Your journey at a glance
A wildlife adventure unlike any other, this itinerary offers the chance for close encounters with mountain gorillas and beautiful golden monkeys. Hike the densely forested slopes of Rwanda’s picturesque Virungas Volcanoes in search of the world’s largest population of wild mountain gorillas. Gaze out onto soaring mountain slopes enveloped in lush and tropical vegetation.
Immersed in this dramatic natural setting, enjoy the opportunity to watch the intriguing interaction between gorilla families or set out in search of troops of the enchanting golden monkeys. This itinerary is ideal for anyone eager for a glimpse of these great primates while undisturbed in their beautiful natural setting.
What to expect …
Transfer to Kigali Serana Inn Day 1
Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met by an &Beyond representative who will road transfer you to Kigali Serena Inn.
Overnight in Kigali Day 1
Vibrant and colourful, Kigali is the bustling capital city of Rwanda. It spreads out over four scenic ridges and the valleys in between, with the city centre located on one hill, and the government and administrative quarter on another. The highest hill, Mt Kigali, sits at 1 850 m (6 075 ft) above sea level. Kigali’s peaceful, tree-lined streets are clean and safe, and the city boasts a selection of hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and markets. Kigali is the perfect starting point for an unforgettable gorilla trek – one of Africa’s most fascinating wilderness experiences.
Spend one night at Kigali Serena Inn. Accommodation is in a standard room with an ensuite bathroom.
Transfer to Parc des Volcans Day 2
After a scrumptious breakfast you will be transferred to Parc des Volcans. Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive.
Overnight in Parc des Volcans Day 2 - 5
Spend three nights in Parc des Volcans. The rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The Virungas span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Parc National des Volcans being the Rwandan element of this ecosystem. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere – to see the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas. Seven habituated families of gorillas are visited, and these families have from seven to over thirty-five individuals in each group.
Embark on an exploration of Kigali Day 3
History, architecture and culture collide on this fascinating guided city tour. The vibrance of Kigali is beautifully showcased as you venture to where the first modern building was built to lay the foundations for Rwanda’s capital city. Next, journey through bustling neighbourhoods for an authentic taste of Kigali life. The rapidly changing façade of the city is due to the numerous visitors and investors who have been attracted to what has been hailed as one of the friendliest and safest cities in Africa. Your tour includes sensory stops at the city market, a visit to the Museum of Natural History and the opportunity to interact with the artisans of the Inema Art Centre. Top up your energy levels with a meal at the Hotel Des Milles Collines made famous by Hotel Rwanda.
Take a tour of remembrance Day 4
250 000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi are buried within the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial – a quarter of the one million Rwandans killed during the 1994 atrocities that swept the country. This guided tour serves not only to educate visitors about the horrors of the genocide, through three permanent exhibitions, but acts as a meaningful tribute to those who perished
Departure Day 5
After a scrumptious breakfast you will be road transferred by road back to Kigali Airport for your outbound flight.