Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
This evening, arrive at Kigali International Airport, where you are met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and transferred to your hotel.
Kigali | Time to Reflect
The Rwandan capital of Kigali underwent a significant renaissance as it emerged from the horrors of the 1994 genocide, a tragedy that shook the city’s very foundations. This morning, pay an emotional visit to the Genocide Memorial Site, and learn how the country has dealt with its past and recovered to stand today as a testament to humankind’s resilience. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Kigali’s emerging fashion scene as you meet with a local designer. Tour her workshop to learn about her creative process and mix of traditional and modern influences. Then, pick out your favorite material and get fit for your very own, custom-tailored garment.
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Trail Adventure
After breakfast, drive south to Nyanza, the historical seat of the Rwandan kingdom, to visit the King’s Palace Museum. Continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park, a pristine, biodiverse rainforest filled with intriguing wildlife. After lunch, experience the park’s Igishigishigi Trail and Canopy Walkway adventure. This easy hike traverses walkways suspended some 130 feet off the ground, offering a bird's-eye view over the park.
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Chimpanzee Encounter in the Wild
Early this morning, partake in a chimpanzee tracking excursion. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to observe chimps in their natural habitat. They are most active in the morning, making for an exhilarating encounter of the chimps playing free in the wild. Return to your lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Lake Kivu | Lakeside Relaxation
After breakfast, drive to the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in time for lunch. Set in northwestern Rwanda’s Albertine Rift Valley, the resort town of Gisenyi fronts the shores of serene Lake Kivu, one of the deepest and most voluminous lakes in the world. The town’s tropical-fringed beaches, laid-back atmosphere and languid pace draw local and international visitors alike. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities for the rest of the day.
Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Conservation
This morning, drive to Volcanoes National Park, one of precious few remaining sanctuaries for the region’s endangered mountain gorillas. This afternoon, meet with scientists at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center for a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing gorilla research and conservation activities. A senior gorilla expert leads you through the exhibits and into the lab, where you can meet with scientists at work.
Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast, begin your trek through the park’s dense vegetation in search of families of mountain gorillas. Your experienced trackers use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits to locate their whereabouts. Upon sighting the gorillas, you stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily lives feeding, playing, resting and raising their young. Afterward, drive back to your lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Volcanoes National Park | Golden Monkeys
Return to the forest for a golden monkey tracking excursion. These endangered creatures love to frolic and chatter among the tree branches, their infectious playfulness making them a joy to watch. Return to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure.
Drive back to Kigali and transfer to your hotel. Later, visit a coffeehouse for a tour and tasting. Transfer to the airport for your departure.
Complimentary Safari Duffel
Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more