10 days from £6995pp plus international flights.
This is a great ten-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 fairly 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 National Park that you will see the various primates for which Rwanda is famed, including mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, colobus, mangabeys and baboons. And the bird life is superb!
At Lake Kivu you can 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.
On your arrival in Kigali you are picked up and transfer you to your overnight hotel where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing after your journey. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and cafe, so make yourself at home.
This morning you head south west to the old seat of power of the Rwanda kingdom, Nyanza. You can see the restored traditional Royal Palace. You break the journey at Butare, site of the National Museum which offers an insight into Rwandan cultural heritage. There's a lunch stop at a local restaurant after which you continue to Nyungwe House in time for dinner. Full board.
You 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 six hours and is a fair to moderate trek. In the afternoon you tour a local tea plantation. Full board.
After breakfast you are driven north to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu, with stops at local markets on the way giving you a feel for village life. You 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.
You depart Lake Kivu Serena travelling 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). This afternoon you have the exciting prospect of a forest trek in search of golden monkeys. The inquistive, playful creatures are utterly endearing and this is sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday. You return to the lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. Breakfast, dinner.
This is the day you've been waiting for! You head off into Volcanoes National Park in search of mountain gorillas. Your trek could take anything from one to four hours through the ancient forested hills. It can be hard-going, but every effort is 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! Return to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to reflect on all you've experienced. Full board.
Today your return to Kigali for an overnight stay at the Serena Hotel. Later your guide collects you for a city tour. Kigali has been the country's capital since independence in 1962 and the tour includes Kandt Museum, old Kigali, craft centres and the genocide museum. It's informative and thought provoking. Breakfast.
After breakfast your have a drive of about two hours through attractive scenery to Akagera National Park and check in at Ruzizi Tented Camp, Take time to unwind and later this afternoon you are taken on a boat trip on Lake Ihema which continues until sunset. Take your camera to capture the colours and views. Back at camp you have time to shower and change for dinner. Full board.
You have an early start today, as you set off on a game drive in Akagera Natioanl Park with your driver-guide. 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. You 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 can hope to see elephants, buffalo, perhaps hyenas, giraffes and zebras, impalas and eland. Full board.
This morning you travel back to Kigali and say goodbye to your driver-guide at Kigali airport where you check in for your flight home. (Flight departures will be late afternoon or early evening due to transfer time back to Kigali) Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £6995 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: This is a 2020 guide price based on two people travelling together in low season (16 Jan - 31 May and 01 Nov - 14 Dec 2020). Prices reduce if your party is larger. Please ask for prices for the specific dates you're interested in.
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.
International flights and taxes; visa; tips; drinks; meals not stated; personal expenses. Second gorilla trek permit instead of Golden Monkey trek $1500pp.
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 £800 per person, depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made tour that you can take at any time you like.
A large, luxury hotel, centrally located in Kigali
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is a stylish hotel set on the lakeshore where you can enjoy the excellent hotel facilities and accommodation.
A luxury lodge on a tea plantation at Nyungwe Forest in southern Rwanda
High quality lodge from which to visit the mountain gorillas.
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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.