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African Adventure in Rwanda

March 28th - April 5th, 2023
 

A soul-sating Southern African Safari

 

Immerse yourself in an all-encompassing, soul sating Southern African safari set in Rwanda. 

 

 

Rwanda Adventure

March 28th - April 5th, 2023

Price: $17,180 Sharing / $20,350 Single

Group Size: 10-12

Deadline to book:

20% deposit due asap to secure a spot

Extremely limited space!

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Adventure Details

 

About the Trip

This all-women African adventure was meticulously planned by Karen Loftus together with the esteemed team at Walthers, a multi-award winning and internationally renowned business that has been serving clients since 1981. 

 

This bespoke approach will have you staying in seductive camps where the game viewing can be done from the edge of a deck in between twice-daily game drives. Epic sunsets and spirited conversations around the fire and under the stars are simply second nature here. Impassioned guides, empowering talks and local women are sure to inspire.

 

(Space is limited. Best to commit as early as possible to secure your space!)

Trip Basics

                                                   

Dates - March 28th - April 5th, 2023

Days - 9 Days/8 Nights

                                                  

Size - 10-12 Guests

                                                            

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Needs - A 20% nonrefundable deposit is needed to secure a spot.

                                                           

Treats

 

Accommodations

                                                           

Host- Karen Loftus/"Lofty

WAT's Adventuress in Chief

                                                          

Fees - $17,180 Sharing / $20,350 Single

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Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 1  |  March 28th
Arrive in Kigali

Our adventure begins in Rwanda's capital city; Kigali! After a warm welcome at the Kigali International Airport we will head to the Kigali Serena Hotel. Kigali is one of the most picturesque cities in Africa, with its interesting architecture, busy streets and verdant hillsides, you can explore fascinating museums, historic memorials, colorful markets, and stunning arts centers. 

Day 2  |  March 29th
Kigali

After breakfast, we will spend a full day exploring the city of Kigali and getting to know its rich history and culture.

Our first stop is The Kigali Genocide Museum for an educational and extremely moving experience. Over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site.


We will then head to the Nyamirambo Woman’s Centre. There we will meet Aminatha, a local woman who will take us to the markets to buy produce before continuing to her home for a traditional cooking class, where we will prepare food from scratch and get to enjoy the local delicacies with her family.

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Day 3  |  March 30th
Travel to Nyungwe

After breakfast, today’s adventure will be a drive to the magnificent Nyungwe Forest,  on the way we will travel through rural villages and picturesque countryside.

 

The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies, and giant tree ferns tower above, while orchids and other plants cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around and butterflies are everywhere. We may even encounter larger forest residents, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.

Day 4  |  March 31st 
In Nyungwe

We will be rising early this morning and grabbing an on-the-go breakfast, in preparation for the Colobus Monkey Trek through Nyungwe Forest, the only place in Africa where these monkeys are found.

Embrace the home of East Africa’s most diverse primate population, while tracking the Colobus monkeys through Nyungwe’s lush forest trails.

After lunch, we will head to the famous Nyungwe Canopy Walkway to experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breath taking construction hangs 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna above and below. Get your cameras ready, because this is a view you'll want to capture forever!

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Day 5  |  April 1st
In Nyungwe

This morning is another early start, for a Chimpanzee Tracking Experience in the Nyungwe Forest.

Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging – it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing wild and free. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to observe chimps in their natural habitat.

Enjoy some downtime in the afternoon to relax or do some independent exploring at the hotel.


When the sun goes down, the forest really comes to life! We will head out on foot with an expert Field Guide,  to seek out the intriguing nocturnal creatures that emerge from their tree hollows, burrows, nests, and dens at twilight. On clear nights, you can then take a turn on the telescope and hear fascinating stories about the dazzling equatorial night sky.

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Day 6  |  April 2nd
Travel to Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before today’s adventure, which will be a drive to the Volcanoes National Park. Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. A face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures is definitely a bucket-list activity.

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Day 7  |  April 3rd 
Volcanoes National Park

Day 7 will be spent exploring the tradition and culture of the people that inhabit Volcanoes National Park.

We will spend time in a traditional Rwandan village that has existed for centuries. Members of the community will welcome you as a special guest as they teach us about important aspects of their traditions and beliefs.

In the afternoon, we will head into the National Park for a walk to the grave site of Dian Fossey, the renowned American conservationist and primatologist, known for her work with the gorillas.

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Day 8  |  April 4th
Volcanoes National Park

This day will start with an early morning wake up call and light breakfast, before we meet our experienced guide at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for the start of our Gorilla Trekking Experience.

 

Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park offers a unique opportunity to see 10 families of gorillas that live within the National Park. Our group will be led by an experienced guide and two scouts. The amount of time set aside per trek varies depending on where the gorilla family is situated.

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Day 9 |  April 5th
Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning, then we will drive back to Kigali and say our goodbyes before boarding our homeward flights.

Accommodations

 
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Kigali Serena Hotel

On an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5-star comfort, make Serena Kigali a private and peaceful retreat for discerning international travelers and the perfect place to begin our trip. Shake off your jet lag by the tropically landscaped pool or treat yourself to a post-flight massage at the hotel spa.

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Nyungwe Lodge

Surrounded by rainforest; nestled among mountains; Nyungwe House is a haven of creature-comforts where the wild secrets of nature come to life before your eyes. Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park and is a truly unrivaled rainforest oasis.

 

Singita Kwitonda

Set right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where more than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas find refuge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unrivalled position puts lifechanging gorilla trekking experiences within easy reach. Each of the luxurious suites feature a private heated plunge pool, wellness treatment area, fireplaces, and large timber-framed windows that welcome in breathtaking scenery and volcano views.

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Accommodations, Rates, Availability

SHARED ACCOMMODATION: $17,180 USD     

 

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.        

                     Deadline to book - ASAP! Space in lodges is extremely limited in Africa, now more than ever. It's a first-come basis.         

 

Please note: The remaining 80% payment must be made in full 90 days prior to the date of departure.    

 

Our exclusive program welcomes a maximum of 13 travelers with a minimum capacity of 10.

 Email us ASAP to Secure Your Spot!

Inclusions

Accommodation in standard twin rooms, with supplements for single rooms.

Full breakfast daily.

Meals, beer, and wine at Nyungwe Lodge and Singita Kiwonda Lodge.

English speaking Guides on all sightseeing excursions.

Transport and transfers in air-conditioned touring vehicles.

Conservation levies and National Park fees where applicable.

Exclusions

International Flights

Personal Travel Insurance

Souvenirs, Tips & Gifts

Passports & Visas

Covid-19 testing, if still applicable.

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Your Host

 

Hover over the image below to see the full BIO on Your Host, Karen Loftus

Karen Loftus - Adventuress in Chief

Prior to her journalistic endeavors, the award-winning playwright and Tennessee Williams Fellow cut her travel teeth as an international comedian.

 

‘Lofty’, as she is globally known, toured The US, Middle East, Europe and Asia entertaining the troops and international audiences at military bases (US military in Korea with MWR), comedy clubs around the world (Comedy Cafe in Amsterdam & The Comedy Store in London) at theaters (La Goya in Barcelona, Ars Nova in NY), festivals (Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Singapore Comedy Festival), hotels (Raffles Hotel in Singapore, The Crown Plaza in Abu Dhabi) ), colleges (Sewanee, University of the South in Tennessee, Arkansas State University), conferences (WITI - Women in Technology in San Francisco) and at several private clubs (American Club in Hong Kong & in American Club in Singapore) and at corporate (Sony, Microsoft, Tyco Toys & Ford) events throughout the world.

 

After ten years of juggling her groundbreaking global tours together with her non-profit program, The Body Comedy Project, (sponsored by Comedy Central) where she used humor to heal, both survivors of violence and domestic violence offenders, in several shelters in LA and in LA jails, Lofty took a break and worked as an entertainment reporter interviewing film, TV and reality stars. One year on Hollywood’s raging red carpet later, had her running for the global door.

 

As a travel, luxury lifestyle & adventure writer, Karen has since written thousands of articles for 90+ media outlets including Vogue, Architectural Digest, American Way, Hemispheres Magazine, Forbes, Robb Report, NY Daily News, The Globe & Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Gulf News (Dubai) Grazia Magazine (US & UK), NUVO Magazine (Canada), Lucire (New Zealand), New Woman (Australia), Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, AskMen, InsideHook, Travel Weekly, Huffington Post, Food & Beverage Magazine, Societe Perrier, Zink Magazine and Sherman's Travels among others.

 

This savvy traveler has been to all seven continents and 70 countries and counting. Today she speaks at conferences around the world about women and travel, the transformative power of travel, empowerment travel and trends in travel, be it luxury, adventure, solo or women’s travel.

 

She created and co-hosts #WATC - Women’s Adventure Travel Chat on Twitter, a Twitter chat garnering as many as 10 million impressions in the hour and she runs travel (From the Path to the Page) and creative writing (One Voice & What’s So Funny?) workshops.

 

She also co-created & co-hosts ReVerbs a live storytelling platform for the global travel, adventure and apparel industry, a vibrant conference alternative where executives, and industry leaders break from tradition and tell a personal tale versus a corporate story.

 

Karen is very excited to be launching her company, Women’s Adventure Travels, and to be leading her female-driven trips. It’s a full circle moment, one long in the making, a marriage of her many interests and experiences with itineraries based on many of her favorite places, people, and passions. The unique elements of the trips reflect Karen's varied background.

