KigaliAkagera National ParkNyungwe National Park Lake KivuVolcanoes National Park

An epic 10-day journey into Rwanda taking in three national parks and Lake Kivu. See the Big Five as well as gorillas and chimpanzees. All while spending time in some of the most unspoiled and magical national parks in Africa.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore Kigali
  • Daily Safaris in Reserves
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe
  • Digital Detox on Lake Kivu
  • Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide

$TBC pp

Our quotes are bespoke for your customised trip. The prices displayed are indicative only, read more

Day 1

Fly to Kigali

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Day 1


Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Kigali. Today depending on your arrival time, take a private day tour of the city of Kigali and all it has to offer or relax at your hotel.

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Day 2-3

Akagera National Park

This morning starts early, transferring from Kigali to Akagera National Park, a drive lasting around three hours. The journey is mainly on tarmacked good quality roads until the final section.

The 100,000-hectare Akagera National Park is situated in eastern Rwanda, bordering Tanzania, and has been managed by African Parks in partnership with the RDB since 2010. It comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and low grassy mountains. Akagera has undergone an incredible transformation in the last eight years where poaching has virtually been eliminated, and wildlife is now thriving. African Parks reintroduced lions in 2015 after a 20-year absence and reintroduced the black rhinoceros in 2017.

This evening enjoys a boat trip across Lake Ihema spotting hippos and many different species of birds. Before returning to your hotel in the park for dinner.

Day 4-5

Nyungwe National Park

Drive from Akagera National Park to Nyungwe Forest. Along the way to Nyungwe Forest, stop in the Cultural Heritage Corridor of Rwanda and visit the King’s Palace and The Ethnographic Museum.

Covering over 1000 square kilometres, Nyungwe is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.

Wake up early the following day to go chimpanzee tracking in the Nyungwe Forest. After a short briefing by your guide, walk through stunning tea plantations before entering the thick, luscious forest. There are over 13 species of monkey found in the woods and excellent birding opportunities with over 100 species of butterflies and the occasional chameleon.

The excursion can last one to four hours, but you will hear the chimpanzees when you enter the forest. Once found, you will stay for an hour with the chimpanzees, watching them play, fight and eat in the atmospheric forest.

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Day 6-7

Lake Kivu

Transfer along the beautiful coastal road to Lake Kivu. The drive lasts around three hours and offers some of Rwanda’s most beautiful scenery. Look out over Lake Kivu’s hundred islands and beautiful shores.

Spend your time here relaxing at your hotel.

Day 8

Gorilla tracking

Wake up at sunrise and drive the short journey to the park headquarters, where briefing, porters and tea and coffee will be given before starting the adventure into the forest. Local ports can be arranged and help with the guide to complete the gorilla tracking experience.

Tracking can be between 90 minutes and the whole morning, depending on what family group is assigned. You will spend one hour with the gorillas – sometimes moving around to stay with the gorillas or following them. The guide will ensure you are in the best spots to take the most beautiful pictures and experience the breathtaking experience properly.

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Luxury Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda
Day 9

Golden Monkey tracking

Hike to see the smaller and nimbler monkeys is a fun and adventurous way to explore the forest. Named because of their bright orange bodies, they are indigenous to the region and more elusive than the gorillas, and these fast-moving monkeys will undoubtedly keep you on your toes.

Return to your hotel to freshen up and have a light meal before returning to Kigali that afternoon.

Day 10

Fly home

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

Price Guide $TBC per person

When to travel

jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Fractionally south of the Equator and with much of the country lying at altitude, Rwanda enjoys an agreeable tropical highland climate. Temperatures vary considerably between locations but very little from month to month. Peak temperatures rarely exceed 30°C in the daytime or drop below 15°C at night. Akagera is generally the warmest and the Virunga mountains the coolest. The average daily temperature in Kigali is 21°C. There are two rainy seasons in a year, from mid-February to May and mid-September to mid-December. The dry season, from June to mid-September, sees light cloud cover and occasional light rainfall. The roads and paths tend to be easier to navigate in this period.

Add on’s

There are many add-on options for Rwanda; All Rwandan tours can be added with itineraries from all countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles and Uganda.

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