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Experience a diverse wildlife on this superb safari. This magical jungle expedition start from one of the cleanest cities in Africa through the country’s only safari park not to mention the magnificent Nyungwe Rainforest Park which holds the source of Africa’s great rivers. This safari is packed with close encounter swith the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat that will stay with you for a lifetime.
During this tour, you will be accommodated at Onomo Hotel, Akagera Game Lodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, and Serena Kivu Resort.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the ecolodge was constructed with locally available material. Every chalet comes with a sitting area with a fireplace and has a tea/coffee making machine. The ecolodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.
Akagera Game Lodge stands on a hill at the southern tip of the Akagera National Park elevated above the savannah with exceptional views of the Lake Ihema. With 60 rooms, a conference centre, restaurant, and bar - Akagera Game Lodge is the perfect home base while conferencing or exploring the conservation treasures of Akagera National Park.
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is idyllically situated on top of one of the hills of Nyungwe forest area; the largest single forest block in East Africa and the biggest water reservoir for Rwanda.
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. They welcome you to experience unparalleled warmth, hospitality and relaxation at your tropically inspired hotel in Gisenyi, Rwanda.
After breakfast, you will be picked by your professional driver guide at 7 a.m. and travel through Nyamirambo to the top of Mt. Kigali for the best view of Kigali City and the country side. It is located on the southwestern edge of the city and is one of the highest hills in Kigali, after enjoying the view continue to continue to Fazenda. Fazenda Sengha is an equestrian and outdoor recreational center on the outskirts of Kigali. At the top you will engage in horseback riding, zip lining or quad baking. From here, you will head for a delicious meal at Tamu Tamu restaurant for a local delicacy of Sweet potatoes, rice, beans, cassava, pumpkins, yam, Irish, plantains, fruit, and millet. After your meal you will proceed to Kandt Museum.
Kandt House is reputed to be the first building in Kigali, former residence of German explorer Dr. Richard Kandt. Today it stands as a natural history museum and displays number of historical exhibits and photographs of the early settlement of Kigali, along with numerous displays on Rwanda’s wildlife, vegetation as well as information on the physical and geological history of the country. Relics from the German British battles of WWI that took place in Rwanda are also to be found here. You will end your day with a Market visit.
The colorful Kimironko Market is housed in a large warehouse complex, with four equidistant entrances. Outside the main market, you will find from meat and fish to sunglasses and household items. Once you get inside the structure, you will find fruit and vegetable stands extending in every direction. You can also get shoes, kitchen utensils, Kitenge fabrics, and crafts at Kimironko market. Meals and accommodation at Onomo Hotel.
Rwanda’s rolling hills and rich soils produce coffee of extraordinary quality. At 8 a.m., you will be picked up at the hotel to go refuel your day with a morning cup of Rwanda great, strong, rich coffee at Question Coffee cafe. Question Coffee Cafe is a state-of-the-art specialty coffee cafe that welcomes everyone in search of an amazing cup of coffee. You will energize at Kigali Genocide Memorial; the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
This memorial also serves to educate about genocide around the world in the 20th century and end the day with a visit to the Campaign Against Genocide Museum, it includes several monuments, pictures, video and audio materials aimed at depicting the campaign by the Rwanda Patriotic Front to stop the genocide against the Tutsi.
You will proceed to Hotel De Mille Collines for lunch. The hotel derives its name from its motherland known as the “land of a thousand hills.” This hotel becoming a shelter to, a light of hope in the darkness for a terrified crowd of up to 2,000 people who were saved by the hotel opening its doors in 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi. Later after lunch you will go Thousand Hills Distillery. Nestled on one of the many hills of Rwanda, with a breathtaking view, 1000 Hills Distillery “East Africa’s first craft small batch distillery” makes triple-distilled, hand crafted spirits - gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, and a rum-based coffee liqueur. While on Distillery Tour, you will have explanation of the processes and a tasting of their whisky, gin, rum, and vodka and coffee liqueur.
From here, you will proceed to Kaplaki Village; filled with unique Rwandan art. Meals and accommodation at Onomo Hotel.
It is named for after Akagera River that flows along the eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes. Rolling hills of Acacia bush with panoramic views across scattered grassland, patches of thick forest and mosaic of swamp - fringed lakes along the meandering Akagera watercourse contribute to this park’s almost unrivalled diversity and scenic beauty.
Your driver guide will pick you up 9 a.m. and drive to Akagera National Park for a few hours’ game drive and later check-in at the lodge. After lunch, relax at the lodge and later go for a night game drive in search of nocturnal wildlife at 5 p.m. Meals and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Wake up listening to the sound of Akagera plains. Your driver will pick you up 6am for a trilling morning game drive in search for the early risers in the park. With packed lunch from Akagera game lodge which you will enjoy at the park’s best scenic view at the hippo’s beach and later you will proceed for a Sunset boat trip on 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. Check-in at the Akagera Game Lodge.
