Rwanda Revealed

Most visitors come to Rwanda for the mountain gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park but this lush, mountainous country offers so much more.

Journey Overview

Most visitors come to Rwanda for the mountain gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park but this lush, mountainous country offers so much more. Encompassing wetlands, rolling highlands and vast open plains, the enormous Akagera National Park harbours incredible biodiversity and is a wonderful conservation success story. Smaller in size but overflowing with natural attractions, the Nyungwe National Park is home to 13 different types of primate, some 300 avian species and countless rare butterflies and orchids. This itinerary takes in all three reserves plus the deep blue waters of Lake Kivu, showcasing a remarkable country that will soon be on every nature-loving traveller’s radar.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover the extraordinary wildlife of the expansive Akagera National Park, an astounding conservation success story
  • Walk amongst ancient treetops in the Nyungwe National Park
  • Follow the trail of Nyungwe’s chimpanzees
  • Visit Lake Kivu, one of the deepest freshwater lakes on Earth
  • Observe Rwanda’s renowned mountain gorillas at close quarters

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kigali

Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda’s tidy, thriving capital. Stay the night at an elegant 5-star resort with a popular restaurant and an enviably low environmental footprint, being the first in the city to be 100% solar powered.

The Retreat

Day 2: Kigali – Akagera National Park

Transfer by road this morning to the Akagera National Park, the largest protected wetland in Central Africa. Monumental efforts by African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board brought this national treasure back from the brink, and today, Akagera is home to black rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and an abundance of other species. Secluded Magashi Camp is home for the next few days, offering game activities on land and on the water.

Magashi Camp | Meals: BLD

Days 3-4: Akagera National Park

Spend two whole days in the private Magashi Camp concession with plentiful opportunities to glimpse endangered black rhino or the shy amphibious sitatunga. The lodge offers a wealth of gameviewing activities from traditional game drives both by day and after dark, as well as boat safaris, fishing and guided birding walks.

Magashi Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Akagera National Park – Nyungwe National Park

Depart Akagera by private helicopter, flying to your cosy, luxurious lodge set on a lush tea plantation at the edge of the Nyungwe National Park.

One&Only Nyungwe House | Meals: BLD

Days 6-7: Nyungwe National Park

Enjoy two whole days exploring Nyungwe Forest, a relatively small but incredibly rich reserve with rainforest, grassland, swamp and bog within its borders. Those without a fear of heights should partake in the canopy walk. A chance encounter with the park’s 13 primates isn’t out of the question but if you’re specifically looking for chimps, it’s worthwhile dedicating a whole day to seeking them out.

One&Only Nyungwe House | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Nyungwe National Park – Lake Kivu

Transfer by road today to the peaceful resort town of Kibuye. Your waterfront hotel offers a range of relaxing experiences from spa treatments to sunset boat cruises - the perfect setting for an intermission between chimp and gorilla trekking.

Cleo Lake Kivu | Meals: BL

Day 9: Lake Kivu – Volcanoes National Park

Continue on by road to the Volcanoes National Park. Your home for the next few nights is an indulgent lodge cocooned in verdant forest which carpets the foothills of Rwanda’s looming Virunga Volcanoes.

One&Only Gorilla Nest | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast, you are driven to park headquarters and allocated a gorilla tracking group. The hike begins after a short briefing and can take anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the location of the troop. Traverse farmland, bamboo groves and rainforest to reach a family group, with whom you’ll spend a memorable hour watching them feed, forage, play, rest and nurse. Return to base, where you are met and taken back to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, embark on a scenic drive, to see the twin volcanic lakes of Ruhondo and Burera.

One&Only Gorilla Nest | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Volcanoes National Park

Today offers another chance to seek out the mountain gorillas, most likely a different family group to the one you saw the day before. The terrain might be different but the experience will be equally unforgettable.

One&Only Gorilla Nest | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Volcanoes National Park – Depart Kigali

After breakfast, transfer back to Kigali to meet your departing flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Retreat Rwanda, Kigali

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One&Only Nyungwe House

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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