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Rwanda Safari and Gorillas Holiday

Inspirational safari to Rwanda

Rwanda Safari and Gorillas is a trip combining a traditional safari in Rwanda's Akagera National Park with a chance to see the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.

Following a night in the capital Kigali which includes a city tour, you will journey to Akagera where your stay will include day and night game drives, fishing, birding and boating in some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa. Magashi Camp is set on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga which is home to one of Africa's highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles, and the secretive sitatunga and shoebill stork. By contrast, Volcanoes National Park, protects the steep rainforested slopes of the magnificent Virungas mountain range. You will stay at Virunga Lodge with its dramatic views overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and experience a life changing encounter with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali
  • 1 night - Park Inn by Radisson, Kigali
  • 3 nights - Magashi Camp, Akagera National Park
  • 3 nights - Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park
  • Ends - Transfer to Kigali for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Rwanda
  • Nights Icon 7 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali

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Day 1

Arrive at Kigali Airport where you will be met and privately driven to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Park Inn by Radisson Kigali
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Room

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Day 2 - 5

Today you will journey with your private driver to the Akagera National Park and to your luxury tented camp.

  • 3 nights

Magashi Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent

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Day 5 - 8

Today your driver will take you to Volcanoes National Park for your gorilla trekking.

  • 3 nights

Virunga Lodge
All Inclusive | Deluxe Banda

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Day 8

Today you will be driven back to Kigali Airport where you will catch your international flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Magashi and Virunga
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • Private safari guide and vehicle
  • National Park Fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Additional activities or options on offer
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  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Primate Trekking Icon Primate Trekking
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Shoebill Stork
    Shoebill Stork
  • Maasai Giraffe
    Maasai Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Gorilla
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Roan Antelope
    Roan Antelope
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