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7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour

7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour

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7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour

(Kigali – Nyungwe – Volcanoes – Kivu – Kigali)

Tour Highlights

  • First on the 7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour itinerary is the tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk and witnessing beautiful birds in the Nyungwe Forest National Park.
  • Taking a guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of other animals and primates found in Nyungwe Forest.
  • The thrill and awesome sensation of looking into the eyes of the world’s largest living primates (mountain gorilla trekking) in their natural habitat.
  • Visiting Musanze cave for a unique experience of seeing different types of bats and to enjoy views of the twin lakes and wildlife attractions.
  • Enjoying water sports, island excursions, bird watching, and hiking at Lake Kivu all in peace and tranquility as you discover one of Rwanda’s hot tourist spots.
  • Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, a sobering and yet touching museum dedicated to the nearly one million people who lost their lives in the conflict and is now an educational site with museums and exhibits dedicated to preventing genocides around the world.
  • Experiencing the dynamics of bargaining when buying items in one of the country’s shopping spots (Kimironko market) as you shop for your souvenirs.

TOUR DETAILS

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and transfer to Nyungwe

Upon your arrival at the Airport you will be met by our safari guide who will take you to the Hotel of your booking in the City centre for a rest and briefing on the 7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour itinerary. You will have dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mille Collins Hotel
Midrange: Gorillas Hotel Kigali
Budget: Step Town Hotel
Meal plan: Dinner only

Day 2: Travel to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Start the 7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour with an early breakfast after which you will be transferred to Nyungwe Forest National Park. This is a 240km journey that takes about 7 hours. You will check in at the hotel of your booking and have the rest of the day relaxing till dinner time.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Nyungwe Lodge
Midrange: Top Hill View Lodge
Budget: Gisakura Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Primate trekking

You will wake up very early in the morning (5.30am) and report at the Nyungwe Park headquarters for the 6.00am briefing on the Golden monkey tracking rules. You will after the briefing start the trek in search of the Golden monkeys in the verdant rain forest. During the trek you will have the chance to see other primates such as the Rwenzori colobus, Silver monkey, the Grey cheeked Mangabey, L’hoests monkey and the Owl faced monkey. You will return to your Hotel for a late lunch, relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Nyungwe Lodge
Midrange: Top Hill View Lodge
Budget: Gisakura Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Nature walk and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will have breakfast and go for a guided nature walk to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. You will return to your lodge for lunch after which you will transfer to Volcanoes National Park. You will have your dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge
Midrange: La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Budget: Kinigi Tourist Guest House / Muhavura Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Gorilla trekking

You will have an early breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla tracking rules. You will be allocated a Gorilla family to track and guides to lead you to the Gorillas. The tracking experience will be a 2-5 hour exercise after which you will be returned to the lodge for lunch. You will, later in the afternoon, be taken on a nature walk after which you will retire to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge
Midrange: La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Budget: Kinigi Tourist Guest House / Muhavura Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Boat cruise on Lake Kivu

You will have your breakfast and drive to Lake Kivu for a boat cruise during which you will see birds, crocodiles, hippos and other water animals. You will interact with the fishermen and local people to learn about their activities and lifestyles. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Serena Lake Kivu Hotel
Midrange: Lake Kivu Gorilla Hotel
Budget: Paradise Malahide
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Excursion in Kigali

You will have an early breakfast and transfer to Kigali for a city excursion during which you will visit the Genocide memorial site, the colourful markets and the crafts centres. You will have lunch after which you will be transferred to the Airport for your outbound flight and that marks the end of the 7 Day Best of Rwanda Tour adventure.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

END OF SAFARI!

The safari package includes:

  • Transportation by 4 WD vehicle
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals as per the Itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Lake Kivu visit
  • Kigali City Tour fees

The safari package excludes air ticket, personal travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.

When to go gorilla tracking - gorilla trekking in Uganda & RwandaBEST TIME TO GO

Gorilla Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).

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