Remarkable Rwanda: Lush Mountains and Expansive Plains

Gorilla Trekking, the Big 5, and Conservation on the best Rwanda safari

No wildlife encounter on earth can compare to standing a few meters from a group of mountain gorillas going about their daily lives in the wild – in fact, it’s such a magical experience that we’ve built two opportunities to observe these magnificent creatures into the best Rwanda safari itinerary.

Not only will you visit the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, but we’ve included a stop at Akagera National Park, one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories and home to the Big 5 as well as Nyungwe National Park, one of the oldest rainforests in Africa and considered the lungs of Rwanda for its clean air and carbon sequestration. Round off your stay with some time in vibrant Kigali, where you’ll discover first-hand the incredible progress the country has made despite its turbulent past.

Best Rwanda safari: 11 days / 10 nights

DAY 1:

Arrival Kigali, Heaven Retreat

DAYS 2, 3, & 4:

Drive to Akagera National Park, Magashi Camp

DAYS 5, 6, 7:

Helicopter flight to Ruhengeri, Bisate Lodge

DAY 8, 9, 10:

Helicopter to Nyungwe, One&Only Nyungwe House

DAY 11:

Fly back to Kigali, depart

Highlights of the best Rwanda safari

  • This 11-day fly-in best Rwanda safari starts with an overnight stay at Heaven Retreat in Kigali 
  • Drive to Magashi Camp in Akagera National Park, home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities as well as the Big 5. Enjoy day and night game drives, boating, and catch-and-release fishing. Your stay contributes towards the park becoming economically self-sufficient
  • Take a scenic helicopter flight to Bisate Lodge, just outside Volcanoes National Park. The lodge funds a number of local conservation and community projects, and you can  visit  Bisate village, where most of the staff are from, or spend the afternoon hiking in nearby hills
  • Your gorilla trek starts early the next morning. Under the supervision of park rangers, you’ll be guided to a troop of gorillas. Once sighted, you’ll have the opportunity to spend an hour observing these fascinating primates up close
  • The following morning, you’ll have the option to go for a second gorilla trek, or a trek to see the golden monkeys that make their home in the park  
  • Take a helicopter to Nyungwe National Park, considered the lungs of Rwanda and one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. Enjoy a canopy walk and trek to see the playful chimpanzees while relishing your accommodation at One & Only.
  • Spend your last afternoon exploring Kigali, including the Genocide Memorial, an open-air market, an art gallery, or a curio shop, or at a coffee masterclass and tasting


$24,100 - $30,000 per person sharing in 2023. 1 gorilla permit, 1 golden monkey permit, and 1 chimpanzee permit are included in price.

Domestic Rwandair flight Kamembe-Kigali to be booked directly by client

Note that the minimum age for trekking is 15 years.

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The Retreat by Heaven

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Magashi Camp

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Bisate Lodge

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One&Only Nyungwe House

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