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Authentic Rwanda and Gorillas

10 days from £5780pp plus international flights.

This is a great 10-day tour of authentic Rwanda. We have included wildlife highlights such as treks to see gorillas, colobus monkeys and golden monkeys, and a stay in the little-visited Akagera National Park, but we have not overlooked the cultural side of this fascinating country.

Since its troubles in the 1990's, Rwanda has become a vibrant and positive country whose people are friendly, and whose landscapes and natural heritage is awe-inspiring.

This is a tailor made tour where you have your own driver/guide and private vehicle, and you can take the trip at whatever date you like. You can change any part of this suggested itinerary to make a trip that is just what you want if it's not quite perfect for you. You might also like to know that the price will come down significantly if there are more people in your party.

There is quite a bit of trekking in forests on this trip, so it's quite active. It's not beyond a person of average fitness though you need to be steady on your feet. It is in the forests of Nyungwe and Volcanoes NP that you will see the various primates for which Rwanda is famed, including mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, colobus, mangabeys and baboons. And the birdlife is superb!

At Lake Kivu you'll be able to enjoy the stunning scenery of this massive lake with the backdrop of the Virunga volcanoes, including Nyiragongo in DRC which is still active (it's not close enough to be a worry though!).  Akagera offers Rwanda's only savannah wildlife experience and is in fact now a Big 5 destination too. 

This really is a varied and exciting tour of Rwanda which we've no doubt will captivate you.

Itinerary
Kigali Serena hotel

DAY 1: KIGALI

On your arrival in Kigali we will pick you up and transfer you to your overnight hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on a tour of Kigali, the country's capital since independence in 1962. The tour will include Kandt museum, old Kigali, craft centres and the genocide museum. Lunch & dinner on own account. 
Royal Palace at Nyanza, Rwanda

DAY 2: NYUNGWE VIA NYANZA

This morning we head south west to the old seat of power of the Rwanda kingdom, Nyanza. You can see the restored traditional Royal Palace.  A stop at Butare allows us to show you the National Museum which offers a great insight into Rwandan cultural heritage. We stop at a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to Nyungwe House in time for dinner.  Full board. 

Colobus monkey in Nyungwe forest

DAY 3: NYUNGWE FOREST TREK

We arrive at Nyungwe Forest park HQ for a half day trek in search of the Angola colobus monkeys which can be found in troops of several hundred!  Nyungwe has been classed as 'Africa's Galapagos Islands' due to the diversity of primates (including chimps), birds and plantlife here. The trek can last up to 6 hours and is a fair to moderate trek. In the afternoon we tour a local tea plantation. Full board.

Lake Kivu

DAY 4: LAKE KIVU

After breakfast we drive north to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu, with stops at local markets on the way. We have lunch at a lodge, then continue to Gisenyi on the northern end of the lake. The hotel is on a sandy beach and has a swimming pool and water sports centre. This is a beautiful spot and a nice place to relax. Breakfast, Lunch.

Rwandan landscape

DAY 5: PM TO VIRUNGAS

You have the morning to enjoy the facilities at Lake Kivu Serena or just sit and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. 
After lunch we head further north to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virungas. This chain of mostly dormant volcanoes covered in montane forest is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys as well as other mammal species (such as buffalo, duiker, bushbuck). Breakfast, dinner.

Mountain gorilla in Volcanoes NP, Rwanda

DAY 6: GORILLA TREKKING

Head off into Volcanoes National Park in search of mountain gorillas.  Your trek could take anything from 1-4 hours through the ancient forested hills. It can be hard-going, but every effort seems worth it when come face-to-face with the gorillas. You have one magical hour to watch them and they are completely at ease with your presence. You won't forget this in a hurry! 
In the afternoon we visit an ex-poachers' village to learn about traditional Rwandan life. Full board.
Golden monkeys in Volcanoes NP, Rwanda

DAY 7: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK. PM TO KIGALI

Today is another early start as you're off back up the mountains, this time to find the rare golden monkeys. The trek can take between 2-4 hours and you have one captivating hour to stay with the group. They might stay in one spot if they are at rest, but often they are very active and we will follow them through the forest. 
In the afternoon we drive you back to Kigali to stay at the Serena Hotel. Breakfast. 

Ruzizi Tented Camp room

DAY 8: TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we will drive you on a roughly 2 hour scenic journey to Akagera National Park. After checking in at Ruzizi Tented Camp, this afternoon you can enjoy a game drive in this little-visited park on the eastern border of Rwanda. It is a huge wetland and savannah region, with a rich biodiversity of mammals and bird species, and since rhinos and lions were reintroduced here in the 2015 and 2017, it is Rwanda's only 'big 5' park. It is an important addition to the wildlife conservation efforts of this small country. Full board.

Wildlife in Akagera National Park

DAY 9: AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

You have an early start today, as you set off on a game drive with your driver/guide. You will take a packed lunch with you and make the most of your day in this special park dominated by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes around the Kagera River. Within the acacia-dotted savannah lands you shoudl see elephants, buffalo, perhaps hyenas, giraffes and zebras, impalas and eland. Amongst the plains game, lions will be watching. In the afternoon we'll take you on a boat ride before heading back to the lodge. Full board. 

Roadside scene near Kigali

DAY 10: TO KIGALI AND HOME

This morning we will drive you back to Kigali. We'll transfer you to the airport to catch your flight home. Your Rwanda odyssey is sadly at an end. 

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £5780 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: This is a 2018 guide price based on two people travelling together in low season (16 Jan-31 May and Nov-14 Dec 2018). High season is from £6025. Prices reduce if your party is larger. Please ask for prices for the specific dates you're interested in.

Includes: 

Airport transfers; Kigali city tour; accommodation on twin share basis; full board on 6 days and breakfast on 4 days; private vehicle and driver/guide; bottled water in vehicle; 1 gorilla trek permit ($1500); 1 golden monkey trek permit ($100); 1 colobus monkey trek permit ($75); canopy walk permit ($60); park fees; emergency evacuation cover. 

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visa; tips; drinks; meals not stated; personal expenses. Second gorilla trek permit instead of Golden Monkey trek $1500pp.

Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Kigali International Airport for this trip. Kenya Airways via Nairobi is one option, and flights will cost from around £800pp. 

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made tour that you can take at any time you like. 

places you will see

places you will see

Kigali
Kigali
Kigali is the capital of Rwanda and the main airport for all visitors to the country.
Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu
Rwanda's largest freshwater lake, there are gorgeous views and scenery and it's a great place to relax between more strenuous trekking activities in Rwanda.
Nyungwe Forest & Chimps
Nyungwe Forest & Chimps
Nyungwe is a remote forest in the southwest of Rwanda. It is fantastic for birdlife but is also famous for chimpanzees and colobus monkeys.
Virunga Mountains & Gorillas
Virunga Mountains & Gorillas
The Virunga Mountains are a remote and beautiful string of volcanic mountains, straddling the borders of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda and most famously home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. These are the largest primates on earth and are found in just 4 national parks. Trekking to find and observe the gorillas is a highlight of any holiday. 

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Time: GMT +2hrs

Flight time: Various airlines fly to Kigali including Kenya Airways via Nairobi.

Language: Main language is Kinyarwanda but English is widely spoken. Many people also speak French or Swahili.

Visas: Entry visas are issued on arrival, entry fee is $30, to British passport holders.

Health: Rwanda is a malarial country but the risk is low as most of the country is at high altitude. The following vaccinations are recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Tetanus & Typhoid. Yellow fever vaccinations is compulsory. Seek advise from your GP.

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