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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Gorilla Trekking
- Wildlife Watching
- Bird Watching
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
Rwanda's beauty, Gorillas & Chimps Safari
- Safari excursions to the habitats of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
- Visit the Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks
- Enjoy the turquoise waters of Lake Kivu
- Spot incredible wildlife
On this 7-day adventure in Rwanda you will have the opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters.
Hike through tropical rain forests tracking chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons and colorful birds in Nyungwe National Park. Guided by expert rangers, you will venture deep into the forests of the Volcanoes National Park, searching for the endangered mountain gorillas. Once you spot these extraordinary creatures, you will have the chance to spend some time with them, observing their way of life in their serene natural habitat.
Rwanda is often called the land of a thousand hills. As you venture through the splendid natural environs of this singular African country, you will see rolling green landscapes punctuated by the turquoise waters of Lake Kivu.
Come and explore this stunning destination and come face to face with some of the most magnificent animals on Earth!
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
- Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
- 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)
- International flights (from/to home)
- Visas fees
- Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest at $60 per person
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Rwanda!
Today you touch down at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda's capital city, Kigali. A representative from Chez Lando Hotel will greet you and drive you to the hotel.
Depending on your arrival time you may be able to get an introduction to Rwanda with a visit to one of Kigali’s craft markets. Here, pottery, wood carvings, batik fabrics, weavings, sculptures, leather, and musical instruments are all on offer.
Otherwise, spend some time relaxing in the gardens of Chez Lando Hotel, or enjoy a meal at the hotel's highly rated restaurant.
Journey Into The Jungle At The Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast this morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa.
The forest is filled with a diverse array of flora and fauna. Among the 13 species of primates that make their home here are the colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys, and chimpanzees.
Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for bird watchers. Home to about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important and still little known bird watching destinations in Africa.
Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the Emeraude Kivu Resort, situated on the gorgeous Lake Kivu.
Observe Chimpanzees In Their Natural Habitats
Make a very early start this morning as you join your guide for an excursion to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections of the Nyungwe Forest.
Trek through the awe-inspiring environs of this lush forest as you make your way to the natural habitats of the chimpanzee, where you will witness these fascinating creatures in the wild.
Be prepared for an experience that you will never forget!
For an extra fee ($60) you can spend the afternoon on a canopy walk. This walk will take you above a deep gorge that cuts across the massive forest.
As you venture through beautiful foliage and animal habitats you will have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell within the upper levels of the forest canopy.
Enjoy The Splendor Of Lake Kivu
In the morning you can enjoy the gorgeous views of the landscape from your lodge.
After lunch at the hotel you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu.
If time allows you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town.
In the afternoon you can rent a boat and visit some of the lake's islands.
Your accommodation for the night is the Cormoran Lodge. This new hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu features five cabins and a restaurant built of wood.
Each room offers breathtaking views of the beautiful lake and surrounding islands.
Venture To The Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast today you will continue your Rwandan adventure in Musanze, situated near a spectacular range of volcanic mountains where populations of gorillas make their homes.
Enjoy dinner tonight in your new hotel, the Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge. This fine hotel features an array of natural materials and fine craftsmanship. Ideally situated for gorilla safaris in the Volcanoes National Park, here you can enjoy a good night's rest before your gorilla tracking adventure tomorrow.
Spend Some Time With Mountain Gorillas
Your unforgettable gorilla tracking experience begins after breakfast today.
The journey starts with a 30-minute drive into the park, where the forest ranger will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness, and continues with an exhilarating hike along forested slopes, entwined jungle vines, and bamboo groves before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location.
Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you can spend a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience.
Return To Kigali For Your Onward Flight
After one final leisurely breakfast at your hotel, your guide will transfer you back to Kigali.
Depending on your flight departure you will have the opportunity to visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004.
Your guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home. Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 15:00 or later.
If you need accommodations for another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.
We wish you safe travels as you continue your journey home!