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Discover all the beauty that Rwanda has to offer in this fantastic safari. You will start off in Kigali where you will have the opportunity to explore the historic city. From Kigali, you will be transported to the Volcanoes National Park where you will end your safari with an incredible gorilla trekking. If you are ready to explore picturesque Rwanda and see up close gentle gorillas, then this holiday package is for you.
You will stay at Flame Tree Village and Best View Hotel.
Flame Tree Village is strategically located in the quiet suburb of Nyarutarama in Kigali. Flame Tree Village boasts a total of 15 spacious villas that are not only comfortable but provide a tranquil, homely experience. It provides free Wi-fi internet connection as well as a well-stocked pool bar. The residence has a pool as well as an indoor restaurant and an outdoor sitting area.
The residence is located within easy access of major facilities and amenities such as the Kigali International Airport (KGL) which is less than 10 minutes drive and the Kigali Central Business District, also a mere 10-minute drive. Within the area are major shopping centers such as MTN Center Nyarutarama and the Nyarutarama Golf Club.
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be met by a tours representative outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel. You may then choose to explore your surroundings or simply relax in preparation for the next day's activities.
Enjoy a city tour of Kigali (included in the price). For 100 years, Kigali has been a part of the history of Rwanda, which dates back centuries. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site.
Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide, how it has dealt with that past, and other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda whose recovery has been incredible and a testament to humankind’s resilience. Take your lunch in Kigali. Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. After two and a half hours, arrive in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park.
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your first day of trekking at 06:20. You will be briefed by your trackers at 07:00 then drive to the trailhead for the start of your amazing gorilla tracking adventure. Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s, offering stirring views in all directions.
Upon entering the national park, you will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, and fresh spoor of the mountain's elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks, which are among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.
After the trek, rejoin your driver and guide for a transfer to your lodge or hotel for lunch. Spend afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost. You may choose to visit Iby’iwacu village at an extra cost. You will have your dinner at the lodge.
Registration for the gorilla trekking will start at 07:00. The registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s lead guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do,’s and don'ts” while in the presence of gorillas.
After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. After the trek, rejoin your driver and guide for a transfer to your lodge or hotel for lunch. After lunch, depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea, and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali.
This trip takes place at Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Spanning on a 160 square kilometers area in the northern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is the oldest national park in Africa. It was initially a small area around Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke volcanoes which was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching.
Volcanoes national park is home to mountain gorilla (gorilla beringei beringei), golden monkeys (cercopithecus mitis kandti), spotted hyena (crocuta crocuta), buffaloes (syncerus caffer), elephants , black-fronted duiker (cephalophus niger), and bushbuck (tragelaphus scriptus). The park also harbors 178 bird species including at least 29 endemics to Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas.
Three breakfast, three lunches, and two dinners are included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from the airport.