Days Rwanda Vacation: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arriving at Kigali International Airport, meet your professional driver-guide and travel in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle. Drive northwest through Rwanda’s picturesque, terraced hills to Musanze Town, situated at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. Your accommodation will be near the Volcanoes National Park headquarters.

Volcanoes National Park, covering 160 km², is home to a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. The park also hosts rare golden monkeys and is where famed primatologist Dian Fossey conducted her groundbreaking research.

Highlight of the Day: Scenic drive through Rwanda’s landscapes

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Virunga Lodge, or Bisate Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: 116 km / 2-3 hours

Activities & Services: Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Musanze Caves Walk

Start your day with an early breakfast before heading to the park offices for a briefing. Begin your unforgettable Rwanda gorilla trekking adventure, which can take between 1 to 7 hours of hiking on steep, sometimes muddy paths. Once you find the gorillas, enjoy an hour watching these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

After lunch, explore the Musanze Caves, formed 65 million years ago by lava flow from the Virunga Volcanoes. These caves feature 31 entrances and extend 2 km underground.

Highlight of the Day: Gorilla trekking

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, or Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Gorilla trekking and Musanze Cave tour

Optional Activities: Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village tour and visit the beautiful Twin Lakes

Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking and Lake Kivu

Golden Monkey Tracking Volcanoes National Park
Golden Monkey Tracking Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing before starting your trek to see the golden monkeys. These charming primates, unique to the Virunga Mountains, are easier to trek and provide a delightful experience.

Later, travel to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu’s northern shore. Spend the day relaxing on the sandy beaches of this beautiful African Great Lake.

Highlight of the Day: Golden monkey tracking

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, or Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel Distance & Time: 110 km / 2 hours

Activities & Services: Golden monkey tracking and Lake Kivu beach relaxation

Optional Activity: Volcano hiking

Day 4: Return to Kigali and Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial

After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Kigali. Upon arrival, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which documents the tragic events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This moving and educational site provides deep insights into Rwanda’s history and its remarkable recovery.

After the museum visit, proceed to the airport for your departure flight, concluding your memorable 4-day safari in Rwanda.

Highlight of the Day: Kigali Genocide Memorial Tour

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Drive Distance & Time: 135 km / 2-3 hours

Activities & Services: Drive back to Kigali, Kigali Genocide Memorial Tour, and airport drop-off

Optional Activities at Lake Kivu: Morning boat ride and kayaking

End of the 4 Days Vacation in Rwanda

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