- 8 Days , 2 Countries , 5 Cities
- DAY 1
Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda!Arrive at Kigali International Airport. Meet and greet assistance. You will be warmly welcomed and fast-tracked with VIP service outside customs and the immigration hall. Transfer to your city hotel for check-in.
Kigali is a delightful city, one Rwandans know as their capital city. As it boasts, Kigali is made up of rolling hills, lots of trees, and winding roads. It is a beautiful city and not only kept very clean but also one of Africa’s safest cities. It is becoming as hip as any 1st world country globally, but successfully blending it all in with its colorful African charm. You can find all your Apple plug points and see all the latest trends but you will never forget that you are in an African city. There is a boom of new restaurants, cafes, coffee bars, and art galleries opening up daily. The city is alive with an endless vibe. Today Kigali has progressed and offers more than just a stop-over en route to the gorillas. Rwanda is a small country and Kigali is a good base – nothing is too far from Kigali. Maximum traveling time to anywhere in Rwanda is around a 4-hour drive.
Accommodation in a luxury boutique hotel in Kigali.View on map
- DAY 2
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Afternoon visit tea plantationAfter an early breakfast at your hotel, you will check out. Drive to NYUNGWE Forest National Park, where the largest montane forest in East and Central Africa is found. The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies, and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around; butterflies are everywhere, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned. Late afternoon visit a tea plantation and enjoy a Tea tasting (offered by the lodge).
Overnight at Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit chefs garden, Nature Bootcamp, Spear throwing, Conservation walk, Secrets of African Tea, Hilltop Archery, Bike tour.View on map
- DAY 3
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Hike in the forest in search for primatesEarly morning breakfast. Transfer to the Park office for briefing and meet your local ranger. Hike through the forest with local rangers searching for primates. Nyungwe has 13 primates which include Colobus, L’Hoest monkey, Owl-faced monkey, Blue monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Vervet monkeys. Lunch at your Lodge. Afternoon leisure or enjoy the activities.View on map
- DAY 4
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Trekking with ranger to spot to chimpanzee in the forestToday at 5 am, you will get your packed breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for chimpanzee trek briefing and formalities and then to the evergreen forest for a great experience.
You may spot a wide variety of birdlife. Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting, and clanging – it’s a truly exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to observe chimps in their natural habitat. Most active in the morning, an early rise is required for maximum viewing opportunity, and a beautifully prepared breakfast will be enjoyed ‘on the go’. Allow experienced, expert trackers to guide you on a deep forest trail, learning about these fascinating creatures and the enchanting forest they call home.
Return to the resort and enjoy breakfast and some rest. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.View on map
- DAY 5
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Early morning canopy walkYour guided canopy walk will start at 3 am. Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective on the famous Canopy Walkway. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breathtaking construction hangs 60 meters (197 ft.) above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. An iconic experience, not to be missed!
Return to the resort - Evening at leisure to relax or take part in one of the complimentary activities offered such as Boot camp spear throwing, Conservation Walk, Exploring by bicycle, or Nyungwe Nocturnal walk.View on map
- DAY 6
Kivu/Gisenyi - Scenic drive along the coastline of Lake KivuMorning breakfast and check out. Scenic drive along the coastline of Lake Kivu (5 hours’ drive) with beautiful views over the lake. Picnic lunch en route. Late afternoon check-in and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake from the resort. You may get a chance to see and hear the singing fisherman.
Overnight at Paradis Kivu Resort.View on map
- DAY 7
Volcanoes National ParkRelaxed sleep in and breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park approx. 2 hours drive. Check-in and lunch at your lodge, Singita Kwitonda.
Found in the Northwest of Rwanda, a visit to the Volcanoes National Park is a must and in many cases, the very reason one visits Rwanda. The park is home to around 10 Gorilla families It is an area of thickly vegetated rainforest and bamboo. The Volcanoes National park is a part of the Virunga Conservation area. The Virunga Conservation area traverses over 3 countries, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda, and covers 2 national parks Virunga NP in DRC, Volcanoes NP in Rwanda, and Mgahinga in Uganda, and houses eight volcanoes that 5 of which sit in Rwanda and forms the borders - these are Mount Karismibi, Mount Sabinyo, Mount Muhabura, Mount Bisoke, and Mount Gahinga. Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamulagira, which sit in DRC, are the only active volcanoes. This incredible formation is all part of the Albertine Rift.
Set in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches, right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unparalleled position puts life-changing gorilla-trekking experiences within easy reach. In response to its exquisite location, each of the lodge’s eight luxurious suites features a private heated plunge pool, in- and outdoor fireplaces, and large timber-framed windows that welcome the breathtaking scenery and volcano views inside. Elements like woven ceilings and hand-fired terracotta brickwork crafted by local artisans highlight the authentic East African appeal of this remarkable lodge. Further raising the bar on sustainable luxury eco-tourism, Kwitonda’s farm-to-table food journey celebrates Rwandese cuisine and fresh produce from the on-site garden, while the Akarabo Nursery is a fundamental part of Singita’s ambitious undertaking to contribute to the long-term conservation of endangered mountain gorillas by increasing their habitat through reforestation.
Affectionately known as “The land of a Thousand Hills”, this tiny country in the heart of the continent offers a range of other attractions too, and unspoiled forests, lush meadows, picture-perfect lakes, and the vibrant streets of the capital Kigali all contribute to the increasing demand for Rwanda on East African itineraries.
