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Rwanda

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Uganda~The Pearl Of Africa

Uganda

Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park. It is the source…

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Burundi

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11 Days Uganda Adventure Safari

Mountain gorilla In Bwindi

Mountain gorilla In Bwindi

This Uganda tour has been designed to cater for the interests of those that wish to do birding, general wildlife and gorilla trekking as their highlight. Visit Uganda’s major national parks including the Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national parks. All these activities can ably be carried out throughout the year with minimum difficulty during rainy seasons.

TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 starting a Uganda Tour
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport our tour guide will transfer you to Hotel Africana Sheraton or similar other for your dinner and an overnight on full board basis.

Day 2 – The Murchison Falls Wildlife Tour
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Murchison falls national park en route touring Ziwa rhino sanctuary for the rare rhino species in this place. Make a stop-over in Masindi for your lunch before proceeding to the Uganda’s largest national park with 3,840 sq km. A game drive towards the Paraa Safari Lodge / red Chilli Camp is so rewarding. Have your dinner and an overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Red Chilli Camp (FB)

Day 3 – The Nile boat cruise 
After an early breakfast, undertake a game drive in the Northern sector of the park in search of elephants, giraffes, waterbucks, hippos, buffalos, lions,  Uganda kobs, etc and a variety of bird species. After lunch at the lodge an afternoon boat cruise along the spectacular falls rewards you a variety of wildlife along the banks of the river drinking water along the river. You will not miss to see crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks and other antelope species, to mention but a few with a variety of water birds that make any birder to Africa impressed. The waterfalls portray a natural beauty found nowhere else in the world. The 7 meter canyon coupled with a 43 meter drop of the falls translates into a thunderous roar and a splendid rainbow in a plume of spray that leaves any tourist yearning!  Have your dinner and an overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Red Chilli Camp (FB)

Day 4 - Transfer to the ‘Mountains of the Moon’
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth np along the Albertine Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive in Fort Portal, at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, commonly referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ for your lunch at Mountain of the Moon hotel and later proceed to Queen Elizabeth nation park en route game viewing all the way to Mweya peninsula. Have your dinner and an overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury) / institute of ecology, Mweya for mid-range & budget (FB)

Day 5 –  Queen Elizabeth National Park 
After a morning cup of coffee undertake a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s Mile in anticipation of lions, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, hippos, antelope species, warthogs, etc. The Kasenyi Track is one of the most excellent game viewing areas in Queen Elizabeth np and at the same time being a birders’ haven. The savannah grassland in this place accommodates a large number of White and Abdim’s Storks in season, and lesser numbers of Wooly-necked and the spectacular Saddle-billed Stork. Raptors, too, are in great numbers with Brown Snake Eagle and Grey kestrel. Lion kills attract up to six species of vulture including Egyptian, Rupell’s Griffon and the enormous Lappet- faced. Senegal, Crowned and African Wattled Plovers are very common in the short grassland.

In the afternoon, after lunch, undertake a 2-hour boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. The channel is a natural magnet for waterbirds and, the Mweya peninsula, acts as a migrant trap for the Albertine Rift Endemics. Along the channel you will see birds such as Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Open-billed Stork, Black Crake,  Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, White-faced Whistling and Knob-billed Ducks, African Fish Eagle, Spur-winged and African Wattled Plovers, Water Thick Knee, Swamp Flycatcher, African Jacana, Malachite, and Yellow-backed Weaver, etc. Have a dinner and an overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) or Mweya Hostel (B) FB

Day 6 – The habituated chimpanzees 
After breakfast transfer to Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee trekking. This gorge is 16 km along the Rift Valley and 100 metres deep. The game rangers will provide you with walking sticks after a briefing and then escort you to the forested canyon – the Kyambura Gorge for chimp tracking. After the chimp trek, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP via the Ishasha Southern Sector of QENP in search of tree-climbing lions. Arrive in Bwindi at Buhoma for your late lunch at Bwindi Gorilla Resort. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort / Nkuringo Lodge /Buhoma Community (FB)

