17th - 26th December 2021

Fabulous Adventure Awaits

137 Days to go

17th - 26th December 2021

Dear Julie and Josh

I am thrilled to share your exciting trip to Rwanda this December. In the following itinerary, I have included Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu, and Akagera National Park. Where you go trekking with the gorillas, golden monkeys, chill out on Lake Kivu and then end your trip with four days on safari in Akagera National Park.

Highlights

Trip highlights

  • Trekking with Gorillas

  • Boating on Lake Kivu

  • Game drives and Walking Safari

  • Tree climbing lions

Inclusions

What's included

  • Price per person based on four people taking the trip

  • 9 nights of luxury accommodation

  • 4 x Gorilla permits

  • Internal flights and transfers

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The Retreat
Set in the vibrant heart of Kigali, this luxury boutique hotel and spa offers easy access to all that is happening in this dynamic African city.
1 Night
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Days in Kigali

Right in the centre of Rwanda, its capital Kigali extends across several hills and valleys. Pleasantly low key yet dynamic with just over one million inhabitants, first-time visitors to the colourful centre often remark how clean the streets are, a matter of pride across every community throughout the country. The 21st-century face of the nation, there is a burgeoning art scene, as well as a growing number of dining and drinking options, many with charming panoramic views.



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Five Volcanoes

A handily located, comfortable and excellent value option as a base for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

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Days in Volcanoes National Park

Welcome to Volcanoes National Park. The park encompasses 160 km2 of rainforests and five volcanic peaks in the northwest of Rwanda bordering Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda's Mgahinga National Park. This is one of the few places where mountain gorillas live in the wild. A handful of troops of these gentle giants have been habituated, allowing a strictly limited number of visitors to spend time in their humbling presence, funding conservation efforts that make this the only population of great apes that is increasing in number. Other wildlife here includes some 200 bird species and the rare golden monkey.

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Gorilla Trekking

The highlight of any stay here is a gorilla trek. At the nearby park HQ you’ll meet your ranger-guide team before trekking into the forest for your encounter with a habituated family group. Watch as young ones play and roll through the undergrowth, mothers delicately eat bamboo and adolescent males show off. A proud silverback is always an impressive sight, especially so on foot in their home. An awe-inspiring wildlife experience.

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Lake Kivu Serena

The best beachside stay on Africa’s sixth-largest lake.

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Days on Lake Kivu

Part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu in the west of Rwanda is surrounded by magnificent mountains, its deep emerald green waters dotted with islands. It is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth-largest in Africa. Rubavu is a waterfront town an hour away from the Volcanoes National Park, a good stopover on the way to or from Nyungwe, or somewhere to relax after gorilla tracking. Rubavu, as well as other spots along Lake Kivu, has red sandy beaches, warm, clean water and an easygoing tropical character. It is a great place to unwind, soak up the tranquil vibe, watch the birds and enjoy various watersports.

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Ruzizi Tented Lodge

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Days in Akagera National Park

East of the capital, on the Tanzanian border, Akagera National Park is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah species in Rwanda. After near collapse in the 1990s, it has seen an incredible transformation and regeneration thanks to conservation efforts which the pioneering Magashi Camp supports alongside NGO African Parks. Now teeming with plains game, Akagera also boasts a healthy population of lions, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhinos two years later. It’s a wonderful ongoing story of regeneration which you can learn about on game drives and nature walks.

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Gorilla Trekking and Rwanda Safari
  • 9

    Days of adventure

  • 4

    Unique stays