Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2020)

Encounter the vanishing mountain gorilla and learn the history of a resilient and welcoming people on this extraordinary Rwandan adventure.

Journey Overview

Encounter the vanishing mountain gorilla and learn the history of a resilient and welcoming people on this extraordinary Rwandan adventure. 

Journey Highlights

  • Experience "The Land of Thousand Hills" venturing between sophisticated cities and primeval jungles filled with exotic wildlife
  • See three of the world's most iconic primate species up close: chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys
  • Visit the Rwandan Genocide Memorial, and discover how Rwanda has worked to move beyond its troubled past
  • Learn the art of making the perfect cup of Rwandan coffee with a visit to a coffeehouse
  • Meet the scientist of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to learn about ongoing efforts to preserve the vanishing primate

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

This evening, arrive at Kigali International Airport, where you are met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and transferred to your hotel.
The Retreat

Day 2: Kigali | Time to Reflect

The Rwandan capital of Kigali underwent a significant renaissance as it emerged from the horrors of the 1994 genocide, a tragedy that shook the city’s very foundations. This morning, pay an emotional visit to the Genocide Memorial Site, and learn how the country has dealt with its past and recovered to stand today as a testament to humankind’s resilience. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Kigali’s emerging fashion scene as you meet with a local designer. Tour her workshop to learn about her creative process and mix of traditional and modern influences. Then, pick out your favourite material and get fit for your very own, custom-tailored garment.
The Retreat | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National Park | Trail Adventure

After breakfast, drive south to Nyanza, the historical seat of the Rwandan kingdom, to visit the King’s Palace Museum. Continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park, a pristine, biodiverse rainforest filled with intriguing wildlife. After lunch, experience the park’s Igishigishigi Trail and Canopy Walkway adventure. This easy hike traverses’ walkways suspended some 130 feet off the ground, offering a bird’s-eye view over the park.
One&Only Nyungwe House | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park | Chimpanzee Encounter in the Wild

Early this morning, partake in a chimpanzee tracking excursion. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to observe chimps in their natural habitat. They are most active in the morning, making for an exhilarating encounter of the chimps playing free in the wild. Return to your lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
One&Only Nyungwe House | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Lake Kivu | Lakeside Relaxation

After breakfast, drive to the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in time for lunch. Set-in north-western Rwanda’s Albertine Rift Valley, the resort town of Gisenyi fronts the shores of serene Lake Kivu, one of the deepest and most voluminous lakes in the world. The town’s tropical-fringed beaches, laid-back atmosphere and languid pace draw local and international visitors alike. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities for the rest of the day.
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 6: Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Conservation

This morning, drive to Volcanoes National Park, one of precious few remaining sanctuaries for the region’s endangered mountain gorillas. This afternoon, meet with scientists at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Centre for a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing gorilla research and conservation activities. A senior gorilla expert leads you through the exhibits and into the lab, where you can meet with scientists at work.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest | Meals: BLD  

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast, begin your trek through the park’s dense vegetation in search of families of mountain gorillas. Your experienced trackers use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits to locate their whereabouts. Upon sighting the gorillas, you stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily lives feeding, playing, resting and raising their young. Afterward, drive back to your lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest | Meals: BLD  

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park | Golden Monkeys

Return to the forest for a golden monkey tracking excursion. These endangered creatures love to frolic and chatter among the tree branches, their infectious playfulness making them a joy to watch. Return to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest | Meals: BLD  

Day 9: Depart Kigali

Drive back to Kigali and transfer to your hotel. Later, visit a coffeehouse for a tour and tasting. Transfer to the airport for your departure.
Kigali Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: BL  

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 15 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: coffeehouse visit and tour at 2:00 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests. 

Program Note: This journey entails active elements such as hiking through isolated jungle regions.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
Price AU$25,340pp Single Supplement AU$6,225 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.