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Rwanda is a land of sprawling lakes, cultivated green hills and smoking volcanoes made famous by Gorillas in the Mist. Of course, it’s gorillas that most visitors come here to see – and they do provide a magical experience – but there is so much more to this tiny, lush, land-locked gem. For much of the post-colonial era the country faced relentless social and political upheaval, culminating in the 1994 genocide. But over the past two decades Africa’s most densely populated country has embarked on a remarkable journey, winning global acclaim for tackling ethnic divisions and dragging millions off the poverty line. The population is young and a stable government has helped develop roads, create accessible and affordable broadband, and fed a budding private sector economy that is seeing increasing foreign investment. Crime and corruption levels are some of the lowest on the continent. In various independent surveys in recent years Rwanda has been named the safest country in Africa, and Kigali the cleanest and most live able city on the continent.  You’re likely to notice such traits during your time in Rwanda but in the end we’re confident it’ll be the people, and the extraordinary land they call home, that will live long in the memory.

Day 1:Arrival at Kigali International Airport. 

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport. welcomed by our professional drive guide ready to greet and escort you to your chosen hotel. He will introduce you briefly to one of Africa’s cleanest cities! After he will transfer you to the hotel.

Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Raddison blu, Marriot hotel, Serena Hotel
Mid-range: Des milles collines , Ubumwe Hotel
Budget: Urban city blue, 2000 Hotel
Meal Plan: Dinner
Journey time: 40 Minutes from Kigali international airport to the hotel.

 

Day 2: Kigali City tour and Transfer to Akagera .

After breakfast at the hotel at 9am, you will embark on a city tour of Kigali. You will travel through Nyamirambo to the top of of Mt.t Kigali for the best view of Kigali City and the country side. It is located on the southwestern edge of the city and is one of the highest hills in Kigali. After enjoying the view, s. Meals and accommodation at Elevate suites Ruzizi tented lodge (Luxury).

Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Ruzizi Tented lodge
Mid-range: Akagera Game lodge
Budget: Camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 2 hours 30 minutes From Kigali to Akagera National park

Day 3: Morning Game drive and Sunset Boat Cruise.

Its named for after Akagera river that flows along the eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes. Rolling hills of Acacia bush with panoramic views across scattered grassland, patches of thick forest and mosaic of swamp -fringed lakes along the meandering Akagera watercourse contribute to this park’s almost unrivalled diversity and scenic beauty.

Our driver will pick you up 7am for morning game drive in search for the early risers in the park. With Lunch at Akagera game lodge and later a Sunset boat trip on lake Ihema During this amazing expedition, you will sail along the water edge which is covered with several trees, drift past numerous giant hippos and see several crocodiles some in the shallows of the water and other basking on the shore. In addition, you will see a number of water birds so serious birders will be able to identify a large number of birds. Check-in at the lodge.

Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Ruzizi Tented lodge
Mid-range: Akagera Game lodge
Budget: Camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 2 hours 30 minutes From Kigali to Akagera National park

 

Day 4: Full Game drive.

After breakfast, you will head for full game drive from the southern part of the park to the Northern part. The day game drive offers you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. And water lovers like Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with large concentration of bird life; over 525 species identified. Meals and accommodation Marriot Hotel Kigali.

Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Ruzizi Tented lodge
Mid-range: Akagera Game lodge
Budget: Camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 7 hours game drive within Akagera National park

 

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe via Cultural Corridor.

After breakfast, we will drive to Nyanza for King’s palace Museum and after we will proceed to National art gallery. Set in a wide colonial building on top of the gorgeous Rwesero Hill, National Art Gallery was once built for Rwanda’s king Mutara III Rudahigwa, who died in 1959, just before he would move into his modern palace.

This museum displays both traditional and contemporary Rwandan artwork which testifies to the originality of Rwandan creativity. it’s not very often you find such a cultivated selection of artwork on a lovely green hilltop out in the countryside, the National Art Gallery is an incredible surprise. Later we will proceed to the Ethnographic Museum This beautiful museum sits in wide, tranquil gardens at the edge of Huye city. It was given to the city as a gift from Belgium in 1987 to celebrate 25 years of independence.

Accommodation Option:
 Luxury: One and only Nyungwe house
Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Budget: Emeraude Kivu Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 5 hours’ drive from Kigali to Nyungwe

 

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy walk.

