Peaks and Primates of Rwanda
Rwanda, Trek & Walk, 11 days - from £3,295 (land only) - from €3,955 (land only) - from $5,435 (land only)
- Exploring in the `Land of 1000 Hills`
- Chimp tracking in Rwanda
- Boat trip on Lake Kivu
- Meet the gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
- Climb Mount Karisimbi over 2 days
With almost no flat land and range upon range of rugged hills, Rwanda is one of the most mountainous countries in Africa. This superb wildlife trekking holiday to a refreshingly new destination takes in the best Rwanda has to offer from Lake Kivu and the ancient Nyungwe Forest to hiking on the volcanoes of the Virunga Chain and including the chance to meet the gorillas and chimps. After a day's exploration of the capital, Kigali, we transfer to the Nyungwe National Park, where we overnight and look out for some of the numerous species of primates on a hike beneath Mount Bigugu (2950m). We then drive to the Volcanoes National Park, via Lake Kivu and some of Rwanda's most remote villages, where the way of life has remained unchanged for a hundred year. From the park headquarters, a forest walk will give us the chance to approach a habituated family of endangered mountain gorillas - an undoubted highlight of the holiday. Whilst here we will also make the 2-day ascent of the dormant volcano, Mount Karisimbi (4507m), the country's highest summit and a simply fantastic viewpoint.
Please note that we are selling this trip in conjunction with our partners at Hauser (Germany's leading independent adventure travel operator). As a result, these groups, which are led by an English-speaking local guide, may have an interesting cosmopolitan mix.
Is this holiday for you?
This adventure holiday is a mix of active sightseeing, trekking and wildlife safari. It should be noted that the difficulty of each day's walk can vary considerably depending on local conditions. When we are tracking the chimps and the gorillas the difficulty of the day's trek will be determined largely by where the animmals are. This may vary from an hour of easy walking on forest trails to 3 hours of back country trekking through undergrowth and climbing steep slopes. The 2-day trek to summit of Mount Karisimbi may involve some muddy trails and the final 200 metres is on loose volcanic scree. You must be prepared for these conditions. This holiday is suitable for active travellers with a walking background or anyone with a good level of fitness.