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GORILLAS, CHIMPS, GAME & CULTURE OF RWANDA TOUR : JEWELS OF RWANDA (12 Days) - Visit Gorillas in Volcanoes Park, Visit Dian Fossey's Grave, track Golden monkeys, climb Bisoke volcano, Karisimbi volcano or other volcanoes. Culture in Butare, Gisenyi and Rwanda. Enjoy sunsets on Lake Kivu. Wildlife and Game in Akagera Park.

This is a scheduled tour which departs every first Sunday of the month. This safari takes you to visit all the 3 National Parks of Rwanda – Nyungwe Forest National Park in the South West, for chimps and birds; Kibuye township on Lake Kivu; Akagera Park in the east for game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, zebra, as well as hippo and crocodile. The tour ends with Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) in the North for gorilla tracking. Lake Kivu is unique: Its deep waters contain an enormous quantity of dissolved gas.

RWANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES, WILDLIFE TOUR RW7: JEWELS OF RWANDA (12 Days)
(Tour Code RW7) This safari starts and finishes in Kigali.

Activities:  Bird Watching, Chimpanzee Trekking, Cultural Activities, Gorilla Trekking, Guided Nature Walks & Hikes., Wildlife Viewing

Parks & places:  Akagera National Park, Butare and the National Museum, Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest NP., Volcanoes National Park.

Overview

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

Hotel Chez Lando

Kigali

1

BB

Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Nyungwe Forest National Park

3

FB

Hotel La Palme

Volcanoes National Park

3

FB

Waterfront Resort

Lake Kivu, Gisenyi

2

FB

Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera National Park

2

FB

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast
FB: Full Board: All meals dinner, lunch and breakfast included in tour cost
O/N: Over Night

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival-Kigali Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda is a small country in the heart of Africa, with a total area of about 26,338 sq km, slightly smaller than Maryland State in the USA. It is about 10 times smaller than Uganda. It is bordered by Uganda in the North, DR Congo in the West, Burundi in the South and Tanzania in the East. To the outside world, Rwanda is known for the genocide of 1994, but it has recovered from those years of turmoil that characterised the nation in the period 1950-1994. Today, under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, Rwanda is peaceful, prosperous and inviting. The country has three (3) national parks - Nyungwe Forest Park known for its large size and a vast army of chimps and monkeys; Akagera National park for game, including zebra, giraffe, antelope, buffalo; and Parc Nationale des Volcans where Dian Fossey  dedicated her life researching the celebrated gorillas.

Day Itinerary

Arrive Kigali. Meet our smiling guide. Greet and transfer to hotel. [Approximate driving time:30 minutes] Diner (D) is included in the package

Overnight: Hotel Chez Lando

 

 

 

Located at the heart of  the bustling Ramera business suburb in Kigali, Chez Lando Hotel represents the essence of a homely, green family, friendly and hospitable hotel with one of the most exquisite menus in the city. Chez Lando environment carries a character that spews of freshness, vibrancy, hope, ambition and confidence.

 

Day 2:           Kigali - Butare - Nyungwe Forest NP      

Nyungwe

Nyungwe, in South West of Rwanda, is a huge afro-montane forest. With over 10000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. While there, stay at the Nyungwe Top View Hotel.
The terrain in Nyungwe Forest is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation, and it can rain at any time of the trek so come with appropriate clothing. Visit some cultural sites en route - the Museum in Butare and the palace at Nyanza. This tour is for nature lovers, lovers of culture - travellers who want to see as much of African culture as possible and combine it with chimps.

Day Itinerary

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 Omwami'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. You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.
Lunch at Butare and later 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. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next day.

Overnight: Nyungwe Top View Hotel

 Nyungwe Top View Hotel is located in 4km outside the Nyungwe National Park close to the Gisakura Tea Estate precisely on the road from Park to Rusizi former Cyangugu. The Hotel offers you a sterning starting point to visit Chimpanzees, Different trails, Canopy walkway, Bird species of Central African Highlands, More than 120 orchid species, various trees species, Colobus troop living on the Gisakura Tea Estate and Vervet monkeys occasionally pass through the grounds.


 

 

 

 

Day 3:           Nyungwe Forest National Park    

Day Itinerary

Chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe (included in cost) or you may choose to have another guided primate walk ($60pp) or have one of the hikes in the well-maintained trails (only one activity is allowed per day). There are a large host of primates and blue monkeys present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking.

There is also an orchid garden at Uwinka and for those who would like a challenging hike we recommend the trail "the Bigugu Mountain", the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at nearly 3000m. Bird watchers will certainly be interested to know that Nyungwe has also some Albertine rift endemic species that can only be seen here! Birding is very rewarding on one of the special designed trails.

Overnight: Gisakura Guest House

Day 4:           Nyungwe Forest National Park    

 

Day Itinerary

In Nyungwe Forest NP on payment of extra: guided nature walk ($60) or primate treks for colobus monkeys ($75). Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), 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!  Or Birding ($55pp); or Canopy Walk ($70pp)

Overnight: Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest National Park- Parc National des Volcans

 

Parc National des Volcans
Found in the north of Rwanda, the park habituates approximately 300 mountain gorilla species. Seven Gorilla families are habituated for tracking. They include; Mahoro and Umubano families found on the Visoke volcano, Hirwa family on the Sabinyo volcano and Sabinyo family located between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes. There are also Susa family with 35 individuals on the Karisimbi volcano and 13 individuals on the Sabinyo volcano. There is Kwitonda family as well. Each of the Gorilla families allows a maximum of 8 tourists tracking per day. On addition to gorilla tracking, you may also climb the Visoke volcano and track other primates including golden monkeys. You will also visit the Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre on a village walk, if you so wish. 

