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- Meet the Locals
- Traditional Medicine
- City Tour
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
10-Day Cultural Expedition in Rwanda
- Learn about the history of Rwanda.
- Stay in forest lodges in the best spots.
- Embark on authentic cultural experiences.
- Travel in small groups of 2-6 people with a certified English speaking guide.
Are you interested in the history and culture of Rwanda? Travelers wishing to gain a better understanding of Rwanda's 1994 Genocide, and learn more about how this country has recovered, this 10-day tour offers a fascinating window into the country's turbulent past and bright future.
On this intriguing tour through Rwanda, you will visit genocide memorials in Nyamata and Kigali and get a first hand look at these rapidly developing destinations. You will also have the chance to engage in cultural tours with visits to a local orphanage, a local school, and local villages.
And of course there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Rwanda's magnificent natural landscape. Take a walk across a forest canopy, and venture to the former gorilla sanctuary where acclaimed paleontologist Dian Fossey lived and worked.
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Bottled water
- International flights (from/to home)
- Visa fees
- Gorilla trekking USD 1500 per day per trek
- Chimpanzee tracking USD 100 per day per trek
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Rwanda!
Today you will land in Kigali, Rwanda's rapidly growing capital. In recent years, Kigali has undergone impressive development, and continues to grow economically and culturally.
In order to understand Rwanda's history, you will start a city tour today at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, an important memorial to the 250,000 people who lost their lives in 2004.
After your visit, the tour will continue with a drive through the city, which will give you an impression of its development. Your guide will provide you with background information on the city’s master plan so that you can understand past and future developments.
After lunch, you will visit the Richard Kandt House to learn about the German explorer's work in Rwanda, followed by a trip to Mount Kigali for a panoramic view of the city, and an excursion to a local market.
Venture to Genocide Memorial Churches
After breakfast, you will begin today's tour with a visit to Ntarama Church, the somber site of mass killings during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. While visiting the church, you'll also learn more about the efforts to reunite Rwanda's people following the genocide.
We'll then proceed to Nyamata Church, where a further 2,500 people were massacred. At this memorial site you will learn more about the horrific incidents that occurred here in 1994.
The tour continues to the village of Mayange, where a revolutionary project to reconcile the perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 Genocide, by having them live side by side, is underway. You will be led on a guided tour of the Reconciliation Village, learning about how the healing process between victims and perpetrators is taking place.
Have lunch with the locals and then continue your tour to facilities like the school and health center.
Discover Local Culture
After breakfast, set off on a scenic drive to Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city.
Set against a backdrop of twin lakes and five towering volcanoes, this beautiful city is your gateway to Volcanoes National Park. You will enjoy a variety of activities at the Iby Iwacu Cultural Village. Here, you will learn about Rwanda's pre-colonial history through a series of demonstrations and activities. Try your hand at archery, learn local food preparation techniques, become familiar with traditional medicines, and even act as king or queen for the day.
Once your day of cultural exchange comes to a close, you will drive to your hotel for dinner and a night's rest.
Explore the Twin Lake Region
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning and then set off for the beautiful twin Lakes: Burera and Ruhondo.
You will be introduced to traditional sustainable farming methods of African fruits and vegetables, visit the local fishermen, and see a fishing competition with children from the adjacent villages.
You will then take a cruise across the lake in a traditional canoe and visit the convent Foyer de Charity. Visit the local witch doctors and the snake man before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.
Explore the Life and Work of Dian Fossey
On the agenda today is an hike in Volcanoes National Park, where the acclaimed paleontologist Dian Fossey lived and worked.
A 90-minute to 3-hour hike (based on your fitness level), leads you to Fossey’s former living quarters and a variety of other landmarks. Along the way, the hike presents an amazing chance to views birds plus other small creatures that live here.
You will also see the house in which Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985, and then visit her final resting place, nearby her most beloved gorilla – Digit, as well as nearly 20 other gorillas, some of which were killed by brutal poachers. Her tomb stone reads: “No one loved gorillas more, rest in peace, dear friend eternally protected In this sacred ground for you are home where you belong.”
This walk is a wonderful experience not only intellectually but physically and emotionally as well.
Journey to Gisenyi, on Lake Kivu
After breakfast this morning, set off on a drive to the world famous Imbabazi Orphanage where Rosamond Halsey Carr and her staff cared for more than 400 Rwandan orphans.
While the orphanage was closed down by the Rwandan government, you can still visit the homestead and roam its grounds as you learn more about the author of "Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda".
After lunch, visit to a local fishing village and a nearby hot spring. You will overnight in Gisenyi, Rwanda's largest port city, situated on the shores of Lake Kivu. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint colonial town and take a dip in the cool waters of the freshwater lake.
Visit One of the World's Largest Inland Islands
This morning, enjoy a speed-boat trip to Kibuye. You will encounter fishing villages and have the opportunity to interact with the people of Idjwi Island, which is thought to be the largest inland island in Africa and the 8th largest in the world.
Idjwi is located roughly halfway between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. You can also cross the border to Goma in Congo (Optional).
Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted in 2002 and shattered part of Goma town. The eruption destroyed the homes of over 120,000 people and resulted in 100 casualties. Your visit to this site will showcase the extraordinary efforts of the local population to surmount this natural upheaval.
Walk Through the Treetops in a National Park
A very special experience awaits today, an optional stroll across East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk stretches across a deep gorge that cuts across the massive forest in Nyungwe National Park. Lasting about 1.5 hours, the walk takes you through lush foliage and wildlife habitats, where you will have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.
In the afternoon, embark on a hike to a waterfall. This hike takes between 3 and 6 hours round trip, depending on how often you stop along the way, and from which point you begin. The first part of the trail follows the road before delving into the forest. You will cross various streams before descending to the base of the small, refreshing waterfall.
Monkeys are frequently seen along the way, and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.
Venture to Kigali and Enjoy a Dance Performance
Today we head to Butare, also known as Huye, Rwanda's second largest city, and its intellectual center.
Here you will find the National Museum, which is one of the best sources of information about the cultural history of the country and the region.
Along the road to Butare, you will pay a visit to Nyanza; presently Nyabisindu, the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the base of the feudal kingdom.
Later you will enjoy a thrilling performance by the National Ballet and the native Intore dancers. This performance is considered by many as one of the highlights of this trip.
One Last Tour Before Your Flight
Before you depart for the airport today, embark on a city tour of Kigali, which includes visits to the Genocide Memorial.
After the tour, head to Kigali Airport to catch your onward flight.
We hope you have had an enriching experience in Rwanda and wish you pleasant travels as you make your way back home.