9 Days Best of Rwanda Wildlife, Primates

Day 1, Arrival in Kigali and transfer to Akagera National Park
On arrival at the Airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative. Depending on the time of your arrival, early arrivals will enable you visit some places in Kigali like the shopping centers, Genocide Memorial sites and so on. In the afternoon you will transfer to Akagera National Park for dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 2, Game drive and boat ride
After breakfast, you will go for the morning breakfast to search for the large herds of game animals which the park is famous for and these include: Burchell's Zebra, lions, elephants, topi, giraffes, impalas and over 425 species of birds including the rare shoe billed stock, African jacana, sacred ibis goliath heron. Return back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, go for the boat trip on the Lake Ihema to see the large number of hippos, the huge Nile crocodile and so many bird species. Retire in the evening to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 3, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, you will proceed to Southern Rwanda and then to Nyungwe Forest National Park. En route stopovers at Gikongoro for a tour of the Genocide Memorial of Murambi. Have lunch in Butare town which is the 2nd town in Rwanda and also considered the cultural capital. The city hosts the university and the National Museum with very rewarding handicraft shops where typical products made by Rwandan artisans are sold. After this, you will proceed with your journey and visit the Royal Palace in Nyanza. Have lunch here and then later continue with your journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 4, Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe
After an early breakfast, you will leave the lodge or guest house around 5:00am and enter the forest to search for the Chimpanzees and also other primates like the Angolan colobus. The park hosts 13 species of primates and these include: chimpanzees, Rwenzori colobus, Hoest Monkey, silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon and so many others. You are also advised to carry with you a packed lunch and bottled mineral water. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 5, Transfer to Gisenyi town
After breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe and proceed to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the main fresh water body in Rwanda. Upon arrival, have lunch and after you can take an optional boat ride on the lake to the closest islands to discover unspoiled places and sceneries. The ride will also offer you beautiful views of the Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo which is the only still active volcano in East Africa and last erupted in 2002. Alternatively, you can relax on the beach as you wait for your dinner and overnight stay at Serena Kivu Hotel (Luxury) /Malahide Hotel (Mid range) Stipp Hotel (Budget)

Day 6, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Have breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe Forest National Park and transfer to northern Rwanda to the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes where Parc National Des Volcanoes is found. The drive from Nyungwe to Volcanoes will take you almost 5-6 hours. Upon reaching PNV you will relax as you prepare for your Gorilla trek the next day. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid range)/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)

Day 7, Mountain Gorilla tracking
After breakfast, you will transfer to the Park headquarters at 7:00am for a briefing from the ORTPN Ranger guides. After this, you will be accompanied by your ranger guide and start your trek into the forest to search for the habituated Mountain Gorilla family allocated to your group. You are reminded to bring with you packed lunch and bottled Mineral water. In terms of clothes, trekking boots, long sleeved shirts and blouses, rain coats, and Cameras are highly recommended for the trek. The time you will spend in the forest searching for the Gorillas is not predictable as it depends on where they spend the last night. Once you come across the Gorillas, all the troubles you have gone through to reach them will be easily forgotten and instead utilize the1 hour you have with them to get a great experience. You can observe them in terms of behaviors as well as taking photographs. Return to the lodge for refreshments, dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid range)/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)

Day 8, Golden Monkey trekking/Dian Fosse’s grave
After breakfast, you will go for the trekking of the Golden Monkeys in the Virunga forest. Alternatively, you can trek the Dian Fosse’s grave and also visit her research center at Karisoke. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid range)/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)

Day 9, Transfer back to Kigali and departure
After breakfast, you will transfer back to Kigali where upon arrival, you will go for a Kigali city tour and visit places like the cultural and traditional sites such as the handicraft markets, the local markets, the museum and the Genocide memorial and the education center. After this, you will transfer to the Airport for your outbound flight back home

 

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