08 NIGHTS 09 DAYS RWANDA INTREPID PRIMATES & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

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Nyungwe-Volcanoes-Akagera National Park

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Kigali International Airport. Meet & Greet Services, followed by transfer to your Kigali hotel. *subject to Covid-19 protocols
Overnight on Bed & Breakfast basis:
Top-range 5Star: Kigali Serena Hotel www.serenahotels.com
Mid-range, 4Star: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel www.parkinn.com

Day 2
Kigali/Nyungwe Forest National Park

Early morning after breakfast, depart Kigali and head to the south of the country, destined for Nyungwe Forest National Park. 260km, 5.0hrs
Enroute, visit Rwanda’s Cultural & Historic Towns of Nyanza & Butare, with museum visits.
Lunch at one of Butare Town’s popular restaurants.
Afternoon, complete your journey to the Nyungwe Forest region, arriving at your lodge in the early evening.
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5Star: Nyungwe House Resort www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Mid-range, 4star: Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel www.mantiscollection.com

Day 3
Nyungwe Forest – Chimps Trek/Canopy Hike

Morning, emerse yourself into the tranquility and awe-inspiring Nyungwe Forest, in your search for the Chimpanzees.
Upon sighting them, you remain in their presence for only one hour. At the end of your one hour with these wonderful primates, return to your hotel for freshening up and lunch.
Afternoon, take up the Adventure Canopy Hike– metal bridge suspended 90metres above ground and 160metres long, across a forest gorge – thus giving you a bird’s panoramic view across the forest canopy.
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5Star: Nyungwe House Resort www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Mid-range, 4star: Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel www.mantiscollection.com

Day 4
Nyungwe Forest – Colobus Monkeys Trek/Kibuye – Lunch/Volcanoes National Park

Early morning, enjoy trekking the beautiful but nonchalant Black & White Colobus Monkeys.
Freshening up and lunch at the hotel, followed by check-out.
Mid-morning, depart Nyungwe Forest region and drive north-wards – parallel to Lake Kivu shores, for central Lake Kivu town of Kibuye. 130km, 2.0hrs
Lunch at the lake-shore Cormoran Lodge, and brief photo opportunity of the lake sceneries.
Afternoon, proceed further north and then east, to the Volcanoes Mountains region – home to the Mountain Gorillas. 250km, 3.0hrs
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5Star: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge www.governorscamp.com
Mid-range, 4star: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge www.3bhotels.com

Day 5
Volcanoes Forest-Gorilla Trek/Cultural Village Visit

Morning, enjoy the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime thrilling adventure – Mountain Gorilla Trek, in the volcanoes forest.
After the one-hour audience with your gorilla family, drive back to your lodge – for freshening up and lunch.
After lunch, relax at the lodge – as you re-live the fresh memories of your close encounter with human being’s closest relative in the wild.
Late afternoon, enjoy a visit of the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village (Gorillas Guardians) visit – for some insights into the transformed lifestyle of these families of former gorilla poachers.
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5Star: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge www.governorscamp.com
Mid-range, 4star: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge www.3bhotels.com

Day 6
Volcanoes Forest-Golden Monkeys Trek/Kigali

Morning, undertake the Golden Monkeys Trek adventure in the volcanoes forest – trekking the only other member of the primate species, residing in the volcanoes forest.
Freshening up and lunch at the lodge, followed by check-out – ready for your journey back to Kigali.
• Before exiting the Volcanoes Mountains base town of Musanze, make a brief stop-over visit of the DIAN FOSSEY MUSEUM, in the town.
No Entrance fee, but donations are welcome
Then, bid farewell to the volcanoes mountains region and drive back to Kigali, arriving in the late afternoon, for check-in at your hotel.
Overnight on Bed & Breakfast basis:
Top-range 5Star: Kigali Serena Hotel www.serenahotels.com
Mid-range, 4Star: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel www.parkinn.com

