5 Days Gorillas & Chimps in Rwanda (CSU-057)

imagezMountain Gorilla in PNV, Rwanda
This is one of the shortest Rwanda safari that captures the essence of Rwanda ” a visit to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board

Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
From Parc National des Volcano, head to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest. Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Lodge

Day 4 : Nyungwe Forest
Take Breakfast and then assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start you hike in Nyungwe forest . Nyungwe Forest NP is a trekkers’ paradise. It hosts 25% of the African Primates! Have Lunch . The exploration continues in the afternoon along different beautiful trails available then encounter the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take 2 up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike that can be managed by any body! If you missed the Angola Colobus in the morning primates trek then can try to trek towards the tea factory where another troop is hosted. An encounter is a thrilling moment! . Return late afternoon and overnight at Gisakura Lodge.

Day 5 : Return to Kigali
Return to Kigali. Visit the cultural museum in Butare enroute. Transfer to Kigali or to the airport for your home bound flight.

End of the Safari

4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda (CSU-046)

image511This is a 4 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda with gorilla tracking twice in Volcanoes National park, home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board

Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
Optional second gorilla trek or a trek to the endangered Golden Monkeys. Alternatively a trek to the grave of the legendary Dian Fossey can be chosen. All treks are at additional cost.
Return to Kigali in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Kigali full board

Day 4: Genocide Memorial Sites
Time permitting visit to the genocide memorial and transfer to Kigali airport. Breakfast

3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda (CSU-038)

imagezThis is one of the shortest Rwanda safari that captures the essence of Rwanda ” a visit to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board
Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
Time permitting visit to the genocide memorial before transfering to Kigali airport for your return flight

Visit Rwanda 9 Days

9 Days Visit Rwanda

Rwanda has a number of unique delights to offer; from the renowned mountain gorillas to which Dian Fossey dedicated her life, chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest montane forests in Central Africa, Rwanda has much to offer to wildlife enthusiasts. Visit Rwanda and Experience all the highlights in just one trip! From the Genocide Memorial sites in Kigali to the wilderness in Akagera, the African jungle in Nyungwe Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in Volcanoes National Park.



Accomodation: Self Contained Cottages

Meal Plan: FullBoard

Transport: Landcruiser 4*4


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Trip Overview

Starts and ends in Kigali

Day 1:Arrival

Day 2: City Tour-Transfer To Akagera National Park

Day 3: In Akagera National Park

Day 4: Transfer To Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5: Primates Tracking In Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 6: Transfer To Lake Kivu Rubavu

Day 7: Transfer To Volcanoes National Park/ Musanze Province

Day 8: In Volcanoes National Park

Day 9: Return To Kigali International Airport and Departure

Highlights For The Safari

  • Primate Tracking
  • City Tour
  • Game Drive
Safari Route MapDetailed ItineraryWhat is IncludedThe Safari Plan Excludes
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport–To Lodge
On arrival at the Kigali International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide from Cheetah Safaris and then transfer to your accommodation for an overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxury; Serena Hotel Kigali/ Hotel des Milles
Mid range Novetel Hotel/ Chez Lando/ Okapi Hotel

Day 2: City Tour-Transfer To Akagera National Park
After breakfast, you will go for a guided city tour where you will also visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Center and the craft market. Thereafter, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant and then continue to your lodge in Akagera National Park for an overnight.

Day 3: In Akagera National Park
With your packed breakfast, we will head north of the national park where we will do a game drive with possibilities of sighting zebras, giraffes, elephants, herds of antelopes, buffalos, etc. You will also marvel at lots of bird species.
Thereafter, we will return to the lodge in time for lunch and in the afternoon go for a boat ride along Lake Ihemba, with possibilities of seeing lots of aquatic birds, large schools of hippopotamuses, large Nile crocodiles, reptiles, plus antelopes, buffaloes and elephants quenching their thirst at the banks of the lake

Day 4: Transfer To Nyungwe Forest National Park
Early breakfast and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. On route, we will have a stopover in Huye Town (or Butare) where you will have a chance of visiting the museum, enjoy the Itore Cultural Group perform and if possible visit a university. You will enjoy lunch at a restaurant.

