Rwanda may be one of the smallest countries in Africa but it is big on thrills. Despite its turbulent history, Rwanda has emerged as one of the fastest-developing African nations, with an established democratic government and a booming tourism industry. This boom in tourism is thanks to Rwanda’s status as one of only two countries that offers safe mountain gorilla-viewing tours. A world away from the savannahs and wetlands of southern Africa, the misty mountains of Rwanda hold a very different safari experience, but in no way less thrilling. Guests will enter into the Volcanoes National Park and track and interact with gorillas in their natural habitat. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is accompanied by city tours and other cultural activities that highlight Rwanda’s rich history and vibrant people. Travellers can choose from a range of our Rwanda itineraries, each one more exciting than the next.
A guided bushwalk through the Volcanoes National Park would be an experience in itself. Its rolling hills and misty peaks hold enough beauty to linger in one’s memory for a lifetime. But this tranquillity is matched only by that which one feels in the presence of the park’s primary denizens – the mountain gorillas. Under the supervision of expert guides, guests will track groups of gorillas in their natural habitat before channelling the late Dian Fossey and interacting and playing with them – an experience that no adjective can do justice.
A city tour of Kigali is included in even our shortest Gorilla-trekking package. Travellers will enjoy a glimpse into the vibrant culture of the Rwandan people as well as the sordid history through which they have emerged united. The tour includes a visit to the 1994 Genocide Memorial as well as the Kandt Museum of Natural History. Craft centres will also be visited where tour members will get the chance to sample Rwandan cuisine and buy the perfect keepsake for their time in Kigali. While even our 3-day Gorilla Trekking Safari offers the quintessential Rwandan experience, a longer itinerary will allow for more activities. The 4-day itinerary comes with the option of a night at Lake Kivu. It is one of Africa’s great lakes and offers its guests comfortable accommodation overlooking white sandy beaches and a host of activities. A tour of 5 days or longer will allow for additional trekking in Volcanoes National Park – this time for groups of the endangered Golden monkey. A 6-day itinerary will allow time for chimpanzee trekking through the Nyungwe National Park, as well as a tour of a Rwandan tea plantation and its beautiful birdlife. A visit to Nyanza, the former royal residence of Rwanda comes highly recommended as a glimpse into the country’s pre-colonial history.
Although the chock-full itinerary does not allow for much down-time between activities (and rightly so), know that the accommodations in which you will rest your head after a busy day will be comfortable and that the service will be impeccable. The 5-star Serena Hotel in Kigali promises a relaxed elegance with rooms equipped with every necessary amenity. Sabinyo Silverback Lodge will be your home during your time in Volcanoes National Park and offers comfortable accommodation with the park’s dormant volcanoes as a backdrop. The lodge is owned by a community trust and a percentage of its income is injected into various socio-economic and conservation efforts throughout the region.
However long you decide to make your gorilla trek safari, know that you will be met by unparalleled beauty during your travels in Rwanda. Road transfers become far less mundane thanks to the evergreen rolling hills of the country, a landscape that strikes a strong contrast with the savannahs of southern Africa. Your return transfer to Kigali will take you past coffee, tea and banana plantations.
Rwanda is a nation too often overlooked when planning an African safari. But a brief trek through the misty peaks of the Volcanoes National Park will convince you that a Rwanda holiday is not only a unique African experience, it’s a quintessential one. Browse through our various Rwanda gorilla-trek packages and find one that suits your budget and time frame. Book today!