RWANDA WITH THE LEGACY UNTOLD

The untamed beauty of Rwanda is full of natural wonders. Remarkable Rwanda is one of the most sought-after travel experiences for the curious, adventurous, luxury seeking global nomads. The “Land of Thousand Hills” is also a place with a storied past and ground zero for one of Africa’s most important conservation success stories. It’s here that one third of the world’s last remaining 1,000 mountain gorillas call home, on the steep slopes and misty peaks of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. This wild and wonder-filled place was home base for legendary conservationist Dian Fossey, who is often credited with saving the species from extinction and whose story was famously told in the movie Gorillas in the Mist. Seeing mountain gorillas in the wild is a safari unlike any other – guided by experts, you’ll trek on foot through an emerald green rainforest until it’s time for a “family” reunion with some of our human’s closest relatives. Mountain gorillas share over 98% of their DNA with humans, and seeing them in the wild is mystical… their body language so distinctly familiar, yet their habitat so wildly different.

While many intrepid travelers have Rwanda at the top of their bucket list primarily because they want to go gorilla trekking and we can condense the trip to just a few days, there is so much more to see – off-the-beaten-path private cultural experiences, a Big Five safari, one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, chimpanzee tracking, and some of the most atmospheric luxury properties on the African continent. A trip to Rwanda is not complete without a visit to the genocide memorial in the country’s capital of Kigali and a face to face with a survivor to both honor Rwanda’s darkest chapter while also absorbing the inspiring recovery that defines Rwanda today. Kigali is a cosmopolitan center for art, culture and fashion, with top designers now showing on the runways of Milan, and it’s worthy of a weekend exploration on either end of your trip.

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WHERE TO GO IN RWANDA

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Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Big Five Safari in Akagera National Park

Kigali

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

WHEN TO GO TO RWANDA

Gorilla tracking is available year round, but the ideal time is June through September, when it’s the driest, with another shorter dry season in December and January.

GETTING THERE & AROUND

The international airport is in Kigali, which is just a two hour drive from Volcanoes National Park. There is good domestic connectivity within Rwanda by helicopter or by road. A trip to Rwanda to see mountain gorillas can be as short as three days, and can easily be added to a circuit that includes other parts of eastern or southern Africa.

WHAT TO KNOW

Rwanda’s gorilla trekking experience is the most expensive of the options but it’s also the smoothest and most efficient experience. A one-day permit is $1500 per person. Some level of fitness is required, but trekking can be calibrated to your fitness level, and although the experience is always somewhat unpredictable (the animals are wild after all!) you can opt for a trek that could be as short as 30 minutes each way or as long as a few hours.