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12 Days Primate and Wildlife Rwanda Safari

Destination
Akagera National Park Wildlife Gorilla Trekking Nyungwe National Park Kigali
Country : Rwanda
Duration
12 days 11 nights

Akagera National Park

12 Days Primate and Wildlife Rwanda Safari

Nyungwe Forest National Park a vast untouched tropical rainforest with a high, dense canopy. Track Rwanda's mountain gorillas in the   Volcanoes National Park.  The  country's spectacular biodiversity includes 13 different species and most visitors will go for at least one trekking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking.

Featuring: Kigali Akagera NP  Nyungwe NP Virunga NP 

Day 1: Arrival Kigali

You will be met on arrival at the Kigali Airport by our representative and taken to your hotel in Kigali. The day is at leisure in this capital city of Rwanda.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe NP


After a leisurely breakfast you enjoy a city tour of Kigali - visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, explore old Kigali with a stop at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation independent market stalls selling a woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics and also visit the Kigali Memorial Center. Built on the site where more than 250,000 people are buried during the Rwandan genocide, as well as displays on Rwanda's pre-colonial history. After lunch depart for Nyungwe National Park enroute visit Butare,    the Museum in the city and then proceed to Nyungwe. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe NP Chimps Trek

Depart from the Lodge after an early or packed breakfast  and set off to Chimpanzee trek trail to explore the primates and scenic landscapes of Nyungwe. Tracking the primates on the steep slopes of Nyungwe forest is quite adventurous the ranger/ guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about most of wildlife and the habitat. Learn about the primates in this forest their lifestyle, feeding, reproduction habits. The primates found in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.

The forest also offers you an excellent chance for magnificent birding watching experience. Nyungwe forest  home to about 300 bird species, 24 of the species are endemics of the Albertine rift region such as  the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest hornbills among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon at leisure to relax.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Nyungwe Canopy walk or Igishigishigi Trail

The canopy walkway is a suspended trail between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. The trail is also known as the Igishigishigi trail, after the splendid giant tree ferns found in this area. The trail is a good for wonderful bird-watching experience, wildflowers blooming all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting monkeys. The bridge hangs 57m above the ground offers spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley as well as the forest canopy. There are many trails that include

  •  Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)
  • Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)
  • Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)
  • Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)
  • Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)
  • Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)
  • Afternoon visit of Gisakura Tea Factory followed by dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

After breakfast you depart for Kibuye passing through the lush beds of tea plantations on your way to the shores of Lake Kivu.  The beautiful Kibuye town is one of the three towns found on Lake Kivu and arrival is by lunch time.  In the afternoon you relax on the magnificent beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu. You may also take a walk and visit this splendid town and its environs. Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 6: Kibuye – Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri)

Depart from Kibuye and drive to Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri) the base town for mountain gorillas trek. Visit  Iby’iwacu cultural village where you experience their interesting culture. The village is home ex poachers who were convinced to turn their back on poaching and show case their traditional folklore.  While visiting the village you explore the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performance.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Golden Monkeys trekking - Volcanoes NP

Depart early in the morning for the Golden monkey trek to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a subspecies of the common Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” an endemic that reside in the high altitude forests. The playful and inquisitive monkeys   often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Two groups of Golden Monkey are habituated, one group comprises between 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Treks to view the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are allowed to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Return to the lodge for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Virunga N P

Depart from the lodge for the park soon after an early  or packed breakfast. Gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Virunga National Park is something special as you scramble up the muddy sloping landscapes of one of the volcanic peaks through thick lush vegetation.

Experience the high tree canopy  that opens  to  very beautiful  rainforest forest  the softly curved hillsides cloaked in white daisy-like pyrethrum that gives way to conifer trees on the upper slopes all of which is framed by distant volcanic cones, some neatly formed and others jagged-tooth, looming above the valleys. Another important element that makes the trek so special is the silence that falls over the group as you go  high up on a plateau. Finally we spot the gorilla and you literally become breathless, you spend an hour with these magnificent creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon is at leisure with an option of visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at a lodge

Day 9:  Volcanoe Np- Kigali

We depart for Kigali soon after breakfast and drive to Kigali for a relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kigali - Akagera National Park

After Breakfast you leave Kigali and drive eastward of the country to Akagera National Park known for it’s extensive wetland. The park hosts diverse wild animals that include buffalos, elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various antelope all reasonably visible. Dinner and overnight in the lodge

