13 days from $15,808 per person*
  • Trek deep into the rainforest in search of the elusive mountain gorilla.
  • Explore national parks and spot chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
  • Trace the Nile to its southern source.
  • Spot crocodiles, hippos, and waterfowl on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Hike the coronation path walked by traditional Burundian kings.
  • Witness flowing lava on the hillside of an active volcano.
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The enveloping rainforests of Central Africa hold many mysteries, and they don’t surrender them readily. This suits its residents just fine; the wildlife that inhabits this leafy kingdom are among the world’s most elusive creatures, and any adventurer lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them will never forget it. This Explorers Club Collection tour gives you the chance to reconnect with some of your (very distant) relatives, heading deep into the trees to follow in the footsteps of zoologists, adventurers and kings on an extraordinary journey through time.

It begins in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, with a tour of the city before heading north into the mists of Volcanoes National Park. Here, you’ll have the chance to come into close contact with mountain gorillas — the gentle giants of the primate world and subject of Dian Fossey’s landmark 18-year study — on a full-day trek. The adventure continues in Gisenyi, where you’ll travel up into the Virunga Mountains in search of the endangered lowland gorilla. Later, head out onto Lake Kivu (one of the world’s deepest lakes) aboard a private boat to explore Napoleon Island, home to a colony of fruit bats.

Nyungwe Forest National Park, home to chimpanzees, baboons, and other primates, presents you with a choice: walk above the park’s leafy canopy, or follow the trail to the stunning Isumo waterfall. Either way, you’re sure to spot all sorts of endemic birds and other creatures. (If you don’t see any chimps, don’t fret; the next day is devoted entirely to tracking our closest primate relatives.) ... Show More »

Next, head into Burundi via a morning drive along the Rusizi en route to an afternoon spent tracking hippopotamuses and Nile crocodiles in Rusizi National Park. (Keep an eye out for “Gustave,” the notorious 20-foot-long croc who patrols the river and Lake Tanganyika). Later, visit the cradle of Burundian culture in Gitega — site of the historic Treaty of Kiganda that compelled German colonizers to recognize the mwami’s rule — where you’ll walk the coronation route and take part in a performance by local dancers, musicians and sacred royal drummers in Gishora. Trace the southern source of the Nile in Rutana and restore yourself in the thermal hot springs of Muhweza.

Your final stop is a memorable one: Tanzania’s famed Gombe National Park. The site of Jane Goodall’s extensive chimpanzee study, this remote park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika brings you into close contact with its inhabitants via guided excursions through the forest and up Jane Goodall Mountain.

The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world’s foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world’s most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability.

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Kigali
    Kigali
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    • 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch included (Kigali Serena Hotel) - Lunch Included
    • Kigali - Ruhengeri [(2 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Parc National des Volcans to Gisenyi
    Parc National des Volcans to Gisenyi
    • Transfer - Parc National des Volcans - Gisenyi [Mountain Gorilla Tracking (with Lunch)] - 4x4/Guide
    • Gorilla Permit - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Gisenyi
    Gisenyi
    • Tour - Private - Bukima Tracking Point: Virunga Park Mountain Gorillas (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Gisenyi to Kibuye
    Gisenyi to Kibuye
    • Gisenyi - Kibuye [Lake Kivu, Napoleon Island Boat Cruise (with Lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Kibuye to Nyungwe
    Kibuye to Nyungwe
    • Kibuye - Nyungwe [Nyungwe Forest National Park (with Lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Nyungwe
    Nyungwe
    • The Chimpanzee Primates of Nyungwe National Park (with lunch) - Permit/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Nyungwe to Bujumbura
    Nyungwe to Bujumbura
    • Nyungwe - Bujumbura [5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Rusizi Reserve Visit - Walk
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Bujumbura to Gitega
    Bujumbura to Gitega
    • Bujumbura - Gitega [via Bugarama & Gishora (with lunch) (6 hrs)] - 4x4/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Gitega to Bujumbura
    Gitega to Bujumbura
    • Gitega - Bujumbura [via Rutana & Muhweza Hot Spring (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - 4x4/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Bujumbura to Gombe
    Bujumbura to Gombe
    • Bujumbura - Gombe [Gombe Stream National Park via land & boat (with lunch)] - 4x4/Boat/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 Gombe
    Gombe
    • Chimpanzee Trekking - Gombe Stream National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Gombe
    Gombe
    • Transfer - Private - Gombe - Bujumbura [Airport (via Kigoma) by boat (5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Boat(2)
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Day 1: Kigali

