13 days of Beautiful Culture Thrilling Community life and Nature
Discover Rwanda (12 Days)
Beautiful nature, fascinating culture and thrilling community life
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International airport
Arrival in Kigali – welcome by your tour guide – check-in at hotel – Overnight at Mille collines Hotel
Day 2: Kigali city tour and Akagera National Park- Boat cruise
Breakfast then start historical-minded exploration of Kigali city with visits to landmarks from colonial, post-independence, genocide and post-genocide times i.e. Kigali Genocide memorial site where over 259,000 genocide victims were put to rest in mass graves, Dr. Richard Kandt Museum who was the first Germany explorer to settle in Kigali, Belgian camp where they killed the 10 Belgian UN soldiers who were protecting the moderate prime minister before the start of genocide etc.
Transfer to Akagera National Park – boat ride on Lake Ihema for a thrilling boat ride on Lake Ihema to go see schools of hippos, the giant Nile crocodiles, African elephants and lots of water birds. – Dinner & Overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Day 3: Game drive – Akagera National Park
Breakfast followed by a full day game drive starting from south and exit in the north in search of the unseen game on the previous game drive. You will have packed lunch box and soft drinks for the day. Search for the big 5 that include lions, Rhinos, Leopards, Elephants and buffaloes plus the 12 species of antelopes including the biggest antelopes such as the eland cape and roan antelopes, some of the 525-bird species including 4 rare birds of Akagera, reptiles, amphibians, plants, magnificent landscapes, historical sites; a place with the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer than any other national park of Africa and hundreds of hippos etc.
Transfer to Kigali. Overnight: Mille collines Hotel
Day 4: Tour Butare and Nyanza
Transfer to Butare – visit the Cathedral of Kabgayi and the Rwanda National museum – visit the ancient King’s palace at Nyanza, Rwanda En-route visit the Basilica of Kabgayi; Murambi genocide memorial, historical-minded exploration of Nyanza – visit the King’s palace and traditional Rwanda home; Dinner & Overnight: Boni Conscilli hotel
Day 5: Tour Butare and Nyungwe National Park
Visit the university, the National Museum; introduction to Rwanda’s kingdoms, discovery of colonial architecture, enjoy traditional dancers from the museum or the national university, markets and enjoy the dancers at the museum then transfer to Nyungwe National Park – visit a tea plantation – afternoon primate viewing in Nyungwe National Park.
Overnight: Dinner and Overnight at Nyungwe Top View Hotel
Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk way in Nyungwe National Park
Early breakfast at 4:30am then drive to the edge of the forest where chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe starts. In the afternoon, visit the waterfall in the ancient rain forest. Overnight: – Nyungwe Top View Lodge.
Day 7: Kibuye and Lake Kivu
Transfer to Kibuye and visit Bisesero enroute to Kibuye church and Nyange genocide memorial – boat tour to Amahoro Island, the Island of Peace late afternoon. Overnight: – Cormoran Hotel
Day 8: Gisenyi and Lake Kivu
Boat transfer to Gisenyi – visit the fishing village, hot springs, brewery and communities around. Overnight: – Kivu Serena Hotel
Day 9: Hot springs and Kinigi Cultural Village visit
Transfer to Kinigi – experience traditional dancers and learn about Rwandan drumming, singing and dancing – Extra:-learn about Rwandan cooking in a local family – optional Overnight stay at Five volcanoes Hotel
Day 10: Twin Lakes Burera and Ruhondo visit
Transfer to a fishing village at Lake Ruhondo – learn about local fishing methods and visit Street Children Project in Ruhengeri; learn about sorghum or banana beer production by a women cooperative, visit a woman cooperative producing handicrafts made of banana leaves. Dinner & Overnight at Five Volcanoes Hotel
Day 11: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park:
After breakfast we transfer to the park, completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas.
Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience.
Be back at the base in time for lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Dinner & Overnight at Five Volcanoes Hotel
Day 12: Transfer back to Kigali – Airport
Transfer to Kigali – time to go to the crafts market at CAPLAK and buy some souvenirs – transfer to the air-port.
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INCLUDED: Airport transfers, Transport, 11 nights’ accommodation at the mentioned hotels double occupancy, meals and Picnic lunch boxes, Gorilla permits, Chimpanzee permits, Park entry fees, Boat cruise, Culture tours, City tours, Museum entry fees, Primate viewing permits, waterfall hike, Emergency Evacuation Insurance, Taxes and administrative costs.
EXCLUDED: Visas, Flights, Health and travel Insurance, alcoholic drinks and other caffeine beverages, personal expenses on laundry, tips, and telephone bills