 

Her all-female trips have a feminine thread throughout as she and guests will be visiting top women tastemakers, the women of distinction and influence in each market, be it a hotelier, chef, artisan, athlete and or a village woman defying the local or global odds.

 

There’s also a storytelling component with women speakers and or storytellers. It is seamlessly woven into the trips with women and a few good men speaking over dinner, drinks or by the fire sharing their triumphs and tales. Karen and guests may tell a tale or two as well.

 

Last, there is a community immersion element with authentic interaction with local women and children, where they visit the villages, schools, co-ops and workplaces to share an activity, an experience, a meal and a moment with the local women to get a genuine look into their lives. It’s about digging the hands into the sand.

 

Set in stunning landscapes, the trips will also provide a mad mix of outdoor and adventure activity at various levels throughout. Their stays will be in top spots that showcase exceptional local artisans, food, and beverages as well as an element of wellness. No two itineraries will ever be alike and you will be hard-pressed to find anything quite like it online.

 

For more information on Karen, go to her LinkedIn profile, email her directly with any questions or simply click on one of her social media pages below to follow her on The Global Road.

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Your Tour Operator

 
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Walthers  was founded in 1981, when Klaus Walther left Global Tours South Africa after 25 years as MD. The Walthers ethos has not changed since those early days, with every aspect of the operation imbued with pride, passion and personal attention to detail. Walthers has always been a family, and every employee an essential part of the Walthers team.

Final Notes

This trip is a very special trip one so much so that I wish was a bit sooner on the schedule because I can’t wait to do this trip again. There are several reasons why I love this adventure. For starters, if you are a camping gal, this trip is going to blow your mind. If you are not a camping gal, like me, this is a big leap, one that may seem daunting at first, but so exciting throughout.

 

In my background, there is not a lot of camping. Okay, there’s none. However, as a travel writer, I have been privy to some pretty exotic spots in the middle of nowhere, from Antarctica to Jordan’s Wadi Rum to the Welsh countryside among other spots where I did camp, glamp and or something in between. But I do not have any history of personally pitching any tents in my past.

 

Years ago when I was planning a month long trip on my own alone to Southern Africa I was working with a safari company in the planning of the trip. Letaka Safaris tented camps were highly recommended to me as I was told that I had done too many posh trips to Africa and I was in need of a more immersive experience to round out my African experiences. 

 

I trusted my planner and signed up for this in the middle of a bigger Botswana trip with lodge stays on both ends in the Okavango Delta on the front end and at a lodge on the back end near Maun before continuing on to Namibia for another trip. That’s exactly how I designed this Botswana safari experience. We will start in a lodge for a few days on safari in Botswana and will finish off in a stunning safari camp on the back end as well.

 

As far as that delicious middle, it’s an incredible experience. One that is truly off the grid. We stay in rustic, yet incredibly comfortable tents that are personally pitched by the Letaka crew. Every single thing imaginable is handled by the crew.

 

You will be spoiled and properly looked after in this rustic-luxe experience. They will set up all of the tents and the camp and the chef makes our meals three times daily including baking the bread underground every day.

 

We have a crew of two. They will wake us up with a whisper outside of our tents and with a splash of cool water in the bowls outside on your “veranda” each morning. They set up our bucket showers and bush bathrooms upon arrival and get the crackling campfire going each night for us. Aside from the crew of two, we also have our own chef and our own personal guide who is with us day into night and on our twice daily safaris.  It’s an intimate crew.

 

Chances are we won’t see many people, if at all. We may pass a jeep or two on our safari runs, but in my nine days prior with Letaka there was only one sighting that we shared with another jeep. That’s incredible and unheard of to have sightings to ourselves in Botswana where the game and the guests are plentiful This is an intimate trip and at a great price point as Botswana is one of the most expensive safari spots in all of Africa.

 

I really wanted to offer a safari that was approachable, price wise for those really wanting to go. The Letaka experience does bring the price point down a wee bit. That’s one, but far from the only reason, I chose Letaka.

 

The two brothers behind the Letaka brand are known as the bush boys of Botswana (see their BIO on the Botswana Adventure page). You may have seen them on their TV show with NAT GEO. They are the best of the best in Botswana and their crew is no different.

 

Their staff is exceptional, local and lovely. It is a truly immersive, raw and real experience, by far one of my all-time favorite safari experiences ever.

 

This is Hemingway back in the day with the entire camp being moved in the middle of our Letaka run. We will set up camp in the middle of nowhere, around no one, in the bush, surrounded only by nature. It is the trip and the experience of a lifetime with unbelievable wildlife and equally adventurous women throughout.

 

It’s the best reset you can possibly get…

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