Rwanda Gorillas, Primates, & Landscapes
Discover Rwanda's stunning wildlife, wild places and fascinating people with us
Our Rwanda Gorillas, Primates, & Landscapes itinerary offers a truly inspirational and transformative holiday experience, packed with unforgettable moments; some of Africa’s most exquisite scenery; abundant wildlife and warm, welcoming people. Spend time with the Mountain gorillas and learn about their conservation, visit a Genocide Memorial Site, have the opportunities to partake in Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation programmes, do Lion Monitoring; walk the exquisite Ivi River Trail and have some wonderful, authentic cultural experiences.
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Day 1: Departure
Fly from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Kigali, the Rwandese capital. On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to the Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel located in a suburb of the city for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Kigali - Nyungwe Forest NP
This morning, you are met and transferred to Nyungwe Forest National Park, where en-route you stop in Butare and visit the National Museum.
Check-in at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, idyllically situated on top of one of the hills of Nyungwe Forest where you will stay for the next two nights on a full-board basis.
Day 3: Chimp tracking, canopy walk & forest walks!
Today, you are transferred Cyamudongo Forest (an approx 30min drive), where the most of Chimpanzee tracking excursions are organised. You will enjoy a morning of chimpanzee tracking. Note that the terrain where the Chimps are includes some steep slopes. Take rain gear for inclement weather. Guides lead you through the forest in search of these elusive beasts.
This afternoon, you enjoy an interesting canopy walk and view the birds, butterflies, and some monkeys from a high viewpoint.
Day 4: Nyungwe Forest NP - Kibuye, Lake Kivu
This morning, you have a long and very scenic drive (an approx. 5hr drive) on unmade roads to Kibuye, on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Check-in at Cormoran Lodge, a rustic yet stylish lodge set on a steep hill leading down to the shore of the lake where you will stay for the night on a full-board basis.
Day 5: Kibuye - Gisenyi, Lake Kivu
After a relaxing morning, you travel north to Gisenyi (an approx. 2hr drive). You have the chance to explore Gisenyi, its small sandy beach, palm trees and a charming post-colonial boulevard frontage. The rest of the day is yours to relax at leisure. You may choose to enjoy lake fishing, swimming, boating, walking, and trekking.
Check-in at Serena Lake Kivu Hotel, a pleasant hotel located on the shores of the lake where you will stay for two nights on a full-board basis.
Day 6: Explore Gisenyi!
Today, you have the chance to relax and unwind at the scenic, high altitude Lake Kivu. You can visit the market and take a walk to visit the nearby residential area.
Day 7: Gisenyi, Lake Kivu - Parc National des Volcans
After a relaxing morning at the lake, you leave the lake shore behind you and transfer to Parc National des Volcans.
Finally, you are transferred to the boundary of the national park where you check-in to the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, and stay for the next three night on a full-board basis.
Day 8: Gorilla tracking!
After an early breakfast you will be taken to the park HQ for a briefing at 07h00 on conduct during gorilla tracking. You will then be allocated to a team of experienced ranger-guides who will take you into Parc National des Volcans, to seek out one of the resident, habituated Gorilla groups.
Time taken to reach the Gorillas varies from as little as 45 minutes to a few hours in closed forest. Once the Gorillas are located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.
Day 9: Golden monkey tracking!
After the briefing at the Park HQ, set off to seek these endangered monkeys which are unique to the Albertine Rift, normally located high up in the dense bamboo groves. This afternoon is yours to relax at leisure.
Day 10: Parc National des Volcans - Kigali
This morning, you visit the Musanze Cave and view the large colonies of Bats and fascinating rock formations.
This afternoon, you are transferred back to Kigali, and onto the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, a historically factual and extremely moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide.
Check-in to the Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel located in a suburb of the city for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Kigali - Kigali Airport
After a relaxing breakfast, you explore Kigali and have the opportunity to visit the Inema Art Center, Niyo Art Gallery and Kimironko Market.
Finally, you are transferred back to Kigali Airport to check-in for your indirect overnight flight back to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports).
Day 12: Arrival
Arrive back into London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) by mid-morning.
Duration: 11 Nights
Location: Rwanda, Africa
Price per person sharing in double or twin room accommodation includes international return flights (economy class) from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports), all transfers and transportation, services of private professional experienced English-speaking driver/guide, all excursions and activities (including 1x Rwanda gorilla trekking permit per person, 1x Rwanda chimp trekking permit per person, 1x Rwanda golden monkey permit per person, Gorilla Doctors/Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project presentation talk), national park permits/fees, all accommodation, all meals, bottled mineral water in vehicle.
£700: Single room supplement
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