Where to go Luxury Gorilla trekking in Africa; Rwanda Safari

ATW Holidays Africa
4 min readSep 9, 2023

The stunningly beautiful 26’338 sq.km country of Rwanda, is Africa’s main drawcard for the luxury gorilla trekking experiences. It is an East African destination cloaked in a roller-coaster of tropical mountain forests winning it the proclamation the “Land of a thousand Hills”.

Rwanda is interestingly and increasingly becoming a popular destination in Africa because of its robust and growing economy and it has established itself as a preferred tourism destination for not only the luxury Mountain Gorilla tracking adventures but also the growing MICE sector

It has been able to develop an extraordinary gorilla trekking product which has been able to attract a number of trekking enthusiasts and world’s popular figures and celebrities through its remarkable and signature brand name “Visit Rwanda” and it is known for its powerful and ultra-luxury gorilla experiences amongst the only three countries /destinations which offer gorilla trekking in the world.

Mountain Gorilla in Volcanos. Image Right by Singita Kwitonda lodge-PNV

Through the RDB (Rwanda Development Board), it has been able to forge a number of partnerships to spearhead the growth of its tourism sector and encourage general investments in the country.

Features that make Rwanda a luxury gorilla destination and the general experience?

If you are looking for an ultra, elegant, signature….(whatever you may call it) gorilla tracking safari, Rwanda is the absolute answer. There are two Mountain Gorilla (tracking) locations in the world i.e. Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Virunga Massif which is shared by the three Countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwanda’s portion of the Gorillas is found in its share of the Virunga Volcanos and its protected as a national park which is Parc National des Volcans found in the northwestern part of the country which is just about 2.5 hours from Kigali or 30-40mins by flight from the airport.

The signature luxury experience;

There are a number of features which strengthen and highlight Rwanda’s luxury gorilla experience in relation to her counterparts, such as; the selection of accommodation choice there is. There is a huge investment in the sector in the country and around the park ranging from international, regional and domestic tourist accommodation brands which offer luxury lodging to tourists.

Some of the top picks accommodation we select include; Bisate lodge, a collection of the Wilderness camps is an eco-friendly lodge with an impressive African style architecture, perfectly situated in an eco-chic rainforest. One & Only Gorilla Nest, a member of the two one and only brands in the country is a luxury lodge located in an environment of eucalyptus trees where nature meets elegance, Sabinyo Silverback lodge which is a collection of the regions luxury brand the Governor’s Camp collections.

Singita Kwitonda — a luxury lodge at the vicinity of PNV

Sambora Kinigi, which enjoys a perfect location with private cottages in a natural and beautifully woven environment, Singita Kwitonda one of the Singita luxury collections which was named after one of the park’s legendary silverbacks (Kwitonda) and other luxury lodges around the park such as Virunga lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique hotel in Musanze and Amakoro Songa which is set idyllically in a lush green environment overlooking the immense towering Volcano ranges.

To have a luscious luxury gorilla trekking experience, various tour operators like ATW Holidays Africa handcraft a suitable package where you can combine a stay in one of those luxury brand lodges with activities like the signature helicopter transfers or enjoyed as an activity within Rwanda.

Other things that may come with or you might like to consider for a luxury Rwanda gorilla tour include; private gorilla tracking either as a private group like family, travel buddies or couple or as an individual, this therefore means purchasing the 8gorilla permits to track the particular gorilla family. To add on the powerful luxury experience with operators like ATW Holidays Africa is the VIP treat (meet and greet) on arrival, champagne receptions at hotel and lodges.

In comparison to her neighbors, Rwanda’s gorilla permit goes for 1'500 Usd more than double that of Uganda which costs 7oo Usd and Congo’s which costs about 400Usd.

To plan a luxury gorilla adventure in Rwanda, contact ATW Holidays Africa.

Email: atwholidaysafrica@gmail.com or WhatsApp +256 773148649 to talk to our safari planner and expert.



ATW Holidays Africa

ATW Holidays Africa, is an African Safari brand championing sustainable tourism, handcrafting Luxury Gorilla safaris, Big Game Safaris, Honeymoons, Adventures