Welcome to Kigali

Despite bearing the brunt of the genocide's unspeakable horrors in 1994, Kigali has been the centre of Rwanda's nation-building efforts since that time and has seen massive amounts of state and foreign investment pouring in over the past two decades. Indeed, the rebirth of the capital has seen a cosmopolitanism arrive in the city and Kigali now boasts a slew of new skyscrapers, several international hotels and a host of excellent eating options. Few people leave Kigali without being impressed by this plucky and charismatic survivor. And being right in the centre of the country, it's a great base from where to organise your trip around Rwanda.

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Kigali activities

$2990 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Day 1: (L, D)Arrive at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed by a Nkuringo Walking Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation. You will have lunch in the capital city before proceeding to the most beautiful national park in the country: Volcanoes National Park. You will explore bamboo forests, open grassland and swamps. You will head to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at (Budget Option: Kinigi Guest House). Day 2: Gorilla tracking. 2-5 hrs trekking (B, L, D) Today you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. You will take a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide talks about the family and their behavior. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view, dinner and overnight. (Budget Option: - Kinigi Guest House).Day 3: Parc National des Volcanoes – Kigali – DepartureHave a relaxing breakfast and enjoy the beautiful scenery one more time before you head back to Kigali with a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites, including the Kigali Memorial Center.Depending on the time of your international flight you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport.*For a fee, you can upgrade to either a mid-range option (Mountain Gorilla View Lodge), or a Luxury option (Volcanoes Virunga Lodge) (inclusive of local beverages and laundry service).

$550 Day Trips & Excursions

1-Day Akagera National Park safari

Today early morning we leave Kigali at about 6 am for a day trip to Akagera national park, which is about 3 hours away from Kigali. Akagera national park is majorly a Savannah park with Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, and recently introduced Lions. We shall take a game drive in search of these mammals. The game drive can last about 4 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest.Have lunch at Akagera game lodge or a picnic lunch in case you packed before your last game drive on your way out of the park arriving in Kigali later that evening.

$250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 days Nyungwe Safari

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Kigali - Nyungwe forestStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceHave breakfast and thereafter embark the safari vehicle and transfer to Nyungwe forest and on your way to this forest have your lunch en-route, visit to one of the genocide memorialsAccommodation: Gisakura Guest HouseMeal Plan: Lunch & DinnerDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Gisakura GuesthouseDay 2: Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk - Kigali TransferStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceHave breakfast, and after meet at the park offices for the briefing about the primates and the forest, after enter into the tropical rain forest searching for the shy chimpanzees in the tree branches. While on this walk expect to spot other primates like the white and black Columbus, Vervet monkeys and red tailed monkeys. More birds can be spotted too in the Nyungwe National park, return to lodge for lunch and then evening take the canopy walk looking for primates, birds and the clear of the green canopy cover.Later drive back to Kigali with lunch en-route. Then drive to the airport for your return flight back home.Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$200 Day Trips & Excursions

2 days Gorilla tracking Mghahinga transfer from Kigali

ItineraryDay 1: Kigali - KisoroStop At: Golden Monkey GuesthouseOur tour guide will pick you from a hotel in Kigali and cross you over to Uganda through Cyanika Immigration border point to the Kisoro town on the foothills of Mghahinga Forest national park. This scenic drive will take approximately 3 hours at a speed of 60KM/hr. Overnight stay at Golden Monkey guesthouseDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Golden Monkey Guesthouse 2*Day 2: Gorilla tracking and transfer to KigaliStop At: Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkEnjoy an early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters to be briefed about the “dos and don’ts” while with the gorillas. The trekking may take about 1-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. You will be in the company of the gentle giants for a maximum of an hour, enjoying them feeding, playing around as you do photography. After the gorilla tracking adventure, you will drive back to Kigali for your scheduled flight back home.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$625 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 days Nyungwe Camping safari

Day 1 Nyungwe National Parl Begin your safari with a tansfer to Nyngwe National park, your drive takes about 6 ½  hrs drive via Butare visiting. Get to visit, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.threafter, Lunch and later continue to our destination arriving late for camp set up.Day 2 Chimpanzee Tracking and water fall visit Take an early morning breakfast then with your packed lunch we enter the aprk for our days activity of chimps tracking. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). About only 400 individuals, the population in Rwanda is an endangered one. However; it should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. After our short trek we return for relaxation before our afternoon nature walk visiting Kamiranzovu waterfall. we return i the late afternoon to our camp for dinner and overnight.Day 3 canopy and depart for Kigali Today we go for the canopy walk which sets 50 me­ters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and is the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. It allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest. Return for lunch, later close camp and depart for Kigali.

$620 Outdoor Activities

3 Days Gorilla and Golden Monkey Trek

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN RWANDA – VOLCANOES NAT PARK Once you check out of the arrival terminal at the Kigali airport, you’ll be met by a guide from Kawira Safaris for a short meet and greet, thereafter be briefed on your trip. You later leave the airport with and en-route tour of Kigali, get to visit various interesting spots in the city on your way to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas  . Arrive in time for your hotel check in. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel. DAY 2: GORILLA TREKKING ADVENTURE After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience on the gorilla trek tour. Once you spot the gorillas, you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. Return to your hotel for lunch and later afternoon at leisure. DAY 3: GOLDEN MONKEY & RETURN TO KIGALI After an early breakfast, you will again drive to the park headquarters where you will have briefings and formalities for the golden monkeys trekking. The golden monkeys are rare, beautiful, and distinctive bamboo-associated primates of the blue monkey family and endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. After golden monkeys trekking, you will have lunch and then enjoy the scenic transfer back to Kigali with onward transfer to the airport for your evening outbound flight.