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Rwanda Inspired: Culture and Conservation

Although most travelers are drawn to Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, to see the endangered mountain gorillas, it is the resilient spirit of the Rwandan people, their rich culture and the beauty of the country’s diverse, lush landscapes—ideal for hiking and safari—that leave travelers with a sense of awe and a vow to return. In the words of Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley: “Go see for yourself how a country can rebuild after a massacre; you cannot help but feel hope for humanity.” This spring, join Melissa to travel responsibly to this low-Covid-risk country and be inspired as you experience all of the destination’s highlights from an insider’s perspective, in the company of leading creatives and conservationists. Plus, you’ll be able to trek to see the gorillas and other primates at a time when the forests feel virtually tourist-free—what is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.

The health and safety of our travelers is our number-one priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. We are in close contact with all of our partners to ensure that they are committed to the health and comfort of our travelers by practicing enhanced sanitization and disinfecting procedures, respecting social distancing and testing guidelines, and remaining as contactless as possible. For more information and questions about specific protocols that have been put into place to make your trip as safe as possible, as well as entry/exit requirements for Rwanda, please reach out to our team at

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Trek to find endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates in the magnificent forests of Volcanoes National Park, where you will be able to spend time up-close over the course of two days with these awe-inspiring animals in a moment of unprecedented privacy, thanks to the new protective measures that have been put in place by the Rwandan government in response to the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Explore Rwanda’s national parks with leading conservationists and research specialists, who will share insight on Rwanda’s innovative environmental programs for anti-poaching and reforestation, as well as sustainable development.
  • Spend time touring in the growing urban center of Kigali, with visits to the Nyamata Genocide Memorial Center, top galleries, artist collectives and boutiques, and leading nonprofits that are making a difference. You will also have the chance to meet with locals to learn about the cultural traditions and complex history of this inspiring country, which has rebuilt itself over the past decade.
  • Relax at three beautiful eco-luxury lodges that offer a variety of immersive wilderness and cultural activities—including traditional game drives, guided nature walks, boating excursions, fishing, birding and more—as well as pampering amenities: The Retreat at Heaven (3 nights), One&Only Nyungwe House (3 nights) and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (3 nights).
  • Travel with Purpose: By supporting our selected lodges and local tourism, you contribute to the protection of Rwanda’s unique wildlife populations, as well as community development and economic growth.
  • Consult with Indagare’s expert team to plan a pre- or post-trip extension in Tanzania, Kenya or beyond.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.


Plus: For those who prefer to travel on their own, we are now offering limited-time, exclusive discounted rates on itinerary packages. All include gorilla-trekking—at a time when you will practically have the park to yourself—accommodations at the country’s top luxury lodges and the expert trip-planning services of Indagare’s team. Contact our team at to receive details and inquire about customizing this trip for your small group or private experience, over dates of your choosing.

  • When
    March 22 - 31, 2021
  • Length
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Trailblazers , Soul Searchers

This Journey's Host


After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels and has scouted in Rwanda several times; most recently, she traveled to the country for several weeks in November 2020 to host two Insider Journeys. Melissa’s first book, Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges, will be released in the fall of 2021.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    March 22 - 31, 2021
  • Length
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 11 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From


  • Accommodations at The Retreat by Heaven, One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla's Nest (3 nights each)
  • All meals and beverages, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, activities, park admission fees and gorilla and chimpanzee permits, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private group transfers throughout Rwanda, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Emergency medical evacuation services within Rwanda


  • International air transportation to and from Rwanda, as well as any airport taxes and visa fees
  • Airport transfers outside of group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • All gratuities
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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