Day One: Arrival
One your arrival at Kanombe airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to Kigali town. O/N: Hotel chez Lando Hotel (BB).
Day Two: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast you will head for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Make stops en route at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. You will visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum in Butare, You will have Lunch en route before proceeding to Nyungwe Forest across cute hilly sceneries modified by tea plantations en route. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)
Day Three: Nyungwe Forest
You will go primate tracking in the forest in search for chimpanzees, and colubus monkeys. You will continue on a guided nature walk in the forest searching for birds including; the black and white casqued hornbill, turaco and many others, the forest has over 300 species of birds. On the forest walk you will also see gisakura water falls. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)
Day Four: Nyungwe Forest
In Nyungwe Forest NP: guided nature walk or primate treks. Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)
Day Five: Nyungwe Forest NP -Lake Kivu
After breakfast you will go for a nature walk in the morning before leaving for Lake kivu in Kibuye. Drive through beautiful sceneries of tea plantations en route. Arrive Kibuye at the shores of lake kivu and take a late afternoon rest at the shores of cool water. O/N: Molia Resort (FB).
Day Six: Kibuye – Parc National des Volcans
Enjoy a relaxed morning at the shores with sunrise before taking a gentle drive to Parc National des volcans. You will see stunning sceneries of hills/volcanoes en rout to Kinigi where you will rest in your hotel overnite: O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Hotel La Palme (FB)
Day Seven: Parc National des Volcans (Gorilla tracking)
After breakfast, you will drive to the Park Headquarters for briefing by the guides before heading for gorilla tracking in the park. Tracking can be hard ad challenging hence requires physical fitness of the participants. Parc National des Volcans is a forest with hilly sceneries, steep slopes and swamps can make tracking a hard and tiring experience. Tracking can take as long as up to 9 hours of a walk in the forest searching for the gorillas. However an our of interaction with this closest relatives to human is indeed a rewarding experience. O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Hotel La Palme (FB)
Day Eight: Golden Monkey tracking and Volcano climbing
You will climb Bisoke volcano and or Karisimbi volcano stunning scenery, crater lake which give nice views and forested slopes with bamboo forest. You will track golden monkeys which are listed a mong the endagered animal species, you may also visit the grave of Dian Fossey and the Research Centre he established at Karisoke. Drive back to Kigali for and overnight. O/N: Chez Lando Hotel (BB).
Day Nine: Kigali City – Akagera Park
After breakfast, take a few hours visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi before transferring to Akagera National Park. Drive to the Eastern part of Rwanda via Kayonza to Akagera National Park, Arriving later in the afternoon. O/N: Akagera Game Lodge (FB).
Day Ten: Akagera Park
Take a morning game drive to view the giraffes. later break for lunch after which you will go for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema searching for hippos, crocodiles and a variety bird species. You will continue your exploration along the lakes Kivumba, and to the giraffe valley before returning to the lodge for an evening rest. O/N: Akagera Game Lodge (FB).
Day Eleven: Akagera NP – Kigali
You will take an early morning breakfast after which you will visit the height of Mutumba and view all the Akagera lakes from the highest point in the park. Here Karangwe mountains and Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania can be seen from a distance. Descend to a resort at the shores of the lake for lunch after which you will drive back to Kigali and transfer to Kanombe airport for your flight back home.
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