Day 11: Game drives and canoe rides Akagera NP

Early morning breakfast before you  leave for the park where you have a chance to spot game as they  rise early to hunt in the thick bushes and also experience birds watching.   Game viewing  on the southern circuit  to see  the wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, oribi, bushbuck, common duiker, waterbuck, sitatunga, warthog, giant forest hog, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and primates mainly baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon  you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema or the nearby lakes  spot water fowl including  African darter, African Jacana, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorant and open-bill stork and animal species like hippos that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight in a lodge

Day 12: Akagera NP - Kigali

Depart from the lodge soon after breakfast   and  for your  final  game drive  as you exit the park  head back to Kigali International Airport  for your out board flight hotel

 

Wildlife

Day 1: Arrival Kigali

You will be met on arrival at the Kigali airport by our representative and taken to your hotel in Kigali. The   day is at leisure in this capital city of Rwanda.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe NP


After a leisurely breakfast you enjoy a city tour of Kigali. Visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, explore old Kigali with a stop at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation independent market stalls selling a woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics and also visit the Kigali Memorial Center. Built on the site where more than 250,000 people are buried during the Rwandan genocide, as well as displays on Rwanda's pre-colonial history. After lunch depart for Nyungwe National Park enroute visit Butare,    the Museum in the city and then proceed to Nyungwe. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe NP Chimps trek

Depart from the Lodge after an early breakfast or packed and set off to Chimpanzee trek trail to explore the primates and scenic landscapes of Nyungwe. Tracking the primates on the steep slopes of Nyungwe forest is quite adventurous the ranger/ guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about most of wildlife and the habitat. Learn about the primates in this forest their lifestyle, feeding, reproduction habits. The primates  found in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.

The forest also offers you an excellent chance for magnificent birding watching experience. Nyungwe forest  home to about 300 bird species, 24 of the species are endemics of the Albertine rift region such as  the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest hornbills among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon at leisure to relax.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Nyungwe Canopy walk or Igishigishigi Trail

The canopy walkway is a suspended trail between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. The trail is also known as the Igishigishigi trail, after the splendid giant tree ferns found in this area. The trail is a good for wonderful bird-watching experience, wildflowers blooming all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting monkeys. The bridge hangs 57m above the ground offers spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley as well as the forest canopy. There are many trails that include

  • Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)
  • Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)
  • Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)
  • Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)
  • Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)
  • Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)
  • Afternoon visit of Gisakura Tea Factory followed by dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

After breakfast you depart for Kibuye passing through the lush beds of tea plantations on your way to the shores of Lake Kivu.  The beautiful Kibuye town is one of the three towns found on Lake Kivu and arrival is by lunch time.  In the afternoon you relax on the magnificent beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu. You may also take a walk and visit this splendid town and its environs. Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 6: Kibuye – Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri)

Depart from Kibuye and drive to Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri) the base town for mountain gorillas trek. Visit    Iby’iwacu cultural village where you experience their interesting culture. The village is home ex poachers who were convinced to turn their back on poaching and show case their traditional folklore.  While visiting the village you explore the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performance.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Golden Monkeys trekking - Volcanoes NP

Depart early in the morning for the Golden monkey trek to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a subspecies of the common Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” an endemic that reside in the high altitude forests. The playful and inquisitive monkeys   often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Two groups of Golden Monkey are habituated, one group comprises between 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Treks to view the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are allowed to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Return to the lodge for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Virunga N P

Depart from the lodge for the park soon after an early breakfast or packed. Gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Virunga National Park is something special as you scramble up the muddy sloping landscapes of one of the volcanic peaks through thick lush vegetation.

Experience the high tree canopy  that opens  to  very beautiful  rainforest forest  the softly curved hillsides cloaked in white daisy-like pyrethrum that gives way to conifer trees on the upper slopes all of which is framed by distant volcanic cones, some neatly formed and others jagged-tooth, looming above the valleys. During the another important element that makes the trek so special is the silence that falls over the group as you go  high up on a plateau. Finally we spot the gorilla and you literally become breathless, you spend an hour with these magnificent creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon is at leisure with an option of visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at a lodge

Day 9:  Volcanoe Np- Kigali

We depart for Kigali soon after breakfast and drive to Kigali for a relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kigali - Akagera National Park

After Breakfast you leave Kigali and drive eastward of the country to Akagera National Park known for it’s extensive wetland. The park hosts diverse wild animals that include buffalos, elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various antelope all reasonably visible. Dinner and overnight in the lodge

Day 11: Game drives and canoe rides Akagera NP

Early in the morning breakfast leave for the park where you have a chance to spot game as they  rise early to hunt in the thick bushes and also experience birds watching.   Game viewing  on the southern circuit  to see  the wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, oribi, bushbuck, common duiker, waterbuck, sitatunga, warthog, giant forest hog, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and primates mainly baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon  you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema or the nearby lakes  spot water fowl including  African darter, African Jacana, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorant and open-bill stork and animal species like hippos that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight in a lodge

