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Signature Rwanda

Day 1: Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your hotel.

Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Nyungwe Forest National Park | Time to Reflect

Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide during a visit to the Genocide Memorial Site. In the afternoon, drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, stopping en route at the Royal Palace located in Nyanza. Located in the southwest corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is a pristine, biodiverse natural rainforest filled with intriguing wildlife. Arrive at your comfortable lodge in Nyungwe Forest National Park, with the evening at leisure to enjoy your surroundings.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National Park | Guided Walk

Explore the park on a guided morning nature walk, following the trail of its 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori black and white Colobus monkeys. It is also home to nearly a dozen other primates species and a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics. This afternoon, tour a nearby tea plantation where you have the opportunity to visit local farmers.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Kibuye | Along the Shores

This morning take a scenic drive to Kibuye, located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Spend time relaxing at your lodge, watching the sun set over the lake and over the nearby Virunga Volcanoes.

Cormoran Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Volcanoes National Park | Where Gorillas Reside

Following breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park, with a stop at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at your luxurious lodge overlooking the rolling hills and volcanoes of Rwanda. This great volcanic massif encompasses six active and three extinct volcanoes. Most notably, though, it’s the residence of around half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas — some 400 of them, in fact. The park itself has a longstanding connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the groundbreaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey, which began in the late 1960s and is portrayed in the evocative book and film Gorillas in the Mist.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Volcanoes National Park | Close Encounters

Drive to Volcanoes National Park headquarters to join your gorilla-trekking group. With help from your park guide, traverse the dense forest until you come face-to-face with a local gorilla family. Observe them as they play, forage and rest in the shade of the trees. You are given one hour to spend in the presence of these magnificent animals.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Kigali | A Parting Glimpse

In the morning, observe a different gorilla family. Following lunch at your lodge, return to Kigali this afternoon.

Kigali Serena Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Depart Kigali

Following breakfast, visit a local shop where you learn the art of basket weaving before your international homebound flight.

Meals: B

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