Meet your private assistant and driver for an airport transfer.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all clients are covered by “Akagera Aviation EMS” Evacuation Service. This is mandatory for anyone traveling to Rwanda. The policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Kigali for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Kigali
Rwanda Kigali
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Kigali - Parc National des Volcans

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali.  Begin by visiting some of the popular market places to view and purchase some of the local products.  Next, you’ll travel to a location stained with heart aching cultural history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honour those whom lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The centre was built on the site where an estimated 250 000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones and to provide educational information regarding the genocide.  Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative, it is extremely important that the younger generations of Rwandans fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Centre features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial which exhibits the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

Enjoy a hot lunch at Kigali Serena Hotel.

Private vehicle transfer from Kigali City to Ruhengeri (Musanze). The approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri) is located on the road to Kinigi and is the perfect starting point for different activities that the Volcanoes National Park offers. At the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, the aim is to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. This hotel has an atmosphere unique to Musanze but also gives you opportunities to rest and to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the lodge. 

 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Parc National des Volcans - Gisenyi

After breakfast, begin trekking the forest at 7 a.m. in search of one of the region’s many families of mountain gorillas. Following a Rwanda Development Board ranger briefing, you will advance to the trek’s starting point. Be sure to wear trekking boots and bring water, a packed lunch (provided by the hotel), and a raincoat. Gorillas don’t follow a schedule and spotting them is not guaranteed, but this time of day is your best chance to observe and photograph them in the wild. In the afternoon, take a short drive to Gisenyi, a pretty town on the northern edge of Lake Kivu, and spend the evening at leisure at your hotel.

 

This is your daily per person Gorilla Permit fee.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena

Serenely sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens; the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal destination in Rwanda for an extended holiday or simply a week-end escape. Within several hours drive of both the Rwandan capital, and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas), it overlooks its own private beach and offers; 66 luxury hotel rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool, and the ‘Maisha' Health Centre (offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking). This hotel on Lake Kivu also boasts a world-class fully-integrated Conference Centre, a distinguishing service offering in Rwanda.

 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Gisenyi
Rwanda Gisenyi
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lake Kivu Serena
Lake Kivu Serena

Day 4: Gisenyi

After another early start and a satisfying breakfast, take a 2.5-hour transfer to the Rwanda/Democratic Republic of the Congo border at Gisenyi/Goma. Take in the day’s briefing at the Virunga ranger post, then head to the trek’s start point. (Don’t forget to wear your trekking boots and bring water, a packed lunch from the hotel, a raincoat and walking stick.) Local porters will be on hand to help with your luggage. Half of the world’s gorillas live right here in the Virunga Mountains, but it may take some time for your guide to locate these notoriously shy creatures. Your patience will be rewarded with a full hour of observation and the chance to take photos. In the afternoon, return to Gisenyi and spend the evening at leisure at the hotel.

Note: Application for the entry visa is applied for online, all visitors must have the Yellow fever vaccination certification.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 5: Gisenyi - Kibuye

After breakfast, leave the north of Lake Kivu descending to South Western Rwanda along the shores of Lake Kivu, a pretty town on the lake, where you have stunning sceneries. Spend some time sightseeing along the Lake drive and arrive at the lodge in time for Lunch. Enjoy a hot lunch at Cormoran Lodge.

By late afternoon, take a private boat excursion from the lodge towards the Napoleon Island to visit the colony of fruit bats. The activity lasts up to 2 hours with return to the lodge. Evening relax. Dinner and overnight at Cormoran Lodge.

