9 Days Classic Rwanda Gorilla Safari

9 DAYS CLASSIC RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI

Start/End: Kigali

Duration: 9 Days

Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee and Primate tracking, Nature walk, Bird watching, Ground and Suspended Bridge Forest walk, Primate Habituation, City and Cultural Tour.

 

Destinations: Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park, Genocide Memorial Centre

 

Description

Our 9 Days Classic Rwanda Gorilla Safari has a lot for you; you will see a lovely selection of the Rwandan Countryside and National parks. The Safari comprises of a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park ( http://www.nyungweforest.com/ ), Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park (  https://www.volcanoesnationalparkrwanda.com/). Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to many primate species, including the chimpanzee. It is also a haven for a large diversity of birds and butterflies. Nyungwe Forest also has a dazzling canopy walkway built above the tree tops and from which you have an amazing view of the forest beneath.

On the other hand, Lake Kivu is small, with friendly towns and white sandy beaches making it an excellent nightlife stop center for refreshing and recharging for the Volcanoes National Park, the highlight of the safari with trekking the thrilling Humongous mountain gorillas.

Trip Summary

  • Day 01:  Arrival at Kigali Airport, BB
  • Day 02:  Transfer to Nyungwe Forest, FB
  • Day 03:  Chimp tracking, Nature walk and Bird watching, FB
  • Day 04:  Primate and monkey Tracking, Bird watching (optional), FB
  • Day 05:  Ground and Suspended Bridge Forest walk,  transfer to  Lake Kivu, FB
  • Day 06 : Transfer from Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park, FB
  • Day 07:  Gorilla Trekking, FB
  • Day 08: Primate Habituation, FB
  • Day 09: City/Cultural Tour, Departure, HB

Day 1:  Arrival at Kigali Airport

Arrive in Kigali; meet our Guide who will transfer to your hotel for an evening rest. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel , (BB)

 

Day 2:  Transfer to Nyungwe Forest

You will have a sizzling early morning breakfast and drive to Nyungwe forest. En’route you will  stop at Nyanza King’s Palace, and the National Museum of Butare.

Have lunch en-route, arrive and check in at Nyungwe Forest Lodge in the evening (FB).

 

Day 3:  Chimp tracking, Nature walk and Bird watching.

After breakfast, you will enter the lush rainforest in the search of the chimpanzee, may be able to view some of over 300 bird species, 24 of which are regional endemics, additional over 100 varieties of Orchidaceae and butterflies can be seen in this beautiful forest. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the area, relax at the lodge or better still go for another birding dose in the area. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB).

 

Day 4:  Primate and monkey Tracking, Bird watching (optional)

After breakfast, you will once again enter Nyungwe forest to track the black and white colobus monkeys, you will have chance to view thirteen species of primates including chimpanzee, Rwenzori colobus and le’Hoest monkey. The colobus live in large groups, including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group arguably the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa. In the afternoon you will relax at the lodge and (or) go birding in the area. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB).

 

Day 5:  Ground and Suspended Bridge Forest walk,  transfer to  Lake Kivu

This morning you will view the forest through the canopy walkway. You will walk for about 50mins into the forest and then walk above tree tops on a suspended bridge. This gives you excellent view of one of African’s largest temperate rainforests and offers the opportunity to view primates and birds at eye level.

In the afternoon you will drive to Kibuye on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu,  reach hotel in the afternoon for check in and relaxation.

Overnight at Cormoran Lodge (FB).

 

Day 6 :  Transfer from Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, transfer from Kibuye (Lake Kivu) to Gisenyi allowing you to appreciate the beauty of Lake Kivu and the numerous islands. You will have lunch in Gisenyi before driving to Volcanoes National Park. The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp and heath. The Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda and renowned habitat for the mountain gorillas among other mammals such as the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bush buck. There are nearly 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains respectively. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB).

 

Day 7:  Gorilla Trekking

After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will brief you on the etiquette of Gorilla trekking (Do’s and Don’ts). You will then hike into the forest and home of the great Gorillas. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically tedious and demanding, the magnificence of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile, once locate, site of the humongous Gorillas expressly erases all the fatigue.

The experience is universally described as being the most profound natural experience in the world.  Picnic lunches are provided and you are advised to take plenty of fluids. Good camera and plenty of fast speed film/memory cards are a must carry to capture the memorable and captivating encounter with the great Ape (Gorilla). In the forest, It can rain without warning hence the need to put on light waterproof clothing, sturdy shoes, a hat or cape. You will spend about one hour with the Gorilla and there after retire to your hotel .

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB).

 

Day 8: Primate Habituation

This morning you will explore Volcanoes National Park in the search for the rare golden monkeys. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the countable places in Africa where this activity is offered. You will there after drive back to Kigali later in the afternoon. Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel (FB).

Day 9: City /Cultural Tour, Departure

This morning we have a city tour, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and other cultural sites. In the afternoon you will transfer to the airport for your departure flight home (HB).

End of Safari

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