Tour overview

Overview

Don’t miss this complete adventure with Paradise Safaris to a visit most of the touristic destinations in Rwanda on a 7 days tour package that includes activities like Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, Boat cruise on Lake Kivu, Golden Monkey tracking, Dian Fossey Visit, Genocide memorial visit and Twin lake visit. Book for this 7 days ultimate Rwanda adventure with Paradise Safaris on special deals

About Nyungwe Forest National Park

 

About Volcanoes National Park

 

About Gisenyi

 

 

Where you will be staying

 

 

 

 

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • Twin lake visit
  • Accommodation & Meals as in the travel plan
  • Genocide memorial visit
  • Taxes
  • Gorilla Permit for one person
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour

Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance Optional
  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary, such as:
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Day 1: Arrival –Transfer to Nyungwe Forest

Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, our guide will be waiting for you, lunch in Kigali and then transfer you to Nyungwe forest National Park which is made up of a variety of habitats including montane forests, bamboos, grasslands, and swamps. This is a home to 13 primate species such as Chimpanzees, endangered Golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys, colobus, red tailed monkeys and grey checked mangabeys. There are also about 300 bird species. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge , Nyungwe Hill Top view or Gisakura Guest House .Meal plan Full Board.If you arrive early, additional options include a visit to Musanze Caves, a village walk or even a visit to the grave of famous primatologist Dian Fossey of “Gorillas in the Mist” fame who studied the gorillas of this area.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking and Transfer to Gisenyi Town

Rise for an early morning breakfast before you head to the park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don'ts of Chimpanzee trekking adventures. We will then drive for an hour to the start of the trails and after enter the jungle to search for the primates, which can last for 3-4 hours. Once found spend one hour with them and return to the lodge for lunch and later transfer to Gisenyi in the evening hours. Dinner and overnight at lake Kivu Water Front beach hotel/ Lake Kivu Serena Hotel/ Paradise marahide Hotel / Stipp Hotel. Meal plan (Full Board).Once you have located your gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour for you. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.
Tracking the mountain gorillas is a physically demanding experience. The rangers will allocate your gorilla family according to your level of fitness. Take your best photographs having switched off your flash. The whole exercise takes a maximum of an hour and then returns to your lodge/hotel for lunch and later transfer to Nyungwe National Park; dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Gisakura Guest house/Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel. Meal plan Full Board.It is located on the edge of the western rift valley and also one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. It is rich in second half of the world’s mountain gorillas. You will be given a warm welcome at your hotel, Travellers Rest Hotel for dinner and overnight, located just outside Kisoro in the southwestern corner of Uganda. It is an enjoyable journey as you drive southwards –passing charming attractions en-route; the equator, drum makers, local roadside markets, en-route lunch of the local chef’s daily twist as you proceed to Bwindi, which is about 9 hours drive; 2 hours flight. Overnight and Dinner at Travellers Rest Hotel. Meal Plan (FB).

Day 3: Boat Cruise and Relaxation at the Beach

After Morning Breakfast the guide will be around ready to take you for boat cruise to visit fishing villages and islands on Lake Kivu. Enjoy the boat cruise along the coastline of Lake Kivu with the best spectacular views to explore Rwanda. After return to the lodge for relaxation as you enjoy the clear view of mount Nyiragongo in Congo and the sun downer. If time allows the guide will take you around the Congo Nile trail to view the different landscape during the evening hours. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as above.Look down below you and you will see agricultural Rwanda, a land of densely cultivated paddy fields and animals grazing. You will drive through Ruhengeri, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – the Virungas – arriving for dinner and overnight at your lodge. This place is best known as being the home of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. Meal plan: F/Bimage1
In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas vary enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 7 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Dinner and overnight. Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel. Meal Plan (FB).

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park for Golden Monkey tracking.

Rise for an early morning breakfast/packed breakfast, you will transfer from Gisenyi to Ruhengeri –setting off at around 04:30am and arrive at 6:30 am, drive to the park headquarters for briefing about the golden monkey tracking rules and regulations as you enjoy the tea provided by the park and later jump into the safari jeep to transfer to the starting point for golden monkey tracking. This safari activity will last for 3-5 Hours and later return to the lodge for lunch. In the Afternoon you will go to community visits that encompasses Twin Lake Viewing in the volcanoes. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view lodge/ Le Bombou Gorilla Lodge or Kinigi Guest House.Take your best photographs having switched off your flash. This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then returns to the park offices for your gorilla tracking certificate. Return to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation. Then in the evening visit the Dian Fossey center and from here experience the conservation effort she did to save these endangered mountain gorillas in the mist and it was due to these gorillas that she lost her life and she was buried in this forest! Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: F/B.
Please note:

Prices are valid for 2018 and can change in 2019.
The Gorilla trekking included in this safari depend on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travellers, as well as the choice of accommodation is subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
By booking this safari, the client accepts Paradise Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and thereafter proceed to volcanoes national park, and head straight to the park offices for briefing about the gorillas and allocation of gorilla groups and guides. Thereafter get into the tropical rain forest and search for the mountain gorillas starting from where they were the previous day until you find them. You will find them doing their daily chores of feeding their young ones, climbing trees and others just relaxing.
Take your best photographs having switched off your flash. This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then returns to the park offices for your gorilla tracking certificate. Return to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation. Afternoon, take a tour to river for a canoeing trip that lasts for 4-6 hours/visit the exceptional caves around the lake and take remembrances photos with lots of fun poses near the caves then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Dian Fossey Tombs Visit

After breakfast, you will go to tour the tombs of the great lover of Gorillas (Dian Fossey), read more about her achievements towards the preservation of Gorillas. Other optional activities include golden monkey tracking, adventurous trek to Mt. Bisoke or Musanze caves exploration. After, return to the lodge for relaxation, Dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Community Visit (Ib’iwacu Cultural Village)

After Early morning breakfast, head to the local communities to visit Ib’iwachu cultural village to experience the true Rwandan Historical people’s culture and after you will visit the lodge to shower and transfer to Kigali . Have lunch in Kigali & later go for city tour to visit the local craft shops and after drop at the airport to catch your flight back home.

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