During this tour you will do game drive in Akagera, Climb Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo, see Gorillas in Virunga National park, Walk in Nyungwe Forest, Home of a variety of primate species, including, the chimpanzee, l’hoest monkeys and hundreds of acrobatic Angolan Colobus monkey. And it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species… You will also visit Butare Museum, the King Palace in Nyanza, Kigali genocide memorial site, Lake Kivu and be Entertainments by Intore dancers.
Day 1: Meet at The airport and Transfer to Akagera
Morning after Breakfast you will be met by our safari guide either at the airport or your hotel and transfer you to Akagera National Park in the eastern part of Rwanda. The drive is approximately 3 hours. On arrival, you will go for a Short Game Drive after which you will have lunch at Akagera Game Lodge. In the afternoon you will go for a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see aquatic animals such as Hippos, Lions, Crocodiles as well as water birds like the papyrus Gonolek, shoebill stork and African fish eagle. You will be returned to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Akagera Game Drive and Transfer to kigali
After breakfast, you will go for the early morning game drive to see wildlife such as elephants, impala, black-tailed Mongoose, Hippos, Oribi, bushbuck, Lions, Antelope, Zebra, Cape Eland, Giraffe, Buffalo, and also primates like the olive baboon, vervet monkey, bush baby etc. Back at the lodge, take lunch and return to Kigali. arrive late in the evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Genocide Memorial, Nyanza, Butare and Nyungwe forest
After breakfast in Kigali you will visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial and drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park passing through magnificent views of the beautiful hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its name as “a country of a thousand hills”. During your drive you will visit Nyanza King’s Palace where a guide to take you through the entire palace educating you about the ancient Rwandan Kingdom. The King’s house is one of the magnificent attractions you can never afford to miss. You will then continue on your travels to the National Archaeological Museum in Butare where you will tour the museum and have lunch. After lunch Proceed to Nyungwe, Arrive late in afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Chimpanzees Trekking, Canopy Walk In Nyungwe
You will wake early, around 4:30 am, Take breakfast and set off into the forest to track chimpanzees. During your walk inside the forest you may encounter other primates, animals and bird species. In the afternoon you will return to the Guest House for lunch. In the evening you will take off on a canopy walk where you will view a variety of animal species and beautiful landscape. After this walk you will return to the Guest House to Relax or Take a short walk by your own in nearby tea plantations and Village. dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Drive To Goma in Congo Via Kibuye and Gisenyi
After Breakfast we drive to Goma via Gisenyi. During this drive, you will have the opportunity to see the daily lives of the people at the countryside as it has been lived for centuries, virtually unchanged. This is a very scenic route and provides the opportunity to see the people at work – cultivating bananas, cassava, sorghum, beans, rice, potatoes, and even coffee in their steep and tiny fields. In addition, there are several massive tea plantations, villages, innumerable tiny brickworks, and surprises around every corner. Arrival at Gisenyi Have Lunch at Auberge de Gisenyi and Cross the Border to Goma in Congo DRC. Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano But The city has been rebuilt. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Mountain Gorillas Trekking in Virunga National Park
Early in the morning at 5:30am, you will depart from Goma and Drive up to the Virunga national park station where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while you are with the Gorillas. After the briefing, you proceed for the memorable adventure of gorilla tracking. This rather strenuous but unforgettable adventure will take you through thick and muddy environment, and may take you 2-4 hours to locate the amazing apes, depending on their movements. After a maximum period of one hour with the Gorillas, you descend to the headquarters where the driver will transfer you to Goma for Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
After your breakfast, you will move from the hotel, and do some shopping in the supermarket before transferring to Kibati Village where you start you hiking experience. Start the hiking and arrive at the top in the afternoon. This will take you 5-8hours, with enroute view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all evening, before retiring in the tent on the rim of the giant crater high above the active lake. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and often in hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep.
Day 8: Back from the Volcano and Transfer To Musanze in Rwanda
After your picnic breakfast at the top of the volcano, descend down to kibati village, which may take you 4-5 hours. Your driver will then transfer you To Musanze in Rwanda. Formerly known as Ruhengeri, Musanze is the fourth largest town in Rwanda and is quickly growing into a bustling metropolis. The Northern Province is the smallest province in Rwanda (other than the city of Kigali), but it is also the most densely populated. For most travellers, Musanze (Ruhengeri) is the preferred staging post for the magnificent Volcanoes National Park Home of Montain Gorillas in Rwanda. Arrive late in the Afternoon, dinner and Overnight.
Day 9: Entertainment by Intore Dancers and Drive to Kigali
Wake up in the Morning, take your Breakfast and be entertained by intore Dancers at Ibyiwacu culture center before driving to kigali. The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a mane made of sisal fiber, Tied up on ankles, little bells jingle on each step, giving the warriors dance a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection. Take Lunch and Transfer to Kigali.
End of The tour.
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda
|Foods and drinks|
As indicated in the itinerary
Accommodation as per options in the itinerary, Activities as stipulated on the safari program, Community walks and cultural experiences, Ranger fees
|Others not included|
All drinks apart from those served for breakfast, Any activity or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary, Any deviation from the suggested program, Any personal insurance covers, Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature, Porters and other luggage service
Ask for Guides in other languages, English
|Type of vehicle|
4WD Safari Van, Land cruiser
If your dream has been to live a true African adventure, then this is a trip worth taking. The 13 day adventure takes you to three amazing countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Congo) with lots of cultural, nature, wildlife and Gorilla trekking experiences. You will not only get an opportunity to meet the primates but you will have a chance to hike the Nyiragongo Mountain in Congo where you get to view the glowing views of the lava lake