Rwanda

The best of Rwanda - a journey for the senses

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4/24/2023

With lush, cloud forest-covered volcanoes, sweeping savannah, and rare, exceptional wildlife, Rwanda is an extraordinary experiential travel destination. There is so much to do in this exquisite country – from learning about the culture and history of Rwanda in Kigali, to discovering the rain forests and majestic gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, and seeing a wealth of wildlife on the savannah plains of Akagera National Park. A stay in the Land of a Thousand Hills is a feast for the senses. Beyond the sights you’ll see, you’ll tune in to the smell of the rainforest’s damp earth. The rhythmic sound of beating drums and Rwandan traditional dance in Bisate village. The feel of a sapling in your hands, ready to be planted. The intoxicating smell of fresh food cooked on an open flame, sourced from the lodge garden.

Itinerary

Sensory explosion

On this journey for the senses, travel with us to vibrant Kigali, then on to two iconic Wilderness camps in Rwanda: Magashi and Bisate. Tune out of the everyday and let your senses tune in to the ways of the wild and the Rwandan way of life.

Accommodation

The Retreat by Heaven

A cultural experience in the capital.

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Magashi Camp

Rare savannah wildlife awaits.

Visit Magashi Camp
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Ensuite Bathroom

Bisate Lodge

An award-winning eco-chic lodge.

Visit Bisate Lodge

Itinerary

01 The Retreat by Heaven

Your introduction to this vibrant, warm country begins in Rwanda’s charismatic capital, Kigali. Discover traditional cultures. Be moved and enlightened at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Or simply spend time with the residents, who have risen phoenix-like from the ashes of their dark past. However far you’ve travelled, you won’t have to go far to find all you’ll need here at one of the top boutique hotels in the world: a drink in the wine lounge, a cooling swim at your private pool villa, a bit of pampering at the spa, meditation and yoga on the expansive deck, or delicious farm-to-table cuisine.

02 Wilderness Magashi

Intimate. Luxurious. Abundant. Wilderness Magashi’s eight spacious en-suite tents rest on the shores of one of Rwanda’s magnificent lakes, Rwanyakazinga. Here, you’ll discover the quintessential safari experience with encounters of the wild kind in Akagera National Park: lions, white and rare black rhinos, and roaming elephants in miles and miles of vast savannah. Here, safari sounds replace Kigali’s city soundscape; elephants tearing up long grass, the bark scratching of Akagera’s famous tree-climbing lions, the quiet call of owls in the night. Feel the warmth of a crackling fire, and the warmth of the people, as you take in the songs and stories of traditional cattle-herding while enjoying the flavours of a local Kugisha supper. It’s a sensory feast like no other.

Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Wildlife Lion
Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Accommodation Guest Room Interior
Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Accommodation Guest Room Private Deck
Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Wildlife Lion
Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Accommodation Guest Room Interior
Wilderness Magashi Rwanda Accommodation Guest Room Private Deck

03 Wilderness Bisate

Thrilling. Exclusive. Visionary. Wilderness Bisate is nestled in a valley overlooking Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The Earth-to-plate cuisine, the cool rainforest mist, the heart-stopping encounters with mountain gorillas all make a stay at Bisate immersive. Inspired by its natural surrounds, six sublime en-suite Forest Villas perch on a volcanic slope with exquisite views over the dramatic landscape. With Wilderness Bisate as your base, meet the country’s most precious inhabitants, Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. You’ll hear your heartbeat in your head, feel your breath quicken, smell the rich, earthy scent of one of man’s closest relatives as you look into their eyes.



Back at Bisate, feel life in your hands. Plant a tree towards Bisate’s reforestation, a project that’s successfully luring wildlife back to the area, or pick out fresh local produce from the garden for a delicious meal prepared by the camp’s chefs.

Wilderness Bisate Wildlife Gorilla
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Camp Aerial View
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Main Lounge
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Main Lounge
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Villa Interior
Wilderness Bisate Wildlife Golden Monkey
Wilderness Bisate Wildlife Gorilla
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Camp Aerial View
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Main Lounge
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Main Lounge
Wilderness Bisate Rwanda Accommodation Villa Interior
Wilderness Bisate Wildlife Golden Monkey
Wilderness Rwanda Wildlife Lions

A sensory explosion

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When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.