10 Days Rwanda – Gorillas and Cultural

Beginning with the Kings palace in Nyanza, to the hot springs of Rugarama; Gisenyi orphanage, Lake Kivu, the Batwa, the genocide memorial; cultural centers and local crafts and artifacts give our guests a great insight into the traditions, cultures and history of the Rwandese. While you visit wildlife area like Nyungwe NP known for chimp tracking and the highest concentration of black and white Columbus monkeys, an assortment of butterflies and a collection of birds; and Volcano NP is famous for gorilla tracking and Golden monkeys.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Kanombe Airport (Kigali)

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Kanombe Airport in Kigali; he will help you with your luggage to the car. After check in to your hotel, he will brief you about Rwanda, your travel your travel itinerary, culture and all other important information. And if time allows you can do city tour; the Genocide Memorial, crafts market and cultural centers.

  • Arrival
  • Drive to your hotel
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 2

Drive to Butare

After breakfast do a city tour that include the Genocide Memorials; learn about the sad story of how the same people, same tradition and nationality turned on themselves killing over one million people, a tragedy known to be the most cruel genocide in recent history, before driving to Butare for the former Kings Palace in Nyanza.

In Nyanza 88 km from Kigali is the Royal Palace traditionally build; offering a detailed insight into the tradition of the Rwanda monarchy, in its 19th Century state in traditional material. It is coupled with the royal burial grounds at Mwima and Gicada and a mockup of the traditional thatch house of kings

  • Early morning breakfast
  • City tour
  • Drive to Butare
  • Check in to your hotel
  • Visit Butare Museum
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 3

Drive to Nyungwe

After breakfast drive SW to Nyungwe Forest National Park along the green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surroundings.

This high-altitude national Park in SW Rwanda was established in 1933, covering 1030 sq kms in the Albertine rift of montane vegetation and ancient Mountain that date back to the Ice Age. The park is a rich flora diversity of more than 200 species of trees while flowering plants are countless, remarkably the worldly giant lobelia and colorful orchids. It has over 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzee, the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey and hundreds of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Columbus. the park lies in the Albertine species endemic area with a bird checklist of over 300 species with an avian highlight of the great blue turaco. Nyungwe is also a major water catchment for the Republic of Rwanda.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Drive to Nyungwe, 4 hours
  • Lunch en-eroute
  • Check in to your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight to your hotel

Day 4

Chimp tracking and Canopy walk

After breakfast go chimp tracking in the largest forest in Central Africa, watch out for an array of butterflies and the acrobatic primates like the canopy dwelling black and white Columbus monkeys.  In the afternoon go for a canopy walk; walk on top of the forest as you enjoy a panoramic view of the forest and southern Rwanda.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Packed lunch
  • Canopy walk
  • Drive to the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 5

Drive to Lake Kivu

After lunch drive to Lake Kivu for relaxation through beautiful country side. Lake Kivu is of among the deepest volcanic lakes of east Africa: take a boat and visit its Islands or swim to refresh up in this bilharzia free waters. Or just sit beside leisurings as you enjoy a wine at sundowner. It is a gas rich lake estimated to be having over 65 million cubic meters at the lake bottom and if exploited, would provide more than enough of the energy requirement for Rwanda.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Drive to Kibuye to Lake Kivu
  • Lunch at your hotel
  • Boat ride at the lake
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 6

Drive to Gisenyi

After breakfast, drive to Gisenyi; this gives you great encounter with the local population: the fishermen and if time allows visit Nyiragongo an aftermath of 2002 volcano eruption in Goma as you marvel at the natural glowing volcanic flames.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Check in to your hotel
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and over night

 

Day 7

Drive to Ruhengeri

After breakfast visit Mugongo Orphanage for genocide orphans established by Mrs. Rosamond Horsley Carr in 1994 and local villages along the lake, Lunch and drive to Ruhengeri and Kinigi for an overnight at your hotel.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Visit Mugongo Orphanage
  • Lunch in Gisenyi
  • Drive to Ruhengeri
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 8

Gorilla tracking

After your early morning breakfast, with packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 7:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the Gorillas camouflaged in the forest vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other as you marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is a pity to think that there are only 1000 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Packed lunch
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 9

Golden Monkey tracking

After your early morning breakfast, with packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 7:00am. track the golden monkeys, rare and endemic to the Virunga. Crown the day with a visit to the Dian Fossey museum; learn in-depth knowledge about gorillas; more when you realize that there are 4 species of them, of which the Mountain Gorilla is the most threatened due to habitat loss.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Packed lunch
  • Visit the Dian Fossey Museum
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 10

Drive to Kigali and Departure

After breakfast drive to Kigali at leisure.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Drive to Kigali
  • Lunch in Kigali
  • Departure