Rwanda·September 20 - 26 2024

Rwanda's Treasures: Gorillas & Rainforests

Immerse yourself in Rwanda's natural beauty, rich culture, and warm hospitality

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Overview

Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, is best known for its mountain gorillas. These creatures, the most endangered of all the gorilla species, live on the forested slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park. The Virungas extend through Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but half of the world's mountain gorilla population lives within Rwanda's borders. Rwanda has much to offer besides mountain gorillas. Nyungwe Forest is the largest untouched montane forest (an ecosystem found in mountains) in Africa. Its winding trails and waterfalls make it a wonderful place to hike, bird watch and discover other primates such as Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees. Part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu’s emerald-green waters are surrounded by mountains sculpted into terraced plots. Lake Kivu is Rwanda's biggest lake and the sixth biggest in Africa. The scenery is magnificent. Our itinerary follows the Lake Kivu scenic route between Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks. Summon your inner Dian Fossey and join us in Rwanda to visit the gorillas in the mist!

Highlights

Discover the beauty of Volcanoes National Park

Discover the beauty of Volcanoes National Park

See iconic wildlife including rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys

See iconic wildlife including rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys

Have a life-altering experience trekking with gorillas in their natural habitat

Have a life-altering experience trekking with gorillas in their natural habitat

Explore one of Africa's oldest rainforests, famous for its rich primate species

Explore one of Africa's oldest rainforests, famous for its rich primate species

Traverse the famous canopy walkway of Nyungwe Forest National Park

Traverse the famous canopy walkway of Nyungwe Forest National Park

Learn about Rwanda's conservation programs at organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Learn about Rwanda's conservation programs at organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Day 1: Friday, September 20th, 2024

We begin our journey in Rwanda on arrival at Kigali International Airport. A driver will meet you and take you to the elegant Kigali Serena Hotel to check in and relax

Relax a little before we gather for a refreshing welcome drink to kick off our adventure in Rwanda, followed by a delicious hotel dinner to satisfy our taste buds. 

Included

Airport Transfer

Dinner

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Day 2: Saturday, September 21st, 2024

We'll begin our day with an early breakfast as we eagerly await the arrival of our private 4x4 vehicle, prepared for an adventure in nature. Today, we'll explore Rwanda's stunning landscape, stopping to admire the breathtaking views and the natural beauty along the way.

Our journey will take us to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, we'll enjoy a packed lunch en route to the Nyungwe canopy walk.

Our next stop will be at Nyungwe's famous canopy walkway to admire the panoramic views of ancient treetops and wildlife. After an exhilarating day, we'll arrive to a warm welcome at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel.

Relax and enjoy the stunning views from your room. Unwind before we gather for a delicious dinner to share our experiences and prepare for tomorrow's adventure.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Day 3: Sunday, September 22nd, 2024

We'll start our day early with an exhilarating chimpanzee trek in the Nyungwe Forest National Park

With over 400 chimps in the park, you'll get the chance to observe with these amazing primates and enjoy their playful antics. Tracking them requires a good fitness level, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. During our trek, we may also spot blue, mona, silver, and l’Hoest monkeys in their habitat.

After lunch, we'll visit the Gisakura Tea Plantationwhere we'll learn about the Rwanda tea cultivation and processing. 

As the day closes, we'll return to our accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel. After a long day out in nature, a warm welcome and perhaps a cocktail awaits us. We'll have dinner together before retiring to our rooms to rest and prepare for another day of adventure. 

It's hard not to fall in love with Rwanda's incredible landscapes and unique wildlife!

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Day 4: Monday, September 23rd, 2024

After checking out, we'll begin our thrilling nature-filled adventure, exploring Rwanda by vehicle for most of the day with various stops to admire the stunning environment. Our first stop is the picturesque Lake Kivu, where we'll enjoy a break to soak in the breathtaking waterside views.

Afterward, we'll head to Musanze-Kinigi, the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, where we'll check into the luxurious Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund for the Silverback Sundowners Tour. This rewarding experience comes with refreshments. 

Later, we'll gather for a delicious dinner at the boutique hotel and reflect on our amazing day. We can relax and enjoy the evening in comfort at the hotel, anticipating the adventures that await us in the coming days.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Day 5: Tuesday, September 24th, 2024

Enjoy an early breakfast before we embark on an exciting golden monkey trekking adventure at the park headquarters. These speedy primates, a subspecies of the blue monkey, are a sight to behold, living in social groups of up to 100 individuals.

After the trek,  you'll have the afternoon off to enjoy back at the lodge. 

For those interested, a community walking tour, sponsored by the NGO SACOLA, is planned for the afternoon.

In the evening, we'll attend an informative presentation by the Gorilla Doctors before our sumptuous dinner.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Day 6: Wednesday, September 25th, 2024

Today, we finally come to the highlight of our trip - mountain gorilla trekking! 

After an early breakfast, our driver will collect us and transfer us to park headquarters. We're going on a guided hike through dense rainforest to spend time with a specific gorilla troop in their natural environment. Visiting these enigmatic and beautiful creatures is a life-changing experience. 

Back at the lodge, we'll enjoy a late lunch and some well-deserved rest. 

You'll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the lodge's amenities, including a refreshing dip in the pool.

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge, sharing stories and memories of our unforgettable day.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Day 7: Thursday, September 26th, 2024

After breakfast at our accommodation in Volcanoes, we will begin our three-hour road transfer back to Kigali. Along the way, we may have the opportunity to stop at the Genocide Museum and the Kimironko Market. Here, you can buy souvenirs and explore the local culture.

As we say goodbye to Rwanda and board our flight home, we know that the memories we made on this trip will last a lifetime. We depart with a sense of camaraderie and gratitude for the bonds we formed and the unforgettable moments we shared. 

Rwanda is a special place with a rich history and culture, and we're lucky to have experienced it firsthand. We will never forget the stunning landscapes, the incredible wildlife, and the warm hospitality of the Rwandan people.

Included

Breakfast

Airport Transfer

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Volcanoes National Park

Extension 1: Can't Get Enough Gorilla Trekking

Are you ready to embark on the ultimate jungle adventure in Rwanda, where you'll come face to face with magnificent gorillas and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature? 

Day 1: Transfer to Sambora Kinigi Lodge and soak up the serenity this afternoon in preparation for your jungle trek tomorrow. Once on site we will enjoy lunch at the lodge and get settled into our accommodations. Dinner will be enjoyed at the Lodge. Sleep long and well for tomorrow's adventure. 

Day 2: We will rise early and feast on breakfast before heading out into the jungle for our day hunting for Gorillas. Lunch Boxes will be provided mid-day. Rest will come easy tonight. Eat a scrumptious dinner before heading to slumber. 

Day 3: After breakfast we will say goodbye to Rwanda's beauty and depart for our trip home. 

Included

All Meals

Gorilla Trekking Permit and Guide

Departure Airport Transfer

Transportation and Accommodations

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Akagera National Park

Extension 2: Can't Get Enough Safar

Join us on a safari extension into Akagera National Park. There are over 500 species of birds in the park including 100 endemics to the area. The big five are plentiful including: Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Water Buffalos and Elephants. In addition, these are commonly seen: olive baboons, vervet monkeys, hippos, crocodiles, any number of deer type species like Duker, bohor, reedbuck, impala, bushbucks, Topi etc. as well as giraffe, and zebra.

Day 1: Begin in Volcanoes National Park and bid farewell to the rest of the group. We will drive to Akagera (drive is 4+ hours) but we’ll make pit stops and have lunch along the way. In the afternoon we will check into the Akagera Mantis Lodge – the only luxury property in the national park. Time permitting we’ll do a sunset boat cruise on Lake Ihema then have drinks and dinner at the lodge.

