11 Days Across Rwanda safari

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Trip highlights for the 11 Days Across Rwanda safari:

This 11 Days Across Rwanda safari itinerary will take place in Rwanda; arriving and departing via Kigali International Airport. You will visit Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda and take part in the Kigali city tour visiting the Kigali Genocide Museum, Inema Arts centre, game drives and boat ride on Lake Ihema and local and community visit in Akagera, trek the Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park and visit the Gorilla Guardians community and trek the Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys and enjoy a canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park.

Day 1:  ARRIVAL

After you arrive Kigali International Airport, clear with immigration and proceed to the arrivals where you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel Kigali (High-end Accommodation) or Onomo Hotel Kigali (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,-,-

Day 2: KIGALI CITY TOUR

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed for a tour of Kigali city which includes visiting the Kigali Genocide memorial center and Inema Arts center.

Kigali Genocide memorial is the best known landmark in the city. It sets out the history leading to the Genocide in Rwanda and others around the world. It helps one understand why the Genocide took place, what happened and to appreciate how far the country has moved on from that tragic time. After lunch in Kigali you will visit the Inema Arts center founded by brother’s spurs creativity for personal, social and economic growth.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel Kigali (High-end Accommodation) or Onomo Hotel Kigali (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,-

Day 3: KIGALI – DRIVE TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Early breakfast and start your journey to Akagera National Park. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Ruzizi Tented Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 4:  FULL DAY AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

On this day after breakfast, you will proceed for a boat ride on Lake Ihema and have a chance to visit an Island which inhabits a variety of bird species. After lunch you will enjoy a game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Ruzizi Tented Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 5:  DRIVE TO MUSANZE / VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Depart Akagera National Park for Musanze via Kigali. Lunch and dinner at the Resort.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 6:  GORILLA TREKKING AND CULTURAL TOUR

A very early breakfast at the Resort, with your driver guide proceed to the park headquarters for Gorilla trekking briefing and thereafter proceed to the starting point; trail heads for your amazing adventure. You will be trekking the Mighty Great Apes, the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This activity could take between 2-6 hours. Rwanda has 12 habituated groups of Mountain Gorillas all over the Park. You will spend an hour with the Apes, watching the habituated group going about their normal day playing, eating… etc

Return to your Resort to freshen up and have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the Gorilla guardian’s village for a cultural tour. Here you will learn various aspects of culture of this community and have an insight on their way of life. This community found at the park boundaries transformed from living on bush meat by poaching for generations.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 7:  GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING

After breakfast at the Resort, proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter drive to the trail heads for another highlight of the Volcanoes National Park. Trekking usually takes 4 hrs. When you encounter the habituated primates you will spend 1 hour with them as they go about their normal day. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive by nature hence spend their day leaping from bamboo branches. Upon return from your trek, you will be driven back to the Resort where you will have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying their facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 8:  MUSANZE – DRIVE TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast start your drive to magnificent Nyungwe National Park passing via Gisenyi having lunch en-route. Arriving your lodge in the evening. Dinner at your Lodge.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 9:  CHIMPANZEE TREKKING AND CANOPY WALK

On this day you will depart the Resort with packed breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for briefing then proceed to the starting points into the forest. During this trek you will see a variety of bird species and the Primates. You will be allowed to stay in the presence of the Chimpanzees for an hour as you enjoy watching them go about their normal day. You then return to the lodge to rest and have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will once again proceed to the park headquarters for canopy walk briefing. Experience the forest from a dazzling perspective on the canopy walkway the only one of its kind in East Africa. Dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 10: COLOBUS MONKEY TREK

After breakfast at the Resort, proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and start your Colobus Monkey trek. These Primates are Old World Monkeys of the genus Colobus native to the African continent. They are black with white fur on their necks and backs. As you walk through the rainforest you will be amazed how large they are in number; about 400 individuals in a group comprising the largest group of the Angolan Colobus Monkeys in Africa. This trek isn’t as tiresome as the Chimpanzee trek tends to be. You will see a good number of them at the tree tops as they swing from one branch to another. Return to the Resort in time for lunch. Then spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Resort and enjoying its facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe House (High-end Accommodation) or Mantis Kivu Marina Bay (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 11: DEPARTURE

After an early breakfast at the Resort, you will be assisted with checking out; then you will start your drive to Kigali International Airport to catch your departure late International flight.

Meal plan:            B,L,-

Includes for the 11 Days Across Rwanda safari:

  • Rwanda Gorilla permits $1,500 per person
  • 10 night’s accommodation with meals as indicated in the itinerary above
  • Activities shown in the itinerary
  • Kigali Genocide Museum
  • Inema arts centre visit
  • Park fees
  • Boat ride on Lake Ihema
  • Game drive
  • Local community visit in Akagera National Park
  • Gorilla Guardians cultural visit
  • Golden Monkey trekking
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Canopy walk
  • Colobus Monkey trekking
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Government taxes

Excludes for the 11 Days Across Rwanda safari:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature
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