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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Zanzibar Beaches

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Explore the best of Rwanda and Zanzibar on this 12-night dynamic itinerary, taking you from the historic city of Kigali to the deepest depths of Rwandan wilderness in Akagera National Park and Virunga National Park, where you'll spot incredible wildlife, including gorillas. You'll finish off with a relaxing beach holiday on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Zanzibar.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All domestic flights
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Hotel Des Mille Collines
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Ruzizi Tented Lodge
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • 5 nights stay at the 5-star The Residence Zanzibar
  • Price per person: £7,295
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Kigali

Your journey begins here! A world of adventure awaits you as you depart from the UK to Addis Ababa and continue forth to Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills. Sit back and relax as you embark on an awe-inspiring journey across some of Africa's most exciting and beautiful destinations. Once you've landed in Kigali, you'll be greeted by a private driver who will transport you to your accommodation for the night. 

Day 2-3
1 night stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines

Conveniently located in the heart of Kigali, Hotel Des Mille Collines is a quaint luxury hotel providing an ideal base to venture out from to explore the city. During your stay, you can enjoy dining at the hotel's on-site restaurants and indulging in a rejuvenating massage after your long flight. The hotel offers guided tours through the city's central business district, a great way to discover all this lively city has to offer. 

Day 3
Road transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park

After a restful first night in Kigali, it's time to head out of the city and into the wilderness. Once you've checked out, you'll be transported by a driver to the Akagera National Park, where you'll have the chance to get a glimpse of the scenery and wildlife before checking into your next hotel. 

Day 3-6
2 nights stay at Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Residing on the banks of Lake Ihema, Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a charming luxury eco-lodge nestled amidst sprawling luscious greenery. Boasting sensational views of the lake, the lodge offers prime viewing of the water-dwelling wildlife at any time of day. During your stay, you'll embark on a variety of exciting excursions across the park where you'll have the chance to discover all Akagera National Park has to offer.

Day 4
Akagera National Park & Lake Ihema

Spanning approximately 1,122 km², Akagera National Park is home to a thriving wildlife population of at least 8,000. Relatively small in size compared to other established parks across Africa, the park offers visitors a more intimate viewing of the wildlife. You'll head out on expert-led game drives where you'll encounter giraffes, impalas, zebras, mongoose, bushbucks, vervet monkeys, warthogs, baboons, hippos, and the small elephant population that calls the park home. 

Situated on the Tanzanian border, Lake Ihema is generally considered to be Rwanda's second-largest lake. You'll venture out onto Lake Ihema and witness the water-dwelling wildlife up-close on an expert-led boat trip where you'll catch a glimpse of hippos, crocodiles and over 550 bird species that call the park home, so keep a lookout!  

Day 6
Road transfer from Akagera National Park to Kigali

After an incredible time in the Rwandan wilderness, it's time to head back for a quick city break. Upon check out at the Ruzizi Tented Lodge, you'll be transported via private car back to Kigali for one night at Hotel Des Mille Collines. 

Day 6
Kigali

Welcome back to Kigali, you'll spend another night at Hotel Des Mille Collines during your time in the city. A symbol of Kigali's history, Hotel Des Mille Collines is undoubtedly one of Rwanda's most famous hotels. Single-handedly responsible for the preservation of over 1,200 lives that would otherwise be lost in the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Des Mille Collines heroically opened its door in 1994 to shelter hundreds of people for over two months while the genocide occurred across the nation. 

During your stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines, you will visit The Kigali Genocide Memorial, a site of remembrance and education in honour of the 800,000 people who lost their lives in the Rwandan civil war. Travellers are encouraged to learn more about the events that led to the genocide at the visitor center, presenting a variety of educational events in the on-site amphitheatre. 

Day 7
Road transfer from Kigali to Ruhengeri

It's time to trade Kigali's hill for volcanoes! Once you've checked out at Hotel Des Mille Collines, you'll be transported by a driver to your next destination, Ruhengeri. 

Day 7-9
2 nights stay at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Nestled amidst the chain of the Virunga Volcanoes, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge occupies a prime spot located just moments away from the Volcanoes National Park. The community-owned luxury lodge offers cosy cottages fitted with private verandas to ensure guests can marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings from the comfort of their room. 

Day 8
Gorilla Trekking

Residing in luscious forestry in the mountains at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet, the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park account for approximately a third of the world's remaining population. You'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture into gorilla nests where you will intimately encounter these magnificent and endangered creatures in their own habitat. Expert guides will accompany you on your trek, offering knowledge and insight into their fascinating behaviours. Keep an eye out for the elusive golden monkey during your trek, a species of Old World monkey exclusively found in the region. 

Day 9
Fly from Ruhengeri to Kigali

Following a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Ruhengeri, it's time for a change of scenery! You'll be met once again by a driver who will transport you back to the Kigali international airport where you will depart to your next destination, Zanzibar! 

Day 9
Fly from Kigali to Zanzibar City

Sit back and relax as you depart to Zanzibar, home to a vibrant culture, dazzling white beaches and glistening blue waters. Upon arrival, you'll be transported to your accommodation where you will reside for the next 5 nights. 

Day 9-14
5 nights stay at The Residence Zanzibar

Nestled between tropical forestry overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Residence Zanzibar will be your accommodation for the next 5 nights. The opulent resort boasts modern and spacious accommodation accompanied by stunning views of the idyllic Zanzibar coastline. During your stay, you can enjoy dining at the on-site restaurant, serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, a refreshing trip to the resident spa and a plethora of activities. 

Day 12-13
Zanzibar activity section

Venture out onto the waters on a kayak and explore the mesmerising beauty of the Indian Ocean, whether it be day or evening; you can anticipate some marvellous views! We recommend embarking on activities beyond the resort to ensure you capture the full Zanzibar experience, with trips to Stone Town and excursions through the Jozani Forest Reserve on offer. 

Day 14
Fly from Zanzibar City to UK

After a marvellous time in Rwanda and a sensational experience in Zanzibar, the time has come to head back home. You'll be met one last time by a driver who will transport you to the Zanzibar City airport where you will depart back to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All domestic flights
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Hotel Des Mille Collines
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Ruzizi Tented Lodge
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • 5 nights stay at the 5-star The Residence Zanzibar
  • Price per person: £7,295
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