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12-Day Rwandan Safari

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12-Day Rwandan Safari

This twelve-day safari will take you to some of Rwanda’s most amazing destinations. Hike through Nyungwe Forest National Park and search for the elusive mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy all that Rwanda has to offer from Kigali to Musanze!

 

Day 1: Kigali

You will be met and greeted by your Golden Rwanda Safaris driver-guide upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport. He or she will brief you on your safari before transferring you to your hotel for your overnight stay in Kigali ans relax at your Hotel.

 

Main Destination: Kigali (City)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange 2000 Hotel
   Budget  

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive into the Nyungwe Forest. On the way you will visit Nyanza King’s Palace, the National Museum of Butare, and the genocide memorial of Murambi. Nyanza was the headquarters of the ancient Rwanda Kingdom before the arrival of the Europeans. The compound features the tastefully decorated modern palace built by King Mutura in 1934.

 

Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
   Budget  

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast you will enter the Nyungwe forest to track the Nyungwe colobus monkey. A walk into the forest with our knowledgeable guides well versed in botany, ornithology, and interspecies relationships will be a whole new learning experience for you. You will return to the guest house for lunch and have your overnight at the hotel.

 

Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
   Budget  

 

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Today will be your second day in the Nyungwe forest. In the morning you can either opt for the Nyungwe canopy walk or a nature walk to the waterfalls. After lunch you will visit the colobus monkeys darting through the trees. Your overnight will be at the hotel.

 

Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
   Budget  

 

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kibuye

Early in the morning you will head to Kibuye via Gisakura, a five hour journey. Along the way you will enjoy the thousands of beautiful green hills that make up our country as well as views of Kivu Lake. Your overnight will be at the Betania Guest House.

 

Main Destination: Kibuye (Town)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange  
   Budget Golf Eden Rock Hotel

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 6: Kibuye – Gisenyi

Today you will transfer to Gisenyi by speed boat or by vehicle (the choice is yours). Along the way you will explore the wonderful views of the different islands along Lake Kivu and some of the Congolese hills. Your overnight will be at the Hotel Ubumwe.

 

Main Destination: Gisenyi (City)

Accommodation:

   Luxury  
   Midrange Paradise Malahide
   Budget  

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 7: Gisenyi

You will spend part of the day relaxing and swimming at Kivu Serena Beach. After breakfast and your time at the beach you will drive to Musanze, the base town for visiting mountain gorillas. Enjoy a visit of the Ibyiwacu cultural village and then overnight at the Hotel Muhabura.

 

Main Destination: Musanze (City)

Accommodation:

       Luxury  
       Midrange  
     Budget Hotel Muhabura

 

 

 

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park for your first gorilla trek. You will arrive at the main office at 7:00am for a short briefing and coffee break before going on your trek. Your overnight will be at the hotel.

 

Main Destination: Volcanoes National Park (Gorillas)

Accommodation:

       Luxury  
       Midrange  
     Budget Hotel Muhabura

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 9: Musanze

Today you will visit the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. You will again have to be at the main office at 7:00am for a short briefing before your trek. Return at lunchtime and then go visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Your overnight will be at the hotel.

 

Main Destination: Musanze (City)

Accommodation:

       Luxury  
       Midrange  
     Budget Hotel Muhabura

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 10: Musanze – Akagera

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Akagera via Kigali. Here you will have lunch before driving into Akagera National Park. You will cruise to Lake Ihema in the afternoon and then go on a bird watch in Akagera. Your overnight will be at the lodge.

 

Main Destination: Akagera National Park

Accommodation:

       Luxury  
       Midrange Akagera Game Lodge
     Budget  

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 11: Akagera – Kigali

After breakfast you will go on a game drive in the park, Akagera national park is located in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. African parks is currently managing this park and has done a great job with the conservation. In the past there were lots of conflict between people and the park but this was solved by fencing off part of the park and the introduction of community tours where visitors are encouraged to visit the communities and benefit accordingly. Akagera national park is a the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.

 

Main Destination: Kigali (City)

Accommodation:

       Luxury  
       Midrange 2000 Hotel
       Budget  

 

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

Day 12: Kigali

After breakfast, and depending on your departure flight, you may go on a complementary visit to the Ntarama Church. This was the site where more than 5,000 were killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. This genocide memorial is located 30km south of Kigali in the Bugasera region. This church and its contents are a reminder of the horrifying violence that took place. Learn more about the unity and reconciliation commission while you are here.

 

Main Destination: Kigali Genocide Memorial (Kigali)

Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks: Lunch (Breakfast & dinner not included)

Drinks not included

 

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    Departure & Return Location

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    Departure Time

    3 Hours Before Flight Time

    Price Includes

    • Air fares
    • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
    • Tour Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • All transportation in destination location

    Price Excludes

    • Guide Service Fee
    • Driver Service Fee
    • Any Private Expenses
    • Room Service Fees

    Complementaries

    • Umbrella
    • Sunscreen
    • T-Shirt
    • Entrance Fees
    What to Expect

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

    We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

    Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

    Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

    Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

    Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

    An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

    Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

    It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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