Experience the highlights of Rwanda on this exciting 7-day tour. Trek in Volcanoes National Park, spending a memorable hour with the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Visit Nyungwe Rainforest, exploring one of Central Africa's most well-preserved rainforest ecosystems. Break up your wildlife adventure with relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu and an evening wandering the lively streets of Kigali. This highlights tour will show you the best of the "Land of a Thousand Hills", giving life to a nation's resiliency and ability to overcome.
Trek with the endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
Visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial in Kigali
Explore Nyungwe Rainforest and search for resident chimpanzees
After you arrive, a Silverback Africa Airport Agent will greet you immediately upon landing on the Airport tarmac and help you with all immigration procedures while you relax in the VIP Lounge. Following this, a Silverback Africa Representative along with your driver guide will welcome you at the airport lobby and provide an overview of your trip. Thereafter, you will be driven to Kigali Serena Hotel, which is a 20-minute drive away.
Pick up from the Hotel at 8:00am after breakfast, drive to Nyungwe national park, Via Butare for a visit to King’s Palace and National Museum then Proceed to Nyungwe National Park. Situated in the southwest of Rwanda, the Nyungwe rainforest borders Burundi to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. This rainforest is likely the most well-preserved mountain rainforest. The drive is estimated to take around 5-6 hours.
Indulge in an early morning meal at your accommodation. At 4:30 AM, commence an exhilarating hike in search of chimpanzee communities. It is estimated that there are around 400-500 chimpanzees in the Rwandan population, primarily located within Nyungwe National Park, with a small group residing in the Forest.
While on your trek, you may also have the opportunity to observe migratory bird species like the Ross’ turaco, grey-cheeked hornbill, red-breasted sparrow hawk, and regal sunbird. Return to your lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, embark on the thrilling adventure of the Canopy Walk, an experience that's sure to get your heart racing. This walk features three bridges and three towers. The first bridge leading to the initial tower is 37 meters in length and stands at a height of 20 meters. The main bridge spans 86 meters in length and towers at a height of 60 meters. The final exit bridge is 25 meters long and 15 meters high. In total, the canopy walkway measures 150 meters.
Day 4: Nyungwe National Park | Volcanoes National Park
Savor a final breakfast while relishing the invigorating breeze of the rainforest. Following this, join a scenic drive along the Congo Nile Trail (Kivu Belt), making a pause in Kibuye. Here, you'll relish your lunch with splendid views of the serene waters and picturesque small islands. Afterward, continue the journey to the Volcanoes National Park, the primary hub for Gorilla tracking adventures.
Following your morning wake-up call and breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters for the necessary formalities and a briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette by the guides from Volcanoes National Park. The specific gorilla group you will visit will be determined by the allocation among the 13 habituated Gorilla groups. Park rangers have already set out to locate accessible Gorilla groups for visitors.
You will be designated to a particular gorilla group, with a maximum of 8 visitors per family. The length of your trek will vary depending on the assigned gorilla group and will commence at an altitude of around 7,000 feet on the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. As you venture further, you'll enter a bamboo forest and dense undergrowth.
While the paths may be steep, the walking is not excessively strenuous. There are no words sufficient to convey the excitement of locking eyes with these gentle giants, who share approximately 97% of their genetic makeup with humans. Once you locate your assigned Gorilla group, you'll spend an hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch will be provided at the lodge.
In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Iby' Iwacu Cultural Village.
Following breakfast, you'll return to Kigali for a city tour, which encompasses a visit to the Genocide Memorial site. This site provides insight into Rwanda's history from its pre-colonial era to the tragic events of the 1994 genocide, as well as how Rwanda has navigated its way through this difficult past. The tour will then showcase the remarkable progress and advancements in Rwanda, demonstrating the remarkable resilience of humanity. A delightful lunch will be arranged at a restaurant in Kigali. Your driver guide will be available to assist with any potential souvenir shopping endeavors in the city.
Initial deposit is 25% ($400 minimum) plus permit costs, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due Final payment is due 70 days (10 weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge. prior to departure
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.