Rwanda Highlights - 7 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Track chimpanzees, spot monkeys and baboons in Nyungwe National Park
  • Travel deep into the forests of Parc National des Volcans in search of mountain gorillas
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu
  • Explore Kigali, the vibrant capital of Rwanda

Join us on this incredible, seven-day adventure in Rwanda and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. We will pick you up from the airport upon arrival in Kigali and drive you to your hotel. Head for Nyungwe National Park, where you will get the chance to track chimpanzees, spot monkeys and baboons and walk across a canopy walkway.

Hike deep into the forests of Parc National des Volcans searching for endangered mountain gorillas next. Relax on the stunning, palm-fringed shore of Lake Kivu and explore Kigali and its colourful markets. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and learn more about the history of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

We will drive you back to the airport after the trip is over. For more about this tour, please go through the itinerary below.

Day 1

Our representatives will meet you upon arrival in Kigali and transfer you to your hotel. Explore the vibrant capital of Rwanda this afternoon with your guide. Visit bustling local markets and the Caplaki Craft Village. See craftsmen selling handicrafts in wooden huts.

Day 2

Safari Lodge

Enjoy driving through Rwandan countryside to Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in Rwanda’s mountainous southwest, near the border with Burundi. This scenic journey takes approximately five hours. You have the option to visit the King’s Palace Museum at Nyanza and the Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda (Rwanda National Museum) in Butare if you want to.

Day 3

Join a guided hike through the dense forest of Nyungwe Forest National Park in search of chimpanzees. This is a phenomenal wildlife experience that is on par with gorilla trekking, although it is lesser known.

While the hike is undoubtedly exciting, it can be challenging as the chimps are always on the move, jumping from canopy to canopy. During your time in Nyungwe Forest National Park, you’ll also have an opportunity to walk across the canopy walkway: a 200m bridge suspended between giant trees, 50m above the forest floor.

The walkway offers incredible views of the forest’s upper canopies and is an excellent way of spotting wildlife and birds.

Day 4

Leave Nyungwe and head for your next destination, the sandy shores of Lake Kivu. Upon arrival, you are free to enjoy the beauty of the lake, relax on the shore and take part in optional water-based activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, water-skiing, jetskiing and windsurfing.

You also have the option to join kayaking trips, take a boat to Napoleon Island to see a bat colony or join a bird-watching excursion to spot kingfishers, pelicans, cranes and other bird species that can be seen around the lake.

You might also want to visit the nearby coffee plantations, hike through banana groves, rainforest and woodlands, cycle though lush green hills or visit local communities to gain an insight into the rural life and Rwandan culture.

Day 5

After breakfast, you’ll be driven from Lake Kivu to Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park). On arrival at your accommodation, you’ll be briefed about tomorrow’s gorilla trek.

Day 6

Drive to Kinigi, located in the foothills of Virungas in Parc National des Volcans, after breakfast. Your guide and tracker will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated gorilla family. This trip might last anywhere between 30 minutes to eight hours depending upon the exact location of the specific gorilla family you’re tracking.

Spend up to one hour quietly observing the gorilla family upon spotting them. The gorillas are likely to be just a few metres away from you and they will continue to go about with their daily lives, feeding and interacting with each other under the watchful gaze of the silverback.

Transfer back to your accommodation late in the afternoon. You are free for the reminder of the day.

Day 7

We will drive you to Kigali in the morning. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which commemorates the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and learn more about this painful episode in Rwandan history. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

  • Pickup and drop-off service. All transport as per the itinerary
  • 6 nights’ accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • National park entrance fees
  • Gorilla trekking & chimpanzee-tracking permits
  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the ‘What’s Included’ section
  • Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Visa fees

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