Day 7 – The Mountain Gorillas Trekking
Early, after a heavy breakfast, walk to the Buhoma Park Headquarters for a briefing from the park rangers before undertakinggorilla trekking at 8.30 am local time.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest np is a habitat to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Currently there are four habituated gorilla families: the Mubare (M) Group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback), the Habinyanja (H) Group (18 gorillas, 1 silverback), the Rushegura (R) Group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback) and the Nkuringo (N) Group (19 gorillas, 2 silverbacks). Gorilla tracking is a unique activity that marks the highlight for any tourist to Uganda. An hour spent in the jungle with the gorillas in the playful and interactive mood is worth the scarce dollars! After the primates trek return to the lodge for your lunch. You can arrange to transfer to Kabale via the magnificent terrain commonly referred to as “The Switzerland of Africa”. Have a dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages (FB)

Day 8 – The Lake Bunyonyi Tour
After breakfast undertake a boat cruise to the Islands on the lake as you enjoy the prolific birding experience. This is why the lake is called in the local language ‘Bunyonyi’ to refer to the enormous bird population in the area. A cultural dance by the Bakiga can be arranged for you. Take off time to enjoy a community walk so as to acquaint yourself with the culture and traditional practices of the Bakiga – Banyangezi. This community is so receptive with a high sense of hospitality. You can buy a lot of handicrafts for yourself that are unique to this place.
Later in the day drive to Kampala and arrive in the late evening.Have dinner and an overnight at Africana Hotel or similar other

Day 9: Kampala City Tour 
After breakfast undertake a city tour of Kampala before transferring to the airport for your flight back to your home country.

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3 DAYS Rwanda Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tour

golden monkeysDay 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport – Transfer to the Volcano NP

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to the volcanoes National Park in the northwest part of this country.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Arrive at your lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in the Parc des Volcans

Wake up early, have breakfast and report for briefing and after, move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups therefore, move with your packed lunch, water, tracking gears among others. Meet, chant and enjoy their entertainment for one hour while taking photos for remembrance. Return to your lodge, relax shortly and the rest of your Day at leisure.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking – Kigali – Check out

After a morning breakfast, report to the park headquarter for your second experience with different endangered species in the volcanoes “ the Golden Monkeys” It is normally an easy trek which might take between 45 Min – 2 hours.

The Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park, entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkey’s that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

After the trekking – transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

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4 DAYS Gorilla, Golden Monkey and Dian Fossey Tour

dianaDay 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport – Transfer to the Volcano NP

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to the volcanoes National Park in the northwest part of this country.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Arrive at your lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes national Park

Wake up early, have breakfast and report for briefing and after, move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups therefore, move with your packed lunch, water, tracking gears among others. Meet, chant and enjoy their entertainment for one hour while taking photos for remembrance. Return to your lodge, relax and the rest of your Day at leisure.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking– Optional activities.

After a morning breakfast, report to the park headquarter for your second experience with different endangered species in the volcanoes “ the Golden Monkeys” It is normally an easy trek which might take between 45 Min – 2 hours.  The golden monkeys are the rare species of old world monkey now found only in the Virunga mountain range. Now endangered it is one of the species on the endangered red list. It lives in social groups of up to 90 individuals usually led by one adult male.

After the trekking, If you will still have energy left you may like to visit the colorful Musanze market and wander through the multiude of stalls selling everything form bananas and beans to brightly coloured materials and of course the kitchen sink.

Other options available are visits to Ibyiwacu cultural village, the twin lakes, beekeeping projects, a traditional healer and local medicinal garden or local school or orphanage.

Your guide will discuss with you the opportunities available on the day should you wish to get out and about in Musanze.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 4: Dian Fossey Visit – Kigali – Check Out

Today you will go again in the volcanoes Park to visit the Dian Fossey Grave – This is where the primatologist Dian Fossey used to leave when habituating and doing the research on the gorillas. The hike takes between 2 – 3 hours in the forest.

After the visit you will be transferred to Kigali. If time permit, visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

After short tour, we drive to the airport for your evening out bound flight.

