6-Day Rwanda Culture and Wildlife Retreat: Exploration

6 Days

Trip Facts

  • Landcruiser, Minivans
  • 5-50
  • Physical
  • Hotels, lodges
  • June-Oct, Dec-Feb
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 15-99 yrs
  • Private & Group


Embark on a captivating 6-day Rwanda Culture and Wildlife Retreat, a journey that seamlessly blends cultural immersion with thrilling wildlife encounters. Your adventure begins in Kigali, where you’ll be greeted by the vibrant energy of Rwanda’s capital city. Explore local markets, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, and indulge in traditional Rwandan cuisine.

From Kigali, venture to the picturesque Volcanoes National Park, a haven for mountain gorillas. Here, you’ll embark on a life-changing gorilla trekking experience, coming face to face with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The park’s lush forests and mist-covered mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for this unforgettable encounter.

Next, journey to the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake, known for its stunning scenery and relaxing ambiance. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring lakeside towns, relaxing on sandy beaches, or partaking in water activities like kayaking or boat cruises.

Throughout your retreat, immerse yourself in Rwandan culture, from traditional dance performances to visits to cultural centers and art galleries. Engage with local communities, learn about Rwanda’s rich history, and witness the resilience and spirit of its people.

As your journey comes to an end, reflect on the beauty and diversity of Rwanda, from its captivating wildlife to its vibrant culture. Depart with memories that will last a lifetime, knowing that you’ve experienced the best that Rwanda has to offer.

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Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with a guided city tour of Kigali, including a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
  • Explore local markets and interact with vendors, purchasing traditional crafts and souvenirs.
  • Experience traditional Rwandan music and dance performances during a cultural evening.
  • Embark on a thrilling gorilla trekking adventure in Volcanoes National Park, encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Kivu, where you can relax on sandy beaches, take a boat cruise, or explore vibrant local markets.
  • Discover Rwanda's natural beauty and wildlife, including stunning landscapes and diverse ecosystems.
  • Learn about Rwanda's history, culture, and traditions through immersive experiences and interactions with local communities.
  • Receive a certificate to commemorate your gorilla trekking experience


Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a representative from Likana Safari Uganda will welcome you to Rwanda. You’ll be transferred to your accommodation in Kigali where you can settle in and relax after your journey. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore Kigali, visit local markets, or learn about Rwanda’s history at the Genocide Memorial Center. Overnight stay in Kigali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a guided city tour of Kigali. Visit landmarks such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which provides insight into Rwanda’s tragic history and remarkable recovery. Explore local markets, where you can interact with vendors and purchase traditional crafts and souvenirs. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to cultural centers, art galleries, or traditional dance performances. Enjoy a traditional Rwandan dinner accompanied by cultural music and dance. Overnight stay in Kigali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Volcanoes National Park, located in the northwestern part of Rwanda. The journey offers scenic views of Rwanda’s countryside and rolling hills. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you may choose to relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing before venturing into the forest with experienced guides. Trek through the lush vegetation in search of mountain gorillas, encountering other wildlife and bird species along the way. Spend a magical hour observing and photographing a gorilla family in their natural habitat. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you may choose to participate in optional activities or simply unwind at the lodge. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes and Rwanda’s largest lake. Enjoy a scenic drive to the lakeside town of Gisenyi, where you can relax on the sandy beaches, take a boat cruise on the lake, or explore the vibrant local markets. Optional activities include kayaking, swimming, or visiting nearby hot springs. Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the lake before returning to your accommodation. Overnight stay near Lake Kivu.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and transfer back to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Kigali. You’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight or onward travel arrangements, marking the end of your Rwanda culture and wildlife retreat.



  • Accommodation: Hotels, lodge or tented camp, (depending on package)
  • All Meals as per Itinerary
  • Transportation: Airport transfers, transfers between destinations
  • Professional safari driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water during activities
  • All park entrance fees and taxes


  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified (available to purchase)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary (available to purchase)


What is the best time of year to visit Rwanda for this retreat?

The best time to visit Rwanda for this retreat is during the dry seasons, from June to September and December to February, when the weather is generally mild and conducive for outdoor activities.

Is gorilla trekking safe?

Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is considered safe. The park rangers and guides are experienced in ensuring the safety of visitors and the gorillas. However, it’s important to follow all guidelines and instructions provided by the park authorities.

Are there any cultural etiquette tips I should be aware of?

Yes, it’s important to respect the local customs and traditions. For example, it’s polite to greet people with a handshake, and it’s customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, dressing modestly and asking for permission before taking photographs of people.

Are there any additional activities or excursions available during the retreat?

Yes, there are several optional activities available, such as guided nature walks, birdwatching tours, and visits to local communities or cultural sites. These activities can be arranged upon request and are a great way to further enhance your experience in Rwanda.

What is the weather like in Rwanda during the safari?

Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate, with temperatures varying depending on the altitude. It’s generally cool in the mornings and evenings, so it’s advisable to pack layers for varying temperatures.

What should I pack for the safari?

It’s recommended to pack lightweight clothing in neutral colors for the safari, along with sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Binoculars and a camera with extra batteries are also essential for wildlife viewing.

What is the currency in Rwanda, and should I bring cash or use credit cards?

The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). While credit cards are accepted at some hotels, restaurants, and major stores in Kigali, it’s advisable to carry some cash (in local currency) for smaller purchases and transactions in more remote areas. ATMs are also available in major cities for cash withdrawals.

What type of accommodations are available during the safari?

Accommodation options during the safari range from luxury lodges and tented camps to mid-range and budget options. These accommodations offer varying levels of comfort and amenities, but all provide a unique and immersive experience in the heart of Rwanda’s natural beauty.

Can I extend my stay in Rwanda after the safari?

Yes, you can extend your stay in Rwanda after the safari. There are many other attractions in Rwanda, such as Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, that you can explore. Our customer support team can help arrange any additional trips or activities.

Are there any age restrictions for gorilla trekking?

Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is only open to individuals aged 15 and above. This restriction is in place to ensure the safety of both the trekkers and the gorillas and to ensure that trekkers possess the physical stamina necessary to navigate challenging terrain and cope with the often-unpredictable conditions of the rainforest.

Are there any health precautions I should take before gorilla trekking?

It is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before traveling to Rwanda. Additionally, all trekkers are required to undergo a health screening before embarking on the trek to ensure they are not carrying any contagious diseases.

Can I wear perfume or other scented products during the gorilla trek?

No, it is recommended to avoid wearing perfume or other scented products, as they can disturb the gorillas and interfere with the natural behavior of the animals.

How close will I get to the gorillas during the trek?

The distance between trekkers and the gorillas is regulated to minimize the risk of disease transmission. However, you will still get a close and unforgettable encounter with these magnificent creatures.

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