Classic Rwanda

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Search for chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest
  • Relax by the shores of laid-back Lake Kivu
  • Enjoy a fresh cuppa at Gisakura Tea Plantation
  • Track endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • Learn about Rwanda’s chequered history with an expert guide in Kigali

Day 1 UK / Nairobi / Kigali
Fly from the UK to Kigali via Nairobi.

Day 2 Kigali
Rwanda’s buzzing capital, home to the Parliament Building, Geological Museum and moving genocide Memorial Centre, is your first stop – a local guide will introduce you to the sights and backstory. The elegant, central Kigali Serena Hotel is an ideal base.
Kigali Serena Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Kigali / Butare / Nyungwe Forest
It’s a long but fascinating drive west across the country from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest. There’s plenty to see en route, from Nyanza Royal Palace, former home of the King of Rwanda, to the lively university town of Butare, where the National Museum showcases Rwandan life throughout the centuries. Relax after the journey at Nyungwe Forest Lodge, set in an expansive tea plantation overlooking the seemingly endless jungle.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Nyungwe Forest
Nyungwe is wildlife heaven: 13 different species of primate (including chimpanzees) and 275 bird species can be found among its old mahoganies, giant tree ferns and delicate orchids. Explore with an expert tracker, negotiating the verdant forest and steep slopes in search of colobus monkeys and more. Recover with a cuppa on a tour at the Gisakura Tea Plantation.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Nyungwe Forest / Gisenyi
Skirting the shores of glittering Lake Kivu, head north to Gisenyi, to reach the peaceful Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. The hotel is the perfect place to relax: it has its own private beach, refreshing pool and tennis courts, plus boats and fishing rods if you’d like to head out onto the water’s of Africa’s sixth largest lake.
Lake Kivu Serena | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 Gisenyi / Kinigi
The Virungas volcanoes rear up behind the Lake Kivu Serena, and an hour’s drive will take you to Kinigi, in their rolling green foothills. Luxurious Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge gazes up to the mighty peaks, and is right by Volcanoes National Park – one of the last redoubts of the critically endangered mountain gorilla.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Kinigi
Nothing quite compares to meeting a mountain gorilla. They’re so powerful, yet so strangely human: it feels a little like gazing at your ancestors. Join an experienced guide this morning to plunge into the thick, wild forest in search of one of the national park’s habituated gorilla families; once you’ve tracked them down, you’ll be allowed an hour in their company, to watch them eat, preen and play.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Kinigi / Kigali
Today there is the option to go and track the gorillas for a second time or track the golden moneys (at additional cost for the permits) or simply relax at the lodge taking in the magnificent views.  Finally, wrench yourself away, to return to Kigali for a final night relaxing at the Kigali Serena Hotel.
Kigali Serena Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Kigali
Head to the airport for your flight back home, via Nairobi, arriving early the following morning back into the UK
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,535 per person, based on two sharing including international flights and one gorilla tracking permit per person.

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Fly to

Kigali via Nairobi

Flying time

10 hours 10 minutes

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

July - September, December - January

Weather

The driest months in Rwanda are between July and September and from December to January. The rains tend to fall between April and May and then again from October to November. However, trekking for gorillas involves entering the rainforests so you need to be prepared to get wet and muddy most of the year.

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