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4 DAYS Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tour –

goldenDay 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport – Transfer to Kigali Hotel

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver in Kigali who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to your hotel in Kigali for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park

Morning city tour of Kigali and after all, visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

After tour, we drive to Musanze (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, awesome landscape, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Check in to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking

Wake up early, have breakfast and report for briefing and after, move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups therefore, move with your packed lunch, water, tracking gears among others. Meet, chant and enjoy their entertainment for one hour while taking photos for remembrance. Return to your lodge, relax and you’re your day is at leisure.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking– Kigali – Check Out

After a morning breakfast, report to the park headquarter for your second experience with different endangered species in the volcanoes “ the Golden Monkeys” It is normally an easy trek which might take between 45 Min – 2 hours. After the trekking – transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

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4 DAYS Rwanda Gorilla Tour – With a direct transfer to the volcanoes

HIGHLIGHT

Day Location Aptional Accomodation Meals  Activities
1 Kigali
  • Kigali Serena hotel ( L)
  • Golf hill Residence (MR)
  • Step town Motel ( BG)
D
2 Volcanoes NP
  • Sabyinyo  Silver Back ( L)
  •  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (MR)
  • Kinigi Guest House ( BG)
FB
  •  City tour
  • Genocide Museum
3 Volcanoes NP
  • Sabyinyo  Silver Back ( L)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (MR)
  • Kinigi Guest House ( BG)
FB
  •  Gorilla trekking
4 VolcanoesKigali
  • Check Out
B
  • Golden Monkeys
Baby Gorillas

Baby Gorilla

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport – Transfer to Kigali Hotel

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to your hotel in Kigali for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: Transfer to Parc des Volcans Park

Morning city tour of Kigali and after all, visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

After tour, we drive to Musanze (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, awesome landscape, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Check in to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking

Wake up early, have breakfast and report for briefing and after, move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups therefore, move with your packed lunch, water, tracking gears among others. Meet, chant and enjoy their entertainment for one hour while taking photos for remembrance. Return to your lodge, relax and you’re your day is at leisure.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 4: Volcanoes – Kigali – Check Out

Morning visit to the community around the volcanoes national park, do some shopping, visit the local market and transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.

The other two options are possible for the 4 Days Tour

  1. 1.    4 Days/3 Night Gorilla Tour – including 2 Treks 

Day1: Arrival – transfer to the volcanoes national Park. Overnight / Musanze

Day2: 1st Gorilla trekking – Overnight/Musanze

Day3: 2nd Gorilla trekking, afternoon optional. Overnight/Musanze

Day4: Transfer to Kigali, Do the city tour of Kigali before heading to the airport.

  1. 2.    4 Days/3 Night Gorilla, Golden Monkey and Lake Kivu Tour 

Day1: Arrival – transfer to the volcanoes national Park. Overnight / Musanze

Day2: Gorilla trekking – Overnight/Musanze

Day3: Golden Monkey trekking – transfer to Lake Kivu. Overnight/Gisenyi

Day4: Transfer to Kigali, Do the city tour of Kigali before heading to the airport.

  1. 3.    4 Days/3 Night Gorilla, Visit of Diana Fossey Burial site 

Day1: Arrival – transfer to the volcanoes national Park. Overnight / Musanze

Day2: Gorilla trekking – Overnight/Musanze

Day3: Visit Diana fossey Burial site – transfer to Lake Kivu. Overnight/Gisenyi

Day4: Transfer to Kigali, Do the city tour of Kigali before heading to the airport.

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5 DAYS Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Tour – Including 2 Gorilla Treks

HIGHLIGHT

Day Location Accommodation Meals Activities
1 Kigalivolcanoes NP
  • Sabyinyo  Silver Back Lodge ( L)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (MR)-
  • Kinigi Guest House ( BG)
D Transfer
2 Volcanoes NP
  • Sabyinyo  Silver Back ( L)
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (MR)
  • Kinigi Guest House ( BG)
FB 1st Gorilla Trekk
3 Volcanoes NPBwindi NP
  • Gorilla Safari Lodge( L)
  • Buhoma Lodge (MR)
  • Buhoma community Bandasl ( BG)
FB 2nd Gorillas trekk
4 Bwindi NP
  • Gorilla Safari Lodge( L)
  • Buhoma Lodge (MR)
  • Buhoma community Bandasl ( BG)
FB Community Activities
5 Bwindi NP -Kigali
  • Check out
B Transfer

n9301622_51307839_5822Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport – Transfer to the Volcano NP

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to the volcanoes National Park in the northwest part of this country.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali. Arrive at your lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: 1st Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes national Park

Wake up early, have breakfast and report for briefing and after, move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups therefore, move with your packed lunch, water, tracking gears among others. Meet, chant and enjoy their entertainment for one hour while taking photos for remembrance. Return to your lodge, relax shortly and transfer to the Kigali for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Volcanoes – Bwindi National park/Uganda

After breakfast, we leave the volcanoes National Park heading to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda.

