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wildlife & nature • 10 days, 9 nights

Inside Rwanda: Gorillas & the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda
wildlife & nature • 10 days, 9 nights

Inside Rwanda: Gorillas & the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Challenging
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $7,340 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

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.

Highlights
  • Hike through the lush rainforest of Volcanoes National Park to find elusive mountain gorillas
  • Search for chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest National park.
  • Explore Rwanda’s complex past and get to know its contemporary culture
  • Sip, savor, and soak up Rwanda’s celebrated coffees and teas
  • Head out on Lake Kivu to follow local fisherman in search of sambaza
  • For those eager to explore further, add on an Akagera Wildlife Safari extension

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Rwanda

Additional Info

Pricing

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.

Wildlife Permit fees
In addition to the trip price, a non-refundable Wildlife Permit Fee is required in order to participate on this trip and must be paid at the time of booking. This Wildlife Permit Fee includes all permits for visiting the gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and golden monkeys and is a necessary part of maintaining and improving the health of these magnificent wild primates.  The cost of the permit depends on the departure date you choose:  Low Season (May 23, 2023 & December 6, 2023 Departures): $1300

High Season (June 7, 2023 Departure): $1750

Traveling Solo?

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

Activity Level

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. 

Arrival and Departure

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.

Included
  • Accommodations throughout the trip at comfortable hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Trip Leader and a local guide to accompany you for the duration of the trips as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events (except wildlife permits)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • All customary gratuities, not including the Trip Leader
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
Excluded
  • All required wildlife permits (priced separately, organized by Atlas Obscura)
  • Transportation and flights to and from Rwanda
  • Pre and Post trip accommodations
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
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Trip FAQ

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. 

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Upcoming Departures

  • May 23–Jun 1, 2023
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  • Jun 7–Jun 16, 2023
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  • Dec 6–Dec 15, 2023
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