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Explore Rwanda

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This program aims at meeting the needs of that intrepid and adventurous nature lover – by combining the exerting primates adventure treks with savannah wildlife; and spicing it up with cultural and historical presentations and the geographical scenic beauty of this LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS.

 

Activities

Day 1: Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airportyou will be met by our representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation at city hotel  (BB)

Day 2: Kigali/Akagera National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for Akagera National Park to arrive in time for Lunch

In the late afternoon enjoy a game viewing drive returning to the lodge in time for dinner

Bordering Rwanda’s eastern neighbor Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland. Akagera is, above all, big game country! home to herds of Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Lions, White Rhinos and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena.

Overnight at Akagera Lodge/Ruzizi Tented Lodge (LDBB)

Day 3:  Akagera National Park

Breakfast at the lodge.

Enjoy a morning game drive.

Lunch at the lodge

In the afternoon, go for an exciting boat riding trip to explore the natural beauty of Rwanda. (boat ride cost included)

Dinner and overnight at Akagera Lodge/Ruzizi Tented Lodge   (LDBB)

Day 4:  Akagera/Kigali

After breakfast, depart for Kigali with a game viewing drive enroute.

Lunch in Kigali followed by a city tour of Kigali.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience

Visit the genocide museum.

Overnight at Mille Collines Hotel/Kigali Serena   (BB)

Day 5:  Kigali/Nyungwe Forest National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Then drive south for a visit of the historical towns of Nyanza and Butare. Visit the Nyanza Kings Palace and the Huye ethnographic museum.

Lunch enroute

Proceed to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Emeraude Kivu Resort//Nyungwe House (LDBB)

Day 6:  Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Trek

04h30: Start early for early morning forest nature walk in the park tracking Chimpanzees in the forest. This is the time to watch the forest’s birdlife too.

Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the canopy walk. (Cost offered separately) or at leisure.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Emeraude Kivu Resort//Nyungwe House  (LDBB)

Day 7:  Nyungwe Forest National Park/ Lake Kivu

Breakfast at the lodge.

Drive to Lake Kivu.

Lunch enroute.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the shores of the lake or optional activities available (cost not included).

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Gorilla Hotel/Lake Kivu Serena (LDBB)

Day 8:  Lake Kivu/Volcanoes National park

Breakfast at the lodge.

Depart on a scenic drive towards Volcanoes National Park. Arrive at Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans.

Ruhengeri is the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from Uganda boarder and is relatively a small city of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here. It is Approximately 2.5hrs drive from Kigali to the Volcanoes National park.

Lunch at your lodge.

Afternoon, visit the magical twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Lodge/ Bishops House  (LDBB)

Day 9: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek

Early breakfast at the lodge.

0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking.

0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.

Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.

The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, interact with culture and history at the Ibyiwacu Cultural Village

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Lodge/ Bishops House  (LDBB)

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge  (LDBB)

Day 10: Kigali

Breakfast at the lodge.

Drive back to Kigali – with onward transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. Flights after 1300Hrs recommended(Cost of flight not included)

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