7-Day Rwanda Highlights

From $3,700 (USD)

Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room

Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Safari Overview

Rwanda is an excellent place to get experience East Africa. Come meet with the friendly locals and track the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This mid-range tour has been designed to bring you in close contact with all of the highlights of this fascinating country with a tumultuous history. The lodges are picked for their good service and location. Welcome to the "land of a thousand hills".

Tour summary

You'll go to Rwanda 

This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda) 

You'll visit Kigali (City), Nyungwe Forest NP, Kibuye (Town), Volcanoes NP & Kigali Airport

Activities: gorilla trekking & chimpanzee tracking

Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Accommodation & Meals (If fully booked, a comparable accommodation will be suggested)

  • Day 1Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kigali (Meals at own expense)
  • Day 2-3Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NPDay 2: Breakfast & dinner includedDay 3: All meals included
  • Day 4Rwiza Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kibuye (All meals included)
  • Day 5-6Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences Day 5: Breakfast & dinner included Day 6: All meals included
  • Day 7: End of tour (no accommodation)Breakfast included

Day by Day

Arrival

  • You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

A representative of Flame tree village will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.

 

Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

 

Your accommodation is in a quite subburb of Kigali in the newly build Flame tree village. This hotel will make you feel right at home.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kigali
  • Meals & drinks: Meals at own expense Drinks not included

Day 2: Nyungwe Forest national park

In the morning you will meet your driver/guide and you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important - and still little known - bird-watching destinations in Africa.

 

In the evening, you will settle into your room at Top View Hill Hotel. The views are stunning and you will have a nice hot meal in the cozy restaurant.

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Canopy walk

After a very early morning start, you will proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human's closest relative you will not soon forget.

 

After the chimp tracking you can relax at the hotel or choose an optional activity like the canopy walk.

 

Optional activity

 

In the afternoon you can go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats. En route you will have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

 

Sign up for this activity with your booking.

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 4: Lake Kivu

After a relaxed breakfast you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can you can rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.

 

Your accommodation for the night is at the beautifully situated Rwiza Village which features excellent views and a well-reputed restaurant serving a full menu and cold drinks for the sundown.

  • Main destination: Kibuye
  • Accommodation: Rwiza Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kibuye
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 5: Volcanoes national park

Today you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.

 

Your lodge for tonight is located near the entrance of the national park. The spacious rooms are nicely decorated and will give you a homely feeling. You can warm yourself at the fireplace in the restaurant area. From here you will start your Gorilla tracking tomorrow.

  • Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
  • Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 6: Gorilla tracking

Rise early! From the lodge, you drive into the park about 10 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux. The head ranger of the park will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. You will track the Gorillas of one of the habituated groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

 

Prepare for an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas.

 

Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Once located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

  • Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
  • Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 7: Departure

Today after a relaxed breakfast you shall be transferred by your driver/guide back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a detailed description of the darkest hour in Rwanda's recent history in time to catch your flight back home.

 

Your driver/guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda.

 

Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.

  • Main destination: Kigali International Airport
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
  • Drinks