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Visit Rwanda , 11 days

Day 1
Departing from Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda's landscape. Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, the 5 nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside, you arrive at Kinigi Guest House

O/N: Kinigi Guest House BB basis.

Day 2
There is much to explore here including tracking the endangered golden monkey or trekking to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit.

Other popular excursions include visiting the local school and community projects supported by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust; the Roz Carr Imbabazi orphanage and meet some of the hundreds of children helped by this uplifting project. Alternatively relax on the shores of Lake Kivu, home to some of the finest inland beaches in Africa, or take a guided walk to Lake Bulera and experience local village life. Late in the afternoon depart for the Lake Kivu area town of Gisenyi.

O/N: Paradis Malahide Hotel BB basis.

Day 3
Morning at leisure in the Lake Kivu area. you may take a boat ride or simply relax at the beach.
Afterwarda proceed from Gisenyi - Kibuye by speed boat
You will have an enjoyable speed-boat trip to Kibuye. The trip is not only an encounter with local people; fishermen, fishing villages but also with the residents of Idjwi Island (Congo) who are rowing long distances in their dugout canoes to visit the Rwanda markets.
Kibuye which is one of the three towns on Lake Kivu is the most beautiful. Arrival at Kibuye is foreseen at lunch time. You will be picked up in Kibuye for lunch. Most participants will welcome some relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu! You can also take a walk and visit this splendid area! Rest of the day at leisure.Lake Kivu is Bilharzia free! (B-L-D).
o/n Moriah Hill Resort.
Distance & Driving time: Gisenyi - Kibuye, the boat trip will take 1h30 along the shores of Lake Kivu.

Day 4
Kibuye-Nyungwe Forest NP
After breakfast you will leave for Nyungwe Forest, passing through the green fields of tea plantations exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Nyungwe Forest NP is a paradise for hikers. The terrain is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation. Wear good hiking shoes and bring warm clothing!
Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices of Nyungwe Forest NP to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next two days. Overnight is at the Top View Lodge Nyungwe. (B-L-D)

Day 5
Nyungwe Forest NP
Your day will start with an early breakfast and a briefing at Uwinka tourist information centre. Depending on your personal interests you will have a choice of different opportunities to explore the largest high altitude rainforest of East Africa! Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus monkeys which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!

One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan Colobus monkeys (black and white Colobus)! Rangers will tell you approximately where the group is located and the hiking times may vary as the group is travelling continuously looking for food. Be prepared to have a more strenuous hiking!
In the afternoon you can continue your exploration. There are different beautiful trails available and the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most rewarding. The hiking time is 2 up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike accessible to everybody! If you missed the Angolan Colobus you can have another try near to the tea factory where another troop is hosted. Overnight at the Top View Lodge Nyungwe. (B-L-D)
Activities : Guided Nature Walks & Hikes.
Parks & places : Nyungwe Forest NP.

Day 6
Nyungwe Forest NP
If you prefer you can have another guided primate walk or one of the hikes on the well-maintained trails or go for a canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest.
There are l’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking. There is also an orchid garden at Uwinka and for those who would like a challenging hike we recommend the trail "the Bigugu Mountain", the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at nearly 3000m.
Bird watchers will certainly be interested to know that Nyungwe has also some Albertine rift endemic species that can only be seen here! Birding is very rewarding on one of the special designed trails! Don’t forget to bring your binoculars with you! (B-L-D)
Nyungwe Forest has more than 100 species of orchids!

Activities : Bird Watching, Chimpanzee Trekking, Guided Nature Walks & Hikes, and Canopy Walk.
Parks & places : Nyungwe Forest NP.

Day 7
Nyungwe Forest NP - Butare-Kigali
After breakfast you will depart for Huye (Butare) the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions.
On your way you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda.
You will visit the National Museum in Huye which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

After the visit of the museum you will have a spectacular performance of the Urugangazi group of Intore-dancers. This is probably the best group of Rwanda and their performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of your safari!

Lunch is foreseen in Butare and in the afternoon we will drive to Kigali.
Nyungwe- Butare-Gisakura: 158 km - 2h30 - Good roads.
o/n Banana Boutique Hotel Kigali-BB basis.
Rwanda has one of the finest traditional handicrafts of Africa. The ceramics, woodcarvings and basketry are found in the streets of Kigali and Huye.
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.

Day 8
Kigali - Kayonza - Akagera NP
After breakfast you will drive for 3 hours to Akagera NP, via Kayonza to the Eastern part of Rwanda. We will arrive before lunch at the beautiful Akagera Game Lodge which has a swimming pool. Take a swim before lunch. After lunch you will start your exploration with a game drive by visiting the giraffe valley.
Accommodation : Akagera Lodge
Activities : Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Parks & places : Akagera National Park

Day 9
Akagera NP
You can do as much or as little you want, Akagera NP allows you not only to visit this beautiful Park but also to enjoy the Lodge and its astonishing views over Lake Ihema.

After an Early breakfast your exploration starts with a boat trip on Lake Ihema which is a very rewarding for seeing the large number of hippos, the huge Nile crocodiles and many birds. After the boat trip you will continue your exploration along the lakes Kivumba, Hago; Mihindi and Rwanyakizinga. They are the most interesting part of the park especially for birders. You will break for your lunch and enjoy a fresh swim at the Lodge. In the late afternoon you will return to the giraffe valley which is usually full of surprises. Overnight at the Akagera Game Lodge.
Accommodation : Akagera Game Lodge
Activities : Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Parks & places : Akagera National Park

Day 10
Akagera NP - Kayonza - Kigali
You will wake up early in the morning and leave after breakfast for another day of exploration. This time you will start with a visit to the height of Mutumba, the highest point of the park. You will have a view on all the Akagera lakes and the Karangwe mountains in Tanzania. You will descend to the Lake area where you will have a pic nic lunch on edge of one of the beautiful lakes.
In the afternoon you will drive back to the lodge before returning to Kigali where we will drop you at the airport or at Banana Boutique Hotel depending on date of departure (overnight is optional).
Activities : Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Parks & places : Akagera National Park

Day 11
: Kigali visit and departure
The half day Kigali City trip includes a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, which takes a few hours. It’s a touching visit! Transfer to Airport for departure. (B-L)
Genocide Memorials: In Rwanda you will find all over the country Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.
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