Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your hotel.
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Time to Reflect
Begin with an evocative visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Next, drive south to Nyanza, the historical seat of the Rwandan kingdom. Continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park, a pristine, bio-diverse natural rainforest filled with intriguing wildlife. Arrive at your lodge, a serene hideaway occupying a tea plantation on the edge of the forest. Enjoy the evening at leisure to enjoy your surroundings.
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 primate 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. Alternatively you may choose to embark on a canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Kibuye | Along the Shores
This morning take a scenic drive to Kibuye, located on the shores of Lake Kivu, stopping at local markets along the way. Spend time relaxing at your lodge, watching the sun set over the lake and over the nearby Virunga Volcanoes.
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.
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.
Kigali | A Parting Glimpse
In the morning, observe a different gorilla family. Following lunch at your lodge, return to Kigali this afternoon.
Following breakfast, visit a local shop where you learn the art of basket weaving before your international homebound flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Kayak Lake Kivu
Whatever your skill level, grab a paddle and head for the shores of Lake Kivu. After a bit of basic instruction, choose your solo or tandem kayak and hit the water, paddling at your own pace.
Hike a Volcano
Take in the majesty of Volcanoes National Park as you hike scenic trails with your expert guide leading the way. Choose from beginner or intermediate routes ranging from a few hours to all-day treks.