We will make our scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills of Kabale and Kisoro with terraced landscape; an area referred to as the “Switzerland of Africaheading to Bwindi via Cyanika Border.

The Journey from Volcanoes to the Bwindi national Park/Uganda takes approximately 4 hours with additional 30 Minutes of border crossing.

Arriving at the lodge in the late afternoon, have lunch and relax when enjoying the nature of the surroundings.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 4: 2nd Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning, assemble at the park headquarters for the second experience, briefing from the park rangers about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. Proceed for the memorable adventure in the forest, an activity that may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the animals. Meet and stay with the animals for a maximum of one hour, then descend to the park headquarters and then to your Lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, you may go for community walk in the nearby Batwa community, where you will be entertained and told the tales of their unique culture. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Camp

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 5: Bwindi National Park – Kigali – Check Out

After morning breakfast drive to Kigali through Gatuna boarder. Arriving in Kigali you will first do the city tour of Kigali and after all, visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

After short tour, we drive to the airport for your out bound flight.

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5 Days/4Night Pure Genocide Tour.

Names of Victims at Kigali genocide memorial site

Names of Victims at Kigali genocide memorial site

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to your Hotel.

Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English/French speaking guide- short briefing- and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali.
Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Dinner

Day2: KIGALI City – INYAMATA and NTARAMA.

After your leisure morning breakfast at around 8 Am, your guide will meet you – Short briefing and take you for the Kigali city tour. The tour will include the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the trading center, the ministry area, the UN memorial (where the ten blue helmets were killed at the onset of the genocide), the post-genocide development and expansion of Kigali, the new and modern residential quarter and other sites.
The exhibition in the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre tells the history of Rwanda leading up to genocide in 1994 and catalogues the details of the genocide using photographs, video, written accounts and a range of artifacts. It includes personal testimonies and a moving memorial to the children of the Rwandan genocide. The exhibition also has a section called “wasted lives”, which reflects on the holocausts and genocides in Armenia, South-West Africa, Bosnia and Cambodia. The Kigali Memorial Centre has gained a word-wide reputation for the powerful exhibition and its work in promoting peace; take your time to absorb its important message.
After the tour of Kigali we will have lunch at one of the famous restaurant in Kigali and after lunch you will be driving 40 minutes to the East to visit the Inyamata and Intarama Genocide memorial churches.
These are one of the churches that show the true reality about the Rwandan genocide and the participation of so called divinity.
If time allows you your guide will allow you to visit some families and the housing of the genocide survivors in Intarama who were left with no family and others who are handicap caused by the tragedy.
After the tour you will proceed back to Kigali for your overnight.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day3: Visit the Bisesero Genocide Memorial

Today you will proceed to Kibuye in the south Western Region of this country on Lake Kivu.
Arriving in Kibuye you will visit the Bisesero Genocide Museum.
Bisesero is approximately 31kmfrom Kibuye town. This is a mountainous region. Historically, the most of the people that lived in Bisesero area were Tutsis, and their main activity was cattle keeping. People here were known as “Abasesero” from which the area derives its name.
During the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda, people in other prefectures were all murdered because of their small numbers. Here, however, the Tutsi who lived in Bisesero and the surrounding region gathered together to resist the killers—killers which were their neighbors and other Hutus from surrounding area. Since then this hill is called Hill of Resistance. The Titsi were successful for some days because they stayed on the top of a hill covered with many rocks that they threw at the advancing attackers who were armed with clubs and machetes.
After some weeks of resistance, Hutu reinforcements from the Republican Guard in Kigali and Interahamwe militiamen arranged a serious attack against the Tutsis at Bisesero hills. The new attackers were armed with modern powerful weapons which the Basesero could not resist for very long and thus succumbed to the genocide. According to testimonies of the survivors from this area, only a few Tutsis who lived in Bisesero escaped, over 50,000 people from the region were killed and an estimate of 1,000 people escaped and survived.
In 1996, soon after the genocide, survivors gathered and came up with a great idea of gathering all the remnants of victims that were scattered over the hills and valleys into one place in order to bury them with dignity. Therefore, they chose Bisesero, the Hill of Resistance. Today, a large number of those remains have been buried, and a small number have been left unburied in order to be placed in the memorial where they will be displayed in order to preserve the memory of what happened in Bisesero area.
After the visit go for lunch and Relax at the beach on the shore of Lake Kivu. In the afternoon you will meet some of the survivors of the genocide who survived at the church and give you a clear testimony and how worth and terrible experience they went through.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget – In Kibuye
Meals: Full Board