 

Accommodation: Cormoran Lodge

The Cormoran Lodge is a newly constructed resort built on the shores of the beautiful turquoise Lake Kivu, considered to be one of the most prestigious and picturesque locations in all of Africa. This Lodge has five chalets and a restaurant, with the entirety of the construction done of natural wood.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Kibuye at Lake Kivu
Rwanda Kibuye at Lake Kivu
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Cormoran Lodge
The Cormoran Lodge

Day 6: Kibuye - Nyungwe

After breakfast, depart for the Cyangugu province, on the further to the Southern coast of the lake. The small town located here is the gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a real Eden overlooking the forest and Lake Kivu. A hot lunch at the lodge in Nyungwe is included, here you will have a bit of time to relax, before heading out to one of your optional activities.  

You will have a choice of 1 included activity, choose from:

Canopy walk - Take the drive to the starting point of Nyungwe forest at Uwinka Visitors center for the canopy walk activity. The activity takes about 1 hour, it is a walk over the canopy of the vast Nyungwe forest and the walkway stretches towards the Kamoranjovu marsh with its dense population of birds whose echoes can be heard vividly. The 90 meters walkway is a mesmerizing experience and a must do for adventurous travelers.

Water fall trail / Hike – Take the Isumo waterfall hike which is about 10kilomentres and lasts about 4 hours of walking through parts of the Nyungwe forest, tea farms and well as a number of tree species and especially ferns to the point of descending down to the waterfall. It is a typical nature based activity with plenty of time to spot some of the endemic bird species like the Rwenzori Turaco. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Note: The journey takes up to 3 hours according to the conditions of the roads.

 

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a haven for primates in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest – right at your doorstep.  Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5 star comforts and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Scenic Nyungwe Rain Forest
Rwanda Scenic Nyungwe Rain Forest
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 7: Nyungwe

Early this morning, depart the lodge with a boxed breakfast and head out on an exploratory journey through the lush Nyungwe rainforest in the search of local wildlife, specifically chimpanzee. Enter the forest by 6 am for the trekking of the chimpanzee and other primates like the beautiful Angolan colobus. The park is spread for over 970 sq km of green hills, the largest uncontaminated piece of tropical forest in Eastern Africa. Nyungwe hosts 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzee, the Rwenzori colobus, the Hoest Monkey, the silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, velvet monkey and olive baboon. Enjoy a hot lunch from the lodge, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge. 

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee

Day 8: Nyungwe - Bujumbura

Private vehicle transfer with English speaking guide from Nyungwe to Bujumbura. The road is panoramic and traverses the highlands before descending to the semi arid savannah near Lake Tanganyika. Arrive in Burundi in Bujumbura for lunch at the hotel – Club du lac Tanganyika Hotel. 

In the afternoon you can visit Rusizi reserve, the delta of Rusizi River where, from the view points, you can observe African dwarf crocodiles, hippos, water snakes and many species of water birds including the African white faced duck, kingfisher, black herons, pelikans. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel.

Note: Application for the entry visa can be processed and obtained at the entry point or applied for and obtained at the Embassies abroad.

Accommodation: Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is located in the heart of Africa, in a spacious park that ends up on a spectacular beach on the banks of the Lake Tanganyika. Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika contributes to social, cultural and tourist activities in Burundi. The hotel has an outdoor pool and views of the lake, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. Specific units include views of the pool or garden. Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika offers a relaxing accommodation in an intimate environment on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bujumbura
Bujumbura
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika
Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

Day 9: Bujumbura - Gitega

After breakfast at 8am, your Burundi tour heads to Gitega in the central Burundi. The first stop over is in Bugarama which is 1.5 hours from Bujumbura, to discover the life style of the Batwa, the local handicraft and bee culture. Visit the historical site of the Treaty of Kiganda, where you see the walk of the coronation of the traditional king. A packed lunch from Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel is included. Gitega is the second largest town of the country, with its typical colonial architecture. It hosts the National Museum with its ethnographic and archaeological collections.

In the afternoon, visit Gishora which is another 30 minutes’ drive from Gitega. Gishora is the village of the sacred royal drums, where in a special theatre you can see to the performance of Burundian dancers and musicians. Dinner and overnight at Helena Hotel. 

Transfer time: 6 hours – including stops and visits at the local activities.

