Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

​Experience “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” venturing between the city of Kigali and jungles as you learn the history of a resilient people and encounter wild primates, including chimpanzees, golden monkeys and the vanishing mountain gorilla.

Journey Overview

Experience “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” venturing between the sophisticated city of Kigali and misty jungles as you learn the history of a resilient people and encounter wild primates, including chimpanzees, golden monkeys and the vanishing mountain gorilla.

Journey Highlights

  • See three of the world’s most iconic primate species — sociable chimpanzees, charismatic mountain gorillas and endearing golden monkeys — during intimate up-close encounters
  • Meet the scientists of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to learn about ongoing efforts to preserve this vanishing primate
  • Visit the Rwandan Genocide Memorial, and discover how Rwanda has worked to move beyond its troubled past
  • Explore contemporary, compelling Kigali, learning the art of making the perfect cup of Rwandan coffee at a local coffeehouse and exploring the city’s trendsetting fashion scene with a local designer
  • Stay in distinctive One&Only boutique safari lodges: the ultra-luxurious Gorilla’s Nest and Nyungwe House
Itinerary

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, taking in views from walkways set 130 feet off the forest floor.
One&Only Nyungwe House | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park | Wild Chimps

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 with 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 your hotel in Gisenyi. This resort town is set on serene Lake Kivu, one of the deepest lakes in the world. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities and sandy, tree-fringed beach.
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

Primate permits are included.
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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Accommodation

Accommodation

The Retreat Rwanda, Kigali

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Luxury and style in Rwanda’s lively capital of Kigali, The Retreat is the region’s first entirely eco-friendly solar powered resort featu ... Read more

One&Only Nyungwe House

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

One&Only take pride in offering access to the world’s most beautiful locations, and Nyungwe House is no exception. It sits within a lusci ... Read more

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is ideally located on a sandy beach, in the Rwandan resort town of Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu, the 6th la ... Read more

One&Only Gorilla's Nest, Virungas

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

One&Only’s second resort in beautiful Rwanda, Gorilla’s Nest is a new jungle sanctuary. Cushioned in the foothills of the Virunga Mountai ... Read more

Kigali Serena Hotel

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Rwanda's Kigali Serena Hotel is located on a charismatic boulevard in central Kigali, Rwanda's capital. The hotel's 148 rooms suit diff ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 16, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Price AU$26,005pp Single Supplement AU$6,465 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 6, 2021 - Oct 14, 2021
Price AU$26,005pp Single Supplement AU$6,465 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire