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Classic Rwanda

  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Nyungwe Forest
  • Kigali
Classic Rwanda Classic Rwanda
£ 8015

Choose this Classic Rwanda itinerary and prepare to discover lush green mountains, national parks filled with wildlife and, of course, the famous mountain gorilla.

Your journey starts in the aptly named Volcanoes National Park where you will be able to observe mountain gorillas in their undisturbed natural habitat. You’ll then journey to the Nyungwe Forest, an extensive area of ancient rainforest where chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and olive baboons live alongside each other. The journey ends in Kigali, Rwanda's modern but scenic capital city, with a tour of the colourful markets and museums.

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Day 1-4 London - Volcanoes National Park
London - Volcanoes National Park

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

Day Nyungwe Forest
Nyungwe Forest

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

Day 8 Kigali

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

Day 9 Kigali - London

Your Rwanda adventure comes to a close. Today you’ll board your international flight back to London.

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