We have 1 traveller booked on a trip and need at least 1 more to guarantee departure. If we get 3 more, price reduces further for each traveller. Here’s your chance to safari in Rwanda.
8 night Rwanda Safari
US$3,360 + $500 gorilla permit
(if we get 3 more travellers, price reduces to US$2,835 each + $500 gorilla permit)
7 June: Arrive into Kigali (excludes flights). Murakaza neza mu Rwanda! (Welcome to Rwanda!) Meet and greet at Kigali International Airport by your safari driver-guide. You will be transferred to your hotel in your 4×4 vehicle that is kitted out with cooler box and water at all times. Enjoy dinner at Hotel Chez Lando and overnight.
8 June: After breakfast, morning city tour and visit to Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi. Then depart for Huye (Butare) the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions. On your way to Huye (Butare) you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda. You will visit the National Museum in Huye which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It’s a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region. After the visit of the museum you will have a spectacular performance of the Urugangazi group of Intore-dancers. This is probably the best group of Rwanda and their performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of your safari! Lunch is in Butare and in the afternoon we will drive to Nyungwe Forest NP. Just a few kilometres out of Butare you will visit the workshop of the Tin Smith of Huye (Butare). You will find one of the finest handmade use-and decoration objects in pewter of 99% of quality. Unique! Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices of Nyungwe Forest NP to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next two days. Three nights at the Guest House of Gisakura. Each day you will explore rainforests, waterfalls and trek for chimpanzees and colobus monkeys.
11 June: After breakfast you will leave for Kibuye, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Kibuye which is one of the three towns on Lake Kivu is the most beautiful. Arrival at Kibuye is foreseen at lunch time. After Nyungwe, most participants will welcome some relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu! You can also take a walk and visit this splendid area! Rest of the day at leisure. Lake Kivu is Bilharzia free! Overnight at Moriah Hill Resort.
12 June: After breakfast, you will have an enjoyable speed-boat trip to Gisenyi. The trip is not only an encounter with local people; fishermen, fishing villages but also with the residents of Idjwi Island (Congo) who are rowing long distances in their dugout canoes to visit the Rwanda markets. You will be picked up in Gisenyi for lunch and if time/security allows we make arrangements to cross the border to Goma (Optional -Congo visa is $ 30 and you need to pay for a re-entry visa for Rwanda). Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The visit shows the fantastic capabilities of the local population to overcome this natural catastrophe! We drive to Ruhengeri and Musanze. Spend two nights here at Hotel Gorillas Volcanoes.
13 June: After early breakfast, you will depart and report at the Ranger’s headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest primate experience. You will then transfer with your driver to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking.
After the trekking, lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri and in the afternoon, if time allows, an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region: Lake Bulera & Ruhondo. An excellent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes can be seen while there depending on weather conditions. Overnight at your hotel.
14 June: For a second gorilla trek we propose that you visit one of the groups with a longer hiking time; the Susa group which is located on the slopes of the Karisimbi volcano and has more than 35 members and will give you a great sense of achievement! After the trekking, visit of the Iby’Iwacu traditional village (a community based tourism project where the local community displays the traditional ways of living). On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country of the thousand hills! Overnight at Hotel Chez Lando.
Activities/options (not included in the Tour price):
– A second gorilla trek (if you book and pay by 30 May, permit is $500 otherwise it increases to $750) - An excursion to the top of the Bisoke volcano (3.711 m) of which the distinctive feature is a beautiful crater lake! Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes, shady bamboo forest and an exhilarating climb!
– An excursion to the grave of Dian Fossey and the former Karisoke Research Centre. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!
– A visit to the Golden Monkeys: the little-known Golden Monkey (cercopithecus mitis kandti) is listed as “endangered”, the newly habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones in Africa. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance.
15 June: Breakfast then transfer to the airport where you say goodbye to your guide and fellow travellers.
private driver/guide, 4×4 transport, all park and entry fees, activities as outlined below, accommodation, all meals
Visit of the national Museum at Butare, performance of the Intore dancers, visit of the tin smith of Huye, all guided primates walks in Nyungwe (Uwinka & Cyamudongo), 1 x gorilla trek, visit of the Iby’ Iwacu traditional village and visit of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi.