Mountain Gorilla Tour, Wildlife & Primates, cultural tour, community tours
Places to visit: Nyungwe Forest National Park, Bisoke Volcano chain, and Lake Kivu shores.
Duration: 9nights/ 10days
Covering distance: 386kms
Number of participants: 1 to 5
Season: Dry period of the year
This trip gives you the opportunity to explore untouched nature beauties through the varied landscapes. There is a lot that will encourage you to walk on your own pace, stop to take photos, and relax in a magnificent landscape.
DAY 1: Airport Transfer.
DAY 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park.
In the morning at 8:00am, you will be picked from the hotel and transfer to Nyungwe Forest NP. Visit the Nyanza palace, Murambi Memorial and Butare Museum enroute. Your lunch will be enroute and continue for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge(Luxury) / Gisakura Guest House(Budget)/Nyungwe Top View lodge(Deluxe).
DAY 3: Chimp Tracking and colobus monkey working.
Have an early Breakfast and go for briefing at the park headquarters. You will be told the do’s and don’ts while with the chimps before entering the forest. Enjoy them feeding, playing around while taking observations and photographs. In the afternoon, you may go for colobus monkey tracking where you will encounter other primate species as vervet monkeys, blue hoest monkeys among others. Dinner and overnight stay at(Day 2)
DAY 4: Canopy and Nature walks.
After breakfast, you will go for a canopy walk within the forest expecting to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of different bird species such as the Rwenzori Turacos, Hornbills among others. You will also have a self guided walk after lunch around the nearby environment and the Kamiranzovu waterfalls. Dinner and overnight stay at (Day 2).
DAY 5: Drive to Lake Kivu.
Take breakfast and head to Lake Kivu. Enjoy a breath-taking scenery of the Virunga Mountains and the green vegetation enroute. You will have lunch enroute and proceed for either a boat cruise along Lake Kivu or relaxing on the shores. Dinner and overnight at Palm resort gardens (Budget) / Paradise Malahide(Deluxe) /Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury).
DAY 6: Transfer to Volcanoes and Golden Monkey Tracking.
Have breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National park to catch up with the golden monkey tracking activity. These are the most endangered primate species at Parc des Volcans. In the evening, you may go for cultural walk to Iby’wachu for cultural entertainment by the Banyarwanda community. Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura Hotel (Budget) / La Palme Hotel/Le Bambou gorilla lodge (Deluxe) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).
DAY 7: Mountain Gorilla Tracking.
You will have an early breakfast and head to the park headquarters to be briefed before entering the forest to track the gorillas. The hiking may take about 1-8 hours depending on the movement of the gentle giants. A maximum time of one hour is given for photography, observations, and enjoying them feeding or playing around. Dinner and overnight stay at (Day 6)
DAY 8: Transfer to Kigali, city tour and departure.
Enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Kigali reaching early for a for a city tour in Kigali where you will visit Nyamata church, local markets, Genocide Museum among others. Later, proceed to the airport to catch up with your scheduled flight back home. You may as well have the above tour in a reverse order or include other activities you want included in the itinerary.