Highlights of Rwanda

Duration: 8 days

Highlights: Kigali, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe National Park

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Day 1 - Arrive in Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for overnight (approx. 15 Min drive) - dinner under your own arrangements.

Situated in Central Kigali, 10 km from the international airport, Kigali Serena Hotel comprises of 148 air conditioned rooms in various categories: Standard, Deluxe, Superior (43), Prime (7), Junior Suites (18), Executive Suites (6) as well as a Presidential Suite. Other facilities include the elegant Milima Restaurant, the Lounge Bar offering a choice of three purpose designed areas: the bar, the lounge and the terrace, two conference rooms, 3 other meeting rooms, an executive board room, business centre, gymnasium, swimming pool, a Spa and Wi-Fi internet access.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel

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Day 2 - Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, proceed on a City Tour of Kigali including the Memorial Centre and Crafts Centers – this tour will be tailored to your wants so if you would like to spend the morning shopping just let your guide know.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for a hundred years. 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. Since then, the city has seen major economic development resulting in what it is today; a vibrant African city of 1 million with wide boulevards, an international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts & curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population. Visit the Kandt Museum, tour old Kigali and the Craft centres, visit the genocide memorial site where you learn about Rwanda’s history pre-colonial to 1994 genocide as well as other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments; the recovery has been incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.

After a safari briefing, over lunch at a local restaurant, drive north to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virungas arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon in time for dinner and overnight.

Situated at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes, only minutes from the Volcanoes National Park HQs,  Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge provides exclusive accommodation and first class service amidst extraordinary views of the Virungas and surrounding countryside making it the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa – home of the rare Mountain Gorillas.

All the 8 secluded guest cottages (5 Standards Cottages, 2 Suites and 1 Family cottage) are very spacious and private with en-suite bathtub and shower, a sitting area and fireplace for the occasional cold evening as well as a sheltered veranda. Other amenities include extensive outdoor decks and a gift shop.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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Day 3 - Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park Headquaters to be allocated a gorilla tracking group (15 min drive).

07:00: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of an amazing adventure.

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Trek to see them and you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.

Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas!

Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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Day 4 - Gorilla Tracking

Today you will set out on your second gorilla tracking adventure. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you can visit the Musanze Caves.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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Day 5 - Lake Kivu

After breakfast, relax at the beach. A boat ride can be organized for you by the hotel.

Overnight: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

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Day 6 - Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Nyungwe National Park. Enjoy lunch at the new One&Only Nyungwe House.

Situated within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation near Nyungwe Nationaoal Park the new One & Only Nyungwe House offers sumptuous accommodation, a serving of local culture and upclose wildlife experiences. Nyunge National Park in south west Rwanda is a vast untouched tropical forest renowned for its large variety of primates, exotic bird life and butterflies.

Guests staying at the 22 rooms and suites at the One&Only Nyungwe House can look forward to tracking wild chimpanzees at the forest and bird watching walks on the forest trails. To unwind, guests can indulge in alfresco yoga and Rwanda-inspired spa treatments as they take in the breathtaking surroundings.

After lunch, you will go for the Canopy Walk. This will take you between 2.5-3 hrs drive. Starting time for the walk will be at 15:00. This walk will take you 2 hours. During this walk you have a chance to see the panoramic view of the communities in the distance, view all the forest and Lake Kivu at large as well as a variety of various birds as this forest is rich in bird species including the endemic ones.

Overnight: One&Only Nyungwe House

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Day 7 - Nyungwe National Park

Early morning, go chimps trekking, returning to the lodge in the afternoon.

Lunch at the One&Only Nyungwe House. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: One&Only Nyungwe House

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Day 8 - Kigali and Departure

After breakfast, drive to Kigali, relax and recap the whole tour.

Later, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight.

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