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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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