WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR!!
Primates Primates: Gorilla trekking and Golden Monkey tracking in Parc des Volcans and Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe.
Culture Rwanda´s Genocide Museum, Nyanza, Butare Museum, and Ibyiwatu Cultural
Game Drives ..and walks through Akagera National Park.
Akagera National Park is located in Eastern Rwanda, and is a drastically different environment characterized by swamps and wetlands. Elephants, hippos, and buffalo are common sites on a game drive, and occasionally a lion or leopard as well. For birders Akagera holds special significance as it has a recorded 500 species within the Park boundaries.
Walks through Nyungwe Forest. This ancient forest is one of the largest blocks of Montane forest in East Africa, and holds incredible botanical diversity with over 200 types of trees and a myriad of flowering plants that include the giant lobelia as well as a number of stunning orchids. The forest is home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees as well as L´Hoest and Colobus monkeys. For the birders among you Nyungwe hosts a recorded 300 bird species, with several Albertine Rift Endemics, the most notable being the great blue turaco.
Bragging Rights! Seeing the best of this beautiful country in just 8 days!!
|Day One||Kigali Travel Time: approx 20 minutes||Arrival at Airport in Kigali. Transfer to a hotel in Kigali Tour of city can be arranged.||Hotel in Kigali MEAL PLAN: Lunch and Dinner|
|Day Two||Kigali- Akagera National Park in Kigali approx- 1 hour.||After breakfast, you will explore Kigali by visiting the Genocide Museum and the crafts village. After lunch, you will proceed to Akagera National Park for two nights, having a game drive as you enter the park before retiring to your lodge in the evening.||Two Night stay at Lodge in Akagera National Park. MEAL PLAN:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
|Day Three||Akagera National Park Kigali. approx- 30 mins||Today, explore the park in your safari vehicle or get out and go by foot. Spend the day discovering Akagera before returning to the lodge in the evening.||Stay at Akagera park lodge. MEAL PLAN:Breakfast and Lunch.|
|Day Four||Akagera – Nyungwe Forest. approx- 3 hours||Today you depart Akagera for Nyungwe for two days. You will have lunch in Butare and stop at the genocide memorial, Nyanza and the Butare National museum, arriving at Nyungwe Forest in the evening.||Lodge in Nyungwe Forest. MEAL PLAN: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.|
|Day Five||Nyungwe Forest. approx- 2 hours||Today you will go for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest Spend the day in this incredible Forest returning in the evening to your lodge.||Stay at Lodge in Nyungwe Forest. MEAL PLAN: Lunch and Dinner.|
|Day Six||Nyungwe – Ruhengere. approx- 4 hours||This morning you will drive to Ruhengere passing alongside Lake Kivu viewing various islands before arriving at your hotel in the evening. You will need a good night´s rest for the following day´s gorilla tracking.||hotel in Ruhengere. MEAL PLAN:Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner.|
|Day Seven||Ruhengere. approx- 3 hours||Today you set off for gorilla trekking in Parc des Vol-cans. Ascending the slopes of the Virungas, you will be immersed in the dense, lush rain-forest. The vibrant bird-calls and squabbles of the golden monkeys will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat, a truly unforgettable experience. Returning in the afternoon, you can go for the optional Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance, where you will be entertained and learn more about Rwandan culture, music, dance, and drama or take a visit to the twin lakes before returning to the lodge in the evening.||Lodge in Ruhengere MEAL PLAN: Lunch and Dinner.|
|Day Eight||Ruhengere-Kigali. approx- 3 hours||There are so many options to choose from today as you get to decide between a second gorilla trek in the park, or tracking the endangered golden monkeys. You can also choose to visit the grave and final resting place of Diane Fossey and the gorilla cemetery. Later drive back to Kigali to transfer to your hotel or to the airport for your return flight.||Transfer to your hotel in Kigali or Fly out…|