RWANDA – (7 nights / 8 days )

PRIMATES TOUR – Nyungwe – Kibuye – Gisenyi – Volcanoes NP

This proposal suits all clients’ desires of exciting experiences of getting one on one with the Primates here in Rwanda!!!

ITINERARY

Day 1 – ARRIVAL (5kms / Drive time – 15mins )

You will be met on arrival and be transferred to your Hotel for check in and freshen up. Thereafter and if time allows enjoy a Kigali City tour including the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre if time allows.  In the evening back to your Hotel.

Proposed Hotels

  1.  Beausejour Hotel 
  2.  Lemigo Hotel 
  3. Kigali Serena Hotel 
  4. Radison Blue Hotel Kigali
  5. Day 2 – DRIVE TO NYUNGWE NP. (220kms / Drive time – 7hrs)

08:00 AM: Breakfast at the Hotel and leave the City for Nyungwe National Park via Butare Museum visit and lunch. The drive will perfectly introduce you to the real

Rwanda....”Land of a Thousand Hill and a Million Smiles”. Curvy and a smooth road will make your long drive all enjoyable. Arrive at your lodge for dinner overnight.

Proposed Hotels

  1.  Emerald Kivu Hotel
  2. Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel 
  3. Nyungwe Forest Lodge 

Day 3 – CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN NYUNGWE’s NP – CYAMUNDONGO FOREST

(Distance : Approx. 45kms / Time taken with Chimpanzees : 1hr) / Canopy Walk for about 1.5hrs..
05:00 AM: The 4 Adults take an early morning breakfast drive to this park for the starting point of your Chimpanzee trek. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee).

Lunch by 2 pm – enjoy a Canopy walk and thereafter back to the lodge  / hotel for dinner.

Day 4 – DRIVE FROM NYUNGWE TO KIBUYE. (Distance : Approx. 120 Kms /Drive time – 3hrs)

08:00 AM : Breakfast at your Hotel and check out for a drive to the north along the beautiful shores of Lake Kivu to Kibuye town, and check in at Cormoran Lodge for lunch. Afternoon drive / walk visit with the town meeting the local people or relax by the beaches of Lake Kivu and thereafter dinner.

Proposed Hotels

  1.  Rwiza Village Hotel 
  2. Cormoran Lodge

Day 5 – BOAT TRANSFER FROM  KIBUYE TO GISENYI. (Cruise time – 2hrs)

This will be a unique day. You will be transferred from Kibuye to Gisenyi by a speed boat (takes about 2 hours as opposed to a 4-hrs drive! Your driver Guide will liaise with the Boat Captain to pick you up from the lodge by 09:00 a:m before his 2 hrs earlier departure.

He will then meet up with you at Gisenyi dock and proceed on to a City tour on Gisenyi town border to Goma, DRC Congo town border. Compare the 2 towns and learn more..

Proposed Hotels

  1. Paradise Malahide Beach Resort 
  2.  Waterfront Beach Resort
  3. Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 6 –  DRIVE TO MUSANZE. (Distance : Approx. 60kms / Drive time – 1hr)

Have a relaxed breakfast at the Resort and thereafter and check out for a drive up to Musanze town, the second largest town in Rwanda, with a stunning backdrop of Five well lined up Virunga mountains forming the famous Rwanda’s Volcanoes NP, famous home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Lunch in town as you visit the town markets and the main business areas and make more friends who will be happy to share some of their life experiences in their daily routines. Thereafter proceed to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Proposed Hotels

  1.  Best View Hotel 
  2.  Mountain Gorilla Villa View Lodge
  3.  Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel 
  4. The Gardner Place  Hotel

Day 7 – GORILLA TRACKING EXPERIENCE! (Distance : Approx. 35kms /Time with Gorillas : 1hr)

06:30 AM: Enjoy an early breakfast and be transferred to Volcanoes National Park headquarters at Kinigi and for Gorilla tracking registration and briefing. Kindly ensure to have original passports to match the Gorilla permits details provided at the time of booking.

By 07:00 : AM: You will be divided into groups of 8 persons per Park Guide and he will conduct a Gorilla tracking briefing on the dos and don’ts as well as the history of the Gorilla Family to be visited.

By 08:00: AM: Leave the headquarters to the head trail where you will begin the Gorilla tracking experience in the forest. Depending of where the Gorilla family allocated is on that particular day, the treks vary and ranges from Half Hour to about  6hrs. Good hiking boots, rain jackets, hats and hand gloves are recommended. After Gorilla tracking drive back to the lodge for freshen up and lunch. Afternoon at leisure around the lodge or find enough time to admire your photos and Videos on the Gorilla tracking activitie. Late afternoon enjoy the traditional dance with the local dancers.

