Seven Day Complete Rwanda Tour

Seven Day Complete Rwanda Tour

Short Overview

For those who want a more complete overview of what makes Rwanda such a wonderful country, our Complete Rwanda tour covers a mixture of its natural beauty and its fascinating culture.

This tour really does have it all. Not only do you get to see Rwanda's famous mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, but you also get to mix in engaging cultural experiences and your choice of a variety of optional activities to make the trip your own.

If you're looking to soak in as much of Rwanda's stunning natural beauty as humanly possible, The Complete Rwanda is the tour for you.

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Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip

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January - February, June - September & December


Details of Seven Day Complete Rwanda Tour


You'll depart from Kigali after breakfast for the long but beautiful drive south to Nyungwe National Park. Along the way you'll come to understand why they call Rwanda 'The Land of 1000 Hills'.

The trip will be broken up with a number of stops, including a visit to the Butare National Museum. You'll also pay a visit to Nyanza, where you can visit the former palace of the last Rwandan king as well as the local Arts Museum.

After lunch, you'll proceed to Nyungwe, passing through the forest along the way. You'll have the chance to see playful primates playing by the road as you travel.

You'll arrive at your Nyungwe accommodation in time for dinner and a good night's rest.


You'll rise early for breakfast as you go off in search of Rwanda's enigmatic and endangered chimpanzee population. With only four hundred chimpanzees in the country, there's no guarantee you'll see chimps during your day's hike, but your Shadows of Africa guide will do all he can to get you a glimpse of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Even if you aren't lucky enough to spot a chimpanzee, the national park is a wonderfully diverse place that you'll get a chance to explore both in the morning in your hunt for chimpanzees and after lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll go in search of another of the park's primate residents - the cheeky black and white colobus monkey. These playful primates are an easier hike than the chimpanzees, and you'll delight in their antics.


You'll start your day with your choice of a guided waterfall walk or a walk along the Nyungwe Forest National Park's famous elevated canopy walk.

Both offer a unique perspective on this beautiful park, and you'll find a new appreciation for Rwanda's natural beauty as you move through this dense forest.

After your morning activity, you'll make your way to Karongi on the shores of Lake Kivu. The drive to this beautiful city takes you along one of the most scenic stretches of road you'll ever encounter - wending your way through hills and valleys along the way.


You'll start your day with a morning boat ride on Lake Kivu, taking in the serenity and beauty of this massive freshwater lake. As you enjoy your boat ride, you'll take in the gorges, mountains, creeks, and islands that make for one of Rwanda's most beautiful panoramas. 

After a sumptuous lunch, you'll continue on to Musanze on the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park, where you'll pay a visit to the Iby Iwacu Cultural Village to learn more about Rwanda's pre-colonial past.


After an early breakfast at your hotel, you'll proceed directly to the Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.

There is no guarantee how long or difficult your tracking experience will be as it depends on where the family of gorillas is and on weather conditions, It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.

One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within mere metres of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence.


You'll have today to explore a different facet of the gorgeous Volcanoes National Park region, choosing from one of the below activities:

Golden Monkey Trekking

You'll trek through sun-dappled glades and dense stands of bamboo in search of these playful monkeys, who are well accustomed to visitors. This means you'll be able to view the golden monkeys playing, feeding, and leaping from tree to tree as if you weren't there. While your time with the monkeys is limited to an hour, this is ample time to see the inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat.

Mt. Bisoke Hike

An example of a perfectly domed volcano, the 3,700m high mountain has a deep crater lake at its top and makes for a pleasant but still physically demanding day's hike. Depending on your level of fitness and the number of stops you make, it can take anywhere between five hours and an entire day to complete the round trip.

Along the way you'll see the various vegetation zones ranging from the dense bamboo forest at the mountain's feet to sparse bushlands at its peak. You'll be accompanied at all times by a professional guide, and porters can be hired to assist with carrying your belongings.

If you're lucky, you may even spot some of the park's resident gorillas on your hike.

Dian Fossey Experience

Following in the footsteps of Dian Fossey, the woman behind Gorillas in the Mist, you'll venture into Volcanoes National Park to pay a visit to the great woman's former research site and the grave where both her and her beloved companion, Digit were buried after their untimely murders.

Like the Mt. Bisoke hike, this trek takes you into the Volcanoes National Park, giving your the opportunity to spot some of its primate residents.


In the afternoon, you'll return to Kigali to overnight.


After breakfast you'll be treated to a city tour covering some of the city's most famous sites including the craft markets, genocide memorial, and Kigali Museum.

Get your last minute shopping done, and then it's off to the airport for your onward journey.



Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1 - KIGALI - NYUNGWE National Museum visit. Former King's Palace visit (B,L,D)

  • DAY 2 - NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK Chimpanzee trekking. Colobus monkey trekking (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - NYUNGWE - LAKE KIVU Morning activities in Nyungwe National Park (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - LAKE KIVU - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Lake Kivu boat ride. Iby Iwacu Cultural Village visit (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Gorilla trekking (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - KIGALI Your choice of golden monkey trekking, Dian Fossey grave visit, or Mt. Bisoke hike. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - KIGALI City tour including Genocide Memorial. (B)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nungwe National Park.

  • Colobus monkey trekking in Nungwe National Park.

  • A variety of optional activities in Nyungwe National Park & Volcanoes National Park.

  • Kigali City Tour including Genocide Memorial.

  • Nyanza and Butare visits.

  • Lake Kivu boat ride.

  • Iby Iwacu Cultural Village visit.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice 24/7

With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.

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