"Rwanda is home to a young and ambitious population with a steady eye on a promising future. My goal when designing trips is to provide our travellers with an immersive introduction to a people both resilient and resurgent."
—Christine Tucker, Experience Designer
setting forth in a new direction
Meet people who share with us their optimism of a new Africa: sewists proud of their colourful dresses, reformed poachers making a living by productive, sustainable means and everyday people farming, planting coffee and tea. Everywhere there is a determined spirit to create a country that is peaceable, viable and authentic and remains true to what makes Rwanda an extraordinary place. Discover Rwanda on a private, bespoke trip—tailor-made your way. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
Discover the possibilities:
Go behind the scenes and into the circles of the prominent people and projects shaping modern Rwanda. We'll connect you with local coffee producers, shop owners and artists. In Kigali, you'll explore the colourful history and meet the designers growing Rwanda's immerging fashion industry. Further west, get out on Lake Kivu's waters and chat with isambaza fishers fighting to keep their tradition alive. You'll be in places far from the public eye and in great company.
This region boasts lush mountain ranges, hidden inland beaches, verdant tea plantations and misty cloud forests. We walk it all. Unforgettable? Observing silverback gorillas brought back from the brink while your expert guide brings their story to life. Meet the ex-poachers, farmers and charismatic locals who have learned to become neighbours again and spend a night on the edge of Volcanoes National Park at Singita Kwitonda Lodge (trust us, it's mind-blowing).
Rwanda Primate Safari
The gorillas of the Virunga Mountains are the rock-star primates of Rwanda—and truly, they do rock—but the wide diversity in primate wildlife takes you to some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Hike ancient, equatorial rainforests in Nyungwe, tracking charismatic chimpanzees catapulting through the canopy. Search the treetops for energetic colobus monkeys, and listen for the distinctive calls of white-bearded L’Hoest’s monkeys at daybreak. Add gorillas in their misty, volcanic mountain homes for an unforgettable journey.
Rwanda Family Trip
For families with older kids, Rwanda offers exceptional insights that only travel teaches with such gentleness. Sitting quietly in union with mountain gorillas in misty jungles is a life-changing experience, but note that minimum age requirements of 15 years are strictly enforced. Authentic engagements with our local friends open eyes—whether they’re emerging artists, fishermen keeping traditions alive, guiding you through the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial, or riding by your side as members of the Rwandan Cycle Club.
Lodge-to-Lodge in Rwanda
Lodge-to-lodge in Rwanda leverages our years of expertise to curate itineraries of the region’s most exceptional properties and wildlife areas while offering about the same rate if you were to book direct. The electric energy of Rwanda is palpable. Most people come to tick their curiosity for the famed mountain gorilla, but Rwanda is deserving of so much more of your time. Knowing how to get off the trodden tourist circuit is key to an authentic journey in this fantasy-like land. Where activities are integral to the itinerary, we leverage our long-trusted local contacts and insider access to immerse you in the best-kept hideaways on offer here. Lodge-to-lodge can also be enhanced with private transportation and a private guide throughout. Just let us know!
Start the planning process
These highlights are just a sample of what you can do and discover in Rwanda. Mix and match a little bit of everything, perhaps spend a few extra nights in Akagerra National Park or pair it with Zanzibar for an extended adventure. Connect with your Rwanda Experience Designer to start piecing together your perfect trip.
Notes From Your Designer:
Ideal trip length: 7 - 9 DAYS
Activity Level: 3
Starting Price: US $2,000 Per Person/Day
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