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5 Days Trip Tour in Kigali

Safari Overview

When visiting Kigali, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Kigali sightseeing attractions and cultural tour activities before heading out on your gorilla and primate safari to Volcanoes (Parc National de Volcans), Nyungwe and Akagera.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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TRIP SUMMARY

Summary of Your Tour

Country Visits & How Long Will You Be Gone:

  • Countries: Rwanda
  • Tour Duration: 5 days (4 nights)
  • Start & End Point: Your trip will start in Kigali and end in Kigali

Destination & Accommodation Visits:

  • Kigali – 2 nights at Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel
  • Volcanoes National Park – 2 nights at Virunga Lodge

Tour Experiences

Safari Tier Quality: Tier 1 Premier Experience

Trip Type: Private Travel

Private – Expert Tour Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle: Services will be provided by a private, expert and experienced safari guide in your own exclusive 4×4 vehicle for the full duration of your tour

Logistical Transfers: You will be transferred in a private 4×4 vehicle

Trip Theme: Wildlife & Nature, Active Adventure, Culture & History

Trip Suitability: Couple, Family Friendly (15+ years), Honeymooners, Solo

Start Date Flexibility: You can start this tour on any day you prefer

Customization Options: You can tailor-make this tour to add additional destinations in Africa, extra night’s stays, make logistical changes, accommodation swaps, add-on activities etc.

DAY 1 – KIGALI (RWANDA ARRIVAL)

Private Arrival Transfer from Kigali International Airport (KGL) To Your Kigali Hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, our airport guest relations’ officer will personally meet all arriving guests.

We will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. You are met and transferred to your hotel in Kigali for your overnight stay.

Kigali

Planning a trip to the beautiful, hilly country of Rwanda usually means landing and leaving from its capital, Kigali. Surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, this city is a thriving, bustling metropolis of about a million people.

Located in the center of the country, it’s the perfect springboard for travels to Rwanda’s excellent safari parks and wilderness reserves.

Whether you are spending a few days in Kigali for business or for pleasure, you will be impressed by the tranquil ambiance of the town metropolis, its cleanliness, and the well-maintained gardens set in the city squares.

Trees line the roads and avenues, and the friendly, welcoming character of the people will touch your heart.

Destination Guide: Kigali

Kigali – Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel

Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel offers well-appointed facilities and amenities characteristic of The Radisson Blu chain all over the world.

In addition to the glittering facade of the hotel is the unique dome-shaped convention center that is now a recognizable landmark dominating the skyline of the suburbs of Kigali.

The accommodation, located around 3.5 miles (5.5 kilometers) from Kigali International Airport, offers vacationers equal distance to the main commercial hub of the city as well as the Supreme Court and consulates of various countries.

It has a plush lounge with a high ceiling and elegant decor where you can spend time enjoying the ambiance of opulence. Visit the in-house Amani Spa for relaxation provided by expert masseuses or the steam and sauna room.

You can also take leisurely swims in the outdoor egg-shaped swimming pool or burn off the delicious food in the well-equipped fitness center. There is also a splashing pool for toddlers and younger children.

Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel offers luxury tourists and businesspersons 292 rooms you can choose based on your requirements. Enjoy the muted soothing colors of the rooms decorated with diffused lighting that spell complete relaxation and comfort amidst sophistication and style.

Make your choice from the 209 Standard Rooms, and 4 Accessible Rooms that are equipped with special amenities for mobility challenged guests. Also, corporates or urban holidaymakers can choose from the 68 Business Rooms and a luxurious collection of suites including 5 Junior Suites, 5 Presidential Suites and 1 Diplomat Suite.

All of the rooms and suites are air-conditioned along with an exclusive balcony that offers sweeping views of Kigali and the green hills surrounding it in addition to a flat-screen TV with satellite connection and minibar.

The spacious, ensuite bathroom is equipped with a shower-stall bathtub and other amenities typical of a high-end establishment.

Overnight accommodation: Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel 

Kigali City Tour Attractions (Optional Visits – Time Permitting)

Optional Tour Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, The Dancing Pots, Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative, Art Galleries – Inema, Ivuka & Niyo

DAY 2 – KIGALI

Kigali

Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel

Kigali City Tour Attractions (Optional Visits – Time Permitting)

Optional Tour Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, The Dancing Pots, Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative, Art Galleries – Inema, Ivuka & Niyo

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Drive From Kigali to Volcanoes National Park (Kinigi) With Your Private Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle

Volcanoes National Park

In the heart of the mighty African continent is a distinctive, natural utopia shared by three countries: Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

Each nation has placed its part of this region under preservation by creating wilderness parks. In Rwanda, this kaleidoscope of natural beauty is protected as Volcanoes National Park, or Parc National des Volcans, a 160-square-kilometer reserve that includes evergreen and bamboo forest, tropical rainforest and partial grasslands, valleys, serene lakes, craggy volcanoes, and farmed foothills.

