8 Days/7Night Pure Nature, Cultural and Historical Tour.

HIGHLIGHT

DayLocationsAccomodationsMealsActivities
1
  • Kigali
  • Serena hotel (L)
  • Mille collines (L)
  • Okapi Hotel (Low B)
D
  • Museum
2
  • Nyamata
  • Kigali
  • Serena hotel (L)
  • Mille collines (L)
  • Okapi Hotel (Low B)
FB
  • Museum
  • city tour
3
  • Butare
  • Nyungwe
  • Nyungwe Forest Lodge
  • Gisakura Guest house
FB
  • Cultural
4
  • Nyungwe
  • Nyungwe Forest Lodge (LUX)
  • Gisakura Guest house (LOW)
FB
  • Primate
  • Trekking
5
  • Kibuye
  • Betanie Hotel (MID)
FB
  • Scenery
6
  • Musanze
  • Sabyinyi silver Back Lodge (LUX)
  • Mountain Gorilla view Lodge (MID)
  • Kinigi Guest house (Low B)
FB
  • Lake kivu
7
  • Musanze
  • Sabyinyi silver Back Lodge (LUX)
  • Mountain Gorilla view Lodge (MID)
  • Kinigi Guest house (Low B)
FB
  • community Activities
8
  • Musanze
  • Kigali
  • Check Out
FB
  • Caves- Depart
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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.
In the evening we will go to visit the Kigali cultural center whereby we will be entertained by the traditional Culture Dances and also enjoy the traditional dinner together with the local in the scene. After the dinner you will go back to your hotel in Kigali.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day3: Kigali – Butare – Nyungwe National Park.

We will then begin our journey to the city of Butare, the original capital of Kigali and intellectual centre of Rwanda. Passing through magnificent hills and cultivated countryside, we will stop along the way and visit the famous King’s Palace in Nyanza, which offers visitors a window into pre-colonial Rwandan history. For those who are interested, we can also visit the art museum at Rwesero Nyanza. Upon arrival in Butare, we will have lunch and then go to the National Museum, which will provide you with a deeper insight into Rwandan history and culture.
The National Museum of Rwanda is located in the town of Butare approximately 135 kilometers south of the capital city of Kigali. Butare is considered to be the intellectual centre of the country with its National Museum, arboretum, and several academic (university) and research institutions.The museum is situated on more than 20 hectares of land, of which, the buildings themselves occupy 2,500 square meters. The remaining land has been made into gardens containing indigenous vegetation and a traditional craft training centre making the entire site an educational experience and a pleasure to visit.
After the visit we proceed to Nyungwe National park. Visit the Murambi Genocide Museum on the way to nyungwe.
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 survivor 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.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day4: Nature walk in Nyungwe National Park.

On this day, you will embark on a on a nature walk in the forest to explore Nyungwe’s unique features including waterfalls and orchids in the high altitude swamps. While hiking, you may see a variety of primates and bird species found only in this amazing park.
Nyungwe is most alluring for its primates: 13 species in all, including humankind’s closes living relative the chimpanzee, as well as handsome L’Hoest’t monkey and Hundred- strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Columbus. This is also known as the lagest block of mountain forest in east or central Africa, and one of the most ancient. In the afternoon, (depending on available time), we offer you a choice of value-added activities from the following: Participate in tea harvesting in the neighboring local communities. Visit a tea factory and learn about the production processes of one the highest quality teas produced in East Africa. Visit local artisan groups to learn and participate in this and other local community income-generating projects. This is also an opportunity to purchase locally-made crafts and products. Listen to a presentation on the ecology of Nyungwe Forest National Park and the ongoing conservation efforts, including the managing of the dynamics and coexistence of park/wildlife and local communities.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day5: Transfer to Kibuye on Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the great lakes in Africa and the largest of the fresh water lakes that gleam in the Albertine (Western) rift of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu stands at 1461m (4,790ft) above sea level establishing it as Africa’s highest lake. The northern shore of the lake is often subject to eruptions from nearby Mt Nyiragongo. Kibuye is Rwanda’s most attractive of lake ports, nestled in a series of interwoven and undulating hills and offering visitors spectacular views of the lake, its islands and the stunning surrounding countryside. It is considered one of Rwanda’s hidden treasures, with its lush green hills and peaceful breeze. On the way, we will visit the L’Esperance Orphanage located in Kigarama on the way to Kibuye and witness firsthand how generous organizations and donations from individuals have helped this Children’s Village to thrive and have funded various innovative projects in and around the Village. Overnight in Kibuye.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day6: Transfer to Musanze via Gisenyi

Transfer to Musanze through crater Congo Nile. Arriving in Gisenyi we will first drive around the shower of Lake Kivu to visit the local fishing village, the hot water spring, the border between the democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to see the Lava of the last eruption of the Nyiragongo Active Volcano.
We will proceed to Musanze, arriving in Musanze after checking in to your hotel we will go to visit the Ibyiwacu cultural village.
Iby’Iwacu (literary means, treasures of our home, our heritage) is the village of former poachers to the mountain gorillas who abandoned poaching and decide the new local life and help in the conservation of the nature.
To this village you will learn much about the ancient Rwandan Kingdoms, the way they used the target of arrows when hunting, the traditional doctor and his medicine, their traditional dances that are more interesting and meaningful and so many others.
Here you will meet different Local people have a chance to interact with them and as well follow up their testimonies on how they used to hunting animals.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day7: Rusumo Falls, Snake Man and the Rwandan Magic

Today we will travel along the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo, admiring the beautiful view.
Arriving in Butaro district we will be able to visit the Rusumo falls! One of the water bodies that supply the twin lakes and also the source of the hydro power in this region.
After the visit to the falls we will proceed to visit the snake man who calls his snakes by using a traditional whistle.
In this visit we will enjoy the traditional meal for lunch and in the afternoon we go to spend time with great spiritual power, where the old shamanic ways are still alive and shamans can trace their lineage back through ancestors going back many hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It is about finding your humanity, and an understanding that my humanity is bound up with your humanity. It is also about respect for the old ways, the elders and our communities. It is about working with dreams, nature, the plant spirits and our ancestors (both our blood lines and our spiritual families).
Drive back in Musanze for your dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Dinner

Day8: Musanze Caves – Transfer to Kigali

After a leisure morning breakfast we head to visit the Musanze Cave. This is a 1800 Meters walk inside the cave.
Musanze Cave is a rather young lava cave in the Albertine Rift Valley. The volcanism started here with the Cretaceous 65 Million years ago, and is still going on. The cave was formed by a lava flow from the Bisoke and Sabyinyo volcanoes. It has a huge, 10m high, entrance portals and a length of two kilometers. Multiple roof collapses, which are common for lava caves, make a total of 31 entrances.
However, this is not the average lava tube, it is a much rarer type of cave called blister cave. Volcanic gas bubbles or blisters were collecting in solidifying lava and so the blisters solidified and became caves. The cave is a series of huge oval chambers, many of them connected, but not all of them. The result is actually number of caves which all together are called Musanze Cave.
Some of the Musanze Caves contain the remains of early human inhabitation. Two caves were excavated in 1983 by Van Noten. He called them Akameru and Cyinkomane, names which are forgotten now, as all caves are called Musanze Cave. Probably this is a result of the recent genocide, the whole town was renamed some time ago from Ruhengeri to Musanze. As a result the name Musanze Cave can not be older than this change of the town name.
After the visit to the cave we will go to visit the local market, the art and craft market for souvenirs before we head to Kigali for your out bound flight- End of Service

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