Highlights of Rwanda

Kigali, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes Nation Park and Nyungwe Forest
10 nights private tour from $33,800 per person

Only in Rwanda can you combine an African safari and experience incredible encounters with two of the world’s great ape species, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. After a pit stop in the culturally rich Kigali we will take you on an exceptional safari game drive in Akagera before staying in the misty valleys of Volcanoes National Park and watch a gorilla family play amongst the lush green fern, finishing in the lesser known Nyungwe Forest in search of the resident chimpanzee community.

Highlights of Rwanda
At a glance
  • Indulge in a game safari drive through miles of open plains in the savannah of Akagera tracking the white and black rhinos, lions and buffalo to name a few 

  • Come face to face with the majestic and humbling mountain gorillas on an epic guided trek in the ambient Volcanoes National Park 

  • Go in search of chimpanzees, birds and other primate species in Nyungwe Forest and connect with local communities to really elevate your experience  

  • Breath-taking once in a lifetime experience combined with indulgent stays and Only&Only retreats, relaxing wellness treatments and divine Rwandan cuisine

Journey highlights
  • Indulge in a game safari drive through miles of open plains in the savannah of Akagera tracking the white and black rhinos, lions and buffalo to name a few 

  • Come face to face with the majestic and humbling mountain gorillas on an epic guided trek in the ambient Volcanoes National Park 

  • Go in search of chimpanzees, birds and other primate species in Nyungwe Forest and connect with local communities to really elevate your experience  

  • Breath-taking once in a lifetime experience combined with indulgent stays and Only&Only retreats, relaxing wellness treatments and divine Rwandan cuisine

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Expert who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

Itinerary

Fly into Kigali
Day 1-2

Kigali, Kigali and central Rwanda, Rwanda

Get set for your Rwandan adventure. Arrive in Kigali where you will be greeted and driven to your first night staying at The Retreat. Seen as the place to stay in Kigali it is the perfect stop to refresh after your flight. Take a dip in the hotel pool, stretch out at a yoga session, and indulge in some delicious food at the onsite famed Kigali restaurant, a very popular restaurant in the city. The perfect ‘retreat’ before you are taken by private transfer to Akagera National Park to start your first leg of this exciting trip. 

Accommodation: The Retreat by Heaven ( 1 night )
Day 2-5

Virungas and northern Rwanda

In Akagera you will be staying three nights at the tranquil Magashi tented camp nestled on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga. A slice of safari luxury based in 10,000 hectares of national park, which is arguably one of the most scenic parks in East Africa, home to a variety of different habitats from rolling open plains, lakes, swamps, and grassy low mountains. At night you can relax in luxurious tented accommodation, enjoying meals under the starry night sky listening to the stories of the land during a traditional Kugisha supper around a roaring fire with fellow camp guests.  
By day you can watch elephants submerge in the lake’s silvery blue waters and head out on games drives across miles of open savannah tracking the white and black rhinos, lions, buffalo and giraffes roaming the vast savannah. During your time here you can also head to the waterways for an exhilarating boat safari and try your hand at catch-and-release fishing. After your final night jump in a helicopter and head to the lush vegetation of the Volcanoes National Park, ready for a whole other wildlife experience. 
Accommodation: Magashi Camp ( 3 nights )
Day 5-8

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

Feel the mountain air wash over you as you settle down into your luxury haven in the ancient volcanic mountains, staying at the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest for the next three nights. Tucked away in the foothills of breath-taking scenery the Gorilla’s Nest offers individual free-standing lodges and suites, suspended over a hidden garden with fragrant eucalyptus trees. Not only are you staying in a tranquil luxury lodge, but this is also home to half the population of the world’s mountain gorillas. Your reason for being here, to experience this once in a lifetime pinch yourself moment as you come up close to these rare and majestic mammals. 
The Gorilla’s Nest is the prime location to bring you these mesmerizing experiences. A wellbeing haven and a hub of adventure, where experienced guides will take you out on a spell binding gorilla trek. As you hike through the misty bamboo forest you will track these incredible endangered species roaming free in this unique habitat. Your guide will hack through thick foliage and push through tall fern until you are in the presence of a gorilla family feeding, playing and lounging amongst the greenery. Although the trek can be hard work, the experience is truly rewarding and a must for any wildlife enthusiast, an encounter that will stay with you forever. After the most wonderfully wild and fulfilling day, you will have time to relax and indulge in this beautiful retreat and soak up the special atmosphere. With a shimmering infinity pool looking above the canopy of green, the signature One&Only Spa with a wealth of treatments creating a rich wellness experience, drawing from the traditional African wisdom. Meals are a real delight with tantalising, fresh cuisine inspired by the local Rwandan produce, bringing you unique meals with the menus changing daily. 
To soak up the real energy and history of Rwanda we recommend an immersive village visit to really get under the skin of this vibrant community. From local crafts to enlightening activities, local music and dance, this is an inspiring experience that will really enhance your stay in this special corner of Rwanda. After your final evening here, a helicopter will pick you up ready for the next slice of your adventure. 
Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest ( 3 nights )
Day 8-11

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Lose yourself in the dizzying heights of this epic scenery of the vast Nyungwe Forest, as you make your way to land at the One&Only Nyungwe House. This is a stunning resort nestled amongst the ancient rainforest blanketed by the rolling fields and greenery from its very own working tea plantation, which allows you to immerse in the support and sustainability offered to the local community.  Staying in one of the striking wooden villa clusters the rooms and suites are a secluded haven amongst nature, looking out into the untamed National Park. 
The next three days will offer an exclusive introduction to the vibrant culture of Rwanda along with the fascinating wildlife. Enjoy a variety of curated immersive experiences from wild chimpanzee trekking with specialist guides, to spellbinding nature walks along the jungles canopy bridge, birding experiences and hikes filled with close encounters and awe-inspiring views. When you are not exploring this wildlife haven, learn more about the inner workings of a tea plantation or indulge in a variety of holistic wellness and massage treatments in the blissful spa. 
Indulge in your final evening under the starry night sky with a sensational meal, looking back over this magic adventure, before your helicopter transfer back to Kigali airport and your onward journey.   
Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House ( 3 nights )
Fly from Kigali
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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    $43,400
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    $33,800
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    $8,500
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    $33,800
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    $8,500
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    $33,800
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    $8,500
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
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    $10,800
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
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    $10,800
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    $43,400
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    $43,400
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $33,800
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    $8,500
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $33,800
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    $8,500
  • December 2024
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $33,800
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    $8,500
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

Highlights of Rwanda
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