Rwanda | 4 or 5 Days

Kigali | Volcanoes National Park | Twin Lakes

Extension to any of our November and December 2023 Specials or stand-alone trip

From 3300 USD Double Occupancy | 4200 USD Single Occupancy
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Itinerary

Adumu Safaris invites you on a once in a lifetime journey to see the engangered Mountain Gorillas in the natural habitat in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park! You also have the opportunity to experience the great African city of Kigali and learn about Rwanda's history and rich cultures. This short trip is designed as an extension to our other trips or as a stand-alone express safari. A 4-5 day extension is presented here, and this can be modified for a longer stay with more activities.

Destination: International Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda
Accommodations: Mythos Boutique Hotel
Activities: International Arrival and check-in
Transfer time: 15 minutes from airport to hotel

International arrival at Kigali International Airport. You will be met by your Adumu Safaris local guide who will drive you a short distance to Mythos Boutique Hotel. Nestled in the tranquil upmarket area of Kiyovu in Kigali, the Mythos Boutique Hotel boasts views over the Kimihurara Valley and offers an array of modern rooms and suites, a swimming pool amid tropical gardens, and a mouth-watering menu at Atmosphere Restaurant. On arrival at the hotel, you will check-in and refresh yourself before heading to dinner.

*Note that most flights from the U.S. arrive in the evening. If your flight arrives early, you will be met accordingly and transferred to Mythos, with meals available at the hotel.

Destination: Kigali; Volcanoes National Park, Musanze
Accommodations: Amarembo Gorilla Village
Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial; Kigali city tour; transfer to Volcanoes National Park and hotel check-in
Transfer time: 2.5 hours to Volcanoes NP plus stops for lunch and sightseeing

After breakfast, your Adumu Safaris guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a Kigali sightseeing tour with visits to art shops, galleries, local markets, and other attractions. Kigali is a gem of an African metropolis not to be missed! You will also gain a sense of the troubled history of Rwanda with a sobering visit to the Genocide Memorial where over 250,000 Genocide victims were put to rest in mass graves. Learn about the nation’s commitment to peace forever, which has served as a model for other nations. In the afternoon, take the scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze with stops along the way. On arrival, check into Amarembo Gorilla Village, a place where the wild beauty of nature converges with unmatched luxury. Set amid the lush greenery and majestic mountains of the Virunga region, this lodge presents an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in both the wonders of untamed landscapes and the comforts of contemporary hospitality. Amarembo’s rooms offer a rustic yet sophisticated ambiance, with panoramic windows framing the natural beauty just beyond. A king-sized bed, a spa-like en-suite bathroom, and a private balcony invite you to engage yourself in the sights and sounds of the forest.

Destination: Volcanoes National Park, Musanze
Accommodations: Amarembo Gorilla Village
Activities: Ibyiwacu Cultural Village; Buhanga Eco Park forest tour
Transfer time: All activities a short drive from Amarembo

In the morning after breakfast, your guide will take you to Ibyiwacu Cultural Village to learn more about Rwandan culture and engage in different activities with the local community such as traditional dancing and drumming. Learn more about local wedding traditions, traditional cooking, and other aspects of local culture. After lunch back at the lodge, visit the Buhanga Eco Park for a guided forest tour. This is a very rich forest in terms of history, as it is the place where all Rwandan kings were initiated. The forest is very scenic and full of many bird and butterfly species. Return to Amarembo for an optional guided walk, dinner, and a good night’s sleep in preparation for your exciting gorilla trek in the morning!

Destination: Volcanoes National Park, Musanze; Kigali
Accommodations: Optional additional night at Amarembo
Activities: Gorilla Trek and international departure (or additional day, see below)
Transfer time: Short transfer to ranger station; 2.5 hours to Kigali (if departing on Day 4)

After breakfast, we transfer to the park, completing our park formalities then embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them, you are allowed to spend an hour watching them closely. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! Be back at the base in time for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport where you will catch your international flight back home or connection to your next destination in East Africa. Alternatively, stay an additional night at Amarembo. See Day 5 activities below.

Destination: Volcanoes National Park, Kigali
Activities: (Optional) Hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave or Hike around the Twin Lakes, Burera and Ruhondo
Transfer time: Short transfer to ranger station for Dian Fossey hike; 45-minute drive to the Twin Lakes; 2.5 hours to Kigali

Depending on your international departure time, you may be able to incorporate an additional activity into your last day in Rwanda.

Twin Lakes (note that this can also be done after the gorilla trek on Day 4 if staying an additional night): After lunch, depart for a guided walk around the beautiful twin lakes–Burera and Ruhondo, where you can also learn about different traditional fishing techniques with local fishermen. Return to Amarembo for lunch and refreshments.

Hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave: After breakfast, your guide will take you to the park entrance for a briefing and grouping before commencing your forest hike to Dian Fossey’s house and gravesite. Trekking to the Dian Fossey Tomb is one of the most sought-after safari activities carried out while visiting Volcanoes National Park for a gorilla trip. The walk from the park boundary to the research center where Dian’s grave is takes about 1 – 1.5 hours and affords good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates, and bird species. This hike is an incredible experience physically, emotionally, and intellectually. It is inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated to the Mountain Gorillas and left a legacy that impacts how we think about and respect the gorillas today. The hike involves moving through the forest and hiking up the slopes and therefore requires some relative degree of fitness and patience—a moderate hike accessible to most. At the site, you will see Dian Fossey’s house and the peaceful place where she was buried just next to her favorite gorilla friend, Digit, and about 20 other mountain gorillas who were either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons. Return to Amarembo for lunch and refreshments.

After lunch, your Adumu Safaris guide will drive you to Kigali International Airport for your international departure or connection to the next leg of your safari. Kwaheri!

Safari Includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at Kigali International Airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • 3/4 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals, soft drinks, and plentiful drinking water
  • Professional, English-speaking guide/driver
  • Transport and sightseeing in 4×4 Land Cruiser with unlimited mileage
  • Park-assigned trekking guides
  • Ibyiwacu cultural experience
  • Buhanga Eco- Park
  • Kigali city tour
  • Government taxes and fees
  • Flying Doctor services
  • Service charges
  • Adumu Impact Fund (see adumuimpact.org)
  • Bespoke concierge service before, during, and after your trip

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Laundry services, unless offered by the lodges
  • Optional activities on Day 5
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.

Cost:

As a private trip through December 20, 2023

OCCUPANCY3 Nights/4 Days4 nights/5 Days
Single4200 USD4350 USD
Double3300 USD3700 USD

**NB: Prices drop for larger parties traveling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

Pay Trip Deposit

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Affirm and Klarna financing options are also available. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

For last-minute bookings, payment is due in full at booking.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

Karibu Africa!
The Adumu Safaris Team