Baby Gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Think Rwanda and what automatically springs to mind? Probably gorillas – it’s the country where David Attenborough memorably frolicked with them, and where Dian Fossey, of Gorillas in the Mist fame, set out to save them.
This awe-inspiring trip offers travellers a chance to follow in their footsteps by getting up close and personal in Ruhengeri with these majestic and endangered creatures in their natural habitat. There are also opportunities to explore the orchid-packed local rainforest and various exotic bird species, including sparrowhawks and hornbills. There’s time for independent exploration too, allowing you to make the most of this incredible adventure.
Get the chance to see incredible wildlife, from birds to chimpanzees
Sample the views from Volcanoes National Park
Set out on a rainforest adventure as you attempt to track gorillas
Stay in a lodge situated in the heart of a tea plantation
This exciting trip to Rwanda includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast on day 2, it’s time for a scenic drive to Nyungwe, with a stop in Butare en route to see the King’s Palace and Butare National Museum. Continue to Nyungwe, and on the way there’s time to go game-spotting in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Then check into Nyungwe House, your home for the next two nights. Set beside a luscious rainforest and on a working tea plantation, it’s a beautiful spot. Either spend the afternoon unwinding by the pool or take a walk to Isumo Waterfall – and keep your eyes peeled for the local exotic bird life too.
On day 3, you will be visiting the chimpanzees. They make their home in the rainforest, and you will hear their excitable hoots echoing around the forest before you see them. In the morning, look out for them among the trees during a trek through the forest, as well as birdlife including hornbills, sparrowhawks and sunbirds. In the afternoon, you can choose to relax by the infinity pool, watching out for colobus monkeys, or select one of the optional activities available at the hotel, including a visit to a tea factory or a guided cultural walk. You may also wish to explore the canopy walk.
On the morning of day 4, head to the shores of Lake Kivu en route to Ruhengeri, located on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. There's time for plenty of game spotting along the way, before arriving at Bishop's House for the evening.
After an early morning briefing from your guide on day 5, it’s time for arguably the highlight of the entire trip – a journey into the national park to find a family of gorillas. Spend an hour observing the behaviour of these awe-inspiring creatures – and remember your guide’s advice on gorilla etiquette so you can fully enjoy their company. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure, either relaxing or taking part in one of the lodge’s optional excursions, including escorted walks and mountain bike rides.
On Day 6, it’s time to return to Kigali for the final time ahead of your flight home, secure in the knowledge that you’ve made the most of your stay in one of the most beautiful, exotic and incredible places on Earth.