Perhaps best known today for its infamous recent history, Rwanda is now setting forth in a new direction. We pay respect to the country’s troubled past and then experience its forward-looking development. We explore the vibrant city of Kigali and diverse verdant countryside: mountain forests that are home to Silverback gorillas, tea and coffee plantations and lake islands with traditional fishing villages. Along the way we meet people who share with us their optimism of a new Africa: seamstresses proud of their colorful dress, reformed poachers making a living by productive, sustainable means and everyday people farming, planting coffee and tea, improving their situation in whatever means are presented. Everywhere there is determination to create a country that is peaceable, viable, and authentic—and remains true to what makes Rwanda a truly special place.
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Welcome to Rwanda! Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the Kigali Serena Hotel, where your guide will host a short reception for you and discuss the upcoming day’s events and activities. They will be happy to make dinner suggestions and reservations for you!
After an early lunch in Kigali we’ll head to the airport for a short 25-minute flight to Cyangugu, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Our ultimate destination today is the stunning Nyungwe Forest, a vast national park that extends across the border into Burundi to the south. Visit a nearby tea plantation before embarking on a short walk this afternoon.
We dedicate the morning to the Colobus monkey, a particularly interesting primate species that is abundant in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch before joining in on a forest-canopy walk to observe chimpanzees in the area.
Much of the day today is dedicated to exploring the shores of Lake Kivu, considered one of Africa’s “Great Lakes.” Take a morning drive to a coffee station for a firsthand lesson on one of the country’s major economic drivers. Later, undertake a village to village walk near Kibuye, overlooking the shoreline, islands and coves of this beautiful lake.
Journey to Ruhengeri Province and the Virunga Mountains this morning. Drive through the heart of the “Thousand Hills” stopping occasionally to visit roadside markets and along the way. Have a short visit at the ex-poacher’s village, offering interesting insights into traditional shelters, medicines, foods, and culture.
Rise early the next morning and follow expert trackers to see groups of Silverback gorillas, a truly life-changing experience. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for some relaxation before continuing on a variety of activities including a beautiful walk on the shore of Lake Ruhondo, a boat trip on the lake or a visit to a farming village.
Return to Kigali this morning to visit the starkly moving Genocide Memorial Centre and the Hotel Mille Colline, also known as “Hotel Rwanda.” Later, explore the wonderfully clean and friendly downtown area, a colourful local arts and crafts centre and home of the Richard Kandt Natural History Museum.
After a final breakfast, your guide will return you to the Kigali International Airport for your onward flight. If you have an afternoon flight they will be happy to suggest some additional activities or events. Bon Voyage!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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