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Legendary Wildlife of Rwanda & Kenya

15 days, Kigali to Nairobi

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Encounter Africa’s legendary wildlife, from the “big five” to endangered primates, on a thrilling adventure into the wilds of eastern Africa. Trek into the Rwandan jungle and come face-to-face with a gorilla group in its element, and head out on safari in world-famous national parks to track elephants, zebras, giraffes, and an array of birds. Along the way, learn about local conservation efforts from scientists in the field, as well as community members doing their part to protect these precious creatures.

15 days - Kigali to Nairobi

From$72519HKD
Valid on Oct 23 2022
Trip Code: DRNNG

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Encounter Africa’s legendary wildlife, from the “big five” to endangered primates, on a thrilling adventure into the wilds of eastern Africa. Trek into the Rwandan jungle and come face-to-face with a gorilla group in its element, and head out on safari in world-famous national parks to track elephants, zebras, giraffes, and an array of birds. Along the way, learn about local conservation efforts from scientists in the field, as well as community members doing their part to protect these precious creatures.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 6, Avg, 5.

Age requirement: 15+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

15 days - Kigali to Nairobi

From$72519HKD
Valid on Oct 23 2022
Trip Code: DRNNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Map of the route for Legendary Wildlife of Rwanda & Kenya

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Kigali

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and pay your respects to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, learning about this somber chapter of the country’s past. Later, embark on a community walk in the vibrant Nyamirambo neighbourhood and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon and settle into our lodge, located at the edge of Volcanoes National Park and offering stunning views of the soaring peaks.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Volcanoes National Park

Set out on a trek in lush, jungle-covered hills with a park ranger to track a unique and endangered species—the golden monkey. Observe these playful, curious creatures in their natural habitat; then visit the Ellen Degeneres Campus of the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic Grantee Dian Fossey. Visit the public exhibit and enjoy immersive activities, like a 360-degree theatre and replica of Dian Fossey’s original cabin before meeting with some of the organization’s gorilla experts. Hear their experiences and stories working for the largest gorilla conservation organization in the world, and have the chance to ask them questions.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Mountain Gorilla Conservation Sundowner Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Volcanoes National Park

Embark on an unforgettable trek through the jungle alongside a park ranger to search for mountain gorillas. When we come across a group of gorillas, witness their fascinating social dynamics up close. Note that these treks can vary in length and difficulty depending on the location of the gorillas. Return to our lodge for lunch, followed by a visit to a local village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Volcanoes National Park/Akagera National Park

Head back to Kigali for lunch, then continue east to Akagera National Park. Armed conflict once devastated this part of Rwanda, and many years of neglect and misuse followed. Yet dedicated work by the local communities resulted in the return of wildlife to the park’s savannas, forested hills, and wetlands. Learn more about this fascinating conservation success story in a behind-the-scenes visit to the African Parks headquarters here. Later, check into our comfortable lodge overlooking stunning Lake Ihema.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Akagera National Park - Conservation and Community

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Parc National de l’ Akagera

Wake before sunrise for an early morning safari drive in search of the “big five.” Keep an eye out for lions, buffalo, hyenas, and antelopes grazing freely here. Return to the lodge for lunch and some free time to relax or take a dip in the pool. In the afternoon, glide along Lake Ihema by boat, watching for hippos and crocodiles. Spot more wildlife, such as elephants and buffalo, as they gather at the lakeshore to drink water. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds including herons, shoebill storks, fish eagles, and kingfishers.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Parc National de l’ Akagera/Kigali

Head out with a packed breakfast for our final safari drive in the early hours when animals are most active. Look for giraffes, gazelles, impalas, baboons, Butchel’s zebras, leopards, and lions. Later that morning, depart through the northern edge of the park and travel overland back to Kigali for our last evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Kigali/Nairobi

Catch a flight from Kigali to Nairobi and transfer to hotel.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Nairobi/Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart early for Lake Nakuru, known for harbouring flocks of pink flamingos and a rich variety of bird species. Arrive at our safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch, and seek out the resident rhinos on a late afternoon wildlife drive.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10Lake Nakuru National Park

Set out on morning and afternoon safaris through the picturesque park, searching for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, lions, and more; and drive along the salty shores of Lake Nakuru to discover a mind-boggling variety of birds. Later, hear from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)—a government institution dedicated to managing the country’s wildlife—about the issues surrounding poaching and rhino conservation.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11Lake Nakuru National Park/Lake Naivasha

Head south through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake surrounded by grassy banks and olive trees. Cruise the lake on a boat, watching for hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo; and peer through your binoculars to spot lovebirds, ibis, and the African fish eagle. Step ashore at Crescent Island—a peaceful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the lake— and enjoy a guided stroll in search of wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara

Travel to the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve and settle into our comfortable tented camp, located in the heart of the reserve. Head out for an afternoon safari through vast, acacia-dotted plains, driving past throngs of wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes; and keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and the rest of the African “big five.” In the evening, relax at the camp and enjoy scenic views of the rolling plains.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Masai Mara

Venture out on an early morning safari to track the animals that traversed the savanna during the night. View ungulates like Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi and eland antelopes—as well as their stealthy predators—at one of their most active times of the day. Continue your exploration on a late afternoon safari, discovering the timeless landscapes of Masai Mara.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Masai Mara/Nairobi

Witness a breathtaking sunrise over the savanna during your final safari in Masai Mara, and head back to Nairobi. Stop en route at Café Ubuntu, a G Adventures–supported project that trains and employs local women and mothers of children with disabilities. Visit the craft centre to meet some of the women who create the wares sold there, then sit down for a delicious farm-to-table lunch.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Café Ubuntu | Your Journeys Highlight Moment Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 15Nairobi

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Sundowner Experience, Volcanoes National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Akagera National Park - Conservation and Community, Parc National de l’ Akagera
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu
  • Your G for Good Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch, Kigali
  • Your G for Good Moment: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • Arrival transfer
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Genocide memorial entrance
  • Mountain gorilla trek with permits
  • Golden monkey trek with permits
  • Local village walk
  • Safari drives in Akagera National Park
  • Wildlife boat cruise on Lake Ihema
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, and Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha and wildlife walk on Crescent Island
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotel/Lodge (12 nts), comfortable tented camps (2 nts).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.

Transportation

7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, walking, hiking, boat, plane

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer), local guides, experienced gorilla trackers, park rangers, certified driver/guide in Kenya.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $15339.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Legendary Wildlife of Rwanda & Kenya

| 15 days - Kigali to Nairobi - from $72519 HKD