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10 Days
Tour Details

Highlights

Visit the Palace of the King of Nyanza and the Butare National Museum. Explore the Nyungwe forest. Track the Gorillas and get to see Colobus monkeys. Experience a canopy forest walk and shores of Lake Kivu.

Pick Up Location or Arrival

Kigali

Drop off

Kigali

Tour Duration

10 Days/9 Nights

Areas Visited

Palace of the King of Nyanza, Butare National Museum, Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park

Price Includes

  • Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
  • Transport whilst on safari in a 4×4 safari van with pop up roof for game viewing.
  • Meet and greet services in Nairobi
  • Full Board Accommodation whilst on safari.
  • All games drives for detailed in the itinerary.
  • Full Board Accommodation whilst on safari
  • All park entrance fees and government taxes as per the itinerary
  • Drivers salary and allowances plus park fees for driver and vehicle.
  • Government taxes.
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water whilst on safari.

Price Excludes

  • International / Local flight
  • Airport arrival or Departure tax
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide, hotel/camp and restaurant staff, room service.
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Change in Itinerary
  • Activities not mentioned in the package

Extra Expenses you should budget

  • Flights
  • Visa’s (between $ 50 – $ 100)
  • Extra drinks and meals that are not mentioned on the package
  • Tips (Please see a separate attachment with guideline for tipping)

Special Note

  • We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability
  • Prices may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you for park fees and government taxes
  • Passenger Information
  • Passengers should bring soft sided bags on safaris as our vehicles have limited luggage space
  • All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for any internal flights
  • Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Rwanda!

You’ll have a hotel transfer and will stay overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel.

Day 2Palace of the King of Nyanza

You will be served breakfast early morning and then we will drive you to the Nyungwe forest. On the way, you will visit the Palace of the King of Nyanza and the Butare National Museum. Lunch will be provided on the way as well. In the evening, you will arrive at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, where you will stay overnight.

Day 3Rainforest and Birds

On the third morning of this Rwanda primate safari, we will enter the rainforest in search of chimpanzees. The rainforest is a lush place. You will be able to see around three hundred species of birds, twenty four of which are endemic; over a hundred varieties of butterflies and orchids can also be found in this forest. In the afternoon, you will get to rest at the lodge or go bird watching in the vicinity.

Day 4Nyungwe Forest

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Nyungwe forest to track the Colobus Monkeys which are black and white in color.  En route, you will see thirteen primate species that include chimpanzees, Ruwenzori and Colobus monkeys. You will also come across l’Hoest monkeys. The Colobus breed in larger groups, including a group that contains almost four hundred semi-habituated monkeys, considered to be the largest horde of African arboreal primates. You will have the opportunity to rest at the lodge or go bird watching in the afternoon.

Day 5Canopy Forest Walk

On the fifth morning, we will take you on an incredible forest walk that will last almost an hour. You will get a chance to go above the tree tops on suspended bridges. This will provide a great view of one of the largest African rainforests. It will also give you a view of birds and primates at your eye level.

We will drive you in the afternoon to Kibuye by the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu and you can spend some time playing in the lake. In the evening, you will get to unwind and rest at the lodge. You can also rent equipment for water sports at the lodge.

Day 6Golden monkeys, buffaloes, bush bucks and spotted hyenas!

On the sixth morning, you will be taken to Gisenyi from Kibuye. You will get to see the beautiful Lake Kivu and the surrounding islands. Lunch will we served in Gisenyi before going to the Volcanoes National Park. This park is full of bamboo forests, heaths and open grasslands. However, it is most recognized for its mountain gorillas. You will also find other mammals in the park like the golden monkeys, buffaloes, bush bucks and spotted hyenas. There are about one hundred and eighty recorded bird species with at least thirteen species and sixteen subspecies which are widespread in the Ruwenzori Mountains.

Day 7Mountain Gorilla Safari

This is the day dedicated to tracking gorillas. On the seventh morning, we will take you to Park Headquarters after breakfast. You will meet local guides who will brief you on the gorilla trekking etiquette. We will then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were spotted on the previous night and start tracking from that point.  The trekking will take anywhere from one to six hours and you will get to climb up to almost seven thousand feet.  The terrain you will come across may be rough.  The hike is physically challenging but the beautiful forest and the scenery surrounding it will make the trekking memorable.

Once you spot the gorillas, you will forget all about your fatigue as it is an unforgettable experience. Picnic lunches will be provided. It is advisable to carry adequate supply of water with you. Cameras are recommended for the trek. Rain can arrive anytime without warning as the cloud cover develops suddenly; hence, waterproof clothing is essential along with a waterproof bag for cameras and film. You have to remember that it is illegal to carry plastic bags in Rwanda.

Day 8Mountain Gorilla Safari

This is the second day dedicated to gorilla tracking. You will be staying overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 9Volcanoes National Park - Golden Monkeys

On the ninth morning, you will get to explore the Volcanoes National Park and look for the golden monkeys which are extremely rare. You’ll find an exclusively habituated group of these primates in this park. You are driven to Kigali in the afternoon.

Day 10City Tour and Departure

On the tenth morning, we will take you on a city tour. You can see the Genocide Memorial Centre and some other cultural sites. You will be provided airport transfer in the afternoon for your departure flight.

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