This 8 days’ safari in Rwanda will take you to the most exciting areas such as national parks, lakes, mountains, cultural sites, local markets among others. You will be able to trek chimpanzees and gorillas – both considered to be man’s very close cousins. Other primates to expect include golden monkeys, Lhotse’s monkeys and much more. The tour will commence and end in Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 1: Pick up from a Hotel and Kigali City tour
Enjoy your breakfast and thereafter, have Kigali city tour; visit the Batwa pottery and dance center, the Gisozi genocide memorial site, the new handicraft village, the old town of Nyamirambo, and the Kimironko fruit market. And then later you will be transferred to the hotel for your dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Leave Kigali. Visit Butare for cultural tour and overnight in Nyungwe forest National Park
After you breakfast in the morning, head to Butare; an intellectual city of Rwanda and the second largest after Kigali. Visit the Butare National Museum (supreme museum in East Africa) which is one of the best sources of information about the cultural history of this country and entire south western region.
Before Butare, visit Nyanza palace; presently Nyabisindu, the former King’s palace (Mwami) and the base of the feudal kingdom. Later you will have an exciting concert of the national ballet with the intore dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the most epic on a Rwanda safari. Proceed to Murambi genocide memorial museums after lunch in Butare, later connect to Nyungwe Forest National park, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Full day primates walk in Nyungwe forest
Head to Uwinka tourist information Centre for a short briefing after a cup of coffee/tea. Start you hike in Nyungwe forest in search for commonest species such as large communal troops of Angolan Colobus, which may be over 300 in number, and many bird species. It may be a tiring walk but guides always make it more lovely and informative by giving you information about the flora and fauna that you encounter while on the walk.
After your packedlunch, the exploration resume along distinct beautiful trails available then encounter the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take 2 – 3 hours, and it will also expose you to more birds and primate species such as the such as the endangered Golden Monkeys. Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking
Report for briefing about how to behave while tracking chimpanzees after your breakfast. Enter the forest in a guidance of park ranger guides to search for these amazing creatures. Enjoy our cousins for a maximum of one hour and take unforgettable photos. A trek into Nyungwe forest gives an opportunity to encounter with blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys around Uwinka after a less vigorous hike.
You will connect to the Bigugu Mountain trail which takes you to the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at 3000m above sea level. Along the expedition, bird lovers are absolutely in for a treat as Nyungwe hosts so many Albertine rift endemics that you will encounter along the trek to Bigugu Mountain. Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Transfer to lake Kivu/Kibuye
After a relaxed morning breakfast, drive to Kibuye, north-west wards through the green gardens of tea plantations before exploring the shorelines of Lake Kivu. The most beautiful resort is Kibuye of the three towns on Lake Kivu.
To refresh from trekking and hiking in Nyungwe forest, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure on the white sand beaches, enjoying exclusive sun bathing, swimming while interacting with the residents around.
Accommodation options: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel/Hotel Paradise Malahide/Water Front Resort.
Day 6: Sunrise boat Cruise and transfer to Volcanoes National park (Kinigi region)
Enjoy the speed-boat trip to Gisenyi after your breakfast. You will find fishing villages of Lake Kivu and also have a chance to interact with people of Idjwi Island; it is believed to be the eighth inland islandin the world and largest in Africa. Goma was extremely shocked by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano which is 3470 meters above sea level erupted on January 2002 and exhausted part of Goma town. The eruption ruined the homes of over 120,000 people and caused over 100 victims. Your go to see this site will show fantastic capabilities of the local population to surmount this natural upheaval. The driver guide will transfer you to Kinigi for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking and visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo
Transfer to the briefing point with your packed lunch, meet park rangers for briefing that takes less than 30minutes about the great primates’ experience, very eager to see the only left Mountain gorillas in the world 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. Trek for the gentle giants, meet and stay with them for the maximum of one hour and take photographs.
Return to the lodge, have lunch and in the afternoon, take a short excursion to discover the beautiful lakes of Lake Bulera and Ruhondo located in Muhabura region on the foothills of the three extinct volcanoes – Sabyinyo, Muhabura and Gahinga. Here you will have a magnificent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 8: Transfer to Kigali International Airport
After breakfast, you will transfer to Kigali for lunch and last minute shopping and thereafter, transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home. This will mark up the end of the 8 days all around Rwanda safari.