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10 Day Rwanda Discovery

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $4600
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 10 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited: Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest
Activity level: Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Rwanda is not a big game destination, but the country offers some of the most scenic and picturesque views in East Africa. Lakes, such as Lake Kivu enclosed by steep, green terraced hills, Mountains and Montane forests

Day 1

Arrive in Kigali, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel (accommodation booked on bed and breakfast basis).

Kigali Serena Hotel is ideally located on one of Kigaliʹs most charming boulevards, the five‐star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centres on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all‐day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.


Wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV, WiFi and voice‐mail The Milima Restaurant The Sokoni Café and Bar The Executive Lounge and Bar Swimming pool, pool deck and gardens The Maisha Health Club Dedicated conference and social events centre

Day 2

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Nyungwe forest. On the way visit Nyanza King’s Palace, and the National Museum of Butare. Lunch en-route. Arrive at Nyungwe Forest Lodge in the evening.

Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge (BLD)

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is part of the Mantis Group of Boutique Hotels. The lodge was built to blend in with the surrounding environment and is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the forest. All of the rooms are forest facing, the accommodation is configured from 15x double luxury rooms (King bed), 7x twin luxury rooms and 2x suites (2 bedrooms, 1 with a king sized bed and the 2nd with twin beds). Lodge Facilities: Bistro with outdoor heated swimming pool, Boma area for outdoor dining and drinks, Relaxation retreat with a Jacuzzi pool, Fitness centre, Conference facilities, Tea lounge and bar Restaurant, including private room with private terrace Wireless internet access in the main lodge building.

Day 3

This morning we enter the lush rainforest in the search of the chimpanzee. Around 300 bird species, 24 of which are regional endemics and over 100 varieties of orchids and butterflies can be seen in this beautiful forest. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to explore the area. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (BLD)

Day 4

After breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest to track the black and white colobus monkeys.  Along the way have the chance to see thirteen species of primates 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. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (BLD)

Day 5

This morning we have the chance to view the forest from a canopy walkway. We will have a 45 minute walk into the forest and then walk above the tree tops on a suspended bridge. This gives excellent views of one of African’s largest temperate rainforests and offers the opportunity to view primates and birds at eye level. In the afternoon we drive to Kibuye on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu (4 hours). In the afternoon you have the opportunity to kick back and relax in and around the lodge. The lodge also has water sports equipment for hire.

Overnight at Cormoran Lodge (BLD)

Cormoran Lodge is situated on the edge of Lake Kivu. It has its own private beach and luxury chalets. The views from any part of the lodge are fantastic and you can take in the beauty of your surroundings whilst relaxing on your private baloney.

Day 6

In the morning we will drive** from Kibuye to Gisenyi allowing us to take in the beauty of Lake Kivu and the multiple islands. We will have lunch in Gisenyi before driving to Volcanoes National Park. The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda. Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bush buck.  There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains. **Alternatively we can take a private boat cruise of 2 hours from Kibuye to Gisenyi taking in the beauty of the lake and having the chance to visit the islands offshore and view the wide diversity of birdlife on the lake.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (BLD)

Located 15km from Musanze (Ruhengeri) and 100km from Kigali with spectacular views of the volcanoes that make up the Virungas Range is Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Experience the quiet and tranquility of nature where you are only 2-3km from the world famous and endangered Mountain Gorillas. MGVL has thirty-two chalets furnished with your comfort in mind. After a day visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park, the warmth of your personal fireplace awaits you.

If clients decide to use the boat from Kibuye to Gisenyi instead of driving, please add the prices below to the above per person prices. 2 clients: $175 per person 4 clients: $70

Day 7

Gorilla tracking day After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet.  The terrain is rough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier / shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (BLD)

Day 8

Second Gorilla tracking day

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (BLD)

Day 9

This morning we have the opportunity to explore Volcanoes National Park in the search for the rare golden monkeys. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where this activity is offered. We drive back to Kigali this afternoon.

Overnight Kigali Serena (BLD)

Day 10

This morning we have a city tour, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and other cultural sites. In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport for your international departure flight home. (BL)

The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where 250,000 people are buried. The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place where people can grieve those that they have lost. One of the principle reasons for the Centres existence is to provide an educational facility. Rwandans believe that it is extremely important for the younger generations of Rwandans who will not have lived through the genocide but whose lives will still be affected by it, to be able to have access to a place where they can learn about the reasons and affects of the genocide. The Centre includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide in 1994. There is also a children’s memorial, and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. The Education Centre, Memorial Gardens and National Documentation Centre of the Genocide all contribute to a meaningful tribute to those who perished, and form a powerful educational tool for the next generation.



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