Accommodation:
Luxury; Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabinyo Silver Back: Gorilla Nest (Anna Cottage) FB
Mid- Range; Gorilla volcanoes hotel / La’ Palma FB
Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 5: Primates Tracking In Nyungwe Forest National Park

After early breakfast, we will transfer to the Park headquarters for a briefing before setting off to track chimpanzees and other primates like the vervet monkeys, the white and black colobus monkeys, mangabeys, etc. You will also sight a variety of bird species and lots of butterflies.
Return to the lodge and in the afternoon, you can do an optional activity.

Accommodation:
Luxury; Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabinyo Silver Back: Gorilla Nest (Anna Cottage) FB
Mid- Range; Gorilla volcanoes hotel / La’ Palma FB
Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Optional activities:
– Go for a 2 hours guided canopy walk. At a height of about 45 meter above the ground, you will have a beautiful view of the park and some of the primates in the canopies.
– Go for a guided forest walk or waterfall trails
– Go for a guided walk into the tea plantations.

Day 6: Transfer To Lake Kivu Rubavu
After breakfast, we will transfer to Lake Kivu where you will do a half day kayaking experience. It’s an approximately 4 hours’ activity that starts from Kingfisher and goes through some communities that reside along the banks of the lake and some of the main tourist points.

Accommodation;
Luxury; Lake Kivu Serena Hotel FB/ Hotel Malahide Paradise FB
Mid range: Hotel Ubumwe / Lake View Apartments and Hotel
Budget: Palm Garden Resort/ Belvedere Hotel/ Stipp Hotel

Day 7: Transfer To Volcanoes National Park/ Musanze Province
Enjoy your breakfast and then transfer to Kinigi in Musanze Province, where you will do an optional activity.

Optional activity:
– You can do a guided community walk where you will visit the local communities, the Twa pygmies and also visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Center for traditional demonstrations. (Cost per pax: US$35)
– Go for guided trek to the twin lake (Cost per pax: US$25)
– You can visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International situated in Ruhengeri. (F.O.C)

Day 8: In Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, we will take a short drive to the Park headquarters for a briefing before setting off for mountain gorilla trekking. You will have a general briefing on the behaviours of the mountain gorillas as well as the strict rules that you are supposed to obey. Thereafter, you will be allocated to one of the habituated groups (& a guide) in the sector, which only welcomes 8 visitors a day to minimize behavioural disturbance and the risk of exposure to human-borne diseases. You will hike into the forest and once you have located them, you only have one hour to take photos, film, selfies, etc. Thereafter, you will walk back to the starting point.
Basing on the information received from the trackers by your guides, the hike can take from 3hr to 8hr in altitudes exceeding 7.600 feet.

Day 9: Return To Kigali International Airport and Departure
After breakfast, we will transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight. We recommend flights after 13:00 hours to avoid inconveniences.

  • Park entrance fee as indicated in the itinerary
  • A SAFARI VAN driven by an English speaking driver/guide. Exclusive use of vehicle.
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport.
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • All the accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water in the Car
  • International flights in and out of the country.
  • All services not indicated in the itinerary (any of the optional activities).
  • Mountain gorilla & chimpanzee permits as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks: sodas, wines, whiskies, brandies, beers, etc..
  • Rwandan visas: single entry visa costs US$30 and it is required for all countries that require visas for Rwanda (principle of reciprocity). Under the new application process, all visas must be applied online at least two weeks prior to travel: https://migration.gov.rw
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, telephone expenses, etc.
  • Hiring of Equipment at the Mountain such as Crampons,Climbing Boots, Rubber Boots, Climbing Ropes, Harness and Ice Axe.

TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS PACKAGE FROM USD

PACKAGE USD $
LUXURY:  3- 4 PERSONS EACH …..
MIDRANGE: 3- 6 PERSONS EACH …..
BUDGET:  4-6 PERSONS EACH …..

