Safari Overview:

The 8 days Rwanda Gorilla, cultural and Gorilla trekking tour.

7 nights on Full board basis.

Where to tour?

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Gorilla trekking, Volcanoes National Park, Burare among others.

Detailed itinerary:

8 Days Rwanda Adventure, Gorilla Tour, Boat Cruise, Forest walk

Day 1: Kigali City tour
Breakfast and thereafter, have Kigali city tour; visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site, the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance centre, and the Kimironko fruits. And then later you will be transferred to the hotel of your dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena hotel, Manor Hotel or Chez Lando Hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Butare, cultural tour – Nyungwe Forest

Breakfast and head to Butare; an intellectual city of Rwanda and the second largest after Kigali. Visit the Butare National Museum (supreme museum in East Africa) which is one of the best sources of information about the cultural history of the country and the region.
En route to Butare, visit Nyanza palace; presently Nyabisindu, the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the base of the feudal kingdom. Later you will have a thrilling concert of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers.  The performance is considered by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Have lunch in Butare, proceed to Murambi genocide memorial museums, after which we connect to Nyungwe Forest National park, dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel / Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Day 3: Full day Primates walk in Nyungwe forest

chimpanzee-nyungwe-rwandaBreakfast, assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start you hike in Nyungwe forest. The hike will expose you to the commonest species such as large communal troops of Angolan Colobus, which may be over 300 in number, and many bird species. It may be a strenuous walk but guides always make it more enjoyable and informative by giving you information about the flora and fauna that you encounter while on the walk.
Have picnic lunch, the exploration continues along different beautiful trails available then encounter the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take 2 – 3 hours, and it will also expose you to more birds and primate species such as the Angola Colobus Monkeys and the endangered Golden Monkeys.  Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking

Breakfast and report for briefing about how to behave while with chimpanzees. Enter the forest in a company of ranger guides to search for these amazing creatures. Enjoy their view for a maximum of one hour and take memorable photos. A trek into Nyungwe forest (A trekkers’ paradise) gives an opportunity to encounter with Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and blue monkeys around Uwinka after a less strenuous hike. You will connect to the Bigugu Mountain trail which takes you to the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at   3000m above sea level. Along the trek, bird lovers are certainly in for a treat as Nyungwe hosts so many Albertine rift endemics   that you will encounter along the trek to Bigugu Mountain. Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibuye

After breakfast, drive to Kibuye, through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is the most beautiful resort of the three towns on Lake Kivu. To refresh from trekking in Nyungwe, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure, you can enjoy sun bathing, swimming while interacting with the residents around.

Day 6: Boat cruise to Gisenyi – Kinigi

After breakfast, we shall enjoy the speed-boat trip to Gisenyi.  You will encounter fishing villages of Lake Kivu and also have an opportunity to interact with people of Idjwi Island; it is thought to be the largest inland island in Africa – the eighth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly halfway between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. You can also cross the boarder to Goma in Congo (Optional). Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.  The Nyiragongo Volcano which is 3470 metres above sea level erupted on the 17th of January 2002 and shattered part of Goma town.  The eruption ruined the homes of over 120,000 people and caused over 100 victims. Your visit to this site will exhibit fantastic capabilities of the local population to surmount this natural upheaval! We drive to Kinigi for dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla lodge or Muhabura Hotel.

Day 7: Tracking Gorillas in their natural habitat

Breakfast, transfer at the briefing point with packed lunch, meet your ranger guide for a briefing about the greatest primates experience ever to see the only left Mountain gorillas in the world – the ones that might have led to the murder of an American Zoologist Dianne Fossey as she tried to research about them and also save them from poachers.  Search for the gentle giants, meet and stay with them for the maximum of one hour and take photographs. If tracking ends early enough, you will take a short excursion to discover the beautiful lakes of Lake Bulera and Ruhondo. Here you will have a magnificent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes.  Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali- Departure

After breakfast, you will drive to Kigali for lunch and last minute shopping and thereafter, transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home.