Day 12: Akagera NP - Kigali

Depart from the lodge soon after breakfast   and  for your  final  game drive  as you exit the park  head back to Kigali International Airport  for your out board flight hotel

Wildlife Featured

Day 1: Arrival Kigali

You will be met on arrival at the Kigali airport by our representative and taken to your hotel in Kigali. The   day is at leisure in this capital city of Rwanda.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe NP


After a leisurely breakfast you enjoy a city tour of Kigali. Visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, explore old Kigali with a stop at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation independent market stalls selling a woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics and also visit the Kigali Memorial Center. Built on the site where more than 250,000 people are buried during the Rwandan genocide, as well as displays on Rwanda's pre-colonial history. After lunch depart for Nyungwe National Park enroute visit Butare,    the Museum in the city and then proceed to Nyungwe. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe NP Chimps trek

Depart from the Lodge after an early breakfast or packed and set off to Chimpanzee trek trail to explore the primates and scenic landscapes of Nyungwe. Tracking the primates on the steep slopes of Nyungwe forest is quite adventurous the ranger/ guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about most of wildlife and the habitat. Learn about the primates in this forest their lifestyle, feeding, reproduction habits. The primates  found in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.

The forest also offers you an excellent chance for magnificent birding watching experience. Nyungwe forest  home to about 300 bird species, 24 of the species are endemics of the Albertine rift region such as  the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest hornbills among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon at leisure to relax.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Nyungwe Canopy walk or Igishigishigi Trail

The canopy walkway is a suspended trail between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. The trail is also known as the Igishigishigi trail, after the splendid giant tree ferns found in this area. The trail is a good for wonderful bird-watching experience, wildflowers blooming all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting monkeys. The bridge hangs 57m above the ground offers spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley as well as the forest canopy. There are many trails that include

  • Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)
  • Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)
  • Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)
  • Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)
  • Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)
  • Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)
  • Afternoon visit of Gisakura Tea Factory followed by dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

After breakfast you depart for Kibuye passing through the lush beds of tea plantations on your way to the shores of Lake Kivu.  The beautiful Kibuye town is one of the three towns found on Lake Kivu and arrival is by lunch time.  In the afternoon you relax on the magnificent beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu. You may also take a walk and visit this splendid town and its environs. Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 6: Kibuye – Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri)

Depart from Kibuye and drive to Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri) the base town for mountain gorillas trek. Visit    Iby’iwacu cultural village where you experience their interesting culture. The village is home ex poachers who were convinced to turn their back on poaching and show case their traditional folklore.  While visiting the village you explore the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performance.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Golden Monkeys trekking - Volcanoes NP

Depart early in the morning for the Golden monkey trek to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a subspecies of the common Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” an endemic that reside in the high altitude forests. The playful and inquisitive monkeys   often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Two groups of Golden Monkey are habituated, one group comprises between 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Treks to view the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are allowed to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Return to the lodge for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Virunga N P

Depart from the lodge for the park soon after an early breakfast or packed. Gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Virunga National Park is something special as you scramble up the muddy sloping landscapes of one of the volcanic peaks through thick lush vegetation.

Experience the high tree canopy  that opens  to  very beautiful  rainforest forest  the softly curved hillsides cloaked in white daisy-like pyrethrum that gives way to conifer trees on the upper slopes all of which is framed by distant volcanic cones, some neatly formed and others jagged-tooth, looming above the valleys. During the another important element that makes the trek so special is the silence that falls over the group as you go  high up on a plateau. Finally we spot the gorilla and you literally become breathless, you spend an hour with these magnificent creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon is at leisure with an option of visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at a lodge

Day 9:  Volcanoe Np- Kigali

We depart for Kigali soon after breakfast and drive to Kigali for a relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kigali - Akagera National Park

After Breakfast you leave Kigali and drive eastward of the country to Akagera National Park known for it’s extensive wetland. The park hosts diverse wild animals that include buffalos, elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various antelope all reasonably visible. Dinner and overnight in the lodge

Day 11: Game drives and canoe rides Akagera NP

Early in the morning breakfast leave for the park where you have a chance to spot game as they  rise early to hunt in the thick bushes and also experience birds watching.   Game viewing  on the southern circuit  to see  the wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, oribi, bushbuck, common duiker, waterbuck, sitatunga, warthog, giant forest hog, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and primates mainly baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon  you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema or the nearby lakes  spot water fowl including  African darter, African Jacana, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorant and open-bill stork and animal species like hippos that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight in a lodge

