Project Description

GORILLAS AND GAME

9 Days & 8 Nights | Rwanda

Kigali, Akagera National Park & Volcanoes National Park

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Honeymooners – Stunning accommodation with plenty of privacy

Photographers – Capture the antics of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Gorilla trekking

Golden monkey trekking

Game drives

Night drives

Boating

Seasonal catch-and-release fishing

Birding

Cultural tours

Nature walks

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season: May to October

Green Season: November to April

OVERVIEW

Game drives and gorilla trekking… Virtually nowhere else on the planet can you combine two of the best and most memorable safari experiences coupled with gorgeous accommodation, delectable food and outstanding service. You start off in Kigali at The Retreat, then settle into Magashi for three nights followed by Bisate Lodge for another three.

This itinerary pulls together two of Rwanda’s foremost national parks – Akagera and Volcanoes – to deliver a high-impact Big 5 safari, tracking golden monkeys, spotting no less than 13 species of endemic birds and, of course, trekking rare families of mountain gorillas. While the silverback keeps a close eye, the little ones may play, females groom one another and they stare into your eyes as their closest ancestor.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY JOANNE

If you’ve always wanted to see the gorillas, just go for it! It’s as amazing as they say and I enjoyed every second of my precious hour with them. I’ve also visited Akagera, which is lush and beautiful, and where the game is making an extraordinary comeback.

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

8 Nights / 9 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Kigali, Rwanda

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

Kigali is one of the world’s miracle cities and is fastest becoming a technology hub for central east Africa. Touching down at Kigali International Airport, your driver-guide will be waiting to escort you to one of its most innovative boutique hotels – The Retreat.

Conceptualised as a modern collection of suites and cottages, it has all the little extras to ease you into your Rwandan vacation, like soothing rain showers and private saltwater plunge pools (heated for year-round swimming).

Why we love The Retreat:

  • Sleek design that incorporates green principles
  • Lush gardens – you can start your birding early!
  • Full gym, yoga programme and spa treatments
  • Excellent fusion cuisine made with local produce
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DAYS 2 TO 4

No doubt your excitement will be mounting as you leave the outskirts of Kigali behind for the morning drive to Akagera National Park. Another miracle, Akagera has been carefully managed to undo previous damage and is now a key safari attraction that boasts all of the Big 5.

Home is Magashi. Set in a private concession on the shore of Lake Rwanyakazinga, this understated and intimate tented camp is the perfect base from which to explore for three nights.

Why we love Magashi:

  • Phenomenal Rwandan hospitality from the staff
  • Share a traditional and tasty kugisha supper
  • Go on exciting night drives to find nocturnal animals
  • Spend an afternoon boating on the lake at sunset
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After hearing thrilling cattle-herding stories (likely involving fending off lions or hyenas!) and being lulled by traditional song, it’s time to bid Magashi goodbye for the drive back to Kigali.

As you retrace your steps, you can fondly recall trying your hand at fishing on the lake, ticking off as many of the 500 bird species as possible or finding shy roan antelope. The team at The Retreat will be waiting to welcome you back for the night.

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Today is the big one: time to head to Volcanoes National Park to track endangered mountain gorillas! Your driver will deliver you to award-winning Bisate Lodge, right on the edge of the park with views of two dormant volcanic peaks.

Gorilla trekking is one of the most life-changing activities you can undertake: a precious hour with great apes that are intelligent, shy, boisterous and relatable all in one. Another day, you will also head out to find beautiful golden monkeys.

Why we love Bisate Lodge:

  • One of the most unusual lodges in Rwanda
  • Rooms echo those traditionally built for royalty
  • Walk to primatologist Dian Fossey’s memorial
  • Take part in a thriving reforestation project
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Once again, bittersweet departures are in order as you leave Bisate and Volcanoes National Park for the drive back to Kigali. If you have not done so during your previous two stays at The Retreat, you may now have time to visit the incredibly moving Kigali Genocide Memorial with an increased understanding of this beguiling country and its people.

In just over a week, you will have two of Rwanda’s most exciting experiences under your belt: game drives in Akagera and gorilla trekking!

INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • Private vehicle if booked (extra cost)
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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WHY BOOK WITH BIGGESTLEAF TRAVEL

  • We are passionate about what we sell

  • The most competitive and flexible rates

  • We offer personalised and customised experiences

  • Our consultants specialise in different safari-experiences
  • We have over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry

  • Our quick response and turnaround times