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8 Days Rwanda Adventure, Gorilla Tour, Boat Cruise, Forest walk

Day 1: Kigali City tour
Breakfast and thereafter, have Kigali city tour; visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site, the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance centre, and the Kimironko fruits. And then later you will be transferred to the hotel of your dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena hotel, Manor Hotel or Chez Lando Hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Butare, cultural tour – Nyungwe Forest

Breakfast and head to Butare; an intellectual city of Rwanda and the second largest after Kigali. Visit the Butare National Museum (supreme museum in East Africa) which is one of the best sources of information about the cultural history of the country and the region.
En route to Butare, visit Nyanza palace; presently Nyabisindu, the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the base of the feudal kingdom. Later you will have a thrilling concert of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers.  The performance is considered by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Have lunch in Butare, proceed to Murambi genocide memorial museums, after which we connect to Nyungwe Forest National park, dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel / Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Day 3: Full day Primates walk in Nyungwe forest

chimpanzee-nyungwe-rwandaBreakfast, assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start you hike in Nyungwe forest. The hike will expose you to the commonest species such as large communal troops of Angolan Colobus, which may be over 300 in number, and many bird species. It may be a strenuous walk but guides always make it more enjoyable and informative by giving you information about the flora and fauna that you encounter while on the walk.
Have picnic lunch, the exploration continues along different beautiful trails available then encounter the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take 2 – 3 hours, and it will also expose you to more birds and primate species such as the Angola Colobus Monkeys and the endangered Golden Monkeys.  Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking

Breakfast and report for briefing about how to behave while with chimpanzees. Enter the forest in a company of ranger guides to search for these amazing creatures. Enjoy their view for a maximum of one hour and take memorable photos. A trek into Nyungwe forest (A trekkers’ paradise) gives an opportunity to encounter with Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and blue monkeys around Uwinka after a less strenuous hike. You will connect to the Bigugu Mountain trail which takes you to the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at   3000m above sea level. Along the trek, bird lovers are certainly in for a treat as Nyungwe hosts so many Albertine rift endemics   that you will encounter along the trek to Bigugu Mountain. Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibuye

After breakfast, drive to Kibuye, through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is the most beautiful resort of the three towns on Lake Kivu. To refresh from trekking in Nyungwe, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure, you can enjoy sun bathing, swimming while interacting with the residents around.

Day 6: Boat cruise to Gisenyi – Kinigi

After breakfast, we shall enjoy the speed-boat trip to Gisenyi.  You will encounter fishing villages of Lake Kivu and also have an opportunity to interact with people of Idjwi Island; it is thought to be the largest inland island in Africa – the eighth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly halfway between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. You can also cross the boarder to Goma in Congo (Optional). Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.  The Nyiragongo Volcano which is 3470 metres above sea level erupted on the 17th of January 2002 and shattered part of Goma town.  The eruption ruined the homes of over 120,000 people and caused over 100 victims. Your visit to this site will exhibit fantastic capabilities of the local population to surmount this natural upheaval! We drive to Kinigi for dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla lodge or Muhabura Hotel.

Day 7: Tracking Gorillas in their natural habitat

Breakfast, transfer at the briefing point with packed lunch, meet your ranger guide for a briefing about the greatest primates experience ever to see the only left Mountain gorillas in the world – the ones that might have led to the murder of an American Zoologist Dianne Fossey as she tried to research about them and also save them from poachers.  Search for the gentle giants, meet and stay with them for the maximum of one hour and take photographs. If tracking ends early enough, you will take a short excursion to discover the beautiful lakes of Lake Bulera and Ruhondo. Here you will have a magnificent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes.  Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali- Departure

After breakfast, you will drive to Kigali for lunch and last minute shopping and thereafter, transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home.

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Safari Lodges in Nyungwe Forest National park include Nyungwe Forest national Park, Gisakura Guest House, Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge among others.

In Volcanoes National Park, you can stay in Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge, Gorilla Nest Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Kinigi Guest House, Muhabura Hotel among others.