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Rwanda In-Depth


Our Rwanda In-Depth itinerary is nine nights spent in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Spend some time in Kigali, the capital city and cultural hub of Rwanda. Embark on a trek into the volcanic forests of Volcanoes National Park, in search of the stunning and rare mountain gorilla. A trip to Rwanda is a quintessential African experience.



Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Rwanda
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary.

Day 2 – Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda
Upon arrival into Kigali Airport, a driver will meet you in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your accommodation. 

Kigali Serena Hotel
On an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary five-star comfort in 148 sophisticated rooms and suites, this hotel provides a private and peaceful retreat like no other. Enjoy a host of leisure amenities. Lose yourself in the tranquility of the tropically landscaped pool. Indulge with a Mayan-inspired hot stone massage or a nature-based body wrap at Maisha Mind, Body, and Spirit Spa. Allow the restaurants to take you on a culinary journey, treating you to everything from expertly crafted Rwandese delicacies to enticing flavors from around the globe.

Starting Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (L)

Day 3 – Kigali to Akagera National Park
Today, a driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to Akagera National Park. This transfer is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Once you enter the park, you will enjoy a shared game drive from the gate to Magashi Camp. 

Magashi Camp
Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagara National Park, overlooking the beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa - open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamps, and grassy low mountains - and is home to one of Africa's highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species. 

Teaming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi - the only exclusive-use area in Akagera - also harbors a good density of leopard.

Starting Accommodation: Magashi Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Activities at Magashi
Guests will be able to view a range of wildlife on expertly guided game drives, walks, and boating trips, including buffalo, lion, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra, topi, roan, eland, and search for the elusive leopard. Akagera is renowned as one of the best birding areas in the world with more than 500 species recorded here. 

Explore the area in an open 4x4 vehicle; each vehicle accmmodates a maximum of seven guests, allowing each individual an outside seat. Magashi is in the only private access area in Akagera so exclusive night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles are offered. Boating in eight-seater swamp cruisers is offered; this is an excellent way to view the water birds and many other aquatic animals seen around Lake Rwanyakazinga.

Starting Accommodation: Magashi Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Akagera National Park to Kigali
Today you will be transferred via a shared game drive from Magashi Camp to the northern gate. Once at the gate, you will be transferred via a private vehicle to Kigali City. The transfer is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Once you arrive into the city, you will enjoy a city tour. 

Kigali City Tour
Get an intimate view of Kigali on this city tour as you explore a wide range of places giving you a great insight into the city and country. Visit Mt. Kigali for panoramic views of the city and continue to explore the neighborhood market. Visit the Genocide Memorial, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honors the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building. The memorial includes various audiovisual exhibits to explain the tragedy.

Starting Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (B, L)

Day 6 – Kigali to Nyungwe National Forest
Today you will travel from Kigali to Nyungwe National Forest via the Cultural Heritage Corridor. En-route, visit the King's Palace Museum in Nyanza where you will find a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence; the King's Palace is a beautifully crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive. In olden times, Nyanza was the heart of Rwanda. According to tradition, it was the site of battles and power struggles. For a long time, the monarchy was mobile, moving the court between various locations. When it eventually settled in one place, Nyanza was the obvious choice. The capital of the kingdom had as many as 2,000 inhabitants, and huts built with the same methods as seen in the reconstruction. At the back live a few long-horned Inyambo cattle, descended from the king's herd, whose keepers carefully tend and sing to them, keeping alive a unique tradition. Rwanda ceased to be a monarchy in 1962, when it gained independence from colonial rule. However, the breeding and grooming of Inyambo is still carried out under the Rwanda Agriculture Board. 

One&Only Nyungwe House
In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set among the rich tea plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Forest. It covers approximately 394 square miles of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet. 

Sink into the comfort of your private rainforest sanctuary, blending seamlessly into tropical foliage for for an unrivaled sense of seclusion. A chic, lodged-inspired aesthetic weaves through every room. Each filled with luxurious amenities, a crackling fireplace, and vibrant art inspired by Rwanda's natural beauty. Serene balconies, comfortably furnished, frame the wilderness beyond, perfect for spotting birds and playful primates in their element. With an emphasis on indoor and outdoor living, you remain consistently connected to your surroundings.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Exploring Nyungwe National Forest
Chimpanzee Trekking
The day begins bright and early, driving into the park headquarters at 5:00am with a delicious packed breakfast. After an insightful chimpanzee trek briefing, you will be escorted to the Evergreen Forest at 6:00am, when the adventure begins. Alongside famous chimps, you are likely to spot a wide variety of bird life. Their playfulness and human-like characteristics make this journey so rewarding. You may even be welcomed by chimp morning calls deep in the forest. Upon encountering the chimps, you can stay in their presence for one hour as you enjoy their acrobatics, feeding, and day-to-day behaviors. Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging - it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa's last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place in the early morning to observe chimps in their natural habitat. 

Nyungwe National Forest Canopy Walk
Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective - on the famous Canopy Walkway. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breathtaking construction hands 197 feet above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. An iconic experience, not to be missed! 

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Nyungwe National Forest to Volcanoes National Park
Today you will travel from Nyungwe National Forest to the Virunga Volcano Range. This transfer is approximately six hours with stops. 

One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Volcano Range along the north-western frontier of beautiful Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla's Nest is the closest resort to Volcanoes National Park, and the region's ultimate luxury retreat. Find everything you could desire, intimately connected to nature. A sparkling pool surrounded by eucalyptus, delicious seasonal menus, wellness that draws remedy from African botanicals, and a wealth of jungle experiences curated for you.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Gorilla Trekking
This morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for the gorilla trek briefing at 7:00am. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as "life-changing" and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creature in their natual habitat is truly a unique moment. Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over four hours depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel after seeing the gorillas. 

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Gorilla Trekking
This morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for the gorilla trek briefing at 7:00am. The largest gorilla group ever studied i in Rwanda and was led by Cantsbee. He was the oldest known mountain gorilla in the world. A gorilla family is led by a Silverback and includes several younger males, adult and juvenile females, and infants. In addition to providing protection to group members, Silverbacks maintain order and decide all activities within their troop. They schedule feeding trips, resting time, and travel. They also father the majority of young in the group.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Rwanda to USA
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred to Kigali Airport for your flight back to the USA.  (B)

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
KigaliKigali Serena Hotel
Akagera National ParkMagashi Camp
KigaliKigali Serena Hotel
Nyungwe National ForestOne&Only Nyungwe House
Parc National des VolcansOne&Only Gorilla's Nest


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
2/1/2020 - 2/29/2020$16,240
3/1/2020 - 5/31/2020$15,840
6/1/2020 - 10/15/2020$17,775
10/16/2020 - 10/31/2020$17,295
11/1/2020 - 12/14/2020$15,850
12/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$17,785
Single Traveler
2/1/2020 - 2/29/2020$20,565
3/1/2020 - 5/31/2020$19,960
6/1/2020 - 10/15/2020$22,330
10/16/2020 - 10/31/2020$21,610
11/1/2020 - 12/14/2020$19,960
12/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$21,235


Terms and Conditions

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