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DISCOVER A THOUSAND HILLS 8 DAYS

Description

These 7 nights/ 8 days safari will begin and ends in Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city, the safari will take you to all the three protected Rwanda national park that’s Akagera national park, enjoy a game drive and launch cruise, then after proceed to Nyungwe forest national park go for chimpanzee tracking and nature walk, from here you will proceed to volcanoes national park track gorillas and community walk.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your Hotel
Day 2: City tour and transfer to Akagera national park
Day 3: Game viewing and launch cruise
Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking
Day 6: Transfer to Ruhengeri
Day 7: Mountain gorilla tracking and departure
Day 8: Departure

 

Detailed activities

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your Hotel

On your arrival at Kigali international airport you will be met and welcomed by your safari guide who will transfer you to Kigali for you dinner and an overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel /Chez Lando/ Des Mille Collines

Day 2: City tour and transfer to Akagera national park

After breakfast at your hotel you will embark on Kigali city tour, visit places like the Kigali genocide memorial site to get more information on how this war started, visit the national museum to a clear history of Rwanda, visit cultural sites, market places and many other interesting places in Kigali. Have lunch in Kigali and then after embark on 2-3 hours’ drive from the capital Kigali up to the park enjoys a fantastic view throughout. Arrive at the park in the evening, check in to your booked accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay at Akagera Game lodge, Luzizi Comp/Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel

Day 3: Game viewing and launch cruise

This day wake up early for breakfast and then after follow the ranger guide to the savannah grassland of the park to catch up with big games that rush out from their hideouts, games expected to see include forest elephant, buffaloes, lion, leopard, giant forest hog, waterbuck, antelopes, gazelle, spotted hyena, warthogs, Burchall’s zebra and giraffe among other. After this moment come back to the lodge for lunch and then after embark on a 2-3 boat ride on the lake Ihema, the boat ride provide more chances of seeing more species of wildlife that live and feed on the lake including schools of hippo and crocodiles, buffaloes and elephant may be spotted along the shoreline and the lake is a fantastic sighting to some great aquatic bird. Dinner and an overnight at Akagera game lodge, Luzizi Camp/Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park

After breakfast, embark on a 5-6 hours transfer to Nyungwe forest national park which is located in the south western part of Rwanda; visit some interesting places along the way like the genocide memorial site, visit also the king’s palace at Nyanza, butare Museum after lunch in Butare continue with your journey to the park, arrive at the park in evening, check into your booked accommodation. Dinner and an overnight at (luxury) Nyungwe forest Lodge/ (Mid –range) Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel, Nyungwe Guest house/ (budget) Gisakula Gust House

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking

Early morning breakfast and then after follow the ranger guide to the forest to begin the search of our cousins’ chimpanzee. Chimps are fabulous fan to watch when playing in fruitful trees. Tracking time is unpredictable as it can from 1-6 hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required and you are also recommended to come with tracking gears such as strong shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts or blouses, bottled water. Ounce chimps are met you strictly allowed to stay with them for only one hour take as many photos as you can as well as observing their behavior . Other primate species can also entertain you during chimp tracking likeowl-faced monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, more than 300 Colobus monkeys, mona monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys among others.  After comeback to the lodge for lunch, in the afternoon, you may go for an optional nature walk. Dinner and an overnight at (luxury) Nyungwe forest Lodge/ (Mid –range) Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel, Nyungwe Guest house/ (budget) Gisakula Gust House,

Day 6: Transfer to Ruhengeri

This morning after breakfast head to kibuye an interesting town around spends the morning there and later head to volcanoes national park, a protected park for gorilla. Arrive in the evening for leisure as you’re waiting for tomorrow’s most interesting activities on earth gorilla tracking. Dinner and an overnight at (luxury) Sabyinya Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Nest Lodge/ (Midrange) Le Bombou Lodge/ (Budget) Kinigi Guest House

Day 7: Mountain gorilla tracking and departure

Wake early in the morning for a cup of tea/ coffee and later you will be transferred to the park headquarters at Kinigi before 7:00am to receive a short briefing about gorilla tracking from the park officials. After you will follow the ranger guide to the rain tropical forest covering the hills surrounding Virunga volcanoes to begin the activity, The trekking is a demanding but rewarding experience, you are remained to come with your tracking gears such a sturdy pair of tracking shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts or blouses, enough bottled water and packed lunch as tracking time is unpredictable as meeting gorillas depends on their movements in their natural environment. Ounce these giants are met you  will forget all the difficulties you’ve passed through and utilize the only one hour allowed to stay with gorillas, stay with them while observing their behaviors as well as taking as many photos as you can(flash cameras are not allowed). After the activity go back to the lodge for leisure, or in the evening enjoy an optional community walk to meet the neighboring community surrounds the park. These people will explain to you their historical back ground as well as entertaining you through their cultural dance and music. Dinner and an overnight at (luxury) Sabyinya Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Nest Lodge/ (Midrange) Le Bombou Lodge/ (Budget) Kinigi Guest House

Day 8: Departure

Have a hearty breakfast and then after drive to Kigali, morning at leisure, with an optional city tour. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home

End of the safari.

The safari include

  • 4×4 Ground transportation and fuel
  • Full English speaking safari driver/ guide an all his associated expenses
  • Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Game drives and boat cruise
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Lunch en route
  • City tour and any other activities included in the itinerary

Not included: Visa fees, Airport taxes, items of personal nature like bar bills, tipping, Laundry, and any expenses of personal nature

HOTELS IN KIGALI

KigalI Serena Hotel (Luxury)

Hotel Des Mille Collines (Mid-range)

Hotel Chez Lando

LODGES IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Ruzizi Tented Camp

Akagera Game Lodge

LODGES IN NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Hill Top View

Gisakura Guest House

LODGES IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Mountain Gorilla View Hotel

Muhabura Hotel