Do you want to get a better understand Rwanda's history and the country's remarkable recovery from the 1994 Genocide, this five day tour offers a fascinating window into the country's turbulent past and bright future.
Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. The country is famous for its natural attractions, namely its three National Parks; Volcanoes National Park on the slopes of the Virunga mountain range, famous for the country’s biggest attraction, the mountain gorillas. This safari can be arranged with a Gorilla Trekking Safari in the famous Volcanoes National Park.
The Volcanoes National Park is located in northwestern Rwanda, is a top Gorilla Trekking destination. A safari to the Volcanoes National Park combines culture, adventure and conservation tours and gorilla trekking. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys. Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas!
Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable wildlife experiences to last a lifetime. See our Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari Itinerary or See detailed Rwanda Culture Tour Itinerary below.
Rwanda is located in East Africa and is situated in the African great lakes region. Rwanda has healed the wounds from a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations. The mountains in the west and savanna to the east of the country are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Rwanda is known for its transformed capital city – Kigali, wildlife adventures in its national parks and the famous mountain gorillas. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda.
Rwanda is one of only three places in the world where you can trek some of the world's remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla trekking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.
Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa's oldest national parks, and you'll be led on a daily guided gorilla trek that tops out at eight visitors. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.
No one would want to reminisce genocide on their vacation but the Genocide Memorials in Rwanda are one of the top visited attractions. Don’t miss the visit the Memorials for stories that make it seem like the Genocide happened last night. Rwanda has made a huge progress since the 1994 genocide but, it is vital that the visitors and the people, who live here, know about the horrific incident that shook eastern Africa. The Rwanda people this will among other things help prevent future similar occurrences.
You will visit a site of over one million genocide victims, churches which were also the sites for the horrendous massacre, a school that was also one of the sites to the genocide and also visit a museum which contains preserved bodies of the victims and a detailed history about the outbreak of the genocide.
Safety is a priority for almost all travelers. Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa, but in the world: In 2015, Rwanda country ranked fifth globally and first on the continent in Gallup's Law and Order Index, which measures how safe people feel walking home at night. Violent crime is near nonexistent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda.
Due to its location in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Rwanda is a natural paradise surrounded with many pristine and charming lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes lie on the border of Rwanda and Congo and are full of great attractions. The lakes are bordered by mountains and provide a great place for trekking, hang gliding and water skiing etc. The surrounding forests are also great for a marvelous gorilla safari.
Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Notable plains game in Akagera National Park include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. Proceeds from your safari in Akagera National Park go to improving and preserving the park for future generations.
The capital and the largest city in Rwanda, Kigali would remind you of a typically European town with clean streets and paved roads. Founded in 1907, brought down by the genocide, Kigali is on the move. Kigali also enjoys a cool subtropical climate, which ranges between 27 to 15 degrees throughout the year. Enjoy locally roasted coffee from and city Cafes, visit the Arts Center or take a mini-hike on Mount Kigali which is the highest point sitting atop an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level.
The above attractions are just a handful of the several places you can visit in Rwanda. Rwanda is indeed unlike any other African country you might have visited.
After breakfast, your tour will start with a visit to Ntarama Church, where mass killings occurred during the 1994 genocide. The church was the site of the deaths of more than 5,000 people and remains a powerful reminder of the horrifying violence that took place during Rwanda's infamous genocide. While visiting the church, you'll also learn more about the efforts to reunite Rwanda's people following the genocide.
We'll then proceed to Nyamata Church, where a further 2,500 people were massacred during the genocide. The church is also closely associated with the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide, and you'll learn more about the incidences of mass rape, brutalization, and even the horrific use of HIV as a weapon of genocide.
You'll then be taken to the village of Mayange, where a revolutionary project to reconcile the perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 Genocide by having them live side by side is underway. You'll be taken on a guided tour of the Reconciliation Village, learning about how the healing process between victims and perpetrators is taking place.
You'll then have lunch with the locals before continuing your tour of the Reconciliation Village with visits to facilities such as the school and health center, the local plantations, and an art gallery. After your busy day of discovery, you'll continue on to Musanze to overnight.
We depart after breakfast for the scenic two-hour drive to Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city. Set against a backdrop of the twin lakes and five towering volcanoes, this beautiful city is your gateway to the Volcanoes National Park.
We'll stop at the Iby Iwacu Cultural Village for a day of activities. You'll learn about Rwanda's pre-colonial history through a series of demonstrations and activities - trying your hand at archery, food preparation, traditional medicine, and even acting as King or Queen for the day. You'll then drive to the nearby twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo to take in their beauty before dinner at your hotel and a night's rest.
This day is all up to you! We've chosen three fascinating activities from which you can choose to design the perfect day for you.
You can choose to go in search of golden monkeys, pay a visit to the Dian Fossey grave site, or climb Mt. Bisoke. If you go golden monkey trekking, you'll trek through sun-dappled glades and dense stands of bamboo in search of these playful monkeys, who are well accustomed to visitors. This means you'll be able to view the golden monkeys playing, feeding, and leaping from tree to tree as if you weren't there. While your time with the monkeys is limited to an hour, this is ample time to see the inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat.
Alternatively, you may wish to participate in a visit to the grave site of Dian Fossey and Digit or to hike to the crater lake atop Mt. Bisoke, both of which offer the opportunity to perhaps catch a glimpse of the park's mountain gorillas.
After an early breakfast, you'll get to meet the youth of Rwanda and see how they're being prepared for the future by visiting a local school. You'll not only get to meet and interact with these children, but you'll also have the opportunity to teach a class or play games with these smiling kids.
You'll have lunch at the Serena Lake Kivu, and in the afternoon you can pay a visit to a local fishing village as well as a hot springs. You'll overnight in Gisenyi, Rwanda's largest port city which sits on the shores of Lake Kivu. You'll have the opportunity to both explore the quaint colonial town and (if time allows) even take a dip in the vast freshwater lake's cool waters
After breakfast, you'll be driven back to Kigali where you'll enjoy a complimentary city tour including visits to the Natural History Museum, Genocide Memorial, and local craft markets. We can continue the Adventure, or if your flight departs on the same day, we will have a driver ready to drive you to the airport in time for your flight.
Please complete this form. Include:- how many you will be in your group, number of days, how much you would like to spend per day per person (If you want a Tailor-made Safari), the type of vehicle you want to use, activities you want to participate in, places and National Parks you want to visit.