Day 1: Kigali city tour & transfer to Akagera National Park
Your professional driver guide will meet you at the hotel in Kigali by morning, brief you about your trip and proceed for a city tour in the beautiful Kigali. Areas to visit include Gisozi Genocide Memorial museum, local arts and crafts shops, Kigali Museum and learn the history of Kigali and Rwanda’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Akagera National park (3hrs), arrive in time for a boat ride on lake Ihema, dinner and overnight at Akagera game lodge or Ruzizi Tented Camp.
Day 2: Akagera National Park Explore
Have breakfast at the lodge and proceed with the southern game drive alongside the Lake Ihema circuit where a plenty of animals can be seen, including Elephants, Masai Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebras, Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and also many other mammal species. This game drive will also enable you to clearly view the gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.
After lunch, go for another game drive in the northern circuit of the park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape through the northern circuit where you will see hippos, crocodiles and even more wildlife than on the lake circuit. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge or Ruzizi Tented Camp.
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast at the lodge and hit the road to Volcanoes National park via Kigali. This is a fantastic journey through beautiful rolling hills that characterize much of Rwanda. We shall have several stops for photographing, to arrive at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge / Mountain gorilla view lodge / Virunga lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, relax as we wait for tomorrow’s gorilla trekking adventure, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Adventure
Have early breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters at Kinigi for a briefing about mountain gorilla tracking. Tracking Gorillas is very strenuous but meeting and staying with these giant apes is worth the effort. You will be allowed to stay with gorillas for 1 hour for observation and photographing. Descend to the lodge for late lunch and if the evening is free, you can take a walk to Ruhengeri local Market, providing you with an opportunity to see and buy local Rwandan fabrics, foods, arts and handicrafts. Dinner & overnight at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge / mountain gorilla view lodge / Muhabura hotel / Virunga lodge / Sabyinyo Slverback lodge.
Day 5: Second Gorilla Tracking Adventure
This is another chance to see gorillas in the wild. You can choose a different gorilla family or same as the previous day. If the evening is free, we can have a brief excursion to the spectacular panoramic views of the Twin Lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and the Virunga mountain chain.Overnight as on DAY 4.
Day 6: Golden Monkey Tracking and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Excursion
Have early breakfast at the lodge and enter the forest in search for Golden Monkeys and other primates. The trek will expose you to excellent birding and other primates like Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and Grey Cheeked Mangabeys among others. Alternatively, we can hike to Dian Fossey Tombs, or Mount Vishoke trekking.
Return early enough for lunch and drive to Musaze District to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for a wonderful and interactive experience, learning all about Rwandan traditions, culture, songs and dance. You may also participate in the local activities and taste local foods and wines. You will spend the night here, in traditional houses and participate in Gitaramo, a cultural tradition of sharing stories, song and dance while sitting around a warm fire, or return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Transfer to Lake Kivu/Boat cruise
Have breakfast then transfer to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu. Take a boat ride to the Hot springs or to the coffee island, relax on the beach in the evening. Overnight at Paradise Marahide Hotel / Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
Day 8: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest (Home of primates in Rwanda)
Nyungwe forest is made up of a variety of habitats including montane forests, bamboos, grasslands, and swamps. This is a home to 13 primate species such as Chimpanzees, endangered Golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys, colobus, red tailed monkeys and grey checked mangabeys. There are also about 300 bird species. Nyungwe has a new activity of Canopy walk. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and Overnight at Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel / Nyungwe Forest Lodge / Gisakura Guest House.
Day 9: Chimpanzee Tour, Colobus Monkeys or Canopy walk
Have breakfast enter Nyungwe forest in search for 13 primates species and over 300 bird species, making it a bird watcher’s paradise! The primates include chimpanzees, the Blue Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, endangered golden monkeys and the Angolan black and white Colobus Monkeys among others. Nyungwe forest has huge concentrations of habituated primates whose troops can include 400 to 500 individuals! This is a unique tourism phenomenon in Rwanda. Return to your lodge for lunch and relax at the lodge.
You can relax after lunch or go for colobus monkey tracking or canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest. Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe Forest Lodge / Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel.
Day 10: Nyungwe – Butare – Kigali
Depart for Kigali after breakfast, enroute visit to Murambi Technical School (Genocide memorial museum) and stop in Butare town (Second to Kigali) to visit Huye National Museum, lunch and proceed to Step Town Motel in Kigali where the tour ends.