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June 3, 2017

10 Days Rwanda Tour – Gorilla Safari

Written By Nicholas Luboyera

Safari overview
Visit the best highlights of Rwanda. Rwanda is an excellent place to experience East Africa. Meet the friendly locals, track the mountain gorillas and take in some wonderful lakeside views. This tour has been designed to bring you in close contact with all of the highlights of this fascinating country with a tumultuous history. Your lodgings will be the best midrange options available in the country, and have been chosen for a balance of comfort, service, and value.

Tour Summary
You’ll go to Rwanda
This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda)
You’ll visit Kigali (City), Akagera NP, Genocide Memorial, Nyungwe Forest NP, Kibuye(Town), Volcanoes NP & Kigali Airport
Activities: game drives, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, nature hikes/walks &boat safari
Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra

Day by Day
Arrival
You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.
Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda
Your driver/guide shall be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.

Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

You will sleep at a comfortable hotel located in a quiet subburb of Kigali.
Main destination: Kigali
Accommodation: Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kigali
Meals & drinks: Meals at own expense Drinks not included
Day 2: Akagera national park
After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park covers 2500 km² of savannah west of the Kagera River, in the north-east of Rwanda. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while you might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park.

You will have lunch (exclusive) and in the afternoon you will go for a long game drive in the national park.

You will stay at the Akagera Game lodge where you will have a nice hot meal in the evening.
Main destination: Akagera National Park
Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Akagera NP
Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included
Day 3: Boat safari & Genocide memorial
This morning you go for a boat safari on the Akagera River to spot the many waterbirds like Cormorans, Fish eagles and kingfishers. It is then time to head back to Kigali

After lunch you will drive to the Bugesera district, south of Kigali, through a beautiful country-side not often visited by tourists. In the small town Nyamata you will visit a genocide memorial church.

You shall then head back for Kigali where you shall visit the Genocide Memorial in the city centre to learn more about this tragedy.
Main destination: Kigali Genocide Memorial
Accommodation: Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Genocide Memorial
Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included
Day 4: Nyungwe forest national park
Today, you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important – and still little known – bird-watching destinations in Africa.

In the way you will have lunch in Butare (exclusive).

You’ll be staying at a very nice lodge located on top of a small hill near Nyungwe Forest.
Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking
After a very early morning start, you shall proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human’s closest relative you will not soon forget.

After the chimp tracking you can relax at the lodge or choose an optional activity that you can discuss with your guide.
Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included
Day 6: Canopy walk & Waterfall hike
Optional activity
You can choose to go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats and you’ll have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

In the afternoon you will go for the Waterfall hike. This hike takes between 3 and 6 hours round trip, depending upon how frequently you stop to sightsee and whether you choose to drive a little further or walk from the head offices. The first part of the trail is basically following the road to the vehicle park and before delving into the forest.

You will have to cross various streams before making a steep descent to the base of the small, refreshing waterfall. Monkeys are frequently seen along the way and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.
Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included
Day 7: Lake Kivu
After a relaxed breakfast you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can you can rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.
Main destination: Kibuye
Accommodation: Rwiza Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kibuye
Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included
Day 8: Volcanoes National Park
Today you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is situated on the edge of the the town. The spacious rooms give you a homely feeling. In the evening, enjoy a camp fire and some entertainment from some local dance groups.
Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included
Day 9: Gorilla tracking
Rise early! From the lodge, you drive into the park about 30 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux. The head ranger of the park will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. You will track the Gorillas of one of the habituated groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

Prepare for an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas.

Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Once located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included
Day 10: Departure
Today after a relaxed breakfast you will be transferred by your driver/guide back to Kigali in time to catch your flight back home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda.

Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.
Main destination: Kigali International Airport
Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included
End of tour
Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included
Park fees (for non-residents)
Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
All activities (unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
All Taxes/VAT
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded
International flights (from/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
Drinks

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About Author

Nicholas Luboyera

Nicholas Luboyera

For the past 15 years, I have been guiding trips throughout Uganda, Congo and Rwanda and i have a phenomenal knowledge of East Africa's wildlife and a keen ability for sharing it. Originally from Uganda, I grew up on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where my natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. I have a contagious passion for wildlife viewing and eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well past sunset) and i like birding a lot. Besides my natural history expertise, I also provide cultural insights into my home country, i know my Ugandan wines and cuisine, and i am a great story teller. When not on safari, i reside in Kireka with my family. As a specialist for custom-made trips, I have a motivated and dedicated team of Ugandans and Rwandans experts who share their passion for Uganda and Rwanda respectively as travel destinations and who will support you in organizing your individual trip to Uganda and Rwanda. Always looking forward to your requests!

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