Day 8 – GOLDEN MONKEYS TREK  + RETURN TO KIGALI & DEPART

Time taken with the Golden Monkeys : 1hr) & (110kms / Drive time – 2hrs back to Kigali City)
After breakfast at your Hotel leave for the Volcanoes NP, this time for Golden Monkeys trek. The adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers. Return to your hotel to freshen up, have lunch and thereafter drive back to Kigali and proceed on to Kigali Airport for your evening departure flight.

End of tour.

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RWANDA – ( 3 nights / 4 days )

GORILLA TRACKING & LAKE KIVU TOUR – 3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

Day 1 – ARRIVAL >> Drive to Volcanoes NP (115kms / 2hrs) 

Arrive morning/lunchtime at Kigali International Airport and be met by your Driver Guide for a brief of your Rwanda visits. The Kigali city tours will specially welcome you to this “Land of a Thousand Hills”. Drive through the City towards the Kigali Genocide memorial Centre and thereafter proceed on to the City Centre for a quick late lunch. Visit the Caplaki Crafts market and after here start your 2-hr drive to Volcanoes NP. Dinner and Overnight at y Hotel and  Lodge

  1.  Garden Place  Hotel
  2.  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge 
  3.  Virunga Lodge AI or Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge AI

Day 2 – GORILLA TRACKING (Time taken with Gorillas:1hr)  +  TWIN LAKES VISIT

Early breakfast and proceed to the National Park headquarters for a Gorilla tracking experience in the Volcanoes National Park. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; sometimes up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. Your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far OR if you have another activity in the afternoon. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient water to re-energize yourselves. After Gorilla tracking return to your Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon visit the Twin Lakes of Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, no additional costs on this. You will drive to the view point where you will view the two lakes and the entire beautiful scenery of the five Volcanic Mountains stretching all the way to Congo DRC borders. This provides very good photos covering the ONLY HOME of the “GORILLAS IN THE MIST” in the World! Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.
Budget – Garden House FB
Mid-Range – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge FB
High End – Virunga Lodge AI or Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge AI

Day 3 – GOLDEN MONKEYS TREK(Time taken with Monkeys:1hr) >TO LAKE KIVU (60kms / 1hr)

An early breakfast and head to the Park for Golden Monkey trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travellers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Back to the Hotel for an early lunch and thereafter drive to Lake Kivu and enjoy a Gisenyi City tour, the border town to Congo DRC, Goma City is seen right across the borderline, interesting to compare the 2 cities…Proceed on to your Hotel or Resort for dinner and overnight.
Budget – Diane Fossey (Nyiramacibir) Hotel FB
Mid-Range – Waterfront Beach Hotel FB
High End – Lake Kivu Serena Beach Hotel FB

Day 4 – BOAT RIDE + DRIVE BACK TO KIGALI ( 160kms / 3hrs)
Breakfast in the morning leave for a morning boat ride on the Lake Kivu to different interesting spots on the Lake, hot springs and perhaps mingle with Fishermen and learn their daily ways of life. Later back to the Hotel for lunch and drive back to Kigali Airport for your evening departure flight (own booked).

PS :Kindly note that;
a) – The itineraries given are not fixed. Accommodations can be interchanged to suit client’s choices and budgets. Or a tailor-made program proposal can be requested at will.

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RWANDA – ( 2 nights / 3 days )

GORILLA TOUR – 2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS

Day 1 – ARRIVAL >> Drive to Volcanoes NP (115kms / 2hrs) 

Arrive morning/lunchtime at Kigali International Airport and be met by your Driver Guide for a brief of your Rwanda visits. The Kigali city tours will specially welcome you to this “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

Drive through the City towards the Kigali Genocide memorial Centre and thereafter proceed on to the City Centre for a quick late lunch. Visit the Caplaki Crafts market and after here start your 2-hr drive to Volcanoes NP. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel Lodge.

Proposed Hotels

  1.  Garden House 
  2.  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge 
  3.  Virunga Lodge AI or Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge AI

 

 

Day 2 – GORILLA TRACKING (Time taken with Gorillas:1hr) + TWIN LAKES VISIT

Early breakfast and proceed to the National Park headquarters for a Gorilla tracking experience in the Volcanoes National Park. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching.

This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; sometimes up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. Your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far OR if you have another activity in the afternoon. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient water to re-energize yourselves. After Gorilla tracking return to your Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon via the Twin Lakes of Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo , no additional costs on this. You will drive to the view point where you will view the two lakes and the entire beautiful scenery of the five Volcanic mountains stretching all the  way to Congo DRC. This provides very good photos covering the ONLY HOME of the “GORILLAS IN THE MIST” in World! Dinner and overnight at your Hotel / Lodge
Budget – Garden House FB
Mid-Range – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge FB
High End – Virunga Lodge AI or Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge AI

Day 3 – GOLDEN MONKEYS TREK + > DRIVE TO KIGALI (115kms / 2hrs)

An early breakfast and head to the Park for Golden Monkey trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travellers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Back to the Hotel for an early lunch and thereafter check out of the lodge / Hotel and drive back to Kigali Airport for your onward evening flight.
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