The Price Includes:
– Return flights
– All airport transfers and assistance
– Accommodation in Kigali on Bed and Breakfast
– Accommodation on safari on Full board basis
– Private transport in a 4×4 tourist converted jeeps
– Services of an English speaking driver-guides
– Compulsory Emergency Evacuation Service
– Visit to the Kings Palace and Butare National Museum.
– Chimp permit(quoted separately)
– Gorilla permit(quoted separately)
– Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
– All taxes on the services quoted above
The Price excludes:
– Meals and beverages, other than specified.
– Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
– Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
– Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
– Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
– Personal, baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance.
– Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions listing above.
NB: Gorilla Permits US$1500 & Chimps permit US$90 per permit per person are not included in the per person costs above.
Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe National Park.
Arrival Kigali International Airport. Drive to Nyungwe National park via Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda after Kigali. Butare National Museum comprises of several academic and research institutions, Nyanza the former 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. Head to Butare National Museum in Huye, one of the well set-up ethnographic museum of East Africa. 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. The main features and attractions in Nyungwe forest include Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa, Mt. Bigugu, Kamiranzovu marsh. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Nyungwe National Park – Chimp Trek
Early breakfast at the lodge. Hike into Nyungwe Forest – Cymudongo, the natural habitats for a huge population of Chimpanzees which are an endangered species. The forest harbours more than 275 endemic and migratory bird species recorded Including the Red-throated alethe, Ruwenzori turaco, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Ross’s turaco, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds, Grey –cheeked hornbill among others. Lunch at the Lodge
Afternoon, relax at the lodge or visit the nearby areas.
Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 3: Nyungwe National Park – Lake Kivu / Gisenyi
After breakfast drive to Gisenyi a city that lies on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is one of the greatest Lakes in Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, a section of the Great Rift Valley. The lake is a 2650 Square kilometer freshwater expanse. Lake Kivu has an inland beach, the most serene environment within the central African Region.
This splendid inland sea enclosed by steep terraced hills along eastern Rwanda. The Lake has a beautiful sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels.
Overnight at the hotel/lodge.
Day 4: Lake Kivu – Parc National de Volcans – Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast depart for Volcanoes National Park.
Commence 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.
The moment the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.
After the trek, transfer to your Lodge for lunch. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 5: Parc National de Volcans – Kigali
After an early breakfast transfer again to the Volcanoes National Park. After the trekking formalities, re-enter the forest for the second and final gorilla trek visiting a different family from yesterdays. Lunch at the Lodge.
Depart from foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive south past the plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Experience the sheer green hanging on the hills a perfect picture of – a land of a thousand fertile green hills. Transfer to your Kigali Hotel
Overnight at a Kigali Hotel on Bed and Breakfast.
Day 6: Departure.
A city Tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial site a grim reminder of a devastating massacre 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.