Day 12: Akagera NP - Kigali

Depart from the lodge soon after breakfast   and  for your  final  game drive  as you exit the park  head back to Kigali International Airport  for your out board flight hotel

Nyungwe National Park

Day 1: Arrival Kigali

You will be met on arrival at the Kigali airport by our representative and taken to your hotel in Kigali. The   day is at leisure in this capital city of Rwanda.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe NP


After a leisurely breakfast you enjoy a city tour of Kigali. Visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, explore old Kigali with a stop at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation independent market stalls selling a woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics and also visit the Kigali Memorial Center. Built on the site where more than 250,000 people are buried during the Rwandan genocide, as well as displays on Rwanda's pre-colonial history. After lunch depart for Nyungwe National Park enroute visit Butare,    the Museum in the city and then proceed to Nyungwe. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe NP Chimps trek

Depart from the Lodge after an early breakfast or packed and set off to Chimpanzee trek trail to explore the primates and scenic landscapes of Nyungwe. Tracking the primates on the steep slopes of Nyungwe forest is quite adventurous the ranger/ guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about most of wildlife and the habitat. Learn about the primates in this forest their lifestyle, feeding, reproduction habits. The primates  found in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.

The forest also offers you an excellent chance for magnificent birding watching experience. Nyungwe forest  home to about 300 bird species, 24 of the species are endemics of the Albertine rift region such as  the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest hornbills among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon at leisure to relax.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Nyungwe Canopy walk or Igishigishigi Trail

The canopy walkway is a suspended trail between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. The trail is also known as the Igishigishigi trail, after the splendid giant tree ferns found in this area. The trail is a good for wonderful bird-watching experience, wildflowers blooming all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting monkeys. The bridge hangs 57m above the ground offers spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley as well as the forest canopy. There are many trails that include

  • Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)
  • Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)
  • Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)
  • Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)
  • Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)
  • Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)
  • Afternoon visit of Gisakura Tea Factory followed by dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

After breakfast you depart for Kibuye passing through the lush beds of tea plantations on your way to the shores of Lake Kivu.  The beautiful Kibuye town is one of the three towns found on Lake Kivu and arrival is by lunch time.  In the afternoon you relax on the magnificent beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu. You may also take a walk and visit this splendid town and its environs. Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 6: Kibuye – Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri)

Depart from Kibuye and drive to Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri) the base town for mountain gorillas trek. Visit    Iby’iwacu cultural village where you experience their interesting culture. The village is home ex poachers who were convinced to turn their back on poaching and show case their traditional folklore.  While visiting the village you explore the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performance.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Golden Monkeys trekking - Volcanoes NP

Depart early in the morning for the Golden monkey trek to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a subspecies of the common Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” an endemic that reside in the high altitude forests. The playful and inquisitive monkeys   often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Two groups of Golden Monkey are habituated, one group comprises between 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Treks to view the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are allowed to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Return to the lodge for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Virunga N P

Depart from the lodge for the park soon after an early breakfast or packed. Gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Virunga National Park is something special as you scramble up the muddy sloping landscapes of one of the volcanic peaks through thick lush vegetation.

Experience the high tree canopy  that opens  to  very beautiful  rainforest forest  the softly curved hillsides cloaked in white daisy-like pyrethrum that gives way to conifer trees on the upper slopes all of which is framed by distant volcanic cones, some neatly formed and others jagged-tooth, looming above the valleys. During the another important element that makes the trek so special is the silence that falls over the group as you go  high up on a plateau. Finally we spot the gorilla and you literally become breathless, you spend an hour with these magnificent creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon is at leisure with an option of visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at a lodge

Day 9:  Volcanoe Np- Kigali

We depart for Kigali soon after breakfast and drive to Kigali for a relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kigali - Akagera National Park

After Breakfast you leave Kigali and drive eastward of the country to Akagera National Park known for it’s extensive wetland. The park hosts diverse wild animals that include buffalos, elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various antelope all reasonably visible. Dinner and overnight in the lodge

Day 11: Game drives and canoe rides Akagera NP

Early in the morning breakfast leave for the park where you have a chance to spot game as they  rise early to hunt in the thick bushes and also experience birds watching.   Game viewing  on the southern circuit  to see  the wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, oribi, bushbuck, common duiker, waterbuck, sitatunga, warthog, giant forest hog, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and primates mainly baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon  you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema or the nearby lakes  spot water fowl including  African darter, African Jacana, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorant and open-bill stork and animal species like hippos that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight in a lodge

