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Discover the natural highlights of Rwanda's national parks

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Spot the Big Five in Akagera National Park
  • Enjoy an exclusive use area of the park from Magashi Camp
  • A full safari experience in Rwanda's stunning landscapes

What's included

  • Permits for two days of gorilla trekking
  • Four days in beautiful Akagera National Park
  • Private transfers and luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

An epic trip including a full Rwandan safari and two days tracking mountain gorillas. Your adventure begins with a night in Kigali. Head out to explore or simply relax in comfort and prepare for the excitement of the next few days.

During your stay in Akagera National Park you can spot lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants and even rhino. You’ll also have the opportunity to marvel at the open plains, woodlands and swampy areas and all the other animals that call these places home.

The park is the biggest protected wetland in Central Africa and has one of the highest densities of hippos as well as more than 520 bird species.

After that, it’s on to Volcanoes National Park and the iconic mountain gorillas. You’ll take two memorable trekking excursions to spend time near these majestic animals.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-2

Kigali

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Kigali

Accommodation in Kigali

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Enjoy a night in Kigali, you'll have our list of recommended restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park

Days 2-5

Akagera National Park

Accommodation in Akagera National Park

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Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species. Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Akagera National Park to Volcanoes National Park

Days 5-8

Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

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Days exploring Volcanoes National Park Days exploring Volcanoes National Park

Spend your days here in the magnificent Volcanoes National Park tracking the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas with expert guides and trackers. In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. Other activities to enjoy whilst in this magical terrain are; trekking to volcano craters, tracking golden monkeys, cultural tours and the Dian Fossey Hike. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.

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Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park

During your stay in Volcanoes National Park, you will get to head out on two gorilla trekking excursions, one per day.

Rwanda is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy close personal encounters with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The forested slopes of the Virunga massif – a chain of ancient volcanoes – are home to over half the world’s 880 remaining gorillas. There are, in total, 10 habituated groups available for tracking by tourists in Volcanoes National Park, and each morning eight permit holders are allocated one group.

You will hike to the spot where your gorilla family was last seen the previous day. All tracker guides are experienced in looking for signs of the gorillas’ location, for example, footprints, dung, chewed bamboo and celery stalks, as well as nightly abandoned nests.

Once the gorillas are located, probably smelling them before seeing them, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the family. You are likely to reach their location during their long midday rest and play period. At this time of day, the dominant male (usually a silverback) generally lounges on the ground or against a tree while youngsters roll in the vegetation and climb on trees, vines, and each other. Females nurse and play with their infants. It is entirely possible that you will find the gorillas quite quickly and be back at your hotel for lunch; or you could face a three or four hour hike (sometimes even longer) each way.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Road transfer to Kigali airport

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