Destinations: Kigali City, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park

Safari Overview

Rwanda - the "Land of a Thousand Hills " - Many visitors are lured to Rwanda by the Silverback Mountain Gorillas, that make their home in the staggeringly beautiful Virunga volcanic chain, an area made famous by the American gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Rwanda's incredible natural wealth and biodiversity makes the country a prime destination for nature lovers and people who wish to gain an authentic African experience.

Tour Highlights

  • The famous Hotel Milles Collines in Kigali that saved many from the genocide
  • Visit the famous National Museum at Butare
  • Chimpanzee Tracking & Nature Walk in Nyungwe National Park
  • impressive scenic spot of Lake Kivu in Kibuye, Gisenyi & Rusengere
  • Gorilla Trekking experience in Volcanoes national park jungles
  • Kigali City Tour

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Kigali International Airport

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our NaturReisn Uganda professional driver/guide and be transferred to your hotel in Kigali. Overnight at Hotel Milles Collines in Kigali

DAY 2: Drive to Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, your professional driver guide will collect you for the 6 ½ hour drive for Nyungwe National Park, you will visit the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King’s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government. The design and concept of the museum were realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren in Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to themes, giving insightful information into daily life in Rwanda. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the region’s finest handicrafts. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994. After lunch in Butare, your journey will continue to Nyungwe National Park, arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel. Overnight at Nyungwe Top View Hotel

DAY 3: Chimpanzee Trekking and Nature Walk

Early morning breakfast, with packed lunch you will drive to the starting point of your chimpanzee trek.  Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and has an incredibly rich biodiversity. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee or Chimp, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). Approximately 400 individuals remain in Rwanda’s endangered population of chimpanzees. However, it should be mentioned that seeing the chimps is not guaranteed, as their movements are unpredictable and they can move long distances in one day. However, the rangers will do their utmost to locate them for you and are in constant radio contact monitoring their whereabouts. Return to the lodge for lunch. Later depart for your nature walk through the forest, visiting the Kamiranzovu Waterfall if time permits or relax at the lodge. Overnight:  Nyungwe Top View Hotel

DAY 4: Colobus Monkey Tracking + Canopy Walk

After breakfast, we will head again to the National Park where you will have the opportunity to do the Colobus Monkey trekking. The most famous of Nyungwe’s primates is the Ruwenzori Colobus a race of the wider spread Angola Colobus which is confined to the Albertine Rift. The Ruwenzori Colobus is extremely arboreal as well as an acrobatic leaf-eater. It is simply differentiated from any different primate discovered in Nyungwe by its black general colour and snow-white whiskers, shoulders and tail tip. After lunch, it is time for your canopy walk. Set 50 me­ters above the ground, the canopy walk has a 150-meter walkway and is the first of its kind in East Africa and only the third on the continent (after South Africa and Ghana). It allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest. Overnight:  Nyungwe Top View Hotel

DAY 5: Depart for Kibuye

After breakfast you will depart for Kibuye which lies at the eastern tip of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is often hailed as the most impressive scenic spot of the lake. The unpaved road gently curves back and forth as it weaves through hills and mountains beside the lake from Gisenyi to Cyangugu. Eucalyptus trees line the road, while every corner of the hills is terraced with bananas. Villagers smile and wave. In fact, you may end up with hands tired from waving, and feel like royalty at the end of the trip! Overnight: Moriah Hills Resort

DAY 6: Depart for Gisenyi

After breakfast continue on to Gisenyi, Rwanda, the largest port on Lake Kivu. You will arrive in time to check in and have lunch at the hotel. You are welcome to swim at Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The afternoon is spent in this largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu, which our guides will have pleasure in describing to you as he guides you. Enjoy a boat ride to one of the islands in Lake Kivu or simply explore the town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the old colonial buildings. Overnight: Paradise Malahide hotel

DAY 7: Depart for Ruhengeri

After breakfast you will depart for Ruhengeri with a stop at the Imbabazi Orphanage, which was founded by Rosamond Halsey Carr (1912-2006) in 1994. Since that time Roz and her staff have cared for more than 400 children although the children’s home has since been closed. Roz wrote the book "Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda," with her niece, Ann Howard Halsey, chronicling her love affair with one of the world's most beautiful and tormented regions. She is also the 2004 recipient of the Volvo for Life Award and a movie chronicling her life is currently in production. Take a walk around the homestead and see the flowers that were planted by her. Have a cup of tea/coffee as you watch the local dancers and enjoy the traditional local entertainment.

In the afternoon, you will drive to the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo, beautiful lakes located at the base of the Muhabura volcano, close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. These twin lakes are great spots to experience and not worth missing. Their deep blue waters, ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls, with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes, provide a spectacular backdrop. There are great photo opportunities at the view point. Overnight: La Palme Hotel

DAY 8: Gorilla Tracking

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour for you. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

In the afternoon, you may want to rest, or you may wish to go on a village walk, visit the local market or visit the grave of famous primatologist Dian Fossey of “Gorillas in the Mist” fame who studied the gorillas of this area, If time permits. Overnight at La Palme Hotel  

DAY 9: Golden Monkey Tracking + Intercultural Exchange

Penetrating dense bamboo, you will make your way deep into the golden monkey territory of Volcanoes National Park. Ranger guides will lead you to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Although viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travellers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from branch to branch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

Lunch, in the afternoon, optional activities may be a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village to watch a cultural dance, meet a local medicine man, or even discover the house of a local king. Overnight at  La Palme Hotel

DAY 10: City Tour and Shopping + Depart

After breakfast, your driver will collect you for the two-hour drive to Kigali. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a chance for a complementary city tour of one of Africa’s most well-run and friendly capital cities. Interesting optional spots to visit may include the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site and Kigali museum. You will have a chance to do some last-minute souvenir shopping here or at the airport before your flight back home.

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, trekking, snorkeling and biking.


Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Gorilla permit costs $1500 per Person and is included in the price.


My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.


What's Included

  • All accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Safari Minivan and fuel
  • tourist guide
  • One Golden Monkey tracking permit per person
  • One Canopy walk permit per person
  • One Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • One nature walk permit per person
  • One Colobus Monkey tracking permit per person
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Drinking water in the vehicle during the tour
  • Gorilla tracking permit per person $1500

This Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips for guides
  • Any personal expenses
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew
  • Any sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking
  • Long sleeve shirts and trousers (old clothes recommended as they can get very dirty and torn from the thorns and jungle foliage)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses (although once in the jungle you are in the shade)
  • Gardening gloves to protect your hand from the thorns and vines
  • Good ,comfortable sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Long socks to truck your trousers into
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera with lenses of different mill metres
  • Waterproof rucksack (or plastic bags inside your rucksack)
  • Plenty of water (the camp provides a packed lunch and lots of water
  • For evenings at the camp it is worth taking a warm fleece as evenings can be chilly. For the daytime light, casual clothes generally suffice.