Day 12: Akagera NP - Kigali

Depart from the lodge soon after breakfast   and  for your  final  game drive  as you exit the park  head back to Kigali International Airport  for your out board flight hotel

kigali

Day 1: Arrival Kigali

You will be met on arrival at the Kigali airport by our representative and taken to your hotel in Kigali. The   day is at leisure in this capital city of Rwanda.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe NP


After a leisurely breakfast you enjoy a city tour of Kigali. Visit the Kandt House Museum of Natural History, explore old Kigali with a stop at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation independent market stalls selling a woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics and also visit the Kigali Memorial Center. Built on the site where more than 250,000 people are buried during the Rwandan genocide, as well as displays on Rwanda's pre-colonial history. After lunch depart for Nyungwe National Park enroute visit Butare,    the Museum in the city and then proceed to Nyungwe. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe NP Chimps trek

Depart from the Lodge after an early breakfast or packed and set off to Chimpanzee trek trail to explore the primates and scenic landscapes of Nyungwe. Tracking the primates on the steep slopes of Nyungwe forest is quite adventurous the ranger/ guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about most of wildlife and the habitat. Learn about the primates in this forest their lifestyle, feeding, reproduction habits. The primates  found in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.

The forest also offers you an excellent chance for magnificent birding watching experience. Nyungwe forest  home to about 300 bird species, 24 of the species are endemics of the Albertine rift region such as  the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest hornbills among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon at leisure to relax.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Nyungwe Canopy walk or Igishigishigi Trail

The canopy walkway is a suspended trail between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. The trail is also known as the Igishigishigi trail, after the splendid giant tree ferns found in this area. The trail is a good for wonderful bird-watching experience, wildflowers blooming all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting monkeys. The bridge hangs 57m above the ground offers spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley as well as the forest canopy. There are many trails that include

  • Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)
  • Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)
  • Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)
  • Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)
  • Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)
  • Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)
  • Afternoon visit of Gisakura Tea Factory followed by dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

After breakfast you depart for Kibuye passing through the lush beds of tea plantations on your way to the shores of Lake Kivu.  The beautiful Kibuye town is one of the three towns found on Lake Kivu and arrival is by lunch time.  In the afternoon you relax on the magnificent beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu. You may also take a walk and visit this splendid town and its environs. Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 6: Kibuye – Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri)

Depart from Kibuye and drive to Musanze (ex- Ruhengeri) the base town for mountain gorillas trek. Visit    Iby’iwacu cultural village where you experience their interesting culture. The village is home ex poachers who were convinced to turn their back on poaching and show case their traditional folklore.  While visiting the village you explore the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performance.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Golden Monkeys trekking - Volcanoes NP

Depart early in the morning for the Golden monkey trek to see the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a subspecies of the common Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” an endemic that reside in the high altitude forests. The playful and inquisitive monkeys   often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Two groups of Golden Monkey are habituated, one group comprises between 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Treks to view the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are allowed to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Return to the lodge for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking – Virunga N P

Depart from the lodge for the park soon after an early breakfast or packed. Gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Virunga National Park is something special as you scramble up the muddy sloping landscapes of one of the volcanic peaks through thick lush vegetation.

Experience the high tree canopy  that opens  to  very beautiful  rainforest forest  the softly curved hillsides cloaked in white daisy-like pyrethrum that gives way to conifer trees on the upper slopes all of which is framed by distant volcanic cones, some neatly formed and others jagged-tooth, looming above the valleys. During the another important element that makes the trek so special is the silence that falls over the group as you go  high up on a plateau. Finally we spot the gorilla and you literally become breathless, you spend an hour with these magnificent creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon is at leisure with an option of visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at a lodge

Day 9:  Volcanoe Np- Kigali

We depart for Kigali soon after breakfast and drive to Kigali for a relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kigali - Akagera National Park

After Breakfast you leave Kigali and drive eastward of the country to Akagera National Park known for it’s extensive wetland. The park hosts diverse wild animals that include buffalos, elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various antelope all reasonably visible. Dinner and overnight in the lodge

Day 11: Game drives and canoe rides Akagera NP

Early in the morning breakfast leave for the park where you have a chance to spot game as they  rise early to hunt in the thick bushes and also experience birds watching.   Game viewing  on the southern circuit  to see  the wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, oribi, bushbuck, common duiker, waterbuck, sitatunga, warthog, giant forest hog, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and primates mainly baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Afternoon  you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema or the nearby lakes  spot water fowl including  African darter, African Jacana, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorant and open-bill stork and animal species like hippos that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight in a lodge

Day 12: Akagera NP - Kigali

Depart from the lodge soon after breakfast   and  for your  final  game drive  as you exit the park  head back to Kigali International Airport  for your out board flight hotel