After a cup of the finest Rwandan coffee/tea at 7am, you will head for full game drive from the southern part of the park to the Northern part which takes about 6 hours to 7 to drive with in the park. The full day game drive offers you more opportunities to spot a variety of wild animals that you might have missed yesterday such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck coupled with large concentration of bird life; over 525 species identified. Meals and accommodation at Onomo Hotel.
After breakfast, you will drive to Nyanza for King’s palace Museum and after you will proceed to National art gallery. The King’s Palace is less about ancient history and more about royal residences. A guided tour explains some of the architectural idiosyncrasies inside the royal compound and other curiosities such as why the woman who looked after the king’s milk was never able to marry. Later you will proceed to the Ethnographic Museum.
This beautiful museum sits in wide, tranquil gardens at the edge of Huye city. It was given to the city as a gift from Belgium in 1987 to celebrate 25 years of independence. A visit to Ethnographic Museum( one of Africa finest ethnographic collection) give you a rich insight into Rwandans culture with Its seven galleries that cover an impressive array of topics on almost anything about Rwanda you can imagine: banana beer, geology, cosmology, farming, music, dance, poetry, history, tools, hunting, animal husbandry, weaving, woodwork and transport . After a leisure lunch, you will proceed to Nyungwe National Park, meals and accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge.
At 5 am after breakfast, you will drive off to the briefing point and then after set off for chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzees are the closet relatives to human beings sharing approximately 98% of human DNA. The chimpanzees live in different families each family headed by one dominant who leads the group. They demonstrate different roles in a family with the females nursing and taking care of the young ones, the males protecting the family and the young ones playing and feeding.
After enjoying your lunch at the park reception. You continue with adventure of canopy walk, which is a steep and deep valley across a massive forest. It has towers and hanging platform which provides travelers with a clear view of different animal species in an eye to eye contact meals and accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge.
After breakfast, you will head for waterfall hike, Nyungwe’s biggest waterfall and the inspiration for the trail’s name - isumo is waterfall in Kinyarwanda. At roughly 17m in height, it is even more impressive for the force with which it shoots through a narrow gap into a stunning amphitheater, lined with fluttering fronds of ferns, flowers and lianas, all thriving in the mist zone of the fall. There are caves in the overhanging cliffs, and a rainbow in the spray on sunny days. Three km to the east, and 100m higher in elevation, lies the bottom of the thirteen square kilometer Kamiranzovu Marsh, which drains over the rim of this water-carved canyon.
After the hike you will enjoy your delicious lunch. Later, you continue your driver to Musanze for you next lifetime activity of trekking Mountain Gorillas with overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
The magnificent Volcanoes National Park lies along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. With an area of 125 square kilometer, it is home to one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, golden monkey, and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. The park’s name and the majestic landscape is framed by five volcanoes it houses: Kalisimbi, Muhabura, Bisoke (with a verdant crater Lake), Sabyinyo and Gahinga.
After an early breakfast, you will drive to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters to be allocated a gorilla tracking group at 7 am. After Tourists received an introduction from park ranger at park reception about the trekking dos and don’ts. The exhilarating climb to the gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo forest begins and Once you reach the family, you are allowed to spend 1 hour with these amazing creatures after proceed for the gorilla guardians for traditional entertainment. Meals and accommodation at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Kivu, Rwanda’s largest Lake Kivu stands at a height of 1, 460 meters (4,790 ft) above sea level, 89 km in length and 48 km wide, covering a surface of 2700 km2 at an average depth of 240m with maximum depth at 480m, water volume of 500km3. It stands across the border connecting western Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo and is surrounded by forested hills, with sandy bays and fishing villages
After your breakfast you head for kayaking on Lake Kivu, travel peacefully along the spectacular coast of one of the African Rift Valley’s Great Lakes using modern and very stable sea kayaks then Lunch and you will be enjoying an evening with a refreshing breathe of the lake’s views. Meals and accommodation at Serena Kivu Resort.
After your breakfast you will relax at your lodge and later be transferred to Kigali for departure.
Starting off and ending at Kigali, this tour will take you through Mt. Kigali, Fazenda Sengha, Kandt Museum, Kandt Museum, Kimironko Market, Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum, Kaplaki Village, Akagera National Park, Lake Ihema, Nyanza, Nyungwe, Kinyarwanda, Musanze, Volcanoes National Park, and Lake Kivu.
Kigali International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Transfer to the airport is included. For more information on airport transfers, please contact A Step Into Nature Tours.
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