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Fly from London to Kigali. Upon arrival you will be transferred by road to Volcanoes National Park, or Parc National des Volcans. The three-hour journey passes through beautiful terraced hillsides, a scene typical of Rwanda’s landscapes. You’ll arrive at Virunga Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge overlooking the shimmering lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. The Virunga volcanoes provide an awe-inspiring backdrop.
The next day you will experience the highlight of a visit to Rwanda – gorilla trekking. Hiking through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas can be tough, but getting to observe mountain gorillas at close range is well worth the effort. Whilst you walk you should also keep your eyes peeled for golden monkeys amongst other animals. During your stay you can also visit the Dian Fossey memorial or walk to the pretty villages by the lakes.
Stay: Three nights at Virunga Lodge – full board
Your next stop is the mystical forest of Nyungwe, the largest expanse of mountain rainforest on the continent. Your accommodation is a luxury lodge set on a working tea plantation on the edge of the national park.
The Nyungwe Forest is incredibly diverse, supporting 275 species of bird and 75 different mammals including various species of primates. One of the most popular activities in the area is chimpanzee trekking, but you’ll also have a chance to spot black and white colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and colourful birds like the giant hornbill, great blue turaco and red-breasted sparrow hawk. Other activities include walks to waterfalls, mountain biking, kayaking and interactions with the local community.
Stay: Three nights at One&Only Nyungwe House – full board
On day eight you’ll make a road transfer to Kigali where you’ll be spending one night at the grand Mille Collines Hotel, complete with stunning views over the city’s hills. You’ll have time for a city tour before boarding your flight the following day.
Stay: One night at Mille Collines Hotel – bed & breakfast
Your Rwanda adventure comes to a close. Today you’ll board your international flight back to London.
It was a complicated itinerary for 12 people and Tania got it spot on!- EM, South Africa