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Rwanda National Parks Tour 12 Days

This adventure offers you an opportunity to Visit the country’s three wildlife conservation areas Parc, Akagera & Nyungwe ...

Tour Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights

This 12 days Rwanda National Parks safari adventure offers you an opportunity to Visit the country’s three wildlife conservation areas Parc National des Volcans, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 1: Arrive at Kanombe International Airport, Kigali

You will be received by a representative from Africa Nature Trekkers and one of our drivers / safari guide at Kanombe International Airport, Kigali who will welcome you and drive you to your respective accommodation in Kigali for overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel / Hotel Chez Lando / Golf Hills Residence

Day 2: Travel to Parc National des Volcans

You will be picked up from your Hotel and head out on drive to Parc National des Volcans as you prepare for your next day’s Gorilla adventure in the forests. The park is a home to more than 360 of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population. Overnight at Mountains Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Kinigi Guest House

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking

After breakfast, you will move to the park headquarters for registration and briefing before you start off the gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans. You will meet the ranger guides who will guide you on how to behave while in the forest and the etiquette of the mountain Gorillas before you set off. After the briefing you will enter into the forest. The activity takes between 4 – 6 hours of strenuous walking up steep hills sometimes under muddy conditions and therefore you are advised to go with your packed lunch. It’s an uplifting moment when you meet the gorillas. Trackers are allowed maximum of one hour with the primates. You will have chance to take photos and motion images or video coverage. After your successful adventure, you will return to your lodge for Lunch. In the late afternoon you will visit the twin Lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo or take a short self guided walk around Kinigi. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge / Kinigi Guest House / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Mountains Gorilla View Lodge

Day 4: Golden Monkeys Trekking – Transfer to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, you will return to the Forest to track the rare Golden Monkeys. Look out also for other primate species like the Monkeys, bird species and so on. After the trek, you will transfer to Lake Kivu which is the country’s biggest fresh water in western parts of Rwanda. Upon arriving, you will have refreshments and lunch after which you will undertake a 2-4 hours launch cruise along the Lake to the growing island which is more interesting. The cruise will provide you with a spectacular view of the Kibuye and Gisenyi towns and also the Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo which erupted recently in 2002. Overnight stay at Kivu Sun Hotel / Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 5: Transfer to Butare

After breakfast, you will transfer to Butare town. En route you will visit the old King’s Palace in Nyanza. Have lunch and later connect to Butare. Visit the National Museum. Overnight at Hotel Credo

Day 6: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Early morning after breakfast you will drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Gikongoro. Upon arrival, have lunch and later set out for the Colobus Monkey tracking activity. Within the forest, you will track the rare black and white colobus Monkeys. You will also encounter other monkey species like the Varvet monkeys, Blue Monkeys and so on. Overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking

After breakfast, you will set out early morning for the Chimpanzee tracking activity within the forest to search for the man’s closest friends. You will be accompanied by Forest Ranger guides who will show you different forest trail. The activity takes around 3-5 hours. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will take a guided nature walk with in the forest. This will enable all those bird loving tourists to spot different bird species with in the forest. You should look out for birds like the black and white casqued hornbill and the Rwenzori Turacco. Overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 8: Transfer Back to Kigali City

After breakfast, you will take a short forest walk and later drive back to Kigali. En route, you will make a stopover at the Botanical Gardens with in Butare. Overnight at Hotel Chezlando, Kigali Serena / Golf Hills Residence

Day 9: Transfer to Akagera National Park

After breakfast, you will transfer to Akagera National Park which is the only wildlife Park in Rwanda and the smallest among the 3 of them. You will arrive at the park in time for lunch which you will have at Akagera Game Lodge. Later in the evening you will go for the evening game drive to search for wildlife animals like Elephants, Antelopes, Giraffes, Impalas, Zebras, Topis, Baboons, Bush Babies, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Gazelles and so on. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 10: Game Drive and Boat Ride On Lake Ihema

You will take a hot Cup of tea early in the morning and after you will set out for the morning game drive to search for the early risers and also all the animals that you missed out on the previous day game drive. You will encounter other animals like Masai Giraffes, Antelopes, African Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebra, and Leopards and so on. After, this you will retire to the Lodge for refreshments and lunch. In the evening embark on the boat cruise which is carried out on Lake Ihema and this will give you sights of Crocodiles, Hippos and water loving birds like the rare shoebill stork, Fish Eagle, Kingfisher and so on. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 11: Transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kigali. Upon reaching the country’s capital, you will go for the short Kigali City tour and visit the Genocide memorial sites, Cultural sites, craft centres and shops and local markets. Overnight at Step Town Motel / Hotel Chezlando

Day 12: Departure

Depending on the time of your flight, you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home.

End of Tour

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