Day 2: After breakfast we will head out for a full day guided game drive and enjoy a bush lunch. When we return to the lodge we can have an afternoon swim at the pool. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at the lodge. 

Day 3: Today we will venture back out for another full day game drive and bush lunch. Upon return we will participate in a sundowner ritual, soak in the amazing adventure and have our final dinner together at the lodge.

Day 4: After a hearty breakfast we will depart to the capital with a morning game drive en route. Once we arrive in the capital Kigali we will enjoy a short tour of the city including the Genocide Museum & Kimironko Market.

Please ensure your departure is scheduled for the evening or enjoy an extra night stay in Kigali (not included). An evening wildlife drive (optional extra) through the national park adds an extra layer of excitement to your adventure - it promises loads of fun! 

Included

Three Nights Accommodations

Safari Experience

All Meals

All Guides and Park Entry Permits

Not Included

Extra Night in Kigali

Night Game Drive

You'll Be Staying Here

Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

The 5-star Kigali Serena Hotel is perfectly located at the city’s business and social epicenter.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is built on a hill, positioning it to have the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area. It's is the best accommodation and closest to the forest.

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is the perfect starting point for the activities that the Volcanoes National Park offers. It also gives you a chance to rest and enjoy the relaxing lodge atmosphere. 

Hosts

Doni Belau

Doni Belau

Doni Belau is the creator and founder of Girls' Guide to the World. She is an inveterate traveler, having been to nearly 70 countries (and counting). She loves to help other women experience this sensation as she truly feels it helps us see a larger world of possibilities within ourselves.

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$9,975

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$9,125

Optional Trip Extensions

Three-Day Trip Extension Gorilla Trekking - Private Room

Three-Day Trip Extension Gorilla Trekking - Private Room

Can’t get Enough: Gorilla Trekking? Join us for an additional day of Trekking.

FROM$3,665.00/pp

Four-Day Trip Extension to the Akagera National Park in Rwanda-Private Room

Four-Day Trip Extension to the Akagera National Park in Rwanda-Private Room

Can't get enough Safari Time? Join us on a four day safari extension.

FROM$4,885.00/pp

Add Ons

Arrive a night early

Arrive a night early

Arrive the night before the trip starts and stay at the beautiful Serena Hotel. Breakfast is included

PRICE$380.00

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Room Share: Arrive a night early

Room Share: Arrive a night early

Arrive the night before the trip starts and stay at the beautiful Serena Hotel. Breakfast is included

PRICE$430.00

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Discover the Heart of Africa - Karibu Rwanda!!

Experience the Magic of Rwanda

Nestled in the heart of East Africa, Rwanda is steeped in natural beauty and cultural heritage. From the lush rainforests of Nyungwe to the misty peaks of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda's stunning landscapes are home to some of the world's most iconic wildlife. We will come face-to-face with majestic gorillas, trek through dense rainforests, and witness the fascinating traditions and customs of the Rwandan people. The bustling capital city, Kigali, beckons immersion in its vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy luxurious lodges and experience the warm hospitality of the Rwandan people. 

Experience the Magic of Rwanda

What's Included

What's Included

All meals (except where indicated), including beer & wine with dinner.

All in country transportation

Everything specified in the itinerary

A small group experience

Airport transfers

A unique experience at the Dian Fossey foundation

Accommodations at the best hotels Rwanda has on offer

All personal souvenir purchases

Round-trip airfare to Kilgali

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

Travel and medical insurance (required)

FAQs

The trip officially starts the afternoon of September 20th, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to Rwanda you may want to consider arriving a day or two early, so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, just let us know and we’ll help you with arrangements. 

Yes, airport transfers are included upon arrival and departure within the dates of the trip. If you choose to come a day early or leave a day late you are responsible for your own transportation. 

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

You should fly into the Kigali International Airport.

In the month of September, the maximum temperature is 75°F and the minimum 50°F. 

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Rwanda's Treasures: Gorillas & Rainforests

Rwanda· September 20 - 26 2024· 6 nights