Overview:

The 12 Days Rwanda safari is a detailed safari package that takes you around Rwanda exploring her range of natural and cultural attractions and activities. The package involves chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey tracking and canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park, recreational; water encounters on Lake Kivu, gorilla trekking, Dian Fossey encounter and Bisoke volcano climbing in Volcanoes National Park, game drive and boat cruise in Akagera National Park, rewarding culture and heritage encounters in Nyanza palace, Butare museum, Iby’wachu cultural village, and Kigali city with its Gisozi memorial site.

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Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali

Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park via Butare

Day 3: Do Chimpanzee trekking & community walk

Day 4: Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk

Day 5: Transfer to Gisenyi

Day 6: Encounter Gisenyi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking & visit iby’wachu cultural village

Day 8: Hike Dian Fossey center & take a nature walk to Ruhondo and Bulera.

Day 9: Hike Bisoke Volcano & transfer to Kigali city

Day 10: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise

Day 11: Do game drive & transfer back to Kigali

Day 12: Do Kigali city tour.
Description:

Arrival at Kigali
Arrive in Rwanda through its main gateway where you will find the guide waiting for you. You will be transferred to your respective hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Transfer to Nyungwe National Park via Butare
Depart from Kigali city in the morning to Nyungwe forest National Park. The scenic drive en route is combined with a visit to the Nyanza Palace, the Butare Museum and Murambi memorial. It is over 268 km approximately 6 hours’ drive to Nyungwe forest excluding stops en route. Dinner and Overnight: Nyungwe Hill Top (Midrange/standard), Gisakura guest house (Budget/basic) or Nyungwe View Lodge (Luxury/upmarket).

Do Chimpanzee trekking & community walk
Wake up for an early breakfast before embarking on the Chimpanzee tour at 08:00am. It will be a half day activity seeing Chimps feed, play and hunt before returning to the lodge. In the evening, you will take a community tour to the adjacent community tea plantations and exploring the traditions of Rwandese including impressive music dance and drama and handicrafts.
Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk
After breakfast, embark on the colobus monkey trek to encounter the largest grouping of colobus monkeys in Africa. You will be mesmerized by their black and white skin color and their enormous numbers as the swing through the braches of this ancient forest of Nyungwe. The experience is quite rewarding and will create memories on this Rwanda safari. Other monkey species like Vervet and Lhoest monkeys can be spotted. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation and in the afternoon you will do canopy walk, the first of its kind in East Africa where you will be able to spot a range species swinging in the tree top branches mostly primates and a variety of birds.
Accommodation: Spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Transfer to Gisenyi
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi area) driving through impressive scenic landscapes marked by Rwandan hill sides and the views of Lake Kivu as it stretches from Cyangungu in the south through Kibuye eventually to Gisenyi. You will have lunch stop in Kibuye and continue to arrive in Gisenyi in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Palm Beach (Budget/basic) or Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange/standard).

Encounter Gisenyi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park
You have a whole day at Kivu Lake enjoying a range of activities that you can choose from including; boat cruise, fishing, cycling, hiking, water sports such as Kayaking, catamaran, Jet Ski and win surfing. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Volcanoes National Park for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard), Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic) or Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket).

Do gorilla trekking & visit iby’wachu cultural village
Wake up as early as possible to take breakfast before converging at the Park Headquarters at Kinigi at 08:00am for briefing and eventual commencement of gorilla trekking encounter. The activity of trekking can take 2 – 8 hours thus it is important to carry with you packed lunch. One hour will be allocated to you to interact physically with the gorillas and photos and questions are allowed during this historical encounter. Return to the lodge after trekking for relaxation and in the evening you will take a cultural tour to the Iby’wachu Village to explore in to the Banyarwanda culture.
Accommodation: Spend a night at your previous lodge.

Hike Dian Fossey center & take a nature walk to Ruhondo and Bulera.
Visit Karisoke research center after breakfast to witness the attempts of the leading gorilla conservationist – Dian Fossey an American Primatologist. During this visit, you will also visit her grave and that of Digit – her admirable silverback after which you will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will take a walk to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera and the magical Russumo falls. This will reward you with great scenic experience.
Accommodation: You will spend dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Hike Bisoke Volcano & transfer to Kigali city
Hike the Bisoke Volcano one of the eight volcanoes that forms the great Virunga massif. The encounter takes about 7 hours for a round trip. The hike generates impressive scenic views of the volcanoes and the Crater Lake at the top. After this activity, transfer to Kigali city for overnight.
Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Transfer to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise
After breakfast, embark on transfer to Akagera National Park – the largest savannah Park in Rwanda 130km about 2.5 hours’ drive from Kigali city. You will have lunch from the park and embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon where you will be able to spot water birds, Hippos, Nile crocodiles among other species.
Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury/upmarket), Akagera game lodge (Midrange/standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/basic).

Do game drive & transfer back to Kigali
Wake up for an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and nocturnal getting back to their hiding places before dawn. You will be exposed to a range of wildlife including; giraffes, elephant, buffalo, zebra and a range of antelope. Return to the lodge for relaxation at 11:00am till lunch time. In the afternoon, you will embark on the transfer back to Kigali for overnight.
Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Do Kigali city tour.
After breakfast, undertake a Kigali city tour visiting Gisozi/Kigali memorial genocide site, Nyamata church, Hotel Des Mille Collines, down town Kigali, Presidential palace museum and craft centers before retiring to prepare for your departure in the afternoon.
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