At 5am after breakfast, will drive off to Nyungwe for briefing and then after setting off for chimpanzee trekking. chimpanzees are the closet relatives to human beings sharing approximately 98% of human DNA. The chimpanzees live in different families each family headed by one dominant who leads the group.

They demonstrate different roles in a family with the females nursing and taking care of the young ones, the males protecting the family and the young ones playing and feeding.
After enjoying your lunch at the park reception. We continue with adventure of canopy walk, which is a steep and deep valley across a massive forest. It has towers and hanging platform which provides travelers with a clear view of different animal species in an eye to eye contact meals.

Accommodation option:
Luxury: One and only Nyungwe house
Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Budget: Emeraude Kivu Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 7: Waterfall hike and Transfer to Volcanoes.

After breakfast, you will head for waterfall hike, Nyungwe’s biggest waterfall and the inspiration for the trail’s name – isumo is waterfall in Kinyarwanda. At roughly 17 m in height, it is even more impressive for the force with which it shoots through a narrow gap into a stunning amphitheater, lined with fluttering fronds of ferns, flowers and lianas, all thriving in the mist zone of the fall.

Waterfall Hike

There are caves in the overhanging cliffs, and a rainbow in the spray on sunny days. Three km to the east, and 100 m higher in elevation, lies the bottom of the thirteen square kilometer Kamiranzovu
Marsh, which drains over the rim of this water-carved canyon. After the hike you will enjoy your delicious lunch, Later , We continue our driver to musanze for you next lifetime activity of trekking Mountain Gorillas with over night at the lodge.

Accommodation option:      
Luxury: Serena Hotel kivu, 5 volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Middle Range: Mountain Gorilla view lodge,Da Vinci Lodge
Budget: Garden Palace Hotel, Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge, Muhabura Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Musanze from Nyungwe rainforest

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking.

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters to be allocated a gorilla tracking group at 7am. After Tourists received an introduction from park ranger at National Park Gate. The exhilarating climb to the gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo forest begin and Once you reach the family, you are allowed to spend one hour with these amazing creatures. After trekking you will be transferred to the hotel to refresh and relax.

Accommodation option:
Super luxury: Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge
Luxury: Serena Hotel kivu, 5 volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Middle Range: Mountain Gorilla view lodge Da Vinci Lodge
Budget: Garden Palace Hotel, Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge, Muhabura Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey time: 1hour 30 minutes From the lodge to Gisenyi

Day 9: kayaking or canoeing.

After your breakfast you head for Kayaking on Lake Kivu, travel peacefully along the spectacular coast of one of the African Rift Valley’s Great Lakes using modern and very stable sea kayaks then Lunch and you will be enjoying an evening with a refreshing breathe of the lake’s views. Meals and accommodation at the hotel.

Accommodation option:
Luxery: Serena Hotel kivu, 5 volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Middle Range: Da Vinci Lodge ,paradise marahide
Budget: Garden Palace Hotel, Home Inn, Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge, Lalocande,

Day 10: Departure.

After your breakfast you will relax at your lodge and later be transferred to Kigali for departure with a stopover at Caplaki for crafts shopping.

The package price excludes 1500$ per person for a Gorilla permit in Rwanda.

Pricing

  2 pax sharing 4pax sharing 6 pax sharing
Budget $3,198 $2510 $2,216
Middle-range $4316 $3,415 $3,110
Luxury $5,145 $4,246 $3,948

Safari price Cost Includes:

  • Transport on 4WD
  • Full board accommodation .
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes.
  • Service of an English or French-speaking professional driver/guide.
  • Complimentary return airport transfers after the trip
  • Bottled water
  • All end and start in Kigali
  • Accommodation facilities mentioned

Tour Cost excludes:

  • A gorilla permit of 1500$ per person in Rwanda
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • International flights and visas.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic drinks

Additional Information on what to carry for the activities

  • Your passports
  • Definitely wear proper walking gears .
  • Wear long trousers and gaiters – you will be walking through dense bush in places and don’t want scratches or creepy crawlies up your legs
  • Wear long sleeves –
  • Enough water
  • Take a sweatshirt as it can be cold on the mountain
  • Take a good pair of gloves 
  • In cases of hiring things and porters its 10 dollar per item.