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Majestic Rwanda

By Vicki Bramley
Sales Manager for Alfred&

See the heart of Rwanda on this wildlife-focused trip through the country’s cloud-capped rainforests, pine-fringed beaches and soaring peaks. Seek out the country’s infamous chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, trek with some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and explore Rwandan culture and history on this 8-day journey that will leave you in awe of nature’s power.

 

Places

Length
8 days
Best months to go
July to September
Guide price range
£6,200 - £6,515pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Nyungwe National Park

Tracking chimpanzees through the forest in Nyungwe

The colours, the smells, the sounds, the fresh air and the views all make an unforgettable lifetime experience...

Volcanoes National Park

In Volcanoes National Park, kingdom of the mountain gorillas

They are such gentle, majestic creatures and I feel privileged that I got to see them in the wild like that...

Lake Kivu

Beaches, boats and gentle adventures on Lake Kivu

There’s nothing nicer if you’ve been on the go for a few days than being able to flop on a sandy beach and just relax...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Kigali

On arrival into Kigali, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel with time to explore Rwanda’s capital and settle in ahead of your adventure. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel.

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2

Kigali & Nyungwe National Park

Today you’ll head to Butare – Rwanda’s second-biggest city, famous for its university. Take a trip to the nearby town of Nyanza, once the heart of the country, to explore the King’s Palace, a former royal residence which has been reconstructed in its traditional thatched, beehive-shape style. Visit the Ethnographic Museum in Huye to see artefacts, clothing and crafts from centuries past, before sampling traditional specialities at a local restaurant in the city. After lunch, drive to Nyungwe National Park to see the star of the show. One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, this lush, protected reserve sits high in the mountains with peaks reaching up to 3,000m and is known for its impressive array of wildlife, including a population of around 500 chimpanzees. Overnight at Mantis Kivu Marina Bay.

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3

Nyungwe National Park

Head out early in search of chimps on a morning hike through Nyungwe Forest. You might spot one swinging through the trees, or eye the endemic L’Hoest’s monkey, alongside 12 other species of primate that call the park home. Keep an eye out for cerval cats, mongoose, leopards and colobus monkeys, and get your binoculars ready for some world-class birdwatching, including blue-headed sunbirds, the white-headed wood-hoopoe and the red-collared babbler. In the afternoon, head back to your hotel to relax at the pool and spa, or opt to visit a local tea plantation. Overnight at Mantis Kivu Marina Bay.

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4

Nyungwe National Park & Kibuye

After an early breakfast, head back into Nyungwe for a final nature walk in this pristine, monkey-dappled forest, then return to the lodge for lunch. Drive to Kibuye, an idyllic beach resort on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, where pines and eucalyptus trees slope into the water and colourful boats bob in peaceful bays. Relax by the water, venture off on a kayaking trip or head out on a mountain bike to explore these scenic landscapes from an alternative angle. Overnight at Comoran Lodge.

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5

Kibuye & Volcanoes National Park

Take it easy on the shores of Lake Kivu in the morning before heading to Ruhengeri, a small town set close to the Ugandan border in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes. A former Belgian colony, this French-speaking settlement is the gateway to Volcanoes National Park – home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas as well as the rare golden monkey. Head to your lodge, located 3km from the park, and relax around the fire as you take in the majestic mountain surroundings. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

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6

Volcanoes National Park

Get ready for a day of adventure as you head into Volcanoes National Park in search of Rwanda’s infamous gorillas. You’ll be put into groups depending on fitness level and driven up the mountain to the starting point; from there you’ll trek from two to six hours to seek out these intriguing creatures amid towering peaks and emerald rainforest. After the trek, you’ll be transferred back to your lodge for lunch and your final afternoon spent in these bucolic landscapes. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

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7

Volcanoes National Park & Kigali

Re-enter the park today to embark on another gorilla trek and track down a different family. Bid these burly primates farewell as you head back to Kigali on a scenic drive through fertile hills laced with coffee, tea and banana plantations, before transferring to the hotel for your final night. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel.

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8

Kigali & Departure

The tour comes to an end today. After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home or onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Jan - 31 May, 01 Nov - 31 Dec

£6,200

High Season

01 Jun - 31 Oct

£6,515

Alfred & Vicki Bramley

There are spectacular views everywhere you go in Rwanda, which is one of the things that has made Vicki Bramley such a fan. She’ll never forget her two-hour trek up the side of an extinct volcano to see mountain gorillas in the wild but thinks you’ll be just as amazed and delighted by the country’s other national parks.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Vicki, who's travelled extensively in Rwanda. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guides who track mountain gorillas day and night to ensure you get the best sightings, the Kigalians who'll give you a real insight into their vibrant city and the coffee-growers who'll tutor you in the art of tasting.

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