Rwanda is known as the 'land of a thousand hills' and is one of the smallest and most beautiful countries. Its main attraction is a gorilla safari, a 'must' for any wildlife enthusiast.

7Days; Kigali/Nyungwe/Lake Kivu/ Karongi /Parc National De Volcans/Nairobi

Day 1 Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, our tour driver will welcome you and transfer you to Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation at Ole Sereni Hotel

Meal plan (dinner)

Day 2 Naiorobi- Kigali - Nyungwe National Park.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kigali. Drive to Huye for lunch (150km), optional visit to Rwanda National Museum or visit the Kandt museum, see 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. You can tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. After the city tour drive to Nyungwe National Park.

Accommodation at Kigali Serena Hotel

Meal plan (lunch & dinner)

Day 3 Nyungwe National Park

After an early breakfast, depart for a hike into Nyungwe Forest in search of chimps. Other species to be found include Colobus monkeys and lots of forest dwelling birds. In the afternoon relax or enjoy optional activities offered by the lodge and the park.

Accommodation at Cormoran Lodge

Meal plan (lunch & dinner)

Day 4 Nyungwe National Park - Lake Kivu

After breakfast drive to Lake Kivu, the largest of all the lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda. have boat rides and visit nearby islands

Accommodation at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Meal plan (lunch & dinner)

Day 5 Karongi - Volcanoes National Park (Parc National De Volcans)

After breakfast, relax at the Lake. After lunch drive to Musanze in the northwest of Rwanda, the main base for gorilla trekking. The Volcanoes National Park lies in north-western Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silvereback Lodge

Meal plan (lunch & dinner)

Day 6: Parc National De Volcans-Golden Monkey Trekking

After breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for registration of your Golden Monkey trek. The Golden Monkey is a local sub-species of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Just as with the Mountain Gorillas, visitors are permitted to stay for only 1 hour with the Golden Monkeys.
At the end of the trek, rejoin your driver-guide for a transfer back to the lodge/hotel/guest house for freshening up and lunch. After lunch, relax in your hotel.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silvereback Lodge

Meal plan (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 6 Parc National De Volcans - Gorilla Trekking

Have an early breakfast, and transfer to the Park Office for gorilla trekking registration before starting your trek. The registration is a simple process, involving verification of the trekkers booked for the day, by scrutinizing the permits presented and passport details which also provides statistical information per nationality. The park staffs also determine and allocate the trekking participants to respective gorilla family to visit - based on a certain criteria, such as participant age, fitness level, repeat visit, or overall number of participants for the day. They advise of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are currently a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are grouped, each group’s lead-guide/tracker briefs his group’s members of the Gorilla trekking procedures as well as the “do’s” and “don’ts”, while in the presence of Gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up to the starting point of Gorilla trekking safari.

Your trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. 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. Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, the experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon brings you up close with one of the gorilla families.

Trekking can take from two to six or more hours, if the gorillas move before the park rangers can locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers to catch-up, rest and take photos along the way. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical one hour, as they go about their daily life - feeding, playing, resting and raising and protecting their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback is certainly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth.

At the end of the trek, rejoin your driver-guide and drive back to your lodge/hotel for freshening-up and lunch. Later in the afternoon, and after a brief siesta, re-join your driver-guide for a visit of the nearby Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. They are beautiful lakes located at the base of the volcano Muhabura, and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. The twin lakes are close to the gorilla-tracking centre of Ruhengeri. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. The lakes are separated by a 1km wide strip of land – thought to be an ancient lava flow from Mount Sabyinyo.

Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. Lunch at Mountain Gorilla View lodge with the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silvereback Lodge

Meal plan (dinner)

DAY 7 NAIROBI

After taking breakfast, relax at the lodge before driving to Kigali, you will have an opportunity to stop-by the Caplaki Crafts Centre for optional shopping of exquisite Rwandan souvenirs. The Caplaki Crafts Centre is famous for its variety of local Rwandan Arts and Crafts, such as the Agaseke. Proceed to Kigali for a flight to Nairobi.

Meal plan (breakfast)

 

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