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Tourist Activities in Rwanda

While in Rwanda, you can undertake the following activities.

image411Gorilla trekking
The Parc Nacional des Volcans is most famous for gorilla tracking (Dian Fossey spent 18 years studying them here until her murder in 1985). Visits to old Karisoke are available as one of the activities in the Virungas. Old Karisoke is located in a beautiful meadow between the Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes with the Mikeno volcano in the distance. Remains of the old buildings can be seen as well as graves of some of the research gorillas that have died over the last 30 years, including the famous Digit which was killed by poachers, as well as that of Fossey herself.

 

Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes
This monkey is one of the most endangered primates in Africa and it is now thought that the only viable population of these monkeys is in the Virunga Volcanoes. Two groups are being habituated for visitors in the Virungas. The Kabatwa group is found in the east of the park, on the flanks of the Sabinyo volcano and has about 40 in the group. The Musongo Group lives higher up on the flanks of the Karisimbi volcano at an altitude of about 2800-3000 metres and has about 100 individuals.

image11 - CopyScenic and wildlife viewing
AKagera has attractions such as the beautiful undulating plains with dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland. The park has game life including the lions, zebras, antelopes, hippos, buffalo, leopards, apes, impala, crested herons, fish eagles, cormorants, giraffes, elephants, elands and warthogs.

Mountain climbing
The Virunga Volcanoes between Ruhengeri and Gisenyi are popular with climbers. Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most commonly climbed from Gisenyi.

Volcanic lakes – Kivu, Bulera, Ruhondo
There are five volcanic lakes on the borders of Rwanda and Uganda with their own special attractions. Lake Kivu , on the Rwanda/Congo border, the largest, is like a giant inland sea with some interesting lakeside towns. Kibuye and Gisenyi are a relaxing retreat for swimming, canoeing and water-skiing. The twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo are attractive places to visit.

This is a pleasant university town which contains the exceptional National Museum which has a fine display of the history of the country and people. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, built in memory of Princess Astrid of Belgium, is the largest in the country. At Nyanza, nearby, there is the court of the former King.

The tours take you to the genocide memorial sites in Kigali such as Gisozi genocide memorial site, Rebero genocide memorial site, Ntarama genocide memorial site, Nyamata genocide memorial site and Nyanza- Kicukiro genocide memorial site. The markets, the handicrafts, the Muslim quarter are some of the main places of interest.

Chimpanzee Tracking
This activity is carried out in Nyungwe Forest because the forest inhabits thirteen species of primate including chimpanzee, Rwenzori colobus and l’Hoest’s monkey. The colobus live in large groups, including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa.

3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda (CSU-036)

image611This is one of the shortest Rwanda safari that captures the essence of Rwanda ” a visit to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board

Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
Time permitting visit to the genocide memorial before transfering to Kigali airport for your return flight.

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari (CSU-044)

image411This is a 4 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda with gorilla tracking twice in Volcanoes National park, home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. Participants on this trip will, as extra options, also have the opportunity to visit the recently habituated Golden Monkeys or trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey.

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will pick you from Kigali International Airport for a transfer to Volcanoes National park (PNV). Have lunch either in Kigali or Ruhengeri depending on arrival time. Proceed north to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. You have the choice of staying at the moderately priced Gorillas nest or the Virunga Lodge which is a high quality eco lodge with magnificent views over both the volcanoes and Lake Burera and Ruhondo. There is also the option of staying at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Traveling time from Kigali to Volcanoes area; 3-4 hours.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in PNV
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience ” before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge / hotel.
Overnight Gorillas Nest or Virunga Lodge or Sabinyo Silverback lodge full board

Day 3: Genocide Memorial Sites / Airport Transfer
Optional second gorilla trek or a trek to the endangered Golden Monkeys. Alternatively a trek to the grave of the legendary Dian Fossey can be chosen. All treks are at additional cost.
Return to Kigali in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Kigali full board

Day 4: Genocide Memorial Sites
Time permitting visit to the genocide memorial and transfer to Kigali airport. Breakfast