Big 5, Gorilla, Golden monkey

Glossary
L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, Trsf-Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive,

HDS-Half Day sightseeing, FDS-Full Day Sightseeing, GT-Gorilla tracking, CT-Chimpanzee tracking, BT-Boat trip, CV-Community village visit.

Tour Highlights
Trek, sail and explore the Land of a thousand hills

This safari brings you to one of the most interesting places in Rwanda: the rocky highlands and wet plains of Akagera national park, home to big African game. Take a walk along the shores of Lake Kivu, through the famous Congo-Nile Divide watershed. Then, you will track the endangered mountain gorilla on the slopes of the dramatic Volcanoes National Park.

Safari Quotation
The net and non-commissionable cost of the private safari, as described in the above itinerary will be:

Per PersonRate: Each of 2 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit; US$5,579.00
Each of 4 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit: US$4,983.00
Please note that gorilla permit or chimpanzee tracking permit availability cannot be guaranteed until we receive a deposit of US$1500.00 per gorilla permit and actually book and pay for the permits. The program or even dates of travel may have to be altered if affected by gorilla permit or lodge availability.

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:-

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • ALL Accommodations as per itinerary with all meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 1 x 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA vehicle 
  • 1 Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.

THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES:-

  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, you’ll be met by a Safari Chapter representative and transferred to your hotel. Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. 

Overnight in Kigali Serena (DBB) “OR similar”

In the heart of Kigali, Kigali Serena Hotel is close to Union Trade Center and Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Kigali Convention Centre and Stade Amahoro.

Early start to the Akagera national park. It covers an area of 1,200 km² in the east of Rwanda, is set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera national park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland. Akagera is, above all, big game country! As well as being home to the shy oribis and to the elusive Topi, the Highlands afford a breathtaking view across the undulating hills, rolling grassland to the extensive series of lakes, linked by papyrus swamps. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck are some of the game roaming this peaceful heaven. The bird life is also remarkable. The diverse habitats of the area are home to over 500 species of birds.

Arrive the Ruzizi tented camp in time for lunch.

Ruzizi is a luxury eco-lodge located on the banks of Lake Ihema. Its nine tents are set back from Ihema’s serene shores and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. They flank a thatched reception and dining area, and wooden walkways lead to a stunning deck that hangs over the lake. It contains a central fire pit and is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or post-dinner digestif.

In the afternoon, we will take a boat ride on the lake Ihema, and an evening game drive.

For the more adventurous travelers interested in something different from the usual safari experience in Akagera park, you can opt to take a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Ihema. During this amazing expedition, you will sail along the water edge, which is covered with several trees, drift past numerous giant hippos and see several crocodiles some in the shallows of the water and other basking on the shore.

In addition, you will see a number of water birds so serious birders will be able to identify a large number of birds.

Return to the lodge for overnight – Ruzizi tented camp (LDBB) “OR similar”

Wakeup call at 6am with a coffee ready to go for the morning game drive from south to north. During the game drive along a well-designed network of tracks, there are plenty of animals one can see including elephants, buffalo, zebra, bush baby, antelopes and many other mammal species. On rare occasions, one can see species such as leopard, lion and black rhino. As one of the most scenic savanna in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides an opportunity to see gentle hills blending in beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. Overnight into the park. ​

After lunch, we take a walk in the park popularly known as “Walk in the line”.

Walk in the Line.

Experience what fence attendants go through to ensure the Akagera biodiversity is protected and conserved but walking along a 120km fence on a daily basis. The walk starts at the park entrance taking you 7km into the hills following the fence on the outer side of the park. The walk takes on average 2 hours and ends at the top of the Ridge with spectacular views of Akagera in all directions.

Return to the lodge for overnight – Ruzizi tented camp (LDBB) “OR similar”

Leave early morning towards Kigali. Follow the road as it winds through some of the many hills. Lunch in Kigali. Continue towards Lake Kivu with stops on the route, visiting Ndaba waterfall on the way. Lake Kivu is the largest lake with its 2. 699 km² and is divided between Congo and Rwanda. The lake lies at an altitude of 1. 459 m and is the highest in Africa. This famous lake is one of a string of huge freshwater lakes which lie along Africa’s Great Rift Valley. It’s one of Africa’s Great Lakes and is the deepest freshwater lake in the world. Surrounded by the Rift Valley and Virunga mountains, it has picturesque sandy shores and provides a beautiful setting to relax. 

Overnight on the shores of the Lake at Lake Kivu Serena (LDBB) “OR similar”

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel celebrates the shores of this African Great Lake as a destination of astonishing beauty, where pristine beaches and the sparkling waters of Africa’s sixth largest lake come together in breathtaking fashion. Your arrival is greeted by a bright, open-plan lobby giving way to a private stretch of beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests. You will experience unparalleled warmth, hospitality and relaxation at our tropically inspired hotel in Gisenyi.