The rainforests on their slopes are home to the endangered mountain gorillas, which often travel between the three countries in the quest for eatables. Gorillas are known to feed mainly on soft bamboo shoots, wild celery, stinging nettles, and wild fruit.

Like-minded tourists who hope to see these rare primates in their native habitat can explore this tranquil, Eden-like world by following the many trails that wind through Volcanoes Park.

Each of the trails allows you to experience a different facet of the forest reserve. With a permit and the help of an expert tracker, hike to meet one of the famed gorilla families and spend time watching them as they forage for food or groom one another.

Destination Guide: Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes – Virunga Lodge

Straddling a picturesque, ridge offering breathtaking views of the Volcanoes National Park all around you is the Virunga Lodge. Enjoy the enchanting vistas of the lakes Bulera and Ruhondo from the rooms and the main lobby of this luxury primate holiday stayover.

Adorned with stonework detailing, wooden flooring and whimsical Rwandan art, the lobby is a pleasant place to relax with drinks from the bar. In the evenings, you can enjoy the warmth of the fire as you sit back in woven wickerwork furniture that gives the place an enchanting safari ambiance.

At the end of your gorilla trekking travels, you can spend some time at the spa where adequate masseuse gently massages the aches and pains from your muscles. The edifices of the Virunga Lodge are constructed using locally sourced materials in the architectural styles of a colonial country house, from red tiled roofs to encompassing verandas.

The grounds are vibrant with sightings of some of the 178 avian species of Rwanda along with mongooses and butterflies flitting amidst the lush greenery. The bandas are named for the many lakes that are located in the region.

They have sloping roofs with a lovely decor of stonework, clay, and rough-hewn wooden and rattan furniture crafted by local artisans. 

You will be spending your trip in one of the 10 distinct bandas that the lodge provides. Choose from 6 bandas with double beds or 2 others with twin beds. You could also opt for the 2 deluxe bandas that have a separate living area and can comfortably accommodate families of 4.

The rooms have diaphanous mosquito netting draped on a wooden frame hanging from the roof adding a touch of “Out of Africa” romance. Seating arrangements, sisal embodied chests, rugs and other furnishings, and a working fireplace adds a quaint charm to rooms.

The en suite bathrooms have his and her basins, low-flush toilets, and a partitioned shower area.

Overnight accommodation: Virunga Lodge 

Volcanoes Park Activities

The gorilla trek is experienced the next day due to the 07:30 hours start time

Optional Activities: Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour & Dian Fossey Grave Shrine Tour, Mount Karisimbi or Bisoke Hike, Musanze Caves & Buhanga Forest Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes Park

Virunga Lodge

Volcanoes Park Activities

Included Activities: One gorilla trek

Optional Activities: Golden monkey trek, Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour & Dian Fossey Grave Shrine Tour, Mount Karisimbi or Bisoke Hike, Musanze Caves & Buhanga Forest Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 – KIGALI (RWANDA DEPARTURE)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive From Volcanoes National Park (Kinigi) To Kigali with Your Private Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle

Kigali City Tour Attractions (Optional Visits – Time Permitting)

Optional Tour Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House,

Private Departure Transfer from Kigali City to Kigali International Airport (KGL)

Upon arrival in Kigali City, you are transferred to Kigali International Airport for your flight.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

Add-On Trips from Rwanda

Top Safari & Beach Extensions in Africa:

  • Serengeti & Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania & Kenya
  • Okavango Delta & Chobe in Botswana
  • Cape Town, Kruger & Sabi Sand in South Africa
  • Victoria Falls (Livingstone Town) & South Luangwa in Zambia
  • Hwange & Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Amboseli, Lewa, Great Rift Valley Lakes (Nakuru – Naivasha) in Kenya
  • Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth in Uganda
  • Gombe – Mahale (Chimpanzees), Ngorongoro & Selous in Tanzania
  • Sossusvlei & Etosha in Namibia
  • Lake Victoria in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda
  • Indian Ocean Islands & Beaches – Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mozambique, Lamu, Pemba, Mafia, Mombasa, Mauritius & Madagascar

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