The experience is entirely amplified on a privately-guided Rwanda tour where you are traveling at your own pace knowing that you will be taken care of every step of the way. Rwanda is a staggeringly beautiful country and home to some of Africa’s premier primate wildlife watching and tracking. Discover it in all the style, high comfort and care.
Make transfers by modern 4WD vehicles, drivers and expert local guides and trackers. With only the very best hotels, you can put together an incredible and eye-opening trip to Rwanda.
Scenes of rolling green savannah, hills smothered with tropical rain forests and bamboo forests, falling to Lakes (Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes), then rising to dormant volcanoes and home to three protected national parks (Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe).
It’s no surprise that the majority of guests visit Rwanda to track and view our highly endangered cousins. Rwanda is superb for primates in general, including the fun-loving Sykes monkey, the golden monkey and the boisterous chimpanzee in the Nyungwe Forest.
Relive the story of famous gorilla researcher Dian Fossey as you hike to the site of the Karisoke research base, which she established. Reached by a three to four-hour hike through picturesque stretches of forest, the former base is set at a scenic altitude of 3 000 metres (over 9 000 feet) and is tucked between the steep summits of two volcanoes, Mount Visoke and Mount Karisimbi.
Spend some time reflecting on the future of these endangered creatures in the abandoned graveyard where Fossey’s favourite gorillas are buried and where she herself was ultimately laid to rest.
Take a trip to Iby’Iwacu village, where the villagers have convinced a group of ex-poachers to turn their back on their former lifestyle and create a traditional dance group that performs for visitors on a cultural village tour. Known as The Intore, or The Heroes, this ancient form of celebration is based on the victory dance of the Rwandan kings.
When not watching the traditional dances and drumming performances, you can step into the traditional dwelling of the local king, watch an authentic medicine man preparing his herbal concoctions or try your hand at shooting the traditional weapon of bows and arrows.
End your premium tour with the Kigali Genocide Memorial tour where almost 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi tribe were buried within the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial – a quarter of the one million Rwandans killed during the atrocities that swept the country in 1994.
This guided tour serves not only to educate visitors about the horrors of the genocide by means of three permanent exhibitions, but also as a meaningful tribute to those who perished.