Day Itinerary

You will be picked up, take the long drive to detour to Parc National des Volcans. Lunch en route, arrive Ruhengeri and Kinigi for an overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel La Palme

La Palme Hotel is a three star Hotel, located in Musanze City; offering Luxurious accommodation to business and Leisure tourists to Musanze. An exceptional dining experience awaits you at La Palme Hotel. The unique and renowned restaurant will delight your senses with French and Oriental kitchens. African meals can be obtained on prior request. The full breakfast is included in room service rate. The adjacent Mini Bar makes you enjoy a range of drinks carefully selected for your unique taste andsatisfaction.


Day 6:           Gorilla Tracking-Parc National des Volcans

Day itinerary          
After breakfast you will report at the ORTPN 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.  Then we 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.
Overnight: Hotel Le Palme

Day 7: Second gorilla trekking or another activity - Parc National des Volcans

Day Itinerary

Second gorilla tracking (subject to availability and payment of $1,500 gorilla permit supplement)
Other activities/options, on payment of extra:
- 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, shady bamboo forest 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 (cercopithecus mitis kandti) 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.
- Or other optional activities at the gorilla park: either climb Visoke volcano ($105), climb Mount Muhabura ($70), Musanze caves visit ($60pp), visit a local Women’s project ($40pp), do a nature walk in the park ($50pp), or simply stroll around the local communities, local markets and relax at the lodge without pay.

Day 8:           Lake Kivu  

 

Day Itinerary

After breakfast you will leave for Gisenyi, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Gisenyi which is one of the three resort towns on Lake Kivu is the most beautiful. Arrival at Gisenyi in time for lunch. After Nyungwe and the gorilla park, most participants will welcome that relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu, which is Bilharzia free. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Waterfront Resort Gisenyi

Waterfront Resort is indeed a taste of tranquillity. Pamper your senses with the bewitching beauty of lush gardens and endless views of the lake and surrounding hills. The resort is an ideal getaway far from the maddening crowd, as it helps you relax. If romance is what you seek, our sunrise champagne breakfasts, sunset tequila cruises and shoreline dinners will be just what you are looking for. Our swaying palms, rolling hills, private beachfront and blend of colours in the beautiful garden all combine to offer you a slice of paradise. Experience exquisite views with ever changing skylines and moods of the lake, and let the breathtakingly beautiful tropical gardens stir your soul. Enjoy peace, relaxation, excellent service and delightful multi cuisine. The soothing lapping of the waves against the shoreline and the chirping of the birds will be music to your ears and food for the soul.

Day 9:           Lake Kivu  

Second day of relaxation by the beach, staying in the very beautiful Waterfront Resort.

Day 10:        Lake Kivu – Kigali Cultural Tour - Akagera NP            

The giraffes of Akagera NP were translocated from Kenya in Januaray 1986. The 2 males and 4 female Masai giraffes were got near Lake Magadi (Kenya) and given to the Rwandan government under an agreement to restock the latter’s wildlife habitats that were depleted by many years of poaching. The giraffes were first put in an enclosure on the Rurama peninsula. One night on Christmas 1987 they escaped because the barrier was broken down by elephants. (A ranger died of his wounds when he tried to prevent the elephants). The giraffes crossed the Kiyonza ridges and settled on the Nyamwashama plains, since then also named as the giraffe valley. The animals have grown tremendously since then, now numbering in their thousands. 

Day Itinerary

You will drive for 2 hours to Kigali for a cultural tour of the city.
The half day Kigali City trip (optional) includes a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, which takes a few hours. It's a touching visit! And visit the local general goods market and the craft centre. In Rwanda you will find all over the country Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) in Kigali where the history of the genocide is explained.Note that a visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.
After lunch, drive 3 hours to Akagera NP, via Kayonza to the Eastern part of Rwanda. We will arrive this evening at the beautiful Akagera Game Lodge which has a swimming pool. Take a swim if you so wish.

Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera Game Lodge is located in Eastern Province; about 2 hours drive from Kigali with an attractive setting on a ridge overlooking Lake Ihema. The surrounding area has a wealth of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah, protected wood land, deep valley and Lakes.Recognized as a superior venue, Akagera Game Lodge offers a superbly relaxed atmosphere, ideal for a successful conference, retreat, a tranquil gateway or an undisturbed encounter with nature.

Day 11:        Akagera National Park             

Day Itinerary

After an Early breakfast your exploration starts with a boat trip on Lake Ihema which is a very rewarding experience for seeing the large number of hippos, the huge Nile crocodiles and many birds. After the boat trip you will continue your exploration along the lakes Kivumba, Hago; Mihindi and Rwanyakizinga. They are the most interesting part of the park especially for birders. You will return for your lunch and enjoy a fresh swim at the Lodge. In the late afternoon you will return to the giraffe valley which is usually full of surprises.

Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge

 

Day 12: Akagera National Park - Kayonza – Kigali – Fly out           

Day Itinerary

You will wake up early in the morning and leave after breakfast for another day of exploration. This time you will start with a visit to the height of Mutumba, the highest point of the park. You will have a view of all the Akagera lakes and the Karangwe mountains in Tanzania, with Lake Tanganyika visible at a distance. Descend to the Lake area where you will have a picnic lunch on edge of one of the beautiful lakes. In the afternoon you will drive back to the lodge before returning to Kigali where we will drop you to the Airport for departure.

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 5,135 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 641

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*With a minimum of 2-3 pax, each person would pay a supplement of $450

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