Itinerary for Rwanda, Chimps and Gorillas – 6Nights/7Days
This safari provides a round Rwanda wildlife experience; a safari for those who are interested in seeing the primates. It takes you to the Nyanza kings palace, chimpanzee tracking and views birdlife, gorilla tracking adventure in volcanoes national park, and the Kigali memorial genocide. This itinerary is best planned as a family safari or individual safari.
Vehicle: 1 x 5 /7-Seater 4×4 Land Cruiser.
Meals: as indicated on the itinerary at a glance
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
|2||Nyungwe N. Park||Lodge||LDBB||City Tour|
|3||Nyungwe N. Park||Lodge||LDBB||G/drive Canopy|
|5||Volcanoes N. Park||Lodge||LDBB||TRF/Twin Lakes|
|6||Volcanoes N. Park||Lodge||LDBB||Gorilla Trek|
Day 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation at Kigali Serena Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel (BB)
Day 2: Kigali/Nyungwe Forest National Park
Breakfast at the hotel. Then drive south to visit the historical towns of Nyanza and Butare. You will visit the Nyanza Kings Palace and the Huye ethnographic museum. Lunch enroute. Proceed to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House/Emeraude Kivu Resort/ Nyungwe Top Hill (LDBB)
Day 3/4: Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park to Chimpanzee Trek
04h30: Start early for the early morning forest nature walk in the park tracking Chimpanzees in the forest. This is the time to watch the forest’s birdlife too. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the canopy walk. (Cost offered separately)
Then you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House/Emeraude Kivu Resort/ Nyungwe Top Hill Hotel (LDBB)Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park/ Lake Kivu
Breakfast at the lodge.
Drive to Lake Kivu.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure on the shores of the lake or optional activities available (cost not included).
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena/Lake Kivu Gorilla Hotel (LDBB)
Day 5: Lake Kivu/Volcanoes National park
Breakfast at the lodge.
Depart on a scenic drive towards Volcanoes National Park. Arrive at The Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans.
The Ruhengeri is the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town is located only 25km from the Uganda boarder and is relatively a small city of about 70,000 people. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has got great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here. It’s approximately a 2.5hrs drive from Kigali to the Volcanoes National park.
Lunch at your lodge.
Afternoon, visit the magical twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.
Overnight at Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Bishops house/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (LDBB)
Day 6: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek
Early breakfast at the lodge.
0620 hrs: You will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking.
0700 hrs: You will be briefed by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.
The Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.
The cost is 10 USD per person/per day and we advise that you utilize this service.
The trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, and chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckoning an ascent.
Weaving through the overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees, and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with the Gorilla Families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, resting, playing, and raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be the greatest wildlife experience on earth!
After the trek, rejoin your driver’s Guide for a transfer to the lodge for lunch.
You can also enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Bisate Lodge/ Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Virunga Lodge/ Bishops house/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (LDBB)
Day 7: Kigali
Breakfast at the lodge.
Drive back to Kigali
Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali(The Cost of the city tour is included)
The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for over 100 years. Founded in the year 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.
Visit the old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn more 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. Tour more and see new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. Flights after 1300Hrs recommended (The Cost of the flight not included)
- Airport transfers and assistance
- Accommodation in Kigali on Bed and breakfast basis
- Accommodation at the Lodge/hotel on a Full board basis
- City Tour of Kigali
- Private transport in 4×4 Land cruiser
- Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- The Bottled drinking water while trekking and in the vehicle
- All taxes on the services quoted above
- Meals and beverages, other than those specified.
- International, regional and local Airfares.
- Airport taxes.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Gratuities to the drivers/guides and other conveyance attendants.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, drinks ETC
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned above.
- Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident, and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.
Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, it might rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip-lock bags for cameras and film. You will need boots that can cope with some mud.
The Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of a deposit. The balance is payable 60 days before the trekking date. (Non-refundable).