Day4: Travel to Nyungwe – Visit the Murambi Genocide Memorial

After a morning breakfast we travel to the south in Nyungwe national Park on the way we will visit the Murambi Genocide memorial in former Gikongoro prefecture.
The Murambi Technical School, now known as the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre, is situated in the Murambi district in southern Rwanda. It was the site of a massacre during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. When the killings started, Tutsis in the region tried to hide at a local church. However, the bishop and mayor lured them into a trap by sending them to the technical school, claiming that French troops would protect them there. On April 16, 1994, some 65,000 Tutsis ran to the school. After the victims were told to gather there, water was cut off and no food was available, so that the people were too weak to resist. After defending themselves for a few days using stones, the Tutsi were overrun on April 21. The French soldiers disappeared and the school was attacked by Hutu Interahamwe militiamen. Some 45,000 Tutsi were murdered at the school, and almost all of those who managed to escape were killed the next day when they tried to hide in a nearby church. According to the guide at the memorial, the French brought in heavy equipment to dig several pits where many thousands of bodies were placed. They then placed a volleyball court over the mass graves in an attempt to hide what happened. Among the bodies currently displayed are many children and infants.
The school building is now a genocide museum exhibiting the skeletons and mummified bodies of some of the thousands of people killed there.
We will proceed to Nyungwe for an evening nature walk around the tea estate and the surrounds of this Mountain rain Forest. Overnight in Nyungwe.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day5: Nyungwe National Park – Kigali

Today, it’s your day for packing, and get ready to be transferred to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.
We will drive to Kigali through Butare (the Second Capital to Kigali) on the way to Kigali we will have a chance to visit The National Museum and Participate on the Rwandan Cultural Dance. The drive from Nyungwe to Kigali takes around 5 – 6 Hours.
Depending on your flight time you can also visit the ancient king palace in Nyanza before you are taken to the airport for check out.—END OF THE TOUR.

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7 Days/6Night Mountain Hiking.

Tourists en route to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District. With world tourism projected to grow further, experts in the country are encouraging product development and diversification that will not only attract tourists but also make them stay longer in the country, to further boost the country’s highest foreign exchange earner. The New Times/ File.

Tourists en route to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District. With world tourism projected to grow further, experts in the country are encouraging product development and diversification that will not only attract tourists but also make them stay longer in the country, to further boost the country’s highest foreign exchange earner. The New Times/ File.

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to your Hotel.

Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English/French speaking guide- short briefing- and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali.
Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Dinner

Day2: Kigali City – Hike the Kabuye Mountain (2,700M)

After an earlier morning breakfast at around 7 Am, we drive to Musanze.
The drive from Kigali to Musanze (116km) will generally take around two hours but will be additional 30 Minutes drive to get up to the mountain ( Kinigi). This is the closest Town to the Volcanoes National park where the mountain gorilla resides.
On the way about 35 Km from Musanze and almost one hour and half from Kigali is mount Kabuye.
Mount Kabuye – not to be confused with the city of Kibuye, which is in a completely different part of Rwanda – is the country’s tallest mountain at around 2,700 meters. Now that may sound impressive but you should know that volcanoes are not classified as mountains, and virtually all of the volcanoes in the Virunga range exceed Mt. Kabuye in height. That being said, Mt. Kabuye still provides hikers with a challenging ascent with its own rewards that include fantastic views of the surrounding countryside as well as the opportunity to experience quaint rural villages and their friendly occupants who make up the 80% of Rwanda’s population.
The hike takes about three hours to reach the top if you include stopping a few times to give your legs a rest on the way up. The peak is a great place to rest and enjoy a pack lunch while overlooking the innumerable hills that crowd the horizon in all directions.
After the hike we will then proceed to Musanze. Arriving to your lodge in the afternoon for check in, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day3: Hike to the Bisoke Volcano (3,711M)