Day 7
Kigali-City Tour/Akagera National Park

Morning, enjoy orientation tour of Kigali City, including a visit of the Genocide Memorial Museum.
Lunch at the Hotel Mille Collines – featured in the film “Hotel Rwanda”, regarding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide Against the Tutsis.
Afternoon, depart Kigali and drive to the east, destined for Akagera National Park – forming Rwanda’s eastern border with Tanzania. 150km, 2.5hrs
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5star: Ruzizi Tented Lodge www.ruzizilodge.com
Mid-range, 4star: Akagera Game Lodge www.mantiscollection.com

Day 8
Akagera National Park – Full Day Game-viewing

After early breakfast, drive into the park, for Full-Day Game-viewing and photography opportunity – traversing the different park terrain and sceneries, from south to the north of the park, with packed lunch provided by the lodge.
Late afternoon, drive back south and to your lodge, for evening at leisure.
Overnight on Full-board basis:
Top-range, 5star: Ruzizi Tented Lodge www.ruzizilodge.com
Mid-range, 4star: Akagera Game Lodge www.mantiscollection.com

Day 9
Akagera National Park – Boat Ride/Kigali/Depart

Morning, enjoy a Boat Ride on Lake Ihema – opportunity for more wildlife viewing from the comfort of your boat, followed by a short game drive.
Rest of the morning at leisure at the lodge; lunch followed by check-out.
Afternoon, drive back to Kigali – with drop-off at the airport, for your evening outbound flight.
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Important Tips – In preparation for your trek activity
Nyungwe & Volcanoes regions are high altitude areas of over 2,400 meters above sea level.
It is extremely chilly in the early mornings and evenings – warm clothing is therefore necessary.
While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly – it is necessary therefore to have:
• Water-proof clothing (jacket, with hood + trousers);
• Waterproof Zip-Lock bags for Cameras/Film/Passports/Money, e.t.c.;
• Hand Gloves (warm and water-proof), to keep hands warm and dry, as well as protect from stinging nettles;
• Hiking boots – with good mud-grip are most appropriate, especially in wet weather;
• Gaiters – to protect your trek trouser legs and boots against mud/wetness;
• Small hand/face towel, to wipe sweat off your face during the trek.

African Helicopter
• Did you know that physical challenge is no deterrent against enjoying the Once-In-a-Lifetime
adventure – Gorilla Trek?
*Either due to age/back/knee/respirotory, or any other challenges, you can still very successfuly participate in this thrilling expedition.
This is made possible with the use of the African Helicopter – which is a stretcher-like carriage similar to the Royal Carrier that was used by many cultures in ancient times, to transport the royalty from one location to another, in a sitting position.
– Four strong men were/are involved – two in front and two behind.
And another set of four men tagging along, for shift relief.

Cost Includes

  • • Kigali airport arrival/departure transfers + assistance
  • *VIP Meet & Assist Facilitation in the airport, available on request
  • • 01Night Accommodation in Kigali, on Bed & Breakfast basis ;
  • • Rwanda’s Historic & Cultural Towns museums visit + lunch, on Day 02;
  • • 02Nights Accommodation at Nyungwe Forest region, on Full-board basis;
  • • Extra lunch at Central Lake Kivu, enroute to Volcanoes Mountains, on Day 04;
  • • 02Nights Accommodation at the volcanoes, on Full-board basis;
  • • Cultural Village & Dian Fossey Museum visits, in volcanoes region;
  • • Kigali City Tour + lunch on Day 07;
  • (Inclusive of applicable Genocide Museum Hall Audio Guide fee) Main Quote Excludes:
  • • Meals and beverages, other than specified;
  • • ALL Treks & Hike Permits - Applicable permit fee is shown separate from main quote
  • • Any other sight-seeing activities or accommodation, other than indicated on the program;
  • • International & Regional airfares/Passport and visa fees;
  • • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines/ Personal and Baggage Insurance;

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08 NIGHTS 09 DAYS RWANDA INTREPID PRIMATES & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
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