 

Accommodation: Helena Hotel

Helena Hotel is located close to the central square of Gitega. The hotel is built on 3 floors and was founded by three brothers from Gitega. Guest rooms are comfortable and feature a bathroom with hot water, television, Wi-Fi and some feature a terrace. There is also a Bar Restaurant and a small garden on-site. 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Burundian Dancers
Burundian Dancers
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Helena Hotel
Helena Hotel

Day 10: Gitega - Bujumbura

After breakfast at 7:00am, head further to the Southern Burundi and the region of Rutana where you will visit Rutana - southeast source of the Nile and Muhweza thermal water. Reach the town of Rutana and visit the Southest source of river Nile and the commemorative pyramid and then visit the Muhweza thermal water hot spring. A typical Lunch is included in a Burundi restaurant.

In the evening arrive at Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel.

Transfer time: 7 hours – Including stops and visits to the activities sites.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 11: Bujumbura - Gombe

After beakfast, begin the drive along Lake Tanganyika to the border of Tanzania where you board the boat to Gombe Stream National Park, in Tanzania. Prepare your passport for the formalities. The transfer up to Gombe Steam National park is organized by motorized boat from the point at Kigoma water point. The transfer on water lasts two hours up to the island Lodge. Gombe Stream is one of the most interesting projects for the conservation of the chimpanzees and there are no roads connecting to these mountains on Lake Tanganyika. Enjoy lunch at the lodge on the island. Dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Luxury Lodge.

Note: The private boat can set off any time during the day and is pre-booked from the lodge at the Island. All conservation fees charged go directly to the conservation project of the chimpanzees on this island.

Accommodation: Gombe Forest Lodge

Situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Forest Lodge has been designed with every comfort in mind, whilst minimizing the disturbance and impact on such a stunning environment. The lodge’s 7 spacious luxury tents are set on wooden platforms and are shaded by huge mango trees along the lake shore. Each tent has a private viewing deck, equipped with safari chairs and a table, enabling fantastic views of the Lake Tanganyika and the wildlife that flocks there. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the tented dining room or an exciting barbeque on the beach. Enjoy exciting Chimpanzee trekking, forest walks, bird watching, swimming and snorkeling. For guests wishing for something a little more low-key, a small library is available with a selection of books and novels.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tanzania Gombe
Tanzania Gombe
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gombe Forest Lodge
Gombe Forest Lodge

Day 12: Gombe

After breakfast, the whole day is dedicated to the activities of the chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream. Tracking the chimps of Gombe is a magical experience. The guide's eyes pick out last night's nests - shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky. Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest. Lunch is included at the lodge. In the afternoon, you might decide to trek through the forest up to the Jane Goodall Mountain. Dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Luxury Lodge.

Accommodation: Gombe Forest Lodge
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 13: Gombe

Breakfast at leisure, transfer back to Kigoma jetty point by boat, meet again with the local guide/driver and drive to the Manyovu border of Tanzania/Burundi. Proceed with local guide and vehicle to Bujumbura International Airport. 

Note: The private boat can set off any time from the lodge during the day and is pre-booked from the lodge at the Island. This is important for booking ongoing flights. Note: Kigoma point is also a local airfield where there is a possibility to organize regional flights both scheduled and chartered from Kigoma to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi (for holiday continuation purposes).

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kigali Serena: Kigali

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel: Parc National des Volcans

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri) is located on the road to Kinigi and is the perfect starting point for different activities that the Volcanoes National Park offers. At the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, the aim is to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. This hotel has an atmosphere unique to Musanze but also gives you opportunities to rest and to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the lodge. 

 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena: Gisenyi

Serenely sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens; the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal destination in Rwanda for an extended holiday or simply a week-end escape. Within several hours drive of both the Rwandan capital, and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas), it overlooks its own private beach and offers; 66 luxury hotel rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool, and the ‘Maisha' Health Centre (offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking). This hotel on Lake Kivu also boasts a world-class fully-integrated Conference Centre, a distinguishing service offering in Rwanda.