The Congo Nile Trail walking journey is an all-inclusive spectacular walk from the southern shores of Lake Kivu to the northern shores through the famous Congo Nile divide watershed. To walk the entire trail takes 10 days, but for this itinerary 2 days are fine. Unlike any other walk, the scenery is geographically spectacular and ever changing – villages on top of hills, rivers, waterfalls, reefs, lakes and sandy beaches. The experiences are diverse: walking, community interaction, historical tales, a magnificent scenic walk along Lake Kivu shores and a landscape of a thousand hills. 

This morning you have to wake up early as you have will have to drive for 1 hour from your hotel to Bumba, then hike for a minimum of 6 hours to get to Kinunu, then onwards to Cyimbiri. Following the trail between community fields, crossing the river Coko before getting to Kibingo Health Center. Picnic lunch nearby the Gatunga village (commercial center, with market on Tuesday), and the climb the trail until the main Rubavu.  Overnight on the shores of Lake Kivu. ​± 6 hours walking 

Return to the lodge for overnight, at Lake Kivu Serena. (LDBB) “OR similar”

Today we will concentrate on adventure activities around lake Kivu. Activities include Water sports along Lake Kivu

Water sports is so common along Lake Kivu since there are many water activities that can be engaged in by the holiday makers. Some of these include; water skiing, wind surfing, wind surfing, paddling and enjoying a motor boat on the lake. Fishing is also a common activity on Lake Kivu.

Hiking and Biking around Lake Kivu

Hiking and biking alongside the shores of Lake Kivu is perfect for many holiday makers. The hikes can be one to half day as well as nature walks. Tourists can be able to venture out the new developed Nile Congo trails, village visits and cultural interactions, hence getting an enticing experience. Climbing and biking of hills around is the lake is also a common activity.

Depending on the weather, we will hike in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon.

Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena (LDBB) “OR similar”

Have a morning breakfast then head out on a trek to find chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. You will be entitled to a 1-hour stay on finding the chimpanzees. After doing the chimpanzee trek, head for lunch at the hotel. After lunch, go back to Nyungwe National Park for a canopy walk and return in the afternoon for dinner.

This is not only the place for relaxation but also one of the place for adventure and insight into Rwanda ‘s single beauty. This forest is the largest protected mountain forest in Africa that covers between 1600 and 2000 sq metres and being a five hour drive into the middle of Rwanda, this long drive to Nyungwe also gives the guests an opportunity to drink in the country’s diverse scenery and the imposing land scape as you move to the main attraction. Once you get to the park, you will then prepare to join on one of the most unbelievable adventures you will ever have, the canopy walk.

Overnight at Emaraude Lake resort (LDBB “OR similar”

Early in the morning after a hearty breakfast, we will be led to the trek start point at the park gate. Gorilla Trek.

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is best known for mountain gorilla trekking, but the park is also rich with many other exotic activities for one to take on. This Park is part of the Virunga volcanoes which are shared between Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. This Park is an evergreen bamboo forest with grassland areas, swamp, and heath in other areas.

The mountain gorillas are the prime attraction in volcanoes national park with gorilla trekking happening all year round. Because of the high altitude it is generally cold, especially early morning and the evenings, you are advised to carry a light sweater for these times. The Park is located only 2 hours from Kigali in the north of Rwanda.

The unique opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat is unforgettable, some even say life changing. Encounters with gorillas as they go about their daily lives are carefully managed, with expert trackers and guides leading small groups of tourists up bamboo-covered slopes to spend a precious and awe-inspiring hour just a few feet away from the gentle creatures.

After the trek, we return to the lodge in time for lunch and spend the rest of the day at the lodge or with the community.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

In the morning after breakfast, we transfer by road to Nyungwe forest. We will check into Nyungwe Top view hotel which offers pretty good accommodation close to the park. Nyungwe top view hotel offers activities mainly centered around the park. So look forward to tracking chimpanzees, seeing he Ruwenzori Colobus monkey, birdwatching, forest walk, and going on the Nyungwe canopy walk. On this day we will do the canopy walk before arriving the lodge. This is not only the place for relaxation but also one of the place for adventure and insight into Rwanda ‘s single beauty. This forest is the largest protected mountain forest in Africa that covers between 1600 and 2000 sq metres and being a five hour drive into the middle of Rwanda, this long drive to Nyungwe also gives the guests an opportunity to drink in the country’s diverse scenery and the imposing land scape as you move to the main attraction. Once you get to the park, you will then prepare to join on one of the most unbelievable adventures you will ever have, the canopy walk. Overnight at Nyungwe Top View Hotel (LDBB) “OR similar”

Enjoy during the early morning hours the peaceful atmosphere of the Nyungwe Forest. Return to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight, you will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including genocide museum, meet the artists and their work at the dazzling Inema gallery, visit craft shop. Lunch and airport transfer.

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