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10 DAYS RWANDA SAFARI WILDLIFE AND CULTURE

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The 10 days safari explores the North, West and Southern parts of “The land of 1000 Hills”. It is a typical primates, wildlife and culture safari giving you the best of Rwanda. From the Volcanic mountains in the North, the savannas in Akagera, and the old forest of Nyungwe to the Kigali city and Nyanza.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival and Pick up

Upon your arrival at Kigali airport, our company representative or driver / guide will be waiting to welcome you and later drive you to your hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Meal plan (D)

Day 2Transfer to Akagera National Park and evening game drive

After breakfast, drive through Kigali then connect through the terraced hills of Rwanda to Akagera National park. Upon arrival in the park, you will check in at your lodge for a bit relaxation and lunch.
In the evening go for a short southern Lake Ihema game drive. Look out for animals such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and many more like roan antelopes and do some sunset photography (Animals against the sun).
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 3Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Wake up early in the morning have breakfast, after which you will go for a Northern circuit game drive to search for animals that you may have missed out in the previous game drive. This will be in search for the early risers like the lions, leopard, hyena, striped Jackal. It will also offer you an opportunity to encounter and enjoy to the fullest the variety of wildlife the park to offer. You will return to the lodge for lunch after the drive.
In the afternoon, do a boat cruise on L. Ihema which is the largest of all the lakes in the park. The cruise will bring you close the aquatic like in the park like hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birdlife (525 species recorded in the park) like African fish Eagle, African Jacana, King fishers among others.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 4Transfer to Volcanoes National park and afternoon cultural walk to Iby’iwachu Cultural Village

After an early breakfast, connect to Volcanoes national park (216km) from Akagera national park. Volcanoes national park is known as a haven for mountain Gorillas and is home to five of the Volcanoes that make the Virunga ranges. The park was base for Zoologist Diane Forsey. On arrival check in at your lodge for refreshment and lunch.
After lunch, take a cultural walk to Iby’iwachu Cultural Village a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. It’s a rewarding place where you will be guided around the place as you enjoy the Kinyarwanda traditions including the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies and a guided community walk. After return to your lodge for an overnight and folk tales as you gather on the fire.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 5 Gorilla tracking

Rise early and have breakfast at the lodge, then transfer to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by park ranger on how to carry out gorilla tracking. Hiking on the slippery and muddy Volcanoes slopes with nettles is quite challenging. But the encounter with mountain gorillas erase all the challenges of the hikes. You will be allowed to stay with these gentle giants for an hour for observation and photography. (No flash lights allowed during photography)
In the evening visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Return to your lodge for dinner and folk tales at the fire place.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 6Transfer to L. Kivu and do a boat cruise on the Lake

Enjoy your morning sleep and have breakfast at will after which you will transfer to Lake Kivu in western Rwanda. Arrive in the afternoon, have lunch after and after which you will take a launch cruise on the lake. This will give you spectacular views of the area while taking in relaxing waves of the lake and the fresh water breeze.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 7Transfer Nyungwe national park

After your morning breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way you will visit the new Visitor’s Interpretive Centre to give you more information about the park such as number of primate species found in the park, types of bird species and other tourist activities carried out with in the Park. Check at your Hotel for Lunch.
In the afternoon, you can go for Colobus Monkey trekking (Optional). You will have to hike through lush forests and endless green tea fields while taking the stunning views of the surroundings.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 8Chimpanzee tracking and afternoon do canopy walk in Nyungwe forest

Have an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters in Nyungwe forest for briefing before going for chimpanzee tracking. It is advisable to carry packed lunch and plenty of water prior to this tracking since it can sometimes last over 6 hours. In the forest, you will not only see chimpanzees to but also variety of animals and birds like the Rwenzori Turaco, Black and white casqued horn bill, colobus monkeys,
Return late in the afternoon have lunch and after do a canopy walk that will give you a chance to have an aerial view of the park.
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 9Transfer to Butare for the national museum visit and in the afternoon visit King’s palace museum in Nyanza

Early in the morning after breakfast, transfer to Butare town which was the first country’s Capital city. Along the way, you will pass through wonderful and magnificent hills and cultivated countryside. Visit the Rwanda national museum. The Museum will provide you with more information about Rwanda’s history and culture. You will have local cuisine lunch.
Proceed for about an hour and have a stopover at the royal King’s Palace in Nyanza for a cultural description about the history of Rwanda. Then check in into your Hotel and have lunch.
Check in at a hotel for dinner and overnight stay
Meal plan (B, L, D)

Day 10 Drive to Kigali do morning city tour and departure

Wake up early in the morning have breakfast and drive to Kigali. You will do for a short city tour within Kigali and visit the Kigali genocide memorial site. After you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Inclusions
-All ground transport
-English speaking driver guide
-Drinking water
-Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Golden monkey tracking permits
-All activities mentioned in the itinerary
-Accommodation and Meals
-Park entry fees

Exclusions
-International flight fees
-Tips and other gratuities
-Visa fees and travel insurance
-Souvenirs
-Personal expenses (Laundry, alcoholic drinks)

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