MAJESTIC RWANDA

08 Days / 07 Nights

Day 1: Kigali

Arrival at Kigali international airport, met and transferred to your Kigali Hotel. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Dinner on own arrangements.

Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Lenigo Hotel. (Bed and breakfast)

Day 2 Kigali – Nyungwe National Park.

Breakfast at your hotel,

Drive to Nyungwe National park via Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions, visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's Palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda. You will also visit the Butare National Museum in Huye which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. A good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Butare.

Afternoon drive to the wonderful rainforest reserve of Nyungwe at an altitude range of between 1600 M-2950 M above sea level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30° C; average day temperatures 15°C. Nyungwe receives rainfall ranging 1800-2500 mm per year. Rainy season is September to May. Dry season June to August with some dry weeks in December and January. The main features and attractions in Nyungwe forest include Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa, Mt. Bigugu (2925M), Kamiranzovu marsh (13 Km²) . Nyungwe forest has 260 species of trees and shrubs and Over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias. For those interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus

Dinner at your Lodge

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Nyungwe Top View Lodge. (Full Board)

Day 3 Nyungwe National Park – Lake Kivu / Kibuye

Early breakfast at your lodge.

Hike into Nyungwe Forest - Cymudongo, the natural habitats for a huge population of Chimps. Chimpanzees are great apes that are closely related to humans. Nyungwe Forest hosts these intelligent primates who are an endangered species. The forest harbours more than 275 endemic and migratory bird species recorded Including the Ruwenzori turaco, Ross’s turaco, Grey –cheeked hornbill, Red-throated alethe, Red-breasted sparrow hawk, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds.

Lunch at your Lodge

Afternoon, relax at the lodge or visit the nearby areas.

Overnight: NYUNGWE VILLAS or NYUNGWE FOREST LODGE (Full Boards)

DAY4: NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK- KIBUYE

After an early breakfast re-enter the forest, this will involve a long trek into the forest to enjoy the rainforest birds. During the morning's walk we are also likely to encounter other troops of primates.

Lunch at your lodge

Drive to Kibuye, also known as a beach city is in Karongi district, and the capital of Western Province of Rwanda. The city lies about halfway down the eastern shore of Lake Kivu, between Gisenyi and Cyagugu. The Ndaba Falls lie near the city. Lake Kivu is the largest of all lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda.

Dinner at your Resort / Lodge

Overnight: Comoran Lodge or Moriah Hill Resort (Full Board)

DAY5: KIBUYE – GISENYI

Dinner at your Resort / Lodge

Drive to Gisenyi by the lake shores of the Lake Kivu on the northwest part of Rwanda, Lake Kivu is one of the greatest Lakes in Rwanda, and is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valleys. The lake is a 2650 Square kilometer freshwater expanse.  Lake Kivu has an inland beach, the most serene environment within the central African Region. Extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along eastern Rwanda. Lake Kivu has a beautiful sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.

Dinner at the Kivu Serena Hotel.

Overnight:KIVU SERENA HOTEL(Full Boards)

Day 6: Lake Kivu – Parc National de Volcans – Gorilla Trekking

Early breakfast at your lodge

0430 hrs: Depart from your hotel.

0640 hrs: (approx) arrival at the Volcanoes National Park HQs

0700 hrs: Registration, where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 64 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost, US$10 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. 

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your Lodge for lunch.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. (Full Board)

Day 7: Parc National de Volcans – Kigali

Early breakfast at your lodge

Transfer again to the Volcanoes National Park’s Office to undergo the now familiar gorilla trekking formalities. Then re-enter the forest for the second and final gorilla trek visiting a different family from yesterdays.  

Lunch at your Lodge.

Depart from foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5 hrs),

Transfer to your Kigali Hotel /Dinner on own arrangements.

 Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Lemigo Hotel. (Bed and breakfast)

Day 8 Departure.

Breakfast at your Hotel followed by a city Tour of Kigali including 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 the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

 

Transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight.