Experience the magic of the “land of a thousand hills” as you trek through verdant volcanic mountains to glimpse some of the rarest and most impressive wildlife in the world. Venture from Rwanda’s bustling capital of Kigali to its rugged jungles, exploring complicated stories of recovery and renewal along the way. Explore the vibrance and history of Rwandan life through its museums, bustling markets, locally-grown coffee, and flavorful cuisine. Search for chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest National Park. In Volcanoes National Park, our adventure culminates with a trek to find some of the last surviving mountain gorillas in the wild. An intimate encounter with these shy and incredible animals is an experience unlike any other. From the rugged natural beauty and incredible wildlife to its welcoming people, Rwanda inspires wonder and inspiration at every turn.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.
The price of the optional Akagera extension is $1840 per person, double occupancy.
High Season (June 7, 2023 Departure): $1750
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
Private Room Supplement Cost: $1080
Optional Akagera Extension Private Room Supplement Cost: $285
Because of the remote nature of the primate habitats, this trip requires a considerable amount of hiking and outdoor exploration. While all apes will require some hiking, the chimpanzees in particular are less habituated to humans and live in remote, mountain habitats. Finding the chimpanzees might take 3-4 hours of sustained searching over steep terrain, often where bursts of rapid hiking might be needed, at times off trail. Rwanda is known as the "land of a thousand hills" and this is not hyperbole. The Virunga mountains in Volcanoes National Park, home of the gorillas, rises to elevations of 7-8000 feet.
The trip starts and finishes in Rwanda's capital, Kigali. We recommend booking round trip airfare in and out of the Kigali International Airport. Airport transfers for both arrivals and departures will be provided.
Your trip begins with a welcome dinner on Day 1. Please plan to arrive into Kigali by 7pm.
We will return to Kigali by midday on Day 10, with time to explore Kigali or relax at a day room at the hotel before evening flights. Please book your flight to depart Kigali at 6pm or later.
Those choosing the optional Akagera Extension should plan on booking evening flights on Day 13. Please book your flight to depart at 6pm or later.
As part of your trip price, a $500 donation has been made to the Gorilla Doctors, an organization that provides wildlife veterinary care to the gorillas of the Virunga Mountains. We'll have a chance to talk with these amazing people about their mission and learn how they handle everything from routine health checks to life saving emergency care. Our visit helps to keep these doctors in the field.Finally, our trip will have a chance to visit coffee, tea, and other small businesses. Our approach to responsible, sustainable tourism encourages relationships with vendors deeply invested in their communities with an eye towards developing long term, mutually beneficial relationships.
As you will note when you book this trip, we will collect the permit fees on behalf of the Rwanda Development Board to see the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys. and Golden Monkeys. While expensive, these permits are a necessary and mandatory part of interacting with primates in the area. This limits the number of visitors and helps prevent these magnificent animals from being "loved to death". The money goes directly to conservation efforts, with a portion set aside to build things such as schools and health centers for local communities.
Many dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Rwandan cuisine often has many vegetarian options. Gluten free options are normally available, but may be limited. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
A visa is required for travel to Rwanda. Please check requirements for travel to Rwanda and any countries that you pass through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport be valid at least six months after your return home.