12 Days Rwanda's Mountian Gorillas

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda

Upon your arrival at the airport in Kigali, our tour guide will welcome and transfer you to the hotel of your choice. Dinner and overnight at Mille Collines or Iris Hotel

Day 2: Kigali to Kinigi

After breakfast our tour guide will transfer you by road northwest of Rwanda to Kinigi for gorilla trekking the next day. Visit Lake Ruhondo and the surrounding community for cultural performance. We can arrange optional traditional dance lessons to experience local culture and learn how it is embedded in the Rwandan traditions. You may also desire to visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo for their breathtaking views of the Virunga mountain chain. A boat cruise on any of the lakes is also interesting. Overnight at Muhabura Hotel or Kinigi Guest House (FB)

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

Wake up for gorilla trekking. At Kinigi – the park headquarters for Volcano National Park you will be briefed by the park ranger. Then begin the gorilla trek into the rainforest on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Encountering the mountain gorillas is an exciting wildlife experience in Africa. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Overnight at Muhabura Hotel or Kinigi Guest House (FB)Golden Monkey

Day 4: Golden monkeys trekking

In the morning return to the forest for trekking golden monkeys and later after lunch transfer to Lake Kivu. A swim in this fresh and bilharzia – free lake is quite rewarding. Dinner and overnight stay at Serena Hotel or Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 5: Lake Kivu and Butare

At Lake Kivu a boat cruise to the coffee growing island is interesting. The spectacular view of Nyiragongo Volcano which erupted recently in 2002 and devastated many lives of Congolese living in the Goma area offers the beauty to this area. Lake Kivu is a large deposit of fresh water that marks the western border with DR Congo and part of the Great Lakes of Africa. Beneath the lake lie enormous reserves of approximately 55 billion cubic of dissolved methane gas now being exploited. It lies in the Albertine Rift, and empties into the Ruzizi River, flowing southwards into Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight stay at Serena Hotel or Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 6: Nyungwe Forest Tour

Very early in the morning set off for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest is home to some 25% of the African primate species. We shall begin with trekking hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angolan Colobus monkeys, as well as the handsome L’hoest monkeys. Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to 13 different primate species, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, the l’hoest monkeys and the largest known troop of agile Angolan Colobus in the world. There are l’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys are often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking. The diverse habitats attract a vast range of species of plants, insects, birds and mammals, making Nyungwe a premier destination in Africa for naturalists. An extensive network of well-maintained walking trails penetrates the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee Trek

In the morning, trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest national park. In the afternoon transfer to Nyanza. In the afternoon drive to Nyanza, the historical seat of the ancient Rwandan kings where we shall visit the Palace and enjoy some traditional story-telling by some of the village elders. The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as expert warriors but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump almost 2.5 meters. The Intore gained an international reputation as dancers in 1958 when they performed at the World Expo held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a lion mane made of sisal fiber, and little bells on each ankle, the warriors dance, accompanied by wonderful drummers and a beautiful choir, is a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection. Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Lodge

Day 8: Visit of the Butare National Museum

In the morning visit the National Museum in Butare which was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government who returned much of the ethnographic collection obtained during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and are amongst the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly intact during the civil war in 1994. Return to Kigali and stay for a dinner and overnight Milles Collines or similar other

Day 9: Akagera National Park

In the morning, transfer to Akagera national park for a wildlife safari. This is one of the most complex Savannah ecosystems of East Africa with impressive landscapes, extraordinary bird life and the occasional big game animal. Some of the tourist activities include game drives, canoeing and fishing. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB)

Day 10: Wildlife Tour in Akagera NP

In the morning enjoy a game drive before returning to Kigali. Dinner and overnight at Mille Collines or Iris Hotel

Day 11: Kigali City Tour

Reserve this day for relaxation and a tour of Kigali City. You may visit the Kigali Memorial site and handicraft shops. You may also arrange to have excursions in and around Kigali including a trip to the spectacular Rusumo Falls.

Day 12: Departure

This day is reserved for your shopping and departure subject to your flight schedule. Note: We arrange safaris to Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Don’t hesitate to consult us for any other tour arrangement in East Africa.
 

