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  • Visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • See groups of Silverback gorillas
  • Exploring the shores of Lake Kivu,
  • Visit the starkly moving Genocide Memorial Centre

Perhaps best known today for its infamous recent history, Rwanda is now setting forth in a new direction. We pay respect to the country’s troubled past and then experience its forward-looking development. We explore the vibrant city of Kigali and diverse verdant countryside: mountain forests that are home to Silverback gorillas, tea and coffee plantations and lake islands with traditional fishing villages. Along the way we meet people who share with us their optimism of a new Africa: seamstresses proud of their colorful dress, reformed poachers making a living by productive, sustainable means and everyday people farming, planting coffee and tea, improving their situation in whatever means are presented. Everywhere there is determination to create a country that is peaceable, viable, and authentic—and remains true to what makes Rwanda a truly special place.

Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

Butterfield & Robinson Travel Reviews & Ratings
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5.0 Guide
5.0 Activities
5.0 Lodging
5.0 Transportation
5.0 Meals
Rwanda Walking Private

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Nailed it. August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Look no further - B&R assembled a private trip for 18 of us from Prague to Vienna and they nailed it. Nice job.

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Amazing1 August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing! Just got back from my fifth trip with B&R, this one a walking trip from Piemonte to Portofino. Great walking, views food, wine, friends. Jacopo and Alice were wonderful guides and made every detail of the trip special.
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Amei! August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Ameiii!! Giacomo e Ricardo, guias maravilhosos!!! Tudo perfeito!!! Repetirei!!

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Butterfield and Robinson June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing! 5 star service with 5 star accommodations. Luxury to its finest! Thank you to our guides whom where very talented and aware!! (Alex and Flo)

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Loved the Vietnam trip. June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Experience of a lifetime! Erin our guide was particularly special with her experience and fun nature. But she also took out all the hassle and trouble and hoc ups that inevitably arise through unforeseen circumstances and handled e
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Day 1

Welcome to Rwanda! Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the Kigali Serena Hotel, where your guide will host a short reception for you and discuss the upcoming day’s events and activities. They will be happy to make dinner suggestions and reservations for you!

Day 2

After an early lunch in Kigali we’ll head to the airport for a short 25-minute flight to Cyangugu, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Our ultimate destination today is the stunning Nyungwe Forest, a vast national park that extends across the border into Burundi to the south. Visit a nearby tea plantation before embarking on a short walk this afternoon.

Day 3

We dedicate the morning to the Colobus monkey, a particularly interesting primate species that is abundant in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch before joining in on a forest-canopy walk to observe chimpanzees in the area.

Day 4

Much of the day today is dedicated to exploring the shores of Lake Kivu, considered one of Africa’s “Great Lakes.” Take a morning drive to a coffee station for a firsthand lesson on one of the country’s major economic drivers. Later, undertake a village to village walk near Kibuye, overlooking the shoreline, islands and coves of this beautiful lake.

Day 5

Journey to Ruhengeri Province and the Virunga Mountains this morning. Drive through the heart of the “Thousand Hills” stopping occasionally to visit roadside markets and along the way. Have a short visit at the ex-poacher’s village, offering interesting insights into traditional shelters, medicines, foods, and culture.

Day 6

Rise early the next morning and follow expert trackers to see groups of Silverback gorillas, a truly life-changing experience. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for some relaxation before continuing on a variety of activities including a beautiful walk on the shore of Lake Ruhondo, a boat trip on the lake or a visit to a farming village.

Day 7

Return to Kigali this morning to visit the starkly moving Genocide Memorial Centre and the Hotel Mille Colline, also known as “Hotel Rwanda.” Later, explore the wonderfully clean and friendly downtown area, a colourful local arts and crafts centre and home of the Richard Kandt Natural History Museum.

Day 8

After a final breakfast, your guide will return you to the Kigali International Airport for your onward flight. If you have an afternoon flight they will be happy to suggest some additional activities or events. Bon Voyage!

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,495

Price Per Day:

$ 1,062 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • All hotel accommodation
  • Meals where included with your accommodation
  • Alcohol where included with your accommodation
  • Services of Rwandan National guide(s) and support vehicles
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Private - your group only

Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali

The premier property in the capital, the Kigali Serena Hotel offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities such as business centre and WiFi, as well as more traditional ones like swimming pool and health club. Its best feature, however, may be its location, in a quiet area that is also convenient to the airport, historical district and bustling commercial areas.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Gisakura

This lodge is Rwanda’s only 5-star accommodation outside the capital. Built to blend in with the surrounding environment, the lodge is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest. Its 24 spacious guest rooms all face the forest and offer full amenities. The hotel is also known for its top-notch service and comfortable public spaces.

Virunga Lodge, Ruhengeri

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge and offers stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. Described as having ‘the best view in the world,’ Virunga Lodge features organic, ‘bush-chic’ designs reflected in the local building style. Each banda has its own terrace with breath-taking views of the Virunga volcanoes or twin lakes

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Cancellation Policy:

If you have to cancel your B&R trip for a reason not defined in the Trip Mate Travel Insurance Policy, you are entitled to the return of these amounts:

Number of days prior to your trip:

270+ days100% Refund of deposit

96-269 days will be 50% Refund of deposit

61-95 days is 75% Refund of penalties

31-60 days will be 75% Refund of penalties

0-30 days is 75% Refund of penalties

Between 270-95 days prior to departure each traveler will be charged $500 to cancel or the traveler may choose to keep the full US$1,000 deposit in a holding account with us for a future trip.

Additional Information:

Activity Level - Enthusiast

This trip is rated Enthusiast, meaning it’s appropriate for travellers who go on a long walk once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat. It includes moderate walking on a variety of surfaces. On occasion the gorilla tracking can lead through untracked forest and steep terrain.

Trip ID#: RwaWalBut


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