Day 1 - Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
This evening, arrive at Kigali International Airport, where
you are met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and
transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 - Kigali
The Rwandan capital of Kigali underwent a significant
renaissance as it emerged from the horrors of the 1994
genocide, a tragedy that shook the city’s very foundations.
This morning, pay an emotional visit to the Genocide
Memorial Site, and learn how the country has dealt with
its past and recovered to stand today as a testament to
humankind’s resilience. After lunch at a local restaurant,
explore Kigali’s emerging fashion scene as you meet with a
local designer. Tour her workshop to learn about her creative
process and mix of traditional and modern influences. Then,
pick out your favorite material and get fit for your very own,
Day 3 - Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, drive south to Nyanza, the historical seat of
the Rwandan kingdom, to visit the King’s Palace Museum.
Continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park, a pristine,
biodiverse rainforest filled with intriguing wildlife. After
lunch, experience the park’s Igishigishigi Trail and Canopy
Walkway adventure, taking in views from walkways set 130
feet off the forest floor.
Day 4 - Nyungwe Forest National Park
Early this morning, partake in a chimpanzee tracking
excursion. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact
chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to
observe chimps in their natural habitat. They are most
active in the morning, making for an exhilarating encounter
with the chimps playing free in the wild. Return to your
lodge for lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 5 - Lake Kivu
After breakfast, drive to your hotel in Gisenyi. This resort
town is set on serene Lake Kivu, one of the deepest lakes in
the world. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities and sandy,
Day 6 - Volcanoes National Park
This morning, drive to Volcanoes National Park, one of
precious few remaining sanctuaries for the region’s endangered
mountain gorillas. This afternoon, meet with scientists at
the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center
for a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing gorilla research and
conservation activities. A senior gorilla expert leads you
through the exhibits and into the lab, where you can meet
with scientists at work.
Day 7 - Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, begin your trek through the park’s dense
vegetation in search of families of mountain gorillas. Your
experienced trackers use their knowledge of the gorillas’
habits to locate their whereabouts. Upon sighting the
gorillas, you stay with them for a magical hour as they go
about their daily lives feeding, playing, resting and raising
their young. Afterward, drive back to your lodge for lunch
and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 8 - Volcanoes National Park
Return to the forest for a golden monkey tracking excursion.
These endangered creatures love to frolic and chatter among
the tree branches, their infectious playfulness making them a
joy to watch. Return to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 - Depart Kigali
Drive back to Kigali and transfer to your hotel. Later, visit a
coffeehouse for a tour and tasting. Transfer to the airport for