Rwanda has a lot to offer and this 10-day itinerary shows you a lovely selection of the Rwandan countryside and national parks. It comprises a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, and also Volcanoes National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to many primate species, including the chimpanzee. It is also a haven for a large diversity of birds and butterflies. Nyungwe Forest also has another interesting feature……a canopy walkway built above the treetops and from which you have an amazing view of the forest beneath. Lake Kivu’s small, friendly towns and white sandy beaches make it an excellent night stop. A chance to recharge the batteries before continuing to Volcanoes National Park and the highlight of the safari, trekking the mighty mountain gorillas.
Pick up and Transfer to your Hotel
Arrive in Kigali, Gorillas Sights safaris Guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for dinner and Overnight at the 2000 Hotel.
Transfer to Nyugwe National Park
Early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Nyungwe forest. On the way visit Nyanza King’s Palace and the National Museum of Butare. Lunch en-route. Enjoy the panorama view as you drive through the forest. Arrive at Gisenkura Guest House in the evening for your dinner and overnight at your lodge.
This morning we will enter the lush rain forest in search of Chimpanzees. Around 300 bird species, 24 of which are regional endemics, and over 100 varieties of orchids and butterflies can be seen in this beautiful forest. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area.
After breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest to track the black and white colobus monkeys. Along the way have the chance to see thirteen species of primates including chimpanzees, Rwenzori colobus, and L’Hoest’s monkey. The colobus lives in large groups, including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group, thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area.
Canopy Walk and Transfer to Kibuye
This morning we have the chance to view the forest from a canopy walkway. We will have a 45-minute walk into the forest and then walk above the treetops on a suspended bridge. This gives excellent views of one of African’s largest temperate rain forests and offers the opportunity to view primates and birds at eye level. In the afternoon we drive to Kibuye on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu (4 hours). In the afternoon you have the opportunity to kick back and relax in and around the lodge. The lodge also has water sports equipment for hire.
Transfer to Volcanoes
In the morning, we will drive from Kibuye to Gisenyi allowing us to take in the beauty of Lake Kivu and the multiple islands. We will have lunch in Gisenyi before driving to Volcanoes National Park. The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of Montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National De Volcanos) is situated in North-western Rwanda. Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena, and bushbuck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and the Rwenzori Mountains.
After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast-speed films are recommended. It can rain at a few minute's notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including a waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.
Golden Monkey Tracking
This is the day for you to meet the endangered species of Monkeys that can be only found in Virunga's massive Area. These species cannot live in Higher attitudes only other species can and that makes it unique from others. They are a lot of bird species that one can spot during the golden Monkey tracking, The Whole Experience takes 3-4 hours. Enjoy the best Scenery and the Panorama Views of Volcanoes.
Hiking the Volcanoes
They are 3 Ranges that one can hike and this is one of the best activities that Volcanoes offer. The hike takes 7 hours according to one's pace of climbing and the tallest or highest meters is Muhavura at 4127 m and has got a crater lake at the top . Mgahinga which has got a crater swamp at the top and Sabinyo has got the 3 old man teeth whereby when you are at the top you stand in the 3 Countries with one VISA ie UGANDA, DR CONGO & RWANDA.
Transfer to Kigali
This morning we transfer to Kigali for your flight back home. We have a city tour, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Center and other cultural sites, after transfer to the airport for your international departure flight back home.
"ADVENTURE FOR MEMORIES"
- All meals and accommodations as in per itinerary
- All ground transportation in a comfortable 4/4 safari vehicle
- Kigali city tour
- All services of the English speaking guide
- Drinking water while on the safari
- Chimpanzee trekking permit
- Gorilla tracking permit
- Golden monkey tracking permit
- Park entry fees
- All government levies / taxes
- All airport pick ups and drops.
- All activities as stipulated in the itinerary.
- Person insurance
- Phone calls and bar bills
- Laundry fees
- All services of personal nature.
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