After an earlier morning breakfast at around 7 Am, we head to the park headquarter for legislation.
Hiking the Bisoke is organized as a one Day hike and starts early in the morning. However it might take you around 3-4 hours getting up to the summit depending on how physically fit you are. A park ranger will escort you to the top of the volcano. On a clear Day you will enjoy the beautiful crater lake and the views of the other virunga volcanoes. Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes, shady bamboo forest and an exhilarating climb! After your excursion transfer to Musanze for overnight at your hotel. The Bisoke with an altitude of 3.711 m is the fourth highest mountain of the virunga chain and has a beautiful lake on the top. The crater lake is the greatest of the virunga chain.
It straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the summit is located in Rwanda. It is located approximately 35 km northeast of the town of Goma and adjacent Lake Kivu.
Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 metres (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.
The mountain is located within Rwandan Volcanoes National Park and Congolese Virunga National Park. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rainforest and alpine meadows. The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Bisoke is one of the mountains considered habitat for the Endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is located in the valley to the west.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day4: Hike to the Muhabura Volcano (4,127M)

Standing tall as the second highest peak in the Volcanoes National Park, Mt Muhabura is also the most easterly volcano in the Virunga range, and marks the border between Rwanda and Uganda.
From the top of the volcano one can enjoy fantastic views over the other five volcanoes and the “twin lakes”. There is a crater lake near the summit and the vegetation is usually drier
than in other areas of the Volcanoes National Park, with giant heather thriving on the volcano’s slopes.
The climb can be physically demanding and the slopes are very steep. The name Muhabura means sentinel in Kinyarwanda (the local dialect) and its typically shaped silhouette can be seen from many parts of the country. The hike will typically take a full day.
Mount Muhabura, also known as Mount Muhavura, is an extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. At 4,127 m, Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range, which is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Muhabura lies partly in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and partly in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda.
The name Muhabura means The Guide in the local language, Kinyarwanda, which probably derives from a historical use of the mountain to aid navigation. It can be seen from many parts of Uganda and Rwanda because of its slope.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day5 & 6: Hike to the Highest Pick: The Karisimbi Volcano (4,507M)

Today we get prepared for a two days hike to the Mount Karisimbi.
Mount Karisimbi is the highest of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. It is a big dome, now dormant, that dominates the range, more in girth than in height. Its name in Kinyaruanda known as white shell, which refers to its often white-capped summit. Interestingly, this cap results not from snow but from hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms. It is located within the Parc National Des Volcano, and many of the volcanoes are connected by good trails.
The going is quite steep and good navigation is required not only through the lower slopes, but also on the mountain itself. It combines of secondary jungle and in the most gives an aerie appearance. It is close the jungle HQ of Dianne Fossey the renowned gorrila expert.
The ascent of Karisimbi (at 4,507m the sixth-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Ruwenzori, Mount Meru (Tanzania) and Ras Dashen in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains) is a two-day excursion; ORTPN will provide guides but trekkers should have suitable clothing and equipment. This activity needs to be arranged at least 2 days in advance. Cost is $400 and with the guide but you may need to pay an extra $10 for tent hire.
At all most 2,067m ASL, you reach near to the Dian Fossey tomb and gorilla graveyards (but visiting would need you to pay more fees). Your will then traverse different vegetation zones: bamboo and wild celery on the lower slopes, ideal food for gorillas. Then hagenia forest, with old man’s beard moss on the branches. Then above 3,000m, the marvelous giand groundsel and giant lobelia. Your first camp is at 3,700, a similar altitude to Bisoke, clearly visible behind the camp.
Accommodation: In the Jungle.
Meals: Full Board

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Check out

Today, it’s your day for packing, and get ready to be transferred to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.
The drive from your hotel to Kigali will generally around 2hours and half.
Depending on your flight time you can first do the city tour of Kigali The tour will include the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the trading center, the ministry area, the UN memorial (where the ten blue helmets were killed at the onset of the genocide), the post-genocide development and expansion of Kigali, the new and modern residential quarter and other sites.
Meals Plan: Break Fast
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10 Days / 9 Night Nyungwe, Volcanoes, Lake Kivu and cultural Tour

gorillas2Day 1: Arrival Kigali International Airport

Meet and greet our tour guide/ driver who will shortly brief you about your tour in Rwanda and immediate transfer to your hotel in Kigali for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 2: Depart For Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe National park which takes about 6 ½  hrs drive via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium.

Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.Have Lunch in Butare and thereafter continues to Nyungwe  national park if time allows you can also visit the  Murambi Genocide Memorial and this is one of the genocide museum that really witness the true reality about the Rwandan Genocide.

