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Rwanda Gorilla Chimpanzee Hiking Trekking Tracking
Day 1 Arrival and TransferArrival and transfer to your hotel. After check in have lunch on your own at the poolside. In the afternoon have a city tour. Visit the city centre, Nyamirambo, curio markets and the Kimironko fruits market where you have a chance to meet the locals and choose your fruit basket. Overnight Novotel Hotel B
Day 2 Kigali- Nyanza-Butare-Gikongoro (Murambi)-NyungweDistance 260 Km. An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Nyungwe forest. On the way 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 has the modern palace constructed by King Mutara in 1934. Next to it is the reconstructed King’s hut as it was on the arrival of the Europeans. It is tastefully decorated with the traditional mats and utensils. The Butare Museum is reputed to be the best ethnographical Museum in East Africa. It is the home of the national ballet-Intore dancers. Have lunch at Butare and proceed to Murambi genocide memorial. Overnight Gisakura Guest House (B/L/D)
Day 3 Hiking, trekking, tracking Colobus trails of NyungweAfter breakfast enter Nyungwe forest to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkey. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience conducted by knowledgeable guides well versed in botany, ornithology and interspecies relationship in this forest. Thereafter, return to your lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight Gisakura Guest House B/L/D Nyungwe forest is a nature lover’s paradise. The only remaining mountain rain forest in East and Central Africa, Nyungwe boasts of 260 species of trees and shrubs, over 200 species of orchids and giant lobelias, 275 Species of birds of which 25 are endermic, colourful butterflies and 13 recorded species of primates (25% of Africa’s total) including the Chimpanzees. The forest is ideal for walks with beautiful waterfalls cascading in this serene environment.
Day 4 Nyungwe – KibuyeDistance 133 Km /4 Hrs drive After breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest (06 :00) to track the chimpanzee. Thereafter return to the Guest House for lunch followed by a drive to Kibuye. Overnight Bethanie Guesthouse. (B/L/D).
Day 5 Kibuye-Gisenyi-Ruhengeri -KinigiDistance 213 Km/6 Hrs driving time After breakfast, drive to Gisenyi and finally to Kinigi. The drive Kibuye-Gisenyi is via the most beautiful providing spectacular views of the tea growing country of Gisovu and Kayove . Brief stops are provided for photography. A four hours drive takes to Gisenyi for lunch and a brief city tour. There after drive for two hours to Ruhengeri and finally Kinigi the base of gorilla tracking. Overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel on full board (B/L/D). Like Kibuye Gisenyi is also on the shores of lake Kivu. Across the border from Gisenyi is Goma in the DR-Congo. At Gisenyi one can have a boat ride in the Kivu, Visit the Impambazi(Madam Carr’s) Orphanage(Remember to leave a donation and book in advance) or stroll across the border to Goma, to witness for yourself the devastating effects of a recent volcanic eruption that buried half of Goma.
Day 6 Gorillas in the mistAn early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours. Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure or on a tour of the area, visit lakes Burela and Ruhondo. Dinner and Overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel Full Board (B/L/D)
Day 7 Gorilla Ruhengeri-KigaliDistance 90 KM/2 Hrs. After breakfast, trek up the mountain for another memorable experience with the gorillas. Return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Kigali. Overnihgt Mille Collines Hotel BB
Day 8After breakfast, have a city tour. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your home flight.
The price include the following:
- Accommodation cost per person sharing on full board basis.
- All Meals at Gorilla Nest Hotel- Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner
- Transportation on 4WD fully fuelled and chauffeured
- Driver’s Allowance’s allowance
- Gorilla permits per person
- Tracking Colobus in Nyungwe forest
- Tracking Chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest
- Park Entrance fee
- Use of ranger guides while tracking
- Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 2 if you finish tracking on time.
- All government taxes
- Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.
- Plenty of mineral water during your tour.
- Evacuation cover- This cover by AAR is not an insurance but for evacuation to the nearest hospitals in East Africa in the event of sickness or injury. It covers you for 15 days while in East Africa- Kenya, Uganda , Rwanda , and Tanzania
The price does not include the following
- Tips, Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff
- Extra meals
- Optional tour
- Air fare
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance-guests are advised to take a comprehensive travel insurance prior to arrival.
The following are the optional activities available in VolcanoesTracking Golden monkeys Visit grave of Dian Fossey Hike Bisoke-1day Climb Karisimbi 2 days Visits to the crater lakes. The activities will require an extra day. Please book with us in advance.
- Hiking boots-not mountain climbers-anything hardy above the ankle is okey
- Water proof container for your camera
- A warm cardigan
- If you desire to wear a headgear, a base ball cap is recommended
- Long trousers and long sleeves are ideal
- Enough film.
Please remember to bring the following with you:
Encounter with and gorilla tracking tips.
How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Rwanda? The facts below will help you to answer this question. Trekking, hiking and tracking takes place at altitudes of 3000 metres-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what is necessary and not athletic fitness. Trekking and Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour Trekking hiking and tracking is conducted at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc. Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas and back to the base. Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker will determine the pace of the trek.
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