Rwanda Safari - eight days: Nyungwe Forest chimps, Mountain gorillas and Lake Kivu
Rwanda safari - eight days itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali
You will be met by your driver guide who will then transfer you to a hotel in Kigali town for an overnight.
Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe Forest Park
After an early breakfast, you will drive to Nyungwe Forest park. The journey is through beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize this country the views are spectacular all along the way. Enroute you will have a chance to stop at Huye to visit the National Museum. Later continue on your drive to your destination, Nyungwe Forest.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest
Covering 970 km2, the Highlands provide unique habitat for thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, l’Hoest and owl-faced monkeys. As you walk under the canopy of majestic trees, a large group of semi wild colobus monkeys can be seen feeding on wild figs and jumping from branch to branch.
This high altitude jungle floor boasts some of the most beautiful orchids in the world.
Day 4: Drive to Lake Kivu in Rwanda
Today after breakfast you will drive to Lake Kivu in Rwanda en-route to Karongi, enjoy the fantastic views over Lake Kivu and its ragged shore. Experience the peaceful atmosphere of the calm and pristine waters of Africa’s highest lake from the terrace of your hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Volcanoes Park
After your breakfast, you can choose to either relax at the lodge around Lake Kivu or go for a boat ride on the lake (optional). After lunch you continue on your journey northwards to Volcanoes park in preparation for your gorilla trekking the next day.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
After an early morning breakfast you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park for your gorilla trekking in Rwanda experience.
Tracking the gorillas through the unique Volcanoes park vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet and muddy conditions but this a rewarding experience once you come face to face with the mountain gorillas.
Day 7: Optional activities
This day is for you to decide on what other activity you like to indulge in while in the Volcanoes park area. Options available include a second gorilla trek, or a trek to a habituated group of Golden Monkeys which are endemic to the Virungas, or the visit of Karisoke Research Centre built by Dian Fossey being also the site of her grave, located in the park between the Karisimbi and Bisoke Volcanoes, or the climb of Bisoke volcano with its superb crater lake. Alternatively tour the shores of the small Ruhondo and Bulera lakes before driving back to your hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Kigali for departure
Drive to Kigali if time allows you can visit the genocide memorial, shopping in the craft shops and other town highlights. Later transfer to the airport to connect with your departure flight.
End of Rwanda Safari