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Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills 2021


9 days from $15,995 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Experience “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” venturing between the sophisticated city of Kigali and misty jungles as you learn the history of a resilient people and encounter wild primates, including chimpanzees, golden monkeys and the vanishing mountain gorilla.

A&K Advantages

  • See three of the world’s most iconic primate species — sociable chimpanzees, charismatic mountain gorillas and endearing golden monkeys — during intimate up-close encounters
  • Meet the scientists of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to learn about ongoing efforts to preserve this vanishing primate
  • Visit the Rwandan Genocide Memorial, and discover how Rwanda has worked to move beyond its troubled past
  • Explore contemporary, compelling Kigali, learning the art of making the perfect cup of Rwandan coffee at a local coffeehouse and exploring the city’s trendsetting fashion scene with a local designer
  • Stay in distinctive One&Only boutique safari lodges: the ultra-luxurious Gorilla’s Nest and Nyungwe House

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
Day 2
Kigali | Time to Reflect
Day 3
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Trail Adventure
Day 4
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Wild Chimps
Day 5
Lake Kivu | Lakeside Relaxation
Day 6
Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Conservation
Day 7
Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Tracking
Day 8
Volcanoes National Park | Golden Monkeys
Day 9
Depart Kigali
Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

Day 1
Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

This evening, arrive at Kigali International Airport, where you are met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and transferred to your hotel.

The Retreat
Day 2
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.

The Retreat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
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, taking in views from walkways set 130 feet off the forest floor.

One&Only Nyungwe House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Nyungwe Forest National Park | Wild Chimps

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 with the chimps playing free in the wild. Return to your lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

One&Only Nyungwe House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Lake Kivu | Lakeside Relaxation

After breakfast, drive to your hotel in Gisenyi. This resort town is set on serene Lake Kivu, one of the deepest lakes in the world. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities and sandy, tree-fringed beach.

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
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.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
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.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Kigali

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.

Kigali Serena Hotel (dayroom)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

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3 days from $1,995 per person

Single Supplement from $1,195 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

 

Accommodations:

Taj Dubai from $1,995 | Single Supplement from $1,195
Palace Downtown from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach from $2,495 | Single Supplement from $1,695

International air not included.

3 Days

Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture; visiting the Spice Market and the colorful shops at Deira Gold Souk; and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

Taj Dubai
Palace Downtown
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2021
  • Jun 16 - Jun 24
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    $15,995
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    $4,395
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  • Oct 06 - Oct 14
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    $15,995
    Single Supplement
    $4,395
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Journey Details

Primate permits are priced from an additional $1,690.

Minimum age is 15 years.

Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel..

First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: coffeehouse visit and tour at 2:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Program Note: This journey entails active elements such as hiking through isolated jungle regions.

Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more


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