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda

Upon your arrival at the airport in Kigali, our tour guide will welcome and transfer you to the hotel of your choice. Dinner and overnight at Mille Collines or Iris Hotel

Day 2: Kigali to Kinigi

After breakfast our tour guide will transfer you by road northwest of Rwanda to Kinigi for gorilla trekking the next day. Visit Lake Ruhondo and the surrounding community for cultural performance. We can arrange optional traditional dance lessons to experience local culture and learn how it is embedded in the Rwandan traditions. You may also desire to visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo for their breathtaking views of the Virunga mountain chain. A boat cruise on any of the lakes is also interesting. Overnight at Muhabura Hotel or Kinigi Guest House (FB)

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

Wake up for gorilla trekking. At Kinigi – the park headquarters for Volcano National Park you will be briefed by the park ranger. Then begin the gorilla trek into the rainforest on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Encountering the mountain gorillas is an exciting wildlife experience in Africa. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Overnight at Muhabura Hotel or Kinigi Guest House (FB)Golden Monkey

Day 4: Golden monkeys trekking

In the morning return to the forest for trekking golden monkeys and later after lunch transfer to Lake Kivu. A swim in this fresh and bilharzia – free lake is quite rewarding. Dinner and overnight stay at Serena Hotel or Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 5: Lake Kivu and Butare

At Lake Kivu a boat cruise to the coffee growing island is interesting. The spectacular view of Nyiragongo Volcano which erupted recently in 2002 and devastated many lives of Congolese living in the Goma area offers the beauty to this area. Lake Kivu is a large deposit of fresh water that marks the western border with DR Congo and part of the Great Lakes of Africa. Beneath the lake lie enormous reserves of approximately 55 billion cubic of dissolved methane gas now being exploited. It lies in the Albertine Rift, and empties into the Ruzizi River, flowing southwards into Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight stay at Serena Hotel or Paradise Malahide Hotel

Day 6: Nyungwe Forest Tour

Very early in the morning set off for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest is home to some 25% of the African primate species. We shall begin with trekking hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angolan Colobus monkeys, as well as the handsome L’hoest monkeys. Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to 13 different primate species, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, the l’hoest monkeys and the largest known troop of agile Angolan Colobus in the world. There are l’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys are often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking. The diverse habitats attract a vast range of species of plants, insects, birds and mammals, making Nyungwe a premier destination in Africa for naturalists. An extensive network of well-maintained walking trails penetrates the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee Trek

In the morning, trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest national park. In the afternoon transfer to Nyanza. In the afternoon drive to Nyanza, the historical seat of the ancient Rwandan kings where we shall visit the Palace and enjoy some traditional story-telling by some of the village elders. The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as expert warriors but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump almost 2.5 meters. The Intore gained an international reputation as dancers in 1958 when they performed at the World Expo held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a lion mane made of sisal fiber, and little bells on each ankle, the warriors dance, accompanied by wonderful drummers and a beautiful choir, is a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection. Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Lodge

Day 8: Visit of the Butare National Museum

In the morning visit the National Museum in Butare which was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government who returned much of the ethnographic collection obtained during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and are amongst the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly intact during the civil war in 1994. Return to Kigali and stay for a dinner and overnight Milles Collines or similar other

Day 9: Akagera National Park

In the morning, transfer to Akagera national park for a wildlife safari. This is one of the most complex Savannah ecosystems of East Africa with impressive landscapes, extraordinary bird life and the occasional big game animal. Some of the tourist activities include game drives, canoeing and fishing. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB)

Day 10: Wildlife Tour in Akagera NP

In the morning enjoy a game drive before returning to Kigali. Dinner and overnight at Mille Collines or Iris Hotel

Day 11: Kigali City Tour

Reserve this day for relaxation and a tour of Kigali City. You may visit the Kigali Memorial site and handicraft shops. You may also arrange to have excursions in and around Kigali including a trip to the spectacular Rusumo Falls.

Day 12: Departure

This day is reserved for your shopping and departure subject to your flight schedule. Note: We arrange safaris to Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Don’t hesitate to consult us for any other tour arrangement in East Africa.