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Gorilla Trekking :8 Days

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3000 - $5000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited: Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited: Nyungwe Forest
Activity level: Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Cultural

Day 1 : Arrival at Kigali
On arrival , you will be welcomed  in Rwanda  by a Tours representative from AA safaris and Tours Ltd.  You will be briefed about your primates safari and then  you will take on  a City tour in Kigali . Visit the genocide memorial in Gosozi or Maramba and then later you will be transferred to the hotel of your budget for dinner and overnight at
Standard Hotel Chez. Lando or Hotel  Gorillas
Luxury  Kigali Serena hotel or Hotel Des Mille Collines.

Day 2 : Kigali - Butare - Nyungwe Forest NP.

Take your early morning  breakfast  and leave  for Butare an intellectual city of Rwanda and  the second largest of Rwanda cities while Kigali holds  most political powers . Butare which is now HUYE  hosts the National Museum  which  is one of the best source of information on the cultural history of the country and the region. It is  sometimes  referred to  as  the supreme museum in East Africa. It is also a home to  the National  University of Rwanda  , the Ruhande Arboretum, research institutions like the Rwandan National Institute of Scientific Research, and a cathedral.
Along  the road to Butare you will pay a visit  to Nyanza (presently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the base of the feudal kingdom. The palace has been renovated to its 19th century condition and  is an exhibition to a traditional dome that can be evaluated with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda in Uganda  . You will visit the National Museum then later have a thrilling concert of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers.  The performance is considered  by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Lunch is foreseen in Butare.  You will later be transferred to  Nyungwe Forest National  park . Your driver-guide  might have to l stop at the Uwinka offices to keep posted on the existence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys to help you prepare for  chimpanzee tracking for  the next day.
Dinner and overnight at  the

Budget Guest House of Gisakura.

Luxury -Nyungwe Forest Lodge

The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired 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.  The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artefacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to theme giving excellent information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.

Activities : Cultural Activities
Parks & places : Butare and the National Museum

Day 3 : Nyungwe Forest National Park Primates walk
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!The  landscape is  craggy and sheer, and you will be at relatively high altitude .  Good  hiking boots are highly recommended  .  On your special interests,  you will have a selection of diverse chances to discover the largest high elevation rainforest of East Africa!  The commonest species  are the large communal troops of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 in number .  Angola Colobuses in this park  are the biggest  troops of this species recognized in the world!  One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan Colobus monkeys (black and white Colobus)!
Rangers   may know where these primates may be found but  the hiking times may vary with their unpredictable movements as they search for food in their habitat. It may be a strenuous walk but rangers always make it more enjoyable and informative by  giving you information about the flora and fauna that you encounter while on the walk .
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!

You will be welcomed back by  your driver guide from AA safaris and Tours who will brief you about your trek for the next day . Dinner and Overnight at the   lodge of your budget .

Day 4 : Nyungwe Forest NP Chimpanzee trekking
Take breakfast and go for  chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe! Or  you may opt to indulge in another guided primate trek or trek through one of  the well-maintained trails.
You will observe L’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys around  Uwinka after a less strenuous hike. An orchid garden with over 100 species of Orchids at Uwinka is another feature you shouldn’t miss. For  those interested in a more strenuous hike ,  we highly  recommend the  the Bigugu Mountain trail which takes you to  the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at   3000m above sea level .
On either treks along most of the trails, bird lovers are certainly in for a treat as Nyungwe hosts so many Albertine rift endemics   that you will encounter along any of the trek! Don’t forget to carry  your binoculars with you! (B-L-D).

Day 5 : Nyungwe Forest NP - Kibuye
Take breakfast and you will transfer to Kibuye. You will pass  through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring  the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye  is  the most beautiful resort of the three towns   on Lake Kivu  . Lake Kivu ‘s deep water has  an enormous amount of dissolved gas.  Research has it that   it has 50 million tonnes of  gasoline  about 250 m underneath of water and if  it is  exploited, this energy can  provide Rwanda with an almost infinite source of energy, exonerating  it from fret about energy needs linked to its development projects. There is a pilot station for the extraction of methane for energy.  To refresh from trekking in Nyungwe , you may spend this Rest of the day at leisure .(B-L-D)

Day 6 : Kibuye - Gisenyi by speed boat (Goma) - Kinigi

Take breakfast and take a speed-boat trip to Gisenyi.  You will  encounter fishing villages of Lake Kivu and also have an opportunity to interact with people Idjwi Island (Congo) who are rowing long distances in their dugout canoes to visit the Rwanda markets.   Idjwi is Island  belongs to both Rwanda   and Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It covers about 40 km in length and with a total surface  area of 285 km², it is thought to be the largest inland island in Africa- the eighth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly halfway between the DRC and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometres  that divides its western shore from the DRC mainland and a similar distance between its eastern shore and the coastline of Rwanda. Idjwi ‘s  southern tip lies only 1 kilometre from a peninsula of the Rwandan coast.
You can also cross  the border to Goma (Optional). Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.  The Nyiragongo Volcano which is 3470 metres above sea level erupted on the 17th of January 2002 and shattered part of Goma town.  About 400 000 inhabitants ran away from the increasing lava flows crossing the border into the bordering Rwanda. The eruption ruined the homes of  over 120 000 people and caused over 100 victims.  
Your visit to this site will exhibit fantastic capabilities of the local population to surmount this natural upheaval! We drive to Ruhengeri and Kinigi for an overnight at your hotel. (B-L-D)

Day 7 : Gorilla Trekking
Take  breakfast  and  with the guidance of an African Grand Expeditions safaris and Tours Guide , You will meet your ranger guide for a briefing about the greatest primates  experience ever to see the only left Mountain gorillas in the world – the ones that might have led to the murder of an American Zoologist Dianne Fossey as she tried to research about them and also save them from poachers.  The  gorilla trek in Rwanda starts from the foothills of  Virunga volcanoes  and you will be led by an experienced English speaking  ranger guide who  will give you information not only about the gorillas but also about the other flora and fauna that you will encounter along the trek. The time taken to track gorillas is unpredictable and depends on the movements of the gorillas  . The Ssusa families located on the slopes of the Karisimbi volcano has the furthest group and it may take 10 hours before an encounter . If tracking ends early enough , you will take  a short  excursion to discover the beautiful lakes  of  Lake Bulera & Ruhondo at an extra cost . Here  you will have a  magnificent view of the Virunga chain of  Volcanoes.  Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge .

Day 8  Gorilla Safari
Another day of Gorilla Tracking  optional and subject to availability of gorilla permits and booking for this Must be done at the time of your booking to give enough time for reservation of gorilla permits   or Transfer to Kigali
This second is given to those interested in  knowing the gorillas more . You may know their names if you track the same  family . Those that prefer having a different experience may choose to track another family of gorillas. The choice is yours and subject to availability of gorilla permits . The Ssussa group have about 35  mountain gorillas and  will give you a great sense of achievement for those interested in challenging hikes. Later you will be transferred to  Kigali .

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