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    7 Days 6 Nights
    Availability : 11
    Kigali Airport
    Kigali Airport
    Min Age : 11+
    Max People : 200

    7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure

    Welcome to Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure, the “land of a thousand hills”. This tour has specifically been designed to show you the best highlights of this fascinating country. Not only from a primate’s eye view  Nyungwe Forest but also on a canopy walk. In order to close encounters with chimpanzees and the gorillas of the mist. Additionally accommodation is provided in an en-suite lodges of mid-range standard, chosen for their comfort and great location.

    The Highlights of Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure

    Day 1; Arrival to Kigali

    Day 2; Visit Genocide Memorial & Travel to Nyungwe Forest

    Day 3; Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk

    Day 4; Explore Lake Kivu

    Day 5; Volcanoes National Park

    Day 6; Gorilla Tracking (Optional)

    Day 7; Return to Kigali

     

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival to Kigali

    This small but scenically stunning country is thus known for its endless rolling green hills, which you will experience on your fly-over to Kigali International Airport. A representative from your hotel will pick you up and drive you straightaway to your hotel in a quiet leafy street in the heart of down-town Kigali.

    However, if time allows, you are free to explore the city today. There are many activities in Kigali that are easily arranged through the reception at your hotel, for example city tours and visits to the craft markets browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer..

    Location: Kigali Rwanda

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                Kigali Marriott Hotel
                          Comfort                Heaven Boutique Hotel             
                          Standard                Yambi Guesthouse

    Meals Plan: Breakfast and  Lunch as well as Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 2: Visit Genocide Memorial & Travel to Nyungwe Forest

    Genocide Memorial

    Your Paradise Adventure Vacations guide will greet you at the hotel in the morning and certainly drive you to Nyungwe Forest in western Rwanda. If time allows and you feel up for it, you can visit the Genocide Memorial in town before setting off. Furthermore, the Genocide Memorial is a place of commemoration for the 250,000 victims buried in mass graves here and an important remembrance of the unfathomable brutality of the 1994 genocide. The exhibit is an intensely emotional experiences but also an educational one, where you will learn about the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history.

    Nyungwe Forest

    On your drive today, you will then  pass through the town of Butare, about 135km from Kigali. While here you can visit Butare National Museum displaying a range of ethnographic objects that will give you an insight into the rich traditional life and culture of the country. At the end of the day you will reach Nyungwe Forest National Park. Specifically known as one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforest in Africa. The forest is incredibly biodiverse with 13 known primate species residing here for instance  colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also famous among the birding community who come to spot some of the 310 bird species recorded here, 26 of which are endemic to Rwanda. You will also have plenty of time to explore the interior of the forest tomorrow.

    Location: Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                The Retreat by Heaven
                          Comfort                Dove Hotel Kigali
                          Standard                The Nest Kimi

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk

    Firstly, you will venture deep into Nyungwe Forest National Park in search of the chimpanzees. Meanwhile on a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Nyungwe Forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is surely an incredible experience.

    While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are after all wild animals with wills and minds of their own. From the trails below the foliage you will also head up high into the forest canopy on one of East Africa’s first canopy walks. The network of suspension bridges will lead you on a 1.5 hour walk over a deep gorge through especially to the beautiful and lush vegetation and difference animal habitats.

    Location: Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                The Retreat by Heaven
                          Comfort                Dove Hotel Kigali
                          Standard                The Nest Kimi

    Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 4: To Lake Kivu

    From the rainforests of Nyungwe you will then travel north along the shores of Lake Kivu. One of the African Great Lakes in the Albertine Rift evidently creating a natural border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The stunning shores of Lake Kivu basically contain some of the best inland beaches on the continent. Meanwhile you can choose to relax at the lodge today ,take a stroll on the long stretch of beach near the property, or explore the shorelines and bays on a half-day kayaking tour.

    Location: Lake Kivu

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel
                          Comfort                Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
                          Standard                Family Nest Kivu

    Meals Plan: Breakfast and  Lunch as well as Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

    If you think after Nyungwe Forest and Lake Kivu, that Rwanda can’t get any more scenic, you haven’t certainly seen Volcanoes National Park. The national park basically contains parts of the Virunga mountain range and its 5 volcanoes that form the border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Besides being one of the most scenic sights in Africa, the park is also the gateway to face-to-face encounters with the iconic mountain gorillas.

    While the main draw of visiting Volcanoes NP is to see the real gorillas in the mist, there are other fantastic activities to experience here like, tracking excursions to find the rare golden monkeys, volcano hikes and a visit to the Dian Fossey research center.

    Optional: Explore more of Lake Kivu

    Lake Kivu also offers some of the best outdoor activities in Rwanda from hiking or mountain biking the Congo Nile Trail. For instance a network of over 200km of trail stretching along the length of the lake, to kayaking excursions to explore some of the islands scattered across the lake. Should you want another day to fully discover this stunning region let your Travel Consultant know at the time of booking!

    Optional: Go Gorilla Tracking in Uganda instead for half the price!

    From Lake Kivu you are close to the Ugandan border and Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga National Park where, combined, more than half the gorilla population in the world reside. The permit prices for gorilla tracking in Uganda are USD 700, less than half of the cost of gorilla permit costs for tracking in Rwanda. Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure, Should you feel like this is better suited for your budget we can arrange your gorilla tracking experience to be in Uganda instead. You would then skip this visit to Volcanoes NP and head straight for Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga NP.

    Location: Volcanoes National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                Volcano Inn
                          Comfort                Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
                          Standard                Muhabura Lodge

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 6: Gorilla tracking (optional)

    Encountering the rare and endangered mountain gorillas is surely an experience of a lifetime. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will certainly be tracking the whereabouts of one of the habituated family groups who live in the park and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

    Your gorilla tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (sometimes muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you  eventually reach the territory of these gentle giants. En-route, your ranger will also point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

    Once the family of gorillas have been located, settle in to the environment and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own. Encountering the mountain gorillas in the wild is a truly humbling and emotional experience, one that you will surely  remember for the rest of your life.Location: Volcanoes National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                Volcano Inn
                          Comfort                Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
                          Standard                Muhabura Lodge

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout 

     

    Day 7: Return to Kigali

    Enjoy your last morning in the rain-forest today before your guide drives you back to Kigali for your departure flight. Please make sure your international flight departure is not before 3 pm. For flights departing before 3 pm we will arrange a night in Kigali for you at an additional cost. Thus the end of our tour.

    Thank you for specifically choosing Paradise Adventure Vacations and we hope to see you again!

    Location: Kigali Rwanda

    Accommodation: No

    Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch 

    Drinking water and Fruits throughout

     

    Tour Includes:

    Airport transfer on Day 1 carried out by accommodation in Kigali

    Airport transfer on Day 7 carried out by your driver/guide

    Transportation in a 4WD safari van

    All fuel for the tour

    Professional English-speaking driver/guide

    Accommodation as listed

    Meals as listed

    Drinking water in the vehicle

    Park entrance fees

    Activities as listed

    1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit per person

    1 Gorilla Tracking permit per person (USD 1.500)

     

     

    Tour Excludes:

    International flights

    Visa, Meals that are not part of your accommodation

    Activities that are mentioned as optional in the program

    A porter to carry your daypack during gorilla tracking (recommended)

    Personal insurance (medical/travel)

    Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, rangers, site guides, porters, hotel staff, etc.

    All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.)

    Enjoy your Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure

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