7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour
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7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour

7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour

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7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour

(Kigali-Nyungwe-Vulcanoes-Kivu-Kigali)

Tour Highlights

  • The 7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour itinerary include 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.
  • Paying a visit to the Nyanza palace to see and learn about the historical regalia of the former Rwandan Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Gorilla Trekking – The thrill and awesome sensation of looking into the eyes of the world’s largest living primates (mountain gorillas) in their natural habitat.
  • 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.

TOUR DETAILS

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda

Upon arrival at the Airport our safari guide will meet you and transfer you to the city of Kigali. Time allowing you will be taken around to see the main features of the city while briefing you about the 7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour and then retiring to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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

Day 2: Visit memorial sites in Kigali City

You will, after breakfast, visit a Kigali Genocide memorial site where thousands of innocent people in Rwanda lost their lives during the genocide of the mid 1990s and listen to the touching narratives of how people were cruelly put to death. You will have lunch and then transfer to the Nyanza palace to see and learn about the historical regalia of the former Kingdom. Time allowing you will also pass by the Presidential Palace Museum which was the place of residence for the Rwandan president at the time of genocide, Juvenal Habyarimana before retiring to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

You will after breakfast transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The journey is 225km and will take about 6½ hours to drive through. Time allowing you will, after lunch, be taken for a nature walk after which you will be returned to your lodge for 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: Primate tracking

You will have an early breakfast after which you assemble at the Park headquarters for a briefing on the Chimpanzee tracking rules before setting off to search for them with the trained guides. During the chimpanzee tracking you will come across other primates such as Golden monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, Angola colobus, Silver monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and Olive Baboon among others. You will also see various types of birds in the verdant flora of this ancient forest.

You will retire for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

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

Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will have breakfast and transfer to Volcanoes National Park. This is a 341km journey that takes about 9 hours. You will have lunch en route and on your way you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of lush green covered hills, the volcano mountain ranges and various tourist attractions. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

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: Gorilla trekking

The sixth is that long awaited activity of the 7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour, Gorilla Trekking.

You will have an early breakfast and assemble at the Park headquarters for briefing at 8:30am about the rules on Gorilla tracking. You will be allocated a Gorilla family to track and the 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 take a nature walk and return 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 7: Golden monkey tracking and transfer to Kigali

You will, after breakfast, move to the Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park where you will receive a briefing on the rules of golden monkey trekking. It starts from 8am-11am and after you will transfer to Kigali Airport to catch up with your flight.

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

Day 8: Departure

This is the last day of the 7 Day Rwanda Highlights Tour. You will have breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch your outbound departure flight.

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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