Overnight:  From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking and Nature Walk

After an early morning breakfast you will drive to this park for the starting point of your chimpanzee trek. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). About only 400 individuals, the population in Rwanda is an endangered one. However; it should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day.

Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and it is an incredibly rich area of biodiversity. Return to the lodge for lunch then later depart for your nature walk visiting Kamiranzovu waterfall. The forest comprises amongst many things at least 200 tree species over 280 bird species and more than 100 different types of colorful butterfly which make it a true feast of the senses for the nature lover. Later return for dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

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Day 4: Colobus Monkey tracking and transfer to Kibuye.

After a leisure morning breakfast we head again to the National Park, you will have the opportunity to do the Colobus monkey trekking. The most famous of Nyungwe’s primates is the Ruwenzori colobus a race of the further wide spread Angola colobus which is confined to the Albertine Rift. The Ruwenzori colobus is extremely arboreal as well as acrobatic leaf-eater, simply differentiated from any different primate discovered in Nyungwe by its contrastive black general color in addition to snow-white whiskers, shoulders plus tail tip.

Later you will be transferred to Kibuye which takes around 4 hours from Nyungwe. Kibuye is most Rwandan lake Ports, nestled in a series of interwoven and undulating hills and offering clients spectacular view of the lake, its islands and the stunning surrounding country side. It is considered one of Rwandan hidden treasures, with its lush green hills and peaceful breeze.

Many stops will be made on the way to admire the views and the scenery of the beautiful mountains surrounding the Lake Kivu, the beautiful island in the lake, the people and a lot more.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 5: Depart For Gisenyi

After breakfast continue on to Gisenyi, Rwanda, the largest port on Lake Kivu arriving in time for check in and later lunch at your hotel. Take a swim at Lake Kivu one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.The afternoon is spent in this largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu (You will be in the company of our guide to show you around). Enjoy a boat ride to one of the islands in Lake Kivu. Simply explore the town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the old colonial buildings .Later stay for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

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Day 6: Depart For the Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast you will depart for Ruhengeri with a stop at the Imbabazi Orphanage- Rosamond Halsey Carr (1912-2006) founded the Imbabazi Orphanage in 1994. Since that time Roz and her staff have cared for more than 400 children but however the children’s home was closed down by the government owing to the fact that this does not match the Rwandan beliefs- However all the children are now adults and have guardians following up on them. Roz wrote the book “Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda,” with her niece, Ann Howard Halsey, chronicling her love affair with one of the world’s most beautiful and tormented regions. She is also the 2004 recipient of the Volvo for Life Award and a movie chronicling her life is currently in production. Take a walk around the homestead and also get see lots of flowers that were planted by her as she really loved flowers.

Have a cup of tea/coffee as you watch the local dancers and enjoy the traditional way of local entertainment. This is Rwandan traditional dancing; and guests will enjoy the performance and later be given an opportunity to join in the dance. Continue to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of the five volcanic mountains – The virungas. Arriving at your lodge check in and have lunch.

After lunch Depart for the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo- These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. These twin lakes are great spots to be visited and used to be referred to as neglected gems but things have changed and Bulera and Ruhondo are a place not worth missing out on. Their deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls with the outlines of the nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop. Get to the view point then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After 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. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today.

You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if cannot you trek far) It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later dinner and overnight.

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Day 8: Optional 2nd Gorilla Tracking

After a morning breakfast, reports to the park headquarter for your second experience with different gorilla family or you can decide to visit the same group for the second time.

After the trekking your Day is at leisure.

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Day 9: Golden Monkey or the Dian Fossey site Tracking and Intercultural Exchange

This day, you will either go for golden monkey tracking or go for Dian Fossey hike at Karisoke research centre, where Dian, an American anthropologist spent years researching and concerving the gorillas before she was killed and is buried there next to Digit, a silverback gorilla.

The Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park, entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkey’s that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

After the trekking, your guide will discuss with you about the possible option such as visit the local market, the Ibyiwacu community village (a village of former poachers including the pygmies). Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: From Luxury, Midrange, to Budget Facilities

Day 10: Volcanoes National park – City Tour and Departure

After breakfast you will bid your host good bye to the volcanoes park home for the mountain gorilla and depart for Kigali. Arriving in Kigali visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

We will again visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market. Also engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.

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