 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lake Kivu Serena
Lake Kivu Serena
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lake Kivu Serena
Lake Kivu Serena

Cormoran Lodge: Kibuye

The Cormoran Lodge is a newly constructed resort built on the shores of the beautiful turquoise Lake Kivu, considered to be one of the most prestigious and picturesque locations in all of Africa. This Lodge has five chalets and a restaurant, with the entirety of the construction done of natural wood.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Cormoran Lodge
The Cormoran Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Nyungwe

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a haven for primates in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest – right at your doorstep.  Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5 star comforts and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika: Bujumbura

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is located in the heart of Africa, in a spacious park that ends up on a spectacular beach on the banks of the Lake Tanganyika. Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika contributes to social, cultural and tourist activities in Burundi. The hotel has an outdoor pool and views of the lake, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. Specific units include views of the pool or garden. Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika offers a relaxing accommodation in an intimate environment on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika
Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

Helena Hotel: Gitega

Helena Hotel is located close to the central square of Gitega. The hotel is built on 3 floors and was founded by three brothers from Gitega. Guest rooms are comfortable and feature a bathroom with hot water, television, Wi-Fi and some feature a terrace. There is also a Bar Restaurant and a small garden on-site. 

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Helena Hotel
Helena Hotel

Gombe Forest Lodge: Gombe

Situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Forest Lodge has been designed with every comfort in mind, whilst minimizing the disturbance and impact on such a stunning environment. The lodge’s 7 spacious luxury tents are set on wooden platforms and are shaded by huge mango trees along the lake shore. Each tent has a private viewing deck, equipped with safari chairs and a table, enabling fantastic views of the Lake Tanganyika and the wildlife that flocks there. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the tented dining room or an exciting barbeque on the beach. Enjoy exciting Chimpanzee trekking, forest walks, bird watching, swimming and snorkeling. For guests wishing for something a little more low-key, a small library is available with a selection of books and novels.

Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gombe Forest Lodge
Gombe Forest Lodge
Central Africa Gorilla Trekking Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Relaxing on the Beach
Relaxing on the Beach

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Robert M — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    It was simply an amazing trip! Our guide and driver were the best. Everything went smoothly and they made life very easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Kensington to anyone. Hotels were unique and exceeded expectations. Thank you for the significant room upgrade at the 4 Seasons on our last night. That was a huge surprise!

  • Mike Desmarais — July 20, 2017 — Africa

    Went on a tour in Morocco with Kensington tours. We visited the cities of Casablanca, Tangier & Chefchaouen and had a wonderful time. Our guide (Mohammed Salmi) and driver (Eunice) were absolutely excellent and very professional. Mohammed was very knowledgeable regarding the cities and places we visited. Mohammed spoke very good English and was easy to talk with and a pleasure to be with for the 6 days we were in Morocco. We could not have asked for a better guide and/or driver during our time in Morocco. Our vehicle was a newer model Mercedes van that was very comfortable to be in for the long drives we had between cities, and our hotels were much better than expected.

  • Misty N — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    This was our 4th Kensington Trip (second to South Africa), I cannot say enough about Andrew Drummond and his ability to put a PERFECT trip together. I trust him completely and would plan trips with him over and over. Now looking at a trip to Peru and yes, we are talking to a professional at Kensington.

  • David S — September 08, 2017 — Africa

    This tour exceeded our expectations in all respects! Only words cannot describe the adventure.

  • Barbara Cox — August 03, 2017 — Africa

    Christine did a fabulous job planning our safari. We followed the migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara staying in an assortment of tented camps. We loved ALL our guides and drivers (Duncan, Waziri and Charles).

  • Edward C. — March 24, 2017 — Africa

    Our guide and driver were above and beyond our expectations.

  • Mary Ann B — March 17, 2017 — Africa

    I would definitely recommend Kensington Tours. Very well pleased with everything they provided. Accommodations were excellent as well as tour guides. Gareth at Kensington was a tremendous help in planning our trip. Thank you so much Kensington for a great trip to South Africa.

  • Elizabeth E — February 07, 2017 — Africa

    Both our guides from Rwanda to Tanzania were the best. Everything was FLAWLESS, the guides, transportation, the accommodations, the food, the safaris, etc. We actually went to the villagers home and met the kids who performed their native dance for us. It really was an emotional connection that was one of the highlights of the whole trip for us. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us!

  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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