Rwanda is not defined by the scars of history, but rather by the ebullience of the present. A landscape full of vitality and vibrancy, this tiny East African country quickly reveals its heart to its visitor as your safari will unravel the stories of past and present as you share stories with Batwa pygmies, connect with genocide survivors, experience pre-colonial history guides, and engage with so many colorful locals. Your cultural immersion will be complemented by thrilling forest encounters...
Kigali – From Colonial Dramas to the Vibrant Markets of Tomorrow
Kigali always surprises its visitors as there is something softly Parisian about Rwanda’s small capital with its broad, tree-lined lanes and classical architecture. The cleanliness is immediately apparent as there is not a scrap of trash anywhere in the city; plastic bags are illegal here, an indication of the country’s forward-looking approach to being clean and green. You will be greeted at the airport for a short transfer to your five-star hotel in the heart of the city with a restaurant that has become the hip place for a gourmet city lunch. Take lunch at this restaurant and meet your guide to talk over your plans for the next ten days. This time together will also bring a chance to take in an overview of Rwanda and its remarkable history, one that is complemented by two places you will visit in the afternoon.
Rwanda was a German colony ten years before any European had ever ventured into its green hills. Africa is filled with haunting stories of the takeover, but surely none can be as belligerent as this, the country declared part of Germany without the colonialists even rolling in with an army. The building blocks of the 1994 genocide start with this abuse of power. You will visit the Belgium memorial site from 1907, marking where Kigali was founded and a great point to start a history that did not spread much out of Rwanda. Move next to compare this starting point with the warm welcomes of today, found in the extremely colorful Kimilonko Market. You will quickly see that the people of Rwanda do not hold a grudge but use openness and honesty to build a brighter future. The evening will be at your leisure as you settle in for your adventures ahead.
Kigali – Stories and Secrets
Nyungwe Forest – 19th-Century Nyanza Kings and Pre-Colonial History
Nyungwe Forest – Immense Monkey Troops
Nyungwe Forest – Trek with Chimpanzees
Ruhengeri – Ross Carr’s Orphanage and Traveling to New Jungle
Ruhengeri – Dian Fossey Projects
Ruhengeri – Gorilla Trekking
Ruhengeri – Meeting Indigenous Batwa Pygmies
Kigali – Liberation Museum and Departure
- Trek for gorillas in the volcanic forest and meet an endangered troop that delights in its inimitability
- Spend time with a community of Batwa pygmies, ancient rainforest dwellers who have always shared the resources with the gorillas
- Unravel the narratives behind the 1994 genocide with an expert historical guide as you visit a range of memorials and hear from those who survived
- Discover the vibrancy of modern Rwanda and explore the stories behind its unique colonial history
- Travel further back in time to the Nyanza kings and the legends that took place long before the Europeans arrived
- Journey into the depths of Nyungwe Forest and meet large troops of colobus monkeys, and then spend an hour with a troop of rare chimpanzees
- Meet locals from all walks of life as you traverse Rwanda, including those supported by Dian Fossey’s conservation work and those that love to entertain
- Surround yourself with primates, from golden monkeys to grey-cheeked mangabeys and many more
$8,055 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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