Trip Inspiration

*10 Days of Wildlife in Rwanda (with Katie)

Kigali + Safari + Primate Trekking

Experience Rwandan culture, art and history in the city of Kigali. Explore Rwanda's breathtaking landscapes while you discover wildlife on safari in Akagera National Park. Trek into Volcanoes National Park in search of gorillas and golden monkeys to observe their daily life and family dynamics.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 2 nights at The Retreat by Heaven in Kigali
  • 3 nights at Magashi Camp in Akagera National Park
  • 3 nights at Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park

Activities

  • Explore the city of Kigali
  • Safari drives and boating
  • Gorilla treks
  • Golden monkey trek
  • Guided walks and visit to local village
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to Rwanda might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Kigali, Rwanda

Welcome to Rwanda! Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be met for your private transfer to The Retreat by Heaven. Accommodations will be reserved for two nights. Relax with a spa treatment or enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

The Retreat by Heaven Meals: N/A

Day 2

Kigali, Rwanda

After a delicious breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure exploring Kigali or embark on an optional city tour. No matter how you choose to spend your day, you will likely experience a day of Rwandan arts, history and culture.

The Retreat by Heaven Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Kigali to Akagera National Park

This morning you will be met for your private transfer to the Kigali Airport for your shared helicopter flight to Akagera National Park. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Magashi Camp. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights, including all meals. This afternoon, enjoy a safari game drive or boat cruise with other guests.

Perched on Magashi Peninsula, Magashi Camp looks out over scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga towards the Mutumba Mountains in the west. On the peninsula’s western side, waterbuck, impala and warthog can often be seen grazing, while on the eastern flank, eland frequent the lakeshore. The shore itself offers views of hippo, large crocodiles and a chance of elephant bulls, while the core of the Amahoro lion pride is encapsulated by this spit of land.

Magashi Camp Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 4 - 5

Akagera National Park

On safari! Enjoy morning and afternoon shared safari activities. Explore the area in an open 4×4 vehicle or boating in swamp cruisers. This is an excellent way to view the water birds and many other aquatic animals seen around Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera is renowned as one of the best birding areas in the world with more than 520 species recorded here.

Magashi Camp Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6

Akagera National Park to Volcanoes National Park

This afternoon, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared helicopter flight to the Kigali Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to Bisate Lodge, in Volcanoes National Park. Accommodations will be reserved for four nights, including all meals.

Bisate Lodge offers dramatic views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano peaks, rising through the forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Today is your day to get acquainted with the camp before your upcoming primate treks! Embark on a nature/birding walk, assist in the planting of indigenous trees, harvest vegetables at organic fields or visit the nearby Bisate schools and village. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Bisate Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7

 

Volcanoes National Park

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your first gorilla trek! Meet your National Park guides and fellow trekkers before being assigned to one of the habituated gorilla families in the area. On the trek, you will be accompanied by a professional gorilla guide and trackers, and they will coach you in the safety rules and body language required when approaching the gorillas.

The trek to find gorillas can be quite short, but on most days an hour or two of rough hiking each way is necessary. The climb begins through the lush terraced farmland of the lower volcanic slopes. The slopes become steeper and rockier and the vegetation will become thick and tangled. Huge trees, clinging vines and undergrowth add to the challenge of swift streams and slippery red mud underfoot.

At around 8,000 ft, signs of the huge animals become apparent. Damage to the bamboo trees is an obvious clue, as the gorillas relish the young tender shoots and break older stems to suck the sap. The smell of gorilla may waft by in the stray breeze or, if a gorilla is close by, it will be strong and unmistakable. As you near, you will hear sounds, which can be loud crashes or dull reverberating thuds.

You will spend one hour with the gorillas, before your return trek to park headquarters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Bisate Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8

Volcanoes National Park

Early this morning you will embark on your golden monkey trek in Volcanoes National Park.

The golden monkey has a bright golden body, with black limbs, tail end and crown. It was previously found also in Nyungwe Forest in southern Rwanda, but now the only viable population is found in Volcanoes National Park.

Researchers have just begun to put together a detailed picture of the golden monkey’s lifestyle and routines within the past few years, as these primates are small and difficult to spot. However, this unique environment has provided shelter for the small population, and Kinigi is one of the few places where the golden monkey has been protected from extinction. Today, a fully-habituated group of these beautiful primates lives in the park!

Enjoy one hour with these entertaining creatures before trekking back to park headquarters. You will return to the lodge to enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Bisate Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9

Volcanoes National Park

This morning you will have another early wake-up call and then will be transferred to the park headquarters for your second gorilla trek.

After your one hour visit with the gorillas, you will trek back to the park headquarters for your transfer back to the lodge.  Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Bisate Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10

Depart Africa

This morning you will be met for your private transfer to the Kigali Airport for your onward flights home.

Meals: N/A