7 DAYS: GORILLAS, CHIMPS & LAKE KIVU ADVENTURE IN RWANDA
Rwanda is often called the land of a thousand hills. Everywhere you look you will see the beautiful green hills. In Rwanda you can enjoy nature, primates and the beaches of Lake Kivu. The tour has been designed to bring you all the highlights of this beautiful country with a rich history. It includes the best highlights of Rwanda and you will start and end in Kigali.
Day 1: Arrive Kigali
On arrival at Kigali international airport our representatives will meet you and after short briefing you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Nyungwe Forest national park
Today morning after your breakfast, your guide will meet you for briefing at the hotel and after followed by transfer you to Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees.
Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important and still little known bird watching destinations in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Emeraude Kivu Resort.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Canopy walk
After a very early morning start, you will proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human’s closest relative you will cherish for life. After the chimp tracking you can relax at the hotel or choose an optional activity like the canopy walk.
In the afternoon you can go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats. En route you will have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.
Day 4: Transfer from Lake Kivu to Nyungwe forest
In the morning you can enjoy the nice views from your lodge. After lunch you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, if time allows, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town.Arrive at Lake Kivu in the late evening and check in at Cormorant lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Today you will drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.Your lodge for tonight is located near the entrance of the national park. The spacious rooms are nicely decorated and will give you a homely feeling. You can warm yourself at the fireplace in the restaurant area. From here you will start your Gorilla tracking.
DAY 6: GORILLA TREKKING
Rise early for your breakfast followed by a drive to the park headquarters. You will gate some briefing from the park rangers on what should be done during trekking. The ranger will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. You will track the Gorillas, one of the habituated groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.Prepare for an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas.
Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Once located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
DAY 7: TRANSFER TO KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Today after a relaxed breakfast you will be transferred by your driver/guide back to Kigali and connect your flight back home. Note: Depending on your departure flight you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Center, which opened in 2004. Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.