Luxury Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Experience walking safaris in Zambia and luxury gorilla trekking in Rwanda on this African safari. Visit Victoria Falls as well as Volcanoes National Park.

Duration

14 Days

When

All year round

Price from

$22,583

Trip Highlights

game drives
Game drives
gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking
walking safari
Walking safari
rhino-conservation
Rhino tracking

About this trip

Your luxury gorilla trekking experience starts off with a big five safari in Zambia followed by three days in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Home to the famous Victoria Falls (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the second-largest wildebeest migration in Africa, Zambia is fast-becoming one of the most sought after safari destination in Africa. Discover three thriving safari destinations in Zambia namely, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Liuwa Plain National Park and South Luangwa National Park and witness the largest waterfall in the world. During your trip you will embark on guided game drives, walking safaris and canoeing safaris by day, while settling into world-class luxury at night. The second leg of your journey continues with luxury gorilla trekking in Rwanda from your home base, Bisate Lodge, as featured in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Hot List. Home to the last living population of mountain gorillas, Rwanda is the gateway to luxury gorilla trekking in Africa and a bucket list adventure not to miss.

Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip

Day one – three

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Arrive Zambia

Check-in Thorntree River Lodge

Your luxury gorilla trekking adventure starts on arrival in Zambia’s Livingstone Airport. A Ker & Downey® Africa representative will meet you for a road transfer to Thorntree River Lodge located in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Just a short distance from Victoria Falls, use the next two days to tour the UNESCO World Heritage site, explore the park on daily game drives, track rhino on guided walking safaris and visit a cultural village. End off your days with a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi River and an excellently prepared fine-dining experience on the floating river-deck.

Where you’ll stay: Thorntree River Lodge

Overlooking the Zambezi River, Thorntree River Lodge has 12 exclusive rooms. The communal deck is set on the edge of the riverside and boasts a sunken boma and infinity pool. The lodge also features a gym and spa.

Experiences:

Discover Victoria Falls, explore the park on daily game drives, track rhino on guided walking safaris and visit a cultural village. End off your days with a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi River.

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Day three – six

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Transfer to Liuwa Plain

Check-in King Lewanika Lodge

After an early breakfast, prepare for your transfer to your next destination – Liuwa Plain National Park. You will catch the 07h30 flight to Kalabo departing from Livingstone Airport with an estimated arrival time of 09h15. A Ker & Downey® Africa representative will meet you on arrival and transfer you to King Lewanika Lodge. As the first permanent luxury lodge in the park, King Lewanika Lodge boasts world-class architecture and design as well as award-winning safari guides. The highlights of your stay will be witnessing Africa’s second-largest wildebeest migration which occurs in Liuwa Plain National Park and a luxury sleep out under the stars (an optional activity). Spend the next three days on walking safaris, game drives, canoeing safaris, guided wildflower walks, and scenic helicopter flights. Use your time in Zambia to become acquainted with the majestic big 5 and prepare yourself for your introduction to another one of Africa’s great species – en endangered mountain gorilla of East Africa.

Where you’ll stay: Time + Tide King Lewanika Lodge

As the first permanent luxury lodge in the park, Time + Tide King Lewanika Lodge boasts world-class architecture and design, as well as award-winning safari guides.

Experiences:

Spend the next three days on walking safaris, game drives, canoeing safaris, guided wildflower walks, and scenic helicopter flights. The highlight of your stay will be witnessing Africa’s second-largest wildebeest migration.

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Day six – ten

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Transfer to South Luangwa

Check-in Chinzombo

Your journey continues in South Luangwa National Park, a destination famous for its unrivaled walking safaris. This morning, you will catch a 09h35am flight from Kalabo flying via Livingstone and Lusaka to reach your final destination, Mafuwe Airstrip. On arrival, a lodge representative from Chinzombo will welcome you to the park and transfer you to your luxury villa. Located on the curve of the Luangwa River and designed by award-winning architects, it comes as no surprise that the property has won its title as the Best New Property in Africa in 2 consecutive years. During your 4 nights stay you can expect to witness world-class predator action on daily game drives as well as discover other wildlife on walking and boating safaris. For relaxation, request an in-house spa treatment or enjoy the panoramic views of the abundant wildlife that frequents the river bank.

Where you’ll stay: Time + Tide Chinzombo Lodge

Located on the curve of the Luangwa River and designed by award-winning architects, it comes as no surprise that Time + Tide Chinzombo has won its title as the Best New Property in Africa in 2 consecutive years.

Experiences:

Expect to witness world-class predator action on daily game drives as well as discover other wildlife on walking and boating safaris or unwine at the in-house spa with views of the river bank.

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Day ten & eleven

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Transfer to Kigali

Check-in The Retreat

After your memorable stay in Zambia, it is time for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Your day is off to an early start with your first flight departing Mfuwe Airstrip at 08h55 en route to Lusaka. Board your connecting flight in Lusaka on Rwandair Express (WB 107) and arrive in Kigali at approximately 21h20. Your driver will be awaiting your arrival and transfer you to your hotel for the night, The Retreat. This 5-star boutique hotel is Kigali’s first entirely eco-friendly property and makes for a perfect home base for your night in the city.

Where you’ll stay: The Retreat Kigali

The Retreat Kigali is a 12 room luxury boutique hotel and Kigali’s first entirely eco-friendly property, making for a perfect home base for your night in the city.

Experiences:

Visit Lake Ruhondo and Bulera at the base of the Muhabura Volcano or learn more about the Kigali Genocide from one of the survivors at the Kigali Genocide Museum.

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Day eleven – thirteen

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Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Check-in Bisate Lodge

After breakfast at The Retreat, meet your driver to embark on your guided tour of the Kigali Genocide Museum and the buzzing capital city of Rwanda. Following your half-day tour, you will be transferred to the exclusive Bisate Lodge on a 2-hour scenic drive to Ruhengeri. Located adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is one of the most prestigious lodges in Rwanda and promises the ultimate luxury gorilla trekking experience for its guests. Make yourself at home in your luxury forest villa and enjoy 2 days discovering Volcanoes National Park on gorilla treks and guided hikes. The camp is conveniently located within easy driving distance of the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters from which gorilla treks depart daily. Here, you will be allocated to one of the twelve habituated gorilla groups for a one-hour encounter with Africa’s endangered mountain gorilla. Other activities to enjoy during your stay includes golden monkey trekking, community visits, birding, hiking and participating in the lodge’s reforestation programme.

Where you’ll stay: Bisate Lodge

Located adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is one of the most prestigious lodges in Rwanda and promises the ultimate luxury gorilla trekking experience for its guests.

Experiences:

Enjoy 2 days discovering Volcanoes National Park on gorilla treks and guided hikes, as well as golden monkey trekking, community visits, birding, hiking and participating in the lodge’s reforestation programme.

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Day fourteen

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Departure

Transfer to Kigali

Today marks the end of your adventure in Rwanda. After breakfast, you will check-out of Bisate Lodge for your transfer to Kigali International Airport for your onward flight home.

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