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Highlights

  • Guided city tour of Kigali
  • Spend time with endangered gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • Stay at a luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu
  • Activities like boat cruises, kayaking and mountain biking
  • Comfortable road transfers through Rwanda's picturesque landscapes

Overview

This six-day itinerary introduces you to some of the most beautiful areas in Rwanda and allows you to be privy to one of the world's most profound wildlife encounters.

Start your adventure at a luxurious hotel set along one of Kigali's most charming boulevards. Kigali Serena Hotel's relaxed and welcoming atmosphere will provide a wonderful introduction to Rwanda, before you head out for a guided city tour of the capital city. Here, you'll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a poignant place of remembrance and learning.

Next stop is Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, located in the foothills of one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif and a ten-minute drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park. Home to about half of the mountain gorillas left on Earth, Volcanoes is a sanctuary in which you're able to spend time with these critically endangered primates. This gorilla safari in Rwanda gives you the rare privilege of observing the everyday interactions of these vulnerable gorillas – arguably one of Africa's most soul-stirring wildlife experiences.

Crown your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking trip with some fabulous R&R at a luxurious hotel situated on the shores of Lake Kivu. A destination of astonishing beauty where the sparkling waters of Africa’s sixth largest lake meet pristine beaches flanked by swaying palm trees.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 6 Days

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Itinerary

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Kigale Serena Hotel, Rwanda
Kigale Serena Hotel, Rwanda

Day 1: Welcome to Kigali

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Welcome to Kigali | 1 Night

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After landing at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide who will transfer you to Kigali Serena Hotel. Located in a secure neighbourhood just a five-minute walk from the city centre, Serena's design seamlessly blends contemporary five-star comfort with rich Rwandan heritage, art and culture. Spend the day at leisure to prepare for your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure.

After breakfast the next morning, you'll embark on a guided city tour of Kigali and visit the Genocide Memorial for a sense of Rwanda's turbulent history, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. You will then be transferred north, making your way through beautiful, terraced hillsides as you gradually ascend the base of the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes. You'll arrive at and check in to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, located in the foothills of a volcanic mountain and a short drive from the main entrance of Volcanoes National Park.

Kigale Serena Hotel, Rwanda
Kigale Serena Hotel, Rwanda

Day 2: City tour of Kigali | 2 Nights

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The next morning, you’ll be guided by an experienced gorilla tracker through the Volcanoes National Park’s towering trees and weaving vines to experience a soul-stirring, face-to-face encounter with one of mankind’s closest living relatives. You'll spend an enchanting hour with a gorilla family, quietly observing their social dynamics as they go about their daily business. Young gorillas rough and tumble like wrestlers, maternal females gather in grooming groups, while the patriarchal silverback keeps a protective eye on the surroundings.

Back at the lodge, you'll enjoy a delicious late lunch while reflecting on your magical wildlife experience. Africa’s great apes survive in what remains of their natural habitat, in the last protected stretches of the continent’s central rainforests and gorilla parks. Spending time with gorillas in the wild is not only a rare privilege, but by far the most transformative and up-close wildlife experience on the planet.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

Day 3: Gorillas in the mist

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The next morning, you may have the option to go on another gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. After your excursion you'll enjoy lunch at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, freshen up and take a very scenic drive to Gisenyi, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Kivu. One of the biggest freshwater lakes in Rwanda, Lake Kivu lies in the Albertine Rift (part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley) and has a secluded inland beach lined with undulating palm trees, harboured by green terraced hills.

Check into Lake Kivu Serena Hotel where you'll be greeted by a bright lobby that opens onto a private beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Lake Kivu Serena will embrace you with unparalleled warmth, hospitality and a level of relaxation that might make tempt you to stay in Rwanda. Spend your time exploring the area on guided tours, mountain biking trails, boat rides, jet skiing and kayaking excursions on the lake, or taking a short drive to rejuvenating volcanic hot springs. Friendly and attentive service will complement the delicious cuisine offered by the hotel in a variety of settings – from Kiyaga Restaurant with its gorgeous lake views to beachfront cocktails and snacks at Ziwani Café.

After breakfast on your last day, you will be transferred back to Kigali International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Lake Kivu Serena

Day 4-5: Sandy shores of Lake Kivu | 2 Nights

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You are driven for a 2 night stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel that overlooks its very own private beach and is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. It is set just outside the small town of Gisenyi, which is 160km from Kigali. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and an on-site bar. Free WiFi is available in the rooms and each room comes equipped with a satellite TV, a kettle and private bathroom. For the next 2 days, you'll have ample time to relax and have time of leisure to enjoy a diverse range of activities such as boat trips to Lake Kivu Islands and the coffee farms, a 30 minute Paradise Islands Cruise, a 3-hr boat ride to Kibuye via speedboat as well as guided expeditions, where you may want to trek or drive on designated routes along the lake, enjoy guided nature walks on Rubavu Mountain, or go on a tour of Gisenyi City, the choice is yours.

Lake Kivu Serena
Lake Kivu Serena

Day 6: End of tour

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After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to Kigali to continue your onward travel arrangements.

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Inclusions

  • Intercamp transfers
  • Scheduled activities
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature