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6 Day Discover Rwanda

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $5809
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest
Activity level Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Birding
This safari lets clients discover the best of Rwanda. Tracking the mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the Virunga volcanoes in the northwest. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey's grave and the endangered golden monkey. You continue to Nyungwe, in southern Rwanda, a massive afro-montane forest, the largest in Central Africa. The forest has 13 primate species including chimpanzee and large groups of colobus monkeys. Other attractions are 300 bird species and a variety of orchids and butterflies.

Day 1 - Arrival at Kigali – Nyungwe Forest Lodge - 6 hours drive

Arrive Kigali. Met by our smiling guide on arrival at the airport and transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari.

Start for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest a massive montane forest, and the largest in Central Africa with thirteen species of primate including chimpanzee and large groups of Rwenzori colobus. Around 300 bird species, orchids and butterflies are also found here. Time permitting you can do the canopy walk suspended above the Nyungwe rainforest. The Canopy Walkway is 40 meters above the ground level, and 90 meters long, above a steep, deep valley, that can bring you "eye-to-eye" with different primate species, and many bird species, all of which are fond of inhabiting the upper scales of the forest. in the forest.

O/N: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (H,B).

Day 2 - Nyungwe Forest NP

Go on an escorted walk in search of the large groups of colobus monkeys and birds including the Rwenzori turaco. Or Go for chimptracking. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon.

O/N: Nyungwe ForestLodge. (B,L,D).

Day 3 – Nyungwe – Virunga - 6 hours drive

In the morning you will enjoy a scenic long drive proceed to Musanze for an overnight at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Gorilla tracking

Wake up early and enjoy a hot breakfast whilst the sun rises over Lake Bulera before venturing off to track the gorillas (subject to permit availability at the time of booking).

Tracking the gorillas on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience.

Please note that you cannot use flash photography, so a fast film is a must! You can hire porters to carry your equipment up the mountain; this is a large percentage of their income so we encourage guests to hire them for the day. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas,spend an hour with them, and be back in time for a late lunch!

Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. However, falling under the gaze of a great silverback makes any trek seem worth it. Return to the lodge to take advantage of your complimentary massage or watch the vivacious Intore Dancers, who are supported through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust!.

O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Optional Activities

Today provides another opportunity to see themountain gorillas (subject to permit availability at the time of booking).

Alternatively you can partake in one of the many activities available from Virunga Lodge.These include:

  • Tracking the rare golden monkeys (only found in this region of the world).
  • Drive to Gisenyi to see Lake Kivu, one of Africa's Great Lakes. From birds to local businesses, life is always bustling around the lake. You can also visit a coffee plantation on the way.
  • Visit Ros Carr's orphanage where you will have an hour to learn about the critical work done here and play with the enthusiastic children.
  • You can also trek to see Dian Fossey's grave, where the famous primatologist worked at the Karisoke Research Centre.
  • Climb the Visoke or Muhavura volcanoes, which provide fantastic opportunities to see Rwanda's magnificent landscape.
  • Walks are possible direct from the lodge; you can visit local community projects, hike to Lake Bulera or visit the nearbyMwiko School which Volcanoes Safaris supports through a number of projects.Relax at the lodge by the open fire on your return. 

O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B,L,D).

Day 6 – Back to Kigali – 3 hours drive

Wake up to savour that view one more time, eat breakfast, and then start the 3 hour drive back to Kigali.

With time permitting in Kigali, your Safaris guide can take you on a tour of this remarkable city including a visit to the bustling market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, and the highlymoving genocide memorial.

You will then be transferred to the airport in time for you return flight (B,B).

End of safari

QUOTE PRICES BASED ON 2 PAX:
USD 5,809 Per person sharing including one gorilla permit.
USD 750 Additional Gorilla Permit. (If Required for Day 5)
USD 491 Single Room Supplement. (GROSS)

PRICES INCLUDE

  • An expert Volcanoes driver/guide and vehicle for the itinerary agreed.
  • Accommodation on a shared basis and meals as stated in the itinerary (in Kigali hotels bed and breakfast only and on safari full board, all inclusive in Volcanoes Lodges only).
  • All activities as per the itinerary agreed. So where appropriate, park fees, chimp permits , nature and community walk fees and one gorilla permit are included.
  • At Volcanoes Lodges Virunga, the tariffs are on an all-inclusive basis and include unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks; laundry services; and any activities guests wish to do around the lodges. A complimentary massage is also offered.
  • From the safari price paid by our guests Volcanoes contributes $100 to the Volcanoes Partnership Trust, a separate non-profit organization which undertakes community and conservation activities

PRICES EXCLUDE

  • Airfares to Uganda/Rwanda,
  • Entry visas and airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenditure such as drinks and laundry at non-Volcanoes Lodges.
  • For single rooms, a supplement (SRS) applies.

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