Itineraries for Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas and African Savanna
Rwanda is mystical and breathtaking and called the "Land of a Thousand Hills". Track endangered mountain gorillas - one of the largest great apes - in the Virunga Mountains and observe their behaviour at close quarters...
8 nights / 9 days • from US$ 12,500 per person (including two gorilla permits)
Days 1 and 2. Kigali

Arrive in Kigali, known as the ‘Singapore of Africa’. Spend two nights at the five-star Kigali Serena, positioned amongst Kigali's charming boulevards. Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as the cleanest and safest.

Kigali has been the centre of Rwanda's nation-building efforts since the 1994 genocide and its rebirth has seen a cosmopolitanism arrive in the city and Kigali now boasts a slew of new skyscrapers, several international hotels and a host of excellent restaurants, cafes and galleries.

Days 3, 4 & 5. Volcanoes National Park

Depart for Volcanoes National Park, the great hideout for endangered mountain gorillas. Enjoy two treks with expert guides to observe these vegetarian gentle giants.

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno. Six sumptuous luxury ensuite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of the surrounding rural Rwanda. The lodge is within easy driving distance of the park’s headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily.

Days 6, 7 & 8. Akagera National Park

Magashi Camp is situated in the northeastern corner of Akagera National Park in the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp and grassy mountains – home to large pods of hippos and more than 520 bird species. Akagera boasts a healthy population of lions, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhinos, which were reintroduced in 2017.

The only exclusive-use area in Akagera also harbours a good density of leopards. Six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.

Recommended Extension: East Africa

With seamless connectivity from Kigali to Tanzania and Kenya's annual wildebeest migration, a host of incredible experiences are just a mere 4-hour flight away. Our knowledgeable team has travelled to East Africa extensively over the past three decades and would love to tailor-make a savannah wildlife extension to complement Rwanda's sublime primate experience.

Imagine a grassland of a gently rolling landscape covered by almost two million wildebeests on the move, with their ever-present companions, the large herds of zebras, elands and of course attendant predators! This is East Africa's greatest spectacle and is just one of the phenomenal experiences on offer.

Great Apes and Primates
Affectionately known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, compact Rwanda offers a range of other attractions from its unspoiled forests, lush meadows, picture-perfect lakes to the vibrant streets of the capital Kigali. Track endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates around Africa...
8 nights / 9 days • from US$ 13,200 per person (including two gorilla permits)
Days 1 and 2: Kigali

Arrive in Kigali, known as the ‘Singapore of Africa’. Spend two nights at the luxurious The Retreat in Kigali, an 11-room boutique property. Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as easily the cleanest and safest.

Kigali has been the centre of Rwanda's nation-building efforts since the 1994 genocide and its rebirth has seen a cosmopolitanism arrive in the city and Kigali now boasts a slew of new skyscrapers, several international hotels and a host of excellent restaurants, cafes and galleries.

Days 3, 4 & 5. Volcanoes National Park

Depart for Volcanoes National Park, the great hideout for endangered mountain gorillas. Enjoy two treks with expert guides to observe these vegetarian gentle giants.

Set in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches, right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unparalleled position puts life-changing gorilla trekking experiences within easy reach. Each of the lodge’s eight luxurious suites features a private heated plunge pool, in- and outdoor fireplaces and large timber-framed windows that welcome the breathtaking scenery and volcano views inside.

 

Days 6, 7 & 8. Nyungwe National Park

Take a scenic road transfer to One&Only Nyungwe House, set on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda’s mountainous southwest. Part of a working tea plantation, the property’s roots are well established, and its recent refurbishment provides a distinctly modern energy with incredible design and comfort.

Delight in active adventures, such as mountain biking, canopy-walking and trekking. Feel the thrill of up-close wild encounters, from incredibly rare primates and reptiles to butterflies, exotic birds and indigenous flora. Enjoy heartwarming interactions with the local people as you discover secrets of their survival, their crafts, cuisine, customs and more.

Recommended Extension: East Africa

With seamless connectivity from Kigali to Tanzania and Kenya's annual wildebeest migration, a host of incredible experiences are just a mere 4-hour flight away. Our knowledgeable team has travelled to East Africa extensively over the past three decades and would love to tailor-make a savannah wildlife extension to complement Rwanda's sublime primate experience.

Imagine a grassland of a gently rolling landscape covered by almost two million wildebeests on the move, with their ever-present companions, the large herds of zebras, elands and of course attendant predators! This is East Africa's greatest spectacle and is just one of the phenomenal experiences on offer.

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