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Rwanda – Nile Congo Safari 11 Days

Rwanda – Nile Congo Safari 11 Days

This is a lodging safari for individuals interested in discovering Rwanda and Congo gorillas. It involves visiting of the Akagera NP, Nyungwe Forest NP, Kahuzi Biega NP and Parc Des Volcans. It includes the following activities Mountain Gorilla trekking, Low land Gorillas, game viewing, forest Walks, and visit the Intore dancers, the genocide Memorial centre and Kigali city visit.

This safari can be organized with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 10 participants. It can also be organized for family groups.

Visa for Rwanda is $ 30 Dollars person and 80 dollars for Congo.

Trip summary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kigali.

Day 02: Transfer to Akagera NP - Game drives.

Day 03: Game drive – transfer to Butare via Nyanza.

Day 04: Butare - Transfer to Nyungwe.

Day 05: Nyungwe - Transfer to Bukavu via Cyangugu.

Day 06: Lowland gorilla trekking.

Day 07: Bukavu – Kibuye.

Day 08: Kibuye - Transfer to Gisenyi by Speed Boat.

Day 09: Gisenyi – transfer to Ruhengeri/ Musanze.

Day 10: Gorilla trekking – transfer to Kigali.

Day 11: Kigali visit and Departure.

What is included on this trip?

Airport transfers, Lodge accommodation, all meals, mineral water, the services of a Driver-Guide, all park and entry fees, all activities as per the itinerary: game drive in Akagera NP, visit of the national Museum at Butare, performance of the Intore dancers, all guided primates walks in Nyungwe, Low land gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega NP, speed-boat to Gisenyi, 1 gorilla trekking and visit of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi.

What is excluded in this trip?

Personal expenses, visas, flight charges, all drinks except mineral water and other personal expenses like tips and donations.

Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1. Arrival at Kigali.

You will be welcomed by A-J Tours staff and transferred to the hotel for the overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel chez Lando or Milles Collines.

Day 2. Kigali – Akagera NP via Kayonza – Game drive.

Wake up early morning and have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Akagera NP for game viewing. Animals expected include Hippos, Nile crocodiles, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalos, Impala, Baboons and Velvet Monkeys. The park is also a paradise for bird watching opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Akagera Game Lodge.

Accommodation: Akagera Game lodge.

Day 3: Akagera - Transfer to Butare.

After breakfast you will picked up from Akagera Game lodge and transferred to Butare the second largest city of Rwanda. Butare is famous because it houses the National research Institutions and the national University. It is regarded the academic city of Rwanda.

On the way to Butare, you will visit Nyanza the former Mwami (King) palace. The palace was reconstructed and very beautiful.

In Butare you will have a visit to the famous national dance "The Intore Dancers". This is the best dance an individual would like to see before you depart Rwanda. This 'Dance of Heroes' is performed by men wearing grass wigs and carrying spears. The background is a dance performed by returning warriors, celebrating victory in battle. The "Intore", once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for there remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore.

You will also visit National Museum which is regarded as the best Museum in East Africa. The building is displayed with monochrome pictures, traditional tools, crafts wood carvings and basketry. Rwanda has one of the finest traditional handicrafts of Africa. Over night is foreseen at hotel Ibis.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis.

Day 4. Butare – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest NP.

This is a home of hikers and bird viewing. Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East or Central Africa, and one of the most ancient, dating back to before the last Ice Age. A uniquely rich centre of floral diversity, the forest has more than 200 different types of tree, and a myriad of flowering plants including the other-worldly giant lobelia and a host of colourful orchids.

Nyungwe is most alluring for its primates: 13 species in all, including human kind's closest living relative the chimpanzee, and hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Colobus monkeys. This park has almost 300 bird species of which two dozen are restricted to a handful of montane forests on the Albertine Rift. Overnight is foreseen at Nyungwe Guest House or Cyangugu.

Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House.

Day 5. Nyungwe Forest NP – transfer to Kahuzi-Biega National Park – DRC Congo.

After breakfast, you will enjoy chimpanzee tracking under the canopy of majestic trees. Chimpanzees (pan troglodyte Schweinfurt) are considered great apes, just like gorillas. Depending on the season, the steep slopes with thick vegetation can be wet. Chimps are far more mobile and elusive than gorillas. You may need 3 to 4 hours to approach this often exuberant primate. After lunch drive through extensive tea plantations to Cyangugu, a small harbour on Lake Kivu and cross Rusizi River to Bukavu town in the DR-Congo.

Accommodation: Orchids' Safari Club.

Day 6. Eastern Low Land Gorilla

After breakfast you will go for Eastern Lowland Gorilla Tracking in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. This park was named a world heritage in 1980 and founded in 1939 almost the same time as Virunga National Parl. A vast area of primary tropical forest is dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega. There are groups of eastern lowland gorillas consisting of only 250 individuals living at between 2100m and 2400 m above the sea-level. Eastern lowland has black coats, and the males develop silver backs as they mature. With the help of a ranger and trackers, we approach these rare primates. The walk can take several hours, but coming across the group in its particular habitat is an inspiring moment. After tracking, you will be back to Kahuzi Biega.

Accommodation: Orchids' Safari Club.

Day 7. Kahuzi Biega – transfer to Rwanda - Kibuye.

After breakfast you will leave for Kibuye passing through the green tea plantations before you explore the shores of Lake Kivu. The green vegetation along the road near the lake with hills and mountain offers a splendid view of the Islands and Villages. You will reach Kibuye town at around lunch time and you have lunch. After lunch you will relax the whole evening on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Accommodation. Bethany Guest House or Moriah Hill Hotel.

Day 8. Kibuye – Gisenyi by speed boat - Kinigi

After breakfast you will be transferred to Gisenyi by speed boat. This is one of the most enjoyable trip on the fresh waters of Lake Kivu. Lunch is foreseen at Gisenyi.

After lunch you will relax at Lake Kivu and late visit Gisenyi town. Dinner and overnight is foreseen at Serena Lake Kivu Hotel.

Accommodation. Serena Lake Kivu Hotel.

Day 9. Gisenyi – transfer to Ruhengeri – Kinigi.

You will be transferred to Ruhengeri from Gisenyi. This journey takes about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon, you will visit the twin volcanic lakes on Ruhondo and Bulera.

Accommodation. Kinigi Guest House or Mountian Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 10. Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Kigali.

After breakfast you will report at 07H00am to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters where your driver guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you before trekking the gorillas. You will meet your ranger guide for briefing about the gorillas.

After gorilla trekking you will be transferred to Kigali for the overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Chez Lando or Hotel Mille Collines.

Day 9: Akagera – Kigali and Departure.

After breakfast, you will visit Kigali city including the Genocide Memorial centre before your depart. You will be transferred to Kigali International Airport for departure.

What to bring on safari?

Clothes that are friendly to wildlife observation, good walking shoes, a few long-sleeve shirts, slippers, sweater for cool evenings, sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sun cream, video/photo camera i.e. longer telelens is very useful, reserve batteries, films, binoculars and a torch for dark nights.

Please note that there are daily flights from Nairobi to Kigali with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express.

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