Rwanda’s wonders are both in the forest and in the cities. Experience a wide variety of primate tracking: chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in Nyungwe National Forest; and golden monkeys and mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Then treat yourself to Rwanda’s excellent museums, such as the Rwesero Art Museum and the National Museum of Butare, which offer lessons about African life, culture, art, and its history and much more.
Day 1: Kigali
Meet and greet at the Airport by your Driver guide, who will later transfer you to your accommodation in Kigali. Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as one of the cleanest and safest. Accommodation: Hotels Des Mille Collines
Day 2: Kigali – Gisakura
After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions.
On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda.
After the visit of the museum you will have a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Lunch is foreseen in Butare and in the afternoon we will drive to Nyungwe Forest NP. Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Day 3: Gisakura
Your day will start with an early breakfast and a briefing at Uwinka tourist information centre. Depending on your personal interests you will have a choice of different opportunities to explore the largest high altitude rainforest of East Africa! Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan colobus, which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!
One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan colobus monkeys.
In the afternoon you can continue your exploration. There are different beautiful trails available and the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most rewarding. The hiking time is up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike accessible to everybody! If you missed the Angolan colobus you can have another try near to the tea factory where another troop is hosted. Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Day 4: Gisakura – Lake Kivu
After breakfast you will leave for Kibuye, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before explorating the shores of Lake Kivu. Kibuye which is one of the three resort town on Lake Kivu is the most beautiul. Arrival at Kibuye is foreseen at lunch time. After Nyungwe, most participants will welcome that relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu! Lake Kivu is Bilharzia free! Rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation: Paradis Malahinde Hotel
Day 5: Lake Kivu
Today you head north-east, parallel to Lake Kivu. You will have the opportunity to see the daily lives of the people at the countryside as it has been lived for centuries, virtually unchanged. This is a very scenic route and provides the opportunity to see the people at work – cultivating bananas, cassava, sorghum, beans, rice, potatoes, and even coffee in their steep and tiny fields. In addition, there are several massive tea plantations, villages, innumerable tiny brickworks, and surprises around every corner.
Arrival at Gisenyi for lunch and if time allows we make arrangements to cross the border to Goma (Optional). Gisenyi is the crossong point to Congo! Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The visit shows the fantastic capabilities of the local population to overcome this natural catastrophe! Others participants can simply relax at the swimming pool of their hotel. Accommodation:Paradis Malahinde Hotel
Day 6: Lake Kivu – Kinigi
You can do as much and as little you want, Volcanoes NP is only 1 hour from your hotel. You can stay on the beach and enjoy the peaceful lake! If you are interested we shall take time to visit some splendid sites on our way: Nyundo with multiple craft-shops, Imbabazi Orphanage at Mugongo. Overnight at your hotel in Kinigi, Volcan. Accommodation: Mountain Gorillla View Lodge
Day 7: Kinigi – Lake Bulera
After breakfast you will report at the ORTP headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever. Your driver guide will drive you to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking.
After the trekking, lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri and in the afternoon, if time allows, an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region: Lake Bulera & Ruhondo. An excellent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes can be seen while there depending on weather conditions. Accommodation: Mountain Gorillla View Lodge
Day 8: Lake Bulera – Kigali
For a second gorilla trek we propose that you visit one of the groups with a longer hiking time; the Susa group which is located on the slopes of the Karisimbi volcano and has more than 35 members and will give you a great sense of achievement!
– An excursion to the top of the Bisoke volcano (3.711 m) of which the distinctive feature is a beautiful crater lake! Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes and an exhilarating climb!
– An excursion to the grave of Dian Fossey and the former Karisoke Research Centre. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!
– A visit to the Golden Monkeys: the little-known Golden Monkey is listed as “endangered”, the newly habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones in Africa. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance. Accommodation: Hotels Des Mille Collines
Day 9: Kigali International Airport
The half day Kigali City trip (option) includes a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, which takes a few hours. It’s a touching visit! Transfer to Airport for departure.
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- A professional driver/guide
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