A once-in-a-lifetime trip trekking with silverback gorillas in the jungles of Rwanda
- Track gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park
- Trek with chimpanzees among the verdant slopes of Nyungwe Forest
- Relax, swim and kayak during sunset on Lake Kivu
- Enjoy traditional meals and fantastic accommodation among Rwanda's nature
- 1 Night Kigali
- 2 Nights Nyungwe
- 1 Night Lake Kivu
- 3 Nights Volcanoes National Park
Activity adventure | All-inclusive | Jungle | Mountains | Photography | Unique & unusual | Wildlife
This is an unmissable opportunity to track gorillas and chimpanzees deep in Rwanda's verdant rainforests. You'll start in buzzing Kigali, before making your way to the jungles and mountains of Nyungwe National Park where you'll go in search of our closest ancestor – the chimpanzee. You'll also enjoy canopy walks through the fores before heading to pristine Lake Kivu, fringed with sandy beaches and inlets for a day's swimming and sunset kayaking. Finally, you'll arrive at the stunning Volcanoes National Park, where you'll join an expert guide to track gorillas and spend some time with them in their jungle home – a truly magical experience. We've also included a choice of accommodation, throughout. Designed to suite a range of budgets, there's everything from comfortable boutique options to ultra-stylish national park lodges.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Rwanda
Begin your trip in style with VIP airport lounge access before your daytime flight to Rwanda. Then, enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in the centre of buzzing Kigali, surrounded by verdant hills and valleys. Both recommended hotels offer exquisite dining options with the likes of farm-to-table cuisine and a range of Rwandan and international dishes on offer.
Stay: Park Inn by Radisson (Superior), Kigali Serena Hotel (Deluxe) or Marriott Kigali Hotel (Ultra)
Nyungwe National Park
This morning you'll head out on the fascinating drive from Kigali to Nyungwe, a region dotted with tiny rural villages set against a landscape dominated by verdant hills, tea plantations and eucalyptus trees. We've included a stop at the replica of the 18th century King’s Palace and 1930s royal residence, where you'll find the resident royal ‘inyambo’ – sacred cows with super-sized horns. The dramatic rainforest of Nyungwe National Park is your home for the next two days – a verdant jungle home to 300 bird species and 85 animal species, including chimpanzees. The next day will be spent trekking through the dense rainforest, waiting for the screech of the chimpanzees swinging joyously in the trees as you track them along paths accompanied by a guide. There's also the option to walk along the longest and highest canopy trail in Africa, crossing deep ravines shaded by the leafy verdure. On our Deluxe and Ultra options, you'll stay at the luxurious One & Only Nywunge House, situated deep in the jungle. Immerse yourself in nature in your wooden villa among the treetop, relaxing by a roaring fire or out on your private deck accompanied by spectacular canopy views. And, in the evenings, dinners served by candlelight and to the sounds of the jungle.
Stay: Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Superior), One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda (Deluxe/Ultra)
Meals: B L D
After breakfast, you'll transfer to Lake Kivu, dotted with hundreds of inlets edged by terraced, leafy slopes and sandy beaches. Enjoy swimming and marvelling at the views of the nearby Nyiragongo volcano and its dramatic red ash cloud. We’ve also included a sunset kayaking tour among fishing boats, where you'll navigate across the lake and its lush islands. You'll stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, complete with pool, bar and beach – tonight enjoy an optional buffet-style dinner and evening entertainment.
Stay: Lake Kivu Serena - superior room (Superior) or Lake Kivu Serena - suite (Deluxe/Ultra)
Volcanoes National Park
This morning, a private transfer will take you to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and your chosen accommodation. You'll stay at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, a traditional Rwandese-style lodge overlooking the Virunga mountain range. Alternatively, we have two upgrade options. Located close to the park headquarters, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge features elegant rooms, a superb restaurant and dramatic views over Bisake volcano, while the stunning One&Only Gorilla's Nest features a collection of ultra-chic Forest Lodges with private decks and outdoor showers, dotted amid verdant grounds. Whichever you choose, you'll be perfectly placed for the next day's gorilla tracking adventure.
Meals: B D
Gorilla tracking & optional activities
Enjoy the undisputed highlight of your holiday today, as you join an expert guide for a visit to one of the region's mountain gorilla troops, living along the slopes of the five extinct volcanoes. At the Kinigi Gorilla Headquarters, you'll be welcomed with tea and coffee before being split into small groups according to your fitness level – walks can take anywhere from and hour and a half to a full day. After a safety briefing, you’ll drive to the park boundaries, then trek through the light bamboo forest along the slopes of the volcanoes into thick bush, shrubs and stinging nettles – one of the gorillas’ preferred foods. Once the gorillas are located and you reach your designated gorilla family, you have an hour to witness these magical creatures; an awe-inspiring experience as you stand moments away from gorillas and their babies. The following day, there's the chance to see more wildlife with an included golden monkey trek, while a host of optional activities, from canoeing to hiking further showcase the region's spectacular natural world. There's also the chance to visit the Karisoke Exhibit, which showcases Rwanda’s mountain gorilla conservation success, run by the Dian Fossey international gorilla conservation organisation.
Meals: B L D
Kigali to UK
After breakfast, transfer to Kigali where you've got time to explore the city on a private tour. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial site to learn more about the country’s harrowing history of the genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, one of the most gruesome events in modern history. A few years later, Rwanda has re-introduced joint monthly community service that has resulted in an immaculately clean and orderly country. Finally, head to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day nine.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,530 incl. flights
from £4,530 pp. incl. flights
from £5,150 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights from London to Kigali
- Private airport transfers and transport throughout
- 1 night accommodation in a 4* (Superior) hotel on a B&B basis
- 4 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels & lodges on a full-board basis
- 2 nights accommodation in a 5* (Deluxe) lodge on a full-board basis including house wines and beers, plus complimentary activities such archery, garden tour or tea ceremony
- Gorilla tracking permit, chimpanzee and golden monkey tracking permits
- Kigali City tour
- Visit to King's Palace & Lunch in Butare
- Kayaking on Lake Kivu
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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