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RWANDA GORILLAS AND CHIMPS TOUR : GORILLAS, CHIMPS AND BIRDS IN RWANDA - Visit Gorillas in Volcanoes Park, Visit Dian Fossey's Grave, track Golden monkeys, climb Bisoke volcano, Karisimbi volcano or other volcanoes. Trek chimps in Nyungwe Forest (7 Days)

This is a scheduled safari which departs every first Tuesday of the month with a minimum of 4 pax.

 

Overview
The tour takes you to Nyungwe Forest Park in the South West of Rwanda. Nyungwe forest covers over 10000sq.km in size.  The forest habituates primates including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, butterflies and about 300 recorded bird species of birds. On this trip, you will also Visit cultural and heritage sites including the palace of former king of Rwanda in Nyanza Nyanza and the Museum in Butare.  This is a scheduled safari which departs every first Thursdayof the month.

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

Hotel Chez Lando

Kigali

1

BB

Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Nyungwe Forest

2

FB

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Parc National des Volcans

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

GORILLA AND CHIMP TRACKING WITH BIRDS IN RWANDA: 6 DAYS

The safari starts and finishes in Kigali.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Hotel Chez Lando
Kigali, Rwanda
Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.
The population is young and predominantly rural, with a density among the highest in Africa. Rwandans are drawn from just one cultural and linguistic group, the Banyarwanda, although within this group there are three subgroups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The Twa are a forest-dwelling pygmy people descended from Rwanda's earliest inhabitants. Scholars disagree on the origins of and differences between the Hutu and Tutsi; some believe differences are derived from former social castes within a single people, while others believe the Hutu and Tutsi arrived in the country separately, and from different locations. Christianity is the largest religion in the country; the principal language is Kinyarwanda, spoken by most Rwandans, with English and French serving as official languages. Rwanda has a presidential system of government. The president is Paul Kagame of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), who took office in 2000. Rwanda today has low corruption compared with neighbouring countries, although human rights organisations report suppression of opposition groups, intimidation and restrictions on freedom of speech. The country has been governed by an ordered administrative hierarchy since pre-colonial times; there are five provinces delineated by borders drawn in 2006. Rwanda is one of only two countries with a female majority in the national parliament.
Hunter gatherers settled the territory in the stone and iron ages, followed later by Bantu peoples. The population coalesced first into clans and then into kingdoms. The Kingdom of Rwanda dominated from the mid-eighteenth century, with the Tutsi kings conquering others militarily, centralizing power, and later enacting anti-Hutu policies. Germany colonised Rwanda in 1884 as part of German East Africa, followed by Belgium, which invaded in 1916 during World War I. Both European nations ruled through the kings and perpetuated a pro-Tutsi policy. The Hutu population revolted in 1959. They massacred numerous Tutsi and ultimately established an independent, Hutu-dominated state in 1962. The Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front launched a civil war in 1990. Social tensions erupted in the 1994 genocide, in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000 to 1.3 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The RPF ended the genocide with a military victory.
Rwanda's economy suffered heavily during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has since strengthened. The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country's leading foreign exchange earner. Rwanda is one of only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely, and visitors pay for gorilla tracking permits. Music and dance are an integral part of Rwandan culture, particularly drums and the highly choreographed intore dance. Traditional arts and crafts are produced throughout the country.


Kigali (Kinyarwanda: [ciɡɑlí]), with a population of more than 1 million (2012), is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic centre of the nation. The city has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries. The city is coterminous with the province of Kigali City, which was enlarged in January 2006, as part of local government reorganisation in the country. Kigali's city limits covers the whole province, it is consolidated. The city's urban area covers about 70% of the municipal boundaries.

Day Itinerary
Arrive in Kigali at Kanombe airport where you will Meet and greet our driver guide then transfer to a hotel in Kigali City. O/N: Hotel Chez Lando (BB).
Overnight: Hotel Chez Lando
Located at the heart of the bustling Remera 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’s environment carries a character that spews of freshness, vibrancy, hope, ambition and confidence resonating from a past of pain and loss.
Hotel Chez Lando, your first window to Rwanda. At Chez Lando, they apply the tradition of Rwandan hospitality to the needs of modern travelers; they cater to the smallest detail of your stay. Their quaint garden-style hotel is located just five minutes from Kigali International Airport and is right on the way to the heart of town.

Day 2: Nyungwe Top View Hotel; Kigali – Nyungwe Forest      

Nyungwe Forest National Park           

Spreading over 1,020km², Nyungwe Forest National Park includes the largest swathe of remaining montane forest in East or Central Africa. It harbours about 310 different bird species, hundreds of butterflies and orchids, and over 75 different species of mammals – including 13 primates (about a quarter of all Africa's primates). The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly coloured birds flit around, butterflies are everywhere, and walking quietly you may even encounter larger forest residents, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.

Day Itinerary
After breakfast you will head for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Make stops en route at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. You will visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum in Butare, You will have Lunch en route before proceeding to Nyungwe Forest across cute hilly sceneries modified by tea plantations en route. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)
Overnight: Nyungwe Top View Hotel
Located in 2km outside the Nyungwe National Park close to the Gisakura Tea Estate precisely on the road from Park to Rusizi former Cyangugu.
Nyungwe Top View Hotel is a nice 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 Top View Hotel - Nyungwe Forest National Park


Day Itinerary
You will go primate tracking in the forest in search for chimpanzees. You will continue on a guided nature walk in the forest searching for birds as well, including; the black and white casqued hornbill, turaco and many others, the forest has over 300 species of birds. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB)
Day 4: Nyungwe Forest – Parc National des Volcans
Volcanoes National Park(French: Parc National des Volcans) 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. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

Day Itinerary
You will transfer from Nyungwe forest park to Parc National des volcans. You will see stunning sceneries of hills/volcanoes en route to Kinigi.
Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Musanze district northern Rwanda neighboring Volcanoes National Park. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Sabinyo, a volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga ranges. The lodge is about 15 minutes from the main entrance to Rwanda’s Park National des Volcans.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious cottages. The cottages are made of stone and thatch. All cottage comes with a living area with a fireplace, en-suite facilities and a private veranda.
The main lodge area has a restaurant serving home cooked food and a bar.

                 
Day 5: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge:  Parc National des Volcans
Day Itinerary
After breakfast, you will drive to the Park Headquarters for briefing by the guides before heading for gorilla tracking in the park. Tracking can be hard and challenging hence requires physical fitness of the participants.  Parc National des Volcans is a forest with hilly sceneries, steep slopes and swamps can make tracking a hard and tiring experience. Tracking can take as long as up to 6.5 hours of a walk in the forest searching for the gorillas. However an hour of interaction with these closest relatives to human is indeed a rewarding experience. O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

Day 6:            Parc National des Volcans – Kigali.     
Day Itinerary
Take a village walk to the Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre and visit local communities. There after drive to Kigali and transfer to Kanombe airport for your return flight (HB).

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 2,925 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 372  

DEPARTURE DATES 2018

 

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DEPARTURE DATES 2019

 

Jan 2019

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Oct 2019

Nov 2019

Dec 2019

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12

12

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8

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10

 

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

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ChimpanzeeVisit Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the north of Rwanda where about 300 mountain gorillas live. There are seven habituated gorilla families – Amahoro group - located on the Visoke volcano; Hirwa group - located on the Sabinyo volcano; Umubano group - located on the Visoke volcano; Sabinyo group - located between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes; Susa group - 35 individuals - located high on the Karisimbi volcano; Group 13 - located on the Sabinyo volcano; and Kwitonda group. Each of the groups allows up to 8 participants per day. You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Centre, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local villages.