Rwanda in Depth

Itinerary Overview

An extraordinary destination and one with so much more to offer than just the mighty gorillas. Beginning in the fascinating and safe capital city of Kigali, the nation’s sad modern history can be studied before the wildlife of the Akagera National Park comes calling. The big ticket follows – time spent tracking the aforementioned gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park - before some all-important downtime is included at the scenic and sleepy Lake Kivu. Things are rounded off by a luxurious stay in the Nyungwe Forest National Park, where the lively chimpanzees are the focus.

Accommodation includes: Hotel des Mille Collines, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Amakoro Songa Lodge, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel & One&Only Nyungwe House


Day 1

Day 1UK Departure

UK Departure

Depart London Heathrow on the overnight flight to Kigali.

Days 2-3

Days 2-3 Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali

Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali

On arrival transfer to stay for two nights at the historic Hotel des Mille Collines, a city landmark. Enjoy a full day guided tour of the vibrant capital city of Kigali - learn more about Rwanda’s heart-rending history at the Genocide Memorial Centre, visit the Nyamata Church, stroll the colourful markets and buy traditional African handicrafts at the Craft Village.

Days 4-5

Days 4-5Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Akagera National Park

Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Akagera National Park

Transfer to the eastern part of the country to reach the unexplored Akagera National Park and stay for two nights at the superb Ruzizi Tented Lodge.

During your stay join morning & afternoon game drives in search of elephants, lions, buffalos and a variety of birds, and experience the park from a different perspective with a scenic boat trip along Lake Ihema, floating quietly past herds of hippos and huge crocodiles.

Days 6-7

Days 6-7Amakoro Songa Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Amakoro Songa Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Continue to one of the country’s most beautiful national parks - the Volcanoes National Park, to stay for two nights in a cottage at the Amakoro Songa Lodge, the closest property to the Park’s headquarters. This property will be your base as you have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. Spend a magical hour in the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes with these amazing creatures while your guide will explain more about the family and their behaviour. There will also be a visit to the traditional village of Iby’Iwacu, and a trek to see the golden monkeys.

Day 8

Day 8Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Lake Kivu

Travel onwards to Lake Kivu for some relaxation overnight at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. Beautifully located amid mountains & alongside the largest lake in Rwanda, there will be time for a visit to the Hot Springs of Bralirwa or for a boat ride on the lake.

Days 9-10

Days 9-10One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park

One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park

Head off this morning to the mysterious rain forest of Nyungwe, a true birders paradise and renowned for its many species of primates. Stay for two nights at the luxurious One&Only Nyungwe House, one of Rwanda’s finest properties. Time in the magical surroundings of Nyungwe Forest National Park will be spent on an exciting primate walk in search of the habituated chimpanzees, on a fascinating canopy tour, and on a guided forest walk.

Day 11

Day 11 Departure


Transfer back to Kigali, stopping en-route to view the King’s Palace and Museum in Butare, for the overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 12

Day 12UK Arrival

UK Arrival

Morning arrival into London Heathrow.

  • UK Departure
  • Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali
  • Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Akagera National Park
  • Amakoro Songa Lodge, Volcanoes National Park
  • Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Lake Kivu
  • One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Departure
  • UK Arrival

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