Rwanda Safari & Relaxation

Kigali | Akagera National Park | Nyungwe Forest National Park

7 nights

Journey Highlights

Enjoy 2 overnight stays at the Kigali Serena Hotel where 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-fridge, private safe and a flat-screen satellite TV make your stay comfortable and refreshing.

Magashi is the only exclusive-use area in Akagera National Park- a productive and phenomenally diverse park that conserves scenic savannah and has incredible game viewing opportunities including lions and rhinos which were reintroduced. Your stay will contribute to the species' continued conservation.

Take a chimpanzee trek which lasts between 3-5 hours and lets you view these incredible animals in their natural habitat.


You begin your journey with a refreshing overnight stay in Kigali, before departing the following day for Akagera National Park. Akagera is the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. The park was badly degraded by poachers during the war but thanks to an innovative conservation effort it is now home to the Big Five. Your stay will help continue this vital conservation work. 

After 2 nights here you spend another night in Kigali, perhaps unloading your memory cards, relaxing or trying a local restaurant. The next day you depart for then One&Only Nyungwe House on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The luxurious hotel and spa offer many delightful opportunities to relax but the highlight here will be chimpanzee trekking as well as the chance to see 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey. Finally, depart Rwanda with incredible memories of two distinct ecosystems and the warmth of the people who have hosted you.

Day 1. Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali

You will be met at Kigali International Airport and transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel. You will be provided with a vehicle and driver for use throughout your stay in Rwanda.

  • A short walk from the centre of Kigali is perhaps the country’s most comfortable hotel, where executive elegance combines with the highest levels of hospitality, where 5-star comfort fuses with Rwandan culture and heritage. 
  • Gourmet dining, a relaxing bar and pool area and feature-filled rooms will ensure your Kigali visit is comfortable.
  • The popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers poolside seating.
  • In-room facilities include 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-fridge, private safe and a flat-screen satellite TV.

Day 2-3. Magashi, Akagera National Park

Transfer from Kigali Serena Hotel to Akagera National Park by a vehicle which will take 3 hours. You will be met by Magashi vehicles at the park gate and drive a further 30-minute scenic drive to Magashi.

  • Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga. 
  • Akagera has some of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, large crocodiles, as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species. Akagera also boasts a healthy population of lions and black rhino which were reintroduced to the park after decades of poaching. 
  • Magashi is the only exclusive-use area in Akagera National Park and also harbours a good density of leopard.  
  • Akagera is conserving Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem, and species like black rhino and the rare and elusive shoebill. Your presence here will contribute towards it to become economically self-sufficient.
  • Experience twice daily scheduled camp activities including game drives through the park, boat rides, bird watching and fishing on catch and release basis.

Day 4. Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali

After breakfast, you will depart from Magashi to Kigali. Check-in at Kigali Serena Hotel at 15h00 for overnight.

  • Once again enjoy your stay at the Kigali Serena Hotel. Try relaxing beside the pool, enjoy one of the world-class restaurants on-site or take time to explore the vibrant city of Kigali by visiting the eye-opening genocide museum or a local market.

Day 5-6. One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park

Early morning you will be driven to Kigali International Airport to check-in for your departure flight to Kamembe. The flight takes up to 45 minutes. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by vehicle and driver who will transfer you 45 minutes to One & Only Nyungwe house for early check-in. 

  • One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border. The property is set on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park, which covers approximately 1020 square kilometres of rainforest, bamboo, and swamps. 
  • All rooms include breakfast, lunch, and dinner while featuring tea and coffee facilities and an en-suite bathroom with an indoor shower, wilderness-view shower and stand-alone bath.
  • The One&Only Spa provides relaxing treatments or you can relax in the infinity pool while having a snack and drink and enjoy a meal at the elegant restaurant.
  • Early in the morning on day 2 you will take breakfast and drive out for a chimp trek which lasts between 3-5 hours.
  • In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided canopy walk and look out for more forest creatures.

Day 7. Departure

Check out of One & Only Nyungwe to board your departure flight from Kamembe airstrip to Kigali International Airport, for your flight to onward destination.

This Tailormade Journey

  • Included at Kigali Serena Hotel: Bed and Breakfast
  • Included at Magashi: All meals, all local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne), transfer from the entrance gate of Akagera National Park to the lodge, all lodge activities (guided game drives, boat cruises, walking safaris), park fees, laundry, local Government taxes. In the event of a change in local taxes or the introduction of additional taxes, these rates will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Included at One&Only Nyungwe House: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and two activities per person per day.
  • Airline tickets. 
  • Entry visas. 
  • Price excludes $1500 for gorilla permit per person. 
  • Meals in Kigali hotels.
  • Scheduled flight, quoted separately. 
  • Drinks unless specified.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal extras such as telephone calls, minibar and insurance.
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