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Rwanda

11 days

1 Night Kigali 3 Nights Akagera National Park 3 Nights Nyungwe National Park 3 Nights Volcanoes National Park

Come on an adventure in the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda’s friendly people will welcome you as you explore the open plains, woodlands and lakes of Akagera National Park before continuing your safari to track wild chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park and the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.

 

How Your Trip Matters

This journey combines two iconic African experiences - safari and gorilla treks - while leaving a positive lasting legacy in Rwanda.


Highlights

Explore the land of a thousand hills and its magnificent mountains.

Discover how planting a tree leaves a lasting legacy in Rwanda.

Experience a fascinating walk through a tea plantation and learn what makes the perfect cup of tea.

Enjoy epic panoramic views from a scenic helicopter flight.

 

 

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have both on their communities, and on those who experience them our guests. You can identify these experiences across our trips by locating the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience seal.

Accommodations

1. The Retreat

The Retreat is a luxury boutique hotel and is Kigali’s first eco-friendly solar powered resort featuring locally crafted teak wood furniture and beautifully designed custom-built rooms with high ceilings. Each room is furnished with a private balcony/patio, separate sitting area, complimentary wifi, flat screen TV with satellite channels, fridge and mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, work desk and air conditioning. The comfortable bed features Frette Italian linens, a down duvet and pillow menu. The en suite bathroom includes a deep soaking bathtub and rainfall showerhead. Enjoy fine dining at the restaurant which merges culinary traditions from Italy, Mauritius, Morocco and elsewhere blended in with Rwandan ingredients creating a fusion of delightful flavor. The Retreat offers luxury amenities including heated saltwater solar powered swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, spa, fully equipped gym, generously stocked bar and front and rear private patio areas.

2. Magashi Camp

Akagera National Park

Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga.  Elevated on wooden decks, the spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over the lake. Each tent is equipped with en-suite bathroom, an indoor shower, vanity basin, separate toilet, pedestal fan (no air conditioning), wardrobe, writing desk and chair, hat and coat stand, mosquito nets, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices, mini-bar, two way radios and an outside deck with seating area.  Wooden walkways connect the tents to the main area, comprised of a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar and pool, as well as an expansive viewing deck with fire pit.  Magashi is committed to pioneering sustainable and authentic ecotourism in Rwanda.  Their core purpose is to conserve Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem, and species like black rhino and the rare and elusive shoebill.

3. One&Only Nyungwe House

Gisakura, Western Province Rwanda

In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park covers approximately 600 miles of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet. Surrounded by rainforest nestled among mountains, One&Only Nyungwe House is a haven of creature-comforts where the wild secrets of nature come to life before your eyes. Private furnished balconies open up to the lush flora, perfect for soaking up the sights and sounds of the forest. Activities on offer include mountain biking, kayaking, and trekking, up-close encounters with wildlife, exploring the working tea plantation, or you may relax with sublime spa treatments.

4. Bisate Lodge

Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Bisate Lodge lies in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone. The word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the volcano peaks of Bisoke and Karisimbi, rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests. The lodge’s spherical thatched structures echo the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan, landscape, while the richly detailed interior exhibits surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture. Each of the six forest villas consists of a generous, yet intimate combination of bedroom, reception space and bathroom, featuring an indoor shower, bathtub and double vanity with separate toilet. All warmed by a central fireplace with breath taking views out across a private deck. Complimentary wireless internet connection is available in the villas only. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

With a warm welcome, you will be assisted to your hotel, Kigali’s first eco-friendly and solar powered resort. Enjoy The Retreat Culinary experience, which features local organic dishes and future hospitality leaders who participate in the training program. (D)

Delve into a Rwandan culinary extravaganza! Taste the local fruits at a farmers market, and look for special ingredients needed to create modern African recipes. Enjoy the hands-on experience of making Rwandan banana beer (urwagwa), and participate in a private cooking class with Kigali's future hospitality leaders featuring some local signature recipes.

The Retreat

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Day 2. Kigali / Akagera National Park

Set off by road to your tented camp in Akagera National Park, central Africa’s largest protected wetland. Get ready to spot a variety of plains game, predators, primates and birds. (BLD)

Magashi Camp

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Day 3. Akagera National Park

The day’s agenda includes expertly-guided game drives, walks and boating trips in search of the resident wildlife including: buffalo, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra and eland. (BLD)

Magashi Camp

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Day 4. Akagera National Park

Rise early for another day of wildlife viewing. Look out for the elusive shoebill with its massive bill, one of nearly 500 bird species found in the park. (BLD)

Akagera boasts a healthy lion population which you can help with data collection for a Lion Tracking Conservation Project as well as black rhino, which were reintroduced to the park in 2017.

Magashi Camp

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Day 5. Akagera National Park / Nyungwe National Park

Helicopter to your luxury lodge near one of the oldest rainforest in Africa, Nyungwe National Park. (BLD)

One&Only Nyungwe House

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Day 6. Nyungwe National Park

Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective on the famous Canopy Walkway. (BLD)

One&Only Nyungwe House

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Day 7. Nyungwe National Park

Today trek and observe chimpanzees playing wild and free. Then take a fascinating tour of a tea plantation, learning what makes the perfect cup of tea. (BLD)

One&Only Nyungwe House

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Day 8. Nyungwe National Park / Volcanoes National Park

The adventure continues to Volcanoes National Park, by way of the beautiful shores of Lake Kivu. (BLD)

Bisate Lodge

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Day 9. Volcanoes National Park

Don your gaiters and gear and get ready to hike into the mountains. All fatigue melts away as you capture your first glimpse of the gorillas as they forage and move through the forest. (BLD)

Bisate Lodge

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Day 10. Volcanoes National Park

Return to the forest for another precious hour with the endangered gorillas, (subject to the advance purchase of a second permit) or perhaps search for the rare habituated golden monkey. Appreciate the beautiful reforested landscape and help plant a tree. (BLD)

Join one of Bisate agronomists who will show you around the tree nursery and help you plant a sapling as part of Bisate's visionary reforestation project. Included is a visit to the Bamboo Greenhouse to see the lodge's greater indigenous tree nursery efforts.

Bisate Lodge

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Day 11. Volcanoes National Park / Kigali

Return to Kigali in time for your international departure flight. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jul 1, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022
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Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022
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Departure Dates Dec 16, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
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Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request

**Surcharges Apply Single Supplement available on request. Please contact African Travel, Inc. or your favorite travel advisor.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

No internal air is required for this itinerary.

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