Destinations Destinations
Kigali, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Conservation, Trekking, Hiking, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
January - December

Start in cultural Kigali, with its cosmopolitan restaurants, scenic views of Mount Kigali and sobering Kigali Genocide Centre. Transfer to Akagera National Park, where you can take guided game drives and boating trips to see lions, leopard, elephants, hippos and many more. Akagera – Central Africa’s largest protected wetland – is also home to more than 500 bird species. After your Big Five safari, travel to Volcanoes National Park on the DR Congo border for your gorilla trek. Setting out in small groups, you’ll spend a magical hour in these magnificent creatures’ company, before exploring the National Park’s five dormant volcanoes and numerous hiking trails. End your trip back in Kigali.

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Explore capital Kigali

Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains. This surprisingly attractive city has been the centre of Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since the horrors of 1994’s genocide, and now offers luxury hotels, fine dining and safe streets. Look out for its atmospheric markets, colourful craft shops and the sobering Kigali Genocide Centre.

Experience contemporary Kigali

Experience contemporary Kigali

Spend time in bustling Kigali to experience its markets and nightlife. For a more sober experience, visit the Genocide Museum and Memorials just outside the city.

Big Five safari in Akagera National Park

The savannah plains of Akagera National Park on Rwanda’s border with Tanzania are the perfect place for a Big Five safari. Here, you can see lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo and elephants, but it is the Park’s wetlands that offer the best wildlife watching. Swamp-fringed lakes, created by the Kagera River, are home to crocodiles, hippos and birdlife. Take a boat trip on Lake Ihema to see the animals up close.

Search for gorillas in the rainforest

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda and named for the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), Volcanoes National Park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys and more than 200 bird species. The park also offers scenic hiking trails – look out for the tomb dedicated to primatologist Dian Fossey – canoeing and mountain biking.

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Spend a magical hour in the company of the world's largest living primate at Volcanoes National Park. Your guided trek will take you through the rainforest where you can watch these magical creatures eat, socialise and interact in their natural habitat.

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