Afternoon the recommended activities are to check out the beauty of the Volcanoes from the water by canoeing over the Mukungwa River. A professional guide will assist you in his/her canoe. From the river, you will see great birdlife, local villages and people, and impressive volcanoes. Visit a local culture village and experience banana beer making take time and enjoy making banana beer and get to know how it’s made. This activity allows you to interact with local people and taste and enjoy the beer together. And optional: Tree planting: Be part of the local community conservation program by helping them to plant trees and combat deforestation.
Overnight at a Luxury Lodge.View on map
- DAY 8
Volcanoes National Park - Hike and meet the mountain silverback gorilla familyEarly morning Breakfast. Transfer to headquarters for a briefing to prepare for your trekking. Hike with a local ranger to find the gorilla family and spend 1 hour with them. We offer a free porter per person who will assist you with your daypack, and give you hand when the path is slippery, steep, or irregular. The porters are from the local community and registered by the Rwanda Wildlife Authority, in this way we also support the local community.
The largest gorilla group or family ever studied is in Rwanda and was led by Cantsbee (died in 2017). This was the oldest known mountain gorilla in the whole world. A gorilla family is led by a silverback. These troops also include several younger males, adult, and juvenile females, and infants. In addition to protecting group members, silverbacks maintain order and decide all activities within their troops. They schedule feeding trips, resting time, and travel. They also father the majority of the young in the group.
Afternoon leisure at the lodge.View on map
- DAY 9
Volcanoes National Park - Golden Monkey TrekkingRise early in the morning and have breakfast at the lodge. After check out, Proceed to the Park’s headquarters for a briefing about your trek. You will then be transferred by vehicle to the start point of the guided walk that begins in search of the Golden Monkeys.
Trekking to see the golden monkeys is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandi) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests. There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. As with treks to see the Mountain Gorillas, treks to see the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings, and visitors are permitted to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys.
Overnight at the Lodge.View on map
- DAY 10
Volcanoes National Park - Hike and meet the mountain silverback gorilla familyEarly morning Breakfast and check out. Transfer to headquarters for a briefing to prepare for your trekking 2nd hike with a local ranger to find the gorilla family and spend 1 hour with them. Enjoy your lunch and afternoon leisure at your lodge.
Overnight at the Lodge.View on map
- DAY 11
Luxury Magashi Camp - Helicopter Flight to Akagera N.P.This morning you will have to transfer to Kigali (a 2,5-hour drive) and enjoy lunch. Your guide will assist you with the check-in for your scheduled Helicopter flight to Akagera national park (airstrip Magashi camp).
Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species.
Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lions, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which was reintroduced in 2017. Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbors a good density of leopards. Six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga, while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, pool, and expansive viewing deck with a convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.
Overnight at The Luxury Magashi Camp.View on map
- DAY 12
The Luxury Magashi Camp - Safari Activities Akagera National ParkBreakfast and enjoy the safari activities offered by the lodge.
Overnight at The Luxury Magashi Camp.View on map
- DAY 13
The Luxury Magashi Camp - Game Drives in Akagera National ParkEnjoy the activities provided by the lodge including 2 activities per day. Overnight at The Luxury Magashi Camp.View on map
- DAY 14
Scheduled helicopter flight back to Kigali Airport - DepartureEnjoy a last morning safari activity in the park. Check out after lunch. Scheduled Helicopter flight Magashi to Kigali. Meet your guide and have the possibility to explore some highlights in Kigali.
Transfer to Kigali airport in time for your International Flight back home.View on map
Starting from $24,100 per person
Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on superior luxury accommodation
The gorilla permit is not included. Please ask to add this exclusive once in a life experience!
Price excluding international flights
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- 13-Night Luxury Accommodation
- All Accommodation, meals, and activities per itinerary plan
- Accommodation at Nyungwe Forest National Park is Full Board.
- Accommodation at Volcanoes National Park is Full Board including premium wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
- Accommodation The Luxury Magashi Camp is Full Board, non-premium imported drinks, transfer from the entrance gate of Akagera National Park to the lodge. All lodge activities are guided game drives, boat cruises, walking safaris, catch and release fishing, park fees, laundry services.
- VIP meet & greet at the airport, fast track, and assistance with VISA and luggage
- Transport in 4WD extended safari Land cruiser (incl. water, fridge, charging points)
- Mineral water, snacks, and preferred non-alcoholic cool drinks during transfers
- Professional English-speaking driver/guide
- Charter helicopter flight from the Musanze helipad (Singita) to Magashi Camp helipad (based on 6 seaters Heli, max. 350 kg total weight (body weight and luggage)
- Charter Helicopter flight from Magashi helipad N. P to Kigali Airport (based on 6 seaters. The helicopter, max. 320 kg total weight (body weight and luggage)
- Medical Evacuation covers services
Sightseeing Highlights Included
- Visit a tea plantation in Nyungwe Forest National Park
- Hike through the forest local ranger searching for primates.
- Trekking with a ranger to spot a chimpanzee in the forest
- Experience the rainforest from a dazzling on the famous Canopy Walkway.
- Scenic drive along the coastline of Lake Kivu
- Stay and admire the Volcanoes National Park
- Hike and meet the mountain Silverback gorilla family
- Trekking to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park.
- Safari Activities Akagera National Park
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