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Gorillas and Game in Rwanda

Inspirational safari holiday to Rwanda

This luxury itinerary seamlessly combines a gorilla tracking experience in Volcanoes National Park with a traditional safari in the beautiful Akagera National Park, all whilst staying in two of Rwanda's most luxurious lodges. On a vacation to Rwanda, it is impossible not to be moved and inspired by the rebuilding of the country following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. At Magashi Camp at Akagera enjoy day and night game drives, walking safaris, fishing, birding and boating in some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa comprising of woodlands, open plains, lakes, grassy low mountains and swampland. The area 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. Here you will stay at the luxury, eco-lodge, Bisate, in a Forest Villa with outstanding views. The lodge is within easy driving distance of Volcanoes National Park headquarters from where you will depart on your memorable gorilla trek.

Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali
  • 1 night - Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 3 nights - Magashi Camp, Akagera National Park, Rwanda
  • 3 nights - Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
  • Ends - Transfer to Kigali for your international flight home

At a glance

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

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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  • Dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes
  • Gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National Park
  • Participate in unique, immersive community-based experiences
  • Join conservation efforts monitoring lions, leopards, and black rhinos
  • Golden monkey trekking; the Dian Fossey hike and scaling Mount Bisoke
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali

Kigali Serena Hotel pool at night
Kigali Serena Hotel outdoor dining
Kigali Serena Hotel lounge and bar area
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Day 1

Arrive at Kigali Airport where you will be met by your driver and taken to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Kigali Serena Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room

Kigali Serena Hotel bedroom
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Day 2 - 5

Journey with your driver today the +- 2.5 hours to your camp in Akagera National Park.

  • 3 nights

Magashi Camp
All Inclusive | Tented Room

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Bisate lodge sunset dining 1280
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Day 5 - 8

Drive today to Volcanoes National Park and to your sumptuous villa on the slopes of an eroded volcanic crater.

  • 3 nights
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Bisate Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite

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Day 8

Bid the gorillas farewell and return by road to Kigali Airport where you will board your flight home.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • 1 x Gorilla Tracking Permit
  • Drinks at Magashi and Bisate
  • Carbon offsetting donation to One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution to Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
  • Additional gorilla treks
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Primate Trekking Icon Primate Trekking
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
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
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Shoebill
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Impala
  • Hippo
  • Gorilla
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Maasai Giraffe
    Maasai Giraffe
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