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Classic Rwanda - more than just gorillas

An 8 day Rwandan safari… from Kigali to the Nyungwe Forest, home to Rwanda’s only chimpanzee population. Then on to the beautiful Lake Kivi followed by the ultimate experience - Gorilla trekking in the Parc National des Volcans.

  • Nyungwe Forest
  • Lake Kivu
  • Parc National des Volcans
  • 8 days/7 nights

Highlights of this Rwanda safari

Explore classic Rwanda you’ll see gorillas and so much more including chimpanzees and incredible bird life. Lush rain forests of Nyungwe, beautiful Lake Kivu and the jungle of volcanic Virunga.

  • fertile slopes of the Nyungwe Forest National Park are exceptional - it’s lush rain forests are home to Rwanda’s remaining chimpanzee population! Stay 2 nights at a tea plantation at Nyungwe Forest. Complete with a swimming pool, restaurant, terraces, boma, fitness centre and jacuzzi. Perfect for relaxation.
  • our next port of call is one of the Great Lakes of Africa - Lake Kivu is great for water sports. Three vibrant towns straddle the lake  which is surrounded by forested hillsides with cascading waterfalls. We’re staying at the Serena Hotel,  which is in one of the best areas for bird watching. If you’re into birding this is the place for you!
  • moving on to the Parc des National Virunga and our gorilla trek. The park is beautiful and known for the rare mountain gorillas which habit it. Our trek allows us one hour with the gorillas. This is the regulated permitted time to see these primates in their natural environment… a truly incredible experience!

Best time to go to Rwanda

  • June to September - best time for tracking gorillas and biking. The dry season.
  • November to March - is the best time for birding as flocks of migratory birds join the native species. Best for  photographers as there is less haze and more greenery. Best time to track chimpanzees in the Nyungwe National Park.

Discover the Spirit of Rwanda here

(Preparing for a gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans by Trish Berry)

ItineraryFrom $7292

Day 1 - Arrive Kigali Airport Day 1 - Arrive Kigali Airport

You'll be met on arrival by our driver for a city tour of down town Kigali. Kigali has some excellent restaurants for lunch and dinner. Ask your driver for his recommendations.

Day 2 - Nyungwe Forest National Park Day 2 - Nyungwe Forest National Park

You're driven south to Nyanza. Stop off at the Royal Palace and lunch in the way before arriving at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Day 3 - Nyungwe Forest National Park Day 3 - Nyungwe Forest National Park

Half day forest trek into one of Africa's oldest forests to see the Angola Colobus monkey. Home to 85 mammal species and 300+ bird species. Tour of the Tea Plantation.

Day 4 - Lake Kivu Day 4 - Lake Kivu

Visit Kibuye on the edge of Lake Kivu, stopping at local markets and for lunch at Cormoran Lodge. Kivu is the 6th largest lake in the world and is almost 500 m deep!

Day 5 - Volcanoes National Park Day 5 - Volcanoes National Park

You're free to explore the shores of the lake in the morning. Scenic drive into the Parc de National Virunga to look at the Volcanoes and visit local villages in the afternoon.

Day 6 - Volcanoes National Park Day 6 - Volcanoes National Park

Early departure into the park for your gorilla trek followed by a guided tour of an ex-poachers village. Our lodge is about 15 mins from the NP and is a good base to explore the area.

Day 7 - Leave Volcanoes NP for Kigali

Either do a local market tour or gorilla trek/golden monkey trek (both add. cost) in the morning. followed by an afternoon drive to Kigali for the last night with farewell dinner in a restaurant.

Day 8 - Kigali to the airport Day 8 - Kigali to the airport

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your onward travel. Alternatively, it's possible to add on an additional day to visit the Akagera NP, returning to Kigali for the night (additional cost).

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Tips and notes



How to get there

The safari starts and finishes at Kigali Airport in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. You’ll drive from Kigali through the Rwandan countryside to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virungas to experience both primate treks before returning once again to Kigali.

Flight connections are available to Rwanda from within Africa and from Europe. Speak to us if you require assistance with arranging your flights to Rwanda.

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