5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu

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5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu

This 5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks give a quick experience into the Land of 1000 hills. The safari starts with a city tour to the Kigali Genocide memorial grounds at Gisozi; where victims of 1994 were laid to rest and often relatives come to visit and remember the lost life. The safari then proceeds to the Northern Province to Volcanoes National Park. The home to the endangered mountain gorillas, after trekking, you will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Lake Kivu for relaxation. Before you continue for Chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe National Park in the South of Lake Kivu.

 

Safari Highlights:

Pick up from Kigali Airport for a City Tour.

Gorilla Trekking at Lovanoes National Park and Transfer to Lake Kivu.

Kayaking on Lake Kivu and driving to Nyungwe National Park.

Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk.

Drive back to Kigali to End the Safari.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali Airport for a City Tour.

Meet up and greet with Arcadia Safaris Guide at the airport who will warmly welcome you into the land of 1000 hills. From here you will drive to Kigali City for a city tour, it will involve checking out the different Arts and crafts Markets within the city where you can buy some souvenirs to carry along as you go back home, after you continue at Kigali Genocide Memorial for background and history about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

Outside the Show, the room is the gardens with mass graves where more than 250,000 victims were laid to rest. After this experience, you will have your lunch in the City and prepare for the approximately 2 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Northern Province of the country.

Destination: Volcanoes National Park
Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Mount Gorilla View Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Similar

Budget

Muhabura Lodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Transfer to Lake Kivu – 5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu.

After an early breakfast, meet your guide and drive to the Park headquarters in Ruhengeri for Briefing before you go for Gorilla Tracking. You will meet fellow trekkers and be divided into groups before you head out for the gorilla tracking activity. The activity is strenuous and requires a certain level of fitness since t involves hiking. On finding these gentle apes, you will be given an hour with them to take pictures and videos of them as they continue with their day-to-day activities in the jungle. After tracking, return to the briefing point for trekking certificates, drive back to the lodge for hot and transfer to Lake Kivu for relaxation and overnight.

Destination: Lake Kivu
Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel or Similar

Mid-Range

Hotel Paradise Malahide or Similar

Budget

Water Front Beach Resort or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 3: Kayaking on Lake Kivu and driving to Nyungwe National Park.

Rise early for breakfast, and head out into the Lake for some adventure, you will put on your sports clothes and go out for briefing about the Dos and don’ts while on the waters. Lake Kivu is one of the deepest lakes in the world with beautiful surroundings of the rolling hills covered with green vegetation. During your exploration of the lake on Kayaks, you will find local Fisher Men enchanting melodiously as they come back with their catch from the previous night. After 2 or 3 hours of Kayaking, drive back to your lodge for lunch and get ready to relocate to Nyungwe National Park in the Sothern Province.

Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Similar

Budget

Gisakura Guest House or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 4:  Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk – 5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu.

Following an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for briefing about the Chimpanzee tracking, Nyungwe is one of Africa’s oldest Tropical rain forest with over 15 species of Primates and the Chimpanzees being one of them, there are large troops of chimpanzees habituated in this forest, once with these apes, you will be given 1 hour to observe them as go on with daily activities within the forest.

This trek is an interesting one, along the trail several other small primates can be spotted like the black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, different forest bird species and waterfalls deep within the forest since this forest is the main Catchment spot for the country. After this amazing experience, you will meet your guide and back to the lodge for lunch and get ready for another adventure on the canopy walk.

Rwanda’s Nyungwe canopy walk is one of the major highlights you cannot miss on your safari to Rwanda. The canopy walks are suspended high on top of tall trees giving you an amazing view of the forest. Sightings of the forest from above are so amazing; it is an excellent walkway for bird lovers because several bird species are spotted along this trail. After this thrilling walk, drive to the lodge for dinner and nightfall.

Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Similar

Budget

Gisakura Guest House or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 5: Drive back to Kigali for Departure.

Wake up at your pace, have breakfast, and embark on your return journey to Kigali through the winding roads and beautiful hills, reaching the city at lunchtime, drop off at the hotel for Lunch, after you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport for you outbound flight back home. This marks the end of our 5 Day Rwanda Primates and Lake Kivu Safari.

Destination: Kigali City (Airport)
Accommodation Option: No (End of tour)

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

Thank you for choosing Arcadia Safaris and we hope to see you (or any referral) when you next visit!

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round Trip Airport Transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transportation in a 4×4 Safari Cars
  • Meals specified on a Full Board basis
  • Accommodation with ensuite facility
  • Applicable Park entrance & activities Fees
  • English speaking professional Driver-Guide
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Fees
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit Fees
  • All hotel/lodge pickups and drop off
  • All Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water and Fruits while on safari
  • Activities as stipulated in the itinerary (except those stated as “optional”

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Fares (unless requested)
  • Country entry Visa
  • Personal/Travel insurance
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry
  • Bar bills and all other kinds of drinks except water
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Souvenirs, gifts and Tips
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Covid-19 and other related tests and vaccinations

 

RATES PER PERSON: (Tour Rates/Prices are Per Person and exclude International Flight from or to your home Country).

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