Rwanda, the country of a Thousand Hills is truly a beautiful country. This journey will take the through the forests of Rwanda in Nyungwe and Volcanoes national park. The onto the Savanna of Akagera National Park. This itinerary has some active elements and requires quite a bit of trekking after primates. The Kayak and canoe experiences are pretty amazing and it is highly recommended that you do this.
Driving through Rwanda gives one a clear picture of the lie of the land and it is impressive to see how neat and clean the streets and surrounding areas are kept. Plastic bags are banned in Rwanda and monthly country wide cleanup days is an obligatory activity by all the citizens.
Day 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you are met by a Journey’s Intent representative and transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for overnight (20 minutes’ drive). Dinner is under your own arrangements. Kigali Serena Hotel Situated in Central Kigali, 10 km from the international airport, Kigali Serena Hotel comprises of 148 air-conditioned rooms in various categories. The hotel features a swimming pool and spa on the ground floor – the perfect location to relax and recover after a long flight. The restaurant serves a variety of international cuisine and is a mixture of buffet and ala-carte dining. The décor has a uniquely Rwandan element that flows through the hotel highlighting the countries strong sense of fashion design.
Day 2: Akagera National Park
After breakfast, you will transfer 2hrs to Akagera National Park, check-in at Magashi Camp. Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species. Six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga, while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, pool, and expansive viewing deck with a convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.
Day 3: Akagera National Park
Explore the park for the entire day. Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard. Magashi Magashi