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Best of Rwanda

KIGALI - NYUNGWE FOREST - LAKE KIVU - VIRUNGA MOUNTAINS - KIGALI - 9 Days * Lodge Safari

Day 1: Kigali
Arrive at Kigali Airport where you are met by our tour manager. Transfer to your hotel for a briefing. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel (B).

Day 2: Kigali - Butare - Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast you will departure for Butare. We visit the finest ethnographic museum of East-Africa is a National Museum, After lunch we drive to Nyungwe for an overnight at the Nyungwe Guest House.

East-Africa is a National Museum; absorbing displays of traditional artifacts are illuminated by a fascinating selection of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, providing insight not only into pre-colonial lifestyles, but also into the subsequent development of Rwanda as a modern African state. A traditionally constructed dome (Rugo) can be seen and we can arrange a performance by the famous "Intore" dancers.

Days 3 and 4: Nyungwe Forest
you will spend two days extensively visiting Nyungwe the only remaining high altitude rainforest in East Africa. After an early breakfast, we leave for a guided nature walk in Nyungwe Forest in search of primates. We take the whole day to explore Nyungwe and have a second overnight at the Nyungwe Guest House (Gisakura).

Nyungwe Forest in search of primates. Birdwatchers will also appreciate the exceptional rich bird life of this place which is a home to more than 275 bird species, making in the regions most important birding site. Nyungwe is a primate and bird nirvana!

Day 5: Nyungwe - Kibuye
After breakfast we head off to explore Lake Kivu. On our way to Kibuye we visit the Genocide Memorial of Bisesero. Lunch at the Guest house then we will take time for some relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu. Overnight at Molia Hill Lodge
Lake Kivu is the largest of numerous freshwater bodies that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda. Along the shores of Lake Kivu you will see the three resort towns: Cyangungu, Kibuye and Gisenyi. Kibuye with his Guest House is the most beautiful of the three. The place offers visitors rewarding glimpses into ancient African lifestyles.

Day 6: Kibuye - Gisenyi - Kinigi
After breakfast, boat trip to Gisenyi. You will be picked up in Gisenyi for lunch. We visit Goma, devastated by the eruption of the Nyamulagira volcano. The visit shows the fantastic capabilities of the local population to overcome this natural catastrophe! We drive to Ruhengeri and Kinigi for an overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).

Day 7: Gorilla tracking
after breakfast we report at the headquarters for your gorilla tracking day. After the trekking, lunch at the Kinigi guest house .in the afternoon an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region. Overnight at Virunga Lodge (BLD).

Day 8: Second Gorilla Trip or Hiking the Bisoke.
For those who would like to have a second gorilla trekking we invite you to visit one of the groups with a longer hiking time. Afterwards, we drive back to Kigali for overnight. Kigali Serena Hotel (BLD).

The Susa group which is located on the slopes of the Karisimbi has 35 members and will give you a great sense of achievement! (Extra gorilla permit not included).You may choose to trek for a second time or: Hike to the top of the Bisoke. On your way you will visit the former Karisoke Center and the grave of Dian Fossey .or a visit to the Golden Monkeys: the little-known Golden Monkey (cercopithecus mitis kandti) is listed as “endangered”, the newly habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones in Africa. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance.

Day 9: Kigali - Departure
After breakfast we explore the beautiful lakes of the region and leave for Kigali. Lunch in Kigali and in the afternoon Kigali city trip with some shopping. Transfer to Airport for departure flights.

  • PRICE PER PERSON SHARING: $4,340
  • GORILLA PERMIT: $515
  • OPTIONAL GOMA VISIT: $30
  • single supplement: $500

    • INCLUDES:
    Accommodation, meals as specified, land transportation, safari activities as specified, gorilla permit (x1), airport transfers and park fees.
    • EXCLUDES:
    Any airfare, visa fees, airport taxes, tips and gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
    • DEPARTURES:
    Departs on request with a minimum of 2 people subject to availability of gorilla permits.
    • NOTES
    Second gorilla permit: $515.
    Safaris are subject to availability of gorilla permits.
    Min. age is 15 years old.

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